Issue 3                                      September 1996

    Final report

    The Eurodipcon 4 final report is ready, at last. You should have gotten the report earlier, but I have been very busy at work travelling across Norway. I even granted myself a vacation in August. Well, it is better late than never :-)

    Eurodipcon 4 is now finally over. We (the Norwegians) were so "humble" that we won both the team tournament and the European championship.

    Inge Kjøl won the European championship for the second time in a row. He won at Cirencester last year and won again at Oslo. Inge Kjøl won all four games he participated in, including one 18 centre victory, just to show who is the best European player.

    In the following pages you will find all necessary data from Eurodipcon 4.

    I think it is not right for me to judge the quality of the tournament, being the tournament director. But as far as I know we didn't experience any mishaps. All the rounds started and finished on schedule. The computer program worked just fine etc. So I'm pretty sure that most of the players had a lot of fun.

    I would be very happy to get feedback from the foreign EDC 4 attendants about the quality of the tournament. Please tell me what you liked and what you disliked. It's never bad to hear constructive criticism. That's the only way to improve.

    68 players attended EDC 4. 10-15 players who registered for the tournament didn't show up. I could have wished for more players, but I think the quality of the players that did show up was very good. Most of the Norwegian novice players were absent. Only one 18 centre victory (we were playing to fall 1908) during the entire event must be a indication of a tournament with high quality players.

    The number of foreign EDC 4 attendants were: 11 Swedes, 6 French, 6 Finns, 3 Germans, 1 Belgian, 1 Brit and 1 Swiss. I'm quite happy with that. We could have wanted players from more countries, but I'm satisfied with the number of countries that did attend. Norway isn't in the centre of Europe so we couldn't ask for more.

    Belgium won the bid for EDC 5. So it looks like we will meet in Namur in March 1997. I visited Belgium in late August this year, visiting the Formula 1 race at Spa-Francorchamps. The race taught me this: "Eau Rouge is awesome and Michael Schumacher is the best (Sorry, Damon Hill fans)". I'm on to Monza next time.

    The tournament director for EDC 5 will be Jean Louis Delattre. I wish him the best of luck with the preparations for EDC 5. I hope to be travelling to Namur myself, finally getting a chance to play again. Beware. I hunger for some backs to stab again. :-)

    I would finally like to thank all the EDC 4 attendants for making all my efforts worthwhile. I had a lot of fun organizing the tournament, and I hope you had just as much fun participating. Playing at an international level gives the game of Diplomacy a new dimension.

    Best regards,
    Borger Borgersen
    Oslo, Norway
    Eurodipcon 4 tournament director

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