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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending December 2014 Membership Trial Vote

Joe Burch, MD

2014 Champion:

Event History
2000    James Pei     96
2001    Steve Cameron    87
2002     Jon Shambeda    75
2003    Rob Winslow    60
2004     Joseph Burch    58
2005    Sean McCulloch    48 
2006    Dan Eshleman    43
2007    John Keating    46
2008    Mark Mitchell    41
2009    Joe Burch    44
2010     John Keating    41
2011    Rob Winslow    39
2012    Steve Cameron    37
2013    Dan Eshleman    44
2014    Joe Burch    43

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rob Winslow        NY    12    100
  2.  Joseph Burch       MD    14     82
  3.  John Keating       IL    10     74
  4.  Steve Cameron      PA    14     73
  5.  Mark Mitchell      VA    13     62
  6.  Jon Shambeda       PA    02     58
  7.  Dan Eshleman       NC    13     50
  8.  David Buchholz     MI    08     48
  9.  Steve Shambeda     PA    14     44
 10.  Martin Sample      NH    11     43
 11.  Sean McCulloch     OH    05     42
 12.  Jed Shambeda       PA    08     38
 13.  Craig Melton       VA    13     35
 14.  James Pei          TX    00     30
 15.  Joel Tamburo       IL    04     27
 16.  Max DuBoff         NJ    13     24
 17.  Rebecca Hebner     CA    12     22
 18.  Kaarin Engelmann   VA    01     18
 19.  Andy Lewis         DE    02     16
 20.  Danielle Zack      MD    08     15
 21.  Andres Dunn        MD    10     13
 22.  Joanna Melton      VA    14     12
 23.  Rob Kircher        RI    09     12
 24.  Nick Henning       CT    07     12
 25.  Brendan Crowe      VA    00     12
 26.  Christian Winicki  CT    13      9
 27.  Phil White         MD    05      9
 28.  Rebecca Melton     VA    14      8
 29.  Mark Geary         OH    10      8
 30.  Drew DuBoff        NJ    13      6
 31.  Misha Lavrov       ru    10      6
 32.  Jon Miller         DC    00      6
 33.  Rob Buccheri       MD    09      4
 34.  Bill Place         PA    02      4
 35.  William Burch      MD    04      3
 36.  Rick Young         NC    03      3
 37.  Anthony Musella    VA    01      3
 38.  John Ellsworth     IL    00      3
 39.  Nick Ferris        MD    14      2
 40.  John Speck         MD    11      2
 41.  Tim Evinger        PA    09      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 0

Steve Cameron, PA
2nd

Rebecca Melton, VA
3rd

Joanna Melton, VA
4th

Steve Shambeda, PA
5th

Nick Ferris, MD
6th

Past Winners

James Pei, TX
2000

Steve Cameron, PA
2001, 2012

Jon Shambeda, PA
2002

Rob Winslow, NY
2003, 2011

Joe Burch, MD
2004, 2009, 2014

Sean McCulloch, OH
2005

Dan Eshleman, LA
2006, 2013

John Keating, IL
2007, 2010

Mark Mitchell, VA
2008
 

Rebecca beseeches mom not to kill her secret base.

GM Mark Mitchell and his finalists.

Winning Three is Thrice as Nice ...

Family ties that do not bind ...

There was good news and bad news in this year's tournament. The bad news was that Dan Eshleman, the defending champion, was not present this year so the string of new winners with no successful defending champions would continue unblemished. The good news was that this year's champ, Joe Burch, became the first Boardmaster in our 15-year run with his third title. Hopefully, Dan and some of our other missing regulars will be back next year as we will need all the help we can get to stop Joe from becoming the first repeat champion - not to mention the possibility of becoming a four-time winner.

The Final featured our first mother/daughter duo from the ever-present Melton family. The patriarch, Craig, has been a regular for many years and has reached many semifinals and a few finals, but never been able to make it to the top. Joanna, the mom, and Rebecca, the daughter, are both very good players well grounded in the system. The mind boggles at the thought of twin sister Virginia making it a trio, but alas she was overseas pursuing her education instead of attending WBC. Where are her priorities? I'm sure Craig had mixed emotions balancing rooting for his family, while dreading the potential trash talk during the ride home. He needn't have worried as the Melton ladies finished third and fourth, but then they did make it to Round 3 and he didn't this year.

There was a tight bunching of the doomed planets with six of the eight worlds eliminated between 10 and 14 times. The Erithizonian and Myrmidon tied for the high end of that spectrum. The Divergence topped the survivors with 11 followed closely by the Felowi with 10. This was the second year in a row in which the world with the best survival rate was not heavily favored as a secret base. The Cylor and E-Cups were selected the most -- 13 times each. However, they were each eliminated 12 times in 18 games. The E-Cups were also the first world eliminated the most (four times) and the Cylor were the last world eliminated the most (five times). So, if you chose the Cylor as your secret base, you were most likely to experience the anticipation of victory being snatched away by the jaws of defeat at the last moment! The Divergence, which survived the most, at 11 games, was only chosen 10 times as a secret base. Lastly, this is the third consecutive year in which there has been a drop in the percentage of games where the winner was the one to eliminate the last world. So once again, it proves that ending the game does not guarantee victory.

Drew DuBoff, Nick Ferris and Dave Platnick decide the fate of worlds.

 GM     Mark Mitchell  [10th Year]  NA 
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