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Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report    

 2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

David Rynkowski, NY

2013 Champion

 

Event History
1991      Bruce Reiff        56
1992      Tom Kobrin        65
1993      Stephen Koehler        71
1994      Will Wible        57
1995      Sylvain LaRose        73
1996      Will Wible        50
1997      Steve Cooley        46
1998      David Hood        65
1999      Tom Pasko       55
2000      Simon Bouton     141
2001      Nick Benedict       44
2002      Andy Marsdhall       49
2003      Rick Desper       28
2004      Andy Bartalone        54
2006      Nick Benedict        26
2007      Nick Palmer        25
2008      Tom Haver        22
2012      Christian Pedone        34
2013      David Rynkowski        28

 Laurels

Rank  Name            From  Last Total
  1.  Nick Benedict    CA    06   115
  2.  Andy Marshall    MD    02    96
  3.  Tom Pasko        CT    03    76
  4.  Andy Bartalone   MD    04    60
  5.  Alvaro Ugaz      VA    01    60
  6.  Simon Bouton     uk    00    60
  7.  Nick Palmer      uk    08    56
  8.  Rick Desper      MD    04    56
  9.  Tom Kobrin       NC    04    48
 10.  Ric Manns        IN    03    48
 11.  David Hood       NC    02    42
 12.  Tom Haver        OH    08    40
 13.  Christian Pedone PA    13    39
 14.  Melissa Nichlson MA    02    36
 15.  Brian Dennehy    ir    00    36
 16.  Robert Vollman   ab    07    32
 17.  David Rynkowski  NY    13    30
 18.  Mike Czajhowski  NJ    02    29
 19.  Eric Grinnell    KY    08    24
 20.  Dennis Mishler   CT    06    24
 21.  Nathan Barnes    WA    04    24
 22.  Doug Faust       MD    02    24
 23.  Matt Shields     OR    00    24
 24.  Conrad Woodring  NY    03    20
 25.  Paul Konka       MD    12    19
 26.  Matt Calkins     VA    13    18
 27.  David Anderson   MI    12    18
 28.  Eric Mead        WA    04    18
 29.  Sean Cable       VA    00    18
 30.  Romain Jacques   qc    07    16
 31.  Scott Bowling    IN    06    16
 32.  Jason O'Donnell  OH    13    12
 33.  Robbie Mitchell  VA    12    12
 34.  Brian Shelden    DC    08    12
 35.  Olin Hentz       CT    06    12
 36.  Corey Mason      MD    04    12
 37.  Mike Hall        DC    02    12
 38.  Simon Szykman    MD    01    12
 39.  Jon Evers        MD    00    12
 40.  Harald Henning   CT    12     9
 41.  Daniel Broh-Kahn MD    08     8
 42.  TJ Halberstadt   IN    07     8
 43.  Kevin Lewis      DC    13     6
 44.  Sylvain LaRose   qc    12     6
 45.  Yarden Livnat    UT    00     6
 46.  Edi Birsan       CA    99     6
 47.  Dave Sidelinger  CT    07     4
 48.  Dan Mathias      MD    06     4
 49.  Andrew Sherwood  PA    13     3

2013 Laurelists                                                Repeating Laurelists: 

Matt Calkins, VA
2nd

Jason O'Donnell, VA
3rd

Christian Pedone, PA
4th

Kevin Lewis, DC
5th

Andrew Sherwood, PA
6th


Past Winners

Bruce Reiff, OH
1991

Tom Kobrin, NC
1992

Stephen Koehler, NC
1993

Will Wible, VA
1994, 1996

Sylvain LaRose, qc
1995

David Hood, NC
1998

Tom Pasko, CT
1999

Simon Bouton, UK
2000

Nick Benedict, CA
2001, 2006

Andy Marshall, MD
2002

Rick Desper, MD
2003

Andy Bartalone, MD
2004

Nick Palmer, UK
2007

Thomas Haver, OH
2008

Christian Pedone, PA
2012

GM Thomas Haver instructs Daniel Fahrenthold, Dan Shmueli and Andrew Sherwood

Matt Calkins and John Stevens discuss their relative positions while others adjourn to the hall.

Solo win prevails ...

The Diplomacy tournament at the WBC was back for the second straight year after an extended absence. Much like last year, the tournament was a three-round event held over Friday and Saturday of the final weekend. Tournament scoring was best two of three rounds using the convention-friendly Carnage scoring system, which relies on board rank rather than draws. The revamped Diplomacy tournament also uses quicker timed-rounds and order writing periods to move the game along so players can keep their WBC schedules intact. In addition to the plaques provided by the WBC, we had seven best country awards to give away as well as boardgame prizes. We were pleased to have 28 players this year, with many familiar faces.

Round 1 featured three boards in Kinderhook with a new hanging-light setup to improve visibility in the room. Board 1 was a back-and-forth affair that saw DC-area player Sachin Singhal square off with tournament veteran Richard Bliss and WBC regular Evan Walter. After some (planned) miscommunication between Austria and Italy that resulted in Austria with no builds in 1901, the duo of Evan Walter (Austria) and Andrew Sherwood (Italy) dominated the eastern side of the board. Despite Bliss' (Turkey) best efforts to rally the board, the Austrian-Italian duo held on to finish the round tied at board top with eight centers a piece.

