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Updated 11/30/2009

2009 WBC Report  

 2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

Christopher Ellis, FL

2009 Champion

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2009    Christopher Ellis     124

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Christopher Ellis  FL    09     40
   2.  Cary Morris        NC    09     24
   3.  Lexi Shea          CT    09     16
   4.  Jeffrey Senley     PA    09     12
   5.  Henry Dove         MD    09      8
   6.  Marty Hoff         TX    09      4

2009 Laurelists                                           

Cary Morris, NC

Lexi Shea, CT

Jeffrey Senley, PA

Henry Dove, MD

Marty Hoff, TX

Beth Zhao, Richard Shay and Lyman Moquin play on Board #2 in a packed Maretta room.

At Board #11: Sean Vessey, Meghan Friedmann, Donna Harrington and Jeff Cierniak.

Starvation strategy ...

This was the first year for Stone Age as a trial event with 124 people attending, 76 in the first heat alone.  The other two heats had an average attendance of 60.
The scores varied significantly from game to game, even for experienced players.  The highest score was 235, with second place in the same game at 203.  The lowest scoring winner was 137, and the average winning score was 170. 
For the semi-finals, nine of the 16 players had won two games, with three of the remaining four as alternates who had at least won in the first heat entered.  No alternates were needed for the Final.
In the Final, the standard three first moves were taken - farmer, tools, hut - with the fourth taking a green background card with seven food, which is not bad for one resource.  For the rest of the game, people were mostly buying cards which triggered the end game.  Each person had an average of eight cards and five huts by game's end. 
The winner, who happened to be the first player at the start of the game, rapidly built up people.  Although he chose the farm as his first round pick, he was able to use the people hut for Turns 2 through 5 as no one else would take it. He soon had nine people and used a starvation strategy for three turns.  He eventually built up to five farms and stopped starving his people.  Most of these farms, however, were from items for dice cards, which also helped him for points due to 5 farm multipliers from cards he bought.  The x3 building multiplier was not a significant factor in the game, even though it was bought in the second turn. 
The winner only won by seven points, not necessarily a ringing endorsement for the starvation strategy, which usually failed to win during the heats.  A total of ten rounds were played during the Final with ending scores of: 145, 138, 127, and 103.
Sincere thanks to Assistant GM Steven Quade for help in getting everyone sitted quickly.  I borrowed his index card method that he uses in St. Petersburg, which was very useful.  Hopefully, I can have a quarter-final next year with some tweaking of tiebreakers for advancement into the playoffs. 

Board #13 occupies Kathy Stroh, Eric Freeman and Alfred Smith.

GM Rodney Bacigliao oversees his finalists.
 GM      Rodney Bacigalupo  [1st Year]   NA   NA

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