euphrat & tigris   

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report    

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Craig Moffitt, NJ

2014 Champion

Event History
1999    John Kilbride    77
2000    Chetan Radia    49
2001    Aaron Fuegi    66
2002    Jeff Cornett    66
2003    Lance Ribeiro    47
2004    Aran Warszawski    44
2005    Matt Calkins    53
2006    Jeff Cornett    38
2007    Aaron Fuegi    41
2008    Alfred Smith    43
2009    Marc Berenbach    36
2010    Eric Freeman    37
2011    Eric Freeman    36
2012    Craig Moffitt    35
2013    Tom Good    43
2014    Craig Moffitt    42

Euro Quest
BPA Event History
2003    Joe Bellizzi    22
2004     Scott Buckwalter    21

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jeff Cornett       FL    10    114
  2.  Craig Moffit       NJ    14     98
  3.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    14     82
  4.  Eric Freeman       PA    14     76
  5.  John Kilbride      PA    03     42
  6.  Ananda Gupta       MD    00     42
  7.  Chetan Radia       uk    00     40
  8.  Aran Warszawski    is    13     38
  9.  Rob Kilroy         PA    08     36
 10.  Patrick Shea       VA    13     34
 11.  Matt Calkins       VA    08     32
 12.  Lance Ribeiro      NH    03     30
 13.  Joe Bellizzi       NJ    03     24
 14.  Frank Hamrick      NC    01     24
 15.  Mark Guttag        VA    09     22
 16.  Tom Good           NC    13     20
 17.  Marc Berenbach     MA    09     20
 18.  Alfred Smith       NC    08     20
 19.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    04     20
 20.  Ann Cornett        FL    04     18
 21.  Jeff Evich         MD    04     18
 22.  Steve Scott        CA    14     16
 23.  Brian Stone        NY    09     16
 24.  Pat Beaudoin       PA    01     16
 25.  Ken Shoda          DC    11     12
 26.  Haim Hochboim      il    10     12
 27.  Nick Page          on    10     12
 28.  Daniel Eppolito    CA    07     12
 29.  Lucimara Martins   MD    04     12
 30.  Mario Lanza        PA    04     12
 31.  Will Wible         VA    02     12
 32.  Luke Moffit        NJ    01     12
 33.  Stu Hendrickson    VA    00     12
 34.  Bruce Glassco      VA    99     12
 35.  Thomas Wojke       PA    05      9
 36.  James Hopkin       CA    99      9
 37.  Greg Crowe         VA    14      8
 38.  Bryan Berkenstock  NJ    11      8
 39.  Deniz Bucak        PA    07      8
 40.  Jack Jaeger        VA    04      8
 41.  Steve Brooks       FL    00      8
 42.  Dan Haigh          PA    13      6
 43.  Romain Jacques     qc    12      6
 44.  Brad Sherwood      PA    07      6
 45.  Geoff Pounder      on    05      6
 51.  Marty Hoff         TX    04      6
 52.  John Kerr          VA    03      6
 53.  Brian Reynolds     MD    03      6
 54.  Doug Smith         PA    02      6
 55.  Dan Cetorelli      PA    11      4
 56.  Bill Zurn          CA    10      4
 57.  Andrew Greene      VA    04      4
 58.  Ivan Lawson        MD    03      4
 59.  Geoff Engelstein   NJ    04      3
 60.  Mark Neale         RI    03      3
 61.  Jason Levine       NY    02      3
 62.  Kevin Wojtasczcyk  NY    99      3
 63.  Brian Greer        VA    14      2
 64.  Mozes Eyal         MD    12      2
 65.  Dave Bohnenberger  PA    11      2
 66.  Bob Basa           on    10      2
 67.  Jeff Arnold        MD    09      2
 68.  Joshua Ostrander   NY    07      2
 69.  Jarett Weintraub   NY    06      2
 70.  Marshall Phillips  VA    04      2
 71.  Doug Hoylman       MD    03      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 

Aaron Fuegi, MA
2nd

Greg Crowe, MD
3rd

Eric Freeman, PA
4th

Steve Scott, CA
5th

Brian Greer, VA
6th

Past Winners

John Kilbride, PA
1999

Chetan Radia, uk
2000

Aaron Fuegi, MA
2001, 2007

Jeff Cornett, FL
2002, 2006

Lance Ribeiro, NH
2003

Aran Warszawski, is
2004

Matt Calkins, VA
2005

Alfred Smith, NC
2008

Marc Berenbach, MA
2009

Eric Freeman, PA
2010-2011

Craig Moffitt, NJ
2012, 2014

Tom Good, NC
2013
     

The last two champions, 2012's Craig Moffitt & 2013's Tom Good.

