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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report    

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Bill Morse, VA

2014 Champion

 

WBC Event History
1999    Phil Evans    19
2000    Randy Heller    16
2001    Rich Ogata    14
2002    Tom Gregorio     16
2003    Bob Ryan    17
2004    Bob Ryan    20
2005    Randy Heller    20
2006    Steve Likevich    21
2007    Tom Gregorio    21
2008    Tom Gregorio    22
2009     Tom Gregorio    26
2010    Bruno Sinigaglio    22
2011    Tom Gregorio    21
2012    Tom Gregorio    25
2013    Forrest Pafenberg    21
2014    Bill Morse    21

PBeM Event History
2000    Randy Heller    20
2001    Bob Ryan    27
2002    Tom Gregorio    25
2005    Phil Evans     27
2008    Bruno Sinigaglio    32
2011    Bruno Sinigaglio    23
2012    Bruno Sinigaglio    28

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Tom Gregorio       PA    14    314
  2.  Randy Heller       NH    12    227
  3.  Bruno Sinigaglio   AK    12    182
  4.  Bill Morse         VA    14    151
  5.  Forrest Pafenberg  VA    14    135
  6.  Bob Ryan           MI    09    128
  7.  Phil Evans         fr    05     94
  8.  Steve Likevich     OH    12     65
  9.  Marty Musella      VA    12     51
 10.  Mike Mitchell      GA    09     42
 11.  John Grant Jr      CT    01     35
 12.  Ed Witkowski       VA    14     34
 13.  Rich Ogata         VA    01     30
 14.  Jim Tracy          OH    13     25
 15.  Richard Beyma      VA    14     24
 16.  Mike Pacheco       CA    05     24
 17.  Johnny Hasay       PA    13     21
 18.  Mike Kaye          MD    11     18
 19.  Buddy Sinigaglio   CO    08     18
 20.  Dan Tierney        CA    05     18
 21.  Larry Hollern      TX    12     15
 22.  Lance Roberts      AK    11     15
 23.  Doug James         NC    06     15
 24.  Jeff Hacker        PA    10     12
 25.  Larry Meyers       AZ    11      9
 26. Jeff Lange     ae   11   9
 27.  John Popiden       CA    04      9
 28.  Nick Frydas        uk    03      9
 29.  Kevin Hacker       PA    09      8
 30.  Frank Sinigaglio  NJ  13   6
 31.  Bob Bassin         MD    14      4
 32.  Rob Mull           CO    02      3
 33.  Chris Roginsky     PA    01      3
 34.  Paul Koenig        CA    00      3
 35.  Rob Beyma          MD    02      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 

Richard Beyma, VA
2nd

Forrest Pafenberg, VA
3rd

Tom Gregorio, PA
4th

Ed Witkowski, VA
5th

Bob Bassin, MD
6th

Past Winners

Phil Evans, fr
1999

Randy Heller, MD
2000, 2005

Rich Ogata, VA
2001

Tom Gregorio, PA
2002, 2007-09, 2011-12

Bob Ryan, MI
2003-04

Steve Likevich, OH
2006

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK
2010

Forrest Pafenberg, VA
2013

Bill Morse, VA
2014
 

Here comes da judge.

Top-ranked Tom Gregorio plays Charles Catania.

Defending champ Forrest Pafenberg and designer Bruno Sinigaglio played Bulge '81 for old times sake.

Tom Gregorio and Richard Beyma played their semifinal on the big board with Richard advancing to meet Bill Morse.

Welcome to Grogardcon ...

It was the first year of the merged Bulge '81 and Bitter Woods tournaments in the Grognard format. During the tournament the Germans won 10 and lost 11 in the 6-turn DBW scenario, while winning 14 and losing 10 in the 8-turn DBW scenario. In addition, six players tried their hand in Bulge 1981 as an alternative to the more demanding Bitter Woods scenarios, with the Germans winning three of five games played.

