tyranno ex [Updated October 2003]  

 2003 WBC Report  

  2004 Status: pending 2004 GM commitment

Gary Noe, FL

2003 Champion

2nd: Tom DeMarco, NJ

3rd: Robert Eastman, NV

4th: Sarah Buckmiller, OH

5th: Marc Houde, VA

6th: Katherine Hitchings, DE

Event History
1992    William Patrick      16
1993    William Patrick      16
1994    Tom De Marco      21
1995    Carolyn De Marco      18
1996    Tom De Marco      25
1997    Carolyn De Marco      36
1998    Tom De Marco      39
1999    Mike Lescault     23
2000    Verity Hitchings     23
2001    Verity Hitchings     30
2002    Mark Love     26
2003     Gary Noe     38


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Verity Hitchings

DE

01
60
 2. Mark Love

MD

02
52
 3. Tom DeMarco

NJ

03
42
 4. Jeff Finkeldey

OH

99
42
 5. Gary Noe

FL

03
30
 6. Mike Lescault

MA

99
30
 7. David Farrow

PA

01
18
 8. Matt Evinger

PA

00
18
 9. Katherine Hitchings

DE

03
16
10. Charles Davis

WV

02
16
11. Robert Eastman

NV

03
12
12. Ed Kendrick

UK

01
12
13. Tom Vickery

NJ

00
12
14. Christina Hancock

NH

99
12
15. Sarah Buckmiller

OH

03
  9
16. Mike Mahady

TX

00
  9
17. Francis Spencer

MD

02
  8
18. Marc Houde

VA

03
  6
19. John Elbl

PA

99
  6
20. Paul Barnett

UK

01
  3
21. Dave Platnick

VA

99
  3

Past Winners

William Patrick - MI
1992-1993

Tom DeMarco - NJ
1994, 1996, 1998

Carolyn DeMarco - NJ
1995, 1997

Mike Lescault - MA
1999

Verity Hitchings - DE
2000-2001

Mark Love - MD
2002
 


Evolution of the German Imports

Twelve finalists from previous years (including four champions), and twelve first-time entries were among the 38 who entered this year's event. Attendance increased by more than 50 percent over its level of the last two years, with the two evening heats each drawing nearly twice as many entrants as the morning heat.

Among the five games played (20 entrants) in the first heat on Wednesday evening - defending champion Mark Love was defeated by two-time former champ Verity Hitchings. Newlywed Ken Gutermuth edged out Verity's mother Katherine and Kaarin Engleman by using his "5" marker to force and win an extra battle against one of Kaarin's equal strength species. Francis Spencer defeated two-time former champion Carolyn DeMarco and Ken's bride Debbie Gutermuth. Mike Pacheco, and Rebecca Hebner were the winners at the other two tables.

Eleven turned out for the second heat on Thursday morning, including four who had also played in the first heat, forcing the playing of a three-player game. Francis won for the second time (defeating Carolyn again), and Duane Wagner won his game. At the three-player game, Michael Mahady persevered and won a low-scoring game against Gary Noe and former champ Tom DeMarco that featured an asteroid strike that eliminated all of the nine species on the board on the third turn and then another near-miss on the fifth (and last) turn that eliminated another seven species, allowing only two species to survive to the end of the game.

For the third heat on Friday evening there were again 20 entrants, including nine who were playing for the second or third time. Peter Staab tied with Sarah Bockmiller, but was named the winner due to the new tiebreaker rules. Robert Eastman won his game and the Quote of the Tournament award: "There can be only one Big Bird." (referring to an Archaeopteryx - Dodo battle). Carolyn and Gary won their games, and Tom stopped Francis's quest for a third win at the fifth board.

Nine of the eleven different game winners showed up for the semi-final on Saturday afternoon. Sarah, Skip Maloney, and Marc Houde were the three highest ranked runner-ups (percentage of the board's total score) present for the start of the semi-final and so they advanced to fill out three full boards. At one table Robert defeated Carolyn, Skip, and Michael M. Tom beat Verity, Francis, and Marc at the second table, while Sarah barely scored more than Rebecca and Peter and used the tiebreaker rule to defeat Gary in a very tight finish (all four players scored within a nine point span) at the third table.

Sarah, Robert, and Tom were joined in the final by Gary, who had the best second-place finish in the semi-final. On the first turn Gary was able to keep both of his species alive while the others each lost one, scoring ten to their three apiece. Turn 2 saw Gary getting strength increases and good environment disks to allow him to score 21 points for three species while Sarah and Tom could only manage to score one species for four points each. The others each tried on turn 3 to eliminate the colors that favored Gary's species, but through a combination of unintentionally interfering with each other's plans and fortunate disk draws on Gary's part, he scored four species for 42 Points. Turn 3 also saw the first double advance, meaning the endgame was near. During the final two turns Gary continued to dominate, although everyone else was finally able to achieve double-digit scores. At game end, with five points added to Sarah and Robert's score for not using their "5" marker, Gary had a very comfortable victory at 121 points. Tom finished second with 52 points, Robert placed third with 37 points, and Sarah had 22 points.

Thanks to all of the contenders for helping to make the 2003 Tyranno Ex tournament a success! Please forward any comments, questions, or suggestions for the 2004 tournament to me at the address below.

Finalists (from left to right): Sarah Bockmiller, Gary Noe, Tom DeMarco and Robert Eastman.
 GM      Tom De Marco [10th year]   720 Wood Lane, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077-3976 
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