alhambre [Updated October 2005]  

2005 WBC Report  

  2006 Status: pending 2006 GM commitment

Nate Hoam, OH

2005 Champion

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Event History
2004    Bruce Reiff     69
2005     Nate Hoam     97

Euro Quest Event History
2004    Holliday Jones     22


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Nate Hoam          OH    05     30
  2.  Bruce Reiff        OH    04     30
  3.  Holliday Jones     MD    04     20
  4.  Richard Meyer      MA    05     18
  5.  George Sauer       OH    04     18
  6.  Tom Dunning        NY    05     14
  7.  Ilan Tadmor        NY    05     12
  8.  Josh Cooper        MD    04     12
  9.  Perrianne Lurie    PA    04     12
 10.  David Buchholz     MI    05      9
 11.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    04      9
 12.  Peter Putnam       PA    04      6
 13.  Tom Wojke          PA    04      6
 14.  Jim Vroom          PA    04      4
 15.  David Gagne        QC    05      3
 16.  Lee Presser        NY    04      3
 17.  Luann Stubbs       PA    04      2

2005 Laurelists

Richard Meyer, MA

Ilan Tadmor, NY

David Buchholz, MI

Tom Dunning, NY

David Gagne, QC

Past Winners

Bruce Reiff, OH

Palaces R Us

This was the second year for Alhambra at WBC. We had 27 tables during the two preliminary heats with every winner advancing to the semi-final round. The winning scores in the preliminary rounds ranged from a low of 45 (Joe Nearet) to a high of 138 (David Buchholtz).

In all the rounds, the gamers attempted to build the biggest and best palace in the "Paradise" room. The first heat had 10 tables of gamers.

At the first table, Barbara Flaxington pulled off the highest lead over the rest of the table with a 27 point margin of victory over runner-up Andy Lewis. It must have been too easy because she did not attend the semis.

At another table, Mark Delano also pulled off a very high lead to win by 23. This was especially gratifying since the runner-up was moi, the GM. This must have been enough for Mark as he also did not attend the semi-finals.

The third biggest margin of victory went to Katie McCorry who won by 20.

Katie's Mother, Kathy did not fare so well as Rich Meyer pulled out the win at that table. However, Kathy was undeterred and played much better in the second round.

At another table, a family rivalry between the significant others of our Board was won by Rhonda Reiff pulling out a win over Lisa Gutermuth.

The most efficient win went to George Sauer who edged Jason Levine by a single point.

Chaka Benson schooled Tom Dunning in winning his table as the latter recorded the second lowest overall score of 61. Not one to be discouraged, Tom returned for the second heat.

Vassili Kyrkos used his lead in the purple buildings and a very long wall to earn his win.

Matt Calkins showed a different strategy can provide the same winning results by not leading in the purple buildings, but the smaller groups of blue and red. However, he too built a long wall.

Sean McCulloch showed no mercy in scoring his win over runner-up Pamela Gutermuth, a Junior player while Skip Maloney won his first game ever at WBC in three years of trying.

The second heat had 15 tables.

Ilan Tadmor pulled off the largest margin of victory with a 33-point lead over runner-up Tom McCorry.

Eric Brosius had the second highest margin of victory with a 26-point win over Stephen Fitchett. This table also had the lowest score for the heat with Robert Drozd scoring only 54.

David Bucholz took the bronze in the margin of victory contest with a 22-point win over his nearest competition; Kate Taillon.

But David Gagne earned the best bragging rights tby denying returning champ Bruce Reiff his only chane to defend his title. This also gave wife Rhonda Reiff bragging rights over Bruce as she had advanced by winning her table in the first heat. David was now 2 for 2 as he had won in the first heat as well.

Kathy McCorry joined her daughter Katie who had advanced in the first heat by winning her second go 'round while Joshua Cooper denied Katie's chance for a double win in the preliminaries.

The most efficient win in this heat went to Patrick Gorman who edged out Debbie Gutermuth by a single point - sending the GM to the showers for the semis.

Tom Dunning showed his low score in the first heat was either a fluke or a real learning experience as he came back to qualify in the second heat with a win over Charles Drozd.

Nate Hoam saved his best for later by qualifying with the lowest winning score of 83 to edge Eric Freeman by only 2 points.

We had 26 different winners in the two Preliminary heats so when two failed to attend the semi-final round, Jason Levine advanced as the first alternate - taking the sting out of that 1-point loss.

At the first Semi table, Eric Lenhart and Craig Moffitt forged into an early tie for the lead after the first scoring round. Eric retained the lead through the second scoring round with Nate Hoam second. In the final scoring round, the hard charging CABS president completed his surge to the front, overtaking Eric and proving you don't need to have the longest wall or the lead in purple to win.

At the second table, Chaka Benson led early. In the second scoring round, there were three different colors with ties for first place. This left David Buchholz and Joshua Cooper tied for the lead. By the final round, David was able to gain the lead in two of the three earlier ties which gave him the win over Joshua.

Perrianne Lurie and Katie McCorry both led early at the third Semi table. By the second scoring round, Tom Dunning had built a good wall and enjoyed the lead in two different colors to pull ahead of Perrianne. Aaron Fuegi came on strong in the third round, but it was too little too late and he came in second as Tom punched his ticket to the Final - his record low score in the first heat now just a distant memory.

At the fourth table, Richard Meyer grabbed a sizeable early lead over Jennifer Drozd. David Gagne had a strong second round but was unable to overtake Richard and had to settle for sixth place as the closest Semi runner-up.

At the last Semi contest, Ilan had the luck of buying right before the scoring card came out which gave him a commanding lead of 10 points over Eric Brosius. Ilan had the scoring figured out such that if it worked out right the first time, why not a second. Ilan had the luck of again buying right before the scoring card appeared, alloweing him to keep his lead - this time over the oncoming Matt Calkins. Illan did not press his luck, but just stayed the course and held off Matt for the final seat at the big game.

The Final's first scoring round found Richard Meyer and Nate Hoam both with big walls. Tom Dunning had the lead in Green, Nate in Purple, and Nate and Tom shared the lead in white. This gave Nate the early lead. In the second scoring round, Richard's wall had surpassed the rest. David Buehholtz now held the lead in blue, Ilan Tadmor led in brown, and Nate in white. Red and purple were shared by Richard and Nate while David and Ilan tied in green so Nate held a 10-point point lead over Richard. In the final round, Richard proved he at least knew how to build the best wall. Purple was shared three ways by Ilan, Richard, and Nate. David and Ilan maintained their respective leads with blue and brown. Richard pulled ahead in Red over Nate and David gained the lead in Green. This left Tom and Nate tied in white.

Adding it all up, it proved a good week for the CABS' hierarchy as Alhambra became Nate's third and final championship of the week!

The very cool Hoam family ... it's a good thing Mrs Hoam didn't have quadruplets or dad would have had to win a fourth plaque!
 GM      Debbie Gutermuth  [2nd Year]   NA
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