hammer of the scots

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending
December 2015
Membership Trial Vote

Malcolm Smith, VA

2013-15 Champion

Event History

2003 Phil Barcafer 55
2004 Lyman Moquin 29
2005 George Seary 29
2006 George Seary 25
2007 George Seary 17
2008 George Seary 23
2009 Lyman Moquin 16
2010 Lyman Moquin 24
2011 Malcolm Smith 24
2012 Lyman Moquin 15
2013 Malcolm Smith 16
2014 Malcolm Smith 21
2015 Malcolm Smith 17

Block Party History
2004 Bruce Reiff 23
2005 Ric Young 21
2006 Ric Manns 12

PBeM Event History
2006 Hank Burkhalter 31
2008 George Seary 30
2010 Hank Burkhalter 22

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  George Seary       NY    10    219
  2.  Lyman Moquin       DC    14    205
  3.  Malcolm Smith      VA    15    138
  4.  Rick Young         NC    06    108
  5.  Hank Burkhalter    GA    10     87
  6.  Fred Bauer         VA    15     69
  7.  Ric Manns          IN    09     68
  8.  Phil Barcafer      PA    05     53
  9.  Bruce Reiff        OH    06     51
 10.  Ron Draker         VA    14     36
 11.  Bill O'Neal        NY    08     33
 12.  Susanne Tuch       NY    10     32
 13.  Tom Good           NC    15     30
 14.  Phil Rennert       MD    13     30
 15.  Rob Taylor         MI    10     30
 16.  Jeff Mullet        OH    06     30
 17.  Steve Koleszar     VA    15     27
 18.  Ray Freeman        CA    11     27
 19.  Stuart Pierce      VA    04     24
 20.  Troy Daniels       OH    06     22
 21.  Mike Dauer         TX    10     21
 22.  Nicholas Benedict  CA    07     18
 23.  Chris Byrd         CT    06     16
 24.  David Platnick     VA    10     15
 25.  Tom Drueding       FL    03     15
 26.  Tim Hall           UT    11     13
 27.  Robert Woodham     TX    15     12
 28.  Keith Wixson       NJ    10     12
 29.  Joe Pabis          VA    08     12
 30.  Alfred Smith       NC    06     12
 31.  Grant Dalgliesh    WA    12      9
 32.  Rick Kirchner      KY    05      9
 33.  Sean McCulloch     OH    04      9
 34.  Barry Smith        NY    04      8
 35.  Michael Sosa       DE    15      6
 36.  Steve Lollis       MD    08      6
 37.  Derek Miller       VA    07      6
 38.  Brad Bellomo       NJ    04      4
 39.  Robert Hammond     on    12      3
 40.  Paul Barrett       uk    08      3
 41.  Mike Zehnal        OH    05      3
 42.  Jake Busch         OH    06      2
 43.  Charles Stucker    IN    06      1
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 4

Tom Good, NC
2nd

Robert Woodham, TX
3rd

Steve Koleszar, VA
4th

Michael Sosa, DE
5th

Fred Bauer, VA
6th

Past Winners

Phil Barcafer, PA
2003

Lyman Moquin, DC
2004, 2009-10, 2012

George Seary, NY
2005-2008

Malcolm Smith, VA
2011, 2013-15

Steve Koleszar vs Fred Bauer

GM Randall MacInnis oversees his finalists.

The Cruelest Cut . . .

The Best Dressed award for the tournament this year was no contest, David Boor won hands down for showing up to contend for supremacy of the Highlands in an authentic Scottish kilt. David wasn’t sure which clan tartan he was sporting (I can stipulate it was not the MacInnis), but he definitely added a note of authenticity to the proceedings. Unfortunately for Deb’s photo opportunities, David did not advance to the semifinals.

Round 1 favored the English, with five wins out of eight games played, the notable exception being the defeat of the defending champion, Malcolm Smith, at the hands of Steve Koleszar’s Scots. Several players dropped out after one round, including two winners, so Round 2 only had six games. The Scots came roaring back with five wins, and three more out of five played in the third and last round of Swiss play, for a total of 11 Scots wins in the 19 preliminary games. With such a small field and winners dropping out, there was only one undefeated player, Steve Koleszar, advancing to the semifinals. Could he end the KGB’s lock on this event? Three 2 - 1 players advanced on the basis of the combination of the number of nobles they had managed to keep alive in their lone loss and the small number of enemy nobles surviving in their wins.

Winning bids were mostly zero or one for the English, giving Edward I a late start in his campaign. Players who bid 1 for the Scots, adding one block to the initial English levy, were generally successful. There was only one bid of 2 for the Scots in the tournament, and Tom Good converted it for a Scots win in Round 2.

The medal rounds belonged to the Scots, with Malcolm Smith defeating Robert Woodham by a count of 12 - 2 in one bracket and Tom Good ending Steve Koleszar’s streak 8 - 6 in the other, both on bids of Scots 1. The Final then saw Malcolm Smith as the Scots overcoming his initial loss to retain his title for the third straight year by the narrowest possible margin, defeating Tom Good on a tied noble count of 7 - 7 because Wallace survived.

We were delighted to see six new players in the tournament this year, but the reinforcements proved inadequate to maintain the event in the Century. HOS has been on the edge of the cut for years and this year’s rising tide of attendance has left it behind. We’ll need your votes to stage a comeback next year.

GM Randall MacInnis [1st Year] NA
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