5th fleet [Updated October 2003]  

 2003 WBC Report  

 2004 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Jimmy Fleckenstein, VA

2003 Champion

2nd: Thomas Beckley, NC

3rd: Aaron Silverman, FL

4th: Jim Eliason, IA

5th: -

6th: -

Event History
1991    Herbert Gratz

 
10
1992    Jim Fleckenstein

  
10
1993    Chris Rosetti

  
  8
1995    Andy Maly

  
  8
1996    Jim Eliason

  
10
1997    Jack Morrell

  
  8
1998    Jim Eliason

  
11
1999    Jimmy Fleckenstein

  
  9
2000    Jim Eliason

  
  8
2001    Jimmy Fleckenstein

  
  8
2002    Jim Eliason

  
  8
2003    Jimmy Fleckenstein      8


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  Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Jimmy Fleckenstein

VA

03
36
 2. Jim Eliason

IA

03
29
 3. Aaron Silverman

FL

03
12
 4. James Fleckenstein

VA

02
  8
 5. Thomas Beckley

NC

03
  6
 6. Jeff Lange Sr

AE

02
  6
 7. Ed Karpowicz

DC

01
  6
 8. Luke Warren

DC

00
  6
 9. Timothy Tow

TX

01
  3
10. Stuart Smart

NY

99
  3

Past Winners

Herbert Gratz - Austria
1991

Jim Fleckenstein - VA
1992

Chris Rossettie - CT
1993

Andrew Maly - MD
1995

Jim Eliason - IA
1996, 1998, 2000

Jack Morrell - NY
1997

J. Fleckenstein Jr - VA
1999, 2001
 


Always on Trial ...

Once again only eight admirals contested the contemporary seas. The rest of the WBC attendees missed out on a fine game system. Six players played all three Swiss rounds. Jim Fleckenstein Jr. (nom de guerre Jimmy) led the way with a 3-0 record. Defending champ Jim Eliason, Aaron Silverman, and Tom Beckley were 2-1, Stephen Williams was 1-2 and former champ Jim Fleckenstein, Sr., dogged by an ill wind, went 0-3. Jimmy Fleckenstein bested Jim Eliason in one semifinal of Latin American War from 3rd Fleet. Jimmy won many key activation rolls and his AA fire against the American carrier aircraft was deadly. Tom Beckley beat Aaron Silverman in the other semifinal in Invasion of Beluchistan from 5th Fleet. Tom sank Aaron's big Soviet aircraft carrier on turn 2, which more than compensated for the devastation Aaron wreaked on Tom's airbases. In the final, Jimmy tled the Indians to a narrow victory in Battle of the Flattops from 5th Fleet and took home his third title in this tournament. For the last nine years I've been the winner in even numbered years and an also ran in odd numbered years. Look out next year!

2nd Fleet was introduced into the tournament last year but was little played. That trend reversed itself this year with scenarios being chosen from the games in order of their age: four from 2nd Fleet, three from 7th Fleet, two from 5th Fleet, and only one game of 3rd Fleet seeing action in the Swiss rounds. In all, 12 different scenarios were played: 2, 5, and 7 from 2nd Fleet, 1, 4, 6, and 8 from 5th Fleet, 1, 5, and 8 from 7th Fleet, and 1 and 4 from 3rd Fleet.

The newcomers did well. Tom Beckley lost a close game in the finals and Stephen Williams split his two games with former champions. Hopefully more newcomers will arrive next year and achieve similar success.

 GM      Jim Eliason  [1st Year]   202 Russell St., Storm Lake, IA 50588 
    eliason@bvu.edu   NA

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