battle cry  

Updated 11/15/2011
2011 WBC Report  

 2012 Status: pending 2012 GM commitment
Lyman Moquin, DC
2011 Champion

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Event History
2001    Ilan Woll     56
2002    Philip Shea     52
2003    Josh Githens     64
2004    Barry Shoults     52
2005    Robert Eastman     52
2006    Jeff Cornett     42
2007    Larry Lingle     64
2008    Jeff Cornett     48
2009    Steve Lollis     32
2010    Nicole Reiff     44
2011     Lyman Moquin     49
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jeff Cornett       FL    11     90
  2.  Philip Shea        VA    11     66
  3.  Ben Knight         MD    09     51
  4.  Lyman Moquin       DC    11     48
  5.  David Metzger      NY    11     42
  6.  Robert Eastman     NV    05     33
  7.  Steve Lollis       MD    09     33
  8.  Nicole Reiff       OH    10     30
  9.  Larry Lingle       PA    07     30
 10.  Barry Shoults      MI    04     30
 11.  Josh Githens       SC    03     30
 12.  Ilan Woll          CT    01     30
 13.  Jeff Mullet        OH    04     27
 14.  Roy Gibson         MD    11     21
 15.  Pat Mirk           FL    10     21
 16.  Michael Dauer      TX    08     18
 17.  Ty Hansen          DC    07     18
 18.  Greg Berry         VA    06     18
 19.  Ted Lange          ae    05     18
 20.  Bill Place         PA    03     18
 21.  George Sauer       OH    02     18
 22.  Bruce Reiff        OH    10     15
 23.  Bill O'Neal        NY    09     12
 24.  Bill Alderman      VA    09     12
 25.  Tom Morin          MA    07     12
 26.  John Koskl         MD    02     12
 27.  Terry Coleman      CA    09      9
 28.  John Shaheen       MA    08      9
 29.  John Elliott       MD    05      9
 30.  Ryan Duncan        MD    02      9
 31.  Jeff Evich         MD    01      9
 32.  Scott Sirianna     NY    10      6
 33.  Stephen Buonocore  NJ    07      6
 34.  James Terry        NJ    06      6
 35.  Chuck Stapp        NJ    05      6
 36.  Ed Kendrick        uk    03      6
 37.  Rich Ogata         VA    02      6
 38.  Brian Conlon       OK    01      6
 39.  Eric Martin        MD    10      3
 40.  Jack Morrell       NY    09      3
 41.  Scott Nerney       RI    07      3
 42.  Bill Edwards       VA    04      3
 43.  Richard Moyer      MN    03      3
 44.  Gene Billingsly    CA    01      3

2011 Laurelists                                               Repeating Laurelists:

Jeff Cornett, FL
2nd

Philip Shea, FL
3rd

David Metzger, NY
4th

Roy Gibson, MD
5th

Rob Eastman, NV
6th


Past Winners

Ilan Woll ,CT
2001

Philip Shea, CT
2002

Josh Githens, SC
2003

Barry Shoults, MI
2004

Robert Eastman, NV
2005

Jeff Cornett, FL
2006, 2008

Larry Lingle, PA
2007

Steve Lollis, MD
2009

Nicole Reiff, OH
2010

Lyman Moquin, DC
2011

Repeat English visitor Peter Eldridge and Jon Lockwood battle in the preliminaries. No Palevda Gambit available here.

Roy Gibson downs Eric Filipkowski to improve to 4-1 and advance to the elimination rounds and, ultimately, fifth place laurels.

Eight Rpunds to Glory ...

Battle Cry was reprinted this year. The tournament used the new edition rules and all new scenarios. The tournament format was five rounds of Swiss play followed by three rounds of single-elimination.

In the first Swiss round, players with games were matched against those without. The Have Nots went 9-10. For the tournament, the Haves took 33 of 59 contests. Only two of the eight qualifiers did not bring a game. As players dropped out, there were always enough games available. Over the first five rounds, the Haves represented 61%, 69%, 71%, 70% and 79% of all players.

