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Updated Dec. 15, 2013

2013 WBC Report   

 2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

Ed Kendrick, uk

2013 Champion

Event History
1991

  
Mark Cohen

  
44
1992

  
Maria Hawthorne

  
43
1993

  
Bruce Young

  
53
1994

  
Bruce Young

  
53
1995

  
Herbert Gratz

  
48
1996

  
William Edwards

  
46
1997

  
John Emery

  
42
1998

  
John Emery

  
55
1999

  
Larry Davidson

  
42
2000

  
John Emery

  
34
2001

  
Bruce Wigdor

  
39
2002

  
John Emery

  
50
2003 

  
Ray Stakenas II

  
38
2004 

  
John Emery     30
2005

  
Bruce Young     33
2006

  
Paul Wright     30
2007

  
Ray Stakenas II     27
2008 

  
Ed Kendrick     22
2009 

  
Jeff Spaner     23
2010

  
John Emery     25
2011

  
Bruce Wigdor     27
2012

  
Richard Irving     25
2013

  
Ed Kendrick     31

PBeM Event History
2000    Jeff Matthews      32
2003    Jeff Matthews     24

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  John Emery         SC    11    197
  2.  Bruce Young        SC    13    177
  3.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    12    118
  4.  Bruce Wigdor       NJ    13    112
  5.  Ed Kendrick        uk    13    100
  6.  Ray Stakenas Sr    MI    13     74
  7.  Richard Irving     CA    13     54
  8.  Paul Wright        PA    09     52
  9.  Jeff Spaner        MD    13     49
 10.  Ralph Gleaton      SC    11     48
 11.  Larry Davidson     CA    02     46
 12.  Herbert Gratz      at    09     34
 13.  Jeff Matthews      CA    04     30
 14.  Bari Wigdor        NJ    04     26
 15.  Bill Edwards       VA    05     24
 16.  Stefan Hess        NY    01     24
 17.  David Wong         NJ    10     19
 18.  William Kendrick   uk    12     18
 19.  George Young       VT    06     18
 20.  Wade Fowble        MD    06     16
 21.  Lance Ribeiro      NH    05     16
 22.  Ken Katano         MD    01     16
 23.  Jeremy Billones    VA    11     12
 24.  Eric Taylor        NM    05     12
 25.  Mike Stachowski    NY    03     12
 26.  Jeff Paull         OH    00     12
 27.  Dale Martin        MI    04     10
 28.  Bill Alderman      VA    11      9
 29.  Kevin Emery        SC    09      9
 30.  Michael Johnson    MA    03      9
 31.  Nick Vlahos        IL    00      9
 32.  Jean-Luc Brouillet on    05      8
 33.  Erick Young        SC    01      8
 34.  Andrew Maly        MD    08      6
 35.  Scott Russell      MI    00      6
 36.  Alan Arvold        IL    00      3
 37.  Don Greenwood      MD    00      3
 38.  Frank Arndt        MD    99      3
 39.  Brian Carr         VA    04      2
 40.  Brian Devitt       CA    00      2
 41.  Robert Mull        CO    00      1

2013 Laurelists                                        Repeating Laurelists:

Bruce Young, SC
2nd

Jeff Spaner, MD
3rd

Richard Irving, CA
4th

Bruce Wigdor, NJ
5th

Ray Stakenas, MI
6th

Past Winners

Maria Hawthorne, VA
1992

Bruce Young, SC
1993-94, 2005

Herbert Gratz, at
1995

Bill Edwards, VA
1996

John Emery, SC
'97-'98, '00, '02, '04, '10

Bruce Wigdor, NJ
2001, 2011

Ray Stakenas Jr, MI
2003, 2007

Paul Wright, PA
2006

Ed Kendrick, uk
2008, 2013

Jeff Spaner, MD
2009

Richard Irving, CA
2012
       

Bruce Wigdor vs Greg "button man" Schmittgens

Ken "thirsty" Whitesell vs Greg Courter

 Our attorney Ralph Gleaton sues the returning Don Hawthorne
with lead. His crime? Being absent too long.

 Dave Wong, the energizer bunny, back from an Afghanistan tour,
vs eventual winner and two-time champ Ed Kendrick.

Upturn ...

The annual meeting of the Up Front faithful at the 2013 WBC was blessed with a welcome and significant increase in attendance, the likes of which hasn't been seen since 2005. In addition to the usual gang of suspects that included eight former champions representing plaques from 17 different years, former champion Maria Hawthorne and her husband Don (Up Front guru and editor of Avalon Hill's gaming magazine, The General) returned for this year's pilgrimage as part of their role in the Avalon Hill reunion.

This infusion of new blood led to even more spirited competition in the Swiss rounds for the right to advance to the Elimination rounds. Several of those players considered to be among the best in the game failed to get through this year's gauntlet. After five rounds of carnage, five survivors had previously won "wood" while the other three were all veteran contenders awaiting their chance to join that illustrious role of champions. Defending champ Richard Irving's mojo hadn't worn off in the intervening 12 months and led the pack with a perfect 5-0 slate. Grouped at 4-1 were Greg Schmittgens, Bruce Wigdor, David Wong, and Bruce Young. Eight players had finished 3-2 with Jeff Spaner, Ed Kendrick, and Ray Stakenas Sr advancing on the best strength of schedule tiebreakers. Alan Arvold was first alternate, but no shows are a remote hope among this crew.

The first elimination round put paid to the ambitions of all the non-titled as Richard Irving improved to 6-0vwith his Germans defeating Ray Stakenas' Russians in Scenario L; Ed Kendrick's Germans besting Bruce Wigdor's Americans in Scenario F; Jeff Spaner's Russians beating David Wong's Germans in Scenario B; and Bruce Young's Russians downing Greg Schmittgens' Germans in Scenario E. There was an even split of Axis and Allied victories.

The semifinals thus featured four former champions, ranked #2 thru #12, vying for the right to add a second, or in the case of Bruce, a fourth, shield to their walls. Bruce did indeed continue on as he ended Richard's streak with a Japanese victory over the British in Scenario N. It was an interesting battle that featured an unusual matchup in tournament play. In the other semi, Jeff and Ed chose Scenario L to match Germans and Americans with Ed prevailing.

Scenario C was chosen as the deciding battle. Ed chose to attack with the Russians while Bruce's Germans assumed a defensive posture. The fight was surprisingly short, however, as fate and Ed's card flow combined to grace him with black numbers at opportune times. Thus finished the 2013 tournament with the wood heading back across the pond as the United Kingdom claimed another European win.

Six-time champ John Emery vs Andrew Maly

Dan Lawall vs the original champ - 1992's Maria Hawthorne.

 Three-time champ Bruce Young vs defending champ Richard Irving.
Just two of seven former champions in the field.

 GM Jim Burnett oversees his finalists. Ed lessened our export deficit.
Durn foreigners taking all our wood!
 GM      Jim Burnett  [8th Year]   NA
    jimallene@comcast.net    NA 

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