waterloo [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report     

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Rob Beyma, MD

2006 Champion

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Event History
1991    Kevin McCarthy      17
1992    Rob Beyma      16
1993    Larry Lingle      16
1994    Joe Beard      18
1995    Joe Beard      10
1996    Bruno Sinigaglio      10
1997    Phil Evans      18
1998    Rob Beyma      16
1999    Chuch Stapp     17
2000    Rob Beyma     10
2001    John Clarke     18
2002    Rob Beyma     20
2003    Marty Musella     20
2004     Rob Beyma     17
2005    Marty Musella     18
2006    Rob Beyma     18

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rob Beyma          MD    06    144
  2.  Marty Musella      VA    06     92
  3.  John Clarke        FL    06     70
  4.  Bruno Sinigaglio   AK    06     36
  5.  Chuck Stapp        NJ    01     31
  6.  Mark Gutfreund     KY    04     18
  7.  Forrest Pafenberg  VA    02     18
  8.  Bill Scott         VA    05     16
  9.  Pat Mirk           FL    06     15
 10.  Bill Morse         VA    05     12
 11.  Tim Miller         GA    04     12
 12.  Larry Lingle       PA    00     12
 13.  John Ellsworth     IL    99      9
 14.  Gary Dickson       CA    05      8
 15.  Johnny Hasay       PA    01      8
 16.  Steve Likevich     OH    05      6
 17.  Ivan Lawson        MD    02      6
 18.  Mike Horn          FL    06      3
 19.  Greg Smith         PA    02      3
 20.  James Tracy        NB    99      3

2006 Laurelists

John Clarke, FL
2nd

Pat Mirk, FL
3rd

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK
4th

Marty Musella, VA
5th

Mike Horn, FL
6th


Past Winners

Kevin McCarthy. OH
1991

Rob Beyma, MD
'92, 98, 00, 02, 04, 06

Larry Lingle, PA
1993

Joe Beard, AZ
1994-1995

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK
1996

Phil Evans, VA
1997

Chuck Stapp, PA
1999

John Clarke, FL
2001

Marty Musella, VA
2003, 2005


Another Grognard Classic

As one of the games included in the Doncon "Grognardcon", this finely balanced classic attracted 18 dedicated players who pushed pieces from Ligny to Mont St. Jean. Four past regulars were unable to attend but the field included four "resurrected" grognards who hadn't played in many years. Like last year, many aggressive players chose the French to capitalize on the ten-sided combat results table and reduce play time. The free play format and Grognardcon were hailed by all players as ideally suited for this and the other classic games. Hats off to Bruno for his stellar work! Rob Beyma, Pat Mirk, John Clarke, and Bruno Sinigaglio amassed enough points to qualify as the semi-finalists.

In the first semi-final game Rob's French launched the traditional three-pronged assault toward Wavre, Nivelles, and Quatre Bras on Pat's Prussian/Anglo-Allies (PAA) who massed his forces South of Quartre Bras. Rob's French pushed hard toward Wavre but endured a series of DR results in the center while Pat's counterattacks enjoyed D Elim results. By mid-day on 17 June, Rob's French had closed to Wavre and this flank threat forced Pat's PAA to slowly fall back in the center and west to doubled positions in the center of the board. On the morning of 18 June, Rob broke through in the center while it looked like Pat's approaching Prussian IV Corps had trapped the French between Wavre and the Dyle River. However, Rob's French skillfully crossed the lower Lalasne River while a gallant French cavalry unit gave its final measure to delay the IV Corps. By late 18 June, The French had achieved superiority near Mont St. Jean and in a final massive general assault, cleared the road to Brussels for a French victory. Rob was again in the Final.

In the second semi-final game, Bruno's Frogs took the field against Clarkey's PAA. Bruno had been harping on John all week about throwing away too many of his one-factor PAA units as delayers, so John decided to play Bruno's game and fall back immediately to the Quartre Bras heights and gap. Bruno's frogs obliged with a 2-1 surround vs Steinmetz on the heights and two simultaneous 1-1's vs 15 factor stacks in the gap. Steinmetz died on a DR and the 1-1's yielded an exchange and a DR. Clarkey's PAA reciprocated with counterattacks that yielded an exchange and a DElim. The slugfest at Quatre Bras lasted three more turns with similar carnage and finally ended with a French surrender when Bruno rolled two AElim's costing 30 factors plus another four in soak-offs. The losses at the end of the first day were French 84 vs PAA 51. Bruno's goal of crushing all of the Clarke-Smirk Floridian entourage was not realized (this time). John prevailed and got another opportunity to face his old nemesis Rob in the final.

The two finalists were familiar protagonists who had met in previous championship games. Rob once again commanded the French conscripts and Old Guard, while John directed the combined PAA armies. Rob opened in three attacking columns, but John's forward deployment signaled early attacks from the British out of Quatre Bras as the Prussians advanced from Ligny. Rob immediately counterattacked with almost his entire right wing. The blood bath at Ligny continued and it was obvious that John had inherited General Blucher's renowned aggressiveness as he ordered another major assault into the French and again sortied from the Quatre Bras heights seeking to kill Rob's 8-4 Old Guard artillery. While John's attack was successful, in the heat of battle he overlooked two French units lurking to the west. Rob's French ferociously counterattacked and used his positional advantage to surround a number of PAA divisions. At the end of just five turns, Rob had lost 55 factors but John's PAA were down 100 factors, so staring defeat in the face John conceded to "Napoleon" Beyma who claimed his six crown in the event.

Join us in 2007 to enjoy this true classic of maneuver, attack and counterattack whether to re-live past glories of youth or dethrone some old geezers. Waterloo lives!

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