Most scenarios were reasonably balanced. The third round featuring the battle of Belmont proved to be the exception, with the North winning 14 of 17 games, in spite of the South getting extra card draws in ten of those games due to player bids for sides.

After four rounds, three players (Phil Shea, Robert Eastman, and Scott Cornett) were unbeaten and eligible for the playoffs without need of a fifth game, but Scott dropped, allowing him to play other events with conflicting schedules. No less than six former champions were still in contention at the start of the fifth round.

Nine players were 3-1 going into Round 5. The battle of Little Sugar Creek was supposed to be a fast scenario since only four flags were needed for the win. However, those precious four flags resulted in very conservative play with games lasting up to two hours. The scenario appeared balanced with neither side getting much in the way of bids. However, the South won all eight matches. Lyman Moquin, Roy Gibson, Jeff Mullet and Bruce Reiff won their must-win matches over Barry Shoults, Steve Lollis, Jeff Cornett, and Dave Metzger respectively to advance. Meanwhile, the ninth 3-1 contender, Jack Morrell, was upset by Scott Sirianna (previously 2-2).

That left room for two 3-2 records to advance to the quarter-finals. There were nine candidates for the two opportunities. Using a random card draw, Dave Metzger and Jeff Cornett advanced. The seven less fortunate included defending champ Nicole Reiff, plus 2004 champion Barry Shoults, 2009 champ Steve Lollis, Chuck Stapp, Jeff Lange, Scott Sirianna and Jack Morrell.

Round 6 featured the battle of Oak Grove -- won by each side twice. Winning as the North, Phil Shea preserved his undefeated record by besting Bruce Reiff who was continuing his down year, while Dave Metzger upset Jeff Mullet. Winning as the South, Lyman Moquin defeated Roy Gibson, while Jeff Cornett upset the previously unbeaten 2005 champion, Robert Eastman. Both 3-2 qualifiers had upset opponents with better records.

In the semi-finals, players bid heavily (three extra card draws) for the right to play the South which started on the high ground in the battle of Prairie Grove. The bids may not have been high enough as the South still won both games. Cornett got past Metzger in a close match-up of the 3-2 qualifiers while Moquin upset unbeaten 2002 champion Shea.

The Final featured the battle of Perryville on a map heavily obstructed by river, woods, and hills. The North had two more units and began defending hills in the map center. However, they have almost half their army bogged down in river and woods on their right side. The Confederates move first, but must cross a river and three more open terrain to get to the Union center. Moquin earned the right to play the North by bidding four extra card draws to play the South.

As the battle began, Jeff shifted forces from his left flank where the Northern forces were far away and slowed by terrain. The South then charged the middle, pushing the Union artillery back, thus effectively disengaging the center of the board. One of the Union artillery that fell back shifted to support the Union left, thus allowing Lyman to outgun Jeff on the Union left flank. Then began a relentless assault by the Union on their right flank. With a combination of Assault, Battle Cry, and two Force Marches, the South found itself overwhelmed on their left by greatly superior forces. With their four extra card draws, the South counterattacked and held for a while, but were eventually wiped out except for their leader running away to the center.

Trailing six flags to five, and needing seven for the win, Jeff force marched three infantry in the middle hoping to kill a full strength Union infantry with leader attached. The dice were not impressed. Lyman then gained his seventh flag with a kill on his left.

Lyman finished the day with seven wins against a single loss to Jeff Mullet in the second round when Jeff got an extra five card draws, helping his Union win the battle of Wilson's Creek.

Suggestions for next year include shorter scenarios, perhaps by having more units begin within range of each other. Also, players should start the tournament with a random tie-breaker number so that they know early in the tournament how likely they are to advance with only three wins.

Peter Card battles defending champ prodigy Nicole Reiff who lost a random draw from among nine players with a 3-2 record for an opportunity to advance.

The two finalists pause in their eighth round of the day. Two-time champ Cornett won a random draw to slip into the elimination rounds with a 3-2 record.
 GM      Jeff Cornett (3rd Year)  728 Ashgrove Terrace, Sanford, FL 32771  
    JeffreyLCornett@aol.com   407-30-1968

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