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2011 WBC Report  

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Vassili Kyrkos, NY
2011 Champion



Event History
2004    Bruce Reiff       69
2005    Nate Hoam       97
2006    Michael Mullins       88
2007    Vassili Kyrkos       84
2008    L. Dan Hoffman       91
2009    Kevin Wojtaszczyk       99
2010    Luke Koleszar     122
2011    Vassili Kyrkos     116

Euro Quest Event History
2004    Holliday Jones     22

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Vassili Kyrkos     NY    11     70
   2.  Luke Koleszar      VA    10     58
   3.  Nate Hoam          OH    08     54
   4.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    09     30
   5.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    08     30
   6.  Michael Mullins    MA    06     30
   7.  Bruce Reiff        OH    04     30
   8.  Michael Shea       CT    11     24
   9.  Sam Atabaki        CA    10     24
  10.  Matt Calkins       VA    10     22
  11.  Holliday Jones     MD    04     20
  12.  Carolyn Strock     PA    09     18
  13.  Richard Meyer      MA    05     18
  14.  George Sauer       OH    04     18
  15.  Jay Fox            NJ    11     16
  16.  Michael Wei        FL    10     16
  17.  Tom Dunning        NY    05     14
  18.  Eric Freeman       PA    11     12
  19.  Tom Stokes         NJ    10     12
  20.  Robert Drozd       IL    09     12
  21.  Matthew Amitrano   VA    09     12
  22.  Steve Koleszar     VA    08     12
  23.  Brian Kowal        WI    07     12
  24.  Christian Moffa    NJ    06     12
  25.  Ilan Tadmor        NY    05     12
  26.  Josh Cooper        MD    04     12
  27.  Perrianne Lurie    PA    04     12
  28.  Debbie Gutermuth   NC    09      9
  29.  Heather Palenshus  OH    08      9
  30.  Faisal Kassam      ab    07      9
  31.  Jeff Mullet        OH    06      9
  32.  David Buchholz     MI    05      9
  33.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    04      9
  34.  Peter Eldridge     uk    11      8
  35.  David Meyaard      NY    10      8
  36.  Davyd Field        SC    08      6
  37.  Peter Putnam       PA    04      6
  38.  Tom Wojke          PA    04      6
  39.  Tammy Lusk         NJ    11      4
  40.  Jim Vroom          PA    04      4
  41.  Alfred Smith       NC    09      3
  42.  Lisa Gutermuth     FL    08      3
  43.  Robert Kircher     RI    07      3
  44.  John Faella        RI    06      3
  45.  David Gagne        qc    05      3
  46.  Lee Presser        NY    04      3
  47.  Luann Stubbs       PA    04      2

2011 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists: 0

Michael Shea, CT

Jay Fox, NJ

Eric Freeman, PA

Peter Eldridge, uk

Tammy Lusk, NJ

Past Winners

Bruce Reiff, OH

Nate Hoam, OH

Michael Mullins, MA

Vassili Kyrkos, NY
2007, 2011

Legend Dan Hoffman, MD

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY

Luke Koleszar, VA

Richard Fetzer and Debbie Gutermuth doing her annual Alfred Hitchcock cameo in her own photos.

Charles Faella, Doug Faust and Chris Greenfield join the palace building craze as Alhambra again tops 100 entrants.

Palaces R Us

Alhambra used only two preliminary heats to again break triple digits with 116 players chasing 25 available advancement seats.

First heat highlights:
· Karen Roberts topped David Meynard by a single point; 93-92.
· Ed Roberts posted the highest score of 122. This table also had the lowest score (49).
· Carolyn Strock's 117 denied 2007 champ Vassili Kyrkos.
· Ashley Collinson's 104 generated the largest margin of victory (27) over runner-up Robert Drozd.
· Lynda Shea won her table with the smallest wall length of 4. The average wall length of winners in the first heat was 12. This is the lowest wall length for any winner of the past two years. In the process, she beat defending champion Luke Koleszar, who did not return for the second heat - thus ending his title defense.
· Ted Mullalley's 84 generated the smallest spread (25) between first and last.

The other winners in the heat were Craig Moffitt (90), Nick Henning (96), Peter Eldridge (99). Laura DeWalt (120), Jay Fox (105), Jeff Mullet (103) and Franklin Haskey (103).

Second heat highlights:
· Eric Freeman topped 2009 champion Kevin Wojtasczyk, denying his bid for a second title.
· Rob Kilroy had the highest score (107 and the greatest spread (28) over runner-up Lee Mewshaw. Despite this, Eric Cheathams was able to buy three buildings with exact change and was able to pick up three cards to finish that turn.
· Kevin Lewis won the closest game, besting Angela Collinson by one and Alex Henning by two.
· Tammy Lusk and Marybeth Mitchell both won their respective games with 100 points and tied for the game with the largest first-to-last spread (38).
· Hillary Haagen won with the smallest first-to-last spread of 20 points
· Anthony Daw won with the smallest wall (8).
· Rolinda Collinson and Brian Mongold both won their tables with the largest wall lengths (18).

The other winners were Stu Hendrickson (105), Ashley Kilroy (83), Thomas Idzikowski (98), John Luckini (102), Heather Spangenberg (99), Michael Shea (93), and Vassili Kyrkos (89). Since this was Vassili's second heat played and the lowest score of those on the bubble, he was the last alternate.

With 29 winners from the two heats, four would not advance if they all opted to continue. But as so often happens, the lure of other attractions kept four winners away so all qualifiers who wanted to advance were able to do so.

