titan (2-player)  

Updated 1/4/2011

2010 WBC Report    

 2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

Aaron Fuegi, MA

2010 Champion

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 Laurels

Event History
1994    Paul Goliwas      26
1995    Bruno Wolff      26
1996    Brian Sutton      17
1997    Brian Sutton      29
1998    Ed Rothenheber      39
1999    Jason Ley     32
2000    Brian Sutton     36
2001    Andrew Gross     30
2002    Dan Strock     36
2003    Aaron Fuegi     25
2004    David des Jardins     24
2005    David des Jardins     24
2006    John Sharp III     26
2007    Sean McCulloch     22
2008    Aaron Fuegi     29
2009    David desJardins     30
2010    Aaron Fuegi     30
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    10    166
  2.  David des Jardins  CA    09    131
  3.  Brian Sutton       MD    10     78
  4.  Dan Strock         PA    10     67
  5.  Sean McCulloch     OH    10     57
  6.  Andrew Gross       WA    03     49
  7.  David Finberg      MA    10     48
  8.  Jason Ley          WA    08     38
  9.  John Sharp III     FL    06     32
 10.  Ed Rothenheber     MD    08     30
 11.  Clifford Smith     PA    05     28
 12.  David Platnick     VA    09     27
 13.  Bruno Wolff        WI    09     26
 14.  Jeff Cornett       FL    06     18
 15.  Bill Dufton        CA    02     16
 16.  Masahide Hisanaga  jp    07     12
 17.  Ben Foy            MD    02     12
 18.  Chuck Nail         GA    02     12
 19.  Larry Lingle       PA    01     12
 20.  Geoffrey Pounder   on    07      9
 21.  Steve Koleszar     VA    01      8
 22.  Dave Burkey        PA    04      4
 23.  Akihisa Tabei      jp    10      3
 24.  Nick Page          on    08      3
 25.  Rick Northey       MA    05      3
 26.  Jason Russ         VA    99      2

2010 Laurelists                                          Repeating Laurelists:

Sean McCulloch, OH
2nd

Dan Strock, PA
3rd

Brian Sutton, MD
4th

David Finberg, MA
5th

Akihisa Tabei, Japan
6th

Past Winners

Paul Goliwas, MD
1994

Bruno Wolff, WI
1995

Brian Sutton, MD
1996-1997, 2000

Ed Rothenheber, MD
1998

Jason Ley, WA
1999

Andrew Gross, WA
2001

Dan Strock, PA
2002

Aaron Fuegi, MA
2003, 2008, 2010

David des Jardins, CA
2004-2005, 2009

John Sharp III, FL
2006

Sean McCulloch, OH
2007
       

Barry Barnes vs Dave des Jardins.

Akihisa Tabei of Japan meets Dave Gubbay of Australia at WBC.

Winning Thrice is Twice as Nice when you do it Twice

The beginning of the tournament is always a time of excitement. The players draw randomly to see who will become their first round opponent, waiting for the occasional straggler who is not able to make it right at 10 am. The boards are set up, the clash begins. There is also the contingency extended to a few players who contact the GM ahead of time to arrange a late start, when the 10 am time slot conflicts with another favorite game.

The field included no less than seven former champions. Their games are seeded into the bracket so that the earliest meeting between two champions would take place in the quarter-finals. Five of those champions made it to the quarters, and each quarter-final winner was a former champion, the first time that the semi-finals included no unseeded player.

In the only quarter-final that featured champion against champion, the contest resulted in the mutual death of two titans. Dan Strock won the tiebreaker over David desJardins. Brian Sutton won his quarter in 13 minutes over our good friend from Tokyo, Akihisa Tabei. Aaron Fuegi took a bit longer, running up his score steadily against Tom Johnston. After Aaron earned Titan teleport and an archangel in consecutive battles, Tom bowed to the inevitable and withdrew.

It is worthwhile to mention Aaron's Round 2 game against Art Wines. I happened by the board at a critical moment. Aaron's unwounded 6 high titan had moved between an angel and a ranger. With help from other creatures, both had been eliminated but had yet to strike back. On another part of the battle land, it appeared as if an unwounded lion would become free and be able to reach the titan, so Aaron spilled two hits to that lion rather than kill another lion which would remain engaged. On the strike back, the angel and ranger combined to hit the titan five times, leaving Aaron one hit from elimination. As expected, the lion killed the Cyclops pinning it down and ran to engage the titan. Needing only a single hit, Art's throw did not include a 5 or a 6 and the lion quickly expired. This is unquestionably a game which includes chance, and the eventual winner must not only be good but lucky as well. The probability simplifies to two thirds to the fifth power, or 32/243 for the lion to fail to get at least one hit. And there is also a good chance that the angel and the ranger with ten dice might have killed the titan.

Aaron's semi-final win over Brian included only two battles, and was over quickly. By contrast, the semi-final won by Sean McCulloch over Dan featured 12 battles won by each player before the climax. Sean's big score out of those battles was only 92 points, but Dan's was even lower, scoring 66 points in his largest win. Neither player topped 400 points to achieve teleport. It is unusual for that many battles to take place without a single 100+ score.

In the Final, Sean made an early tactical error by splitting the gargoyles from his titan stack before they had recruited a Cyclops. Shortly after that, Aaron entered a tower with his angel stack, recruiting a guardian. After splitting, he teleported to the tower above Sean's titan stack to recruit a second guardian. When Sean moved, Aaron rolled another 6 and chose to teleport to a plains hex immediately in front of Sean's titan, recruiting ranger with ranger. Sean had nowhere to go. His titan would be blocked forever unless he attacked. Sean had a warlock and a ranger, but because of the earlier split, still had two centaurs and two lions. Not very hopeful, even with the angel to summon. Nevertheless, he attacked as the best option, and the result was the expected outcome. Aaron won his third TT2 title to go with his third TTN championship - all in the same year - with a great deal of skill and a little bit of luck.

2002 Champ Dan Strock loses to Sean McCulloch
in this year's semi-finals. Dan had to settle for third.

GM Rich Atwater watches Aaron complete his double
Titan titles over 2007 champ Sean McCulloch.
 GM      Rich Atwater  [7th Year]  NA 
    gregcrowe@mindspring.com  NA

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