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Subject: CCT7 is complete - The TD's look back....

Author: Peter Skinner

Date: 14:37:25 02/13/05


Well CCT7 is in the books and it was a very successful event.

Congratulations to Anthony Cozzie and Zappa for being the clear winner. 7.5/9.0
is a very good score, and Zappa played excellent. It was a well earned win.

Before I get rambling on I want to thank some people:

1. The participants. Without you there is no event. Thank you for joining, and
making the event so fun. I also want to thank you for having the belief in me as
the TD. Your support was/is greatly appreciated. Absolutely A+

2. To the staff at ICC. Andy McFarland (Zek) was incredible with all his support
and help. From accounts to getting Chess.fm up and running, he was there with me
from start to finish. He is truely a credit to ICC. I also want to thank the
server itself. They have allowed us to hold the event for the 7th consecutive
year. It is great to know there are such great resources for us to utilize for
our yearly event.

3. To Will Singleton. Without Will I don't think I would have made it through to
the end. His always helpful advice when I needed it seemed to find an extra gear
in me to keep going. He was always there when I had a question, and never
doubted me. He had complete confidence from day one. For everything you did
Will, I will never forget it. Either your a saint, or you didn't want to take
over :)

4. To the seeders. You did a fantastic job. The job you completed made for an
excellent event. Everyone who helped made crucial contributions, that made the
event a success. So thank you for helping when I called on you.

5. I was to thank IM Jon Schroer and NM Dan Heisman for their terrific work in
the event. The Chess.fm coverage was excellent with interviews from Robert
Hyatt, Anthony Cozzie, Jon Schroer, and Will Singleton. Schroer did a fantastic
job as always being the commentator over the event, and hopefully he can come
back next year. Maybe if he asks nice, Little Bird will let him come out and
play :)

I enjoyed the event from start to finish. It had everything. Terrific chess,
terrific people around, a little controversy, and most important, a clear
winner.

I tried to maintain a "live" update system to the website. It worked 99% of the
time, and was terrific. Rounds started on time, pairings were done on time, and
overall I think everyone enjoyed that. It made for some very busy times, but in
the end it was well worth it.

Zappa played some excellent chess, and was almost caught by Ikarus who to some
was the surprise of the event. ChessThinker was the only program to go unbeaten,
and played extremely solid in all of it's games.

Chompster got it's first top 10 finish and Scott was incredibly happy with that.
Congratulations to him for the obvious improvements in his program.

GNUChess scored 4/9. That is pretty good, but Andrew Wagner and I still believe
others were cheating. Obviously it was the pre-tournament favorite, and there
was no possible operator error :) (Thanks for operating Andrew!)

Butcher was very unlucky with his connection again this year. Dropping two games
due to forfeit by the disconnection rule surely kept it out of the top ten.
Kudos to their team for understanding the decisions I made, and simply accepting
them. They made it easy to be a TD in that regard. Terrific sportsmen.

I guess the last thing I want to say is thank you to all the people here. The
support I got in emails were fantastic, and the general feeling of the event was
that it would succeed with me in charge.

So with that another chapter closes, and one possibly opens tomorrow.

Have a good day,

Peter
http://cct7.crafty-chess.com



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