interplanetary knock-out

2020


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This is the 32-team 5-round tournament that has been held monthly since September 2016.  Scores are obtained from the number of hits achieved by the relevant pages on the site.  Or to put it another way, the imaginary teams from the literary worlds are vying with each other to be the most interesting.

Each month, then, I choose the 32 highest scorers from the world-pages in the previous month's page-view statistics, seed them accordingly, and send the teams to Ceres Stadium to compete...


april 2020 - the 44th tournament

first round, 1-5 april 2020:

no.1 seed:  Jupiter  15      vs.     no.17 seed:  Planet X  7

no.9 seed:  Ganymede  14      vs.      no.25 seed:  Europa  6

no.5 seed:  The Asteroids  29      vs.      no.21 seed:  Comets  6

no.13 seed:  Amalthea  7       vs.     no. 29 seed:  Titania  4

no.3 seed:  Venus  15      vs.      no.19 seed:  The Sun  10 

no.11 seed:  Neptune  7        vs      no.27 seed:  Ariel  2

no.7 seed:  Mars  19     vs.     no.23 seed:  Callisto  7  

no.15 seed:  Pluto  4       vs.     no.31 seed:  Styx  5

no.2 seed:  Saturn  12      vs.      no.18 seed:  Iapetus  9

no.10 seed:  Asteroid Progenitor Planet  10       vs       no.26 seed:  Io  4

no.6 seed:  The Moon  11      vs.      no.22 seed:   Titan  3

no.14 seed:  Pellucidar  11       vs.     no.30 seed:  Ceres  4 

no. 4 seed:  Mercury  11     vs.      no.20 seed:  Triton  8

no.12 seed:  Uranus  8      vs.     no.28 seed:  Pallas   5

no.8 seed:  Vulcan  13      vs.     no.24 seed:  The Reefs of Space  9

no.16 seed:  Earth  8      vs.     no.32 seed:  Leda  5


march 2020 - the 43rd tournament

first round, 1-5 march 2020:

no.1 seed:  Saturn  19      vs.     no.17 seed:  Neptune  16

no.9 seed:  Pluto  13      vs.      no.25 seed:  Ariel  6

no.5 seed:  The Moon  15      vs.      no.21 seed:  Triton  9

no.13 seed:  Ganymede  17       vs.     no. 29 seed:  Umbriel  0

no.3 seed:  Venus  22      vs.      no.19 seed:  Planet X  12 

no.11 seed:  Earth  13        vs      no.27 seed:  Europa  7

no.7 seed:  Pellucidar  12     vs.     no.23 seed:  Callisto  11  

no.15 seed:  Vulcan  10       vs.     no.31 seed:  Pallas  8

no.2 seed:  Jupiter  25      vs.      no.18 seed:  Asteroid Progenitor Planet  16

no.10 seed:  Mercury  15       vs       no.26 seed:  Ceres  8

no.6 seed:  Mars  15      vs.      no.22 seed:   Titan  8

no.14 seed:  Amalthea  12       vs.     no.30 seed:  Io  2 

no. 4 seed:  Asteroids  25     vs.      no.20 seed:  Comets  11

no.12 seed:  The Sun  15      vs.     no.28 seed:  Oberon  3

no.8 seed:  Uranus  12      vs.     no.24 seed:  The Reefs of Space  11

no.16 seed:  Iapetus  11       vs.     no.32 seed:  Leda  4

second round, 6-10 march 2020:

no.1 seed:  Saturn  15      vs.     no.9 seed:  Pluto  5    

no.5 seed:  The Moon  14      vs.      no.13 seed:  Ganymede  12

no.3 seed:  Venus  11      vs.      no.11 seed:  Earth  6 

no.7 seed:  Pellucidar  11     vs.     no.15 seed:  Vulcan  15   

no.2 seed:  Jupiter  17      vs.      no.10 seed:  Mercury  17      

no.6 seed:  Mars  10      vs.      no.14 seed:  Amalthea  12    

no. 4 seed:  Asteroids  11     vs.      no.12 seed:  The Sun  10 

no.8 seed:  Uranus  9      vs.     no.16 seed:  Iapetus  2 

Replay of drawn second-round match:
no.2 seed:  Jupiter      vs.      no.10 seed:  Mercury  2      

quarter-finals, 11-15 march 2020:

no.1 seed:  Saturn        vs.     no.5 seed:  The Moon       

no.3 seed:  Venus        vs.      no.15 seed:  Vulcan    

no.2 seed:  Jupiter        vs.      no.14 seed:  Amalthea     

no. 4 seed:  The Asteroids       vs.      no.8 seed:  Uranus       

After the first day's play:

