Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending
December 2015
Membership Trial Vote

Bjorn von Knorring, se

2014-15 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
2015 Bjorn von Knorring 24


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Richard Beyma      VA    14     71
  2.  Bjorn von Knorring se    15     50
  3.  Mikko Raimi        fi    13     50
  4.  Nathan Hill        MD    14     48
  5.  John Emery         SC    15     45
  6.  George Young       VT    10     39
  7.  Kevin Emery        SC    15     36
  8.  Chris Byrd         CT    15     36
  9.  Brad Raszewski     MD    12     24
 10.  Bill O'Neal        NY    15     20
 11.  Allen Hill         MD    12     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.  Rob Buccheri       MD    15      8
 18.  Mark Giddings      NY    08      9
 19.  Mark McBride       OH    14      6
 20.  Greg Ottoman       VA    12      6
 21.  JR Tracy           NY    11      6
 22.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    11      6
 23.  Bryan Collars      SC    09      6
 24.  Marc Berenbach     MA    08      6
 25.  Michael Shea       MA    13      4
 26.  Henry Rice         TX    14      3
 27.  Dave Stiffler      VA    12      3
 28.  Bill Powers        VA    09      3
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists:1

Kevin Emery, SC

Rob Buccheri, MD

Chris Byrd, CT

John Emery, SC

Bill O'Neal, NY

Past Champions

Chris Byrd, CT

John Emery, SC

George Young, VT

Richard Beyma, VA

Mikko Raimi, fi

James DuBose vs Nathan Wagner

The Greenville boys are celebrating again.

Swede Bjorn von Knorring vs Chris Yaure while Finn Riku battles Brad Raszewski
in the background

GM Lewis oversees his fnalists as young Kevin Emery carries the American hopes vs Sweden's Bjorn von Knorring.

Those darn Scandinavians Again ...

The tournament consisted of three swiss rounds to advance eight to single elimination. The tiebreaker was points based on countries played with the lesser played countries from 2014 being worth more. Each player was only allowed to play each of the eight different countries once.

During the swiss rounds, we played in four-player pods where you played each of the three other opponents. Points for playing countries are based on how many times the country was played and their 2014 winning percentage. Most countries were selected with about the same frequency as last year except that Austria went out of style while Spain became suddenly popular. Russia remained the most played followed by Spain and France respectively. The W-L records were: Austria 4-1, France 7-4, Prussia 6-4, Britain 2-2, Russia 6-8, Spain 6-8, United States 2-3, Ottomans 1-4.

Once again, five 3-0 players advanced along with three 2-1 players after points and tie breakers were applied. Only two of 2014’s quarterfinalists even played this year but one of them was defending champion Bjorn von Knorring. Despite the defections, two former champions and another pair of former finalists advanced so the field remained respectable.

The four quarterfinals were a much different mix than 2014’s all British/French battles. The results were as follows:

  • Bjorn von Knorring’s Prussians defeated John Emery’s British.
  • Chris Byrd’s French defeated Nathan Wagner’s Russians.
  • Kevin Emery’s French defeated Bill O’Neal’s British.
  • Rob Buccheri’s British defeated Dan Dolan Jr’s Russians.

Bjorn’s British then defeated the lone remaining former champ in the semifinal. This meant the defending champ got the heavy lifting out of the way early—dispatched both former champions in the first two rounds of elimination play. Kevin’s British defeated Rob’s French to again advance to the Final in the other bracket.

The Final remained a one-game match. Both players had the Austrians, Ottomans, and US remaining in their arsenal. Bjorn took the Ottomans while Kevin selected the Austrians. The defending champ took the early lead but could not finish off the Austrians so it came down to nightfall where Bjorn managed to hold on for a one-point victory. For the fourth year in a row, the Manoeuvre champion hailed from Scandanavia as Bjorn successfully defended his title.

Hopefully we will have the expansion to use next year so the format of points may change but at the moment the tiebreaker points for next year will be: 2—Austria, France, Prussia; 3—Spain, Russia; 4—US, Britain; 5—Ottoman.

Steve Raszewski entertains John Emery,
while Rob Buccheri and Ed Rader battle behind them.
GM Andy Lewis [8th Year] NA NA

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