auction [Updated October 2003]  

2003 WBC Report  

 2004 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

David Brooks, TN

2003 Champion

2nd: Lisa Gutermuth, TX

3rd: Bruce Reiff, OH

4th: George Sauer, OH

5th: Davyd Field, SC

6th: Beth Bernard, VA

Event History
1993    Bruce Reiff        8
1994    Ken Gutermuth      32
1995    Bruce Reiff      28
1996    Bruce Monnin      32
1997    Ken Gutermuth      16
1998    Cliff Ackman      28
1999    George Sauer     26
2000    Kevin Wojtaszczyk     39
2001    Arthur Field     34
2002    Bruce Reiff     40
2003    David Brooks     44


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Bruce Reiff

OH

03
38
 2. Arthur Field

SC

02
32
 3. George Sauer

OH

03
26
 4. David Brooks

TN

03
20
 5. Kevin Wojtaszczyk

NY

02
20
 6. Luke Koleszar

VA

99
14
 7. Lisa Gutermuth

TX

03
12
 8. Andy Gardner

VA

01
12
 9. Mary Kratz

ID

00
12
10. Steve Cuccaro

MD

99
12
11. Debbie Bell

MD

02
  8
12. Nick Benedict

ONT

01
  8
13. Debbie Gutermuth

TX

00
  8
14. Nick Smith

UK

01
  6
15. Cliff Ackman

PA

00
  6
16. Jason O'Donnell

OH

99
  6
17. Davyd Field

SC

03
  6
18. Tom Browne

PA

02
  4
19. Ken Gutermuth

TX

00
  4
20. Beth Bernard

VA

03
  2
21. Jeff Mullet

OH

01
  2
22. Debbie Otto

MO

99
  2

Past Winners

Bruce Reiff - OH
1993, 1995, 2002

Ken Gutermuth - TX
1994, 1997

Bruce Monnin - OH
1996

Cliff Ackman - PA
1998

George Sauer - OH
1999

Kevin Wojtaszczyk - NY
2000

Arthur Field - SC
2001
 


Collecting by another name ...

Deja vu struck Auction this year. Two years ago, former champ George Sauer ran a demo and taught a Mulligan round to Arthur Field, who went on to win the wood. This year, 28 people turned out to play the Mulligan round. Among them were several newcomers, who had just learned the game from Field at the demo round. Included in the list of seven immediate qualifiers was newcomer Lisa Gutermuth, who managed to win her Mulligan in an unprecedented four cards even with the enforced Rainbow Rule. Lisa had two Rare Miscellany and managed to buy the next two which appeared immediately. And to think her dad was worried about her sitting at a table with ringers!

In the second heat, 13 more people qualified to join the Mulligan winners. The semi-final saw a very interesting mix of players. Former champs Arthur Field, Ken Gutermuth, George Sauer and Bruce Reiff were joined by several newcomers including Davyd Field, Lisa Gutermuth, David Brooks and Paul Haynes. Due to some no-shows, there were four tables of four players each. David Brooks (another Field demo student) managed to beat both Ken and Arthur to win his table by capturing the rare jewelry set to the astonishment of the table. George Sauer and Bruce Reiff both won through to the finals. In a surprise move, Lisa Gutermuth beat some substantial competition to advance from her semi-final round.

So the finals became a battle of the newcomers versus the old guard. The deja vu experience was complete as both newcomers beat the experienced players. David Brooks carried away the wood, closely followed by Lisa Gutermuth. Lisa had the distinct honor of becoming the youngest player to beat both Bruce and Arthur in the same game.

Assistant GM's postscript: Excellent sportsmanship was exhibited in every round by all players. Beth Bernard and Davyd Field tied for the 16th spot in the semi-finals. Each insisted upon deferring to the other. They finally flipped a coin and Beth won. The 15th player discovered a schedule conflict and had to leave, so Davyd advanced after a fine display of manners. The final was played at a later time by agreement of three players to accommodate the fourth. It was an excellent way to open the Con.

David Brooks (center) on the way to his eventual championship triumphs over Tom DeMarco (left), Keith Hunsinger and an unidentified fourth in the Auction preliminaries.
 GM      Davyd Field  [1st Year]  NA
    davyd520@aol.com   NA 

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