Saturn  3    The Moon  5
Venus  5    Vulcan  3
Jupiter  5    Amalthea  2
The Asteroids  2    Uranus  3         

After the second day's play:

Saturn  6    The Moon  6
Venus  8    Vulcan  6
Jupiter  13    Amalthea  3
The Asteroids  6    Uranus  5         

After the third day's play:

Saturn  10    The Moon  9
Venus  13    Vulcan  10
Jupiter  20    Amalthea  4
The Asteroids  11    Uranus  6         

After the fourth day's play:

Saturn  15    The Moon  11
Venus  13    Vulcan  12
Jupiter  22    Amalthea  6
The Asteroids  12    Uranus  8

After the fifth day's play:

QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS, MARCH 2020

no.1 seed:  Saturn  17       vs.     no.5 seed:  The Moon  15     

no.3 seed:  Venus  18      vs.      no.15 seed:  Vulcan  19  

no.2 seed:  Jupiter  28      vs.      no.14 seed:  Amalthea  8    

no. 4 seed:  The Asteroids  15     vs.      no.8 seed:  Uranus  11 

semi-finals, 16-20 march 2020:

no.1 seed:  Saturn         vs.     no.15 seed:  Vulcan    

no.2 seed:  Jupiter        vs.      no. 4 seed:  The Asteroids      

After the first day's play:

Saturn  2    Vulcan  0
Jupiter  3    The Asteroids  1             

After the second day's play:

Saturn  3    Vulcan  0
Jupiter  6    The Asteroids  2             

After the third day's play:

Saturn  6    Vulcan  3
Jupiter  12    The Asteroids  4             

After the fourth day's play:

Saturn  8    Vulcan  5
Jupiter  13    The Asteroids  6

After the fifth day's play:

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS, MARCH 2020

no.1 seed:  Saturn  13       vs.     no.15 seed:  Vulcan  9  

no.2 seed:  Jupiter  14      vs.      no. 4 seed:  The Asteroids  8    

the final, 21-25 march 2020:

no.1 seed:  Saturn        vs.      no.2 seed:  Jupiter       

After the first day's play:
Saturn  3    Jupiter  5        

After the second day's play:
Saturn  4    Jupiter  7        

After the third day's play:
Saturn  9    Jupiter  11        

After the fourth day's play:
Saturn  15    Jupiter  20

After the fifth and last day's play:

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RESULT, MARCH 2020

no.1 seed:  Saturn  16      vs.      no.2 seed:  Jupiter  21 

So the winner of the 43rd Interplanetary Knock-Out, March 2020, is

Jupiter

The result was expected, for the Jovians had been increasing their lead for the past two days; nevertheless the moment it was confirmed saw an outburst of six-limbed jubilation on the terraces where the hexan fans had congregated, and joyful leapings among the Lopers.  More than the fact that the Giant Planet team has won the trophy for the second consecutive month - they have achieved that feat before, in January-February 2019 - is the satisfaction they feel for having at last beaten the Saturnians in a championship final, for the first time in three such meetings.

The trophy-tally after 43 months of the competition now stands as follows:  11 for Mars, 9 for Venus, 7 for Jupiter, 5 for Saturn, 4 for Mercury, 3 each for The Asteroids and Titan, and 1 for Vulcan.


