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Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 15:30
After an epic day of competition, Kenneth (USA) is crowned 2014 World Champion !

The previously announced champion, Erwin Pauelsen, has resigned his title after the discovery of evidence of cheating during the final matches.

http://blog.daysofwonder.com/wp-content/dow-uploads/2014/11/t2r-wc2014-1.jpg
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Kenneth conquered his title after a year long marathon of tournaments which gathered more than 25,000 players all over the world and led the 28 National Champions in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, France for the final stage of the Ticket to Ride World Championship tournament.

After seven more rounds on various Ticket to Ride maps, the final ranking is as follows:
- 2014 Ticket to Ride Champion: Kenneth Heilfron (USA)
- 2nd Place: Michel Hautec½ur (Belgium)
- 3rd Place: Piotr Hrachun (Russia)

http://blog.daysofwonder.com/wp-content/dow-uploads/2014/11/t2r-wc2014-3.jpg
(Photo: Brice Figureau)


Kenneth (pictured above) wins the title and the Grand Prize: an unforgettable trip for two to Asia on the Eastern & Oriental Express! Congrats!

We also would like to thank everyone who allowed this championship to occur, especially the hundreds of volunteers who helped run Ticket to Ride events worldwide! It's refreshing to see that the board game world, specifically the Ticket to Ride community, is still mostly filled with friendly and fair competitors.

You can find more details on the unfortunate event that shadowed this otherwise great championship in the Press Release on our website.

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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 15:33
Merci Franck.
Is it possible to have details about this ? Maybe via private message if not appropriate in public ?
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 15:41
Franck wrote on Tue, 04 November 2014 15:30

You can find more details on the unfortunate event that shadowed this otherwise great championship in the Press Release on our website.
Rolling Eyes
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 15:42
Yes, I know. But what made the Dutch guy admit his cheating: social pressure ? Extra locos found ?

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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 15:49
So ... finally ...

Grats Drake/Kenneth


And grats DOW to getting the problem solved.
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 16:05
I'm really happy for this.

Grats Kenneth !!
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 16:16
Grats Kenneth.

Julien is not important.

Justice has been done.

and Dow thx us.
is very good. Smile

dan Smile
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 16:19
Grats Kenneth!
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 16:20
Grats Drake/Kenneth !

And thanks to Angel, first player who saw possibility of problems in this last matches.

      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 16:23
King Grats Drake/Kenneth King

finally
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 16:25
Grats!!!
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 16:41
Gts Drake
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 16:42
Grats Drake!
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 16:51
Congrats Drake!
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 17:15
Wonderful ! Congratulations Drake !
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 17:31
Very good that this has been solved.
Congrats Drake!
N.B. of course still very annoying for Michel and Cat who lost in the SF and QF to Erwin.
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 18:09
Grats Kenneth! It seems that I'm 3rd! That feeling is very plesant Smile
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 19:04
Thanks Everyone.

More thanks to the people that posted in the earlier threads analyzing the games and trying to figure out what happened, and to anyone who sent DoW any e-mails about the issue.

And of course the most thanks to Angel, who without him, none of this could have been possible. Having the patience to watch the game (with me playing slow and counting and re-counting my cards 1 zillion times), and paying attention from a balcony 20 feet away, and to notice something wasn't right. Just amazing.

Now I just need to win the competition that really matters - NC!!

      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 19:46
Grats Drake !!!

And well done DOW
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 19:53
ATN Drake wrote on Tue, 04 November 2014 19:04

Thanks Everyone.

More thanks to the people that posted in the earlier threads analyzing the games and trying to figure out what happened, and to anyone who sent DoW any e-mails about the issue.

And of course the most thanks to Angel, who without him, none of this could have been possible. Having the patience to watch the game (with me playing slow and counting and re-counting my cards 1 zillion times), and paying attention from a balcony 20 feet away, and to notice something wasn't right. Just amazing.

Now I just need to win the competition that really matters - NC!!




You heard anything from DoW over the past days ?
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 20:10
I have no info on how they came to their conclusion, I wasn't involved at all other than the concern I sent to them right after the event (i.e. same stuff we all said in the forum threads).

