Updated Nov. 12, 2014 

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending December 2014 Membership Trial Vote

Bjorn von Knorring, se

2014 Champion


Event History
2008    Chris Byrd    57
2009    John Emery    50
2010    George Young    50
2011    Richard Beyma    43
2012    Mikko Raimi    40
2013    Mikko Raimi    24
2014    Bjorn von Knorring    32


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Richard Beyma      VA    14     71
  2.  Mikko Raimi        fi    13     50
  3.  Nathan Hill        MD    14     48
  4.  John Emery         SC    13     41
  5.  George Young       VT    10     39
  6.  Bjorn von Knorring se    14     30
  7.  Chris Byrd         CT    08     30
  8.  Kevin Emery        SC    13     24
  9.  Brad Raszewski     MD    12     24
 10.  Allen Hill         MD    12     18
 11.  Bill O'Neal        NY    11     18
 12.  Aran Warszawski    il    10     18
 13.  John Miklos        GA    08     18
 14.  Jeff Paull         IN    09     12
 15.  Scott Moll         VA    08     12
 16.  Rob Seulowitz      NY    14      9
 17.  Mark Giddings      NY    08      9
 18.  Mark McBride       OH    14      6
 19.  Greg Ottoman       VA    12      6
 20.  JR Tracy           NY    11      6
 21.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    11      6
 22.  Bryan Collars      SC    09      6
 23.  Marc Berenbach     MA    08      6
 24.  Michael Shea       MA    13      4
 25.  Henry Rice         TX    14      3
 26.  Dave Stiffler      VA    12      3
 27.  Bill Powers        VA    09      3

2014 Laurelists
Returning Laurelists:

Nathan Hill, MD

Richard Beyma, VA

Rob Seulowitz, NY

Mark McBride, OH

Henry Rice, TX

Past Champions

Chris Byrd, CT

John Emery, SC

George Young, VT

Richard Beyma, VA

Mikko Raimi, fi

The Napoleonic ranks are filled for the opening rounds.

2011 champ Richad Beyma vs James Dougherty.

 Bill Edwards vs Henry Rice

 GM Lewis with his finalists.

Those darn Scandinavians ...

The tournament consisted of three swiss rounds to advance the top eight to single elimination. The tiebreaker was points based on countries played with the lesser played countries from 2013 worth more. A player was only allowed to play each of the eight different countries once.

The swiss rounds were played in pods wherein you played the three other POD members as a means of moving the rounds along faster rather than waiting for the slowest players in the tournament to finish before starting another round. The countries played balanced out more than has been the custom in past tournaments as France and Russia were played 21 times. Only the US was selected in less than 13 games. Points for playing countries based on the 2013 selections have changed considerably. The Preliminaries' Won/Loss records for the countries in winning percentage order were: Ottomans 7-1, Britain 7-3, France 9-7, Russia 10-8, Austria 6-8, Spain 2-4, Prussia 4-9 and United States 3-8.

Five unbeaten players advanced along with three 2-1 players after points and tiebreakers were applied. We had a lot of new blood advance with only one former champion and a three-time semifinalist making it to the elimination rounds.

The quarterfinals were a much different mix than 2013's all Franco/British pairs. The results were as follows:
Nathan Hill's British defeated David Glowny's Ottomans.
Richard Beyma's French defeated Henry Rice's Ottomans.
Bjorn von Knorring's Prussians defeatied Michael Shea's Austrians.
Rob Seulowitz's French defeated Mark McBride's Spanish.

Nathan finally got past the semifinals after being denied the last three years by besting 2011 champion Richard Beyma's Ottomans with the French to reach the Final on his fourth try. Bjorn's French defeated Rob's Prussians in the other bracket.

The Final was one game for all the marbles ... err wood. Nathan had the Ottomans, Russians, and Spanish left to play. Bjorn had the British, Spanish, and US remaining, thus making his decision easy. Nathan selected the Ottomans to face the British in a Crimean War scenario. Nathan started with an early Turkish incursion into British territory that eliminated a British unit. He increased his lead to 3-1 in units killed with the British cav depleted, but could not finish them off. Slowly the tide turned as the British repulsed the Turkish advance and followed deep into Turkish territory while evening the losses at three units each. As night fell, Bjorn's British took the victory and for the third year in a row, the Manoeuvre champion hailed from Scandanavia.

The Ottomans 7-1 record in the preliminaries turned into a far less stellar 0-4 record in the elimination rounds. The tiebreaker points for next year will thus again be very different: 2-Ottoman, Britain; 3-Austria, Russia, France; 4- Prussia, US; 5-Spain

Rob Seulowitz vs Brad Raszewski with Chris Greenfield and Jeff Cornett slugging it out in the background.

 GM     Andy Lewis (7th Year)  NA   NA

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