diplomacy  

Updated Dec. 7, 2014

2014 WBC Report    

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

David Rynkowski, NY

2013-14 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
2014    David Rynkowski     24

 

PBeM Event History
2014      Scott Nedza        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.  Scott Nedza      NV    14    60
  5.  David Rynkowski  NY    14    60
  6.  Andy Bartalone   MD    04    60
  7.  Alvaro Ugaz      VA    01    60
  8.  Simon Bouton     uk    00    60
  9.  Nick Palmer      uk    08    56
 10.  Rick Desper      MD    04    56
 11.  Tom Kobrin       NC    04    48
 12.  Ric Manns        IN    03    48
 13.  David Hood       NC    02    42
 14.  Tom Haver        OH    08    40
 15.  Christian Pedone PA    13    39
 16.  David Sherwood   AZ    14    36
 17.  Melissa Nichlson MA    02    36
 18.  Brian Dennehy    ir    00    36
 19.  Robert Vollman   ab    07    32
 20.  Mike Czajhowski  NJ    02    29
 21.  Kevin Youells    PA    14    24
 22.  Eric Grinnell    KY    08    24
 23.  Dennis Mishler   CT    06    24
 24.  Nathan Barnes    WA    04    24
 25.  Doug Faust       MD    02    24
 26.  Matt Shields     OR    00    24
 27.  Conrad Woodring  NY    03    20
 28.  Paul Konka       MD    12    19
 29.  Warren Day       AZ    14    18
 30.  Jay Boring       MD    14    18
 31.  Matt Calkins     VA    13    18
 32.  David Anderson   MI    12    18
 33.  Eric Mead        WA    04    18
 34.  Sean Cable       VA    00    18
 35.  Romain Jacques   qc    07    16
 36.  Scott Bowling    IN    06    16
 37.  Bob Day          NY    14    12
 38.  Adam Sigal       MD    14    12
 39.  Jason O'Donnell  OH    13    12
 40.  Robbie Mitchell  VA    12    12
 41.  Brian Shelden    DC    08    12
 42.  Olin Hentz       CT    06    12
 43.  Corey Mason      MD    04    12
 44.  Mike Hall        DC    02    12
 45.  Simon Szykman    MD    01    12
 46.  Jon Evers        MD    00    12
 47.  Andrew Sherwood  PA    14     9
 48.  Rex Martin       PA    14     9
 49.  Harald Henning   CT    12     9
 50.  Daniel Broh-Kahn MD    08     8
 51.  TJ Halberstadt   IN    07     8
 52.  Richard Prast    OH    14     6
 53.  Kevin Lewis      DC    13     6
 54.  Sylvain LaRose   qc    12     6
 55.  Yarden Livnat    UT    00     6
 56.  Edi Birsan       CA    99     6
 57.  Dave Sidelinger  CT    07     4
 58.  Dan Mathias      MD    06     4
 59.  Bill Riggs       VA    14     3

2014 Laurelists                        Repeating Laurelists: 

Jay Boring, MD
2nd

Adam Sigal, MD
3rd

Rex Martin, PA
4th

Andrew Sherwood, PA
5th

Bill Riggs, VA
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

Back to Back ...

As CD of WBC and its predecessor for the last 24 years I have had the privilige of watching many dedicated GMs strive to keep their event robust and relevant in the ebb and flow of the convention's evolution as the following of old classics erode and fall victim to the cult of the new. All bring different levels of competence and devotion to the task before eventually surrendering to the inevitable. Many are motivated by self interest and maintaining the relevancy of their favorite game while maintaining a platform for their own achievements. Others are more altruistic and seek only to preserve the tournament for others. Those who love Doplomacy tend to be in the latter camp as Diplomacy tournament directors rarely play in their own events to ensure their objctivity - aside from an occasional role as an eliminator replacement to fill boards out of necessity. Thus it is refreshing to have watched the degree of dedication Thomas Haver brings to this event as a non-playing GM. Not only does he sacrifice his time without the gratification of playing the game, but he funds significant prizes and refrshments for his players out of is own pocket. Once upon a time, WBC regularly hosted one of the largest Diplomacy tournaments anywhere and in 2000 hosted a World Dip Con which is still one of the largest such events of all time. Those days are long gone, but Thomas is to be congratulated for his efforts. No one has ever made more of an effort to support such a classic game's relevance.

The Diplomacy tournament has returned to its status as a regular fixture at the WBC after being absent for many years. This year's tournament was a best two rounds out of three event held over Friday and Saturday of the final weekend. No two Diplomacy tournaments are run the same, but the Carnage scoring system has become commonplace among the larger convention events. Carnage relies on board ranking rather than draw size, and while some feel very strongly about draw-based systems, the rank-based system fits the timing constraints of WBC. Quick timed-rounds and order writing periods ensure the game moves along at a brisk pace, helping WBC players keep their schedules. In addition to the plaques provided by the WBC, we had seven best country awards to give away as well as board game prizes donatd by the GM. We had 24 players this year and many returning faces from prior years.

