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Updated 11/29/2008

 2008 WBC Report  

 2009 Status: pending 2009 GM commitment

Robbie Mitchell, VA

2007-08 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
2008    Robbie Mitchell       84 

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.  Robbie Mitchell    VA    07     69
  2.  Richard Jones      UK    03     50
  3.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    06     50
  4.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    04     42
  5.  Olin Hentz         CT    08     36
  6.  Debbie Gutermuth   TX    03     33
  7.  Katie McCorry      VA    06     30
  8.  Jennifer Drozd     IL    05     30
  9.  Jay Fox            NJ    03     30
 10.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    05     27
 11.  Steve Crenshaw     VA    06     20
 12.  Steve Boone        MD    05     20
 13.  Ted Mullally       NJ    04     20
 14.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    03     20
 15.  Meredith Mattingly PA    07     18
 16.  Rob Kircher        RI    06     18
 17.  Rebecca Hebner     CO    04     18
 18.  Michelle Hymowitz  MD    03     18
 19.  Bob Stibula        PA    02     18
 20.  Ken Gutermuth      NC    08     12
 21.  Steve Oksienik     NJ    07     12
 22.  Karl Henning       CT    06     12
 23.  Sean Vessey        VA    05     12
 24.  Tom McCorry        VA    04     12
 25.  Eric Hymowitz      MD    03     12
 26.  Ken Dunn           MD    02     12
 27.  Verity Hitchings   DE    03     10
 28.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    08      9
 29.  Dan Henry          IL    07      9
 30.  Jonathan Fox       IL    06      9
 31.  Andres Dunn        MD    05      9
 32.  Doug Williamson    VA    04      9
 33.  Matt Miller        NJ    02      9
 34.  JP Roberts         MD    06      8
 35.  Thomas Stokes      NJ    06      8
 36.  Ilan Tadmor        NY    04      8
 37.  Marilyn Flowers    VA    08      6
 38.  Robb Effinger      ON    07      6
 39.  Mike Fox           IL    06      6
 40.  Kate Taillon       SC    06      6
 41.  Tim Packwood       MN    05      6
 42.  Lee Sensabaugh     VA    04      6
 43.  Gwen Alvian        MD    03      6
 44.  Thomas Robinson    NC    02      6
 45.  Lisa Gutermuth     TX    03      5
 46.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    06      4
 47.  JP Roberts         MD    05      4
 48.  Hal Haag           MD    04      4
 49.  Dan Mathias        MD    08      3
 50.  Mike Wojtaszczyk   NY    07      3
 51.  Charlie Hickok     PA    06      3
 52.  Derek Landel       NJ    05      3
 53.  Luke Kratz         ID    04      3
 54.  Ewan McNay         CT    02      3
 55.  Keith Levy         MD    05      2
 56.  Mark Guttag        VA    02      2
 

2008 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists:

Olin Hentz, CT
2nd

Ken Gutermuth, NC
3rd

Kevin Wojtaszczyck, NY
4th

Marilyn Flowers, MD
5th

Dan Mathias, MD
6th


Past Winners

Debbie Gutermuth, TX
2002

Richard Jones, UK
2003

Legend Dan Hoffman, MD
2004

Jennifer Drozd, IL
2005

Katie McCorry, VA
2006

This year, players had to survive an opening round 5-player game to advance to the Single Elimination 2-player rounds.

Olin Hentz (right) gives the heave ho to our beloved Chairman of the Board, Ken Gutermuth, in the semi-finals.

Five New Laurelists Again ...

The 2008 Carcassonne event once again featured a single-elimination tournament with a slight modification: the first round was composed of 5-player games with winners advancing to 2-player single elimination contests. Scoring used Rio Grande standard rules and only the basic set with the single starting piece. The tournament started a little late due to the GM being scheduled to run the Final in one event back-to-back with the other tournament he was running. Thanks to Dan Mathias for stepping in on his own initiative to get people signed in so we could get started with a minimal delay.

Round 1 consisted of 17 5-player games. Kevin Wojtaszyk had the highest score for the round with 79 points, 32 of them coming from farmers at the end. Eric Hymowitz had the lowest winning total at 48. Starting with Round 2, the GM played as an eliminator (not eligible to win having lost in Round 1 but hoping to win one game to restore balance to the bracket). The GM started 0-2 losing the first eliminator game to Lisa "I got all the Monasteries" Gutermuth 90 to 100. One of the more exciting and high scoring matches of the tournament came in this round when Joe Chacon beat Alex Gesing 159 to 157.

Round 3 saw the GM finally win, eliminating poor Eric Monte to balance the bracket. The Semi-finalists advancing to Round 4 were Ken Gutermuth, Kevin Wojtaszyk, Olin Hentz, and defending champion Robbie Mitchell. A consolation bracket for the Round 3 losers was held to determine 5th and 6th place with Dan Mathias and Marilyn Flowers emerging as the top contenders with Marilyn claiming the victory 129 to 97 for 5th place laurels.

Olin was able to overcome Ken's superior farm scoring to advance to the Final 117 to 99. Robbie extended his unbeaten streak to 10 games going back to last year's WBC with a convincing win over Kevin 132 to 103. Ken came back in the 'Bronze Medal' game to beat Kevin 132 to 106 to claim the 3rd place plaque. In a very close Final, Robbie extended his unbeaten streak to win 129 to 126 to repeat as the WBC Carcassonne champion. A repeat championship is nothing to sneeze at but it is doubly unique in Carcassonne where it not only has never been done before, even returning laurelists are as rare as hen's teeth with but ten such achievements in BPA's 11 tournament history.

Looking forward, next year will incorporate two changes based on 2008's feedback. The first is to remove one straight road tile from the set in two-player games so that each player gets an equal number of turns (35 each). The second is to stay with 4-player games in Round 1. This will likely cause the tournament to go one more round (6 instead of 5) but is a worthwhile tradeoff to keep a multi-player round while increasing the number of turns each player can take (1).

Kevin Wojtaszcyk (left) meets his match in the semis against defending champ Robbie Mitchell.

Olin Hentz's run ends in the Final as Robbie Mitchell successfully defends his title and scores beaucoup Team Tournament points too.
 GM      Tom McCorry  [2nd Year]   NA 
    TomMcCorry@gmail.com   NA

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