liberty [Updated October 2004]  

2004 WBC Report  

  2005 Status: pending 2005 GM commitment

Bruce Reiff, OH

2004 Champion

2nd: Nick Benedict, CA

3rd: Mark Miklos, GA

4th: Ted Drozd, IL

5th: Evan Seary, NY

6th: David Metzger, NY

Event History
2003    Evan Seary     18
2004    Bruce Reiff     43

Block Party Event History
2004    Ric Manns     19


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1.  Bruce Reiff

OH

04
52
 2.   Ric Manns

IN

04
30
 3. Evan Seary

NY

04
28
 4. Nick Benedict

CA

04
24
 5. Barry Smith

NY

04
20
 6.  Mark Miklos

GA

04
16
 7.  Ted Drozd

IL

04
12
 8 Jack Morrell

NY

03
12
 9. John Coussis

IL

04
  9
10. Damian Mastrangelo

PA

03
  8
11. Mike Sims

IN

04
  6
12 Patrick Duffy

VA

03
  6
13. David Metzger

NY

04
  4
14. Pete Stein

NY

04
  3

Past Winners

Evan Seary - NY
2003
 


Liberty blocks ...

The 2004 event was a departure from the previous year's single elimination format. Instead, I used the same three-round Swiss-Elimination format used at the BPA Block Party this past spring. This would select four players for Single Elimination to crown our '04 champion. I conducted a tutoring session before the tourney in Café Jay with about twenty people on hand. 43 players sappeared for the first of the three rounds Thursday evening following the tutoring session.

We played a total of 44 games with players staying for as many games as they wished. The last of the three rounds had only seven games as players dropped that didn't have a chance to advance. Players bid victory points to play the Americans, as they are the perceived favorite. There were 25 bids with twenty being a1. There were five bids of 2 and of that group the Americans had three wins.

There has been much discussion about the supposed imbalance in Liberty. The statistics do NOT bear this out. The Americans won 24 of the 44 games played for a 55% winning percentage. Add to that the US winning 15 of the 28 games at BPA Block Party and one must conclude its not exactly a cause for alarm. There were 24 games that saw an early French entry in the years of '76 or '77 and of those 24 games the American player won 16. There were nine games without French entry and all save one of those ended by the year 1778. Te Americans won the only game that went the distance. The British player held an 8-1 record if the US was left without the French. Games that had middle to late French entry saw a 7-4 U.S. advantage.

The British players won both of the semi-final games. Bruce Reiff and Nick Benedict advanced to a late final on Saturday evening. Bruce bid 1 to play the Americans. Nick Benedict never got going as he lost a couple of units early in the south and they became prisoners. Bruce rolled for an early French entry and Nick dealt with this by placing an invasion force in Baltimore. Nick was never able to get going as Bruce drew good cards and took every opportunity to press his advantage as the French made their strength felt. Bruce took home his BPA leading 27th wood as he won a large battle in Hartford that put the nail in the British coffin, insuring freedom for the colonies and one more dust catcher in Rhonda's house.

 GM      Ric Manns  [1st Year]   NA
   ricmanns@c3bb.com   NA

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