enemy in sight

Updated 11/30/2009

2009 WBC Report  

 2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

Matthew Bacho, MD

2009 Champion

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Event History
1991    Winston Forrest      17
1992    John Kilbride      32
1993    Fred Gosnell      38
1994    Larry York      37
1995    Phil Thomas      49
1996    Fred Gosnell      36
1997    Tim Evinger      64
1998    Winston Forrest      59
1999    Gordon Rodgers     42
2000    Gordon Rodgers     42
2001    Thomas Wojke     55
2002    Michael Sincavage     42
2003    Matt Evinger     50
2004     Bill Peeck     30
2005    Wade Fowble     31
2006    Evan Hitchings     28
2007     Matt Evinger     32
2008     Robert Eastman     46
2009    Matthew Bacho     42
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    09     78
  2.  Matt Evinger       PA    09     75
  3.  Mike Sincavage     VA    02     48
  4.  Evan Hitchings     DE    09     38
  5.  Bill Peeck         NY    08     38
  6.  Mike Mitchell      GA    04     36
  7.  Robert Eastman     NV    08     33
  8.  Matthew Bacho      MD    09     30
  9.  Tom Wojke          PA    01     30
 10.  Alan Arvold        IL    04     27
 11.  Kevin Coombs       GA    08     21
 12.  Bill Alderman      VA    08     21
 13.  Wade Fowble        MD    05     20
 14.  John Elliott       MD    08     18
 15.  Blair Morgen       NJ    03     18
 16.  Pat Mirk           FL    02     18
 17.  Rob Kilroy         PA    01     18
 18.  Neal Schlaffer     MD    99     18
 19.  Bill Powers        VA    07     16
 20.  Michael Ussery     MD    09     12
 21.  Jon Izer           MD    06     12
 22.  Bill Place         PA    05     12
 23.  Dave Long          NC    04     12
 24.  Jon Lockwood       VA    03     12
 25.  Forrest Speck      MD    03     12
 26.  Nick Evinger       PA    02     12
 27.  Larry York         CA    00     12
 28.  Dan Gavrilovic     on    09      9
 29.  Tim Evinger        PA    08      9
 30.  John Speck         MD    07      9
 31.  Joe Burch          MD    02      9
 32.  Robert Kirchner    MA    01      9
 33.  Bill Burch         MD    06      8
 34.  Ben Knight         MD    05      8
 35.  Mike Cannon        MD    07      6
 36.  Dale Long          NJ    06      6
 37.  Beth Zhao          VA    03      6
 38.  Rob Navolis        OH    00      6
 39.  Steve Scott        CA    99      6
 40.  Jim Mehl           VA    06      4
 41.  Tim Hitchings      DE    07      3
 42.  James Pei          TX    02      3
 43.  Randall MacInnis   NJ    01      3
 44.  Todd Surgoine      OH    00      3
 45.  Mike Windle        DE    05      2

2009 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists: 0

Gordon Rodgers, PA
2nd

Michael Ussery, MD
3rd

Dan Gavrilovic, on
4th

Matt Evinger, PA
5th

Evan Hitchings, DE
6th


Past Winners

'91 98: W. Forrest,VA
1995: Phil Thomas, MD

John Kilbride, PA
1992

Fred Gosnell, VA
1993, 1996

Larry York, CA
1994

Tim Evinger, PA
1997

Gordon Rodgers,PA
1999-2000

Thomas Wojke, PA
2001

Mike Sincavage,VA
2002

Matt Evinger, PA
2003, 2007

Bill Peeck, NY
2004

Wade Fowble, MD
2005

Evan Htchings, DE
2006

Robert Eastman, NV
2008

Matthew Bacho, MD
2009
 
 

Larry York and Michael Mitchell break the line.

Paul Weintraub, James Kramer and Bruce Monnin man the lifeboats.

Sudden Death House Rule

Both new and familiar faces came to play in the three Heats.  The Demo attracted six players to this old warhorse - proving that every game is new to somebody.  Changing the format (to multiple Heats, "B" status, two hands only with tiebreakers, only [and all] Winners advance to the Final) worked well in reviving flagging attendance figures.  Limiting the games to two hands was necessary to allow players to participate on Sunday in the face of travel plan time crunches. The "old hands" were pleased that Enemy in Sight was being played in multiple heats on three different days, yet remained a last chance option on Sunday.  Some of the two-hand heats had winners with over 100 points.  One heat had a player with 107 points after one hand.  As expected, he was reduced to no line ships and lost points by the end of the second hand. Methinks the VC need to be adjusted to declare a winner as the first to 100 points or the leader after two hands - whichever occurs first. Tiebreakers were used on two occasions, prizes being the determinate in both cases. The three-hour time slots were necessary, as several games took longer than two hours to complete the two hands.

Many of the 42 players participated in more than one heat.  Apparently, the Evinger clan considers EIS an annual "must-do" event at WBC, as five appeared for the Sunday Heat. Seven of the ten qualifying winners appeared for the Final on Sunday at noon. 

In the Final, play was swift and deadly. At one point there were three Break-the-Line cards and one Blockade in play.  The first hand saw Evan Hitchings gain 41 points, only to lose15 of them in the second hand and not score another point.  The special rule which eliminated the lowest score at the end of each hand of the Final speeded play more and eliminated Joe Burch in the first hand, and Hitchings in the second, who thereby claimed sixth place laurels by avoiding the first heave ho.  Five remained for the third hand which was bloody.  As usual, those who needed Refuse Battle cards couldn't find one, while one player, with no prizes, had three.  Prizes were taken, then snatched away, and then boarded and taken again!  Matt Evinger couldn't win a boarding party despite deploying extra cards - three times in a row!  Since many Prizes were scored, potential winners played Sink the Leader.  Scores were racked up at a furious rate.  Matthew Bocho, (who won the first heat with a tie-breaker,) took six prizes.  He scored 58 points in sunk ships in the third hand to sail away with the title. 

A special treat was the award of a Winner's Medal from Lost Battalion Games. 

Finalists battle in an empty hall in Sunday's last chance at wood.

Matt Evinger and Michael Ussery trade broadsides.
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