axis & allies  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report    

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Jeff Mathis, FL

2014 Champion

 

Event History
1999    Kevin Keller    43
2000    Tim Rothenhoefer    43
2001    Patrick Mirk    41
2002    Phil Rennert    50
2003    Philip Shea    34
2004     Philip Shea    31
2005    Charles Michalek    19
2006    Joe Powell    28
2007    Ty Hansen    22
2008    Kevin Keller    17 
2009    Andrew Murphy    25
2010    Richard Beyma    33
2011     Ty Hansen    32
2012    Joe Powell    22
2013    Ty Hansen    32
2014    Jeff Mathis    27

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Joe Powell         VA    12    210
  2.  Kevin Keller       MD    14    197
  3.  Ty Hansen          DC    14    193
  4.  Philip Shea        VA    09    192
  5.  Pat Mirk           FL    10    129
  6.  Phil Rennert       MD    04     96
  7.  Richard Beyma      MD    11     95
  8.  Andrew Murphy      PA    11     94
  9.  Tim Rothenhoefer   MD    07     68
 10.  Jeff Mathis        FL    14     54
 11.  Brian Fitzpatrick  VA    03     54
 12.  Joe Gioia          NY    14     42
 13.  Charles Michalek   NV    05     40
 14.  Jeff King          ME    02     36
 15.  Alfred Wong        IL    01     30
 16.  Greg Berry         VA    04     24
 17.  Don Tatum          MD    02     24
 18.  Phil Rollins       ME    00     24
 19.  Matt Tolman        UT    08     22
 20.  Joe Collinson      MD    12     21
 21.  Sam Packwood       MN    14     19
 22.  Al Hurda           on    12     18
 23.  John Sharp III     FL    00     18
 24.  Mike Terrana       GA    99     18
 25.  Brad Turney        NY    09     16
 26.  Ted Lange          ae    10     15
 27.  Steve Packwood     MN    13     13
 28.  Chris Gioia        NY    14     12
 29.  Michael Gioia      NY    13     12
 30.  James D. Long      PA    06     12
 31.  Eric Lind          CA    03     12
 32.  Barry Shoults      MI    99     12
 33.  Michael Reiner     PA    10     10
 34.  Al Hurda           on    13      8
 35.  Doug Bailor        DE    09      8
 36.  James H. Long      PA    05      8
 37.  Jeff Cornett       FL    12      6
 38.  David Rynkowski    NY    04      6
 39.  Russell Vane       VA    03      6
 40.  David Huss         NY    01      6
 41.  John Koski         MD    00      6
 42.  Rich Curtin        NY    99      6
 43.  Dan Pasaric        NY    08      3
 44.  Kevin McCarthy     OH    99      3

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 

Joe Gioia, NY
2nd

Chris Gioia, NY
3rd

Ty Hansen, DC
4th

Kevin Keller, MD
5th

Sam Packwood, MN
6th


Past Winners

Kevin Keller, MD
1999, 2008

Tim Rothenhoefer, MD
2000

Patrick Mirk, FL
2001

Phil Rennert, MD
2002

Philip Shea, VA
2003-04

Charles Michaleks, NV
2005

Joe Powell, VA
2006, 2012

Ty Hansen, DC
2007, 2011, 2013

Andrew Murphy, PA
2009

Richard Beyma, VA
2010

Two-time champ Kevin Keller and Jeff Ganthner are not suffering from a chair shortage. Some dice rolls just require a better vantage point and more wristage.

Sam Packwood gave Jeff Mantis his sternest test in the preliminaries. Jeff's first title enabled him to break into the Top Ten in the A&A laurels rankings.

An 11th champ joins the club ...

The 2014 tournament had 27 players vying for glory. The field included both former champions and newcomers aplenty. Three former laurelists made it to the semifinals: Jeff Mathis, Joe Gioia, and defending champ Ty Hansen.

Jeff Mathis defeated 2001 champ Patrick Mirk in Round 1, two-time former champ Joe Powell. in Round 2, and had his toughest test in the third round against Sam Packwood - ending with a close win of 13 victory territories. In the semifinal he faced defending champ Ty Hansen with intense competition on the Eastern Front in the Ukraine and also many large naval battles in the Pacific as the US sought to advance. The Allies often controlled the Asian mainland. Jeff used a Northern Pacific strategy for the US fleet that threatened Japan and drew the Japanese fleet into combat with losses that could not be replaced.

In the other bracket, Joe Gioia's Allies defeated his son, Chris by a narrow margin. Joe Gioia was the top seed coming out of the preliminaries unbeaten with 57 victory territories. All three of Joe's preliminary victories were concessions awarding 19 victory territories plus 30 IPCs. Tne Amercans went across the Meditteranean and across North Africa. America helped the Russians on the Eastern front in the south and also defeated the Axis fleet in the Black Sea. Joe Gioia had the British fleet and Army help the Russians in the north. The Russians were freed to face the advancing Japanese. From the spectator's perspective, the Americans and British made a double envelopment of Europe. Chris Gioia's strategy was for the Japanese to build factories in Indochina, Kwangtung, and India. Those factories produced many tanks that led to pitched battles in Sinkiang and Novosibirsk with the Russians and almost an Axis victory.

In the Final, Jeff's Axis defeated Joe Gioia as Joe finished one game short of paydirt for the second year in a row.. Jeff conquered Africa with the Germans and India and Australia with the Japanese. It appeared there was an Axis rim around the Indian Ocean. Joe came ashore in France early in the game and this is not usually part of Joe's strategy. Jeff defeated those invasions with German reserves. About Turn 6 Joe returned to his usual strategy of the British and Americans enveloping Europe and helping the Russians, but it was too late. Jeff captured the victory territories of Hawaii and Australia late in the game. This allowed his Japanese navy to transport land units to the pitched battle in Asia, and to assist in extending the Japanese Co-Prosperity Sphere to India and beyond. Both players tired in the end but Joe appeared to be more worn than Jeff.

Play balance was maintained in 2014. The Allies won 14 games to the Axis's 16. The average bid for an opponent to play as the Allies was 4.3, lower than 2013 when it was 5.0.

The GM extends his thanks to assistant GMs Kevin Keller and Ty Hansen,.

 GM     Joe Powell  [4th Year]  NA  
   josephapowell@prodigy.net   NA

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