up front [updated October 2004]  

2004 WBC Report   

 2005 Status: pending 2005 GM commitment

John Emery, SC

2004 Champion

2nd: Bari Herman, NJ

3rd: Ray Stakenas II, MI

4th: Ray Stakenas, MI

5th: Bruce Wigdor, NJ

6th: Bruce Young, SC


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Event History
1991

  
Mark Cohen

  
44
1992

  
Maria Hawthorne

  
43
1993

  
Bruce Young

  
53
1994

  
Bruce Young

  
53
1995

  
Herbert Gratz

  
48
1996

  
William Edwards

  
46
1997

  
John Emery

  
42
1998

  
John Emery

  
55
1999

  
Larry Davidson

  
42
2000

  
John Emery

  
34
2001

  
Bruce Wigdor

  
39
2002

  
John Emery

  
50
2003 

  
Ray Stakenas II

  
38
2004 

  
John Emery     30

PBeM Event History
2000    Jeff Mathews      32
2003    -   20

 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. John Emery

SC

04
115
 2. Bruce Young

SC

04
  85
 3. Ray Stakenas II

MI

04
  66
 4. Bruce Wigdor

NJ

04
  56
 5. Larry Davidson

CA

02
  46
 6.  Bari Herman

NJ

04
  26
 7. Stefan Hess

NY

01
  24
 8. Ken Katano

MD

01
  16
 9. Ed Kendrick

UK

00
  15
10. Mike Stachowski

NY

03
  12
11. Jeff Paull

OH

00
  12
12. Jeff Mathews

CA

00
  10
13. Ray Stakenas Sr

MI

04
    9
14. Michael Johnson

MA

03
    9
15. Nick Vlahos

IL

00
    9
16. Erick Young

SC

01
    8
17. Scott Russell

MI

00
    6
18. George Young

VT

99
    6
19. Dale Martin

MI

00
    4
20. Don Greenwood

MD

00
    3
21. Alan Arvold

IL

00
    3
22. Frank Arndt

MD

99
    3
23. Brian Devitt

CA

00
    2
24. Robert Mull

CO

00
    1

Past Winners

1991: Mark Cohen - NJ
1992: Maria Hawthorne - VA

Bruce Young - SC
1993-1994

Herbert Gratz - AUS
1995

Bill Edwards - VA
1996

John Emery - SC
1997-1998, 2000, 2002

Larry Davidson - CA
1999

Bruce Wigdor - NJ
2001

Ray Stakenas Jr - MI
2003
 


Another Year, Another ... oops, Same Old Format

More than anything else, this report needs to begin by honoring this year's Champion: John Emery. Five, 5, Cinque, Fünf, Cinq, V, ____ Championships. This one gained without a single loss in Eight Rounds. As "THEY" say on "THAT" machine, an unbelievable, fantastic, awesome, never before seen, stupendous, .

Thirty folks collided on Thursday at 9 am and when the dust settled at 10 pm the contest was ended. After five rounds of Swiss, the top eight met in a single elimination gauntlet. The tournament used the same format popularized in last year's event. There were a wide variety of Scenarios played (A, B, C, E, F, H, I, L, M, N, U) with the most popular being B and L with 14 each. This year the French and Italians failed to make the convention in any of the 162 games played.

The winning quote of the event: "I Fired. I Pinned. He Never Rallied. I Won." (Bari Herman). So if you ever have any doubts as to how to succeed at Up Front, there is the formula for victory.

The Award for the fastest loss in the single elimination goes to Ray Stakenas Sr who was crushed by Ray Stakenas Jr attacking as the German vs the American. Time to demise = 172 Cards. Comments have been heavily edited

The Award for the most troublesome card played in the single elimination goes to the "WIRE CARD". Clearly, these contests took place in the dry season.

The final match between Bari Herman and John Emery was a classic nail-biter. Scenario L, the grand crowd pleaser, with Bari as the German attacking John as the American. Early sparing and halftrack action left the American with only four of nine personalities remaining. The American mortar spent most of deck 2 under a double wire. The kiss of death? Nope. It did put such a strain on the tube that it jammed for good in deck 3 as John drew back to back red sixes for a mortar fire and then repair. With the Americans in tough shape, the Germans did their best to close ground to achieve the victory conditions but came up short. Missing from all the fierce action were any successful Artillery attacks by the Germans, a shortage of Rally cards for the Americans, as stated an American Mortar that was effectively silenced from the end of deck 1, and for both sides the right fire card at the critical moment.

 GM      Bill Edwards  [3rd Year]   2400 New Berne Rd, Richmond, VA 23228
    edwardswbe@comcast.net   NA

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