The 5th Annual Gateway Invitational Tournament was held at Washington Unversity in St. Louis on December 5, 1998. 18 teams played in a two bracket modified round robin tournament.

Each team played every other team in their bracket, as well as two teams from the other bracket who finished in a similar position. All games counted in the final standings.

After the preliminary rounds, the results were:

Bracket A

Team Name Win Loss Points Opp Pts Diff/GM
Arkansas A 8 2 3360 2040 132.00
Chicago B 7 3 2725 2155 57.00
Iowa 6 4 2825 2125 70.00
Vanderbilt 6 4 2870 2545 32.50
Quincy A 4 6 2080 2585 -50.50
Illinois B 4 6 2375 2235 14.00
Northwestern 4 6 1490 2485 -99.50
UM - KC 3 7 1615 2560 -94.50
Missouri B 2 8 1710 2560 -85.00

Bracket B

Team Name Win Loss Points Opp Pts Diff/GM
Chicago A 10 0 3490 1150 234.00
Illinois A 7 3 3245 1775 147.00
Bowling Green 7 3 2360 1845 51.50
Missouri A 6 4 2755 1930 82.50
UM - Rolla 6 4 2455 2040 41.50
Arkansas B 4 6 1645 2470 -82.50
Wisconsin 4 6 1400 2405 -100.50
Quincy B 2 8 1015 2450 -143.50
Okla. Baptist 0 10 830 2890 -206.00

The top four teams from each bracket made the playoffs.

Quarterfinals

Chicago B def. Bowling Green 375-150
Chicago A def. Vanderbilt 505-265
Arkansas A def. Missouri A 400-245
Illinois A def. Iowa 430-325

Semifinals

Illinois A def. Arkansas A 335-305
Chicago A def. Chicago B 305-245

Finals

Illinois A def. Chicago A 395-310

Tournament Director's Comments

For the first time, I did not moderate any rounds in the GIT and therefore didn't see much of the competition -- in fact, I only saw one game I scorekept and the finals in its entirety. So, needless to say, I didn't hear the questions which there have already been some comments about.

Looking at the surveys we received back, there was FAR more (around 2 to 1) positive feedback about the questions than negative feedback. One of the goals I've had for the GIT is to make it a fun tournament for all teams playing, even ones which do not otherwise play on the circuit.. and I think we are accomplishing that.

Looking at the scores of the playoffs, I think the questions may have been a bit too easy for the highest caliber teams we had, but I'd rather err on the side of high scores than have a "stump the chump" game -- which I have seen at other invitationals. Overall, I don't think the results of the tournament would have been much different if "harder" questions had been used.

In my mind, NAQT questions offer the most consistent rounds which can be used at a timed tournament such as the GIT. Our past attempts at using packet submission have resulted in many long hours of editing to turn what was submitted into a balanced packet for timed play. Unless NAQT questions change dramatically, I think we will continue to use them for the GIT.

Of course, comments and opinions are always welcome.

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Here are the best individual statistics I can come up with from the GIT. Unfortunately, we did not keep running individual stats yesterday and there was one scorekeeper who did not keep player statistics. As a result, I did not notice this until totaling up the statistics today. Therefore, a number of teams are missing individual results for between 1 and 5 rounds.

Player Team # 15 10 -5 Points Rounds PPG
Mike Ark A 13 39 15 510 8 63.75
Subash QU A 13 30 13 430 7 61.43
Bob MO A 11 32 10 435 8 54.37
Matt Vandy 10 31 11 405 8 50.62
Paul UMR 10 36 8 470 10 47.00
Chris Ill B 4 45 13 445 10 44.50
Dargan Ark A 9 26 10 345 8 43.12
Brian BG 7 33 8 395 10 39.50
Trevor Iowa 4 30 7 325 9 36.11
Nicholas BG 9 26 7 360 10 36.00
Peter Chi B 5 26 10 285 8 35.62
Andrea Ill A 4 33 8 350 10 35.00
Scott MO A 3 27 10 265 8 33.13
Jason Chi A 5 31 11 330 10 33.00
Eric W. MO B 3 25 13 230 7 32.86
Jeff Chi A 9 27 16 325 10 32.50
Mike Ill A 1 33 5 320 10 32.00
Matt Iowa 2 28 7 275 9 30.56
Joel Wisc 2 29 3 305 10 30.50
Scott QU B 1 28 2 285 10 28.50
BJ UMR 6 20 8 250 10 25.00
Daniel Ark B 0 31 14 240 10 24.00
Ken UMKC 1 20 6 185 8 23.13
Gabe Ill B 2 22 5 225 10 22.50
Lawrence UMKC 3 16 5 180 8 22.50
Todd Ill A 5 20 10 225 10 22.50
Matt Chi A 6 20 15 215 10 21.50
Saul Chi B 2 16 8 150 7 21.43
Doug Vandy 1 16 3 160 8 20.00
Scott Wisc 2 16 1 185 10 18.50
Erik Ark B 1 18 3 180 10 18.00
Brian QU A 3 12 8 125 7 17.86
Tyler NW 1 16 4 155 9 17.22
Justin NW 4 16 14 150 9 16.67
Ted UMR 3 15 6 165 10 16.50
Justin Vandy 2 11 2 130 8 16.25
Wade Iowa 1 14 2 145 9 16.11
Adam BG 1 14 0 155 10 15.50
Jeff Ill B 1 17 8 145 10 14.50
Adam Ark B 0 14 2 130 10 13.00
Mike Iowa 1 11 2 115 9 12.78
Jenni QU B 0 14 4 120 10 12.00
Kyle Ill A 3 9 4 115 10 11.50
Adam MO B 0 8 0 80 7 11.43
Aaron OBU 1 11 5 100 9 11.11
Daniel NW 1 9 1 100 9 11.11
Chris Chi A 3 8 3 110 10 11.00
Emily MO A 0 6 0 60 6 10.00
Jane NW 0 12 6 90 9 10.00
Tim Vandy 1 6 0 75 8 9.38
Jason UMKC 0 8 3 65 7 9.29
Tim Wisc 3 6 3 90 10 9.00
Josh OBU 0 9 2 80 9 8.89
Mike Chi B 0 5 1 45 6 7.50
Nick Chi B 0 9 9 45 6 7.50
Ted QU B 0 8 1 75 10 7.50
Justin OBU 0 8 3 65 9 7.22
Shannon MO B 2 1 1 35 5 7.00
Amit UMKC 1 5 8 25 4 6.25
Josh MO B 0 3 0 30 5 6.00
Eric C. MO B 0 3 0 30 5 6.00
Rahul OBU 0 7 5 45 9 5.00
Jenn Ark B 0 5 1 45 10 4.50
Christina MO A 0 2 0 20 5 4.00
Garret UMR 0 2 0 20 9 2.22
Fred MO A 0 1 0 10 5 2.00
Brian QU B 0 2 1 15 10 1.50
Jacob UMKC 0 1 1 5 5 1.00
Adam Ill B 1 2 6 5 10 0.50
Nick Wisc 0 7 13 5 10 0.50
Anne Chi B 0 0 0 0 5 0.00
Matt QU A 0 0 0 0 7 0.00