2005 champ Matt Calkins and TTA GM Greg Crowe.

The 2014 finalists: Greg Crowe and three two-time champs - Craig Moffitt, Eric Freeman and Aaron Fuegi.

Another One for the GM ...

Euphrat & Tigris returned again as a Legacy event, drawing 42 players over two heats. The event again used a rules variant to balance the advantage of the first two players. Instead of their normal two actions, the first two players received only one action in the first turn. The distribution of wins for 4-player games was six wins (18%), five wins (18%), three wins (44%), and two wins (18%) for players moving first through fourth, respectively.

Dynasty \ Finish

 Win

 2nd

 3rd

 4th

Avg Finish

 Archer 1st (1 action)

 6

2

3

5

2.29

 Bull 2nd (1 action)

5

5

3

3

2.11

 Lion 3rd

3

1

7

5

2.70

 Potter 4th

2

8

3

3

2.29

Eleven winners plus the best runner-up from the heats filled three semifinal tables. In the first semifinal, two-time champion Eric Freeman (6-6-6-8) as the second dynasty edged by another two-time champion Aaron Fuegi (5-6-6-8). In the second semifinal, defending champion Tom Good (4-8-9-11) dominated the table in overall scoring, but came up short on black, allowing GM Craig Moffitt (6-6-8-8) to advance. In the last semifinal, Greg Crowe (8-8-10-11) tured in a strong performance from the fourth dynasty. Aaron was within two hypothetical treasures of the win and had the best runner-up score to complete the Final table.

Seating for the Final had Eric1st (Archer), Aaron 2nd (Bull), Greg 3rd (Lion), and Craig 4th (Potter). Eric and Aaron started with their Kings in the northwest and eastern delta, respectively, two strong places to setup if left alone. However, Greg and Craig both split their leaders to intrude on existing kingdoms, resulting in an opening setup that looked more like a 3-player game!

In the north, the mixed Kingdom prevented Eric from crossing the river to claim the corner treasures, and he instead added his Priest and Trader while expanding east. In the river delta, a shared Blue/Green monument triggered the games first conflict as Eric jumped his Trader to dislodge Greg. In the south, an influx of new leaders saw Eric's farmer and Craig's priest result in a sprawling 3-player kingdom where Craig built a Red/Green monument.

The mid-game kicked off as the eastern kingdom merged with its southern neighbor. Conflicts dislodged Craig's two leaders and Aaron's Farmer. The large central Kingdom that emerged was rife with opportunity as it had both monuments and weak spots where an internal attacker could fight at even odds.

After grabbing a quick treasure in the corner, Craig managed to install his Trader in the center and build a Green/Black monument. Greg's Farmer also ended up on top and he was able to score from the delta monument. Elsewhere, Eric built a Black/Red monument in the north and the southern Kingdom was rebuilt from its ashes.

One more pivotal merger between the southern and northern Kingdoms shaped the game. Eric and Craig's Farmer each had built up four Farms that had been preserved through the earlier fighting. Craig held enough tiles to win and scored 5 victory points - more than half of final tally in blue. In this merger Greg also scored 3 black at the expense of Eric's King. Meanwhile, Craig's King had been hiding in the southeast corner long enough to build the Black/Blue monument.

With the tile bag nearly empty and the score extremely tight, players looked for tactical actions to squeeze out a few final points to balance their colors. Earlier, Greg had exhausted the red tiles from his hand and the players sensed weakness. In the last few internal conflicts they each had to decide how weak an attack they could make against him when losing would cost them any chance at winning the game. After losing each of these conflicts, Greg ended the game on his last turn when the tile bag was exhausted. In the end, Craig won with a score of 8-9-11-12 (six black plus two treasures), Aaron had 8-8-8-13, Greg had 7-8-8-11, and Eric had 7-8-8-11. Interestingly, the second and fourth dynasties ended up finishing first or second place in every elimination game, in sharp contrast to the dominating six wins from the first position during the preliminaries.

Next year, the 1/1/2/2 action rules variant and hypothetic treasure margin-of-victory tiebreaker will be kept. The GM would like to thank everyone for their participation and is looking forward to another great event next year.

 GM     Craig Moffit [10th Year]  NA
   tigriscraig@gmail.com   NA  

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