war at sea [Updated October 2005]  

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Dennis Nicholson, NY

2005 Champion

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Event History
1991    Bruce Monnin      20
1992    Tom Scarborough      23
1993    Bruce Monnin      28
1994    Phil Rennert      18
1995    Ray Freeman      33
1996    Steve Packwood      27
1997    Tim Hitchings      33
1998    Mike Kaye      32
1999    Ray Freeman     45
2000    Pat Richardson     42
2001    David Finberg     43
2002    Andy Gardner     51
2003    Ray Freeman     47
2004    Bruce Monnin     51
2005     Dennis Nicholson     55

PBeM Event History
1999    Vince Meconi      22
2000    Ed Menzel      39
2001    Jonathan Lockwood      43
2004    Don Greenwood      44


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Ray Freeman        CA    04    133
  2.  Pat Richardson     VA    05    110
  3.  Bruce Monnin       OH    05     66
  4.  Andy Gardner       VA    05     65
  5.  Ed Menzel          CA    04     62
  6.  Bruce Reiff        OH    03     59
  7.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    05     50
  8.  Don Greenwood      MD    04     50
  9.  David Finberg      MA    01     50
 10.  Vince Meconi       DE    04     41
 11.  Jonathan Lockwood  VA    04     39
 12.  Rob Flowers        NC    02     36
 13.  Tim Hitchings      DE    04     30
 14.  Bill Thomson       TX    03     30
 15.  Steve Packwood     MN    00     30
 16.  Greg Berry         VA    05     28
 17.  Michael Kaye       CA    99     24
 18.  Darren Kilfara     UK    04     20
 19.  Phil Rennert       MD    99     16
 20.  Tim Tow            TX    04     15
 21.  Glenn McMaster     ON    04     15
 22.  Joe Collinson      MD    03     15
 23.  Michael Ussery     MD    01     15
 24.  Ron Dietz          OH    00     15
 25.  John Pack          CO    99     12
 26.  Chuck Stapp        NJ    05     10
 27.  John Strand        CO    03     10
 28.  Michael Knautz     WI    00     10
 29.  Kevin Shewfelt     CA    04      5
 30.  Dave Streams       OH    00      5
 31.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    01      4
 32.  Alan Applebaum     MA    00      4
 33.  Bob Hamel          CT    99      4
 34.  Dan Henry          IL    01      3
 35.  Nick Markevich     CA    99      3
 36.  James Pei          TX    99      2
 37.  Sean McKenzie      AK    99      1


2005 Laurelists

Pat Richardson, VA

Greg Berry, VA

Andy Gardner, VA

Chuck Stapp, NJ

Bruce Monnin, OH

Past Winners

Bruce Monnin, OH
1991, 1993, 2004

Tom Scarborough, MO

Phil Rennert, MD

Ray Freeman, CA
1995, 1999, 2003

Steve Packwood, MN

Tim Hitchings, DE

Mike Kaye, CA

Pat Richardson, VA

David Finberg, MA

Andy Gardner, VA

Dice At Sea

As Others See Us: I have played in this event all seven times I've attended Avaloncon/WBC, and it is always the best of the best, no matter which one of the four different TDs run it. The tournament director of this produces two four-page newsletters each year, one mailed shortly before WBC to promote the event, and one mailed shortly after WBC to distribute the results. These newsletters go to anyone who has ever played in a War at Sea tournament at a prior Avaloncon/WBC. For those at the convention he provides a handout of rules questions and answers, and a half-inch thick booklet of War at Sea tournament results and statistics, both from past Avaloncon/WBCs and from play-by-email events. During the event one can follow the tournament on magnetic boards where each player has a magnetic strip with his name, rating, results and opponent pairing numbers on it. Chess clocks are used to prevent lengthy games, and the players start with different amounts of time. This is because it should be quicker to play the Axis, as each turn he goes second and gets to plan his response while the Allies make their move. Furthermore the event is "Swiss-Elimination", where entrants can play in all of the first five rounds, being matched against opponents with equal scores. Then only the top four players get to participate in the knock-out semifinals and finals. Finally, the current director runs a second tournament at WBC and is too busy to hold a demo session, hence he recruited another player to run the demo in his stead. ... Frank Cunliffe in EPGS' HEROICS newsletter

