lost cities  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Cody Zimmerman, PA

2014 Champion

 

Event History
2000    Daniel Broh-Kahn     48
2001    Jared Scarborough     84
2002    Daniel Karp     66
2003    Charles Blahouse     60
2004    Rebecca Hebner     60
2005    Chris Entwistle    130
2006    Sean McCulloch    125
2007     Jarett Weintraub    171
2008    Andy Latto    185
2009     Rebecca Hebner    166
2010    Sean McCulloch    177
2011    Eric Hufford    180
2012    Eric Hufford    211
2013    Chris Entwistle    205
2014    Cody Zimmerman    184

 
Euro Quest BPA Event History
2003    Jeff Mullet    21

 Laurels

Rank  Name               From  Last  Total
  1.  Sean McCulloch      OH    11     76
  2.  Chris Entwistle     MD    13     70
  3.  Eric Hufford        PA    12     70
  4.  Rebecca Hebner      CO    10     68
  5.  Andy Latto          MA    09     61
  6.  David Meyaard       CT    12     48
  7.  Jared Scarborough   IL    04     48
  8.  Daniel Karp         MD    03     32
  9.  Cody Zimmerman      PA    14     30
 10.  Eric Brosius        MA    09     30
 11.  Jarett Weintraub    NY    07     30
 12.  Daniel Broh-Kahn    MD    00     30
 13.  Laurel Stokes       NJ    04     26
 14.  Vidar Aas           no    13     24
 15.  Cally Perry         MA    08     24
 16.  Charles Blahouse    VA    03     20
 17.  Jeff Mullet         OH    03     20
 18.  Tom DeMarco         NJ    14     18
 19.  Ewan McNay          NY    11     18
 20.  Laurie Wojtaszczyk  NY    11     18
 21.  Sam Atabaki         CA    09     18
 22.  Wayne Schmittberger PA    06     18
 23.  Bert Schoose        IL    05     18
 24.  Jeff Bakulchuk      NY    02     18
 25.  Thomas Tu           NJ    13     16
 26.  Tim Keating         IN    12     16
 27.  Lexi Shea           CT    08     16
 28.  Rob Kilroy          PA    02     13
 29.  Bryan Berkenstock   NJ    14     12
 30.  Yoni Weiss          NJ    13     12
 31.  Bradley Raszewski   MD    12     12
 32.  Joe Yaure           PA    10     12
 33.  Rick Dutton         MD    05     12
 34.  Nate Hoam           OH    04     12
 35.  Doug Galullo        FL    03     12
 36.  Richard Sciacca     FL    02     12
 37.  Larry Kratz         ID    00     12
 38.  Shea Lawson         MD    14      9
 39.  Steve Raszewski     MD    11      9
 40.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk   NY    10      9
 41.  Richard Fetzer      NY    09      9
 42.  John Conlon         OK    07      9
 43.  Paul Weintraub      MD    06      9
 44.  Brian Addison       VA    05      9
 45.  Gordon Aickin       uk    00      9
 46.  Ewan McNay          NY    13      8
 47.  Mark Crescenzi      PA    12      8
 48.  Sue Ellsworth       IL    08      8
 49.  Carol Caler         PA    03      8
 50.  Joshua Cooper       MD    03      8
 51.  Joshua Garton       VA    01      8
 52.  Laure Miller        PA    14      6
 53.  Nick Kramer         PA    10      6
 54.  John Corrado        VA    09      6
 55.  Sam Brosius         MA    07      6
 56.  Ivan Lawson         MD    06      6
 57.  Jeff Gardner        MD    03      6
 58.  Debbie Gutermuth    TX    03      6
 59.  Jordan Ludwick      NJ    01      6
 60.  Fearghal Donnor     ie    00      6
 61.  Lissa Rennert       MD    13      4
 62.  Laura DeWalt        MD    12      4
 63.  Malinda Kyrkos      NY    08      4
 64.  Kathy Stroh         PA    03      4
 65.  Tim Tu              NJ    14      3
 66.  Yoel Weiss          NJ    11      3
 67.  Meghan Friedmann    MA    10      3
 68.  Winton Lemoine      CA    07      3
 69.  Claire Brosius      CT    06      3
 70.  Jeff Power          MI    05      3
 71.  Rob Flowers         MD    02      3
 72.  Anthony Rubbo       PA    00      3
 73.  Peter Reese         VA    04      2
 74.  Paul Gaberson       PA    03      2
 75.  Eric Hymowitz       MD    01      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 0

Tom DeMarco, NJ
2nd

Bryan Berkenstock, NJ
3rd

Shea Lawson, MD
4th

Laura Miller, PA
5th

Tim Tu. NJ
6th

Past Winners

Daniel Broh-Kahn, MD
2000

Jared Scarborough, IL
2001

Daniel Karp, MD
2002

Charles Blahouse, VA
2003

Rebecca Hebner, CO
2004, 2009

Chris Entwistle, MD
2005, 2013

Sean McCulloch, OH
2006, 2010

Jarrett Weintraub, NY
2007

Andy Latto, MA
2008

Eric Hufford, PA
2011-12

Always a full house during a Lost Cities heat.

... and if you're lucky you might even get a table and chairs.

 Jessa Burdett and Chris Yaure tally up their scores.

 Cody Zimmerman ends Shea Lawson's run in the semifinals.

Changes? What Changes? ...

The 2014 edition of our tournament continued the second year of the modified format which had been established after 2012, tweaked after 2013 and will be re-tweaked for 2015. So, this final tweak will be a return to four individual heats next year, as the bifurcated third heat was more trouble for everyone than it was worth overall. This means at least one 9am time slot, but the mandatory two wins or more in order to advance out of the heats remains the same. I will continue as a non-advancing spoiler, as needed, in the single elimination rounds. Be sure to check the 2015 Preview for the "carved in stone" version.