february 2020 - the 42nd tournament

first round, 1-5 february 2020:

no.1 seed:  Venus  15      vs.     no.17 seed:  The Sun  15

no.9 seed:  Asteroid Progenitor Planet  17      vs.      no.25 seed:  Ariel  11

no.5 seed:  Mercury  14      vs.      no.21 seed:  Triton  

no.13 seed:  Iapetus  11      vs.     no. 29 seed:  Styx  3 

no.3 seed:  Jupiter  16      vs.      no.19 seed:  Comets 

no.11 seed:  Amalthea  11        vs      no.27 seed:  Titan  7

no.7 seed:  Vulcan  13     vs.     no.23 seed:  The Reefs of Space  8  

no.15 seed:  Ganymede  16       vs.     no.31 seed:  Oberon  6

no.2 seed:  Saturn  22      vs.      no.18 seed:  Pluto  28

no.10 seed:  Uranus  16       vs       no.26 seed:  Europa  7

no.6 seed:  Mars  17      vs.      no.22 seed:   Ceres  8

no.14 seed:  Pellucidar  13       vs.     no.30 seed:  Umbriel  5 

no. 4 seed:  Asteroids  21     vs.      no.20 seed:  Neptune  11

no.12 seed:  Planet X  14      vs.     no.28 seed:  Io  3 

no.8 seed:  The Moon  19      vs.     no.24 seed:  Callisto  5

no.16 seed:  Earth  10       vs.     no.32 seed:  Titania  3

The drawn Venus vs Sun game will have to be replayed.

6 FEB 2020 REPLAY OF FIRST-ROUND MATCH:

no.1 seed:  Venus  3      vs.     no.17 seed:  The Sun  3

So, another replay will be needed.

7 FEB 2020, SECOND REPLAY OF FIRST-ROUND MATCH:

no.1 seed:  Venus  2      vs.     no.17 seed:  The Sun  4

second round, 6-10 february 2020:

no.17 seed:  The Sun  13    vs.   no.9 seed:  Asteroid Progenitor Planet  6   

no.5 seed:  Mercury  14      vs.      no.13 seed:  Iapetus  8  

no.3 seed:  Jupiter  28      vs.      no.11 seed:  Amalthea  6 

no.7 seed:  Vulcan  11     vs.     no.15 seed:  Ganymede  8  

no.18 seed:  Pluto  11     vs.    no.10 seed:  Uranus  13  

no.6 seed:  Mars  12      vs.      no.14 seed:  Pellucidar  17    

no. 4 seed:  The Asteroids  17     vs.      no.12 seed:  Planet X  8 

no.8 seed:  The Moon  10     vs.     no.16 seed:  Earth  16 

quarter-finals, 11-15 february 2020:

no.17 seed:  The Sun      vs.      no.5 seed:  Mercury 

no.3 seed:  Jupiter        vs.      no.7 seed:  Vulcan 

no.10 seed:  Uranus      vs.      no.14 seed:  Pellucidar     

no. 4 seed:  The Asteroids      vs.      no.16 seed:  Earth   

After the first day's play:

The Sun  1    Mercury  2
Jupiter  2    Vulcan  2
Uranus  1    Pellucidar  3
The Asteroids  3    Earth  2        

After the second day's play:

The Sun  5    Mercury  5
Jupiter  8    Vulcan  5
Uranus  2    Pellucidar  5
The Asteroids  8    Earth  5                 

After the third day's play:

The Sun  10    Mercury  6
Jupiter  10    Vulcan  6
Uranus  5    Pellucidar  12
The Asteroids  8    Earth  6                 

After the fourth day's play:

The Sun  13    Mercury  7
Jupiter  12    Vulcan  9
Uranus  7    Pellucidar  13
The Asteroids  9    Earth  10

After the fifth day's play:

QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS, FEBRUARY 2020

no.17 seed:  The Sun  14    vs.      no.5 seed:  Mercury  9

no.3 seed:  Jupiter  14      vs.      no.7 seed:  Vulcan  10

no.10 seed:  Uranus  9    vs.      no.14 seed:  Pellucidar  14   

no. 4 seed:  The Asteroids  12    vs.      no.16 seed:  Earth  11 

semi-finals, 16-20 february 2020:

no.17 seed:  The Sun      vs.      no.3 seed:  Jupiter       

no.14 seed:  Pellucidar      vs.      no. 4 seed:  The Asteroids     

After the first day's play:

The Sun  4    Jupiter  4
Pellucidar  3    The Asteroids  3           

After the second day's play:

