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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2006-03-20
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Game Courier Tournament #2. Sign up for our 2nd multi-variant tournament to be played all on Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Gary Gifford wrote on 2006-03-23 UTC
Thanks, Carlos, Jeremy, and Antoine Fourrière for the congratulations. Antoine wrote, 'The victory went first and foremost to the better player, but also to the inventor of the excellent Catapults of Troy.' Actually, Antoine, I feel that you are the toughest of players (who typically cuts through board positions as though they are made of butter)and that I simply had a lucky break in our Shogi game. In fact, Joe Joyce had a better Grand Chess position into the middle game, in Marseillais Chess Michael Madsen was clobbering me with his Bishop and Queen manuevers and had me on the verge of checkmate for many moves (... but I got a reprieve); Shatranj with Tom was quite an uphill battle for me, and a long one at that. Switching Chess was a real gray-matter buster with Andreas, as was Caissa Britannia with Roberto. My point is, any one struggle could have easily ended differently. You also mentioned Catapults of Troy, my child of sorrow. Truth be known, after not doing so well in Tournament 1, I decided to sit Tourn # 2 out. But then I thought Catapults of Troy was on the list, so I signed up. When it later was dropped from the list, then voted in, then vetoed back out I actually indicated that I was withdrawing from the tournament but that my entry fee could be kept as a contribution. Fergus and I exchanged a few e-mails and he convinced me to stay in the event. So, I did. But I would have liked Catapults of Troy to have been a part of it. Anyway, in my mind I was playing my first several games with the romantic notion of 'fighting for the honor of Catapults of Troy.' Silly perhaps, but it helped me get started. Again, thanks to all who participated and thanks for many excellent battles. And thank you again Fergus, for an excellent event.