war at sea [Updated Oct. 16, 2008]  

 2007 WBC Report  

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

Andy Gardner, VA

2007 Champion

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Event History
1991    Bruce Monnin      20
1992    Tom Scarborough      23
1993    Bruce Monnin      28
1994    Phil Rennert      18
1995    Ray Freeman      33
1996    Steve Packwood      27
1997    Tim Hitchings      33
1998    Mike Kaye      32
1999    Ray Freeman     45
2000    Pat Richardson     42
2001    David Finberg     43
2002    Andy Gardner     51
2003    Ray Freeman     47
2004    Bruce Monnin     51
2005     Dennis Nicholson     55
2006    John Sharp     46
2007    Andy Gardner     44

PBeM Event History
1999    Vince Meconi      22
2000    Ed Menzel      39
2001    Jonathan Lockwood      43
2004    Don Greenwood      44
2006    Andy Gardner     46
2008    Darren Kilfara     46

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Andy Gardner       VA    07    145
  2.  Ray Freeman        CA    04    133
  3.  Pat Richardson     VA    05    110
  4.  Bruce Monnin       OH    07     78
  5.  Ed Menzel          CA    08     88
  6.  Bruce Reiff        OH    03     59
  7.  Vince Meconi       DE    06     53
  8.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    08     65
  9.  Don Greenwood      MD    04     50
 10.  David Finberg      MA    01     50
 11.  Darren Kilfara     UK    08     94
 12.  Rob Flowers        NC    06     44
 13.  John Sharp         FL    06     40
 14.  Jonathan Lockwood  VA    04     39
 15.  Tim Hitchings      DE    04     30
 16.  Bill Thomson       TX    03     30
 17.  Steve Packwood     MN    00     30
 18.  Michael Kaye       CA    06     28
 19.  Greg Berry         VA    05     28
 20.  Robert Drozd       IL    06     24
 21.  Ewan McNay         CT    08     44
 22.  Glenn McMaster     ON    06     19
 23.  John Elliott       MD    07     16
 24.  Rob Day            KS    06     16
 25.  Phil Rennert       MD    99     16
 26.  Tim Tow            TX    04     15
 27.  Joe Collinson      MD    03     15
 28.  Michael Ussery     MD    01     15
 29.  Ron Dietz          OH    00     15
 30.  Mark Gutfreund     KY    06     12
 31.  John Pack          CO    07     16
 32.  Chuck Stapp        NJ    05     10
 33.  John Strand        CO    03     10
 34.  Michael Knautz     WI    00     10
 35.  Jim Kramer         PA    07      8
 36.  Mike Brophy        NC    06      8
 37.  Scott Beall        OR    08      5
 37.  Kevin Shewfelt     CA    04      5
 38.  Dave Streams       OH    00      5
 39.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    01      4
 40.  Alan Applebaum     MA    08     34
 41.  Bob Hamel          CT    99      4
 42.  Dan Henry          IL    01      3
 43.  Nick Markevich     CA    99      3
 44.  James Pei          TX    99      2
 45.  Sean McKenzie      AK    99      1

2007 Laurelists

Darren Kilfara, UK
2nd

John Elliott, MD
3rd

Bruce Monnin, OH
4th

Jim Kramer, PA
5th

John Pack, CO
6th


Past Winners

Bruce Monnin, OH
1991, 1993, 2004

Phil Rennert, MD
1994

Ray Freeman, CA
1995, 1999, 2003

Steve Packwood, MN
1996

Tim Hitchings, DE
1997

Mike Kaye, CA
1998

Pat Richardson, VA
2000

David Finberg, MA
2001

Andy Gardner, VA
2002

Dennis Nicholson, NY
2005

John Sharp, FL
2006
       

No one out-prepares Vince when it comes to GM duties. A frequent GM of the Year, he is widely respected aa a master of hs craft.

Bruce Monnin must be throwing some pretty heavy duty dice in that industrial strength die roller.

44 Still in Convoy

Andy Gardner of Fairfax, VA won the War At Sea championship shield, gaining the crown for the second time (he also won in 2002). Andy finished 7-1-0 and defeated Darren Kilfara of Dunbar, East Lothian, United Kingdom (6-2-0) in the final contest. Darren missed his chance to become the first player to win both Victory in the Pacific and War At Sea at the same WBC, after winning VIP at the Rising Sun pre-con earlier in the week. Andy has won both titles, but not in the same year. Andy finished 2nd in VIP this year, so it's pretty clear who are the two top players in the WAS/VIP game system - at least for this year! The final match could not have been closer; Darren's Allies won the raw POC by 1, but the 2-POC bid put Andy's Axis on top by 1! Third place went to first time playoff contender John Elliott (Sunderland, MD, 5-1-0). John made the playoffs the hard way, skipping the first round and then winning four in a row with a belated start. The 4th and final wood went to three-time champ Bruce Monnin (Minster, OH, 4-3-0). 5th place went to Jim Kramer (Wiconisco, PA, 5-1-0), a veteran player making his first playoff bid. Jim was the only player to go undefeated in the five Swiss rounds. The rest of the playoff participants were 6th, John Pack (Parker, CO, 4-2-0), 7th, Pat Richardson (Warrenton, VA, 4-2-0), and 8th, Chuck Stapp (Freehold, NJ, 3-2-1). John Pack was the only player to make the playoffs both this year and last, demonstrating how competitive the War At Sea field has become.

In the quarterfinals, Bruce Monnin defeated top seed Jim Kramer, Andy Gardner bested Virginia neighbor Pat Richardson, Darren Kilfara stopped Chuck Stapp, and John Elliott outscored John Pack. In the semi-finals, Darren Kilfara beat John Elliott and Andy Gardner sank Bruce Monnin.

Andy Gardner added Best Allied Player to his championship wood, while John Elliott took Best Axis Player honors. Rookie of the Year was Frank Fischer of Wayside, NJ. Darren Kilfara was our sportsmanship nominee.

Total entrants were 44 and 86 games were played, both just about last year's levels. Play balance favored the Allies this year, with 50 Allied wins to just 34 by the Axis. There were two tie games. Bidding for sides increased, as did bidding for the Allies. Only 19 contests had no bid, while 67 featured Allied bids. For the first time in the history of the event, no player bid for the Axis.

My thanks go to Assistant GMs Bruce Monnin, John Sharp (who provided the chess clocks), and Frank Cunliffe (who ran our demo).

The newly created War At Sea Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class: Alan Applebaum, founding GM of the War At Sea tournament way back at the 1991
Avaloncon, plus Ray Freeman and Bruce Monnin, the only three-time winners of the War At Sea championship.


War At Sea PBeM Tournament 2007-2008 Results

Congratulations go to Darren Kilfara for finishing 7-1 and besting Alan Applebaum in the Final round of the 2008 War at Sea PBeM Championship. 46 entrants participated in the tournament of 5 Swiss Rounds followed by a single elimination phase for the final eight players. Ewan McNay, Dennis Nicholson, Ed Menzel, and Scott Beall claimed laurels for third through sixth respectively. 112 games were played which were all recorded for AREA purposes. AREA ratings at the beginning of the tournament were headed by Ed Menzel with 6135 (as at March 1, 2007) but the tournament finishes with Andy Gardner on top with 6304. Full details are available at http://www.geocities.com/kjlshewfelt/2007_was_bpa.html

 GM      Vincent Meconi  [6th Year]   105 Churchill Ln, Wilmington, DE 19808-4355 
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