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Updated 11/23/2010

2010 WBC Report   

 2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

Pete Stein, OH

2010 Champion

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Event History
1991    Jim Fuqua      25
1992    Sean Cousins      20
1993    Jim Fuqua      49
1994    Caleb Cousins      42
1995    Sean Cousins      36
1996    Sean Cousins      20
1997    Tracy Graf      46
1998    Chris Geggus      46
1999    Bruce Glassco     38
2000    Tom McCorry     45
2001    David Buchholz     51
2002    Steve Cuccaro     50
2003    Llew Bardecki     56
2004    Steve Cuccaro     48
2005    Steve Cuccaro     40
2006    Pete Stein     39
2007    Pete Stein     33
2008    Lee Rodrigues     34
2009    Ewan McNay     37
2010    Pete Stein     41
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Steve Cuccaro      MD    10    154
  2.  Peter Stein        OH    10    116
  3.  Tom McCorry        VA    01     46
  4.  Lee Rodrigues      VA    08     42
  5.  Ewan McNay         CT    09     40
  6.  Llew Bardecki      on    03     40
  7.  Marc Houde         VA    04     35
  8.  Sean McCulloch     OH    09     34
  9.  Nick Smith         uk    10     30
 10.  David Buchholz     MI    01     30
 11.  Bruce Glassco      NJ    99     30
 12.  Peter Staab        PA    10     27
 13.  Charles Davis      WV    04     25
 14.  Jim Jordan         MD    07     24
 15.  Peter Pollard      TN    02     24
 16.  Bob Jamelli        PA    00     24
 17.  Greg Crowe         MD    10     18
 18.  Chris Geggus       uk    06     18
 19.  Brian Carr         VA    05     18
 20.  Jason Wagner       NJ    00     16
 21.  Greg Tanner        AZ    09     14
 22.  Jerry Ohlinger     NY    03     12
 23.  Ron Wuerth         VA    02     12
 24.  Sean Cousins       ME    01     12
 25.  James Hopkin       CA    00     12
 26.  Andy Latto         MA    08      9
 27.  Joe Delaney        NY    06      9
 28.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    05      9
 29.  Steve Cameron      PA    01      9
 30.  Roy Pettis         VA    07      8
 31.  Linda Pattison     MD    03      8
 32.  Ray Stakenas       MI    02      8
 33.  Mike Stanley       OH    10      6
 34.  Jason O'Donnell    OH    99      6
 35.  Jeffrey Martin     CT    09      4
 36.  Phillip Yaure      PA    07      4
 37.  Barry Shoults      MI    03      4
 38.  David Rohde        MI    02      4
 39.  Elizabeth Lang     MA    00      4
 40.  Nick Benedict      CA    08      3
 41.  Martin Davis       CT    06      3
 42.  Don Tatum          MD    04      3
 43.  Zach Fietsch       NC    01      3
 44.  Mark Neale         ME    99      3
 45.  Mark Mitchell      VA    09      2

2010 Laurelists                                               Repeating Laurelists 

Greg Crowe, MD
2nd

Steve Cuccaro, MD
3rd

Peter Staab, PA
4th

Mike Stanley, OH
5th

Nick Smith, uk
6th

Past Winners

Sean Cousins, ME
'92, '95-'96

Tracy Graf, MD
1997

Chris Geggus, uk
1998

Bruce Glassco, VA
1999

Tom McCorry, PA
2000

David Buchholz, MI
2001

Steve Cuccaro, MD
2002, 2004-05

Llew Bardecki, on
2003

Pete Stein, OH
2006-07, 2010

Lee Rodrigues, VA
2008

Ewan NcNay, NY
2009
       

GM Cuccaro interviews candidates for the gulag.

Nope ... it looks just as hopeless from up here too.

Laughing at the Cold War ...

The tournament benefited from the increased WBC attendance this year with 13 5-player and one 4-player games in the four heats. Two of the new players in the first heat were at the GM's table. Not wanting to give them a bad experience in their first game, Steve gave up a sure win on Turn 3 by allowing his healthy party chief to be convicted of treason and sent off to Siberia, despite holding the "Alibi" card. (Surely, an experienced player and former champion couldn't have just forgotten to play the card? Inconceivable!) Fortunately for his self-respect, Steve was able to connive his way back to the top, use the card on Turn 9 to fend off an assassination accusation, and cement a much more painful win.

Two players (Greg Crowe and Nick Smith) qualified for the Final by winning two heats, the rest by winning their first heat and playing at least twice. The game started off slowly, with little movement in the Politburo for the first two turns; the KGB chief was completely ineffective at purging, and, judging from the health die rolls, the winter was unusually warm in Moscow. Pete Stein claimed control of the sick Party Chief for the first two turns but was unable to get a wave, rolling 1 on both attempts while Nestor's health worsened. Nestor finally went to his reward in Turn 3, giving Greg Crowe control and the first automatic wave of the game through his healthy Party Chief Karrienko. Unfortunately for Greg, Karrienko soon fell ill, and the next three turns only yielded a failed wave (roll of 4), a Sanitarium visit (Greg was forced to play a "get out of Sanitarium free" card to prevent a Guilty verdict during the Spy Investigation trial, thus keeping him from using it to try to wave), and a second failed wave (roll of 5). The Party Chief finally succumbed to his illness in Turn 7, leaving Steve Cuccaro nominally in charge through a very ill Niewitko, elected while in the Sanitarium. The weakling died on the next turn without ever leaving the Sanitarium, bringing Shootemdedsky to the top and putting Pete Stein in control. Pete rapidly collected two waves (not needing die rolls thanks to a healthy Party Chief), preserved Shootemdedsky from an assassination accusation by play of the Alibi card, and ended the game on the 10th turn when the Politburo was emptied out in the health phase.

The long suffering, self deprecating humor of comrade Stein will now have to be put in abeyance. It is hard to emphasize with the travails of a three-time champion now tied for the lead in Kremlin titles.

 GM      Steve Cuccaro [5th Year]  NA
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