kremlin [Updated October 2003]  

2003 WBC Report   

 2004 Status: pending 2004 GM commitment

Llew Bardecki, ONT

2003 Champion

2nd: Peter Stein, NY

3rd: Chuck Davis, WV

4th: Jerry Ohlinger, NY

 5th: Linda Pattison, MD

 6th: Barry Shoults, MI

Event History
1991    Jim Fuqua      25
1992    Sean Cousins      20
1993    Jim Fuqua      49
1994    Caleb Cousins      42
1995    Sean Cousins      36
1996    Sean Cousins      20
1997    Tracy Graf      46
1998    Chris Geggus      46
1999    Bruce Glassco     38
2000    Tom McCorry     45
2001    David Buchholz     51
2002    Steve Cuccaro     50
2003    Llew Bardecki     56


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Steve Cuccaro

MD

02
52
 2. Tom McCorry

VA

01
46
 3. Llew Bardecki

ONT

03
40
 4. David Buchholz

MI

01
30
 5. Bruce Glassco

NJ

99
30
 6. Peter Stein

NY

03
24
 7. Peter pollard

TN

02
24
 8. Bob Jamelli

PA

00
24
 9. Nick Smith

UK

01
18
10. Peter Staab

PA

99
18
11. Marc Houde

DC

00
17
12. Chuck Davis

WV

03
16
13. Sean McCulloch

OH

02
16
14. Jason Wagner

NJ

00
16
15. Jerry Ohlinger

NY

03
12
16. Ron Wuerth

VA

02
12
17. Sean Cousins

ME

01
12
18. James Hopkin

CA

00
12
19. Steve Cameron

PA

01
  9
20. Linda Pattison

MD

03
  8
21. Ray Stakenas

MI

02
  8
22. Jay O'Donnell

OH

99
  6
23. Barry Shoults

MI

03
  4
24. David Rohde

MI

02
  4
25. Elizabeth Lang

MA

00
  4
26. Zach Fietsch

NC

01
  3
27. Mark Neale

ME

99
  3

Past Winners

Jim Fuqua - MI
1991, 1993

Sean Cousins - ME
1992, 1995-1996

Tracy Graf - MD
1997

Chris Geggus - UK
1998

Bruce Glassco - VA
1999

Tom McCorry - PA
2000

David Buchholz - MI
2001

Steve Cuccaro - MD
2002
       
 


Laughing at the Cold War ...

WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR!

Last year we left the sad story of the Kremlin GM with a ray of hope as he broke his four-year losing streak. This year bigger things were expected, which of course also brings greater chances for even more cruel twists of fate.

Things got off to a promising start when the GM won a game in the first heat. (Ask any GM, subsequent heats are much more fun when you've already got a win in the bag). This unexpected result broke one of Kremlin's great traditions as no one beat the GM in the 6PM heat after learning the game at the 5PM demo. A new one has been found: the wife/ girl friend wins her first heat, while the male significant other tries again and again with no success. This year the For Better or Worse Award goes to Linda and Jeff Pattison.

One other game of note in the preliminaries featured the fastest death of beloved Party Chief Nestor Aparatschik that anyone can think of. After a spirited round of bidding to decide whether he was going to visit the Sanatorium at the start of the game, it turned out Nestor had quite a few points on him. Out came the Assassination card, and Nestor didn't make it out of the first Cure phase.

Out of the 14 heat winners, twelve punched their ticket for the semi-finals setting up two tables of six. The GM's table had several veteran players who've seen him play before, so in a change of pace he went for the early win. While he didn't get it, naturally, he did do well enough to advance to the final, along with Jerry Ohlinger and Charles Davis. Llew Bardecki and Barry Shoults advanced from the other table, with newcomer Linda Pattison getting the final spot on a dice-off.

Thus the stage was set for disaster. The GMs Intrigue cards included the Release from the Sanatorium and the Bee Hormone Cure, which dictated another early game strategy. Eight points was enough to control Nestor at the start, but even in the Sanatorium he didn't make it past the first health roll. The GM's 10 pointer was the next Party Chief, but he was sick, missed the Wave Roll and died in the second Health roll.

But lo and behold, the next Party Chief has no sick markers on him, it's a free wave for the highest bidder. Seven points for the GM is all that's needed to beat Charles Davis' 6 points. That leads to free waves on turn 2 and 3- two down, one to go!

After the third turn Charles adds two points to the Party Chief, giving him temporary control at 8 points. But what nobody knows is that the GM can go to nine. The GM bides his time letting others think Charles has control, thus the Party Chief gets through the Purge and Spy Investigation phases untouched. It's now time for the Health Roll. The Party Chief is a healthy 72-year old ... a veritable lad in Kremlin circles. An 11 or higher on a twenty-sided die and the Party Chief stays healthy and the third wave is automatic. A 2 through 11 makes him sick, and he'll have to roll for the wave. Only a 1 on a twenty-sided die will kill him. It's the GM's turn to do the health roll. He takes the die and rolls . . . a "1"!

After that, both Jerry Ohlinger and Charles Davis had their chances but couldn't make their wave rolls. As the bodies piled up in the Kremlin Wall, the GMs final desparate attempt to pull it out fell apart as his KGB head died on the last turn, making the Assassination card useless. Llew Bardecki filled the vacuum and had his man on top at game's end.

 GM      Peter Stein  [9th Year]   199-30 28th Ave., Flushing, NY 11358
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