euphrat & tigris  

Updated 11/30/2009

2009 WBC Report    

 2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

Marc Berenbach, MA

2009 Champion

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Event History
1999    John Kilbride     77
2000    Chetan Radia     49
2001    Aaron Fuegi     66
2002    Jeff Cornett     66
2003    Lance Ribeiro     47
2004    Aran Warszawski     44
2005    Matt Calkins     53
2006    Jeff Cornett     38
2007     Aaron Fuegi     41
2008     Alfred Smith     43
2009     Marc Berenbach     36

Euro Quest Event History
2003    Joe Bellizzi     22
2004     Scott Buckwalter     21
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jeff Cornett       FL    09    106
  2.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    08     70
  3.  Craig Moffit       NJ    08     54
  4.  John Kilbride      PA    03     42
  5.  Ananda Gupta       MD    00     42
  6.  Chetan Radia       uk    00     40
  7.  Rob Kilroy         PA    08     36
  8.  Matt Calkins       VA    08     32
  9.  Aran Warszawski    is    04     30
 10.  Lance Ribeiro      NH    03     30
 11.  Joe Bellizzi       NJ    03     24
 12.  Frank Hamrick      NC    01     24
 13.  Mark Guttag        VA    09     22
 14.  Marc Berenbach     MA    09     20
 15.  Alfred Smith       NC    08     20
 16.  Eric Freeman       PA    06     20
 17.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    04     20
 18.  Ann Cornett        FL    04     18
 19.  Jeff Evich         MD    04     18
 20.  Brian Stone        NY    09     16
 21.  Pat Beaudoin       PA    01     16
 22.  Patrick Shea       VA    09     12
 23.  Daniel Eppolito    CA    07     12
 24.  Lucimara Martins   MD    04     12
 25.  Mario Lanza        PA    04     12
 26.  Will Wible         VA    02     12
 27.  Luke Moffit        NJ    01     12
 28.  Stu Hendrickson    VA    00     12
 29.  Bruce Glassco      VA    99     12
 30.  Thomas Wojke       PA    05      9
 31.  James Hopkin       CA    99      9
 32.  Deniz Bucak        PA    07      8
 33.  Jack Jaeger        VA    04      8
 34.  Steve Brooks       FL    00      8
 35.  Brad Sherwood      PA    07      6
 36.  Jeff Pounder       on    05      6
 37.  Marty Hoff         TX    04      6
 38.  Haim Hochboim      is    04      6
 39.  John Kerr          VA    03      6
 40.  Brian Reynolds     MD    03      6
 41.  Doug Smith         PA    02      6
 42.  Andrew Greene      VA    04      4
 43.  Ivan Lawson        MD    03      4
 44.  Geoff Engelstein   NJ    04      3
 45.  Mark Neale         RI    03      3
 46.  Jason Levine       NY    02      3
 47.  Kevin Wojtasczcyk  NY    99      3
 48.  Jeff Arnold        MD    09      2
 49.  Joshua Ostrander   NY    07      2
 50.  Jarett Weintraub   NY    06      2
 51.  Marshall Phillips  VA    04      2
 52.  Doug Hoylman       MD    03      2
     

2009 Laurelists                                                Repeating Laurelists 

Patrick Shea, VA
2nd

Jeff Cornett, FL
3rd

Mark Guttag, VA
4th

Brian Stone, NY
5th

Jeff Arnold, MD
6th


Past Winners

John Kilbride, PA
1999

Chetan Radia, UK
2000

Aaron Fuegi, MA
2001, 2007

Jeff Cornett, FL
2002, 2006

Lance Ribeiro, NH
2003

Aran Warszawski, Israel
2004

Matt Calkins. VA
2005

Alfred Smith, NC
2008

Marc Berenbach, MA
2009


 

So far, E&T has defied the "Here Today, Gone tomorrow" rep of most Euro events.

E&T was voted Legacy status in 2008 after ten years of consistent performance.

