18XX

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Bruce Beard, MD

2013-15 Champion

Event History

1991 Mark Giddings 34
1992 Dave Harshbarger 46
1993 Robin Barbehenn 84
1994 Todd Vander Pluym 84
1995 Mark Giddings 51
1996 Christian Goetz 45
1997 Dan Vice 50
1998 Jon Kwiatkowski 45
1999 Barrington Beavis 32
2000 Barrington Beavis 28
2001 David Fritsch 33
2002 Jon Kwiatkowski 36
2003 Paul Hakken 32
2004 Richard Fox 37
2005 Bruce Beard 29
2006 Bruce Beard 37
2007 Bruce Beard 45
2008 Bruce Beard 35
2009 Bruce Beard 32
2010 Bruce Beard 40
2011 Bruce Beard 53
2012 Spencer Hamblen 58
2013 Bruce Beard 61
2014 Bruce Beard 55
2015 Bruce Beard 61

Laurels

Rank Name                 From  Last Total
  1. Bruce Beard           MD    15   572
  2. Jim McDanold          TN    09   120
  3. Spencer Hamblen       MD    14   108
  4. Jon Kwiatkowski       NC    04   104
  5. Paul Hakken           NJ    07   103
  6. Barrington Beavis     uk    06    90
  7. Mark Neale            RI    09    72
  8. Akihisa Tabei         jp    15    64
  9. Peter Eldridge        uk    15    60
 10. Anthony Lainesse      qc    15    54
 11. Andrew Roosen         MD    14    54
 12. Jeremy Vipperman      TN    10    54
 13. Pierre LeBoeuf        MD    08    54
 14. Richard Fox           IL    04    50
 15. David Fritsch         VA    01    40
 16. Rick Dutton           IL    12    37
 17. Richard Northey       MA    12    36
 18. Chuck Krueger         MA    10    31
 19. Dave Metheny          PA    05    25
 20. Glen Pearce           on    15    24
 21. Mason Murray          VA    14    24
 22. Fabio Pellegrino      it    11    24
 23. Brian Mountford       NY    99    24
 24. Daniel Barnes         CA    11    21
 25. Mike Brophy           NC    05    20
 26. Paul Johnson          MD    03    20
 27. John Chung            CA    02    19
 28. Antero Kuusi          fi    15    18
 29. Stephen Yu            WA    13    18
 30. Chris Hancock         CA    12    18
 31. Ken Gutermuth         NC    11    18
 32. Robin Barbehen        MD    00    18
 33. Jason Levine          NY    01    16
 34. Richard Martin        MD    99    16
 35. Michael Fox           IL    07    15
 36. Herbert Gratz         at    06    15
 37. Lane Newbury          TX    05    15
 38. Johnny Hasay          PA    02    13
 39. Tom McCorry           VA    13    12
 40. Craig Reece           FL    01    12
 41. Harald Henning        CT    00    12
 42. Mark Geary            OH    10    10
 43. Anthony Daw           UT    02    10
 44. Mark Frueh            IL    00     9
 45. Jim Munson            UT    08     8
 46. Ben Foy               MD    99     8
 47. F. de Bellefeuille    qc    14     6
 48. Walt Collins          PA    13     6
 49. Joe Rushanan          MA    01     4
 50. Gerald Dudley         WI    00     3
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 2

Peter Eldridge, uk
2nd

Glen Pearce, on
3rd

Anthony Lainesse, qc
4th

Antero Kuusi, fi
5th

Akihisa Tabei, jp
6th


Past Winners

Mark Giddings,
NY
1991, 1995

Jon Kwiatkowski,
NC
1998, 2002

Barrington Beavis,
uk
1999, 2000

David Fritsch,
VA
2001

Paul Hakken,
NJ
2003

Richard Fox,
IL
2004

Bruce Beard, MD
2005
-2011,
2013-15

Spencer Hamblen,
MD
2012


Pierre-Luc Ramier plots against Henry Dove.

Rich Atwater and Shantanu Saha venture into rail gamer country.

The usual suspects: Ken Gutermuth, Barrington Beavis, Antero Kuusi and Akihisa Tabei.

GM Tom McCorry and perennial champion Bruce Beard greet the other finalists.

An International Final ...

The 2015 running of the 18XX tournament saw the addition of two new eligible games (1817, 18NY) and broad international representation at the top of the standings board. 1830 continued to lead the way with 14 games played, followed by 1846 and 1862  (eight games) and 1861 (five). 1817 and 1856 had one play each while all the others were each played twice. The length and newness of 1817 discouraged players. We will see how it does in the feedback for next year. We had 26 players win at least one preliminary game (Bruce Beard, Anthony Lainesse, and Eric Brosius each won three in the qualifying heats). Unfortunately for Bill Peeck, 25 of the 26 qualifiers appeared for the semifinals and only the top 24 advanced to four 6-player games.

The semifinals used four different games (1830, 1880, 1862, and 1861) that each resulted in a decisive win for the four finalists. The Final was 1830 and resulted in one of the closest finishes of the tourney. Peter Eldridge gave Bruce Beard all he could handle with the outcome in doubt till the end. But the undisputed 8XX Master had enough of a cash advantage to overcome Peter’s superior stock position to win 8958 to 8828 to claim his tenth 8XX shield. In an appropriate finish for the WBC, the top six finishers came from five different countries (US, Britain, Canada (x2), Finland, and Japan).

For those of you who have come to the demo/learning session the last two years, we have been using 1846 as the teaching game. One pleasant side effect of this is that the game came to the attention of GMT who has arranged to publish the game next year at a very affordable price. Hopefully this will bring more players into the 18xx hobby and WBC tournament.

Next year we plan to stay with the same 3-day opening weekend format despite the elimination of pre-cons and the WBC going for nine straight days at its new location in Seven Springs, PA at the end of July. We will send a survey out early next year to those people who left me an e-mail address to get feedback on games for the tourney. Several new tourney length games have been or are being published in time for the 2016 convention for consideration in lieu of some of the less popular current tournament titles: 18PA and 18Dixie (Deep Thought Games), 1844/1854 (Mayfair/Lookout Games), and 1837 and 1867 from All-Aboard Games.

GM Tom McCorry [2nd Year] NA
Tommccorry@gmail.com NA

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