Russian Railroads

2/14/2021 – Eight semifinal games are now complete. Here are the standings:

RankPlayer Namewinsclosest secondlargest MOV
1fortiche12 1.3383
2lonewolf7010.97911.0889
3Trinketmage10.94371.0000
4lonewolf061 1.2149
5a4401 1.0596
6rkircher1 1.0284
7Tom DeMarco1 1.0213
8magicmoose661 1.0000

2/2/2021 – The first four semifinal games have finished and at least one more is poised to end this week. Four games, four different winners: a440, lonewolf70, rkircher, and TomDeMarco.

12/20/2020 – The semifinal begins today! The names are the ones listed below – only the seedings changed slightly with the adjudication of the last game. An email is being sent today with semifinal table pairings.

12/11/2020 – As the final game is poised to enter the last turn, I decided to do a full audit of the other 31 games. Bad news (for me, good news for him): Rob Kircher is the actual 16th place seed, since the scores from one of his games had been entered incorrectly. All other seeds shown below are correct.

If I had to adjudicate the final first-round game now, I believe I could do it. Since it is so close, though, I would like to let it finish. Hoping to have semifinal game pairings out shortly afterwards – maybe by next weekend.

11/19/2020 – Only one game to go! Hoping the last game can finish by the end of the month so we can start the semifinal round in early December. Here are the standings. The top 15 are guaranteed a spot in the semifinal.

RankLast NameFirst NamePlayer Namewinsclosest second
1BlaisDominicfortiche130.9243
2SwinsonMichaelstarvinmarvin30.8943
3WolffRaylonewolf7030.7695
4CollinsCurtNoWorries20.9746
5HonMingJSMH20.9553
6JiangAJa44020.8150
7DeMarcoTomTom DeMarco20.8135
8DentKeithmagicmoose662 
9WolffSamlonewolf062 
10BoyesRickyTrinketmage10.9858
11MartinAndrewcs2376jr10.9844
12SchulzeMikemcschulze10.9582
13BurnsScottExPat10.9581
14PackJohnjohnrpack10.9313
15AvinsDvdDvdAvins10.9279
16SpencerJayJaySpencer10.9069

11/15/2020 – Down to the final two games in the first round! One of them is on the last turn and so should finish within the next week or so. Hoping the other can pick up the pace to finish by the end of the month. Here are the current standings. All but the last one (me) are guaranteed a spot in the semifinal.

RankLast NameFirst NamePlayer Namewinsclosest second
1BlaisDominicfortiche130.9243
2WolffRaylonewolf7030.7695
3SwinsonMichaelstarvinmarvin3 
4CollinsCurtNoWorries20.9746
5HonMingJSMH20.9553
6JiangAJa44020.8150
7DeMarcoTomTom DeMarco20.8135
8DentKeithmagicmoose662 
9WolffSamlonewolf062 
10BoyesRickyTrinketmage10.9858
11MartinAndrewcs2376jr10.9844
12SchulzeMikemcschulze10.9582
13BurnsScottExPat10.9581
14PackJohnjohnrpack10.9313
15AvinsDvdDvdAvins10.9279
16SpencerJayJaySpencer10.9069

11/8/2020 – Only four games are still going and three of them are on the last turn. Here are the current standings. By my calculations, the top 12 are in, but the final four games have to be played to determine the last four semifinal spots.

RankLast NameFirst NamePlayer Namewinsclosest second
1BlaisDominicfortiche130.9243
2WolffRaylonewolf7030.7695
3SwinsonMichaelstarvinmarvin3 
4CollinsCurtNoWorries20.9746
5JiangAJa44020.8150
6DeMarcoTomTom DeMarco20.8135
7HonMingJSMH2 
8BoyesRickyTrinketmage10.9858
9MartinAndrewcs2376jr10.9844
10SchulzeMikemcschulze10.9582
11BurnsScottExPat10.9581
12PackJohnjohnrpack10.9313
13AvinsDvdDvdAvins10.9279
14SpencerJayJaySpencer10.9069
15KircherRobrkircher10.8786
16MartinChadcs23761 

11/2/2020 – Still 9 games remain, but 6 are on pace to finish this week. Once they are done, I will update the standings again and determine whether or not the remaining 3 games should play out to the finish or be adjudicated for slow play. I prefer to let them play out if possible, but we should start the semifinal within a reasonable timeframe.

