Round Four: Terry Richardson, HPE, defeats John Byrne, Dell EMC
Make no bones about it, Terry Richardson came to play. The road to the final round was not an easy one for HPE's VP of U.S. channel sales, but he is coming in hot to the championship round after knocking off Dell EMC's John Byrne (pictured right).
With only four chiefs remaining, Byrne looked like the man to beat after his Enterprise 8 dismantling of Lenovo's Sammy Kinlaw. Byrne, however, came back down to earth and quickly fell behind Richardson in their Field of Four matchup.
Richardson took his lead into the weekend and did what he's done all tournament -- received consistent support. Ultimately, Richardson won the contest, 57 percent to 43 percent.
The margins of victory in his four matchups haven't been staggering, but given the caliber of his opponents, they've been impressive wins nonetheless.
In addition to the victory over Byrne, Richardson knocked off another hot hand in F5's David Helfer, bested his colleague at HPE, Scott Dunsire, and rallied late for a Round 1 win over Extreme's Bob Gault.
Terry Richardson, in his first tournament appearance, is playing for a shot at the title.