Abstract Games Tournament
Tom Knapp
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I will be holding the 2nd Yinzer Abstract Board Game Tournament, as part of the Gaming Association of Southwestern PA’s GASP-Con XIV. The tournament will be held Saturday, Nov 9th, from 2-6 pm at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 401 Holiday Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220. (http://www.gaspgamer.com/gasp_con/gaspcon.html). The tournament is modeled after Clark D. Rodeffer's (CDRodeffer) abstract game tournament at the U-Con Gaming Convention (Clark’s tournament is scheduled for November 23th).

As with Clark’s tournament we will play a variety of two-player abstract board games staying away from the most popular classics (e.g., Checkers, Chess, Go, Oware, Othello, etc.) and focus on lesser-played abstracts (e.g., Chase, Emergo, Lines of Action, Strata 5, etc.) with the idea that winning should depend more upon creative tactics than prior study.

I hope to duplicate what I consider to be the “Best Four Hours of Recreational Thinking” for abstract game fans and others curious thinking types. FYI-“Yinzer” is Pittsburghese for someone who, for better or worse, is either a lifelong Pittsburgher, or someone who commits an act that would stereotypically be identified as something a traditional Pittsburgher would do (Wikipedia)
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