alhambra  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Michael Wojke, PA

2014 Champion

Event History
2004   Bruce Reiff     69
2005    Nate Hoam     97
2006    Michael Mullins     88
2007    Vassili Kyrkos     84
2008    L. Dan Hoffman     91
2009    Kevin Wojtaszczyk     99
2010    Luke Koleszar    122
2011    Vassili Kyrkos    116
2012    Bruce DuBoff    114
2013    Alan Elkner    144
2014    Michael Wojke    124

Euro Quest
BPA Event History
2004    Holliday Jones    22

 Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Vassili Kyrkos     NY    11     70
   2.  Luke Koleszar      VA    10     58
   3.  Nate Hoam          OH    08     54
   4.  Michael Wojke      PA    14     40
   5.  Alan Elkner        NJ    13     40
   6.  Bruce Duboff       NJ    12     40
   7.  Richard Meyer      MA    12     34
   8.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    09     30
   9.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    08     30
  10.  Michael Mullins    MA    06     30
  11.  Bruce Reiff        OH    04     30
  12.  Dave Bohnenberger  PA    14     24
  13.  Alexandra Henning  PA    13     24
  14.  Thomas Strock      PA    12     24
  15.  Michael Shea       CT    11     24
  16.  Sam Atabaki        CA    10     24
  17.  Matt Calkins       VA    10     22
  18.  Peter Eldridge     uk    13     20
  19.  Holliday Jones     MD    04     20
  20.  Carolyn Strock     PA    09     18
  21.  George Sauer       OH    04     18
  22.  F de Bellefeuille  qc    14     16
  23.  Jay Fox            NJ    11     16
  24.  Michael Wei        FL    10     16
  25.  Jeff Mullet        OH    13     16
  26.  Tom Dunning        NY    05     14
  27.  Ryan Friedmann     MA    14     12
  28.  Ken Gutermuth      NC    13     12
  29.  Rodney Davidson    AZ    12     12
  30.  Eric Freeman       PA    11     12
  31.  Tom Stokes         NJ    10     12
  32.  Robert Drozd       IL    09     12
  33.  Matthew Amitrano   VA    09     12
  34.  Steve Koleszar     VA    08     12
  35.  Brian Kowal        WI    07     12
  36.  Christian Moffa    NJ    06     12
  37.  Ilan Tadmor        NY    05     12
  38.  Josh Cooper        MD    04     12
  39.  Perrianne Lurie    PA    04     12
  40.  Debbie Gutermuth   NC    09      9
  41.  Heather Palenshus  OH    08      9
  42.  Faisal Kassam      ab    07      9
  43.  Jeff Mullet        OH    06      9
  44.  David Buchholz     MI    05      9
  45.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    04      9
  46.  Charles Faella     RI    14      8
  47.  Lynda Shea         CT    12      8
  48.  David Meyaard      NY    10      8
  49.  Davyd Field        SC    08      6
  50.  Peter Putnam       PA    04      6
  51.  Tom Wojke          PA    04      6
  52.  Chris Kalmbacher   PA    14      4
  53.  Paul Klayder       KS    13      4
  54.  Tammy Lusk         NJ    11      4
  55.  Jim Vroom          PA    04      4
  56.  Alfred Smith       NC    09      3
  57.  Lisa Gutermuth     FL    08      3
  58.  Robert Kircher     RI    07      3
  59.  John Faella        RI    06      3
  60.  David Gagne        qc    05      3
  61.  Lee Presser        NY    04      3
  62.  Luann Stubbs       PA    04      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 0

Dave Bohnenberger, PA
2nd

F de Bellefeuille, qc
3rd

Ryan Friedmann, MA
4th

Charles Faella, RI
5th

Chris Kalmbacher, PA
6th


Past Winners

Bruce Reiff, OH
2004

Nate Hoam, OH
2005

Michael Mullins, MA
2006

Vassili Kyrkos, NY
2007, 2011

Legend Dan Hoffman, MD
2008

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY
2009

Luke Koleszar, VA
2010

Bruce DuBoff, NJ
2012

Alan Elkner, NJ
2013

Michael Wojke, PA
2014

Sonia Taktak, Dave Bohnenberger, Gordon Rodgers and Laurie Wojtaszczyck in a semifinal won by Dave which knocked out defending champ Alan Elkner.

Francois de Bellefeuille wins the award in a close battle with anyone in the Wojtaszczyck family for number of name spell checks as well as this semifinal with Charles Faella.

