Besdies the competition, the
big draw at WBC is the chance to renew acquaintances with regular
attendees and play folks from different groups or even regions.
This game matches WBC regulars from four states: DE, SC, FL and
Carl Sykes, Laurel Stokes, Luke
Koleszar and David Fritsch enjoy Round 1 play. Union Pacific
has been a popular, quick Single Elimination event without resorting
to multiple heats for years but has inexplicably suffered from
smaller fields the last two years.
We had 44 players yielding eleven 4-player games in
the first round. The winners plus the top five runner-ups
advanced. There were a number of excellent games, with
the closest semi-finals being won by Steve Shambeda over Jeff
Senley 129-127, and Mark Guttag edging John Wetherell 122-120.
The other two finalists were Jed Shambeda and Jim Carvin.
The Final might have been billed as "family feud"
as the Shambeda's, father and son deuled each other in the presence
of Mark and JIm. A late 1st pay train found Steve ahead
with 17 (5 stocks), Jed and Jim with 14, and Mark trailing with
11. The second dividend round had Steve extrendeing his
lead to 47, Jim 39, Jed 38 and Mark at 28. Steve also took
the lead in Union Pacific cards.
In the third round, Steve made an unprecedented error, and
admittied it ( according to Jed). This was the closest
pay turn with the four players maintaining their positions by
scorring 33 and 32 points each.
Mark played the spoiler busting monopolies in Orange , Brown
and Grey in the last two rounds. Steve made a quick move
to take second in Green as the fourth round began. It proved
to be the game winning move. The dividend card came out
quickly and the final difference was the six points Steve got
for 2nd in Green instead of Jim. Steve won 122 to JIm's
112. Without the lossof Green, JIm would have won the wood
118 to 116.
Players seemed to like the "public money" scoring
method used by the GM. and we will play it that way in 2008