The Sun  7    Jupiter  9
Pellucidar  5    The Asteroids  7           

After the third day's play:

The Sun  7    Jupiter  11
Pellucidar  9    The Asteroids  12           

After the fourth day's play:

The Sun  8    Jupiter  14
Pellucidar  11    The Asteroids  14    

After the fifth day's play:

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS, FEBRUARY 2020

no.17 seed:  The Sun  9     vs.      no.3 seed:  Jupiter  18   

no.14 seed:  Pellucidar  16    vs.      no. 4 seed:  The Asteroids  17    

the final, 21-25 february 2020; result out 26 feb:

no.3 seed:  Jupiter      vs.      no. 4 seed:  The Asteroids      

After the first day's play:
Jupiter  5    The Asteroids  5                

After the second day's play:
Jupiter  7    The Asteroids  8                

After the third day's play:
Jupiter  17    The Asteroids  13                

After the fourth day's play:
Jupiter  20    The Asteroids  20

After the last day's play:

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RESULT, FEBRUARY 2020

no.3 seed:  Jupiter  23   vs.      no. 4 seed:  The Asteroids  21    

So the winner of the 42nd Interplanetary Knock-Out, February 2020, is

Jupiter

For the Jovians, who were beaten finalists in the past two months (losing to Saturn in December and to Venus in January), this month has turned out to be "third time lucky".  While the Out-planet terraces of Ceres Stadium erupt in frenetic abandon, tentacles waving and pads thumping, the Belters slump in moody exhaustion.

Though conscious that both sides have acquitted themselves well in such a close-fought climax to the 42nd IKO, some Belters yet sense the incipient twinge of an inferiority complex with regard to the Jovians.  The record shows that whereas The Asteroids have beaten Venus, Mars and Saturn in previous finals, they have not so far managed to beat the Jovians, but have now been beaten by them twice - the first occasion being last August.

The trophy-tally after 42 months of the competition now stands as follows:  11 for Mars, 9 for Venus, 6 for Jupiter, 5 for Saturn, 4 for Mercury, 3 each for The Asteroids and Titan, and 1 for Vulcan.


january 2020 - the 41st tournament

first round, 1-5 january 2020:

no.1 seed:  Saturn  21      vs.     no.17 seed:  Planet X  9

no.9 seed:  Vulcan  19      vs.      no.25 seed:  Europa  6

no.5 seed:  The Asteroids  15      vs.      no.21 seed:  Pluto  

no.13 seed:  The Moon  14      vs.     no. 29 seed:  Umbriel  8 

no.3 seed:  Venus  20      vs.      no.19 seed:  Triton 

no.11 seed:  Neptune  10       vs      no.27 seed:  Titania  5

no.7 seed:  Amalthea  9     vs.     no.23 seed:  Comets  6  

no.15 seed:  Callisto  2       vs.     no.31 seed:  Oberon  1

no.2 seed:  Jupiter  20      vs.      no.18 seed:  The Sun  6

no.10 seed:  Ganymede  10       vs       no.26 seed:  Titan  5

no.6 seed:  Mars  23      vs.      no.22 seed:   Io  5

no.14 seed:  Uranus  9       vs.     no.30 seed:  Ariel  4 

no. 4 seed:  Mercury  10     vs.      no.20 seed:  Iapetus  7

no.12 seed:  Pellucidar  13      vs.     no.28 seed:  Ceres  6

no.8 seed:  Earth  10      vs.     no.24 seed:  The Reefs of Space  10

no.16 seed:  Asteroid Progenitor Planet  15       vs.     no.32 seed:  Cerberus  2

Replay needed for Earth vs The Reefs of Space.