They did notify me yesterday that they were making the announcement today, but I didn't read the e-mail till right before I went to bed.
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 20:17
Huge thanks to DoW for getting this right.
(so what game should go on my Christmas list now? Smile )

Congrats Drake!!!

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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 20:56
GRATS DRAKE!!!

And Congrats DOW for take the right decision.
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 23:28
Grats Drake Thumbs Up
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Tue, 04 November 2014 23:37
Very Happy

Grats Drake !

Grats ligue of justice of TTR Online !!!
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Wed, 05 November 2014 10:47
ATN Drake wrote on Tue, 04 November 2014 19:04

Thanks Everyone.

More thanks to the people that posted in the earlier threads analyzing the games and trying to figure out what happened, and to anyone who sent DoW any e-mails about the issue.

And of course the most thanks to Angel, who without him, none of this could have been possible. Having the patience to watch the game (with me playing slow and counting and re-counting my cards 1 zillion times), and paying attention from a balcony 20 feet away, and to notice something wasn't right. Just amazing.

Now I just need to win the competition that really matters - NC!!




I watched the final live and chatting away with the others by skype

At a certain point Erwin was playing twice in a row.
the referee stopped him
You were so tired that you did not notice.
I think: is so poor that he does not know the rules.
I told to qorlas.

when we realized that something did not return, that move has changed meaning.

dan;)

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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Thu, 06 November 2014 01:47
Franck wrote on Tue, 04 November 2014 15:30

You can find more details on the unfortunate event that shadowed this otherwise great championship in the Press Release on our website.


Is DoW allowed to comment on the means used by Erwin Pauelsen to cheat and to explain how you found out ? Or communication about it isn't possible ?

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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Mon, 10 November 2014 18:43
Congratulations Drake!! You did a great championship!

I hope you enjoy the prize and please send us pictures!! Smile
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Wed, 12 November 2014 22:51
Hey, very nice

Of the blow I am eighth, we replay when the quarterfinals??:)\

Congratulations Drakestorm
You make a good champion
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Wed, 12 November 2014 23:25
Toon37 - Chinon wrote on Wed, 12 November 2014 13:51

Hey, very nice

Of the blow I am eighth, we replay when the quarterfinals??:)\

Congratulations Drakestorm
You make a good champion


I was thinking about that, but if he cheated in the round robin, other players might have done better and then maybe you don't come in 9th!

Just curious, anyone have the results of the tournament? If you make him last in his 3 multi-games and move everyone else up, what would the top 8 have looked like? Obviously everyone would have been at different tables after the first round, but just curious.
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Thu, 13 November 2014 09:36
Difficult exercise.
In my opinion the final rank wasn't published . I went to the DOW table for seeing my final position and I saw on a screen that Toon was 9th and last of 6 points people and myself 10th and first of 5 points people. I had high sum of games points.

Erwin was here in the multi US table:
http://monstockage.org/ttr/ttrwc2014/iott/album/#IMGP6590.pn g

In multi EU was in my table with SouthAfr and Poland. He did last because made wrong use of stations (needed 3, used 2 only), otherwise was first. He played at least 2 more turns than me but didn't declared last turn (drawed more tix). Like I said before is a difficult exercise because I clearly remember he played 2+2lokos for erzurum-sevastopol ending his big ticket and the turn after 2 purple + 2 other lokos for Berlin-Warsawa closing my way, cutting my longest, avoiding my 7 points and made me play a -4 points station. And played other more lokos before, claiming fastly routes. Perhaps lucky with lokos, surely cheating for extra turns played. Mixing the 2 things probably added lokos in the game (and I remember a failed gallery of SouthAFr because of colour+2 lokos drawed in the last turns of game) . So he was last in game 2 but damaged other players (Poland player too with Lisboa-Danzig). SouthAfrica had Palermo and wasn't damaged because luckily claimed early Kiev-Bucuresti.

I don't know where was in Asia Multi (he had 6 points in RR so he won there).
      
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Re:Kenneth Heilfron, new Ticket to Ride World Champion! Fri, 14 November 2014 21:46
Congratulations Kenneth. Pleased that the problem has been solved. Enjoy the trip.

Pleased Piotr makes it onto the podium as well, makes it better losing to you!
      
    
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