Combat Commander  

Updated 11/21/2010

2010 WBC Report  

 2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

Michael Johnson, MA

2010 Champion

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Event History
2007    Bob Heinzmann      48
2008    Mike Galandiuk     55
2009    Bob Heinzmann     56
2010    Michael Johnson     40

WAM Event History
2010    Bob Heinzmann     19
 Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    10    118
   2.  Michael Johnson    MA    10     40
   3.  Mike Galandiuk     OH    08     40
   4.  Bryan Collars      SC    09     32
   5.  J. R. Tracy        NY    10     24
   6.  Brian Hanchek      MA    09     24
   7.  David desJardins   CA    07     24
   8.  Chris Byrd         CT    10     22
   9.  Bob Jamelli        PA    10     18
  10.  Rob Winslow        NY    09     16
  11.  Greg Courter       MI    08     16
  12.  Chris Storzillo    NJ    07     16
  13.  Jeff Spaner        MD    10     12
  14.  John Wetherell     PA    10     12
  15.  Jim Mehl           VA    09     12
  16.  Mark McBride       OH    08     12
  17.  Ray Stakenas       MI    07     12
  18.  Stan Buck          MD    10      9
  19.  Peter Gurneau      WI    10      8
  20.  Bruce Young        SC    07      8
  21.  Martin Sample      NH    10      4
  22.  Dan Dolan Sr       NJ    09      4
  23.  Joe Chacon         VA    08      4
  24.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    07      4
  25.  Chris Bauch        LA    10      3

2010 Laurelists                                                   Repeating Laurelists: 0

J. R. Tracy, NY
2nd

Chris Byrd, CT
3rd

Jeff Spaner, MD
4th

Peter Gurneau, WI
5th

Martin Sample, NH
6th

Past Champions

Bob Heinzmann, FL
2007, 2009

Mike Galandiuk, OH
2008

Michael Johnson, MA
2010

Bill Alderman breaks out his card holders for a better view.

James Terry and John Wetherell trade shots.

Balanced and Clear Again ...

The Combat Commander 2010 tournament had several new features. It used a new format (Swiss-Elim) to give people more opportunities to play, a different scenario mix and was even held on a different day. So of course, the question was how would all this "newness" play? 40 gamers, an event low, without the lure and luxury of a second "mulligan" start appeared on Wednesday to find out.

The first four rounds featured Swiss play with a scenario batch that was a mixture of custom designed and "stock" scenarios from the base games. Play proceeded well, and as is the norm for this game, rules questions were few and readily answered. As intended with the Swiss format, the more casual gamers were able to drop in and out at their leisure -- albeit at the cost of being much less likely to advance. Witness our two-time champion who missed the first two rounds. From this Swiss phase four intrepid small unit commanders - Jeff Spaner, J.R. Tracy, Chris Byrd and Michael Johnson - moved on to Single Elimination.

In the semi-finals. J.R Tracy edged Jeff Spaner by killing a unit to force surrender at the last possible chance. In the other contest Michael Johnson squeaked out a similarly close decision versus Chris Byrd.

The Final used the Scenario Generator (known as RSG) built into the game. In this case, Michael and J.R. rolled up quite a scenario. J.R was attacking with a large, elite German force versus Michael's mob of Soviet militia backed by several bomb wielding elite Assault squads. Although J.R had the troop numbers and quality, Michael played the defense expertly and fully exploited his advantages of time and space. His troops suffered heavy losses to JR's elite units, but ultimately the Germans ran out of time.

Michael selected the Band of Brothers DVD set as his additional prize, while J.R received the DVD of Cross of Iron for his second place finish. Combat Commander will be seeing more change in 2011. Bryan Collars will be taking over as the Senior GM with me as his Assistant. Bryan is a class act, as many who play Combat Commander know well. As always, you the player have the ability to shape how this event will work each year by discussing it in the Combat Commander topic on ConsimWorld.

Bryan Collars trades shots with Jamie Tang.

That Bryan fellow sure attracts the ladies.
 GM      Joel Tamburo [4th Year]  NA
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