victory in the pacific  

Updated 4/4/2009

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Charlie Drozd, IL

2008 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
2008    Charlie Drozd     36

PBeM Event History
1999    Nick Markevich      20
2001    Ed Menzel      32
2004    Rob Flowers      32
2007    Charles Drozd     35
2009    Joe Dragan     42
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Dan Henry          IL    07    272
  2.  Andy Gardner       VA    08    234
  3.  Ed Menzel          CA    06    214
  4.  Michael Kaye       CA    07    186
  5.  Charlie Drozd      IL    08    152
  6.  Alan Applebaum     MA    05    113
  7.  Darren Kilfara     UK    07    110
  8.  John Pack          CO    08     96
  9.  Michael Ussery     MD    08     78
 10.  Joe Dragan         MI    09     66
 11.  Ray Freeman        CA    04     60
 12.  Rob Flowers        MD    04     50
 13.  Larry Meyers       AZ    09     44
 14.  Jim Eliason        IA    08     42
 15.  Tim Tow            TX    04     39
 16.  Ed Paule           NJ    09     36
 17.  Bob Hamel          CT    00     30
 18.  John Sharp         FL    07     30
 19.  Nathan Zietlow     IA    09     18
 20.  Michael Day        AZ    09     18
 21.  John Strand        CO    02     18
 22.  Eric El Osta       BG    00     18
 23.  Philip Watkins     MN    07     15
 24.  Ken Nied           KS    03     14
 25.  Mark Booth         VA    08     12
 26.  Joe Powell         VA    99     12
 27.  Nick Markevich     CA    99     10
 28.  John Sharp Jr      FL    03      6
 29.  Casey Adams        MN    00      6
 30.  Robert Drozd       IL    09      6
 31.  Brad Solberg       CA    99      6
 32.  Scott Fenn         MD    07      5
 33.  Ong Meng Soon      MY    01      4
 34.  Bobby Clinton      CA    01      4
 35.  Max Zavanelli      FL    99      4
 36.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    99      3
 37.  Vince Meconi       DE    99      2
 38.  Glenn McMaster     ON    01      1

2008 Laurelists                                             Repeating Laurelists:

Michael Ussery, MD
2nd

Andy Gardner, VA
3rd

John Pack, CO
4th

Mark Booth, VA
5th

Jim Eliason, IA
6th


Past Winners

Dave Targonski, DC
1991, 1994

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

Darren Kilfara, UK
2007


Jim Kramer sails against GM John Sharp.

Ray Freeman battles 2004 champ Mike Kaye.

Rising Sun IV

36 players clashed in 81 matches over Pacific waters in this year's tournament. Charlie Drozd went 6-1 over seven rounds to claim the championship wood over the highly competetive field which numbered five former champions.

46 Japanese wins (57%) vs 35 Allied wins (43%) and no ties this year made the win ratio closer than last year's 63% IJN victory level. Bids rose slightly -- non-zero bid games featured 3.974 POC bids, while overall bids averaged 3.827. NT1 games averaged 0.67 POC per bid.

Five games had a bid which changed the victorious side to the Allies.

I've had a request to supplement one of the stats with extra information, so here goes:

9 games featured a bid of 5.5 POC (11% of all games), of which 5 resulted in IJN wins (55%)

4 games featured a bid of 5.0 (5% of all games), of which 3 resulted in IJN wins (75%)

23 games had 4.5 POC bids (28% of all games), with 16 IJN wins (70%)

21 games had 4.0 POC bids (26%), with 10 IJN wins (48%)

7 games had 3.5 POC bids (9%), with 4 IJN wins (57%)

5 games had 3.0 POC bids (6%), with 2 IJN wins (40%)

3 games had 2.5 POC bids (4%), with 3 IJN wins (100%)

4 games had 2.0 POC bids (5%), with 2 IJN wins (50%)

No games had bids of 0.5, 1.0 or 1.5 POC

2 games had zero (0) POC bids (2%), with 1 IJN win (50%)

 NT1 games featured:

2 games with 1.0 POC bids (2% of all games played), with zero (0) IJN wins (0%)

1 game had a zero (0) POC bid (1% of all games) with zero (0) IJN wins (0%)

 Lots of games (24) played all eight turns (30% of games played). 12 games (15%) went seven turns, 16 (20%) went six turns, and 14 (17%) went five turns. 10 (12%) ended after four turns, 4 (5%) after three turns, and 1 game (1%) ended after two turns.

 Big changes in store for 2009: Swiss-Elim for starters! Other possible changes: different levels of tournament points for different levels of victory,

Watch for an e-mail, and if you want to get the latest, send an e-mail to GM John Sharp at john_sharp@verizon.net asking to be on the VIP e-mail list.

Jim Eliason and Joe Powell contnue their pursuit of VIP glory.

Charlie Drozd earns his spurs against two-time champ Andy Gardner.

Victory In the Pacific PBEM

Victory in the Pacific: The sixth round and final match in the 5th BPA PBeM Tournament between Joe Dragan (15th Seed) and Ed Paule (23rd Seed) raged through all eight turns before the outcome of the 41st game was known. Unlike most of the contests, the higher seed prevailed as the Allies. In fact, between the two survivors, Joe was the only one to chalk up a previous win as the Allies during the 42-player tournament. However, both were giant killers who knocked-off several top-ranked players along the way to the Final. The bidding went all the way to 5.5 POC for the IJN even though the common adjustments to prevent Allied carrier losses on Turn 1 were used. However, immediately after the bid, the balance of power shifted to the USN following a weak Pearl Harbor raid. Turn 2 saw the Allies sink or cripple three carriers while losing only one. Turn 3 saw four more Japanese carriers go down at a cost of only one US CV as Pearl Harbor fell. Turn 4 saw the Allies take Singapore, Saigon, Lae, and the Philippines to put the IJN's back to the wall. Joe pressed his advantage over the remaining four turns. Even though the USN was favored at this point, Ed's IJN put up a fierce fight. In the end, the USN won with a mere 1.5 POC to spare after the bid.  Congratulations, Admiral Dragan! 

You can get all of the details of their match from http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_07.htm.  The rest of the Top Six earning laurels were 3) Larry Meyers, 4) Nathan Zietlow, 5) Michael Day, and 6) Robert Drozd.  The next BPA single-elimination VIP tournament will begin September 15th.  Get more information at http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_format/vitp_bpa_format.htm

 GM      John Sharp [5th Year]   4701 Hamlets Grove Dr, Sarasota, FL 34235 
    john_sharp@verizon.net  941-359-3991

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