Elmar Syndrome

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Elmar Syndrome is when a player equals their record many times without breaking it.

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[edit] History

Elmar Zimmermann (Germany) made his first 57 on 03 Jun 2003. For the next 13 months he kept tying his record without breaking it. He finally set a new record of 55 on 03 Jul 2004 after 57x7 and more than 30 sub60 games.

A few months later, Roman Gammel (Russia) encountered the same problem. After 13x7 he finally had a 12 second game on 19 Oct 2004. This prompted him to ask in the Guestbook on 23 Oct 2004: "I got my first 12s on int after 13x7, similarly Elmar got 57x7 and Dan got 59x7 on expert. Have anybody got more than 7 times one result before beat it?"

There were a few responses. Someone remembered that Ben van Calster (Belgium) had made 79x7 and 20x8 before breaking his records. That was the end of the conversation.

However, Roman soon had the same problem again! After posting 12x4 in the Guestbook on 15 Jan 2005 he said jokingly: "Looks like I have Elmar Syndrome on 12s." And that was the birth of the expression!

[edit] Worst Cases

There has never been an exact definition of how many times a record must be tied to count as Elmar Syndrome. Technically it is 7, but here is an incomplete list of cases where a record was tied at least 4 times.

[edit] Expert

  • Aaro Länsman (Finland): 54x8 --> 52 on Feb 2013

  • Elmar Zimmermann (Germany): 57x7 --> 55 on 03 Jul 2004.
  • Ben Van Calster (Belgium): 79x7 --> 76 on 15 Mar 2001.
  • Dan Cerveny (USA): 59x7 --> 57 on 13 Feb 2001.

  • Kamil Murański (Poland): 47x6 --> 46 on 30 May 2008.
  • Gilles Regniers (Belgium): 67x6 --> 66 on 31 Oct 2005.
  • Damien Moore (Canada): 47x6 --> 46 on 5 Apr 2003.

  • Tomi Saleva (Finland): 56x5 --> 53 on 23 Feb 2011.
  • Georgi Kermekchiev (Bulgaria): 60x5 --> 57 on 18 May 2005.
  • Xiaohu Zhang (USA): 53x5 --> 52 on 19 Oct 2004.
  • Elmar Zimmermann (Germany): 66x5 --> 64 on 2 Dec 2002. The Counter stated 65.021 (but the Winmine clock said 64).

  • Michael Gottlieb (USA): 44x4 --> 43 on 13 Jul 2012.
  • Konstantin Forofontov (Russia): 54x4 --> 53 on 19 Aug 2011.
  • Ping-Liang Lin (China): 68x4 --> 67 on 04 Aug 2011.
  • name removed (Germany): 40x4 --> 39 on 24 Jan 2010
  • Damien Moore (Canada): 45x4 --> 40 on 23 Apr 2005.
  • Stephen Arnason (Canada): 61x4 --> 60 on 4 Jul 2004.

[edit] Intermediate

  • Kamil Murański (Poland): 10x30 --> 9 on 10 Aug 2009.

  • Konstantin Forofontov (Russia): 13x14 --> 12 on 24 Mar 2011.

  • Konstantin Forofontov (Russia): 15x11 --> 14 on 16 Aug 2010.
  • Arsen Balishyan (Russia): 13x11 --> 12 on 03 Nov 2009.

  • Rasmus Jensen (Denmark): 20x10 --> 18 on 10 Nov 2005.

  • Dennis Meng (USA): 16x9 --> 15 on 3 Feb 2010.
  • name removed (Germany): 13x9 --> 12 on 10 Jul 2009.
  • Levente Jakob (USA): 14x9 --> 12 on 12 May 2006.
  • Aryeh Draeger (USA): 25x9 --> 22 on 10 Sep 2005.

  • Luke Sullivan (USA): 19x8 --> 16 on 1 Sep 2008.
  • Luke Sullivan (USA): 13x8 as of 3 Jan 2012, still trying!
  • Dennis Lütken (Denmark): 13x8 --> 12 on 30 Oct 2005.
  • Dion Tiu (Australia): 11x8 --> 10 on 12 Oct 2005.
  • Dmitriy Sukhomlynov (Ukraine): 24x8 --> 23 on 13 Sep 2005.
  • Todd Calhoun (USA): 15x8 --> 13 on 9 Jun 2005.
  • Franz Wöhrl (Germany) 18x8 --> 16 on 5 Jun 2005.
  • Ben Van Calster (Belgium): 20x8 --> 19 on 31 May 2001.



  • Sam Haynes (USA): 18x7 -->16 on 25 Aug 2010.
  • Dennis Meng (USA): 18x7 --> 17 on 13 Oct 2009.
  • Aryeh Draeger (USA): 16x7 --> 15 on 8 Aug 2006.
  • Dmitriy Sukhomlynov (Ukraine): 21x7 --> 20 on 23 Nov 2005.
  • James Custer (USA): 19x7 --> 17 on 8 Jun 2005.
  • Roman Gammel (Russia): 13x7 --> 12 on 19 Oct 2004.

  • Pavel Mishin (Russia): 11x6 --> 10 on 8 Aug 2010.
  • Vadim Muntyan (Ukraine): 17x6 --> 16 on 21 Aug 2009.
  • Andrea Diotallevi (Italy): 20x6 --> 17 on 30 Nov 2009.
  • Daniel Brim (USA): 24x6 --> 23 on 1 Dec 2005.
  • Alexander Morgan (Wales): 17x6 --> 16 on 3 Nov 2005.
  • Roman Gammel (Russia): 12x6 --> 11 on 22 May 2005.
  • Grégoire Duffez (France): 14x6 --> 13 on 6 Feb 2005.
  • Lloyd Rhoads (USA): 19x6 --> 18 on 25 Jul 2004.
  • Robert Benditz (Germany): 23x6 --> 22 on 17 Jun 2004.

  • Arsen Balishyan (Russia): 15x5 --> 13 on 1 Dec 2007.
  • Dmitriy Sukhomlynov (Ukraine): 25x5 --> 24 on 10 Jun 2005.

  • Michael Gottlieb (USA),: 12x4 --> 11 on 30 Nov 2011.
  • Manuel Heider (Germany): 15x4 --> 11 on 10 Oct 2005.
  • Robert Benditz (Germany): 15x4 --> 14 on 21 Sep 2005.
  • Aryeh Draeger (USA): 27x4 --> 25 on 30 Jul 2005.
  • Jan Dubois (Switzerland): 15x4 --> 13 on 27 Jun 2005.
  • Sok Ann Yap (Malaysia): 19x4 --> 18 on 4 Jun 2005.
  • Stephen Arnason (Canada): 14x4 --> 13 on 9 Apr 2005.
  • Dave Matson (Canada): 22x4 --> 20 on 1 Sep 2004.
  • Rodrigo Camargo (Brazil): 20x4 -> 19 on 13 Jul 2004.

[edit] Never Completed

  • Ronny De Winter (Netherlands): made 15x4 starting in 2008 but retired in 2009.
  • Lukasz Malinowski (Poland) made 44x5 starting in 2003 and is still playing.
  • Damien Moore (Canada) made 11x5 starting in 2002 and is still playing.
  • Dan Cerveny (USA) made 11x4 starting in 2002 but retired in 2005.
  • David Morgan (England) made 15x3 starting in 2003 but retired in 2004.
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