axis & allies

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Joe Gioia, NY

2015 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
2015 Joe Gioia 21

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Joe Powell         VA    12    210
  2.  Kevin Keller       MD    15    203
  3.  Ty Hansen          DC    15    196
  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.  Joe Gioia          NY    15     72
 10.  Tim Rothenhoefer   MD    07     68
 11.  Jeff Mathis        FL    14     54
 12.  Brian Fitzpatrick  VA    03     54
 13.  Charles Michalek   NV    05     40
 14.  Jeff King          ME    02     36
 15.  Chris Gioia        NY    15     30
 16.  Alfred Wong        IL    01     30
 17.  Michael Gioia      NY    15     24
 18.  Greg Berry         VA    04     24
 19.  Don Tatum          MD    02     24
 20.  Phil Rollins       ME    00     24
 21.  Matt Tolman        UT    08     22
 22.  Joe Collinson      MD    12     21
 23.  Sam Packwood       MN    14     19
 24.  Al Hurda           on    12     18
 25.  John Sharp III     FL    00     18
 26.  Mike Terrana       GA    99     18
 27.  Brad Turney        NY    09     16
 28.  Ted Lange          ae    10     15
 29.  Steve Packwood     MN    13     13
 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.  John Shoemaker     PA    15      9
 35.  Al Hurda           on    13      8
 36.  Doug Bailor        DE    09      8
 37.  James H. Long      PA    05      8
 38.  Jeff Cornett       FL    12      6
 39.  David Rynkowski    NY    04      6
 40.  Russell Vane       VA    03      6
 41.  David Huss         NY    01      6
 42.  John Koski         MD    00      6
 43.  Rich Curtin        NY    99      6
 44.  Dan Pasaric        NY    08      3
 45.  Kevin McCarthy     OH    99      3
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 4

Chris Gioia, NY
2nd

Mike Gioia, NY
3rd

John Shoemaker, PA
4th

Kevin Keller, MD
5th

Ty Hansen, DC
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

Jeff Mathis, FL
2014

Joe Gioia, NY
2015

John Shoemaker runs up against Chris Gioia as AGM Kevin Keller observes.

GM Joe Powell watches as the Gioia family completes their 1-2-3 sweep of the event.

A 12th champ joins the club ...

The 2015 tournament had only 21 entrants making it the third smallest field in 17 years. Three former laurelists made it to the semifinals, all of them members of the Gioia family. John Shoemaker was the lone newcomer, but made his mark with a 4th place finish. This is the first time a father (Joe Gioia) and his sons (Chris and Mike) swept the top three places.

Mike Gioia was the top seed with a 3-0 record and 46 victory territories. He defeated John Shoemaker in the first round with an income increase as the Allies of 5, breaking the tie of 12 victory territories each. In Round 2 Mike defeated Sam Packwood with a concession. Two-time champ Kevin Keller was his third victim by a score of 15-9.

Joe Gioia had finished second the last two years. He got the brass ring this year, but not before tasting defeat in the Preliminary rounds.  After topping two-time champ Joe Powell 15-9 in Round 2, he lost to Sam Packwood, 13 to 11 in Round 3. Despite the loss, he qualified for the semifinals where he defeated his son Mike. Japan had rolled up to Russia at Novosibirsk, but the Russian riposte retook Novosibirsk and later liberated Sinkiang.

In the other semifinal game, Chris defeated John Shoemaker. John had committed three Japanese carriers against the Americans in the Atlantic to no avail.

The Gioia family has brought a new style to our event. From the spectator’s perspective, the Americans and British made a double envelopment of Europe. Their Axis strategy was for Japan to build factories and tanks, and join Germany in attacking Russia. The increased tank tank production led to pitched battles in Sinkiang and Novosibirsk with the Russians. Former champ Phil Shea commented that the Gioia’s strategy resembles that used in the original game. So what is old is new again.

In the Final, Joe Gioia ruined his son’s winning streak. He received a bid of three to play the Allies. He placed an extra infantry in Caucasus to attack the Ukraine. Chris took Karelia, Ukraine, and Egypt with the Germans but Joe retook Egypt with the British. On Turn 1 the British also landed in Archangel. With American and British help the Russians managed to maintain a safety perimeter despite Japanese strategic bombardment. On Turn 4 the British took Eastern and Western Europe. The US attacked Ukraine and sank the German battleship and transport that started in the Mediterranean. The Axis conceded when they failed to retake Eastern Europe on Turn 5.

All players—including the GM apparently—need reminders about sequence of play, collecting income, and buying units. The GM bought nine units for the British in his game with Al Hurda, and the rules explicitly state that excess units bought above production capacity are lost—this costing the GM an artillery that had made it to Norway. All players should use the mobilization box so their buys are clear. Many players do not use the battle board, doubling the map as a battle board. The GM prefers use of the battleboard to avoid potential problems with misplaced pieces.

Play balance was maintained in 2015. The Allies and Axis each won 13 games. The average bid for an opponent to play as the Allies was 3.86, down from 2014’s 4.3. In 2013 the bid to play as the allies was 5.0.

GM Joe Powell [5th Year] NA
josephapowell@prodigy.net NA

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