Updated Nov. 23, 2013

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Robert Frisby, VA

2012-13 Champion

WBC Event History
1991    Tom Oleson        8
1992    Mike Sincavage      13
1993    Mike Sincavage      12
1994    Mike Sincavage      14
1995    Mike Sincavage        9
1996    Mike Sincavage        8
1997    Tom Oleson      10
1998    Mike Sincavage        8
1999    Mike Sincavage     12
2000    Robert Ryan     24
2001    Stephen Likevich     21
2002    Mike Sincavage     18
2003    Mike Sincavage     20
2004    Robert Ryan     22
2005    Paul Fletcher     18
2006     Paul Fletcher     22
2007     Bruno Sinigaglio     33
2008    Robert Ryan     17
2009    Tom Oleson     19
2010    Tom Oleson     20
2011    Mark McCandless     21
2012    Robert Frisby     17
2013    Robert Frisby     17

PBeM Event History
2001    Bob Ryan     22


 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Robert Ryan        MI    09    204
   2.  Tom Oleson         WA    11    184
   3.  Paul Fletcher      CT    13    159
   4.  Mike Sincavage     VA    03    114
   5.  Robert Frisby      VA    13     98
   6.  Stephen Likevich   OH    01     74
   7.  Mark McCandless    LA    13     51
   8.  Bruno Sinigaglio   AK    13     40
   9.  Carl Walling       PA    06     30
  10.  Chris Harris       VA    08     25
  11.  Mike Scott         MD    10     21
  12.  Paul O'Niel        MD    06     21
  13.  Ed Witkowski       VA    13     20
  14.  Bill Scott         VA    11     19
  15.  Vince Meconi       DE    13     18
  16.  Greg Tanner        AZ    12     18
  17.  Mark Bayliss       uk    05     17
  18.  John Clarke        VA    12     12
  19.  John Grant Jr      CT    01      8
  20.  John Clarke        VA    11      6
  21.  Randy Heller       NH    06      6
  22.  Frank Sinigaglio   NJ    05      6
  23.  Walter Garman      MD    99      4
  24.  Johnny Hasay       PA    11      3
  25.  Bill Riggs         VA    09      3
  26.  Steve Foren        FL    07      3
  27.  Brian Addison      VA    05      3
  28.  Bryan Jackson      NY    01      2
  29.  John Ellsworth     IL    01      1

2013 Laurelists                                        Repeating Laurelists: 

Mark McCandless, LA

Ed Witkowski, VA

Vince Meconi. DE

Paul Fletcher, CT

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK

Past Winners

Tom Oleson, WA
1991, 1997, 2009-10

Mike Sincavage, VA
'92-'96, '98-'99, '02

Robert Ryan, MI
2000, 2004, 2008

Stephen Likevich, OH

Paul Fletcher, CT
2005, 2006

Mark McCandless, LA

Robert Frisby, VA

With only two other former champs in attendance, the odds for Robert Frisby to defend his title soared once two-time champ Paul Fletcher faltered.

Vince Meconi's Germans were unable to stop Mark McCandless in the semifinals, setting up a Final match between the two most recent champions.

Year 14 of the Renaissance sans Icon

This years Anzio experience was again minus the presence of the venerable grognard Tom Oleson. Despite his absence, the game attracted at least 17 players for the 14th consecutive year. Those advancing to the playoffs after 18 games were the last two champions: Robert Frisby and Mark McCandless, along with Vince Meconi and Ed Witkowski.

The 15-Turn Basic Game was the choice for the first semifinal. Ed's initial invasion on Sep III came ashore at Termoli. Robert attacked the invasion zone with everything possible while screening the commonwealth units in the toe and heel of the boot. On Oct I, the Germans succeeded in eliminating the Termoli beachhead. The second invasion proved no more successful than the first, with the Germans crushing the invasion in two turns.

The 6-Turn Tournament Game was employed in the second semi. As noted by all, this scenario cuts to the chase immediately with heavy attack and counterattack by both sides. The Germans held strongly at Cassino, but Mark concentrated his Allies on the Adriatic. His attacks captured Termoli. The strong German defenses between Roma and Cassino made invasion there risky, so Mark landed near Pescara and fanned out to await the inevitable German riposte. His Allies were able to weather the storm and hold Salerno, Napoli, Foggia, Termoli and Pescara to advance.

The two past champs chose the 15-Turn Basic Game for the title game. Robert bid away three Erzatz reps for the Germans. Mark's Allies invaded at Termoli while supporting landings occurred at Taranto and Reggio. Robert attempted to crush the invasion from north and south before a linkup could occur. The foothold was maintained, but at the cost of the British 46th and 56th Divisions. For their part, the Germans also suffered heavy losses and retreated to form a line from Pompei through the mountains and along the Sangro. In October, the Allies pushed north of the Sangro towards Pescara, but German counterattacks pushed them back - eliminating an Indian Division and the New Zealanders. On Nov I, Mark invaded at Mondragone, causing Robert to abandon Napoli in order to counterattack at Cassino. The next six turns yielded devastating attacks by both sides. The initiative chit was passed six times, indicative of the heavy losses on both sides, but the attrition favored the Germans more. They still held Roma, Anzio, Terracina, Cassino and Pescara at game end to allow Robert to retain his title.

Robert Frisby's Germans crushed both of Ed Witkowski's invasions in the semifinals.

Defending champ Robert Frisby and 2011 champ Mark McCandless met in the Final.
 GM      Bruno Sinigaglio  [6th Year]   NA    NA 

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