victory in the pacific [Updated December 2007]  

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2007 WBC Report    

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

Darren Kilfara, UK

2007 Champion

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Event History
1991    Dave Targonski      36
1992    Wes Erni      39
1993    Alan Applebaum      36
1994    Dave Targonski      36
1995    Dan Henry      45
1996    Robert Kondracki      46
1997    Ed O'Connor      42
1998    Joe Dragan      48
1999    Alan Applebaum     48
2000    Andy Gardner     50
2001    Dan Henry     48
2002    Dan Henry     50
2003    Ed Menzel     39
2004    Michael Kaye     44
2005     Andy Gardner     32
2006     Ed Menzel     41
2007     Darren Kilfara     39

PBeM Event History
1999    Nick Markevich      20
2001    Ed Menzel      32
2004    Rob Flowers      32
2007    Charles Drozd     35

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Dan Henry          IL    07    272
  2.  Ed Menzel          CA    06    214
  3.  Andy Gardner       VA    07    210
  4.  Michael Kaye       CA    07    186
  5.  Alan Applebaum     MA    05    113
  6.  Darren Kilfara     UK    07    110
  7.  Charlie Drozd      IL    07     92
  8.  John Pack          CO    07     78
  9.  Ray Freeman        CA    04     60
 10.  Rob Flowers        MD    04     50
 11.  Michael Ussery     MD    04     42
 12.  Tim Tow            TX    04     39
 13.  Jim Eliason        IA    06     36
 14.  Bob Hamel          CT    00     30
 15.  John Sharp         FL    07     24
 16.  Larry Meyers       AZ    07     20
 17.  John Strand        CO    02     18
 18.  Eric El Osta      BELG   00     18
 19.  Philip Watkins     MN    07     15
 20.  Ken Nied           KS    03     14
 21.  Joe Powell         VA    99     12
 22.  Nick Markevich     CA    99     10
 23.  John Sharp Jr      FL    03      6
 24.  Michael Day        AZ    01      6
 25.  Casey Adams        MN    00      6
 26.  Joe Dragan         MI    99      6
 27.  Brad Solberg       CA    99      6
 28.  Scott Fenn         MD    07      5
 29.  Meng Soon Ong    MALAY   01      4
 30.  Bobby Clinton      CA    01      4
 31.  Max Zavanelli      FL    99      4
 32.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    99      3
 33.  Vince Meconi       DE    99      2
 34.  Glenn McMaster     ON    01      1

2007 Laurelists

Andy Gardner, VA
2nd

Dan Henry, IL
3rd

Mike Kaye, MD
4th

John Pack, CO
5th

John Sharp, FL
6th


Past Winners

91, 94: Dave Targonski, DC
1992: Wes Erni - WI

Alan Applebaum, MA
1993, 1999

Dan Henry, IL
1995, 200l-2002

Robert Kondracki, PA
1996

Ed O'Connor, NJ
1997

Joe Dragan, MI
1998

Andy Gardner, VA
2000, 2005

Ed Menzel, CA
2003, 2006

Michael Kaye, MD
2004


Three-time champ Dan Henry was denied again this year. In all, six former champs with 11 shields were present in what is widely regarded as among WBC's most competitive tournaments.

Ray Freeman and defending champ Ed Menzel face off in one of seven rounds. With players of this caliber among the also rans you know you've been in a tournament.

Rising Sun III

95 games of tense Pacific WWII action! Suspense right down through Round 7! 39 players vying for the Top Honors in the 17th Victory in the Pacific Championship Tournament!

Congratulations to Darren Kilfara (6-1), of Great Britain. After seven rounds ending in a 61 Tournament-Point tie with Andy Gardner (6-1), Darren won the tie-breaker on Strength of Schedule to take the Wood home with him across the Atlantic.  

The Nagumo Award, for Best Japanese play, goes to Andy Gardner and Mike Kaye, each with five Japanese wins. The Halsey Award, for Best Allied Play, is shared by Darren Kilfara, Dan Henry, Bob Hamel and Joe Powell, all with three Allied wins.

Basic stats: 95 games played, and one bye. 60 IJN wins ; 63.2%.  31 Allied wins; 32.6%.  4 ties - 4.2%. Average bid for IJN in games featuring a non-zero bid: 3.86 POC. Average bid for IJN including all 95 games: 3.54 POC. There were eight games played with no bid.  One game utilizing NT1 featured a 1.0 POC bid for the Allies!  Round 1 began with 24 players - 12 games, increasing to 13 games for Round 2. New players brought Round 3 to 15 matches, and Round 4 featured 16. Round 5 had 14 games, Round 6 had 13, and the final Round 7 completed the Swiss-style tournament with 12 tense games.

Format changes this year included first round matching based on arranging players by AREA ranking and matching top-half to bottom-half.  With 24 players, #1 played #13, #2 played #14, #3 played #15, and so on. The second change was to bring strength of schedule into the tie-breakers. In fact, the tournament ended in a 61-tournament-point tie between Darren Kilfara and Andy Gardner, which Darren won based on his slightly-tougher opponents' records. Mike Kaye took fourth from John Pack on a tie-breaker, also, since both Mike and John finished at 5-2. Games finishing in a tie played a prominent part this year, as Dan Henry's tie against Charlie Drozd gave him tournament points to overcome the two 52 point 5-2 players for third, and then allowed John Sharp (ViP GM) (4 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie) to sneak into sixth place in front of three players tied for seventh with 4-3 records.

Best Improved Player, new for 2007, goes to Mark Booth.  Mark's record this year of 4-3 earned him 9th place in this "SeaofSharks."


Victory In the Pacific Play By Email

The Fourth BPA Victory in the Pacific PBeM tournament has come to a wild end. After six rounds of single-elimination competition, Charles Drozd -- commanding the victorious Allied fleets -- has achieved decisive Victory in the Pacific. The competition began in 2005 with 35 entrants. Charles started as the third seed. His semi-final victory was a close game against the top seed, Dan Henry, as the Japanese. In the Final, Charles triumphed over Darren Kilfara (originally the sixth seed) who bid 4 POC for the Japanese. The tournament saw 14 Allied victories, 18 Japanese victories, and 1 draw. 16 games used the two most popular PBeM adjustments, I-Boat Raid and CPO Withdrawal (including all but one game during the last three rounds). 9 games used other combinations of the PBeM balancing adjustments. Average bidding was 3.58 for the IJN. Bidding ranged from 2 to 6! No bid was less than 3 from the second
round onward. Dan Henry had the best quip of the tournament, "Allies lose Enterprise. Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a repair dock." The top six Laurels went in order to 1) Charles Drozd, 2) Darren Kilfara, 3) Dan Henry, 4) Philip Watkins, 5) Larry Meyers, and 6) Scott Fenn. Congratulations to all! Charles had 3 IJN wins, 2 USN wins, and 1 bye (as did each of the top three finishers). For a complete history of the current tournament, see
www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_05.htm.

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