The first semi-final seated Rolinda Collinson, Stu Henrdickson, Ed Roberts, Jay Fox, and Marybeth Mitchell. Rolinda took an early lead by building a wall length of 8. By the second scoring round, it was a very even game with a 7-point spread between the highest and lowest scores. A lot changed by the last scoring round, as this table ended with the largest spread of 29 points between the winner and runner-up. Stu had only picked up two additional buildings to finish last with 63 points. Marybeth had only gained three buildings for a score of 68. Rolinda and Ed each gained four buildings and almost doubled their wall lengths, but Jay had gained five buildings while also doubling his wall length. Jay scored 116 points with Ed at 87 and Rolinda at 78.

The second table drew Jeff Mullet, Lynda Shea, John Luckini, Eric Freeman, and Rob Kilroy. The first scoring round came early with only seven buildings purchased. This put Lynda in the lead, followed closely by Jeff, with John and Rob in the middle, and Eric trailing without points as yet. By the second scoring round, the order had almost completly flipped. Most of the green buildings had appeared so there was a lot of fighting over the lead in green. Eric had taken the lead by obtaining four green buildings and a wall length of 12. He was followed by John who was battling Eric but had only obtained three green buildings and a wall length of 10. Rob was in the middle with a score of 28; followed by Lynda with a score of 22, and Jeff now in last with 17 points. By the last scoring round, a lot of people were ready to make their move. Unfortunately, Rob was not able to become the sole lead in any color, but shared the lead with Jeff in red and white so he trailed the pack with 60 points. Lynda was in a similar situation, sharing the lead with Jeff in the brown buildings, for 65 points. John had made up a lot of ground, but being tied in three colors did not help. He ended with 80 points. It was up to John and Eric to battle it out. They both ended up sharing the lead with the brown buildings with John being the lead in blue and Eric the lead in purple. John had built a wall length of 18 while Eric had a length of 16. The fact that purple is the highest paid color and blue is the lowest made the difference between them with Eric pulling out the win.

The next table had Laura DeWalt, Kevin Lewis, Vassili Kyrkos, Hillary Haagen, and Anthony Daw. After the first scoring round, Anthony's slow start left him with 6 points and trailing the others at 9 and 10 points. By the end of the second scoring round, Anthony had dropped further behind the pack with only 15 points. Hillary dropped back to fourth place with 22 points. Kevin was in the middle with 25. Laura & Vassili were tied at 34. The order did not change in the last scoring round as Anthony ended with 48 points, followed by Hillary with 73, and Kevin at 82. It all came down to Laura & Vassili. They had both obtained 12 buildings and wall lengths of 11 or 13, but Vassili's combination provided him more points giving him the win with 111 points to Laura's 104. Vassili, the last one into the semi-finals, had now returned to the Final.

The fourth table was contested by Karen Roberts, Tom Idzikowski, Heather Spangenberg, Mike Shea, and Brian Mongold. After the first scoring round, the field was spread with Heather taking the lead with 13 points, followed by Brian 9, Karen 8, and Tom 2. Mike was shutout. By the end of the second scoring round, Mike had rejoined the pack. Heather was still in the lead and Tom was in the rear. Tom was unable to make up any ground and ended with 55 points. The rest were grouped together except that Mike had now taken the lead in three of the six colors. His 97 topped Heather 87, Brian 86, and Karen with 85.

The last table had Peter Eldridge, Ashley Kilroy, Craig Moffitt, Tammy Lusk, and Ashley Collinson. The first scoring round grouped Peter, Craig, and Tammy within one point of each other with both Ashley's trailing the pack. Unfortunately, for them, this trend did not improve. After the second scoring round, Peter pulled ahead of Craig and Tammy by 15 points. Peter lost half his lead in the last scoring round but held on to best Tammy by 8 points with Craig in third.

The five victiors then contested the Final round. By the first scoring, ten buildings had already been purchased. Eric had only one building and one wall length for 3 points. Mike also had one building, but 2 wall length for 4 points. Next came Jay, who had two buildings and a wall length of 3 for 6 points. Peter had three buildings and wall length of 4 for 7 points. Vassili also had three buildings, but had the best wall length of 6 giving him the early lead with 15 points. By the second scoring round, there were a lot of ties in the color race. Eric and Jay were tied for the blue buildings. Peter, Eric, and Vassili had a three-way tie for red. Mike, Eric, and Vassili also contested a three-way tie for green. Even though quite a few more buildings were added to their Alhambras, the wall lengths had not significantly changed except for Eric with a 7 and Mike with a 5. Otherwise, the other three had stood pat in the wall race. After the second round scores, Vassili was still in the lead, followed by Mike, Eric, Jay and Peter. Even though Peter had gained 11 new buildings, he did not improve his position by the end and trailed with 53 points. Eric had secured the lead in purple (the highest point buildings), but in doing so, had lost his position in the others which left him with 65 points. Jay had secured the lead in blue and brown and had a nice long wall length of 13 for 78 points, but did not make up the 20 points he fell behind the leader after the second scoring. It all came down to Mike and Vassili. Both added only five buildings to their Alhambra, but Mike had 14 points to make up. The wall lengths were the driving factor. Mike had added only three wall lengths to his Alhambra between the second and last scoring round, giving him a length of 8. Vassili was able to keep his lead in buildings yet almost doubled his wall length from 8 to 15. This gave Vassili seven more points between rounds for an 8-point victory and his second Alhambra title which puts him at the head of the class in Alhambra's eight year WBC run.

Rolinda Collinson, Pam Gutermuth and Rick Bynaker tote that marble for their designer walls.

Vassili Kyrkos, Michael Shea, Jay Fox, Peter Eldridge and Eric Freeman emerge from a field of 116 to make the final five.
 GM      Debbie Gutermuth  [8th Year]   NA
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