paths of glory

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Michael Dauer, TX

2015 Champion

Event History

1999 Donald Stone 36
2000 Peter Reese 52
2001 David Dockter 34
2002 Peter Reese 49
2003 Rob Hassard 40
2004 Nick Anner 39
2005 Tom Drueding 34
2006 Dave Dockter 48
2007 Stefan Mecay 35
2008 Riku Riekkinen 42
2009 Stefan Mecay 50
2010 Stefan Mecay 35
2011 Peter Gurneau 27
2012 Riku Riekkinen 29
2013 Stefan Mecay 36
2014 Stefan Mecay 34
2015 Michael Dauer 24

WAM Event History
2003 David Dockter 32
2004 Rob Hassard 11
2005 Marvin Birnbaum 16
2006 Tom Drueding 17
2007 Chris Byrd 17
2008 Tom Drueding 20
2009 Tom Drueding 12
2010 Tom Drueding 16

PBeM Event History
2001 Stefan Mecay 40
2005 Stephen Valkyser 68
2006 Tom Drueding 64
2009 Stefan Mecay 89
2011 Stefan Mecay 64

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Stefan Mecay      TX     14    472
  2.  Tom Drueding      MA     11    428
  3.  David Dockter     MN     11    328
  4.  Peter Reese       VA     12    276
  5.  Marvin Birnbaum   NY     14    210
  6.  Chris Byrd        CT     10    208
  7.  Rob Hassard       NJ     09    181
  8.  Riku Riekkinen    fi     13    174
  9.  Nick Anner        NY     11    162
 10.  Michael Dauer     TX     15    126
 11.  Peter Gurneau     WI     14    120
 12.  Jim Falling       MI     07    117
 13.  Tom Gregorio      PA     15    102
 14.  Stephan Valkyser  de     05     96
 15.  Nick Frydas       uk     15     60
 16.  John Sutcliff     uk     13     48
 17.  Charlie Hickok    PA     10     39
 18.  John Brown        VA     04     36
 19.  Bob Heinzmann     FL     05     30
 20.  James Pei         TX     04     30
 21.  Ken Gutermuth     TX     09     28
 22.  Steve Brooks      FL     08     25
 23.  R. Evan Woodham   TX     15     24
 24.  Alex Gregorio     PA     15     24
 25.  Steve Koleszar    VA     14     24
 26.  Mauro Faina       it     11     24
 27.  Andy Friedmann    MA     10     24
 28.  Rick Byrens       CA     07     24
 29.  Josh Alexander    MI     04     24
 30.  Steve Worrel      NC     03     18
 31.  Michael Mitchell  GA     07     16
 32.  Ed McGran         WA     05     16
 33.  Nick Benedict     CA     15     12
 34.  Kevin Sudy        VA     11     12
 35.  Mauro Gasbarroni  it     09     12
 36.  Mel Casselberry   PA     07     12
 37.  Pat Mirk          FL     05     12
 38.  John Emery        SC     00     12
 39.  Michael Johnson   MA     01     10
 40.  Don Stone         NC     99     10
 41.  Jay Meyers        CA     10      9
 42.  Tim Hall          UT     10      9
 43.  Andrew Maly       MD     00      9
 44.  Tim Miller        GA     07      8
 45.  Carl Adamec       NY     14      6
 46.  Johnny Hasay      PA     10      6
 47.  Steve Parrish     VA     08      6
 48.  Lance Roberts     AK     06      6
 49.  Holger Janssen    de     05      6
 50.  Pete Rohn         IL     04      6
 51.  Hank Burkhalter   TN     02      6
 52.  Nick Firer        WI     00      6
 53.  Don Johnson       VA     99      6
 54.  Ric Manns         IN     01      5
 55.  Seth Gunar        NJ     08      4
 56.  Scott Moll        VA     07      4
 57.  Dennis Culhane    PA     99      4
 58.  Bill Pettus       NJ     09      3
 59.  Steve Huskey      KS     00      3
 60.  Joe DiCamillo     PA     99      3
 61.  Doug Austin       VA     06      3
 62.  Rob Winslow       NY     99      2
 63.  Paul Horvath      CA     00      1
 64.  Paul Abrahamse    MI     99      1
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 1

