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Mensa's Catan UK qualifier is a hit!

Finalists Steve Morley, Tanya Ironmonger, Florentina Hettinga and Simneet Aslanidis.

Boardgamer Florentina Hettinga has been fast-tracked to the UK Catan Championship quarter-finals after winning the inaugural Mensa-sponsored qualifier in Birmingham on Saturday.

After the success of the tournament, held at the Hallmark Hotel, further Mensa qualifiers are planned for early 2020 in Manchester and Cardiff. Competitors do not need to be members of Mensa to take part.

Twenty-four players contested Saturday's event. There were three preliminary rounds, with all tables pre-assigned and played with identical boards. Players changed tables for each new round, with the final made up of the four players with the highest scores.

Top four placings:

  1. Florentina Hettinga  
  2. Steve Morley
  3. Simneet Aslanidis
  4. Tanya Ironmonger

Florentina (right), from Newcastle upon Tyne, will now be fast tracked to UK Championship quarter finals, which take place at the Games Expo in Birmingham next May.

She said: "I have been a fan of Catan since about the time the game came out and have enjoyed playing it with friends throughout the years.

"I had not played any tournaments until recently, this was my second competition. I had a great time and look forward to more games coming up!"

The top 18 players from the Mensa qualifier all went home with a special Catan game play piece.

Special thanks to Peter Boswell for the organisation and adjudication, assisted by Peter Bethell.