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Updated 11/30/2009

2009 WBC Report  

 2010 Status: pending December Membership Trial Vote

Peter Reese, VA

2009 Champion

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Event History
2006    David Gantt     28
2007     Ed Rothenheber     27
2008    Henry Russell     20
2009    Peter Reese     22
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Peter Reese        VA    09     78
  2.  Ed Rothenheber     MD    09     66
  3.  Henry Russell      PA    08     30
  4.  David Gantt        SC    06     30
  5.  Melvin Casselberry PA    09     15
  6.  Francis Czawlytko  MD    09     12
  7.  Rob Mull           CO    07     12
  8.  Robert Vollman     ab    06     12
  9.  Dorian Key         DC    09      9
 10.  Nick Frydas        uk    08      9
 11.  Rob Olsson         MD    07      9
 12.  Robert March       CA    06      9
 13.  Ahmet Ilpars       tu    08      6
 14.  Phil Barcafer      PA    07      6
 15.  Phil Pendleton     PA    09      3
 16.  Jesse Boomer       KS    08      3
 17.  Tom Vickery        NJ    06      3

2009 Laurelists                                           Repeating Laurelists:

Ed Rothenheber, MD
2nd

Francis Czawlytko, MD
3rd

Dorian Key, DC
4th

Melvin Casselbury, PA
5th

Phil Pendleton, PA
6th

Past Winners

David Gantt, SC
2006

Ed Rothenheber, MD
2007

Henry Russell, PA
2008

Peter Reese, VA
2009

 

Jesse Boomer, Melvin Casselberry and Martin Sample stir up the Spanish countryside.

Defending champ Henry Russell, Francis Czawlytko, and Darren Kilfara wage war.

New faces heard from ...

Who says novices can't give a good game? A young college student from the DC suburbs, Dorian Key, played in all three GMT Napoleonic CDW tournaments (Napoleonic Wars, Kutuzov, Wellington) for four days - spending more time in that part of the convention area than any other game - and almost as much time there as the respective gamemasters! Dorian played both heats of all three games, made it into the semis of all three and walked away with more than his share of the laurels - including fourth place in Wellington.

Getting there was a long hard fight.

Twelve games were played in the tournament over the course of four days. The Allies won five (three British and two Spanish wins). The French won seven (four victories for Armee du Nord, three for their southern cousins). Most of the games were close. There was only one 'perfect' game - a first-turn French conquest of Portugal in which not only was Wellington killed, but EVERY key and duchy in Portugal was flagged - and the game ended without a single British soldier on the map.

There were many excellent contests fought by both novice and veteran gamers alike, including a pair of father-son teams. The father in one of those teams, Phil Pendelton, wrote a letter afterwards thanking the GMs for running this and the other two GMT Napoleonic titles, which he dubbed "the Nappy family of games." (Phil added that "Wellington is probably my favorite board game"). He also wrote of he and his son's "enjoyment of being around the 'jolly gamesters' who play those family of games.

Phil made it to the semis in Wellington, but not to the Final. The four who got there - Peter Reese, Ed Rothenberg, Frances Czwaltko and Dorian Key - put on a show worthy of a tournament finale. The fighting was long, hard and brutal, with the later two as French grudgingly giving ground only when they absolutely had too. The defense they built for the endgame kept the issue very much in doubt until the end. The game went the distance, the Allies finally breaking into France as the first three cards played on Turn 3 were French disasters! This gutted what had been a strong defense, and the French finally collapsed - but not without a furious fight! The game ended with only five Spanish units left on the map - but with Spanish flags everywhere and the sacred homeland liberated. It was enough to give Spain, and its player, Peter Reese, the victory.

 

Pete Reese works his way to the title game over Stu Hendrickson and Greg Schmittgens.

Dorian Key, Matt Russell, Fred Schachter, Peter Corrigan and Dan Broh-Kahn let loose the four horsemen.
 GM      Mark McLaughlin (4th Year)  NA  
    mgmprsm@yahoo.com   NA

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