Feb. 24, 2002
DVONN soon playable online?

Ever heard of brettspeilwelt.de? That is a place were you can play online. For the moment most of the games have a theme, but the people behind the site want to widen the range. Backgammon was their first abstract game for two players, now agreements have been made to make DVONN the second. Soon the complete story in detail!

First heat of the Dutch GRC 2002

On the second of February the Dutch GIPF Regularity Contest took off (organised by EGO). Closely resembling its Belgian counterpart, the Dutch GRC 2002 will consist of 4 heats, evenly spread throughout the year. Only the best three results of each participant will count towards their final score.
Sadly some favorites like Werner Dupont (B) and EGO-member Ad Rovers (NL) could not participate. Never mind, twelve people from two countries gathered in Utrecht to see who's going to become the most regular player on Dutch soil in 2002 - that is, to play the first of four heats. Among them reigning GRC Champion Kurt Van den Branden (B), who made a good start in the Dutch edition as well. In the third round he encountered Patrick Van de Perre (B), who made him bite the Dutch dust. Patrick, who seems to feel well at home in The Netherlands (there he won his first major title, i.e. the Dutch Open GIPF Championchip in 2001), kept his drive and won his two next games. That made him the only player with 5 wins out of 5 games.
Go to the results.

Mreitz wins ZÈRTZ by e-mail tournament

This was an e-mail tournament, so the rankings on Richard's PBeM server were a good indication of who were the favourites. And they lived upto their status: mreitz, dglaude and scat, the top 3, qualified for the final round, and so did kurtvdb. Michael Reitz (D), the current highest ranked player, won all of his games and became the first E-ZÈRTZ champion. Dglaude was second and scat third. Kurtvdb, who had won the ZÈRTZ-tournament during the Project GIPF weekend with 5 straight wins, amongst others against Mreitz, had to understand that playing by e-mail is not the same as playing in real time. He ended fourth.
Go to the results.
Special thanks to Jeroen Weyn, who took the initiative to let this event take place.


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