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Updated 11/30/2008

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 2009 Status: pending 2009 GM commitment

Lee Rodriguez, VA

2008 Champion

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Event History
1991    Jim Fuqua      25
1992    Sean Cousins      20
1993    Jim Fuqua      49
1994    Caleb Cousins      42
1995    Sean Cousins      36
1996    Sean Cousins      20
1997    Tracy Graf      46
1998    Chris Geggus      46
1999    Bruce Glassco     38
2000    Tom McCorry     45
2001    David Buchholz     51
2002    Steve Cuccaro     50
2003    Llew Bardecki     56
2004    Steve Cuccaro     48
2005     Steve Cuccaro     40
2006     Pete Stein     39
2007     Pete Stein     33
2008    Lee Rodrigues     34
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Steve Cuccaro      MD    08    130
  2.  Peter Stein        OH    08     86
  3.  Tom McCorry        VA    01     46
  4.  Lee Rodrigues      VA    08     42
  5.  Llew Bardecki      ON    03     40
  6.  Marc Houde         VA    04     35
  7.  David Buchholz     MI    01     30
  8.  Bruce Glassco      NJ    99     30
  9.  Sean McCulloch     OH    06     28
 10.  Nick Smith         UK    07     27
 11.  Charles Davis      WV    04     25
 12.  Jim Jordan         MD    07     24
 13.  Peter Pollard      TN    02     24
 14.  Bob Jamelli        PA    00     24
 15.  Ewan McNay         CT    08     20
 16.  Chris Geggus       UK    06     18
 17.  Brian Carr         VA    05     18
 18.  Peter Staab        PA    99     18
 19.  Jason Wagner       NJ    00     16
 20.  Jerry Ohlinger     NY    03     12
 21.  Ron Wuerth         VA    02     12
 22.  Sean Cousins       ME    01     12
 23.  James Hopkin       CA    00     12
 24.  Andy Latto         MA    08      9
 25.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    05      9
 26.  Joe Delaney        NY    06      9
 27.  Steve Cameron      PA    01      9
 28.  Roy Pettis         VA    07      8
 29.  Linda Pattison     MD    03      8
 30.  Ray Stakenas       MI    02      8
 31.  Greg Tanner        AZ    06      6
 32.  Jay O'Donnell      OH    99      6
 33.  Phillip Yaure      PA    07      4
 34.  Barry Shoults      MI    03      4
 35.  David Rohde        MI    02      4
 36.  Elizabeth Lang     MA    00      4
 37.  Nick Benedict      CA    08      3
 38.  Martin Davis       CT    06      3
 39.  Don Tatum          MD    04      3
 40.  Zach Fietsch       NC    01      3
 41.  Mark Neale         ME    99      3

2008 Laurelists                                             Repeating Laurelists 

Steve Cuccaro, MD
2nd

Ewan McNay, CT
3rd

Andy Latto, MA
4th

Pete Stein, OH
5th

Nick Benedict, CA
6th


Past Winners

Jim Fuqua, MI
1991, 1993

Sean Cousins, ME
'92, '95-'96

Tracy Graf, MD
1997

Chris Geggus, UK
1998

Bruce Glassco, VA
1999

Tom McCorry, PA
2000

David Buchholz, MI
2001

Steve Cuccaro, MD
2002, 2004-2005

Llew Bardecki, ON
2003

Pete Stein, OH
2006-2007


BPA Chairman Ken Gutermuth (left) has his eye on a different Chairmanship.

The gulag seems well stocked with ladies this year.

Laughing at the Cold War ...

We all know the proverb "old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill". This year, the "old guard" in Kremlin found out that that adage doesn't always hold: the Final was won by the youngest player maneuvering the youngest politician to the top of the Politburo.

This year was unusual in several respects. First, there were no "three wave and out" games in any of the heats, even though eight of the 11 heat games were won on waves. The earliest win on waves was by Jeff Pattison, who claimed victory in his second heat with three waves on the fifth turn. This win was nearly enough to get Jeff into the Final, but he was edged out by Ewan McNay on a tiebreaker. In addition, no heat game lasted until Turn 10 1/2; ie, the other three heats were won by depleting the politicians. The most notable of these games was won by Phil Yaure; after an amazing run of purges and death die rolls, an unfilled Politburo ended the game in his favor on a very early Turn 5. Finally, the GM managed to win his first heat with a third wave on Turn 10, thus making the Final (in spite of his poor showing in the other three heats) for the first time since becoming the GM.

The clear leader going into the Final was former GM and defending two-time champion Pete Stein, as the only player who managed to win two heats. It looked like he was starting off strong with (apparent) control of Nestor, but poor Nestor didn't make it through the year. Nor did most of the older members of the Politburo. When the crypt dust settled, Wassily Protzky finished the Replacement Phase as Party Chief.

Lee Rodriguez was not shy about adding years to the young Protzky, reshaping the Politburo to his liking. His first action was to promote Viktor Wasolin from a second level position to KGB Head. The combination of a young and healthy Party Chief and KGB head under Lee's control was too much for the remaining players to handle. A lucky health roll on Turn 2 wounded Protzky and caused a failed wave, but this only set up the ascension of Wasolin to Party Chief on Turn 3, and despite a flurry of card play Lee was able to get two waves in succession, ending the game on Turn 4 with his first Kremlin crown.

 GM      Steve Cuccaro [3rd Year]  NA
    Cuccaro@fastmail.fm   (NA)

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