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Updated 11/21/2010

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Carolyn Strock, PA

2010 Champion

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Event History
2002    Debbie Gutermuth

  
150
2003    Richard Jones     132
2004    Dan Hoffman     130
2005    Jennifer Drozd     123
2006    Katie McCorry     149
2007    Robbie Mitchell       77
2008    Robbie Mitchell       84 
2009    Lisa Gutermith       59
2010    Carolyn Strock       93

Euro Quest Event History
2003    Scott Buckwalter     37
2004    Ted Mullally     22
2005    Steve Boone     20
2006    Steve Crenshaw     19
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Robbie Mitchell    VA    07     69
  2.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    10     59
  3.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    04     42
  4.  Olin Hentz         CT    08     36
  5.  Debbie Gutermuth   TX    03     33
  6.  Carolyn Strock     PA    10     30
  7.  Katie McCorry      VA    06     30
  8.  Jennifer Drozd     IL    05     30
  9.  Richard Jones      uk    03     30
 10.  Rob Kircher        RI    10     29
 11.  Meredith Mattingly PA    09     26
 12.  Lisa Gutermuth     TX    09     23
 13.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    05     21
 14.  Steve Crenshaw     VA    06     20
 15.  Steve Boone        MD    05     20
 16.  Ted Mullally       NJ    04     20
 17.  Arthur Wines       PA    10     18
 18.  Rebecca Hebner     CO    04     18
 19.  Jay Fox            NJ    03     18
 20.  Michelle Hymowitz  MD    03     18
 21.  Bob Stibula        PA    02     18
 22.  Dan Strock         PA    10     12
 23.  Jeff Mullet        OH    09     12
 24.  Ken Gutermuth      NC    08     12
 25.  Steve Oksienik     NJ    07     12
 26.  JP Roberts         MD    07     12
 27.  Karl Henning       CT    06     12
 28.  Sean Vessey        VA    05     12
 29.  Tom McCorry        VA    04     12
 30.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    03     12
 31.  Eric Hymowitz      MD    03     12
 32.  Ken Dunn           MD    02     12
 33.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    08      9
 34.  Dan Henry          IL    07      9
 35.  Jonathan Fox       IL    06      9
 36.  Andres Dunn        MD    05      9
 37.  Doug Williamson    VA    04      9
 38.  Matt Miller        NJ    02      9
 39.  Thomas Stokes      NJ    06      8
 40.  Ilan Tadmor        NY    04      8
 41.  David Mattingly    PA    10      6
 42.  Marilyn Flowers    VA    08      6
 43.  Robb Effinger      on    07      6
 44.  Mike Fox           IL    06      6
 45.  Kate Taillon       SC    06      6
 46.  Tim Packwood       MN    05      6
 47.  Lee Sensabaugh     VA    04      6
 48.  Tom Rhoads         MD    04      6
 49.  Gwen Alvian        MD    03      6
 50.  Verity Hitchings   DE    03      6
 51.  Thomas Robinson    NC    02      6
 52.  Jonathan Gemmel    MD    09      4
 53.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    06      4
 54.  Hal Haag           MD    04      4
 55.  Dan Mathias        MD    08      3
 56.  Mike Wojtaszczyk   NY    07      3
 57.  Charlie Hickok     PA    06      3
 58.  Derek Landel       NJ    05      3
 59.  Luke Kratz         ID    04      3
 60.  Ewan McNay         CT    02      3
 61.  Keith Levy         MD    05      2
 62.  Mark Guttag        VA    02      2

2010 Laurelists                                               Repeating Laurelists:

Arthur Wines, PA
2nd

Dan Strock, PA
3rd

Rob Kircher, RI
4th

David Mattingly, PA
5th

Legend Dan Hoffman, MD
6th

Past Winners

Debbie Gutermuth, TX
2002

Richard Jones, uk
2003

Legend Dan Hoffman, MD
2004

Jennifer Drozd, IL
2005

Katie McCorry, VA
2006


Robbie Mitchell, VA
2007-08


Lisa Gutermuth, NC
2009


Carolyn Strock, PA
2010
   

Nicola Bradford and Debbie Gutermuth face off.

Rob Kircher lost to Arthur Wines in the semi-finals.

Young-uns Agin

The 2010 tournament attendance rebounded strongly with a few schedule and format tweaks. For 2010 we used a later start time so we fit in the 'pre-Slapshot' zone on Saturday night which avoided many of the conflicts (especially Dominion) that we encountered last year. But the most positive feedback received was the use of a Mulligan Round for the multiplayer round. It gave everyone a guaranteed chance to play in two games, and it allowed players who prefer the two-player format the ability to compete without having to run the gauntlet of the multiplayer round.

The last tweak, using the Inns and Cathedrals expansion in the Mulligan Round, had mixed reviews. This expansion adds three elements: inns on the lake that cause the road they adjoin to be worth double if finished or nothing, cathedrals that cause the city they are in to be worth threes point per tile/pennant if finished or nothing, and an additional "large" meeples that counts as two meeples. On the positive side, most players appreciated the minimal additional rules, the additional tile types, and the opportunity to make a few extra moves in the game from the added tiles. On the downside, the games lasted longer and we were short a few copies. So it looks like the first two tweaks we will keep and I will have to revisit the use of the Inns and Cathedrals expansion next year.

There was a marked change in play style among the players who made it to the advanced rounds this year that reminds me of the better AI opponents in the iPad/iPhone Carcassonne app. The strategy is to trap opponent's meeples and try to get many quick two-point scores from cities and short roads and finish up with claiming farms. I noted several occasions where monasteries were not claimed even with a player having meeples remaining.

This strategy was very evident among the top three who are all from the same family: daughter Carolyn Strock, uncle Arthur Wines, and father Dan Strock. The remainder of the laurelists included perennial contender Rob Kircher, 2004 champion "Legendary" Dan Hoffman, and David Mattingly who was filling in for his wife Meredith, a 2009 laurelist, who could not participate. Emerging from a tense Final game over Uncle Arthur, Carolyn claimed the 2010 crown keeping the streak of the "under 21 champions" alive at six years and counting.

GM Tom McCorry (left) and Dan Strock get in some practise while waiting for the next round.

GM McCorry and his top three finalists who all broke into the Laurels list for the first time.
 GM      Tom McCorry  [4th Year]   NA 
    TomMcCorry@gmail.com   NA

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