storm over arnhem [Updated October 2003]    

2003 WBC Report  

 2004 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

David Wong, NJ

2003 Champion

2nd: Tom Drueding, FL

3rd: Jeff Finkeldey, OH

4th: Trevor Bender, CA

5th: Steve Koleszar, VA

6th: Mark Yoshikawa, CA

Event History
1992    James Fuqua      15
1993    Steve Koleszar      19
1994    Steve Koleszar      14
1995    John Ellsworth      19
1996    Steve Koleszar      16
1997    Steve Koleszar      19
1998    David Wong      17
1999    David Wong     16
2000    Ed Kraska     13
2001    Phil Barcafer     17
2002    Steve Koleszar       8
2003     David Wong     12


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Tom Drueding

FL

03
60
 2. Steve Koleszar

VA

03
40
 3. David Wong

NJ

03
30
 4. Phil Barcafer

PA

01
29
 5. Matt Fagan

NJ

02
26
 6. Ed Kraska

MD

01
22
 7. Ron Fedin

PA

01
16
 8. Henry Jones

PA

01
12
 9. Jeff Finkeldey

OH

03
  4
10. Nick Markevich

CA

99
  4
11. Trevor Bender

CA

03
  3
12. Bobby Clinton

CA

00
  2
13. Luke Warren

DC

99
  2
14. Mark Yoshikawa

CA

03
  1

Past Winners

James Fuqua - MI
1992

Steve Koleszar - VA
'93-'94, '96-'97, 2002

John Ellsworth - IL
1995

Dave Wong - NJ
1998-1999

Ed Kraska - MD
2000

Phil Barcafer - PA
2001
 


A Win too Far? ....

Storm Over Arnhem attracted a field of twelve with a good mix of veterans, including two former champions, and new green generals. Although the average winning bid for the British was one victory point, overall the German victories outnumbered the British 9 to 4, with many close games. The two former champions, Steve Koleszar and David Wong, met in the second round where David was victorious as the Germans, although Steve would continue as an eliminator in the tournament

The first semi-final game pitted the twice champ David Wong against Jeff Finkleday. Jeff defended as the British, while David pushed immediately into area 11 with the Germans. The Germans were able to take area 11 on the first turn and area 24 in the second. The British pushed back to retake area 11 on turn 3 but the German fire groups began to pound area 17 and 18 causing 10 British casualties. The battle for area 18 began in earnest on turn 5 in a see-sawing battle that pushed the Germans out on turn 5 but the British finally yielded the area on turn 6. Turn 7 began with the British holding just areas 4 and 5. The German kill groups and Artillery finally cleared area 5 and contested area 4 solidifying the needed VPs for a German victory.

For the second semi-final game, Tom Drueding needed to get past Steve Koleszar who was acting as a tough eliminator. Steve took the British and Tom's Germans made a very aggressive push in the center of the city. Although the Germans were able to capture area 22, 23 and 24 by the second, they suffered very large casualties. These early captures would provide the Germans with 15 victory points by the end of the game, so the Germans needed to capture just one more 2 VP area by turn 6 to get the win. Using fire groups in areas 22 and 23 the Germans eventually started to gain ground as the dice turned decidedly German on turn 5. With the capture of area 17 on turn 6 the Germans would get the required 21 VPs to win .

David Wong and Tom Drueding met in the finals for the third time. David bid zero and Tom took the British for one victory point. David's Germans pushed on the sides concentrating on area 11 and maneuvering on the other sides of the bridge. By turn 2 the Germans had captured areas 11 and 7 and were steadily pushing the British back to the bridge. Turn 4 opened with all the British troops in Victory Point areas waiting for the onslaught. Using large fire groups and pinning the British, the Germans began to inflict heavy casualties. Turn 5 Area 23 fell with the assistance of the Tiger Tanks, and areas 18 and 22 quickly followed on turn 6. The final blow occurred on turn 7 as the last of the British melted away. David Wong captured the title after missing the WBC last year while serving in Afghanistan, winning all four of his games as the Germans, and Tom Drueding finished in the bridesmaid position for the fifth straight year.

 GM       Tom Drueding  [1st Year]   NA  
    drueding@mindspring.com   NA

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