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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.

carlos carlos wrote on 2006-03-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
congratulations, gary! great performance. well done to the others at the top of the table too. thanks fergus, i'll definitely be in for the next tournament whenever it is? had fun in all of my games, even my customary victory on time over thomas hehe... hard to remember all the games now, but i think i got outplayed in most of the games i lost this time around which is usually better than blundering them away. looking forward to the next one!

Antoine Fourrière wrote on 2006-03-23 UTC
Congratulations for a much-deserved win, Gary. The victory went first and foremost to the better player, but also to the inventor of the excellent Catapults of Troy. And thanks also to Fergus for the continual improvement of Game Courier.

Jeremy Good wrote on 2006-03-22 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Congratulations, Gary. A great inventor of great chess variants wins. Great!

Gary Gifford wrote on 2006-03-22 UTC
Thank you Tom and Joe for the congratulations, to Fergus for running a nice event, to all participants, and to my wife who put up with me during my many hours at the game boards (she did not like it one bit). It was certainly a very challenging event with many nerve-racking situations and long hours (even on weekends) trying to get out of positional troubles from time to time, and to work up some sort of an advantage from what appeared to be dead-even positions most other times.

Thomas McElmurry wrote on 2006-03-22 UTC
Actually, Joe, by my count you can have eighth place all to yourself, due to the Sonneborn-Berger tiebreaker. I'll just sit back here in ninth and wish our game of Maxima had gone differently. Further congratulations to Gary Gifford for an impressive 11/12 performance.

Joe Joyce wrote on 2006-03-21 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Congratulations, Gary! I see the Game Courier Tournament 2 results have been posted, and Gary Gifford has won without losing a game. Antoine Fourriere and Roberto Laviere came in second and third this year. Congratulations to both of you. I'd like to thank everyone I played. I met almost everyone, and also met almost every game, for the first time during the tournament, and all-in-all have enjoyed the experience. In spite of getting thumped pretty badly, I did manage to come in tied for eighth. It was a lot of fun, if sometimes nerve-wracking, and I did better than I expected. I actually won a few, and didn't lose a couple more. It's been a great introduction to the world of chess variants; and I've almost stopped bleeding from some of the losses. I liked the 'lots of different games' format and that we got a choice of games. The wide variety was what attracted me. So thank you very much to Fergus Duniho, who ran the tournament as well as participated. This was the second tournament I ever played in, and the first in 35-40 years. This was fascinating. Are all tournaments like this? Heck, I'd play in another 'many-games' tournament again. Thanks to the participants for making this a very good time. It was so much fun, I hated to see it end. :-) Joe

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2006-01-18 UTC
The table indicates that it was never created, not that it was deleted.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-01-18 UTC
The Rococo Tournament LOG I have had to play against G.W.Duke was deleted, but I have played another Rococo game against George, and it has finished, and he won in a very good game. Please consider it as it was the Tournament game, for the Tournament statistic purposes.

Joe Joyce wrote on 2005-12-16 UTC
carlos carlos, where are you? You own me a move in the tournament, and you're running out of time. Our game of Switching Chess is in week 2, and you haven't made a move yet. I'd like a win, but shouldn't get it by default. If anyone has Carlos' address, please email him or send me the address - thanks. Joe Joyce

Gary Gifford wrote on 2005-12-07 UTC
In regard to Switching Chess, Andreas Kaufmann and I have agreed to use Tony's original rules which allow for a King to switch (swap) when in check.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-12-07 UTC

It takes coordinates for arguments. For example, swap e1 d1 would switch the White King and Queen from their initial positions.

Andreas Kaufmann wrote on 2005-12-07 UTC
Fergus, can you please give an example of how to use 'swap' command?

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-12-06 UTC

I prefer Greg's variant, but I'll leave it to a vote. BTW, the switching of pieces may be done with the swap command.

Gary Gifford wrote on 2005-12-06 UTC
I take it that in Switching Chess, a King in Check will still be allowed to switch, as not allowing this would be one of the suggested variants.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-12-06 UTC
Except for George Duke's games, the rest of the games have been assigned. His remaining games will be assigned if he returns to the tournament before the remaining games finish. Otherwise, he will forfeit all his remaining games.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-12-06 UTC
Sorry about the delay. I have been distracted by some unpleasantness in my personal life, the details of which I won't go into here, and I have also recently been working eight hour days, leaving me tired when I get online in the evening. I will assign the rest of the games tomorrow morning. I won't be making an automated preset for Switching Chess, since I have never gotten around to completing one, and I don't want to delay any longer.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2005-11-22 UTC
What´s going on?

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2005-11-16 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
When are we going to continue with the Tournament?. According to my calculations, Gary Gifford is going to be the winner, independently of the other results, but I suppose all the rest want to play the remaining games. Congratulations, Gary!.

Thomas McElmurry wrote on 2005-11-04 UTC

[2005-11-14: I've edited this table after the recent and long-dreaded demise of the Black army in Gifford-McElmurry. Just a few minutes later I'm already feeling withdrawal and hoping the last few games will be assigned soon. Has anyone heard from Fergus lately?]

I've been keeping track of the results, and I think the following is correct, although it's possible that I've made mistakes. The last column is the Buchholz-Solkoff tiebreaker, which is guaranteed not to break ties when the tournament is complete.

1Gary Gifford+10 =1  -010.5/11+10 
2Antoine Fourrière+7  =1  -17.5/9+6 
3Andreas Kaufmann+8  =0  -38/11+5 
4Roberto Lavieri+5  =4  -17/10+4 
5Fergus Duniho+6  =0  -36/9+3 
6Carlos Carlos+6  =1  -46.5/11+2+1
7Michael Madsen+6  =0  -46/10+2-1
8Joe Joyce+2  =2  -53/9-3+11
9Thomas McElmurry+3  =0  -63/9-3+10
10Greg Strong+3  =0  -83/11-5+12
11Michael Nelson+2  =1  -72.5/10-5+8
12George Duke+0  =0  -70/7-7 
13Hans Henriksson+1  =0  -101/11-9 

64 games have been completed, and 14 (listed below) remain.

Alice Chess

  • McElmurry-Duniho

Chess with Different Armies

  • Duke-Joyce

Extinction Chess

  • Madsen-Duke

Hostage Chess

  • Duke-McElmurry
  • Duniho-Fourrière

Marseillais Chess

  • Fourrière-Nelson


  • Joyce-McElmurry


  • Duke-Lavieri

Switching Chess

  • Carlos-Joyce
  • Duke-Strong
  • Fourrière-Madsen
  • Henriksson-Nelson
  • Kaufmann-Gifford
  • Lavieri-Duniho

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2005-11-03 UTC
I think all players have to play 1 or 2 games more, but I am not sure. I don´t have confident statistics on hand, although it is clear that Gifford is ahead, and it appears he is followed by Fourriere, Kaufmann, Duniho and Lavieri, very probably in this order, and I am not sure about the exact points for each one.

Andreas Kaufmann wrote on 2005-11-03 UTC
Does anybody have a statistics about current standings and how much games are still to be played?

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2005-11-03 UTC
Correction: Gifford-McElmurry

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2005-11-03 UTC
Are we waiting for the end of the game Gifford-Joyce to continue with the last round?

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-07-28 UTC
I have just made the assignments mentioned in my previous comments.

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