Dennis Nicholson of Pawling, NY won the 2005 War At Sea championship plaque in his first Final Four appearance. Dennis finished 6-1 and bested former champ Pat Richardson of Warrenton, VA (5-2) in the Final. Pat hadn't been to the WBC in four years, but obviously hasn't lost his touch! Third place went to Greg Berry (Fairfax, VA, 5-1). Greg missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker a few years back, but left nothing to chance this time, as he was the only player to go unbeaten in the five Swiss rounds. Still another Virginian, former WBC champ and current PBeM Ladder champ Andy Gardner (Fairfax, VA, 4-2) finished 4th. Three-time semifinalist Chuck Stapp (4-1) took the 5th and final plaque with a 4-1 log after losing a tiebreaker for a semifinal slot. 6th and 7th places also went to folks with 4-1 records who lost the tiebreaker to get into the playoffs: Bruce Monnin and Jim Kramer, respectively. Yet another 4-1 got 8th place for Ed Menzel. Rob Drozd took 9th at 3-2 and Alan Applebaum placed 10th (also 3-2).

No semifinalist repeated from 2004. Dennis Nicholson beat Greg Berry in one semifinal while Pat Richardson edged his neighbor and frequent at-home opponent, Andy Gardner, in the other. The woofing on that one started before the last die stopped spinning. In the final, Pat Richardson looked to have the edge until attempting to speed roll the two 4-9-6 German BBs to the South Atlantic on Turn 7. Pat was overheard saying to Dennis, "I'll bet you want me to roll boxcars," then did just that. The final margin was a mere 1.5 POC.

Pat Richardson was our best Allied player with a 5-0 mark, while Ed Menzel earned Best Axis Player honors at 4-1. Matt O'Connor, all of 13 years old, was our Rookie of the Year with a 3-1 record. He is, not surprisingly, our youngest Rookie of the Year ever. John Sharp was our sportsmanship nominee. After allowing his opponent to re-do a potentially fatal mistake, he said it was nothing, he would have done it for anyone. No doubt he would have.

The 55 entrants this year (including 13 first-timers) represented yet another all-time high, the third new record in the last four years. The 91 total games played was the second highest ever. After a one-year hiatus, play balance was back, as the Axis won 45 games and the Allies 46; no ties. One game featured a bid for the Axis, compared to 34 no-bid contests and 56 with an Allied bid.

There was an unprecedented 6-way tie for second through 7th places in the Swiss rounds, meaning that half of that sextet failed to qualify for the playoffs on a tiebreaker. For this reason, switching from the current four players advancing to semifinals to a new system of eight players advancing to quarterfinals is under active consideration. There are so many entrants each year that it's a mathematical certainty that tiebreakers will be needed to determine multiple placings. If this change were adopted, the quarterfinals and semifinals would be held on Thursday and the Final played later.

The official War At Sea FAQ and Errata in effect for this event can be found at: http://www.markevich.com/was/rules99.html.

PBeM Tournament 2004 Results

Don Greenwood earned his first WAS laurels, besting a field of 44 in the fourth BPA War At Sea PBeM Championship. The sole player to go 5-0 in five swiss rounds, he went on to defeat Tim Tow in the semi-finals and Ed Menzel for a second time in the final. Having never advanced past the first round in the previous tournaments, Don rode a rare hot streak to seven straight 10-point wins. Also collecting laurels were:

2nd - Ed Menzel
3rd - Darren Kilfara
4th - Tim Tow
5th - Vince Meconi
6th - Kevin Shewfelt

 GM      Vincent Meconi  [6th Year]   105 Churchill Ln, Wilmington, DE 19808-4355 
    vmeconi@aol.com   NA

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