san juan [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report  

   2007 Status: pending December Membership Vote

Bruce Reiff, OH

2006 Champion

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Event History
2004    Jeff Mullet     123
2005    Bill Salvatore       48
2006    Bruce Reiff       43

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jeff Mullet        OH    06     36
  2.  Bill Salvatore     MD    05     30
  3.  Bruce Reiff        OH    06     20
  4.  Rob Kircher        RI    06     18
  5.  Bill Murdock       NY    05     18
  6.  Tom McCorry        VA    04     18
  7.  Eric Brosius       MA    05     12
  8.  Nate Hoam          OH    04     12
  9.  Eric Lenhart       PA    05      9
 10.  Alan Kaiser        OH    04      9
 11.  Arthur Field       SC    06      8
 12.  Trevor Bender      WA    05      6
 13.  Ken Richards       SC    06      4
 14.  Jennifer Scancella PA    05      3
 15.  Chris Kamm         NY    04      3
 16. Suzanne Tuch        NY    06      2

2006 Laurelists

Rob Kircher, RI
2nd

Arthur Field, SC
3rd

Jeff Mullet, OH
4th

Ken Richards, SC
5th

Suzanne Tuch, NY
6th


Past Winners

Jeff Mullet, OH
2004


Bill Salvatore, MD
2005


2-Player Slims the Field Again

This year's San Juan Tournament used a new 2-player format.  Four players were assigned to a pod and each played one another with the best record advancing to the Final.  While we had fewer total attendance, comments from those who did participate were very favorable towards the new format.

The elite eight were Rob Kircher, Arthur Field, Bruce Reiff, Suzanne Tuch, Ken Richards, Jeff Mullet, Lance Fogel and Eric Wrobel.  The final four produced excellent matches with Arthur vs. Bruce and Rob vs. Jeff.  Bruce managed to get an early Smithy and Library out at which point Arthur jokingly conceded.  Arthur fought hard and continued to use the Councilor to search for cards to counter the Library but its early play was too strong to overcome and Bruce advanced to the Final.  In the other match Rob got off to a strong start against Jeff with a Gold Mine that yielded a Quarry on the first use and a busy Chapel while Jeff looked at some bleak cards.  Jeff's first build was a Market Hall and while he was able to match Rob build for build he could not overcome the weak early cards against such a strong player.

The Final between Bruce and Rob was a mirror matchup as both played like strategies and drew similar cards.  Both had Guild Halls down with numerous production buildings.  At 11 buildings each Bruce was able to correctly predict that the match would end in the same number of victory points for each player if he built but that with a small production build he would end with more cards in hand and win the match and his fourth wood of the week on the first tie breaker.

As a side note, neither Arthur nor Jeff wanted Bruce's outcome to determine their third and fourth place finish, so they played a consolation match with Arthur securing third. 

 GM      Alan Kaiser  [1st Year]   NA
   AKaiser@columbus.rr.com   NA

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