Well, they came, they saw, they tried to conquer, but Mr. Dig held firm and kept the Dutch title in the hands of a Dutchman!
Despite much last-minute panicking, we managed to start reeeeasonably on time, and get it all finished by (I think?) 7pm or so. The venue worked out great, we had 17 competitors (although 1 dropped out early due to a family emergency, and a couple more had to leave before they could complete all their games), some fierce battles, and above all a lot of fun.
I think I may have slightly over-indulged in the booze, because my early-games form rather ran away from me as the day progressed, but I am going to blame it on the stress of being an organizer. Speaking of which, many many thanks to Danny D and Anne for helping out with the organization and various other folk who lumped in as and when to facilitate the smooth-running of things (Mick N especially!).
After the competition there was talk of a boat-ride, but in the end we opted for a guitar-jam and sing-a-long at mine followed by a monster poker tournament (12 players) till 4am!
And now, here is the result of the Dutch jury ...
The opening round consisted of 3 groups of 6 teams. There was a top-seed in each group (Mark P, Cornelius, Klaus L) and a second-seed in each group (Riemer P, Panni, Jaume), and then 4 non-seeded players in each group, all randomly assigned. Each group was a round-robin of the usual 10-minute games. Options (trapfix etc) were up to each player, but I think everyone just turned everything on.
The preliminary groups results:http://imgur.com/jvn3Ajr
Then, the top 2 from each group went through to the gold group, middle 2 to silver, bottom 2 to bronze, where again there was a round robin. Then, the top 2 in each group had a final for that colour's trophy. In addition, the bottom 2 had a play-off for the Clogs of Shame!
In the bronze group, due to some absentees, there ended up being only 3 player left at the end, so 1 played 2 for the trophy and 2 played 3 for the clogs. In the gold group - all six top seeds made it through, though Knut nearly took Klaus or Panni's place, but just missed by a whisker.
The final results:http://i.imgur.com/lxSS7my.png
The final, numeric order -
1. Mark P
2. Klaus L
4. Riemer P
5. Jaume P
7. Knut L
8. Gunther W
9. Ilja T
11. Alan B
13. Dino D
14. Mick N
16. Mak O
Danny remains officially the best Irish KO2 player, but my day will come!!! =)
I'll follow-up with a FlikR photo-essay at some point, but this is the main info for now!