medici [Updated October 2003]  

2003 WBC Report  

 2004 Status: pending 2004 GM commitment

Thomas Stokes, NJ

2003 Champion

2nd: John Kerr, VA

3rd: Lance Ribeiro, NH

4th: Gary Carr, VA

5th: Fred Minard, PA

6th: James Pei, TX

Event History
1999    Kevin Wojtasczyk       86
2000    Harald Henning       84
2001    Doug Galullo       95
2002    Ann Cornett     115
2003    Thomas Stokes     118

Event History
2003    John Adams       26


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Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Harald Henning

CT

02
52
 2. Ann Cornett

FL

02
40
 3. Tom Stokes

NJ

03
43
 4. Doug Galullo

FL

01
30
 5. Kevin Wojtaszczyk

NY

99
30
 6. John Kerr

VA

03
24
 7. Jeff Mullet

OH

02
24
 8. Fred Minard

PA

03
20
 9. John Adams

MD

03
20
10. Ken Gutermuth

TX

03
20
11. Bruce Reiff

OH

03
18
12. Lance Ribeiro

NH

03
16
13. Brett Mingo

MD

02
13
14. George Sauer

OH

03
12
15. Scott Cornett

FL

02
12
16. Gary Carr

VA

03
12
17. Roy Gibson

MD

01
12
18. Alfred Wong

IL

99
  9
19. Tom Dunning

NJ

03
  8
20. Jeff Cornett

FL

02
  8
21. Kathy Stroh

MD

03
  6
22. Jenn Thomas

NY

01
  6
23. James Pei

TX

03
  4
24. Joe Jaskiewicz

MD

03
  4
25. Ilan Woll

CT

01
  3

Past Winners

Kevin Wojtasczyk - NY
1999

Harald Henning - CT
2000

Doug Galullo - FL
2001

Ann Cornett - FL
2002
 


Fine porcelain! Bolts and bolts of fabric! Spices for sale!

The GM was very happy with the turnout for the event again this year in the three preliminary heats, with winners all qualifying to advance to the semi-final round The GM tries to set up five-player games if able, and uses either four-player or six-player games as necessary to fill out the field in each heat.

Heat 1 saw ten five-player games. The first heat had both the closest game of the tournament with Eric Brosius and Stephen Smith tying in their game, Eric winning via the tiebreaker. This heat also had the most lopsided victory with Mark Love winning by 49 points in a total romp. Other winners in the heat were David Gant, Frank Sinigaglio, David Wenstrup, Dan Mathias, Tom DeMarco, John Tighe (in a one-point victory), James Pei and Greg Schmittgens.

Heat 2 once again drew ten games of five players each. The winners were Jennifer Thomas, Jeremy Billones, Jean-Francois Gagné, John Pack, George Sauer, Tom Dunning (in another one-point margin), Fred Minard, Bret Mingo, Charles Hickok and Cliff Ackman.

Heat 3 moved to Saturday evening this year and got a much better crowd than the previous year's Friday evening heat with 11 more games, including the only two six-player games of the tournament. These games were won by Thomas and Laurel Stokes, Gary Carr (in a one-point victory over Ilan Woll, Ilan's second loss by one point in this year's tournament), Pete Gathmann, Robert Brode, Lance Ribeiro, Jeff Cornett (one of last year's finalists), John Kerr, Kerry Kruskal, John Emery (with another one-point victory) and Susan Cornett.

The semi-final round began immediately after the third heat. With 31 games, the GM anticipated having to set up five six-player games for the semi-final (assuming that at least one semi-finalist wouldn't return) this year with the winners then playing in a five-player final. However, once again the GM got lucky and exactly 25 of the 31 heat winners appeared for the semi-final, providing five five-player games with no alternates qualifying for the next round. Gary Carr won his semi-final game by the closest margin (3 points) while John Kerr had the largest margin of victory (28 points).

The seating order for the final was randomly determined as stated in the tournament format, with Fred Minard being the first player and Thomas Stokes, Gary Carr, Lance Ribeiro and John Kerr seated clockwise around the table from Fred. It turned out that the pattern for the final was that the players were always playing short on commodities by passing on too many cards so that ships were not getting filled. The first round saw two extra cards get ditched, leaving Fred with only two commodities and the "10-value gold card" for the round. At the end of the first round Lance had a 16-point lead over John, with the other players bunched in tightly behind John. Tom Stokes set himself up well in the metal commodity by getting our metal cards in the first round, while no one else managed to get more than two of any single commodity in the round.

The second round the players end up four cards short of filling all of their boats, with John ending up two cards short and Lance and Gary each sailing one card short. Tom got himself two more metal commodities during the round to get himself to the10-point bonus level in that commodity and moved into second place, 14 points behind Lance and six points ahead of John. This round also saw Fred make the highest bid of the game with 25 florins for a 5-spice and 5-porcelain card near the end of the round.

The third round saw Fred take the first set of items (a 5-metal, 5-cloth and 3-dye card) for 21 florins. Three sets of commodities later, John also bid 21 on the 4-cloth, 5-porcelain and 10-gold set that was available. In the last two bids of the round, Gary bid 20 florins for a 2-spice and 5-metal card and then Fred bid16 florins for the last card, a 4-dye. In this round, the players once again ended up four commodities short of having full ships, with both Lance and Tom ending up with only three commodities. In fact, Tom ended up having commodities that totaled 4-value at the end of the round, but he only bid one florin total to get these three cards and he managed to get the last metal needed to get him to the 20-point bonus level. Fred Minard managed to get to the 10-point bonus level in the dye commodity and John Kerr got the10-point bonus level in cloth at the end of the round. In the meantime, Lance ended up bidding 17 total florins for his cards and didn't get many points for the cards he bought. The 20-point bonus for Tom turned out to be enough even with the low ship as he ended up winning by 11 points over John and 17 over Lance with Gary finishing fourth and Fred coming in fifth.

I plan to GM the event again in 2004 and plan to keep the schedule as it was last year. If you have any suggestions to improve the tournament, please let me know your ideas. Both my email and regular mail addresses are below. I hope that those of you who played the game last year enjoyed the tournament and I hope that some of my regular players who couldn't make the event last year can fit it into their schedule next year.

 GM      Peter Staab  [5th Year]   700 Bayridge Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15226-2112
    pstaab@adatainc.com   NA

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