carcassonne [Updated October 2007]  

 2007 WBC Report  

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Robbie Mitchell, VA

2007 Champion

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Event History
2002    Debbie Gutermuth

  
150
2003    Richard Jones     132
2004     Dan Hoffman     130
2005     Jennifer Drozd     123
2006     Katie McCorry     149
2007     Robbie Mitchell       77

Euro Quest Event History
2003    Scott Buckwalter     37
2004    Ted Mullally     22
2005    Steve Boone     20
2006    Steve Crenshaw     19

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Richard Jones      UK    03     50
  2.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    06     50
  3.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    04     42
  4.  Robbue Mitchell    VA    07     39
  5.  Debbie Gutermuth   TX    03     33
  6.  Katie McCorry      VA    06     30
  7.  Jennifer Drozd     IL    05     30
  8.  Jay Fox            NJ    03     30
  9.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    05     27
 10.  Steve Crenshaw     VA    06     20
 11.  Steve Boone        MD    05     20
 12.  Ted Mullally       NJ    04     20
 13.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    03     20
 14.  Meredith Mattingly PA    07     18
 15.  Rob Kircher        RI    06     18
 16.  Olin Hentz         CT    05     18
 17.  Rebecca Hebner     CO    04     18
 18.  Michelle Hymowitz  MD    03     18
 19.  Bob Stibula        PA    02     18
 20.  Steve Oksienik     NJ    07     12
 21.  Karl Henning       CT    06     12
 22.  Sean Vessey        VA    05     12
 23.  Tom McCorry        VA    04     12
 24.  Eric Hymowitz      MD    03     12
 25.  Ken Dunn           MD    02     12
 26.  Verity Hitchings   DE    03     10
 27.  Dan Henry          IL    07      9
 28.  Jonathan Fox       IL    06      9
 29.  Andres Dunn        MD    05      9
 30.  Doug Williamson    VA    04      9
 31.  Matt Miller        NJ    02      9
 32.  JP Roberts         MD    06      8
 33.  Thomas Stokes      NJ    06      8
 34.  Ilan Tadmor        NY    04      8
 35.  Robb Effinger      ON    07      6
 36.  Mike Fox           IL    06      6
 37.  Kate Taillon       SC    06      6
 38.  Tim Packwood       MN    05      6
 39.  Lee Sensabaugh     VA    04      6
 40.  Gwen Alvian        MD    03      6
 41.  Thomas Robinson    NC    02      6
 42.  Lisa Gutermuth     TX    03      5
 43.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    06      4
 44.  JP Roberts         MD    05      4
 45.  Hal Haag           MD    04      4
 46.  Mike Wojtaszczyk   NY    07      3
 47.  Charlie Hickok     PA    06      3
 48.  Derek Landel       NJ    05      3
 49.  Luke Kratz         ID    04      3
 50.  Ewan McNay         CT    02      3
 51.  Keith Levy         MD    05      2
 52.  Mark Guttag        VA    02      2
   

2007 Laurelists

Meredith Mattingly, PA
2nd

Steve Oksienik, NJ
3rd

Dan Henry, IL
4th

Robb Effinger, ON
5th

Michael Wojtaszczyk, NY
6th


Past Winners

Debbie Gutermuth, TX
2002

Richard Jones, UK
2003

Legend Dan Hoffman, MD
2004

Jennifer Drozd, IL
2005

Katie McCorry, VA
2006

The change to a two-player, Single Elimination format was a big change from the multiple heat four-player games of prior years.

Tom McCorry lives up to his name as the Eliminator by defeating Tom Oksiekik - thereby shortening the event by one round and making a champ of Robbie Mitchell.

Five New Laurelists Again ...

This year brought a major change to the Carcassonne format: two-player single elimination. The change from multi-player, multiple heats knocked the event out of the ranks of triple-dikgit participation, but had other benefits. This format was adopted since it is used for the official Carcassonne World Championship. We hope that the WBC will be selected as a qualifying site for this tournament next year so we adopted their format. The use of the standard basic game with the single starter tile was retained. The Saturday afternoon start found a large crowd with a slight shortage of games. We managed to get enough copies to get through the first round however.

It took six rounds to crown the eventual winner. The highest single game score of the tournament was recorded in the first round when Chris Greenfeld beat defending champion Katie McCorry 189-116. By the start of Round 5 we had five players remaining. The GM played as an eliminator (not eligible to win in the tournament) to try and get the numbers even and avoid a bye but was beat by eventual runner-up Meredith Mattingly so three players advanced to the next round. In the final round Steve Ok sienik ended up losing to the GM eliminator so the winner was determined by the other match which went to Robbie Mitchell. If Steve had beaten the GM, there would have been one more round to determine the winner. 

Feedback was generally positive with the main positives being the quicker games, the higher skill level required, and the avoidance of the 'sitting next to the novice player' syndrome. The main concern raised by players was not being able to play more games. To address this concern, next year we will use a Swiss elimination format:  groups of four players competing in a round-robin of three games with the top player from each group advancing to a single-elimination playoff. The early Saturday afternoon start time seemed to work for most and allowed weekend players to participate. For those who downplay the latter when scheduling events, it should be noted that two of the top three players in this year's event were there only on Saturday. Hopefully, next year we will be part of the World Championship qualifier.

2006 Euro Quest Laurelists

Steve Crenshaw, VA
1st

Legend Dan Hoffman, MD
2nd

JP Roberts, MD
3rd

Kate Taillon, SC
4th

Bill Crenshaw, VA
5th

 GM      Tom McCorry  [1st Year]   NA 
    TomMcCorry@gmail.com   NA

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