Tom Gregorio, PA
2nd

Evan Woodham, TX
3rd

Nick Frydas, uk
4th

Nick Benedict, CA
5th

Alex Gregorio, PA
6th

Past Winners

Peter Reese, VA
2000, 2002

Dave Dockter, MN
2001, 2006

Rob Hassard, NJ
2003

Nick Anner, NY
2004

Thomas Drueding, MA
2005

Stefan MeCay, TX
2007, 2009-10, 2013-14

Riku Riekkinen, fi
2008, 2012

Peter Gurneau, WI
2011

Michael Dauer, TX
2015

Nick Benedict vs up-and-coming
second generation Alex Gregorio.

Carl Adamec vs UK's Nicholas Frydas

Attrition in the Great War ...

The event mirrored the terrible attrition of the war it portrayed this year. It appeared to be 1918 with many missing faces in the trenches as the field dropped to its lowest level ever with Cornwall adequately housing the field.

Three Swiss rounds were played with the added option in the first round for novice or inexperienced players to avoid playing the sharks if they wish. This was appreciated by a number of people. The three Swiss rounds yielded three unbeatens (Tom Gregorio, Michael Dauer, and Nick Frydas), and five players with a 2-1 record. So slim were the ranks that the usual quarterfinals were dropped as such. Instead, the top four players went directly to semifinal play, while the bottom four 2-1 players waged a lower brackets semifinal of their own for fifth and sixth place. The POG dice off was retained to match these players against each other, and the tournament was shortened by a round. The tournament historical scenario was used again.

Semifinal action saw Tom Gregorio’s CP narrowly defeat Nick Frydas’s AP, where Nick’s resurrected Russian Army declared “The Empire Strikes Back!”, as they fought back the CP while Michael Dauer dispatched Evan Woodham.

That left undefeated players Tom Gregorio and Michael Dauer matched for a fifth round. Tom Bid 0 for the AP, and Michael agreed to play the CP. This year all six playoff games were won by the CP, and I think this will affect future bidding.

Michael’s CP started with a Defend the Meuse strategy, where the CP takes and holds Brussels, Sedan, Metz, and Strasbourg in the West, while taking out the Russians in the East. Both sides got into a dance of death in the east on Turn 2, as the CP tried to encircle a Russian army. Turns 3-4 saw the Russians attack with two large stacks of armies from southern Russia, and in a move that would prove to be very important later in the game, the CP was able to make a quick strike east, gaining three VP spaces, and playing ‘Tsar Takes Command’, before he had to fall back into Germany to hold back the Russian attack. The AP was able to take advantage of a weakly held Trent, and the Italians were able to take this space and hold it. Turns 6-13 saw continued AP pressure across the board, and the AP ran the war status up to 30 to bring the US into the war on Turn 12! Allenby appeared in the near east and helped take Damascus and Medina from the Turks. The CP was on the ropes at this point. Turn 14 proved to be the turning point, as the CP was able to play ‘Fall of the Tsar’ and  ‘Bolshevik Revolution’ because the Tsar had taken command earlier and the war status was high enough. From this point on the Russians had to fall back and play for time, so the French and British could breakthrough in the West. The game was super tight on VP, and the CP needed two VP to win. Michael was able to siege two VP forts at games end on Turn 20. The game hung in the balance as Michael rolled two dice to resolve the sieges, the first die stopped and was in Michael’s favor, as the second die kept spinning. The second die slowed to show a 1, but touched the side of the box and flipped to a 5, meaning Michael took both VP spaces, the game and his first WBC shield. One of the best games I have seen played. Both players deserve credit for playing a Final worthy of a championship.

LBG's Jeff Billings vs Jack Jung

GM Peter Gurneau oversees his finalists.
GM Peter Gurneau[3rd Year] NA
pcgurneau@earthlink.net NA

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