Vienna 2008 Minesweeper Tournament Results
Main Event (Points System)
|5||Yeoh Wee Pin||101||57||86||62||74||380|
Traditional Event (Best 5&5)
|7||Yeoh Wee Pin||19.76||63.67||83.43||444.19|
You can download all tournament videos here (15MB).
Johnny Buell is making a documentary about the tournament. You can join the Facebook page for more info. Below is the first clip released:
Christoph invented a new format for this tournament. There was still a traditional best sum of 5 Intermediate and 5 Expert games, but this was a side event and only players who dropped out of the main event could play in it. (Scores made by players while in the main event counted towards the side event).
The format consisted of several sessions of 999 seconds. In each session the players tried to finish 10 Beginner, 6 Intermediate and 2 Expert games in the fastest time. Then they played any level they wanted until the session finished. Points were then awarded in 4 categories.
The winner of the TimeTrial was given 4 points for each person in the competition. If 10 people were in the competition the winner would get 40 points. Each position was given 4 points less and the last person was given no points. The winner of the Expert category had the lowest sum of 5 Expert games and received 3 points for each player. Each position was given 3 points less and the last position was given no points. The same idea applied for Intermediate (2 points for each player) and Beginner (1 point for each player).
The tournament started with 14 players. When the leading player reached 350 points the group was reduced to the best 10. When the leading player reached 450 points it was reduced to 6 players. At 550 points it was reduced to 3 players, and the first player to then reach 650 points was declared the winner.
Players who dropped out played in the side event, competing for the best sum of 5 Intermediate and 5 Expert games. Scores made during the main event counted. Since the players in the main event were mostly playing for completion instead of speed, the side event favoured early losers. For example, Kamil won the side event but he had an extra 2 sessions of time to play for speed while Tommy, Reid and Christoph were still playing Time Trials.
The competition was organised by Christoph Nikolaus and took place on 20 September 2008 at the University of Vienna, Room 204 of the Faculty of Mathematics.
The minesweeper version used was ViennaSweeper, which is written by Christoph Nikolaus.
The previous afternoon there was a Nonosweeper competition, and earlier in the week Christoph organised a championship for the Austrian players.
Due to problems with using both Vista and XP computers, the program for assigning scores crashed twice during the competition. Two sessions were lost as a result, so Christoph needed to modify the formula used for dropping players from the main event.
Yeoh Wee Pin has written a review of the tournament.