7 , 2005
*Project GIPF Champion* in Cannes
The International Games Festival in Cannes
is a *beauty*. I've always proclaimed
that there are not enough events that
combine tournaments, workshops, initiations
and demos. The festival in Cannes offers
the best combinations of different activities
related to games I've seen so far. The
event as a whole is not as spectacular
as e.g. the yearly fair is Essen, but
nonetheless for sure worth a visit. And,
of course, the Côte d'Azur adds
a fantactic extra little bit of flavour,
especially when you're there with good
As most of you will know, we had scheduled
a Project GIPF Championship in Cannes.
Here are the results of the 4 different
tournaments, followed by the final standings:
DVONN (Feb. 25), 14 participants.
Two germans on spots 1 and 2. Jürgen
Simon and Michael Reitz were clearly stronger
than the rest of the pack. Four players
ended with 3 wins each. Thierry Claudel's
MB-score was just a bit better than the
others, so he snatched the 3rd place.
ZÈRTZ (Feb. 26), only 5 players,
round robin tournament
The very first time that a French dude
won a Project GIPF tournament. Pol Morin
(FR) scored 4 convincing wins! Michael
Reitz (D) and Kurt Van Den Branden (B)
are amongst the best players, so he did
not get his victory the easy way. Three
players ended with 2 wins each but there
was no manner to point out who had become
second and third. So Michael Reitz, Kurt
Van Den Branden, and Frédéric
Simon (F) shared the 2nd place.
GIPF (Feb. 26), 6 players, so again a
round robin tournament
What counts for the Germans in DVONN,
also counts for the Belgians in GIPF.
For the time being they have the strongest
players: 3 Belgians on the first 3 spots
- respectively Patrick Van de Perre, Kurt
Van den Branden, and Rita Pauwels. But
my guess is that the Belgian hegemony
will last so much longer. They already
have the Dutch players on their tail,
and now also a bunch of German and French
players is catching up. To be continued!
YINSH (Feb. 27), 12 participants
Again the same two germans as with DVONN
on spots 1 and 2, Jürgen Simon and
Michael Reitz, but this time in reversed
Luca Cerrato from Italy won the trophy
for the 3rd place because of a better
MB-score than Patrick Van de Perre (B)
and Gerald Garcia (F).
So far the results of the different tournaments.
Only 4 players played all 4 tournaments,
resulting in the following final standings:
1. Michael Reitz (D): 4+2+2+5=13
2. Kurt Van Den Branden (B): 2,5+2+4+2=10,5
3. Patrick Van de Perre (B): 1+0+5+3=9
4. Frédéric Simon (F): 2+2+1+2=7
Many congratulations to all four players!
The results of the different tournaments
can be found in the RESULTS-section of
the respective games.