queen's gambit [Updated October 2007]  

2007 WBC Report  

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

William Sparks, MD

2007 Champion

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Event History
2002    Buddy Sinigaglio     61
2003    Larry Lingle     59
2004    Brian Sutton     43
2005    Karl Henning     51
2006    Larry Lingle     48
2007    William Sparks     54

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Larry Lingle       PA    06     76
  2.  Brian Sutton       MD    05     48
  3.  Karl Henning       CT    06     42
  4.  Buddy Sinigaglio   CO    03     34
  5.  William Sparks     MD    07     30
  6.  Alex Bell          MD    07     30
  7.  Phil Rennert       MD    06     27
  8.  Sean McCulloch     OH    07     25
  9.  Bill Morse         VA    07     24
 10.  Lee Fitzjerrels  Monaco  04     18
 11.  Craig Moffitt      NJ    03     17
 12.  Rob Flowers        MD    07     12
 13.  Seth Kirchner      KY    04     12
 14.  Evan Cagwin        PA    07      9
 15.  David Gubbay       TX    05      9
 16.  Chelsea Sinigaglio NJ    04      9
 17.  John Pack          CO    03      8
 18.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    02      4
 19.  Ted Lange          AE    05      3
 20.  Dan Dolan Jr       NJ    02      3
 21.  Ken Whitesell      PA    02      2

2007 Laurelists

Sean McCulloch, OH
2nd

Rob Flowers, MD
3rd

Alex Bell, MD
4th

Bill Morse, VA
5th

Evan Cagwin, PA
6th


Past Winners

Buddy Sinigaglio, CO
2002

Larry Lingle, PA
2003, 2006

Brian Sutton, MD
2004

Karl Henning, CT
2005

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A few players complained this year that the Naboo don't have a fair chance during the play-off rounds due to the mandatory time limit of two hours, which reflects the situation in Star Wars the Phantom Menace. Many disagree, believing that the Naboo have the edge. This year's overall outcome was again close to 50-50. In the preliminaries Darth Maul won 23 to the Naboo's 20. There is no time limit in the prelims and this slants things towards the Naboo. Therefore, in the playoffs, when the time pressure is in effect the Naboo should fare worse. "If the trade federation is still standing after two hours, they win." Oh Well, the Naboo, won eight of the 15 playoff games including the Championship. So the final tally was Darth Maul 30, Naboo 28.

16 players advanced to the Single Elimination playoffs. One of those was a newcomer, William Sparks, who agreed to play during a heat, so an odd player could have an opponent for that heat.

The results for the round of 16 were as follows - eight games:

#1. Battle Droid Bill Morse won when consecutive battle droid shots killed Keith Corbino Kenobi in the Throne Room.

#2. William Sparks Quigon killed Devon Miller Maul and Obiwon killed all the droids in the palace. Anakin passed through the Federation Starfighters to give Sparks the win.

#3. Dave Platnick Maul won the admiration of all the children that Queen Larry Lingle has destroyed in Queen's Gambit. Platnick Maul wiped out Quigon and Obiwon and took only three hits himself. It was a slaughter after that as two-time champ Lingle goes down hard.

#4. Alex Bell Maul thrashed Queen Carolyn Strock.

#5. Destroyer Droid Dustin Gervais hammered Patrick Havert Panaka into oblivion.

#6. Rob Battle Droid Flowers defeated Jacob Quigon Hebner even though Quigon lived through the generator core battle with Maul. A weak Quigon left the generator core with two hits and was promptly killed by battle droids in the palace.

#7. Jar Jar Binks McCulloch (Sean) defeated Nute Gunray Sutton (Brian). Sean wiped out the Separatists on the battlefield leading to a well fought win.

#8. Anakin Cagwin defeated Geonosian Overseer Nick Page.

Quarterfinals:

#1. William Anakin Sparks Hosed Bill Morse Maul in 15 minutes. Anakin blew through San Hill Bill's Federation Starfighters with only eight cards.

#2. Alex Obiwon Bell sliced and diced Dave Dark Side Platnick into residue. Maul killed Quigon, but Obiwon killed Maul. Then Obiwon left the generator core and obliterated the droids in the palace.

#3. Rob Purple Flowers upset Darth Dustin Gervais. Dustin's Maul killed Quigon and Obiwon and left the generator core with five hits. Unbelievable - Maul killed by Palace Guards and the Purple Queen.

#4. Dwarf Spider Droid McCulloch squeezed by Jedi Padawan Cagwin. Sean's Darth Maul killed Quigon and Obiwon and left the generator core to raise havoc; however, Maul went down to one hit and skulked back into the generator core. Eventually the Dark Siders prevailed.

Semi-finals:

#1. William Window Ledge Sparks jumped over Rob Dead Droid Flowers. Sparks window ledge movement resulted in a throne room filled with Naboo. The droids offered little resistance and the Naboo won easily.

#2. Sean Super Battle Droid McCulloch thumped Alex Jedi Guardian Bell.. Sean's Darth Maul killed both Jedi. It was all bad news for the Naboo after that.

The Championship:

William Sparks vs Sean McCulloch. It was over almost before it started. Anakin Sparks shut down the droids with the play of only five cards. The game lasted eight minutes. Sean Maul McCulloch was demoted to Geonosian Drone status by Palpatine immediately thereafter.

Congratulations to William Sparks whose act of kindness snowballed into a championship.

 GM      Buddy Sinigaglio  [3rd Year]   NA 
    sinigaglio@hotmail.com   NA

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