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Updated 11/15/2011
2011 WBC Report  

 2012 Status: pending 2012 GM commitment
Scott Driessen, MD
2011 Champion

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Event History
1991    Winston Forrest      17
1992    John Kilbride      32
1993    Fred Gosnell      38
1994    Larry York      37
1995    Phil Thomas      49
1996    Fred Gosnell      36
1997    Tim Evinger      64
1998    Winston Forrest      59
1999    Gordon Rodgers     42
2000    Gordon Rodgers     42
2001    Thomas Wojke     55
2002    Michael Sincavage     42
2003    Matt Evinger     50
2004    Bill Peeck     30
2005    Wade Fowble     31
2006    Evan Hitchings     28
2007    Matt Evinger     32
2008    Robert Eastman     46
2009    Matthew Bacho     42
2010    Tim Hitchings     38
2011    Scott Driessen     45
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    09     78
  2.  Matt Evinger       PA    09     75
  3.  Mike Sincavage     VA    02     48
  4.  Bill Peeck         NY    10     47
  5.  Evan Hitchings     DE    11     41
  6.  Blair Morgen       NJ    11     36
  7.  Mike Mitchell      GA    04     36
  8.  Tim Hitchings      DE    10     33
  9.  Robert Eastman     NV    08     33
 10.  Scott Driessen     MD    11     30
 11.  Matthew Bacho      MD    09     30
 12.  Tom Wojke          PA    01     30
 13.  Bill Alderman      VA    10     27
 14.  Alan Arvold        IL    04     27
 15.  Jon Izer           MD    11     24
 16.  Pat Mirk           FL    11     24
 17.  Kevin Coombs       GA    08     21
 18.  Wade Fowble        MD    05     20
 19.  David Brooks       TN    10     18
 20.  John Elliott       MD    08     18
 21.  Rob Kilroy         PA    01     18
 22.  Neal Schlaffer     MD    99     18
 23.  Bill Powers        VA    07     16
 24.  Stephen Squibb     PA    10     12
 25.  Michael Ussery     MD    09     12
 26.  Bill Place         PA    05     12
 27.  Dave Long          NC    04     12
 28.  Jon Lockwood       VA    03     12
 29.  Forrest Speck      MD    03     12
 30.  Nick Evinger       PA    02     12
 31.  Larry York         CA    00     12
 32.  Mike Windle        DE    11     11
 33.  Dan Gavrilovic     on    09      9
 34.  Tim Evinger        PA    08      9
 35.  John Speck         MD    07      9
 36.  Joe Burch          MD    02      9
 37.  Robert Kirchner    MA    01      9
 38.  Bill Burch         MD    06      8
 39.  Ben Knight         MD    05      8
 40.  Mike Cannon        MD    07      6
 41.  Dale Long          NJ    06      6
 42.  Beth Zhao          VA    03      6
 43.  Rob Navolis        OH    00      6
 44.  Steve Scott        CA    99      6
 45.  Jim Mehl           VA    06      4
 46.  Nick Paciorek      DE    10      3
 47.  James Pei          TX    02      3
 48.  Randall MacInnis   NJ    01      3
 49.  Todd Surgoine      OH    00      3

2011 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists: 0

Blair Morgen, NJ
2nd

Jonathan Izer, MD
3rd

Mike Windle, DE
4th

Patrick Mirk, FL
5th

Evan Hitchings, DE
6th

Past Winners

'91 98: W. Forrest,VA
1995: Phil Thomas, MD

John Kilbride, PA
1992

Fred Gosnell, VA
1993, 1996

Larry York, CA
1994

Tim Evinger, PA
1997

Gordon Rodgers,PA
1999-2000

Thomas Wojke, PA
2001

Mike Sincavage,VA
2002

Matt Evinger, PA
2003, 2007

Bill Peeck, NY
2004

Wade Fowble, MD
2005

Evan Htchings, DE
2006

Robert Eastman, NV
2008

Matthew Bacho, MD
2009
 

Tim Hitchings, DE
2010

Nick Paciorek, Scott Driessen, Jon Izer and Stephen Squibb. Scott won it all in the fourth hand with Jonathan finishing third. Nick was one of three scoreless players in Hand 1 and got an early exit in the musical chairs elimination system.

Blair Morgen, Rob Kilroy and Alan Arvold patrol their corner of the table. Blair fell just two points short of victory in Hand 3 while Rob was being ousted. Alan got his walking papers as the low man after two hands.

Sudden Death Ousts Five

As usual, the games played quickly, none were close to pushing the three-hour time limit. We had several newbies, many regulars including no less than nine former champions, and some returning veterans who had not played in several years. All had a good time, apparently. Lady luck remained fickle, as evidenced by several former champions who did not win their heats, though several tried all THREE times. So the mix of victors qualifying for the Sunday Final that has the honor of ending WBC included many new and familiar faces.

There were 13 tables in the three heats and consequently only those 13 winners were qualified to advance to the Final - a process which saves several hours by jettisoning a semi-final round. By tradition, the Final starts at noon on Sunday - the last event to get underway on travel day when people are anxious to hit the road or catch their flights. We've had about the same number of winners persevere for the past three years - averaging about eight finalists. This year, there were 12! This required using the Lost Battalion Games Ship Card Deck, and adjusting the 'Low Man Out' rule to eliminate the two lowest players for the first two hands. As expected with such a wide horizon, many played standing up to improve their vantage point. This was going to be a long battle.

The first hand proceeded slowly, but banter was active, with low scoring. At the end with the leaders tied at 33 points, three players were still scoreless, necessitating the dreaded elimination die roll to dismiss 2005 champ Wade Fowble and Nick Paciorek - the only repeating laurelist. Hand 2, now down to ten players, went faster, with the lead standing at 69 points. Alan Arvold, making his first Final appearance since 2004, and first-time finalist Jeff Miller were the next two excused, both having nine or less points. Now down to eight players, the third hand gained both speed and scoring. Blair Morgen, back in the Final after an eight-year absence, fell just two points short of the title with 98 points and a substantial lead over the pack which could muster little more than 70. So we went to a fourth and deciding hand, with seven players, Rob Kilroy having been eliminated as low man on the totem pole in his first Final appearance since 2001. As expected, Blair drew lots of attention, as the leader should, whilst others were quietly sinking anything they could as quickly as possible. Prizes were few, so who knew what was in that Sunk Ship pile. At the end of the day, Scott Driessen, an absolute newbie, won it all, with 142 points, more than half of them (73) in the last hand - to collect his first WBC shield. Blair, who had come so close to winning it a hand earlier, overcame a deluge of attacks to survive and take second. The whole affair took over four hours, and was concluded as tables were being taken down around them in a now largely deserted hotel.

Wade Fowble, Mike Windle, Tim Hitchings and Blair Morgen vie the deadly waters of the first hand. The latter three finished 4th, 2nd and 6th respectively.

Jeff Miller, Patrick Mirk and Wade Fowble at the outset. Wade's suffering was brief - being in the first pair ousted as low man after the first hand.

 GM      Bill Alderman  [4th Year]   5 Baskin Court, Palmyra, VA 22963-3015 
    bill@bigboardgames.net   NA

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