Acquiring Civilization ...

Legacy status returned Reiner Kniza's tile placing masterpiece Euphrat & Tigris to the convention as a Legacy event this year. Despite that and the enhanced prize level, attendance was down to a record low 36 players, possibly due to conflicts with the scheduled Sunday morning Final.

The tournament again used a rules variant this year to balance the advantage of the first two players. Instead of their normal two actions, the first two players received only one action for the first turn only. For the elimination rounds, the higher seeded player was offered the choice of playing first or third. The distribution of wins for 4-player games was 4 - (31%), 4 - (31%), 4 - (31%), 1 (8%) for players moving first through fourth, respectively. This variant continues to offer better player balance and will remain in place next year.

Dynasty \ Finish

 Win

 2nd

 3rd

 4th

 Avg Finish

 Archer 1st (1 action)

 4

5

2

2

2.15

 Bull 2nd (1 action)

4

2

3

4

2.53

 Lion 3rd

4

4

3

2

2.23

 Potter 4th

1

2

5

5

3.07

Seven winners plus the best five runners-up from the preliminary heats rounded out three semi-final tables. In the first semi-final, Marc Berenbauch (8-8-8-8) defeated Patrick Shea (7-7-8-8) and defending champion Alfred Smith. Patrick was only two hypothetical treasures behind the winner but would have to wait to see if his tiebreaker held up. In the second game, leading laurelist Jeff Cornett scored a solid win as the Archers over prior champion Matt Calkins and perennial finalist Rob Kilroy. In the last semi-final, former GM Mark Guttag made his first E&T Final by edging Brian Stone10-10-11-15 to 9-9-11-13. In this case, Brian needed three hypothetical treasures to reach 10-11-11-13 to pass Mark. This was not close enough and Patrick advanced as the closest runner-up.

Turn order preferences for the Final were similar to earlier rounds. Marc had first choice and selected 3rd player. Jeff (1st), Mark. (2nd), and Patrick (4th) rounded out the table. Jeff and Mark used their only first round action to start kingdoms with their Farmer and Priest respectively. However, during the second round they both chose to place two other leaders in a different area, Jeff in the center and Mark in the northwest. Meanwhile, Marc quickly claimed the southwest treasure with his Trader and Patrick got two eastern treasures as he stretched his kingdom out tenuously to link with Jeff's Farmer.

In the first conflict Marc defeated Jeff's farmer to score four blue VP. Patrick then consolidated the remaining kingdoms while claiming his third treasure. Stability reigned for several turns as the players built up support for four closely matched kingdoms. Finally Marl's kingdom in the north stretched too far in claiming a treasure and enticed Patrick to attack with his King. Unfortunately for Patrick, Jeff removed most of his newly found support by splitting the kingdom with a catastrophe in order to avoid a rout. Since there were no temples open in the center kingdom, Mark took the rare action of removing his Priest from the board to make room for his King to attack Jeff in his second action with an internal conflict.

The endgame was punctuated by several large external conflicts. Mark won a green battle against Jeff for five points. Marc won two battles and gained three black, three green, and a treasure. Jeff ended the game by using a catatrophe and dropping in his Trader to claim the last treasure. In the final tally, Marc won with a low score of eight reds (8/9/9/10) on his 30th birthday. Patrick (6/6/7/9), Jeff (6/6/7/8), and Mark (5/6/6/11) claimed the other laurels in that order.

Next year, the 1/1/2/2 action rules variant and hypothetic treasure margin-of-victory tiebreaker will be kept. The GM would like to thank everyone for their participation and is looking forward to another great event next year.

 

Original GM Mark Guttag, Janet Ottey, Phillies backer Rob Kilroy, and defending champ Alfred Smith in Preliminary play.

Ex-champs Jeff Cornett and John Kilbride join Craig Melton in Preliminary Round play.
 GM      Craig Moffit [5th Year]  NA
    tigriscraig@gmail.com   NA 

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