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