Confusion at Chopin Competition where marks don’t add up

The Chopin International Piano Competition of Hartford, Connecticut, is not to be confused with the Warsaw original, but it does claim professional standards and it attracts international competitors.

So imagine their consternation when the results were published.

chopin placings

Yi-Yang Chen of Taiwan won the competition outright. But the judges’ marks for the next three competitors were added up wrong to produce a false final average.

Patrick Lechner of Austria, who ranked third, should have come second, while the second-placed American, Sherry Kim, would rightfully have been placed fourth.

It’s an absolute howler.


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    • Dear Mr. Lebrecht,

      The results which you quote in your article were published with some mistakes as a fault of one of the staff. It was corrected in less than a few hours. Please remark that points average is the same in both versions and order was never changed. The mistake was made by writing three scores erroneously in comparison to original voting scores. It is interesting how author of this article try to be a policeman even without clarifying situation with the competition office. We worked with 80 pianists in three days. I agree that such situation shouldn’t happen but please understand that we are just humans and everybody can misspell three scores especially working at 5 am after serving full day for competitors. The mistake was made by wrong rewriting scores earlier agreed by all judges and very fast corrcted. It never changed a position of any pianist in the competition. All correct results can be found at Dr. Krystian Tkaczewski artistic director of Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford

  • If you were to perform a analysis of variance on the displayed data, there is likely to be no statistically significant difference between the average scores for the candidates, taking into account the variability of the scores across the jurors for each candidate.

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