The 2008 Chitin Classic was a high school tournament being run at the University of Minnesota on April 5th, and was played on packets written by Minnesota, Maryland, and Vanderbilt. The packets will also be used at other sites. The games were played on packets of 20 tossups/bonuses.
The field for Chitin included DCC and Dorman along with Eden Prairie, making it the strongest field yet seen in Minnesota. At one point the tournament was expected to have more teams from outside of Minnesota than within, but the final field had a Minnesotan majority.
The 15 team field, 14 actual teams with one dropout, was split into three divisions of five teams. A round robin within these pools was played, with Dorman, Eden Prairie A, and DCC winning their respective divisions. The playoff round robin was set up with three brackets, the top two with six teams and the bottom bracket with the three lowest teams. However, another team left before the playoffs started, causing the lowest bracket to have one team, but problems were averted through thinking. In the top bracket, a five game round robin was played, with Dorman coming out undefeated and Eden Prairie A in second. This lead to an advantaged final, in which Dorman won the first match to win the first Chitin Classic. The leading scorers at the tournament were Carsten Gehring of Wayzata Area, Michael Wright of Eden Prairie A, and Nick Clusserath of Dorman.
Lit Singles Side Tournament
After the regular tournament, an informal lit singles tournament was run using packets from the First Annual Wallace Stevens Literature Singles Tournament: Chris Ray- The Emperor of Ice Cream. Michael Wright essentially won and Carsten Gehring came in second, but Rob Carson had to prove his supremacy by playing some of the packets and winning for the tossups he heard. The final packet saw Andrew Hart beat Quentin Roper and Carsten Gehring by a considerable margin, with Andrew adding insult to injury by noting that he wrote and could not compete on four of the twenty tossups.
The announcement and full stats for the Chitin Classic can be found at this link.