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Catan (CTN) WBC 2019 Event Report
Updated October 19, 2019.
97 Players Janet Ottey 2019 Status 2020 Status Event History
2019 Champion & Laurels

Ottey Wins Catan To Become Second Person With Catan & C&K Titles!

The first round of play this year saw 21 tables (down a couple from last year) and just one went over time. I would have ended that one early, but somehow missed they were still playing until the next round started. Round two had 18 tables which all finished and round three had 13 tables with one that had to be called for time at a score of 9-9-9-8.

There were a couple questions that produced rules clarifications that will make it into next year’s tournament rules: If the start corner is a desert, start placing number tiles on the next tile, and all trades must be public. Also, next year I’ll be adding seating order to the table cards. Starting player will still be determined by die roll after the game is set up.

Two people won all three of their preliminary games: Last year’s champion Steve Scott and John Gitzen. Eight players advanced to the semi-finals with two wins, one advanced with a win and two seconds, and five more advanced with a win and a second place. A total score of 24 was the cutoff to make it in for that last group.

In the first semifinal, Anne Norton beat Steve Scott, Mark Kennel, and Jamie Tang. In the second, John Gitzen defeated Kirk Porteous, Robert St. Pierre, and Natasha Metzger. In the third, Mike Shea finished ahead of Shiv Chopra, Sue Lanham, and Keiran McNay. In the fourth, Janet Ottey won over Pierre Le Boeuf, Chris Geggus, and Arthur Wines.

After setup in the final, John has settlements around a 9 wheat plus wood and brick, Mike Has sheep on a 6 plus rock and wheat, Janet has an 8 sheep and 8 brick plus wheat and wood, and Anne has sheep on 6 twice plus rock, wood and wheat.

Mike collects development cards and takes largest army, but only finds one victory point card out of 11 cards bought. John picks up one VP card himself. Janet takes advantage of 8s rolling more than 6s and takes the longest road.

At the end, Janet wins with 8 on the board plus longest road, Mike comes in second with 8, John ends with 7 and Anne 5. Congratulations to Janet for the win to go with her Catan: Cities & Knights win a few years back to become the second person to hold both titles. Thanks to all who played and good luck next year!

2019 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 2
Michael Shea John Gitzen II Anne Norton Kirk Porteous Pierre LeBoeuf
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Settlers have arrived at Catan. Olin Hentz has his hands full on this Island.
Preliminary round action in Catan. Catan Finalists.
GM  Rich Shipley [6th Year]  NA
 rich@rtgames.com  NA