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Updated 11/30/2009

2009 WBC Report  

 2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

Alex Bove, BA

2008-09 Champion

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Event History
2000    John Reiners       95
2001    Michelle Hymowitz       88
2002    Tom Dunning     140
2003    Tom Dunning     109
2004    Steve Scott     116
2005     Alex Bove     121
2006     Chris Terrell     125
2007    Bobbi Warczak     150
2008     Alex Bove     145
2009     Alex Bove     176

Euro Quest Event History
2003     Tom Dunning     22
2004     Ilan Tadmore     23
2005      Joe Jaskiewiez     20
2006      Arthur Field     34
2007      Tom Dunning     32
2008     Joe Jaskiewiez     32
2009     Kirk Harris     37
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Tom Dunning        NY    09    178
  2.  Alex Bove          PA    09    172
  3.  Joe Jaskiewicz     MD    08     70
  4.  Winton LeMoine     CA    08     64
  5.  Steve Scott        CA    04     44
  6.  David Buchholz     MI    09     40
  7.  Bobbi Warczak      CA    07     40
  8.  Chris Terrell      VA    06     40
  9.  David Rohde        MI    06     40
 10.  Michelle Hymowitz  MD    03     38
 11.  John Reiners       NY    00     30
 12.  Scott Fenn         MD    09     24
 13.  Eric Freeman       PA    08     24
 14.  Ken Rothstein      NY    07     24
 15.  Tom Browne         PA    06     24
 16.  Arthur Field       SC    06     24
 17.  Gordon Elgart      CA    02     24
 18.  Cheryl Meek        MD    09     22
 19.  Kirk Harris        NJ    09     20
 20.  Mike Kaltman       PA    07     20
 21.  Ilan Tadmor        NY    04     20
 22.  Tom Stokes         NJ    05     18
 23.  Jamie Tang         MD    01     18
 24.  Michael Johnson    MA    00     18
 25.  James Parauda      NJ    05     16
 26.  Pat Mitchell       DE    03     16
 27.  Doug Galullo       FL    02     16
 28.  Greg Thatcher      CA    08     12
 29.  Chris Burke        MD    06     12
 30.  Jeff Meyer         MA    06     12
 31.  Blair Morgen       NJ    05     12
 32.  Lyman Moquin       DC    04     12
 33.  Jim Fry            MD    02     12
 34.  Steve Brooks       FL    01     12
 35.  Dan Hoffman        NC    00     12
 36.  Frank Arndt        MD    01      9
 37.  David Earls        PA    00      9
 38.  Jake Byrens        CA    09      8
 39.  Kenneth Horan      PA    08      8
 40.  Brad Sherwood      PA    08      8
 41.  Kevin Brown        GA    07      8
 42.  Paul Haynes        MD    04      8
 43.  Evan Tannheimer    MA    04      8
 44.  John Adams         MD    03      8
 45.  Sam Atabaki        CA    09      6
 46.  Rob Kircher        RI    07      6
 47.  Michael Fox        IL    06      6
 48.  Robert Cranshaw    RI    05      6
 49.  Kathy Stroh        MD    04      6
 50.  Rich Shipley       MD    03      6
 51.  John Ellsworth     IL    00      6
 52.  Carmen Petruzelli  PA    09      4
 53.  Anne Chaplin       NY    09      4
 54.  Bob Wicks          CT    08      4
 55.  Jean-Francois Gagneqc    08      4
 56.  Curt Collins II    PA    07      4
 57.  Brian Reynolds     MD    06      4
 58.  Steve Shambeda     PA    05      4
 59.  Kevin Coombs       GA    04      4
 60.  Dave Bohnenberger  PA    03      4
 61.  Keith Levy         MD    03      4
 62.  Dudley Anderson    PA    01      3
 63.  Keith MacFarland   NJ    00      3
 64.  Michael Brazinski  MD    08      2
 65.  Greg Knoll         MD    06      2
 66.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    05      2
 67.  Holliday Jones     MD    04      2
 68.  Phil Taylor        NJ    03      2

2009 Laurelists                                              Repeating Laurelists:

David Buchholz, MI
2nd

Cheryl Meek, MD
3rd

Tom Dunning, NY
4th

Jake Byrens, CA
5th

Carmen Petruzelli, PA
6th


Past Winners

John Reiners, NY 2000

Michelle Goldstein, NY 2001

Tom Dunning, NY 2002-2003

Steve Scott, CA 2004

Alex Bove, PA 2005, 2008-09

Chris Terrell, VA 2006

Bobbi Warczak, CA 2007
     

Aran Warszawski, Eric Freeman, Larry York, Brittany Bernard and Eric Brosius pay homage to the Sun god.

Ra! topped 100 entrants for the eighth straight year while reaching its high water mark this year with 176 players.

An even bigger crowd ...

RA set an all-time attendance record as 176 would-be Pharoahs vied for the coveted John Jacoby prizes, not to mention the "wood" that is awarded to the top four finalists. The biggest heat of the competition was once again the Thursday 3:00 session. Another attendance record fell as RA surpassed 100 in a single heat as 106 players vied in 22 games. We had a minor delay as people returned to their rooms to get more games. We found ourselves nine games short due to the record turnout.

The other three heats held their own with 15 games on Tuesday, 18 on Wednesday, and nine on Friday. This year we had two triple winners and seven double winners in the heats. One of the triple winners went on to win the tournament while the other, Jeff Plummer, lost in the semi's. To make the top 25 for the semi's you needed to win your first heat played unless you won two or more heats. The 25th semi-finalist was Laura Brown who was seeded 36th by virtue of winning her first and only heat played by two victory points.

Past laurelists were dispersed among the five semi-final games except for Table 2 where 2008 laurelist Greg Thatcher and former two-time champion Tom Dunning went head to head. Tom prevailed over newcomer Rob Renaud 42-38 and two double winners, Mario Veillette and the aforementioned Greg Thatcher.

Table 1 saw former laurelist David Buchholz getting the better of double winner Carmen Petruzzelli 41-38. Carmen finished in 6th place due to the lowest percentage of defeat in the semi-final games. Carmen was pleased to take home the Nefertiti statue which was one of the fabulous prizes so generously donated by John Jacoby.

Table 3 saw triple winner Jeff Plummer and double winner Rod Davidson get pummeled by Cheryl Meek who posted a 19-point victory over Laura Brown 55-36.

Table 4 oversaw the ouster of 2008 lauelist and double winner Eric Freeman by newcomer Jake Byrens in a close 39-36 match. Eric missed 6th place by a mere percentage point.

Table 5 featured triple winner and defending champion Alex Bove who advanced with a 45-41 victory over Stephane Dorais.

The Final was a close game throughout. In the closing moments, Alex spent his last sun (the "1") on two monuments which both completed triples (three of a kind) for a total of 10 additional points that proved to be more than enough to defeat David Buchholz 51-44 with Cheryl Meek finishing third only three points further back. Congratulations to Alex Bove for defending his championship and for becoming the first three-time RA champion.

The finalists battle for the Egyptian themed prizes shown at right.

John Jacoby donated these Egyptian themed prizes for the event.


2009 Euro Quest Laurelists

Kirk Harris, NJ
1st

Scott Fenn, MD
2nd

Alex Bove, PA
3rd

Cheryl Meek, MD
4th

Sam Atabaki, CA
5th

 GM      Steve Scott  [6th Year]   NA 
    sscott2753@aol.com   NA

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