euphrat & tigris [Updated October 2005]  

2005 WBC Report      

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Matt Calkins, VA

2005 Champion


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Event History
1999    John Kilbride     77
2000    Chetan Radia     49
2001    Aaron Fuegi     66
2002    Jeff Cornett     66
2003    Lance Ribeiro     47
2004    Aran Warszawski     44
2005    Matt Calkins     53

Euro Quest Event History
2003    Joe Bellizzi     22
2004     Scott Buckwalter     21

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jeff Cornett       FL    05     66
  2.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    01     46
  3.  John Kilbride      PA    03     42
  4.  Ananda Guota       MD    00     42
  5.  Chetan Radia       UK    00     40
  6.  Craig Moffit       NJ    03     34
  7.  Matt Calkins       VA    05     30
  8.  Aran Warszawski   ISRL   04     30
  9.  Lance Ribeiro      NH    03     30
 10.  Joe Bellizzi       NJ    03     24
 11.  Frank Hamrick      NC    01     24
 12.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    04     20
 13.  Ann Cornett        FL    04     18
 14.  Jeff Evich         MD    04     16
 15.  Mark Guttag        VA    03     16
 16.  Pat Beaudoin       PA    01     16
 17.  Rob Kilroy         PA    00     16
 18.  Brian Stone        NY    05     12
 19.  Eric Freeman       PA    05     12
 20.  Lucimara Martins   MD    04     12
 21.  Mario Lanza        PA    04     12
 22.  Will Wible         VA    02     12
 23.  Luke Moffit        NJ    01     12
 24.  Stu Hendrickson    VA    00     12
 25.  Bruce Glassco      VA    99     12
 26.  Thomas Wojke       PA    05      9
 27.  James Hopkin       CA    99      9
 28.  Jack Jaeger        VA    04      8
 29.  Steve Brooks       FL    00      8
 30.  Jeff Pounder       ON    05      6
 31.  Marty Hoff         TX    04      6
 32.  Haim Hochboim     ISRL   04      6
 33.  John Kerr          VA    03      6
 34.  Brian Reynolds     MD    03      6
 35.  Doug Smith         PA    02      6
 36.  Andrew Greene      VA    04      4
 37.  Ivan Lawson        MD    03      4
 38.  Geoff Engelstein   NJ    04      3
 39.  Mark Neale         RI    03      3
 40.  Jason Levine       NY    02      3
 41.  Kevin Wojtasczcyk  NY    99      3
 42.  Marshall Phillips  VA    04      2
 43.  Doug Hoylman       MD    03      2
           

2005 Laurelists

Jeff Cornett, FL
2nd

Brian Stone, NY
3rd

Thomas Wojjke, PA
4th

Jeff Pounder, ON
5th

Eric Freeman, PA
6th


Past Winners

John Kilbride, PA
1999

Chetan Radia, UK
2000

Aaron Fuegi, MA
2001

Jeff Cornett, FL
2002

Lance Ribeiro, NH
2003

Aran Warszawski, Israel
2004


Acquiring Civilization ...

Improved coordination with other euro GMs helped boost attendance despite the new location. The 2005 tournament used essentially the same format as the previous three years: players were only guaranteed to advance to the semifinals if they won the first heat game he/she played in, whether it was in heat 1 or 2. As in past years, some players with a single 2nd were needed to fill four semifinal tables. All were 4-player games.

Defending champion Aran Warszawski did not attend this year. However, past champions Jeff Cornett, Aaron Fuegi, and John Kilbride were among the 16 advancing. Jeff won his semifinal to advance after a one-year absence from the Final. Brian Stone prevailed with a heavy monument building strategy at the second table. The game was played on Rob Kilroys impressive hand-made board, including plastic bugs for catastrophes. Matt Calkins and Thomas Wojke also won their tables to advance..

Matt, as the 3rd dynasty, won with a final score of 15-15-16-19. Jeff took the fight for silver with a perfectly balanced 9-9-9-9 against Brian's 8-9-10-13. Playing last, Tom couldn't overcome a poor start and finished 5-6-6-8. The game turned in Round 7. Brian has just built a green/black monument in his kingdom in the southwest when Thomas attacked, decimating both kingdoms in the process. Players maneuvered to control the vacant monuments. However, Matt had a solid base of support in the northwest and used repeated mergers to evict the other leaders and build a dominant kingdom. By the time other players were willing to sacrifice actions to catastrophe the kingdom, Matt had already connected his kingdom with a second prong.

This year, players going first won five games, those going second won eight, and the third to move won four. Players going last won five. The slight advantage in having an earlier player turn is the reason that player order continues to be used in the E&T tournament to break ties for seeding. Unfortunately, the current system results in two wins being seeded lower than a single win from fourth position. We may revise this in the future to provide incentive for playing in multiple heats, while still guaranteeing a single win will advance.

The GM would also like to thank his Assistant GMs: Ann Cornett and Mark Guttag, for their help in assisting him run the event.

 GM      Craig Moffit [1st Year]  NA
    cmoffitt@snip.net   NA 

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