2014 Derk Cup - Final Results
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After six rounds and over 42,000 votes I am happy to present our Derk Cup champion for 2014:

Vlaada Chvátil

Vlaada escaped a scare from Stefan Feld in the semi's where Feld held a marginal lead for quite some time. Again in the final it looked like Uwe Rosenberg was going to exact revenge for last year's final, only for Vlaada to once again come from behind to take the win by a slim 62 votes. It seemed that Vlaada's backers would not accept the trend and rallied the troupes to will their hero on to victory.

This is Vlaada's second consecutive Derk Cup trophy. He was victorious last year over Uwe Rosenberg by 99 votes. Vlaada receives a 2014 Derk Cup CHAMPION banner to hang next to his 2013 Derk Cup CHAMPION, 2012 Finalist, 2011 Quarterfinalist and 2010 Semifinalist banners.

With that, this year's tournament is officially complete. Highlights include the return of Alan R. Moon to the quarterfinals, as well as strong showings by Stefan Feld and Antoine Bauza. One can't help but wonder if Uwe Rosenberg can overpower Vlaada and his supporters before rising stars Feld or Bauza take the Cup for themselves? Thanks to all who took part and see you all next year.

Congratulations to the 69 remaining designers who receive one of the following banners:



Champions:
2013 - Vlaada Chvátil
2012 - Martin Wallace
2011 - Reiner Knizia
2010 - Wolfgang Kramer

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1. Board Game Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
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2014 Derk Cup CHAMPION

Seed: #2
Record: 6-0
Votes: 3,220

The Golden path:
Round 1_(546-120) vs. 63) Craig Van Ness
Round 2_(546-186) vs. 34) Michael Kiesling
Round 3_(533-172) vs. 18) Richard Ulrich
Quarters (529-348) vs. _7) Wolfgang Kramer
Semis___(469-406) vs. _6) Stefan Feld
Final____(597-532) vs. _1) Uwe Rosenberg

Lifetime:
Record: 24-3
Votes: 10,989

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2. Board Game Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
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2014 Derk Cup Finalist

Seed: #1
Record: 5-1
Votes: 3,221

Round 1_(537-133) vs. 64) Doumen & Wiersinga
Round 2_(556-200) vs. 33) Matt Leacock
Round 3_(527-199) vs. 49) Bruno Faidutti
Quarters (537-352) vs. _8) Richard Garfield
Semis___(529-339) vs. _4) Reiner Knizia
Final____(535-597) vs. _2) Vlaada Chvátil

Lifetime:
Record: 19-5
Votes: 9,983

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3. Board Game Designer: Stefan Feld
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2014 Derk Cup Semifinalist

Seed: #6
Record: 4-1
Votes: 2,323

Round 1_(516-133) vs. 59) Christophe Boelinger
Round 2_(493-217) vs. 27) Thomas Lehmann
Round 3_(459-238) vs. 11) Jason Matthews
Quarters (449-420) vs. 19) Antoine Bauza
Semis___(406-469) vs. ,2) Vlaada Chvátil

Lifetime:
Record: 11-5
Votes: 3,297

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4. Board Game Designer: Reiner Knizia
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2014 Derk Cup Semifinalist

Seed: #4
Record: 4-1
Votes: 2,480

Round 1_(528-154) vs. 61) Mike Elliott
Round 2_(537-194) vs. 36) Ludovic Maublanc
Round 3_(505-219) vs. 13) Donald X. Vaccarino
Quarters (571-299) vs. 21) Alan R. Moon
Semis___(339-529) vs. ,1) Uwe Rosenberg

Lifetime:
Record: 20-4
Votes: 9,851

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5. Board Game Designer: Antoine Bauza
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2014 Derk Cup Quarterfinalist

Seed: #19
Record: 3-1
Votes: 1,834

Round 1_(484-151) vs. 46) Bernd Brunnhofer
Round 2_(549-135) vs. 14) Jens Drögemüller
Round 3_(381-344) vs. _3) Martin Wallace
Quarters (420-449) vs. _6) Stefan Feld

Lifetime:
Record: 5-4
Votes: 3,261


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6. Board Game Designer: Richard Garfield
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2014 Derk Cup Quarterfinalist

