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Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report   

  2014 Status: pending 2013 GM commitment

Malcolm Smith, VA

2013 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

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    13    199
  3.  Rick Young         NC    06    108
  4.  Hank Burkhalter    GA    10     87
  5.  Malcolm Smith      VA    13     78
  6.  Ric Manns          IN    09     68
  7.  Phil Barcafer      PA    05     53
  8.  Bruce Reiff        OH    06     51
  9.  Fred Bauer         VA    13     48
 10.  Ron Draker         VA    13     33
 11.  Bill O'Neal        NY    08     33
 12.  Susanne Tuch       NY    10     32
 13.  Phil Rennert       MD    13     30
 14.  Rob Taylor         MI    10     30
 15.  Jeff Mullet        OH    06     30
 16.  Ray Freeman        CA    11     27
 17.  Stuart Pierce      VA    04     24
 18.  Troy Daniels       OH    06     22
 19.  Mike Dauer         TX    10     21
 20.  Nicholas Benedict  CA    07     18
 21.  Chris Byrd         CT    06     16
 22.  David Platnick     VA    10     15
 23.  Tom Drueding       FL    03     15
 24.  Tim Hall           UT    11     13
 25.  Keith Wixson       NJ    10     12
 26.  Joe Pabis          VA    08     12
 27.  Alfred Smith       NC    06     12
 28.  Steve Koleszar     VA    13      9
 29.  Grant Dalgliesh    WA    12      9
 30.  Rick Kirchner      KY    05      9
 31.  Sean McCulloch     OH    04      9
 32.  Barry Smith        NY    04      8
 33.  Steve Lollis       MD    08      6
 34.  Derek Miller       VA    07      6
 35.  Brad Bellomo       NJ    04      4
 36.  Robert Hammond     on    12      3
 37.  Paul Barrett       uk    08      3
 38.  Mike Zehnal        OH    05      3
 39.  Jake Busch         OH    06      2
 40.  Charles Stucker    IN    06      1

2013 Laurelists                                       Repeating Laurelists: 

Ron Draker, VA
2nd

Lyman Moquin, DC
3rd

Steve Koleszar, VA
4th

Phil Rennert, MD
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

 

 Tom Good and Johnny Wilson

Dale Long vs four-time champ Lyman Moquin

Ron Draker and Malcolm Smith in the Final

Opposing Clans . . .

A KGB matter ...

The demo on Tuesday evening recruited two badly needed new players for the Wednesday morning start. The field was small again but a perfect number for a Round 1 bracket: 16. The Swiss rounds showed a slight bias for the English with 12 wins in 20 preliminary games. Round 2, with the initial winners matched, proved even more biased for England with five wins in six games, but the third round swung the balance back toward the Scots with four Celtic wins in six contests. The most notable statistic from the early rounds was that the vast majority of the games were automatic victories, regardless of side, with the winner gaining possession of the allegiance of all of the clansmen and the loser completely eliminated.

Border raids by the Scots into England were a popular tactic, in at least one case causing Edward to have to disband in Scotland to hurry home to deal with the incursion. The eventual champion, Malcolm Smith, was helped to a Scots win because Edward never made it into Scotland -- the English only drew him out of the force pool once, and it ended up being a one-card turn and a quick trip back to the block pool for Edward as both players turned up events on the first card play of the year. Wallace also had some difficulty in staying on the board, in one case having to disband twice to clear overpopulation in Scots castles, and in another dying when his English front line opponents managed to roll eight hits in ten shots to end the battle before the Scots reserves could deploy.

The reprise of last year's Final occurred in the semifinals this year, as Malcolm's Scots took on defending champ Lyman Moquin's English. The sitting champion was dethroned as the Hobelars were cut off and destroyed in the Highlands, and the Scots were able to maintain a line across the center of the country for one of the few close results of the tournament, an 8 - 6 Scottish win. In the other semifinal match, Ron Draker was able to overcome Edward's absence from the force pool for the first year to take an automatic victory over Steve Koleszar's Scots.

That set up a Final of Smith vs Draker, with Malcolm bidding one extra English unit at setup to be able to play his preferred Scots. Noting that "Edward I was never killed but often wounded", Malcolm was able to repeat his strategy from the semifinal to hold a line across central Scotland against the invader and claim the title with his second straight 8 - 6 win.

 GM      Randall MacInnis [2nd Year]  NA
    randymac2@verizon.net   NA

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