Round 1 began with two boards in Kinderhook. Gone are the hanging-lights of last year that brought the room to sauna-like temperatures. Board 1 featured defending champion David Rynkowski. Coincidentally, David drew England in this game, the same power he piloted to a solo victory last year that won him the championship. From the outset, the board seemed to jump on Germany, quickly putting Tom Good in a bind. Despite his best efforts, a multi-national alliance had formed to pincer him from three sides. In the East, the Austro-Russo-Turk trio evenly split the Balkans. However, the peace was not to last. Austria, played by Carter Su, established a steady game-long collaboration with England against their common neighbors. Germany was eliminated in 1903 and Russia was taken from 6 supply centers down to 3 to 1 and finally 0 in successive years. We also had two newcomers on the board in Trevor Schoenen (France) and Fletcher Chapin (Italy). Unlike most new tournament players, both were active initiators in negotiations. The game ended with a two-way tie for board top between England and Austria at 12 centers.

Over on Board 2, the 2012 Champion Christian Pedone had drawn Italy. Unfortunately for him, Jay Boring (Russia) and Rex Martin (Turkey) had a strong Russia-Turkey alliance from the outset, often termed "Juggernaut" in the Diplomacy community. Lack of cooperation around the board allowed the Juggernaut to roll through Austria and Italy. By 1905 both powers were eliminated from the board. The West was in disarray, and the game ended with another two-way tie for board top - Russia and Turkey shared the lead with 11 centers each.

Round 2 began with our annual tradition of coffee and doughnuts to make up for the early start time on Saturday. The caffeine elixir proved all the help three competitors needed on Board 1, with a Western Triple (England-France-Germany) racing across the board. As with all Western Triples, it's inevitable two things will happen: Germany gets cut out and Turkey picks up centers from behind the line. Sure enough, England and France stabbed Germany for everything he had. Over a longer time period, Turkey built himself up slowly to a strong position and 10 centers. This board lasted longer (in game years) than any other for the weekend. The tenuous alliance of England-France-Turkey methodically eliminated every other power on the board. The game ended with England and France tied for board top with 12 centers, and Turkey in third place with 10 centers.

Not to be outdone by game-long alliances and tied board tops, Board 2 featured a strong alliance between Jay Boring (Austria) and John Stevens (Russia) that began in opposition, as Russia did not get a build in 1901. The dynamic soon changed thanks primarily to the machinations of Rex Martin (Italy). The trio quickly pounced on Turkey, which led to a 1903 elimination. Much like Board 1, the sometimes unsteady alliance managed to plow through the other western powers, eliminating England and France last in 1908. The game ended with Austria and Russia tied for board top with 12 centers, and Italy in third place with 10. The rank-based system was seeing quite a bit of alliance play and tied board tops.

Going into the final round, Jay Boring held a lead over the other players with two tied board tops. However, a number of players with solid scores in the opening rounds still had hopes of claiming another board top (alone!) to overcome Jay's lead. Round 3 is also where the full "meta" kicks in, as players know exactly what they need to win, or at least grab a coveted Best Country award. Board 1 ended up being a slog with shifting alliances throughout the game because we had a few new tournament players. Adam Sigal topped the board with 8 centers at Turkey after a back-and-forth affair. The true challenge was on Board 2, where three players with a strong chance of winning were duking it out. Russia and Austria opened early against Turkey at the same time England and Germany attacked France. Both alliances held until the Turks and French were defeated. Once clear of the chaff, the A-T began a deliberate push west into Germany and Italy. Once again, it was David Rynkowski as Russia who managed to make significant gains late in the game. The game time was called as Germany was pushed to the brink of destruction, and Russia stood alone at board top with 13 centers. The second board top netted David just enough points to best Jay Boring for the championship, as points are not split if you hold a rank by yourself. Congratulations to David, our 2014 champion who cn now claim the only back to back titles in the history of the event.!

The WBC 2014 Best Country Awards went to:

        

Carter Su & Jay Boring

David Rynkowski & Adam Sigal

Christian Pedone

Matt Calkins & Bill Riggs

Rex Martin

David Rynkowski

Rex Martin

Austria

England

France

Germany

Italy

Russia

Turkey

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


 Play By Email 2014

Scott Nedza won the first BPA PBeM Diplomacy Tournament by one supply center over David Sherwood. Both players had a pair of two-way wins over the 28-player field which generated ten two-way wns and a pair of three-way wins in 12 games. Kevin Youells took third with a two-wayand a three-way win. Also earning laurels were Warren and Bob Day and Richard Prast. Russia earned the most victory points over the course of the tournament followed in order by France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Turkey and England.

 GM     Tom Haver  [3rd Year]  NA 
   tjhaver@gmail.com    NA  

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