Past GMs of the Year | A
GM’s Plea | How Are GMs Selected? | GM
is our custom, every year we select one GM
to single out as WBC’s GM of the Year. This GM is awarded
a free room for the five days of WBC. Using the
current selection process, GMs may score a
maximum of 96 points and a minimum of 12.
We are pleased to
award the Best GM honor for 2007 to Ivan Lawson with a record
score of 87 based on three1sts, two 2nds, two 3rds, and a 4th.
Overall, scores ranged from Ivan's 87 to a low of 18. Ivan finished
third in the voting last year in only his second year as a GM,
impressing the Board with the degree of preparation and organization
he brought to an event that is hard to administer due to its sheer
size. The task was made more difficult by official MESE tie-breakers
that were not intended for large two-player events, but he soldiered
on without complaint. Lost Cities has nearly tripled its
attendance since he implemented a four-heat format in 2005. As
our GM of the Year, Ivan will receive free lodging at next year's
Every nominee scored at least as high as 6th and as low as
9th with the Board splitting its votes in a wide cross section
based on the importance each member gave the various categories.
The Board's eight 1st votes were split among the top three nominees.
Finishing second in the voting with half of those 1st place votes
was Ed Beach who garnered a score of 84 for hosting his design Here I Stand in addition to taking his usual turn in the
Junior's room. Finishing in third with 75 points was Eric Brosius
whose handling of the Princess of Florence event has always
been top rate and accompanied by a well-crafted event report and
convention review. Rounding out the top half of our nominees
were Ellen Hoam (Mystery of the Abbey) with a score of
60 forged on the backs of her cleverly attired monks, Jim Jordan
(Britannia) at 56, and Kathy Stroh whose annual turn in
the Juniors room was augmented by one of our largest events (Power
Grid) with a score of 49. Well done all. Our sincere thanks
to you and all others like you who try to make WBC a little more
special every year.