tyranno ex [Updated October 2004]  

 2004 WBC Report  

 2005 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote 

Peter Pollard, TN

2004 Champion

2nd: Peter Staab, PA

3rd: Francis Spencer, MD

4th: Robert Drozd, IL

5th: Gary Noe, FL

6th: Verity 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
2004    Pete Pollard     23


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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

04
36
 6.  Peter Pollard

TN

04
30
 7. Mike Lescault

MA

99
30
 8. Francis Spencer

MD

04
20
 9. Katherine Hitchings

DE

04
19
10. Peter Staab

PA

04
18
11. David Farrow

PA

01
18
12. Matt Evinger

PA

00
18
13. Charles Davis

WV

02
16
14. Robert Eastman

NV

03
12
15. Ed Kendrick

UK

01
12
16. Tom Vickery

NJ

00
12
17. Christina Hancock

NH

99
12
18 Robert Drozd

IL

04
  9
19. Sarah Buckmiller

OH

03
  9
20. Mike Mahady

TX

00
  9
21. Marc Houde

VA

03
  6
22. John Elbl

PA

99
  6
23. Paul Barnett

UK

01
  3
24. 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

Gary Noe - FL
2003
 


Evolution of the German Imports

This year saw a major drop in attendance in Tyranno Ex, but not in the competition level - multiple games came down to a final battle to determine the winner. 23 players vied for the title, including four past champions. Taking over as GM this year, I thought I had finally solved the riddle of how to score wood ­ run the tourney. I won my games in the first two heats, but it was not to be, however, as Pete Pollard bested myself as well as all those ex-champions to claim the title in 2004.

The three initial heats saw nine games played with eight winners or alternates advancing to the semis. In the first round I had to withstand two attacks on the last turn to win, Peter Staab won his game over Francis Spencer by one point and defending champ Gary Noe by three points, and Pete Pollard won a final battle to outscore Verity Hitchings 54-51 in his game.

The semis consisted of two 4-player games. In mine, I upgraded both starting animals on my first play and it was downhill from there. I was quickly targeted and was largely out of the game by turn 3. The two Petes (Stabb and Pollard) took advantage of the distraction to separate themselves from myself and Verity Hitchings. Pete Staab had two full turns use of a rare 6-strength creature. Verity and I tried to struggle back in vain and the Petes advanced to the final. In the other semi, a close contest developed with only 13 points separating 1st and 4th on turn 4. The final turn saw past champions Tom DeMarco shut out and Gary Noe fall three points short as Rob Drozd and Francis Spencer advanced.

Finalists (left to right): Francis Spencer, Robert Drozd, Peter Pollard and Peter Staab.

The final saw Pete Pollard and Francis creep to a small lead by turn 2, but Pete Staab laid the groundwork to surpass the crowd on turn 3 and build a substantial lead on turn 4. Pete Pollard clawed back to within 5 points on turn 5. The pack concentrated on the leader the final turn and Pete Pollard was able to edge out the victory by the score of 82-74. Francis and Robert Drozd rounded out the field at 70 and 62 points, respectively. It was Pete's fifth WBC wood but his first of the Euro variety. Heretofore, he has been kicking butt exclusivey in the Squad Leader tournament.

For those curious about whether there is a seating advantage in Tyranno, the third player (green), won six of seven 4-player games. With a variable number of turns (4-7) and a rotating first player, green has the last play only once a game, while playing first twice only in a 7 turn game. Whether this is a meaningful difference or not, only more data will tell. Be there next year to help find out.

 GM      Jeff Finkeldey [1st year]   NA 
    JFinkeldey@aol.com    NA

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