My measly 1.98 points make me 99th out of 166 people who got points, between Gary Gottermeier of Fairport and occasional partner Art Matthies. Last year I only earned 1.52 points and was in a four-way tie for 122nd.
But perhaps I had a hand in helping Jay Levy attain his place on top of the master point heap. He had 22.28, 6.81 of them from Swiss teams on Sunday, 15.47 from his victory with Fred Yellen on Friday's two-session pairs. Other point leaders included Chris Urbanek, 20.97; Gene Finton, 17.68; Kamil Bishara, 17.47; Donna Steffan, 17.34; Fred Yellen, 16.38; and Saleh Fetouh, 15.61.
For a complete rundown of tournament winners, click this link.
Tournament tables totaled 168, down from last September, when there were 182. Swiss team turnout also was down – 23 teams this year, 29 last year.
All this after that big crowd Friday morning. Certainly the 39.5 tables must have constituted a landmark, especially since they ran out of bidding boxes and at least one table's worth of players had to play the first round in a standing position until the Main-Transit firemen brought in some more chairs.