18-24      9-15     18-24 
   9-15   18-24 

    Salon B      Derby   Salon E   Garden

Jon Kwiatkowski, NC

1998 Champion
2nd: Nicholas Anner, NY
3rd: Marvin Birmbaum, FL
4th: Bernie Norton, MA
Event History
1991    Mark Giddings      34
1992    Dave Harshbarger      46
1993    Robin Barbehenn      84
1994    Todd Vander Pluym      84
1995    Mark Giddings      51
1996    Christian Goetz      45
1997    Dan Vice      50
1998    Jon Kwiatkowski      45
AREA Ratings
1    Bobby LaBoon      1632
2    Kevin Kozlowski      1535
3    Howard Newby      1465
4    Karen Sanders      1362
5    None      -
6    None      -
7    None      -
8    None      -
9    None      -
10    None      -

Event Inflation ... 1830 ... 1856 .... 1870

This year's event will be expanded to the best-known 18xx games other than1830: 1856 (Lower Canada) and 1870 (the American Southwest). As was the case in 1998, players will qualify for the final by winning at least two games in four tries. If more than six players win two or more games, the top six will be selected for the final. Since your performance is based on your margin of victory it's best if you win big! As was also true last year, players will be allowed to vote for an adjudicated outcome where the result seems foreordained. At any time, the players may agree amongst themselves to declare a winner and to propose this to the Event Director. If the Event Director concurs, the game outcome will be recorded using a score for the winner approximately equivalent to the mean winning score, but greater than the median winning score.

For those unfamiliar with last year's scoring system, the winner receives a score equal to 2.00 minus the second-place finisher's score expressed as a percentage of the winner's. Thus, if the top finishers had $10,000 and $8,500, the winner would get a score of 1.15, while if the top finishers had $10,000 and $9,900 the winner would get a score of 1.01. An adjudicated outcome gives the designated winner a score of 1.10. In last year's event, 21 games were played of which two were adjudicated. The mean winning score in the other 19 games was 1.10. There were six games where the winner had a score greater than 1.10, ranging from 1.13 to 1.33, while there were eleven games where the winner scored less than 1.10, ranging from 1.01 to 1.07.
There were two games in which the winner earned a score of 1.10 in addition to the two adjudicated games. The six finalists in last year's event all had at least two wins, while two of them had three. All players who won at least two games participated in the final. The mean qualifying game score of the finalists was 1.11. The winning score in the final was 1.04.

There will be four sessions: two 1830 sessions, to be held Thursday and Friday evenings, and one each of 1856 and 1870. The 1870 session will be held on Friday and the 1856 one on Saturday. This should provide the opportunity for a diversified experience for those who play many different 18xx games while providing full scope for those who play only 1830 to advance under conditions familiar to them.

 GM      David Hecht  [3rd Year]   5911 Edsall Road, Apt PH-8, Alexandria, VA 22304
    David_Hecht@msn.com   (703) 370-6763

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