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Updated Nov. 30, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Duncan McGregor, on

2015 Champion

Event History

2003 Andy Lewis 28
2004 Tom Stokes 22
2005 Bill Peeck 23
2006 Bob Wicks 36
2007 Grant LaDue 38
2008 Kevin Wojtaszczyk 43
2009 Kevin Wojtaszczyk 44
2010 Tom DeMarco 40
2011 Michael Shea 32
2012 William Herbst 38
2013 Rob Kircher 34
2014 Curt Collins II 42
2015 Duncan McGregor 46

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rob Kircher        RI    15     73
  2.  Bill Peeck         NY    14     58
  3.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    11     58
  4.  Michael Shea       CT    13     50
  5.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    10     48
  6.  Curt Collins II    PA    15     42
  7.  Andy Lewis         DE    13     40
  8.  Chris Palermo      NY    13     34
  9.  Patrick Mirk       FL    15     33
 10.  Rob Winslow        NY    14     32
 11.  Bob Wicks          CT    08     32
 12.  Duncan MacGregor   on    15     30
 13.  Jeffrey Senley     PA    15     30
 14.  William Herbst     NY    12     30
 15.  Grant LeDue        NY    14     28
 16.  Phillip White      MD    09     22
 17.  Tom Stokes         NJ    04     20
 18.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    10     15
 19.  Richard M. Shay    MA    12     12
 20.  Raphael Lehrer     MD    07     12
 21.  Jeff Bakalchuk     NY    03     12
 22.  Tom Saal           MI    05     10
 23.  Douglas Landon     FL    15      9
 24.  Roger Budz         RI    12      9
 25.  Ken Rothstein      NY    08      9
 26.  Doug Smith         PA    04      8
 27.  Barb Roeper        MD    12      6
 28.  Steve Shambeda     PA    11      6
 29.  Tom Bissa          MI    09      6
 30.  Stan Hilinski      MD    06      6
 31.  Vien Bounma        NJ    11      4
 32.  Mike Backstrom     MN    06      4
 33.  Karl Musser        MD    03      4
 34.  Sara VanderWal     on    14      3
 35.  Steve Cuyler       NY    08      3
 36.  Paul Rubin         MA    07      2
 37.  Roger Whitney      FL    06      2
 38.  Donna Balkan       on    04      2
 39.  Lee Presser        NY    03      2
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 2

Jeff Senley, PA
2nd

Curt Collins II, PA
3rd

Douglas Landon, FL
4th

Pat Mirk, FL
5th

Rob Kircher, RI
6th

Past Winners

Andy Lewis,DE
2002

Tom Stokes, NJ
2003-04

Bill Peeck, NY
2005

Bob Wicks, CT
2006

Grant LaDue, NY
2007

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY
2008-09

Tom DeMarco, NJ
2010

Michael Shea, CT
2011

William Herbst, NY
2012

Rob Kircher, RI
2013

Curt Collins II, PA
2014

Duncan MacGregor, on
2015

Richard Shay, Duncan McGregor, Rod Davidson and Pat Mirk man one of many games.

Adam Hurd, Pete Gathman, Rob Kircher and Paul Rubin head another row of games.

GM Rob Kircher with his four finalists.

The Final: Turn 3

Record Attendance Returns SFR to Century ...

I would to thank everyone for playing and express special appreciation to those bringing games in this 13th year of the event which drew a record field and even managed to return to the Century after years of Trial status. We had seven games each in the first and second heats and managed four more in the third.

During the heats, in 4-player games, Curt Collins took top score honors with 225. Seven other scores broke 200 this year. Top cash went to John Gitzen with 86. Proving that you don’t need cash to win, Craig Fox only needed 19 cash. In 3-player games, Steve Shambeda took top score honors with 218 and Mike Shea gathered the most cash with 55. In a game which averages about 14 turns, Andy Lewis had to take the 4x five times while being denied 2x cards for most of the game.

The heats produced 16 winners in 18 games. With one dropout, one alternate qualified with two runner-up finishes. Last year the average margin in winning was 4.75 and this year that gap widened to 12.5 with the closest semi won by six points. In the first semi, the difference came down to the $10 cash between Douglas and Bill. In semi #2, Pat’s double El Paso for 20 each wasn’t enough to overcome the 22 cash difference Duncan collected. In semi #3, Jeff crushed the field with no cities cards worth less than 10. In the closest semi, Curt edged by Steve with command of the cash.

Semi #1
Douglas Landon 44 cash + 131 cities = 175
Bill Hoch 34 cash + 131 cities = 165
Andy Lewis 47 cash + 113 cities = 160
Sara Vanderwal 14 cash + 107 cities = 121

Semi #2
Duncan MacGregor 52 cash + 124 cities = 176
Pat Mirk 30 cash + 138 cities = 168
Grant LaDue 47 cash + 114 cities = 161
Adam Hurd 31 cash + 124 cities = 155

Semi #3
Jeff Senley 39 cash + 143 cities = 182
Rob Kircher 32 cash + 123 cities = 156
Bill Peeck 30 cash + 106 cities = 136
Andrew Drummond 30 cash + 82 cities = 112

Semi #4
Curt Collins 58 cash + 99 cities = 157
Steve Shambeda 38 cash + 113 cities = 151
Craig Fox 61 cash + 72 cities = 133
Chris Morse 29 cash + 103 cities = 132

The Final thus included the defending champion, Jeff Senley making his second appearance at the big dance and two entering the high rent district for the first time. Curt used the 2X five times while Douglas only used it twice. The 3x card was not used for the second year in a row and the 4 in1 was used once by Jeff and Douglas. Douglas also played the only boomtown. The opening move was the Kansas Pacific to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Dallas. The Southern Pacific went from Dallas to San Antonio, blocking Kanas to make its historical destination of San Antonio. With Kansas Pacific turned to El Paso, Duncan was able on Turn 4 to make use of his 2X to connect Durango and Denver for 16 to take the lead in cash. By Turn 6 there were two pocket trains in play (Texas and Denver) and one train was out and three of the other four were dead-ended. No one wanted a short game. On the next turn three branches were purchased leaving only six. By Turn 12 the last branches were bought and the deck exhausted. Curt was able to take Union Pacific to Salt Lake City for 12 cash setting up Jeff to run a second train into Sacramento. On the last turn, Douglas used the 4x to connect the Great Northern Railway trough Seattle and Portland. 12 Santa Fe trains were not used. Duncan was able to use his 2x cards to extend his lead in cash and cycle though his cards. Jeff had a better average worth of city cards, but was not able to find a cash payoff when playing his 2X cards. Late in the game, Curt was fishing for better city cards. Douglas had a poor draw of city cards with half of base value 4 or less. With a wide margin of cash and no 7-point city cards, Duncan was crowned the 2015 champion.

Final Scores:
Duncan MacGregor 51 cash + 94 cities (10) = 145
Jeff Senley 22 cash + 116 cities (10) = 138
Curt Collins 35 cash + 100 cities (9) = 135
Douglas Landon 25 cash + 89 cities (10) = 114

In the five games which turned in full trackers, we had five cities topping out at over 20 points (El Paso, Sacramento, Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis). When we track cities scoring 15 or more, we add nine more to the list. Albuquerque, Minneapolis and Billings appeared three times. Salt Lake City appeared twice in the 15+ column. Salt Lake City was on all five winning lines and Denver was common to four of the winners.

The Final: Turn 6

The Final: Turn 9

The Final: Turn 12

The Final at Game End
GM Rob Kircher [12th Year] NA
rhk_1@yahoo.com 401-474-6268

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