hannibal: rome vs carthage  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

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 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

George Young, VT

2014 Champion

 

Event History
1996    Thomas Drueding    58
1997    James Doughan    52
1998    Karsten Engelmann    52
1999    Jung Yueh    46
2000    James Pei    41
2001    Aaron Fuegi    35
2002    Peter Reese    41
2003    Keith Wixson    44
2004    Chris Byrd    46
2005    Nick Anner    39
2006    Jim Heenehan    34
2007     James Pei    31
2008     Jim Heenehan    43
2009    Keith Wixson    54
2010     James Pei    50
2011    Lyman Moquin    55
2012    Steve Worrel    50
2013    Keith Wixson    43
2014    George Young    46

PBeM Event History
2001     Aaron Fuegi    37

WAM Event History
2003   Stuart Tucker   11
2004   James Pei   19
2005   Chris Byrd   21
2006    Jim Heenehan   12
2010   Keith Wixson   14
2011   James Pei   14
2012    James Pei   19
2013   James Pei   16

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  James Pei          VA    14    459
  2.  Keith Wixson       NJ    14    391
  3.  Chris Byrd         CT    14    259
  4.  Jim Heenehan       PA    12    254
  5.  Lyman Moquin       DC    11    102
  6.  Randall MacInnis   NJ    13     97
  7.  Steve Worrel       VA    12     96
  8.  Peter Reese        VA    06     94
  9.  Stuart Tucker      MD    12     76
 10.  Michael Sosa       DE    14     72
 11.  Henry Rice         TX    13     72
 12.  Gary Andrews       NY    08     62
 13.  George Young       VT    14     60
 14.  Nick Anner         NY    05     60
 15.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    01     60
 16.  Jung Yueh          MA    99     50
 17.  Scott Moll         VA    06     48
 18.  Mark Giddings      NY    01     40
 19.  Bjorn con Knorring se    14     36
 20.  Kyle Greenwood     HI    09     36
 21.  Derek Miller       VA    05     36
 22.  Doug White         PA    04     36
 23.  David Dockter      MN    02     36
 24.  Craig Melton       VA    03     34
 25.  Randy Pippus       on    13     30
 26.  Roderick Lee       CA    11     30
 27.  Charles Hickok     PA    03     30
 28.  Jim Doughan        PA    06     24
 29.  Eugene Lin         WA    05     24
 30.  Jim Eliason        IA    03     24
 31.  Tim Hall           UT    05     22
 32.  Michael Mitchell   GA    12     21
 33.  George Seary       NY    99     20
 34.  Doug Mercer        MD    04     18
 35.  Ed Rothenheber     MD    02     18
 36.  Phil Barcafer      PA    99     15
 37.  Martin Sample      NH    10     12
 38.  Larry Luongo       NJ    08     12
 39.  Matthew Bacho      MD    04     12
 40.  Ahmed Ilpars       tu    07     11
 41.  Raymond Gorka      NY    07     10
 42.  Robert Vollman     al    00     10
 43.  Marvin Birnbaum    NY    13      9
 44.  Bill Pettus        MD    11      9
 45.  Paul Gaberson      PA    06      8
 46.  Grant LaDue        NY    13      6
 47.  Tim Miller         GA    13      6
 48.  Terry Coleman      CA    10      6
 49.  Marc Berenbach     MA    09      6
 50.  Andy Latto         MA    08      6
 51.  Thomas Richardson  VA    06      6
 52.  Robert Hassard     NJ    02      6
 53.  John Rinko         VA    99      5
 54.  Peter Putnam       PA    10      3
 55.  John Firer         WI    01      3
 56.  Trevor Bender      CA    01      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 

Bjorn von Knorring, se
2nd

Michael Sosa, DE
3rd

James Pei, VA
4th

Chris Byrd, CT
5th

Keith Wixson, NJ
6th

Past Winners

Thomas Drueding, PA
1996

James Doughan, PA
1997

Karsten Englemann, VA
1998

Jung Yueh, MA
1999

James Pei, TX
2000, 2007, 2010

Aaron Fuegi, MA
2001

Peter Reese, VA
2002

Keith Wixson, NJ
2003, 2009, 2013

Chris Byrd, CT
2004

Nick Anner, NY
2005

Jim Heenehan, PA
2006, 2008

Lyman Moquin, DC
2011

Steve Worrel, VA
2012

George Young, VT
2014
 

Andy Latto vs Emily Wu. She later won her first game.

Michael Sosa hands John Gitzen II his first loss in Round 4.

Pat Neary and James DuBose vacation in the Med.

Michael Ussery vs Stuart Tucker who is reliving his LL catcher days.

Carthage Awaits Syracuse Again ...

Ed Note: This event remains my pick as the ideal WBC tournament: a well stocked shark pool of skilled players in it for the duration - any one of whom can rise to the top in a given year. 2014 was again no exception as two stalwarts battled their way to the Final to enhance their resumes - but a return trip next year will remain a challenge for both - as it should be.

