naval war [Updated January 2007]  

2006 WBC Report   

 2007 Status: pending 2007 GM commitment

Stephen Cuyler, NY

2006 Champion

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Event History
1992    Kenneth Shunk      30
1993    James Endness      18
1994    Jim Fleckenstein      30
1995    Greg Mayer      49
1996    Michael Hart      24
1997    Lauren Hickok      47
1998    Dan Schulman      32
1999    Tim Miller     31
2000    Susan Ellsworth     19
2001    John Ellsworth     25
2002    Jim Fleckenstein     29
2003    Robert Paul     33
2004    Tom Agostino     42
2005    Bill Place     21
2006    Stephen Cuyler     33

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bill Place         PA    06     38
  2.  Stephen Cuyler     NY    06     30
  3.  Tom Agostino    Germany  04     30
  4.  Robert Paul        AZ    03     30
  5.  Susan Ellsworth    IL    00     30
  6.  John Ellsworth     IL    01     26
  7.  Roy Pettis         VA    01     24
  8.  Jim Fleckenstein   VA    02     20
  9.  Tim Miller         GA    99     20
 10.  Patrick Mirk       FL    06     18
 11.  David Brooks       TN    04     18
 12.  Matt Bacho         MD    03     18
 13.  Ken Good           OH    00     18
 14.  Michael Confoy     VA    06     12
 15.  Greg Wilson        NJ    05     12
 16.  Jonathan Lockwood  VA    05     12
 17.  Josh Campbell      NY    03     12
 18.  Luke Warren        DC    02     12
 19.  Jim Bell           MD    99     12
 20.  Tim Evinger        PA    01     11
 21.  Daniel Pappas      MD    06      9
 22.  Bob Hahn           NY    04      9
 23.  Mike Destro        NJ    03      9
 24.  Martin Swenson     VA    00      9
 25.  Chad Gormly        MA    05      8
 26.  Tim Swartz         MD    02      8
 27.  Cliff Ackman       PA    99      8
 28.  James Pei          VA    05      6
 29.  Greg Crowe         VA    04      6
 30.  Ann Cornett        FL    03      6
 31.  Sean Conroy        VA    02      6
 32.  Rob Kircher        MA    99      6
 33.  Steve Scott        CA    02      4
 34.  Robert Hahn        NY    01      4
 35.  Matt Evinger       PA    99      4
 36.  Barry Shutt        PA    06      3
 37.  Bruce Monnin       OH    04      3
 38.  Richard Moyer      MN    03      3
 39.  Alan Arvold        IL    05      2
 40.  Ben Knight         MD    02      2
 41.  Ken Rothstein      NY    01      2

2006 Laurelists

Patrick Mirk, FL
2nd

Michael Confoy, VA
3rd

Daniel Pappas, MD
4th

Bill Place, PA
5th

Barry Shutt, PA
6th


Past Winners

92: Kenneth Shunk, ON
93: James Endress, OH

Jim Fleckenstein,VA
1994, 2002

Greg Mayer, MO
1995

Michael Hart, MD
1996

Lauren Hickok, PA
1997

Dan Schulman, MD
1998

Tim Miller, GA
1999

Susan Ellsworth, IL
2000

John Ellsworth, IL
2001

Robert Paul, AZ
2003

Tom Agostino, Germany
2004

Bill Place, PA
2005
     

leader off the starboard bow ...

The move from Friday night to Saturday night proved highly beneficial for the Naval War tournament, as its numbers were up sharply from last year, allowing six tables of 5-6 players each to vie for seven seats at the championship table. The winners of the six tables would advance to the Final, along with the highest scoring second place finisher. Table 1 had Stephen Squibb advancing with a "just good enough" 75 point victory total. Table 2 saw defending champion Bill Place once again punch his ticket with an 81 point total, while Table 3 advanced Michael Confoy with 76 points, with three competitors nipping at his heels within seven points of him! Table 4's Patrick Mirk easily advanced with 78 points, while Table 5 advanced two, one being Daniel Pappas with a crushing 113 point victory, and Stephen Cuyler advancing as the top second place finisher with an impressive total of 97 points. Barry Shutt rounded out the field of seven with an 81 point victory at Table 6.

The championship once again became an object lesson in the game's axiomatic strategy of always ganging up on the obvious leader. Noteworthy of the Championship Round was the relative lack of success of the Destroyer squadrons, usually a decisive weapon with their potential ability to sink entire fleets on a single die roll. The players at the table were all too aware of this, however, and only two destroyer squadrons ever managed to press home their attacks, with only one able to sink an entire fleet. Cuyler was the leader after Round 1 with 26 points, followed by Place with 20 points, Squibb with 15, Mirk with 14, Confoy with 12, Pappas with 8 and Shutt with 0, earning him the role of early spoiler. However, while Cuyler paid for his early lead in Round 2 by gaining no points, Place was able to exploit his slightly lower profile to amass another 24 points and emerge tied for the lead with Confoy at 44 points, who had the most successful round of 32 points. The leaders were followed by Mirk at 29 points, Cuyler at 26, Pappas at 21, Squibb at 17, and Shutt bringing up the rear with 4 points.

Both Place and Confoy would pay dearly for their success in Round 3, however, as the remaining five players united to sink both players fleets and trim their scores with the resulting 10 point penalty. As the haze cleared at the end of Round 3, Cuyler once again regained the lead with a highly successful round of 33 points to reach 59, only 16 shy of the required 75 for victory. Pappas also had a successful round of 30 points to lurk in second at 51, while Place managed to sink 9 points of ships to nearly offset the sinking of his own fleet, losing only one point to stay in contention at 43. The remainder of the field followed with Confoy at 37 points, Mirk at 34, Squibb at 31, and Shutt finally managing to exploit his spoiler role for 24 to reach 28 points.

Round 4 proved to be decisive, as players looked for the opportunity to surge past 75. Pappas drew the early attention of the field, with his fleet reduced to a very battered three ships by the middle of the round. Confoy and Mirk were enjoying the most successful rounds pointwise, scoring 26 and 30 respectively to put them within striking distance. But Cuyler made the move of the match when he drew a 2-point minefield and deployed it against Pappas's already battered fleet, sinking all three ships to total a 25 point round and the championship as well with a total of 84 points. He would be followed by Mirk in second at 64 points, Confoy at 63, Pappas at 53, defending champ Place at 52, and Shutt making a late comeback to take the remaining 6th place laurels with 46 points, leaving Squibb odd man out at 31 points. So Stephen Cuyler turned his second place finish in the first round into first place wood in the championship round of Naval War! And Bill Place became only the seventh Naval War laurelist to add to his totals in eight years - something he's done twice - keeping hin at the top of the rankings.

 GM      Jonathan Lockwood  [2nd Year]   NA  
    jl121@online.apus.edu   NA

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