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Updated 11/30/2009

2009 WBC Report   

 2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

Ewan McNay, NY

2009 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
2009    Ewan McNay     37

 

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Steve Cuccaro      MD    09    142
  2.  Peter Stein        OH    08     86
  3.  Tom McCorry        VA    01     46
  4.  Lee Rodrigues      VA    08     42
  5.  Ewan McNay         CT    09     40
  6.  Llew Bardecki      on    03     40
  7.  Marc Houde         VA    04     35
  8.  Sean McCulloch     OH    09     34
  9.  David Buchholz     MI    01     30
 10.  Bruce Glassco      NJ    99     30
 11.  Nick Smith         uk    07     27
 12.  Charles Davis      WV    04     25
 13.  Jim Jordan         MD    07     24
 14.  Peter Pollard      TN    02     24
 15.  Bob Jamelli        PA    00     24
 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.  Greg Tanner        AZ    09     14
 21.  Jerry Ohlinger     NY    03     12
 22.  Ron Wuerth         VA    02     12
 23.  Sean Cousins       ME    01     12
 24.  James Hopkin       CA    00     12
 25.  Andy Latto         MA    08      9
 26.  Joe Delaney        NY    06      9
 27.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    05      9
 28.  Steve Cameron      PA    01      9
 29.  Roy Pettis         VA    07      8
 30.  Linda Pattison     MD    03      8
 31.  Ray Stakenas       MI    02      8
 32.  Jason O'Donnell    OH    99      6
 33.  Jeffrey Martin     CT    09      4
 34.  Phillip Yaure      PA    07      4
 35.  Barry Shoults      MI    03      4
 36.  David Rohde        MI    02      4
 37.  Elizabeth Lang     MA    00      4
 38.  Nick Benedict      CA    08      3
 39.  Martin Davis       CT    06      3
 40.  Don Tatum          MD    04      3
 41.  Zach Fietsch       NC    01      3
 42.  Mark Neale         ME    99      3
 43.  Mark Mitchell      VA    09      2

2009 Laurelists                                             Repeating Laurelists 

Steve Cuccaro, MD
2nd

Greg Tanner, AZ
3rd

Sean McCulloch, OH
4th

Jeffrey Martin, CT
5th

Mark Mitchell, VA
6th


Past Winners

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, 2004-05

Llew Bardecki, on
2003

Pete Stein, OH
2006-07

Lee Rodrigues, VA
2008


Ahhh ... Host A ... what a fitting location for the gulag.

Stein: "Back in '06 when I won it all ..." Curtin: "Zzzzzzzz ....."

Laughing at the Cold War ...

After his three-wave-and-out victory last year, Lee Rodrigues had work commitments and was unable to defend his title (he and the GM had a chat about priorities when he finally appeared on Saturday), leaving the field clear for a new champion. As expected, it wasn't the GM, who while winning the last two of his three heats had to settle for second place when it counted.

This year we played only 10 games in the four heats, despite a slightly larger turnout for the event. Just one of the games had to be adjudicated due to time pressure. Six were won on waves, including those qualifying three of the finalists. Two games were won by attrition, including one game ending on a very early Turn 6 due to hot purge and "health" dice. The remaining slot was filled with the sole turn 10.5 win.

In the Final, Steve took an early lead with control of Nestor and Badenuff (starting as Foreign Minister but quickly moved into the Defense Minister slot). Nestor was able to last until the 4th turn thanks to some luck with both die rolls and his starting Intrigue cards (flu vaccine and one of the two release from sanitarium cards). However, a failure on Turn 2 left Steve with just two waves, and due to a heavy toll with the Turn 4 health dice the Party Chief position went to Goferbrok, who had been lurking in the second level of the Politburo. He turned out to belong to Ewan's faction, and Ewan proceeded to rearrange the politburo more to his liking, moving Shootemdedsky to Foreign Minister and having Protsky replace him as KGB head, as well as replacing Badenuff (still at Defense) with Talksalott.

Goferbrok gave Ewan one (failed) attempt at waving before his waning health put him in the Kremlin wall, after which Protzky became Party Chief. To no one's surprise, Ewan remained in control, naming Strychnin as KGB head and bringing Karrienko back to the Politburo in his starting position as Defense Minister. Turn 5 yielded another failed wave attempt, and the Politburo remained stable until the successful wave ending Turn 6. At this point, Steve took control of Protzky by Adding Influence to get 10+, but to no avail - Protzky didn't survive the health phase. His replacement Strychnin survived health die rolls and card play to wave twice in the next two turns, winning the game and the title for Ewan on Turn 8.

Comrade Martin proclaims his innocence but evokes no sympathy from KGB Head Mitchell.

The finalists gather ... and no finer specimens for the gulag have ever been assembled.
 GM      Steve Cuccaro [4th Year]  NA
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