war of 1812  

Updated 11/10/2009

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 2010 Status: pending December Membership Trial Vote

David Metzger, NY

2008-09 Champion

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Event History
1999    Robert Mull     22
2000    Charles Hickok     26
2001    David Metzger     20
2002    David Metzger     21
2003    David Metzger     26
2004    Matt Calkins     35
2005    David Metzger     33
2006    Scott Cornett     24
2007    Scott Cornett     13
2008    David Metzger     12
2009     David Metzger     16

Block Party History
2004    Rick Young     13
2005    Mike Sims     10
2006    Mike Sims     12
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  David Metzger      NY    09    175
  2.  Matt Calkins       VA    06     70
  3.  Scott Cornett      FL    07     49
  4.  Michael Sims       IN    06     38
  5.  Rick Young         NC    06     34
  6.  Phil Barcafer      PA    02     32
  7.  Charlie Hickok     PA    00     32
  8.  Jeff Cornett       FL    09     28
  9.  George Young       VT    03     27
 10.  Justin Thompson    VA    06     21
 11.  Rob Doane          MA    09     18
 12.  Mark Miklos        GA    05     18
 13.  Nick Benedict      CA    04     16
 14.  Ric Manns          IN    06     12
 15.  John Poniske       PA    03     12
 16.  Dennis Culhane     PA    01     12
 17.  Charles Stucker    IN    06     11
 18.  Kevin Rohrer       OH    06     10
 19.  Robert Mull        CO    99     10
 20.  Jim Mehl           VA    09      8
 21.  Richard Moyer      MN    04      8
 22.  David Norquist     DC    02      8
 23.  John Haba          CT    09      6
 24.  Floyd Resler       OH    06      6
 25.  Jon Price          NJ    01      6
 26.  John Teixera       VA    00      6
 27.  Stan Hilinski      MD    07      4
 28.  Bill Place         PA    05      4
 29.  David Carroll      OH    04      4
 30.  James Kramer       PA    04      4
 31.  Mike Nagel         NJ    02      4
 32.  Nick Markevich     CA    01      4
 33.  James Miller       VA    08      3
 34.  Bill O'Neal        NY    06      3
 35.  Scott Bowling      IN    03      3
 36.  Karsten Engelmann  PA    00      3
 37.  John Metzger       PA    99      3
 38.  Tom Knapp          PA    09      2
 39.  Bradley Raszewski  MD    08      2
 40.  Troy Daniel        OH    06      2
 41.  Bruce Monnin       OH    04      2
 42.  John Wetherell     PA    02      2
 43.  James Reidy        IN    99      2
 44.  Wesley Chapman     IN    08      1
 37.  Frank Cunliffe     PA    07      1
 38.  Gordon Clay        VA    99      1

2009 Laurelists                                           Repeating Laurelists:

Rob Doane, MA
2nd

Jim Mehl, VA
3rd

John Haba, CT
4th

Jeff Cornett, FL
5th

Tom Knapp, PA
6th


Past Winners

Robert Mull, CO
1999

Charles Hickok, PA
2000

David Metzger, NY
2001-03, 05, 2008-09

Matt Calkins, VA
2004

Scott Cornett, FL
2006-07

Jim Mehl and Carl Willner block away on the Canadian border.

Dave Metzger picks up his sixth 1812 title vs Rob Doane.

Blocks Bursting in Air ...

By the 2009 WBC, the new version of War of 1812 had been in print for over a year, and so became the default version of the tournament.  Players could use the 1985 version if both agreed, but that only happened officially in three of 23 games (although three other games had an undeclared version unknown to the GM).
 
In the games played using the new version, ten were won by the American and seven by the British.  Curiously each side won the same number of games until the Americans swept the three semi-final and Final rounds.
 
Of course there is lots of die-rolling involved in this 1812, which leads to a lot of friendly joshing about "bad luck".  Indeed, in one game Jeff Cornett commented that he was "0 for 38 in major combat rolls".  (Most die-rolls have a one-in-six chance of success.)
 
During the first round it was observed that the event kiosk still had the results paper from last year.  The GM decided not to cross off the name of the prior year's winner, five-time champion David Metzger, as it would likely be a waste of ink to cross it off and then rewrite it if Dave won yet again. And true to form, after three Swiss rounds, Dave was one of the two 3-0 scores, John Haba being the other.  Rob Doane and Jim Mehl joined them in the semi-finals with 2-1 slates.  Also at 2-1 were Jeff Cornett, Tom Knapp and Meghan Friedmann.
 
One semi-final was between John Haba's British, who won every battle in the west, and Rob Doane's Americans, who won every battle in the east.  The outcome was decided by a three-on-three battle for Quebec in which the British did not roll a single hit.
 
In the other semi-final, Jim Mehl's British were very aggressive, attacking Sacket's Harbor on Turn 1 and Detroit on Turn 2, both times suffering severe losses.  On Turn 4 David Metzger's Americans attacked Kingston, annihilating all enemy units there, and the British surrendered.
 
The Final was a game of maneuver, with only two battles in the first two years, (Detroit and Sacket's Harbor).  David Metzger's Americans captured both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and all territory in between, and made a number of amphibious attacks to disrupt Rob Doane's British.  After 1813 the Americans won by a score of 27-15.  Dave Metzger had successfully defended his War of 1812 championship, and the GM did not have to alter the kiosk results sheet.

 GM      Frank Cunliffe  [2nd Year]  NA 
    fhc2@hotmail.com   NA

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