 Ashley Worley, Perrianne Lurie, Kyle Smith, Romaine Jacques and Ryan Friedmann in the semifinals. The round went to Ryan.

Bigger Than Ever!


The Alhambra schedule had two preliminary heats with 25 advancing to the semifinal round.

The results and highlights of the first heat were as follows:
- Overall, the first heat winners won by a higher margin than the second heat winners. There were three tables with 25-31 point differences, only two tables with 5 or less point differences, and the remainder had differences of 8 - 16 points.
- Colin Crook won the closest game with a one-point margin over Chris Greenfield.
- Perrianne Lurie had the second closest game by besting two-time champion Vassili Kyrkos
- Charlie Faella and Mike Shea shared honors for the largest margin of victory (31 points) over runners-up David Platnick and Lisa Shaud respectively.
- Alan Elkner, the defending champion, won by 23 over Chris Moffa.
- The average wall length by the end of a game is around 10. There were four that far exceeded that average to helpe win their respective games. They were Brandon Bucham (19), Ryan Friedmann and Sonia Taktak (18), and Kyle Smith (15).
- The other winners in the first heat were Chris Kalmbacher, Laurie Wojtaszczyk, Meghan Friedmann, Nessa Savarick, and Chad Martin.

The results and highlights of the second heat were as follows:
- Even though the second heat winners overall margin of victory was less, this did not preclude big winners. There were two tables with 25-30 point spreads, but there were four tables decided by 3 or less point differences, tincluding a pair of ties, with the rest decided by between 5 - 19 points.
- Ashley Worley was the winner with the largest margin (30 points) over Skip Maloney .
- Mike Wojke had the second largest margin (25 points) over Scott Saccenti.
- Brandon Bernard and Sean McCulloch required tie-breakers to best Benjamin Waterhouse and Matt Evinger respectively.
- Rich Meyer edged Adina Weiss by 2 points while Jean-Francois Gagne had a relatively "easy" win over Rebecca Hebner by all of 3 points.
- Romain Jacques, Luke Koleszar, Chuck Krueger, Yoel Weiss, Liz DiSando Roberts, and Francois deBellelfvilie all won with longer wall lengths than their margin of victory.
- The other winners in the second heat were Laurie Van De Graaf, David Bohnenberger, Ed Beach, Bryan Berkenstack, Gordon Rodgers, and Natalie Beach.

There were 32 winners from the preliminaries with only 25 slots for advancement. Two winners declined to continue to the semifinal round so only five individuals who wished to advance were ousted by tie-breakers. The Semifinal results found:
- Chuck Krueger a victor by tie breaker over Chris Kalmbacher, Brandon Bernard, Nessa Savarick, and Colin Crook.
- Francois deBellefeuille won by 3 points over Natalie.Beach, Charles Faella, Meghan Friedmann, and Brandon Buchanan.
- David Bohnenberger ended the run of defending champ Alan Elkner with a 3-point win over Sonia Taktak, Elkner, Gordan Rodgers, and Laurie Wojtaszczyk.
- Mike Wojke advanced over Liz DiSanto Roberts, Bryan Berkenstack, Chad Martin, and Ed Beach.
- Ryan Friedmann claimed the last seat at the Final by besting Kyle Smith, Ashley Worley, Romain Jacques, and Perrianne Lurie with Ryan winning the table.

Immediately following the semifinals, our six survivors gathered for the Final round. They heretofore didn't have an ALH laurel between them - not unusual in an event where repeat winners are rare as hen's teeth. The first scoring round came quick which caught many by surprise. After the first scoring round, Francois deBellelfvilie led with nine points, Ryan Friedmann had seven, Dave Bohnenberger had three and Mike Wojke and Chuck Krueger were shut out. By the end of the second scoring round, Francois and Ryan were still leading the pack with 30 points each while the rest were knotted near 17. Despite the big gap, none relented. By the end of the last scoring round, Charles was up to 58 points, but tit still left him in last place. Ryan, fell from a share of the lead into fourth place with 67 points. Francois, the other leader, also fell on hard times and dropped into third with 71 points. So much for the invincibility of an early lead. Dave slipped ahead of Francois by a single point to claim second place. This left Mike whose terrific last round of 77 points won the day and outscored all three rounds of the four other players.

GM Debbie Gutermuth with her finalists and an uncredited assistant behind the camera.

 GM     Debbie Gutermuth  [11th Year]  NA
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