The Diplomacy Challenge is for the best score on Saturday.
With Emeric and Gwen tied on 9 centres, the computer positional analysis program was brought out to break the tie, and declared that Gwen had the better position by about half a centre (although Gwen said he thought the computer had got it wrong!).
|Best Austria||Mark Wightman||Friday Board 1||4 centres|
|Best England||Emeric Miszti||Saturday Board 1||9 centres|
|Best France||Graeme Murphy||Sunday Board 1||15 centres|
|Best Germany||Graeme Murphy||Friday Board 1||7 centres|
|Best Italy||Gwen Maggi||Friday Board 1||11 centres|
|Best Russia||Gwen Maggi||Saturday Board 1||9 centres|
|Best Turkey||Emeric Miszti||Sunday Board 1||9 centres|
As has become traditional at ManorCon, an award was given for each nationality from which a player was present. The recipients of awards were selected by the players in attendance from that nation.
|Most French player (who is not actually French)||Mark Wightman||For being able to play an alliance with guts.|
|Tournament Director’s Award||Graeme Murphy||For being reduced to 1 centre in 1903, and playing 7 years before he made it back to 2 centres to finish the game.|
13 players played in 6 games. The top 5 were:
28 players played in 21 games. The top 6 were:
The 18XX tournament had 19 players playing 18 games. The games included 4 of 18Ardennes, 3 of 1861, 2 of 18West, 2 of 1837, and one each of 1824, 1812, 1858, 1846, 1848Lt, 1826 and 18EU. This year saw a runaway win by Jon Draper, with three wins out of five, plus two solid seconds. Congratulations to Jon on a very solid performance this year. A special mention should go to John Hopkins for stick ability; John played four games over the weekend, came last in all of them, and if there was a tournament directors award, I would have given it to him for perseverance alone.
|5||Ian D. Wilson||4||2||76.81|
37 games were played, the tournament director contriving to be in no fewer than 21 of them. With six victories out of six games played Chris Martin was unstoppable. This exceptionally good performance revealed an unanticipated flaw in the tournament scoring system: had Chris gone on to play some 2-player games and win them, it would actually have reduced his overall score! The tournament director has already devised a solution to this for next year.
Eight people signed up for the croquet. In an even field, this would have normally reduced to a three-round knockout tournament. However, to make it more fun for the weaker players, I retained the four round structure, and arranged the draw so that they played each other before meeting the big guns. I’ll retain this in future, and hopefully we’ll get more entrants; who knows, the extra games may get the earlier players in nick enough to pull off an upset over the (cold) stronger players.
As expected, Mick Haytack and Gary Duke made it to the Final. With his lower Handicap, Gary was the favourite. However, a mistake after the fourth hoop which left Gary’s two balls wired let Mick in, and he duly cleaned up. This was Mick’s fifth ManorCon Crown, putting him in the outright lead in the history of the Tournament. Congratulations, Mick, and commiserations to Gary.
|Gary Duke||Gary Duke||Gary Duke||14||Gary Duke||4|
|Bekki Warren||14||Bekki Warren||14||Bekki Warren||1|
|Martin Burroughs||11||Philip Honeybone||9|
|Stuart Stafford||7||Chris Dawe||Chris Dawe||2||Mick Haytack||14|
19 players played in 8 games. The top 4 were:
18 games were played. Steve Thomas won all four that he played, thereby comfortably winning the tournament. Ben Brown and Chris Paterson each won a single 3-player game, thereby nominally tying as runner-up. The tie was broken by considering the margin of victory in each of the games.
30 players played in 11 games. The top 7 were:
In it's third year, the Imperial tournament saw six games played. Paul Cook and Jake Hanny both achieved 2 wins in 2 games, putting them well ahead of third place. With significantly larger margins of victory, Paul took the prize.
4 teams competed for the right to represent the UK at Essen.
Winning team: Shark Bait: Luke Ellis, Maz Seijka, Adam Seijka, Simon Forth.
Best players: Adam Seijka & Luke Ellis
17 players played 3 games - unsurprisingly scheduled for Midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The top three were:
Once again, the treasure hunt turned out to be a lot longer than planned. After 8 hours of hunting, the red team finally won, but by that time, everybody was past caring as to who was in the winning team!
Eight teams took part in this year’s Pop Quiz, which got under way once Dan and David had worked out how to disassemble the PA system sufficiently to be able to plug the laptop into it! Five different teams won on-the-spot prizes for winning a round, and the overall winner was decided by just 1½ points.
|Team||Connections||Numbers||Whistling||Lyrics||Guess Year||Colour||Total||Team Members|
|Lancastrian||16||20||11||15||17||16||95||Martin Burroughs, John Gates, Dave Gittins, Keith Morton, Richard Ramsden|
|Scaramanga's Third Nipple||16||17||10||17||17½||16||93½||Mick Haytack, James Kingham, Emily Lagrue, John Todd, John Webbly|
|Team Fat Bastard||17||14||10||16½||17½||15||90||Mark Fox, Phil Hannay, Simon Hornby, Robin Walters, Mark Wightman, Phil Williams|
|Dog & The Katz||15||16||11||13||14||10||79|
|I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue||13||13||8||9||12||12||67|
|Stu, Sue, A Team Of Two||8||8||5||6||9½||2||38½|
|Score out of||20||25||15||20||20||20||120|