UK 2009 Minesweeper Tournament Information
The first UK minesweeper competition will take place in Stirling (Scotland) on 20 June 2009. I will post more details here soon. So far the plan is to use the Clone for a sum of 5 Expert and 5 Intermediate games...still working on a program for this. Stirling is not very big but it does have a very good bowling centre and lots of pubs!
Please contact me at damienalexmoore at yahoo dot com.
Getting to Stirling
The earlier you book flights the cheaper they are. Wizzair (Glasgow Prestwick) and Easyjet (Glasgow International & Edinburgh) have the best prices from most of Europe.
Arriving in Glasgow
Glasgow International Airport - Take a bus to Glasgow Queen Street train station. (It costs about £3 and takes 40 minutes). A train ticket to Stirling costs £6.60 and the trip takes about 35 minutes.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport - A train ticket to Stirling costs £11.60 and takes 2 hours. First the train goes to Glasgow Central station, then you walk to Glasgow Queen Street station (10 minutes), and then take the train to Stirling.
Arriving in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport - The Airlink 100 bus goes to the Edinburgh Waverley train station. (It costs £3.50 and takes 25 minutes). A train ticket to Stirling costs £6.90 and takes 50 minutes.
Arriving in London
Train - A train to Stirling takes 5 hours but only costs £16 ... if you book early! (You can book 12 weeks early at www.nationalrail.co.uk). By June tickets will cost at least £100. London Euston and London Kings Cross are the main stations for going to Scotland.
Gatwick airport has a special train to Euston station, most other airports have buses ... depending on what airport you arrive at, it will take 30-60 minutes and £15-£25 to get to the train stations.
Plane - Flying takes almost as long as the train because of time in the airport. Easyjet costs about £50 to fly to Glasgow International from either Luton/Stansted/Gatwick airports.
Please talk to me before you book a place to stay. I am booking a large room (18 beds) at a local hostel (£12 to £15 a night), but you can also get rooms at the University (single room for about £22 a night). Just send me an email.
Players Competing - as of 19Apr2009
Top 10 - Damien Moore (Scotland / Canada)
Top 20 - Fritz Loehr (Germany)
Top 75 - David Greer (England)
Top125 - Rupert Foggo McKay (England)
Top125 - Jonian Grazhdani (Albania)
Top200 - Gergely Nagy (Hungary)
Players planning to come, waiting for confirmation:
Top 10 - Kamil Muranski (Poland)
Top 10 - Thomas Kolar (Austria)
Top 30 - Bertie Seyffert (South Africa)
Top350 - Michael Jones (England)
Will be announced later. Only have trophies planned so far....
Prices for Flights
Here are some examples (checked 02 March 09):