Now for some fun facts and figures from 2014 before they are consigned to the moldy pages of history and the three R's - record, review, rewrite. 90 players attended the first heat, and 112 entered the second heat. 102 players were present for the opening portion of the third heat, and 24 of those winners returned for the second section, in order to attempt that treasured second win. There were 23 white knucklers - contests decided by ten points or less. The closest among these were: Luke Parauda (131) v. Yoel Weiss (130), Brett Fox (127) v. Lisa Gutermuth (126), Sara Powers (151) v. Bill Burch (149), Roy Pettis (145) v. Nessa Savarick (143), Carolyn Strock (89) v. Natalie Beach (87), and Pete Winkel (133) v. William Hoch (130). While the afore-going have elements of a Defensive Struggle within them, the following games are noteworthy for this category: Aidan McNay (62) v. Dan Strock (44) and Chris Kizer (12) v. Cathy Raymond (1). Chris and Cathy have given us one of the lowest combined scores from individual positive scores on the books. (Btw, we have never had a game in which both players posted negative scores. (I hope I don't come to regret this disclosure.)

Completing our survey of futility and soul crushing defeats, six players suffered their losses trailing the winner by 150 or more points, and six players (not necessarily the same ones) scored less than 20 points, two of whom contributed negative scores, and one of these whomses crafted negative scores in each of the three hands. In other news, there were two ties, requiring a fourth hand: Angela Hoffman (114) and Sara Powers (102) finished regulation tied at 70, and Laura Miller (149) and Sam Brosius (124) were knotted at 114. The game between Laura and Sam had symmetrical scoring with Laura up by 10 points after the first hand, both scoring 53 for the second hand, and Sam forcing the tie with plus 10 points after the third hand. On the other end of the spectrum, 25 players scored 200 or more points. Ewan McNay was the only player to score more than 300 (338), using four bonus expeditions to accomplish the feat. Larry York (289) and Antony Saccenti (288) were 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Among the high scorers, William Hoch, John Ratanaprasatpora, and Laura Miller achieved scores of 233 in their games. A brief look inside the numbers reveals: William started 13 expeditions, scoring 9 positive with 2 bonuses, 1 at zero, and 3 negative; John had 10 expeditions yielding 7 positive with 1 bonus, 1 at zero and 2 negative; and Laura posted 10 expeditions, 8 positive with 2 bonuses, 1 at zero, and 1 negative. So, you can see that, in order to attain a really high score, you must have at least 7 positive expeditions with 1 bonus, 1 expedition at zero, and one negative expedition.

. . . Really!?! Why can't you see that? (takes all kinds) Significant slugfests were confined to Larry York (289) over William Hoch (233) in the highest combined scoring game, and only game to exceed 500 points, Pete Noteman (214) defeating Winton Lemoine (206), and Bryan Berkenstock edging Ryan Friedman (196).

This year 44 of the 47 elimination rounds qualifiers bravely ventured forth for glory. Rebecca Hebner was the only former champion in the mix. When she failed to survive the Round of 22, the crowning of a player other than a returning champion was assured for only the second time since 2008. In fact, all six 2014 laurelists would be collecting their first ever LST laurels. After five SE Rounds, four players advanced to the semis: Cody Zimmerman, Tom DeMarco, Bryan Berkenstock, and Shea Lawson. Shea, the GM's daughter (book title, right?!), had the benefit of her father's considerable LST experience, but advanced anyway. Bryan and Shea battled for the third and fourth place plaques. Seesaw scoring ended in a close win for Bryan: 103 to 94, but Shea took solace in her first wood since 2008. Cody and Tom faced off in the championship round. Tom had the higher score after the first hand and the second hand, primarily on the strength of one bonus expedition that overcame three negative expeditions. Meanwhile, Cody methodically strung together twelve small expeditions - none of them scoring over 18 points, limited his damage to one -20 expedition, and claimed the final victory at 94 to 79, when Tom failed to post a positive score for any of his five expeditions in the third hand.

Hope to see all of you for the last season at the Host. And keep bringing those Lost Cities games. My grateful thanks to Laurie Wojtaszczyk and Jarett Weintraub for providing us with much needed extra games.

Bryan Berkenstock falls to Tom DeMarco in the semifinals.

 Gee ... this is more work than learning my "Goes intos" and multiplication tables, but at least its more fun.

GMing 2-player games is easier than multi-player but not sure that applies to high hands-on Junior events. Jarett had a busy day.

 

 Lost Cities Junior

As if Ivan Lawson doesn't have eough probems dealing with 200-player fields as it is, 2007 champion Jarett Weintraub opened a training academy for budding explorers and is introducing a new generation of competitors to the game. Wednesday morning dawned on 33 of the bright and eager little explorers anxious to learn their craft all at once. That will teach Jarett to win the tournament.

The best of these intrepid explorers was 11-year old Holly Saccenti who spent her week moving between the junior tournaments where she dominated with four won events and scaring the heck out of adults in the big tournaments where she already has nine laurels. The best of the other little explorers were:

~ 2nd: sister Linsey Saccenti, who at age 10 appears to be the heir apparent.

~ 3rd: Julie Carrigan, age 11

~ 4th: Lucas Holmquist, age 11

~ 5th: Sabine Buucheri, age 11

~ 6th: Arnelle Worrel, age 9

 GM     Ivan Lawson [10th Year]  NA
   lawsonic@comcast.net  NA 

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