Seed: #8
Record: 3-1
Votes: 1,695

Round 1_(468-209) vs. 57) Richard Breese
Round 2_(486-220) vs. 40) Michael Schacht
Round 3_(389-333) vs. _9) Friedemann Friese
Quarters (352-537) vs. _1) Uwe Rosenberg

Lifetime:
Record: 8-5
Votes: 4,406


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7. Board Game Designer: Wolfgang Kramer
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2013 Derk Cup Quarterfinalist

Seed: #7
Record: 3-1
Votes: 1,712

Round 1_(445-198) vs. 58) Eberle, Kittredge, and Olotka
Round 2_(456-341) vs. 26) Bruno Cathala
Round 3_(463-226) vs. 23) Richard Borg
Quarters (348-529) vs. _2) Vlaada Chvátil

Lifetime:
Record: 20-4
Votes: 8,478

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8. Board Game Designer: Alan R. Moon
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2013 Derk Cup Quarterfinalist

Seed: #11
Record: 3-1
Votes: 1,526

Round 1_(488-153) vs. 44) Mark Simonitch
Round 2_(380-326) vs. 12) Andreas Seyfarth
Round 3_(359-351) vs. _5) Corey Konieczka
Quarters (299-571) vs. _4) Reiner Knizia

Lifetime:
Record: 12-5
Votes: 3,767


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2014 Derk Cup Certified Members

Adam Sadler*, Andreas Seyfarth, Bernd Brunnhofer, Bruno Cathala, Bruno Faidutti, Chad Jensen, Christian T. Petersen, Christophe Boelinger, Colby Dauch, Corey Konieczka, Craig Van Ness, Daniel Clark (I), Roberto Di Meglio & Marco Maggi & Francesco Nepitello, Dirk Henn, Don Eskridge*, Don Greenwood, Donald X. Vaccarino, Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Sébastien Dujardin & Alain Orban, Bill Eberle & Jack Kittredge & Peter Olotka, Eric M. Lang, Friedemann Friese, Glenn Drover, Ignacy Trzewiczek, Jason Little*, Jason Matthews, Jean-Louis Roubira, Jens Drögemüller*, Kevin Wilson, Klaus Teuber, Klaus-Jürgen Wrede, Kris Burm, Ludovic Maublanc, Mac Gerdts, Mark Simonitch, Martin Wallace, Matt Leacock, Michael Kiesling, Michael Rieneck, Michael Schacht, Mike Elliott, Mike Selinker*, Paul Peterson*, Peter Lee, Philippe Keyaerts, Richard Borg, Richard Breese, Richard Ulrich, Rob Daviau, Rodney Thompson*, Rüdiger Dorn, Ted Raicer, Thomas Lehmann, Touko Tahkokallio, William Attia, and Xavier Georges.

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Previous rounds:
Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Final

Total votes per round:
R1: 19,166 - (299 per designer)
R2: 11,075 - (346)
R3: 15,698 - (356)
QF: 13,505 - (438)
SF: 01,743 - (436)
CF: 01,127 - (564)

Total = 42,314 - (336)
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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Due to being without a home computer from mid-November to mid-January I did not make any changes to the Cup this year. As usual, the user comments included some chatter about ways to improve the format. While it can be difficult to tell if such comments represent most participants feelings, I am always open to considering new ways to improve the tournament. Please answer the following two questions in the polls below:

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Should BGG users be able to nominate designers for participation in a Derk Cup preliminary round?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Yes
63.6% 124
No
36.4% 71
Voters 195
This poll is now closed.   195 answers
Poll created by Shaun L
Closes: Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:00 am


Now, let's pretend that we do allow users to vote in some designers during a nomination phase and preliminary round:

Poll
How many user nominated designers should be included in a preliminary round where they would face the lower seeds to see who makes the official 64 contestants for the Derk Cup?

You may vote for more than one answer.
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
4 (against seeds 61-64)
34.1% 61
8 (against seeds 57-64)
39.1% 70
16 (against seeds 49-64)
32.4% 58
Voters 179
This poll is now closed.   179 answers
Poll created by Shaun L
Closes: Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:00 am
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Five Derk Cups are officially in the books. See you all next year!

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