Tantrix in Your Country
|2009 World Open|
1. World Tantrix Open (2009)
The inaugural World Tantrix Open was held in Edinburgh, Scotland on 13-14 June 2009. The organizers were Steven Tresize and Julia Schwarz. Forty-six entrants from 14 different countries took part. The tournament was won by Niklas Andersson from Sweden.
Back row: Pellepen/Lennart Aspelin, JMSC/Joe Ruby, SuperBear/Edwin Nieudorp, Tiefenthal/Sven Tiefenthal, DDyer/Dave Dyer,
Mikem/Mike McManaway, 1Kornik21/Marek Reniers, Leslie/László Harsányi, colly89/Michael Collison, Blick/Attila Mikulán
2nd row: Malle/Malin Aspelin, Greenfox/Charlotta Klevedal, IDyer/Irene Dyer, NiklasA/Niklas Andersson, Blackbird/James Carter,
Shunter/Simon Wright, FaFa/Eva Radix, Tizz88/Chris Essex, Ellajolie/Joyce Chavernac, Typo/Neil Jenner, Snuitje/Deborah Husmann,
Reiki/Monique Husmann, Benopi/Ben Polman, Rick/Rick Yagodich
3rd row: Nica/Monica Palmer, Luigi/Lewis Palmer, Humber/Petra Wark, Syagrius/Vincent Auger, Skweeki/Rob Morton, Snuggled/Zoe Andrews, Frogzone1/Eleanor Gordon, Moorehen/Judy Moore, MadMarie/Emily Thomas, Zormac/Zoltán Németh, Retro/Ben Thomas, Steven/Steven Tresize
Front row: Snowy/Robert Mitchell, Grandpčre/Michel Auger, Kcina/Anick Auger, Galca/Galina Ryvchin, Monii/Monika Marx, Bikey/Susi Rieger, Jade/Julia Schwarz, Moorecock/Steve Moore, Bluebear/Chris Watson
Very front: Lenchen/Lena Marx, Pimboli/Eveline Fischer
The tournament report for the 2009 World Open is in two parts. The first part is a report from Niklas Andersson, the champion. The second part is short moments and memories from the other players.
On Friday the 12th of June Greenfox, Nica, Luigi, Pellepen, Malle and I met at Skavsta airport to get the same flight to Edinburgh. When we arrived there on the evening I was very tired since I had had an very early start in the morning and graduated from upper secondary school on the same day as well. When we finally arrived to the Pollock Halls I just said hi to some people who were there before I went straight to bed.SATURDAY
Finally it starts! In phase 1, I managed to win 5 games out of 7, drew one and lost one. Unfortunately, I don't remember very much from those games. I finished third in my group though, and qualified for the top 18 in phase 2.THE FINAL
So, I made it to the final... A all-play-all group with me and 5 other players. The other players were Attila, Neil, Simon, Lennart and Chris.IN CLOSING
This weekend was not only about the Tantrix though, it was a nice weekend in many other ways. The Saturday evning dinner, the evening playing other games, and so on. On Monday I went sightseeing in the town with Lotta, Chris and Simon before I went back home in the afternoon. I travelled with hand luggage only, and I can tell that the guy at the security check looked as if he wasn't sure what I had in my bag.
Blackbird: The bit I most remember was my second game against Lenchen - I finally saw a chance to make a nice little loop that would beat her line, and it actually came together, my first of the whole tournament! I was so chuffed, until every tile of Lenchen's locked itself into place to give her a loop that clobbered mine into submission!! I know everyone will have been on the receiving end of this at some point, but it was beautifully done, and it looked nice, too!
Shunter: Definitely the game I will remember most was the last one, against Niklas. After having scraped through phase 2 with a lucky win over Niklas and a 13-tile win over Marek in the last round, I was amazed to still have a chance to win the title with one game to go. After having had the better of the early tiles, I took a lead although we both ended up with loop threats. I found a great block that meant that one end of his line would end up blocked and the other unplayable until the endgame, however Niklas came right back and used the same block at the end of my line.
So the title came down to who would draw the RRBGGB, and, probably justly after the game the previous day, Niklas picked it to win by a tile. It was quite a disappointing way to end, but at various points at the weekend it didn't look like I'd have even the slightest chance of coming third. Congratulations to Niklas on a fantastic and well-deserved victory, and similarly to Attila for his second place.
Tizz88: Undoubtedly the most memorable moment of the weekend (and probably from any Open I have been to) was the ABBA medley that the Swedes did at the end!
From a personal perspective, my weekend was really a story of three crucial wins with a series of mistakes littered amongst them. In the end the former proved the more important and having felt I had an outside chance of a top ten finish I managed to end up 4th! Of the three key games (against the two Bens and Deborah) I think the one against Deb was the most important as it turned out. I ended up just 1.5 TPs ahead of her in second place in the phase 2 group, having beaten her by 20 tiles. She went for a fairly ambitious loop early in the game which allowed me to build a stronger loop threat around it which I eventually completed due to her drawing the red straight I needed almost as soon as I'd created the space for it to fill. This gave me a 36 and it was a relatively easy job to block her and keep her to 16. I think the weekend was defined by a series of these sort of games which really tested everyone's nerve. Clearly, in every sense, Tantrix is a game played in the head!
Mikem: The Edinburgh World Tantrix Open was awesome and Steven and Julia deserve all the credit. The initial WTO has set a high standard for any future similar events. Personally, I had a great time and I highly recommend table tournaments for weight loss, one's brain is forced to process glucose at a furious rate. The tile gods must have been very kind to me though ... how else to explain how anyone over 25 made it into the top ten! There were so many good players there and most of them deserved to finish ahead of me.
GreenFox: Apart from some games that I wish I coulddn't remember clearly I will remember the WTO as time spent with friends. Believe it or not but I wasn't especially grumpy at any time during the weekend! Even though I hardly won a game after Saturday lunch. Perhaps I understand that there are more important things in life than winning *cough, cough*, BUT I think the main reason might be the giggley mood I had all weekend with the grand finale after the prize giving. Oh yes, the modest little swedish girl had a really good time.
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