As we gaze through the mists of history, we see the hand of inevitability as the course of weeks marched on.* Other bloggers met. Victorious victories. Embarrassing losses. Vanishing tournament participants.
dnk Pol Whr LEP Tac l3r Tom cl RR 1 drunknknite xxx 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 7.0 2 Polly 0.0 xxx 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 2 Wahrheit 0.0 0.0 xxx 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 2 Liquid Egg 0.0 0.0 0.0 xxx 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 2 Tacticus 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 xxx 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 6 l3rucewayne 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 xxx 0.0 0.0 1.0 4.0 7 Tom 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 xxx 1.0 0.0 2.0 8 chessloser 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 xxx --- 1.0 9 Rocky Rook 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 --- xxx 1.0
Nine of us slugged it out, and four of us poseurs demonstrated a semblence of strength in our four-way tie for second (placed in no particular order, BTW; I did no tie-breaks).
But drunknknite stands alone as the victor of the very first Tournament of Lepers in history. His name will now be known world-wide as a champion (technically, anyway–LEP has a single reader in countries like Australia and the Netherlands). Even the jokers of Wikipedia will not defame his name, when (if) the Tournament becomes significant enough for its own Wikipedia entry.
Only the heroics of l3rucewayne prevented him from earning the right to a McDonald’s Gift Card of Perfection.
And, drunknknite, as for your prize…due to the mysterious and abrupt departure of gorckat, the original prize–some random item that had a connection to Seirawan–is no longer in play. So you will be the proud recipient of a gift certificate for the USCF store. Valued at whatever’s left in my checking account (not that much). It’ll be arriving via e-mail.
The Mascot has also offered you one of his T-shirts or mugs (with the ability to customize), so I guess you can e-mail about that. He also left you this message of congratulations:
Hey, drunk! You weren’t perfect, but that’s OK. You know the old saying: “To err is human; perfection is eggish.” Anyway, you probably didn’t know this but I’m making a movie. Your victory in the Tournament of Lepers has earned you a great cameo spot! Check out this trailer, and let me know if you want me to stick your mug in there. Although there’s a chance you may be a dashing blonde already, so you won’t need to come in for filming.
Anyway, thanks to everyone who made this possible and helped out!
Wahrheit: For convincing me to go through with this and coming up with the time control.
gorckat: Offering what was going to be the main prize.
Allen: Offering a McDonald’s gift card for perfection.
And all the participants!
I forgot someone, probably! Sorry!