First-round replay, 6 January 2020:

no.8 seed:  Earth  1      vs.     no.24 seed:  The Reefs of Space  2

second round, 6-10 january 2020:

no.1 seed:  Saturn  19      vs.     no.9 seed:  Vulcan  14     

no.5 seed:  The Asteroids  19      vs.      no.13 seed:  The Moon  14 

no.3 seed:  Venus  15      vs.      no.11 seed:  Neptune  8

no.7 seed:  Amalthea  12     vs.     no.15 seed:  Callisto  10   

no.2 seed:  Jupiter  18      vs.      no.10 seed:  Ganymede  13

no.6 seed:  Mars  9      vs.      no.14 seed:  Uranus  15    

no. 4 seed:  Mercury  17     vs.      no.12 seed:  Pellucidar  8 

no.24 seed:  The Reefs of Space  4   vs.    no.16 seed:  Asteroid Progenitor Planet  18 

quarter-finals, 11-15 january 2020:

no.1 seed:  Saturn       vs.      no.5 seed:  The Asteroids       

no.3 seed:  Venus       vs.      no.7 seed:  Amalthea      

no.2 seed:  Jupiter       vs.      no.14 seed:  Uranus     

no. 4 seed:  Mercury     vs.      no.16 seed:  Asteroid Progenitor Planet   

After the first day's play:

Saturn  5    The Asteroids  4
Venus  2    Amalthea  1
Jupiter  2    Uranus  2
Mercury  4    Asteroid Progenitor Planet  2            

After the second day's play:

Saturn  8    The Asteroids  6
Venus  2    Amalthea  5
Jupiter  5    Uranus  8
Mercury  6    Asteroid Progenitor Planet  4           

After the third day's play:

Saturn  8    The Asteroids  7
Venus  8    Amalthea  10
Jupiter  6    Uranus  9
Mercury  10    Asteroid Progenitor Planet  5           

After the fourth day's play:

Saturn  11    The Asteroids  12
Venus  15    Amalthea  12
Jupiter  11    Uranus  12
Mercury  14    Asteroid Progenitor Planet  7

After the fifth day's play:

QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS, JANUARY 2020

no.1 seed:  Saturn  13     vs.      no.5 seed:  The Asteroids  12     

no.3 seed:  Venus  18     vs.      no.7 seed:  Amalthea  14    

no.2 seed:  Jupiter  14    vs.      no.14 seed:  Uranus  13   

no. 4 seed:  Mercury  18   vs.      no.16 seed:  Asteroid Progenitor Planet  10 

semi-finals, 16-20 january 2020:

no.1 seed:  Saturn       vs.      no.3 seed:  Venus      

no.2 seed:  Jupiter       vs.      no. 4 seed:  Mercury    

After the first day's play:

Saturn  2    Venus  4
Jupiter  0    Mercury  2          

After the second day's play:

Saturn  8    Venus  7
Jupiter  3    Mercury  2         

After the third day's play:

Saturn  9    Venus  12
Jupiter  7    Mercury  3        


After the fourth day's play:

Saturn  16    Venus  21
Jupiter  13    Mercury  9

After the fifth day's play:

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS, JANUARY 2020

no.1 seed:  Saturn  19     vs.      no.3 seed:  Venus  23 

no.2 seed:  Jupiter  17     vs.      no. 4 seed:  Mercury  12  

the final, 21-25 january 2020; result out 26 jan:

no.3 seed:  Venus       vs.       no.2 seed:  Jupiter      

After the first day's play:
Venus  4    Jupiter  4                         

After the second day's play:
Venus  6    Jupiter  6   

After the third day's play:
Venus  9    Jupiter  10        

After the fourth day's play:
Venus  10    Jupiter  11

After the last day's play:

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RESULT, JANUARY 2020

no.3 seed:  Venus  15     vs.       no.2 seed:  Jupiter  14

So the winner of the 41st Interplanetary Knock-Out, January 2020, is

Venus

The most dramatic possible ending for a final!  The Venusians, trailing for two days, just manage to put on a last-day spurt and pip the Jovians at the post; at which the stands at Ceres Stadium erupt with a kaleidoscopic polychromatic display of Cytherian enthusiasm.  Nine-foot Grelvi, Perelandrian greenies, fishy Myposans and Havatoon techno-wizards join hands and flippers to dance their triumph.  It's eight months since the Venusians last won, and they have lost two finals since then.  It was high time for a comeback.  Furthermore, the Inner System has only won thrice in the past year; this does something to redress the balance.

The trophy-tally after 41 months of the competition now stands as follows:  11 for Mars, 9 for Venus, 5 each for Jupiter and Saturn, 4 for Mercury, 3 each for The Asteroids and Titan, and 1 for Vulcan.