There were several notable achievements in the Preliminaries with Richard Beyma going 6-0 and Bill Morse going 6-2. In addition, Bob Bassin went ballistic in the prelims, going 4-2, while losing only to veterans Bill Morse and Tom Gregorio. Vinny Sinigaglio finished with the most Bulge 81 points scored in the prelims. As the end of the prelims approached, the four players in line to advance iwere Richard and Bill with 64 points, Forrest Pafenberg with 56 and Tom Gregorio with 48, while Ed Witkowski, Bob Bassin, Bruno Sinigaglio and Marty Musella sat in fifth through eighth place. At this point, the 2014 instituted Grognard Challenge made its debut. The Challenge occurs when there is time remaining for one prelim game and it allows any player in fifth through eighth to challenge a player in first through fourth, at random. The Challenge prevents leaders from ducking opponents at the end of the prelims and it allows those on the cusp of making the playoffs a final chance to advance. Challenges were declared by Ed Witkowski and Marty Musella. At random, Ed drew Forrest and Marty drew Richard. In both cases the challengers lost, however, if either had won, they would have jumped over Tommy into fourth place.

Richard's Americans defeated Tom in the 6-turn scenario semifinal. The German 16AM attack was mediocre, with no bridges built, no good advances and no trapped, engaged or flipped Amis. Richard's 16AM defense initially featured some "special sauce," i.e., he tried to get clever in the south by defending near Diekirch. Tom pointed out the gap, allowing Richard to adjust his move. Richard's comment after the game was that "Tom was too nice to me." So, Tom gave away a great chance for a breakthrough win into the Final and instead gets nominated for the Sportsmanship Award. Continuing, Richard had not lost a unit by his 16PM turn so his Peiper defense was "flush." Still, Tommy is a dangerous German player and with a combination of well-prepared attacks and optimum rolls, Peiper captured Trois Ponts on 17 PM. However, Richard maintained his hold on Stavelot throughout, rendering further success by Peiper impossible. Also, on 17 PM, the Skorzeny Sneak failed, but Tom trapped two US units near Vielsalm with a successful challenge of interdiction through a forest hex. On the German 18AM turn, Tom was not dead yet, but he rolled two dreaded 1D1 results in both key attacks that turn. On 18PM, Tom unsuccessfully tried to shock and seize Stavelot and Noville, both fully defended with a leader and three units. At the end, Tom was a VP short of victory.

Defending Champ Forest Pafenberg's Americans were crushed by Bill Morse in the 8-turn scenario in the other semifinal. Bill's 16AM attacks allowed both bridges to be built and a D4 vs 99/394 caused major problems in the north. The Germans had more good results on 16PM, but Paffy stuffed Peiper on 17AM. On 17PM, Bill Angriff Attacked a unit in 1712 and rolled an Advance 4 - the 1SS PG Regiment starting at 1713 ran through Trois Ponts and back around Ambleve into 1912 adjacent to Stavelot. Paffy countered with a 3-1(+1) that yielded a FF. Bill then applied the "Coup de Grace" with a Skorzeny sneak between Stavelot and Malmedy. Paffy surrendered at the end of the German 18AM turn with a major German breakthrough looming.

"Rocky Balboa" Morse's Americans survived a punch-drunk fight against "Ivan Drago" Beyma in the 8-turn scenario Final as the veteran's took aim at their first BWD title. The game started very late and finished very early, with both players and the GM hallucinating at the end. The German 16AM attacks were good in the south with two engaged and a FF vs 9CCA. Other 16AM attacks were non-decisive, but Bill had to scramble in the center and south. The fatigue of the players after a week's combat was evident, both making spectacular blunders, but then both following with spectacular recoveries. Peiper broke out between Malmedy and Eupen on 17AM, but Richard blundered and left him in Light Woods. Bill threw the kitchen sink at Peiper for a 4-1(+1) that killed him; however, Bill had skeletons holding in the center. As a result, Richard punched a hole for reserve movement in the center on 17PM, but fatigue again reared its head as the Germans had the wrong stack in reserve. The wrong reserve stack got next to Parker's Crossroad, which the Germans could never capture. If the right stack had been in reserve, the Germans would have captured the Crossroad on 17PM with power, breaking the game wide open. Bill recovered again and garrisoned the crossroad, mainly due to the Hackers Gambit, which held up the Germans on the way to Bastogne. Nevertheless, Bill's Mom was happy that Bill won his first WBC Bitter Woods Championship Plaque.

 GM     Bruno Sinigaglio  [3rd Year]  NA
   brunofjs@hotmail.com   NA

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