George Young's tournament got off to an excellent start when the 42nd and last player to arrive for Round 1 was a strong veteran who drew the short straw and played defending champion Keith Wixson. Five hours later, after a tough see-saw battle, Michael Sosa survived a 9-9 tie against Wixson, thus removing one major obstacle in Young's bracket. Young managed to use Rome to defeat Gary Dickson, killing Hannibal on Turn 9 and winning 10-8. Chris Byrd defeated Grant LaDue as Rome resigned in Turn 9 after Scipio Africanus' death. Top-ranked James Pei survived a tough match against Ben Gardner, while benefitting from a Turn 6 Truce that Gardner couldn't break until Turn 8. High-ranked Henry Rice used double envelopment twice to push Tim Miller to resignation in Turn 6, but then found his priorities confused and dropped out of the tournament, thus benefitting Todd Treadway, who dominated his bracket for three rounds. Another high-ranked player to fall out of contention early was Jim Heenehan, he of the plummed helmet, whose Romans lost 7-11 to Michael Ussery. Newcomer Bjorn von Knorring won an early knockout in Turn 4 against Matt Bacho, as Hannibal dominated Italy. GM Stuart Tucker used an early Syracusan alliance to control Sicily for the rest of the game to win 11-7 at the time of Turn 8 resignation by Jeff Miller. In Round 1, Carthage was victorious 14 times in 21 games.

In Round 2, Treadway defeated high-ranked Lyman Moquin, with Varro killing Hannibal early and Rome winning 12-6 at the time of resignation in Turn 8. Sosa's Carthaginians killed Africanus in Turn 6 and forced von Knorring to resign in Turn 8. Young advanced with an 11-7 win over John Boisvert. James Pei sacrificed Sicily in order to take Spain, forcing Bruce Wigdor's resignation. Tucker threw back Paul Gaberson's Roman invasion of southern Spain, forcing resignation in Turn 7. Byrd advanced quickly against Henry Richardson. In Round 2, Carthage again was dominant, winning 11 of 19.

In Round 3, Emily Allbutt (the only woman to enter two years in a row) got her first victory of the year over rookie Noah Engelmann, despite losing Hannibal in Turn 7. Treadway crushed Evan Woodham with a Suit for Peace for lack of PCs in Turn 9. Newcomer John Gitzen II upset 2002 champ Peter Reese, with the latter's Romans never getting to play a single Campaign Card. Luongo ran out of PCs against Byrd's Carthaginians in Turn 7. Young sacked Sosa's Carthage in Turn 5. James Pei knew he was in for a different experience when Tucker used the Siege Train to sack Massilia on Turn 2, but managed to kill Hannibal on Turn 6 and make enough inroads into Spain to force a Turn 9 resignation in a game that never saw Philip or Syracuse join the war. In Round 3, Carthage maintained their advantage, winning ieight of 14.

In Round 4, Young crossed paths with Byrd's Carthaginians and used two late Intercepted Messengers to secure a tight 9-8 victory. Treadway's Carthaginians lost Hannibal in Turn 3 to Pei's Romans, who then invaded Africa in Turn 6 forcing an early resignation when Treadway saw his cards couldn't stop a drive on Carthage. Gitzen (3-0) found himself matched against Sosa (2-1), due to Sosa's highest-strength-of-schedule tiebreaker. Sosa's Romans killed Hannibal in Turn 4 and forced Gitzen's resignation in Turn 8. This left only two undefeated players for Round 5. Rome found its second wind and won nine of 13 games in Round 4.

Round 5 found 11 players still in the hunt for some sort of wood. Tucker lost his chance to Randall MacInnis when Tucker's Hasdrubal took 7 CUs into the deep trying to get to Sardinia, while Syracuse was recaptured in Turn 8 and MacInnis held on for a 10-8 win. Wixson supped his rankings in the sandman parade by surviving 9-9 against Woodham's Romans. Byrd carried away 5th place by virtue of defeating Heenehan's island strategy and recovering Syracuse on Turn 8. Von Knorring's Mago sailed early to Croton to seize Tarentum and force Gitzen's early resignation and thereby secure third place. Sosa's 11-7 defeat of Luongo and his strength of schedule gave him second

All that remained was The battle for the Wood between James Pei and George Young. As expected, it was a very tight game that came down to who got dealt the Syracuse card on Turn 9. I guess that is why we play the games against James - he's not guaranteed victory, and in this case, Young pulled out a 10-8 win to get the Wood and drop Pei into fourth place. The final count for the tournament was Carthage 42, Rome 34, and a very enjoyable tournament. Syracuse allied with Carthage in 41 of the 76 games, then was sacked in 11. The GM thanks his 46 players again for being such good sports and making such a fine competition worth every minute spent. Nine tournament newcomers came and managed a collective 12-13 record. Well done!!

Lyman Moquin tangles with Ben Gardner.

 GM     Stuart Tucker  [13th Year]  NA 
   econedit@aol.com  NA

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