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Updated 11/21/2010

2010 WBC Report  

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Tim Hitchings, DE

2010 Champion

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Event History
1991    Winston Forrest      17
1992    John Kilbride      32
1993    Fred Gosnell      38
1994    Larry York      37
1995    Phil Thomas      49
1996    Fred Gosnell      36
1997    Tim Evinger      64
1998    Winston Forrest      59
1999    Gordon Rodgers     42
2000    Gordon Rodgers     42
2001    Thomas Wojke     55
2002    Michael Sincavage     42
2003    Matt Evinger     50
2004    Bill Peeck     30
2005    Wade Fowble     31
2006    Evan Hitchings     28
2007    Matt Evinger     32
2008    Robert Eastman     46
2009    Matthew Bacho     42
2010    Tim Hitchings     38
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    09     78
  2.  Matt Evinger       PA    09     75
  3.  Mike Sincavage     VA    02     48
  4.  Bill Peeck         NY    10     47
  5.  Evan Hitchings     DE    09     38
  6.  Mike Mitchell      GA    04     36
  7.  Tim Hitchings      DE    10     33
  8.  Robert Eastman     NV    08     33
  9.  Matthew Bacho      MD    09     30
 10.  Tom Wojke          PA    01     30
 11.  Bill Alderman      VA    10     27
 12.  Alan Arvold        IL    04     27
 13.  Kevin Coombs       GA    08     21
 14.  Wade Fowble        MD    05     20
 15.  David Brooks       TN    10     18
 16.  John Elliott       MD    08     18
 17.  Blair Morgen       NJ    03     18
 18.  Pat Mirk           FL    02     18
 19.  Rob Kilroy         PA    01     18
 20.  Neal Schlaffer     MD    99     18
 21.  Bill Powers        VA    07     16
 22.  Stephen Squibb     PA    10     12
 23.  Michael Ussery     MD    09     12
 24.  Jon Izer           MD    06     12
 25.  Bill Place         PA    05     12
 26.  Dave Long          NC    04     12
 27.  Jon Lockwood       VA    03     12
 28.  Forrest Speck      MD    03     12
 29.  Nick Evinger       PA    02     12
 30.  Larry York         CA    00     12
 31.  Dan Gavrilovic     on    09      9
 32.  Tim Evinger        PA    08      9
 33.  John Speck         MD    07      9
 34.  Joe Burch          MD    02      9
 35.  Robert Kirchner    MA    01      9
 36.  Bill Burch         MD    06      8
 37.  Ben Knight         MD    05      8
 38.  Mike Cannon        MD    07      6
 39.  Dale Long          NJ    06      6
 40.  Beth Zhao          VA    03      6
 41.  Rob Navolis        OH    00      6
 42.  Steve Scott        CA    99      6
 43.  Jim Mehl           VA    06      4
 44.  Nick Paciorek      DE    10      3
 45.  James Pei          TX    02      3
 46.  Randall MacInnis   NJ    01      3
 47.  Todd Surgoine      OH    00      3
 48.  Mike Windle        DE    05      2

2010 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists: 0

David Brooks, TN
2nd

Stephen Squibb, PA
3rd

Bill Peeck, NY
4th

Bill Alderman, VA
5th

Nick Paciorek, DE
6th

Past Winners

'91 98: W. Forrest,VA
1995: Phil Thomas, MD

John Kilbride, PA
1992

Fred Gosnell, VA
1993, 1996

Larry York, CA
1994

Tim Evinger, PA
1997

Gordon Rodgers,PA
1999-2000

Thomas Wojke, PA
2001

Mike Sincavage,VA
2002

Matt Evinger, PA
2003, 2007

Bill Peeck, NY
2004

Wade Fowble, MD
2005

Evan Htchings, DE
2006

Robert Eastman, NV
2008

Matthew Bacho, MD
2009
 

Tim Hitchings, DE
2010

An early heat is hotly contested.

The finalists gather on Sunday.

Sudden Death House Rule

This year's gathering attracted old and new friends, including the usual spate of Evingers, to play fast, and, occasionally, furious hands to see how many, and how quickly, they could sink one another's ships.The Demo was fun, and introduced the game to several newbies, including some who owned the game but had not played it, or had not played it for several years.Once we got underway in earnest, each table had a mix of 'old salts' and 'landlubbers'. The latter got much advice on each card play, always with the caution, "not on Me!"

The 'Two Hand Rule', changing the winning scoring to be that of the highest after two hands, rather than playing complete hands to 100 points, was effective in drawing many players to the Wednesday and Thursday heats. Alas, some of those Winners did not make it back to the Sunday Final. There were ten tables (and ten Winners) in the heats, but only seven sat down for the Final. The three-hour time limit was not endangered at any table. The other rule modifications, using duplicate Boarding Party or Refuse Battle cards to enhance chances of boarding and exiting ships still in port, were readily accepted, and only occasionally, used.

Sunday's last-chance heat attracted 22 players at four Tables. Each table had fast action with the winners sweating scant leads. Tim Hitchings had zero points after the first hand, but won with 58 points in prizes alone (!) in addition to sunk ships in the second. That table saw Ben Gardner leap out ahead into the cross hairs with 75 points in the first hand, only to be completely skunked in the second. So Ben lost to Tim 75 to 77.

All finalists were well aware of the new rule, which had the lowest score at the end of each hand walk the plank. Three hands were played, Blair Morgen got zip in the first one and was excused, while Nick Paciorek had the lowest score, just barely, in the second, and went home. (Note: This 'Elimination Rule' was designed to speed play in the Final to aid those needing a swift departure to make their way home, especially if there are a lot of players, and it helped. However, I feel that a six-player table is a fairly fast play, so next year, assuming I'm GM, I'll add a change, "until there are six players remaining" to the 'Elminiation Rule'.)

Hand limits were jettisoned for the Final so 100 points were needed to win. All the finalists were experienced, so, while there was lots of advice, it was more in the nature of 'competitive banter' (AKA Trash Talk) than anything useful. Scoring was slow in the first hand, the highest being 26 points! The second hand had saw three players emerge from the pack, separated by four points (78, 80, 82). So, the third hand, now down to five players, had too many targets, to rein in all the leaders. The scoring ballooned in that hand, and the winner determined by card play in the very last round. Tim Hitchings won to take his first EIS title and his first WBC double win in 20 years, with a staggering 151 points, leaving David Brooks to ponder how he could score 132 in a game to 100 without winning.

Stephen Squibb, Tim Hitchings and Nick Paciorek form their lines in the week's last Final.

David Brooks and Bill Peeck do their "who, me?" impressions while trying to avoid broadsides.
 GM      Bill Alderman  [3rd Year]   5 Baskin Court, Palmyra, VA 22963-3015 
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