10/25/2020 – With only 9 games left, 2 are on the last turn and 5 are on the next-to-last turn. Standings:

RankLast NameFirst NamePlayer Namewinsclosest second
1WolffRaylonewolf7030.7695
2SwinsonMichaelstarvinmarvin3 
3BlaisDominicfortiche120.9243
4JiangAJa44020.8150
5DeMarcoTomTom DeMarco20.8135
6HonMingJSMH2 
7BoyesRickyTrinketmage10.9858
8MartinAndrewcs2376jr10.9844
9CollinsCurtNoWorries10.9746
10BurnsScottExPat10.9581
11PackJohnjohnrpack10.9313
12AvinsDvdDvdAvins10.9279
13SchulzeMikemcschulze10.9260
14SpencerJayJaySpencer10.9069
15DentKeithmagicmoose661
16de BellefeuilleFrancoisdebellefeuille00.9908

10/16/2020 – Updated standings now that 16 of the 32 games have finished:

RankLast NameFirst NamePlayer Namewinsclosest secondhighest MOV
1WolffRaylonewolf7031.0818
2SwinsonMichaelstarvinmarvin21.2293
3HonMingJSMH21.2191
4JiangAJa44021.2051
5BoyesRickyTrinketmage10.98581.1026
6BurnsScottExPat10.95811.1627
7PackJohnjohnrpack10.93131.1147
8AvinsDvdDvdAvins10.92791.1654
9BlaisDominicfortiche110.92431.3314
10SchulzeMikemcschulze10.82981.1825
Once we have 16 winners I will expand the standings to include the top 16

Of the remaining games, 7 are on the last turn and all but one have three turns or fewer remaining.

10/3/2020 – As promised, the tenth game just finished, so here are the standings for the top 10 players:

RankLast NameFirst NamePlayer Namewinsclosest secondhighest MOV
1JiangAJa44021.2051
2WolffRaylonewolf7021.0818
3PackJohnjohnrpack10.93131.1147
4SchulzeMikemcschulze10.82981.1825
5SwinsonMichaelstarvinmarvin11.2293
6BurnsScottExPat11.1627
7BoyesRickyTrinketmage11.1026
8HonMingJSMH11.0261
9CollinsCurtNoWorries00.9746
10BlaisDominicfortiche100.9243
Some entries are manual, so mistakes are possible. Please point out any errors so I can correct them.

9/27/2020 – Six games have finished, one is on the last turn, and six more have two turns left. Once we reach ten finished games I will post standings.

9/19/2020 – The first two games have finished! Once a few more are complete, I will post standings.

9/8/2020 – All 32 games have now started. Good luck everyone, and have fun!

9/1/2020 – Only three days in and already over half (20 of 32) of the games have started! At least 3 more games have been created and are waiting for players to join. Please check the spreadsheet to make sure the information for your games is updated. I will send an email out in a few days to those players who have games that haven’t started (or at least haven’t registered as started)

8/30/2020 – The tournament has begun! You should have received an email from me with details on how to start your games. Once all games have been started I will post the spreadsheet link here so it can be updated as games begin to finish.

8/13/2020 – Registration is closed. I have sent the names in for membership verification. Once I receive a reply, we will create the first round tables and begin!

8/11/2020 – We have 32 players with one day left to sign up.

8/6/2020 – Thanks to Chad Martin for agreeing to serve as my Assistant GM! We have 27 confirmed players with 6 days to go.

This page will be used for updates. There will be a link to a spreadsheet containing all games in progress or completed. In order for the spreadsheet to be effective, please observe the following guidelines:

  1. Make changes carefully and thoughtfully. You are updating a shared document in real time.
  2. The initiator of each game should record the game number in the appropriate cell. That will allow anyone to observe the game and it will allow me to certify the results after all games are completed.
  3. The winner of each game should update the final scores. I realize that I could do that as well, but the more you do ahead of time, the quicker I can determine who will be moving on to the next round. Also, I can double check the results if they have already been entered, reducing the chance for error on my part if I am the only one looking at them.
  4. I may post announcements and updates here from time to time.

Tournament rules:

  1. All games will be played on Yucata. If you have never used the site, it is easy and free. Just register and send me your user name and email address (if different from the one you use to send me your user name) to enroll in the tournament.
  2. All games will be four-player games. For the first round, each player will play in four games at the same time, with different opponents.
  3. Games are asynchronous, but the expectation is that you will check your games approximately daily or more frequently. Life happens and delays will occur, but be aware that the Yucata site removes any game in which a turn has not been taken in 30 days. Please do not sign up if you think you will not be able to keep up.
  4. Advancement to the semifinal will be based on the following criteria:
    1. Most games won (out of four)
    2. Closest second place finish as a percentage of the winning score
    3. Highest margin of victory in best game as a ratio of the winning score to the second place score
    4. Total raw score in all four games
  5. The number of players in the semifinal will be half the total number of entrants, rounded down, not to exceed 16. To the extent possible, players will be seeded such that the top seeds will not face each other in the semifinal.
  6. The semifinal will use the same advancement criteria. The top four players will play a single game for the top four spots. The fifth and sixth spots will go to the first two alternates, using the advancement criteria listed above.
  7. Projected start date is the last week of August. Semifinals will follow shortly after the first round games are complete.
  8. Deadline for entering will be August 12. Contact me, Jay Spencer, with any questions or to enter. My email address is jay.spencer@ymail.com. Enjoy!

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