Wonders Abound ...
Ast. GM Brian Carr has a full house
for his demo.
Spotted in the crowd: Sara Beach,
Dave Platnick, and Rob Kircher
Spotted in the crowd: Claire Brosius,
Jim Garvey and Vassili Kyrkos
Spotted in the crowd: Evan Davis and
7 Wonders made its WBC debut as one of the hottest
new games ever with 170 players vying in the contest without
the benefit of multiple heats. The format required continuous
play starting Thursday at 3:00 PM in randomly assigned 6- and
Round 1 required play of two games with seating rotated during
the intermission. Each player's total points scored for both
games determined the top two finishers at each table. The top
42 players (the 25 table winners plus the 17 highest scoring
runner-ups) advanced to the quarter-finals with seven tables
of six players. The top three from each table reached the semi-finals
of three 7-player games. The top two from each then advanced
to a 6-player Final.
The quarter-finals generated winning scores ranging from 58
to 68. Since the top three advanced from each game, the other
advancers required scores ranging from 53 upwards. The closest
game advanced scores of 60, 59 and 58 while those with 56, 55,
54 and 49 missed the cut. Another tight contest advanced top
scores of 58, 58 and 57. Eventual champion Matthew Beach scored
the most dominant win with a 67 - 14 points ahead of second.
The semis produced two dominant wins and one close game. Ken
Schlosser won easily with 70 over Matthew Beach's 57 while Karl
Henning scored 70 to Dominic Blais' 62. Robbie Mitchell and Chris
Terrell both advanced in a closer contest with scores of 68 and
The Final was randomly seated and played at a quicker pace
- befitting experienced players who were further rewarded with
a close contest. Matthew won his first WBC title by one point
over Dominic's 59 score. Claiming third thrrough sixth place
laurels were Robbie 56, Chris 54, Ken 47 and Karl 39.
There were some trends among the winners of the advanced rounds.
Ten games comprised the last three rounds with one tie yielding
11 top scores. Among these the biggest key to victory was to
have a strong military. Seven of the 11 included either a 17
or 18 military score. The others had military scores of 14, 10,
8 and 7. Thus, no one was able to win without at least an average
military score. In the preliminary round only three of the 25
winners had military scores < 0. Neither the green scientific
buildings nor the blue civilian buildings proved as necessary
as military. Of those 11 top scores, six had 0 green scores.
Two more had only four green points. One had 13, and only two
scored big with 31 and 48. Blue buildings also yielded widely
variable scores. Six generated scores below 10 with 3 being the
lowest. The remaining five scores were 10, 11, 15, and 26 twice.
Clearly, scoring big with green or blue was much less a requirement
of victory than military scoring.
By any measure, it was a rousing debut for an event
which jumped to the forefront of WBC competitions.
Spotted in the crowd: Three of the
41 ladies in the field.
Spotted in the crowd: James Doughan
and Craig Reece.