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Updated 11/21/2010

2010 WBC Report  

 2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

Nicole Reiff, OH

2010 Champion

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Event History
2001    Ilan Woll     56
2002    Philip Shea     52
2003    Josh Githens     64
2004    Barry Shoults     52
2005    Robert Eastman     52
2006    Jeff Cornett     42
2007    Larry Lingle     64
2008    Jeff Cornett     48
2009    Steve Lollis     32
2010    Nicole Reiff     44
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jeff Cornett       FL    10     72
  2.  Philip Shea        VA    05     54
  3.  Ben Knight         MD    09     51
  4.  David Metzger      NY    08     33
  5.  Steve Lollis       MD    09     33
  6.  Nicole Reiff       OH    10     30
  7.  Larry Lingle       PA    07     30
  8.  Robert Eastman     NV    05     30
  9.  Barry Shoults      MI    04     30
 10.  Josh Githens       SC    03     30
 11.  Ilan Woll          CT    01     30
 12.  Jeff Mullet        OH    04     27
 13.  Pat Mirk           FL    10     21
 14.  Michael Dauer      TX    08     18
 15.  Ty Hansen          DC    07     18
 16.  Greg Berry         VA    06     18
 17.  Ted Lange          ae    05     18
 18.  Lyman Moquin       DC    04     18
 19.  Bill Place         PA    03     18
 20.  George Sauer       OH    02     18
 21.  Bruce Reiff        OH    10     15
 22.  Roy Gibson         MD    04     15
 23.  Bill O'Neal        NY    09     12
 24.  Bill Alderman      VA    09     12
 25.  Tom Morin          MA    07     12
 26.  John Koskl         MD    02     12
 27.  Terry Coleman      CA    09      9
 28.  John Shaheen       MA    08      9
 29.  John Elliott       MD    05      9
 30.  Ryan Duncan        MD    02      9
 31.  Jeff Evich         MD    01      9
 32.  Scott Sirianna     NY    10      6
 33.  Stephen Buonocore  NJ    07      6
 34.  James Terry        NJ    06      6
 35.  Chuck Stapp        NJ    05      6
 36.  Ed Kendrick        uk    03      6
 37.  Rich Ogata         VA    02      6
 38.  Brian Conlon       OK    01      6
 39.  Eric Martin        MD    10      3
 40.  Jack Morrell       NY    09      3
 41.  Scott Nerney       RI    07      3
 42.  Bill Edwards       VA    04      3
 43.  Richard Moyer      MN    03      3
 44.  Gene Billingsly    CA    01      3

2010 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists: 0

Patrick Mirk, FL
2nd

Jeff Cornett, FL
3rd

Bruce Reiff, OH
4th

Scott Sirianna, NY
5th

Eric Martin, MD
6th


Past Winners

Ilan Woll ,CT
2001

Philip Shea, CT
2002

Josh Githens, SC
2003

Barry Shoults, MI
2004

Robert Eastman, NV
2005

Jeff Cornett, FL
2006, 2008

Larry Lingle, PA
2007

Steve Lollis, MD
2009

Nicole Reiff, OH
2010
 

Jacob Hebner and Kevin Emery lower the average age of the field. Beware grognards. Youngbloods on the rise.

Bruce Reiff defeats Rob Eastman but the 2005 champion still has one more BCY title than Bruce.

The Family that Plays Together...

It was family day at the Battle Cry world championships in the Year of the Family at WBC. 12 of the 44 competitors were related to someone else in the tournament. Quote of the day before the semi-finals: "You mean I got to beat two Reiff's in a row?" Answer: "No, you don't have to, just lose to one of them!"
After five rounds of Swiss, three players emerged undefeated. Last year's runner up, Ben Knight, had the best record at 5-0 in spite of having the toughest opponents (a combined 11-5 against other players). Bruce Reiff and Scott Sirianna were also undefeated at 4-0, choosing to skip the final Swiss round, having already guaranteed their advancement to the playoffs.

The luck of the draw matched Bruce Reiff against Ben Knight in the quarter-finals. In a close fought match, Bruce barely out-diced Ben to become the new undefeated favorite. Meanwhile, Bruce's 13-year old daughter, Nicole, beat the only other undefeated player, Scott Sirianna, sending both Reiff's to the semi-finals.

In other quarter-final action among players with 4-1 records, Jeff Cornett edged Mark Guttag, and Pat Mirk upset Eric Martin. Pat's win counts as an upset because it was the only win for the South out of six playoff games using the Pleasant Hill scenario.

Separating the Reiff's for the semi-finals, Pat drew Bruce (bringing on the now infamous two-Reiff's quote above), and Jeff faced Nicole. Bruce's dice whiffed at the critical moment, and Pat advanced. Meanwhile, Nicole had to get past the only two-time champion, Jeff. She did so convincingly as she boldly marched forward crushing the center, while meeting only light resistance on the flanks.

In choosing sides for the Final, Pat was influenced by his win as the South in the Pleasant Hill quarter-finals. Nicole won both the quarter and semi-finals playing the North at Pleasant Hill, and understood its advantages. Both players got their choice of sides without a bid.

Pat began with assaults on the right and center, creating a strong fortified defensive position on both fronts and killing the first unit of the game. He looked in control at this point, but Nicole boldly marched forward assaulting Pat's terrain-fortified defense. It was tense for a while, but her assault was relentless. In a four-turn sequence, she attacked the middle with a force march, assault, and then two more force marches, killing units at will. In the end, Pat ran for cover with his last center unit, but Nicole's coordinated attack finished him off for a convincing 6-2 win, and her first ever shield.

Scenarios for this year's tournament were all new and designed by Richard Borg, Battle Cry designer. These scenarios were selected from among those to be published when the game is reprinted in late 2010. Most scenarios were well balanced, yet players could bid extra card draws for choice of sides. The most imbalanced scenario was the first Swiss round, the battle of Bethesda Church, dominated by the South with 20 wins to just 1 for the North. High bid was 3, but not enough for the North to win.

Bruce and Nicole also shared one other trait, bidding aggressively for choice of sides. Bruce and Nicole gave away five card draws for choice of sides in Rounds 2 (Kettle Run) and 4 (Averasboro) respectively. Clearly, both bidding and attacking aggressively runs in the family!

Eric Martin and Chuck Stapp exchange volleys. Eric went on to earn sixth place laurels, but alas, no fez.

GM Jeff Cornett watches over the changing of the guard as young Nicole Reiff schools Pat Mirk in the Final. It must be in the genes.
 GM      Jeff Cornett (2nd Year)  NA  
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