Date: 27th September, 2014
Report by David Mainwaring
Borås in Sweden is located approximately 70km east of the country's second largest city, Gothenburg. After a fifty minute journey from Gothenburg Airport in a hire car, we finally arrived at Pinballseye - our destination - and were greeted by a number of fellow players, including Mats Runsten.
On arrival, there were plenty of sweets, chocolates and fresh fruit available to keep the energy levels up.
In addition there was a variety of cold soft drinks and energy drinks to be had.
The main tournament format had four groups (A-D) with 30-36 players per group. Each group was assigned four machines to play; two dot matrix, one alphanumeric and one electromechanical.
Players could play ten games split over the four machines, but couldn't play any one machine more than four times. The best scores were ranked and the top eight from each group went through to the next round.
These thirty-two qualifiers were then split into eight groups of four and assigned a new group of machines to play with four points awarded for a win, two points for second and one for third. If anyone won two games they went through to the next round, and if they lost two games the were out, which helped speed things up a little.
These final sixteen were again split into groups of four, and this continued until the final four were decided.
There were also many side-tournaments such as a high score competition on Stern's Star Trek. Entries were 10kr each and the winner would take home half the takings.
Other side Competitions included one-handed pinball on Pirates of the Caribbean, Avatar where you had two attempts to try and achieve a good score with the top 50% going through to the final, and a split-flipper competition with two players having one flipper each.
There were several other high score competitions also available.
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In the main tournament is was a repeat win for Mats Runsten (MCR) who took the top spot for the third time. It was the third time for second-placed Per Ahlenius (PER) too, while Marcus Hugosson (MSH) was third and Tommy Andersson (JT) was fourth for the second time.
In fact, the first, second and fourth places were identical to last year's Borås Pinball Open.
In the side tournaments, Christian Holmsten and Jörgen Thornander won the split-flipper competition.
Pinballseye was a very nice location situated in the basement of an office block. Christian Holmsten did a fantastic job of hosting and running this event. The machines were very well maintained with very little in the way of malfunctions during the whole weekend.
We were also very lucky to have shorts and T-shirt weather during the weekend, although on Sunday night the heavens opened to the rain. The pinball played was to a very high standard, and there were no easy matches!
This is one to watch out for next time as I thoroughly enjoyed the whole event.
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