Over on Board 2, game designer Matt Calkins (England) and ally Kevin Lewis (Russia) carved up the board with surgical precision. Both powers started strong, teaming up to eliminate Germany after Russia worked with Austria to eliminate Turkey. England easily topped the board with 13 centers, while Russia came in second with 10 centers. On Board 3, defending champion Christian Pedone (England) was engaged with Jason O'Donnell (Italy) and Steve Boone (Russia) in a bizarre affair. There were multiple misorders on the board, resulting in a likewise number of TD rulings. Eventually the players settled down into a three-way draw for first place among England, Italy and Russia at seven centers.

Round 2 began promptly at 9am on Saturday morning. The same as last year, I brought the players coffee and doughnuts for the morning round. Two former Best Country award winners, Wall Hnitaw and Robbie Mitchell, returned for the morning round. Both gentlemen ended up on the same board with Christian Pedone. The morning coffee and aggravating result from the prior night gave Pedone all the motivation he needed, as his Austria allied with Turkey & England from the start to sweep Russia from the board by 1904. Italy was seemingly along for the ride from the beginning, but the Austria-English-Turk alliance was too strong. Germany fell to the trio in 1906, followed by France in 1907. Finally, the hammer came down on Italy in 1909, leaving only the three allies in the game. That's where the game ended, with Robbie Mitchell's England at 14 centers, followed by Christian Pedone's Austria at 12 centers and Sachin Singhal's Turkey at eight centers.

In contrast, the other morning board was more slowly developing. By 1906 no player had more than 6 and no fewer than 4 centers. A Western Triple emerged from the start with little benefit, but a fierce defense led by Jason O'Donnell's Turkey stymied the triple, leaving the board seemingly in stalemate. Frustrated, the Italians and Austrians turned on each other, opening the way for the Western Triple to pounce. Italy was eliminated in 1907, with the benefactors being Matt Calkins' Germany, Richard Bliss' France and Jason O'Donnell's Turkey. The game seemed destined for another three-way tie for first place, but Matt Calkins made a late-game stab of France to jump to ten centers, sealing his first place rank and another board top.

Going into the final round, Matt Calkins had a clear lead with two board tops in a best two-out-of-three tournament. A few players with solid Round 1 and Round 2 scores were hoping to claim another board top with more centers to overcome Matt's lead. With an uneven number of players, Matt demonstrated the same grace that had defined his play in the tournament by electing to sit out. On the first board, Robbie Mitchell (Austria) was challenging Christian Pedone (Germany) and Jason O'Donnell (Russia) for a board top and an opportunity at knocking Matt from the top spot. Christian's Germany ran into Russia from the outset, which proved a costly mistake as he was gobbled up by an England-France duo from behind. Eventually, O'Donnell's Russia flipped the allies, and working with rising star Kevin Lewis (Italy) swung the board in their favor. Russia topped with ten centers and Italy finished second with seven centers.

The final board of the tournament was witness to the shifting alliances and posturing that is common in a last round. Players are vying for honors and the WBC championship. Two early alliances formed in the game: Austria-Italy and England-France. Both pairs managed to effectively eliminate (Russia, Turkey) or hinder (Germany) their targets with ease. However, the true game began when the four powers were competing for Best Country awards. Given the prior scores in the tournament, it was impossible for Austria, Italy and England to all receive Best Country honors. They could not afford a three-way tie and walk away as all winners. France was eventually knocked out in 1908, but there was tremendous argument over who would top the board. The game became locked in a stalemate, with neither side willing to budge. As the midnight deadline approached, the discussion grew more agitated. Eventually, the Italian relented and offered England assistance, as it became clear that England just needed to wait out the clock to board top. This gift was further turned into an outright offer to help David Rynkowski's England achieve a solo. So it was in 1909, with the Fall turn beginning before midnight, David wrote the orders to grab two additional centers, bringing his England from 16 to 18. A solo victory for England.

As with any Diplomacy tournament, a solo victory means more in scoring than any other result because it is a win -- a rare occurrence in Diplomacy. Typical board tops will net you 7000 points plus your supply center count in Carnage, whereas a solo earns you 28034 -- all the points on the board. On the last turn of the last board of the tournament, David Rynkowski snatched victory. Congratulations to David, our 2013 WBC Diplomacy Champion!

The WBC 2013 Best Country Awards went to:

                                                      

Evan Walter

David Rynkowski

John Stevens

Matt Calkins

Andrew Sherwood

Jason O'Donnell

Jason O'Donnell

Austria

England

France

Germany

Italy

Russia

Turkey

As always, a picture is worth a thousand words, so 142 pictures would be worth ....

Richard Bliss, Evan Walter and Otis Comorau

Time for the negotiations to begin away from the table.
 GM      Tom Haver  [2nd Year]   NA 
    tjhaver@gmail.com    217-898-3637  

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