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Updated 11/15/2011
2011 WBC Report    

 2012 Status: pending 2012 GM commitment
James Pei, VA
2009-11 Champion

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Event History
1999    James Pei     22
2000    Trevor Bender     21
2001    James Pei     22
2002    James Pei     29
2003    James Pei     32
2004    James Pei     35
2005    James Pei     24
2006    James Pei     27
2007    James Pei     30
2008    Riku Reikkinen     32
2009    James Pei     18
2010    James Pei     24
2011    James Pei     33

PBeM Event History
1999    James Pei     24
2002    Stefan Mecay     46

WAM Event History
2003    James Pei      8
2004     James Pei     12
2005    James Pei     17
2006    James Pei     11
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  James Pei          VA    11    606
  2.  David Dockter      MN    11    216
  3.  Mark Giddings      NY    08    127
  4.  Mike Mitchell      GA    11     69
  5.  Riku Reikkinen     fn    09     68
  6.  Trevor Bender      CA    03     62
  7.  Stefan Mecay       TX    02     60
  8.  Nicholas Pei       CA    10     56
  9.  Tim Miller         GA    07     52
 10.  Chris Byrd         CT    08     39
 11.  Bill Pettus        MD    11     36
 12.  Baron August       PA    02     36
 13.  Peter Reese        VA    04     28
 14.  Tom Thornsen       NY    10     25
 15.  Rob Winslow        NY    05     21
 16.  Henry Russell      PA    11     19
 17.  Dan Hoffman        NC    02     19
 18.  Bob Sohn           PA    09     18
 19.  Hank Burkhalter    GA    02     18
 20.  Doug Whatley       MD    00     18
 21.  Tom Drueding       TX    99     18
 22.  Michael Ussery     MD    09     14
 23.  Taylor Golding     on    04     12
 24.  George Young       VT    03     12
 25.  Paul Risner        TN    02     12
 26.  Tim Hughes         uk    02     12
 27.  Bill Thoet         VA    03     10
 28.  Steve Bucey        OH    99      9
 29.  Don Chappell       TX    10      7
 30.  Doug Mercer        MD    05      7
 31.  Kevin McCarthy     OH    99      6
 32.  Mike Casselberry   PA    11      5
 33.  Keith Butler       CA    03      5
 34.  John Firer         WI    01      4
 35.  Mike Welker        OH    99      3
 36.  Jon Gautier        NY    06      2

2011 Laurelists                                          Repeating Laurelists:

Dave Dockter, MN
2nd

Bill Pettus, MD
3rd

Henry Russell, PA
4th

Michael Mitchell, GA
5th

Mike Casselberry, PA
6th

Past Winners

James Pei, TX
1999, 2001-07, 2009-11

Trevor Bender, CA
2000

Riku Reikkinen, Finland
2008

Mark Giddings and Bill Peeck trade offensives.

Nicholas Pei points out a crucial move to Frank McNally.

Jedi Mind tricks vs the Washington Generals ...

Despite being dominated year after year by one Master player, the event reversed a downward trend with its second largest attendance in 2011. Going into the last game, the ledger was even at 12 wins for each side. To no great surprise, the Master had returned to the Final against his chief protagonist of recent vintage, a frustrated but determined David Dockter who returned to the Final after a 5-year drought.

Things started well enough with the fez bearer winning the die roll for sides and finally getting his wish to play the CSA to keep the rebs out of the Master's hands. About an hour later, I noticed that James was playing the CSA. Dockter does not know how that happened. James being the sportsman he is said they could start over (it was already into Turn 2), but Dockter wanted to soldier on. James went on to win by doubling the Union in the Fall of 1862 after he had broken through in Pittsburgh and then raided the Mid-West. Here in his own words the Master recalls the Final that resulted in his 11th FTP WBC title.

"David was very aggressive on Turn 1, leveraging a Minor Campaign and a bunch of 3-Ops to hammer the rebels at Manassas and closing the West Gulf Blockade Zone. In addition, he raised the Blockade to Level 1.

I had a below average hand, so I couldn't do much except place a few PC markers and do a leader reorganization. Turn 2 was not much better with AoP hammering rebel units at the gates of Richmond. I had to use a Minor CC just to haul in enough troops to prevent the fall of Richmond. Things did not look much better on Turn 3 when the Blockade level was raised to 2. The only bright spot for the CSA was General Kirby Smith's counter-offensive opening the Sabine City port and pulling off a successful raid.

Going into 1862, the board position was not looking good for me, especially after the Union raised the Blockade to level 3. With a concentration card in hand, I decided to accelerate my war plan to invade the North with Bobby Lee. The Union had fortified the Northeast corridor very well, with layers of forts in Harrisburg and Philly. So the plan was to feint in KY, then punch a hole through Pittsburg. It worked, and the CSA raided in Ohio.

Turn 5 proved to be decisive as I finally drew a nice reinforcement card and a Major CC. Dockter continuously applied attrition and cut the supply line to Lee's army. I spent several cards shuttling SP to pump up Lee's army. The Union had also formed a second army in Ohio, blocking Lee. In another large battle, Lee won a narrow victory, forcing his way into Indiana. With his last card, Dave sought to cut the LOC to all rebel forces in Ohio and WV. However, with my Major CC, I was able to use my two armies in tandem to smash the Union blocking units, reestablishing LOC, and with just enough troops to raid three states. This was enough for the CSA to double the Union SW, and Doc graciously conceded."

It is clear to all that James used his Jedi Mind trick on the Dockter to switch to his favorite CSA side. There is always next year.

Following the success of the demo for Empire of the Sun this year, we will be turning into a Class B teaching event in 2012 to open it up to a larger audience.

Michael Mitchell falls to the Dockter to set Dave up for another bone crushing defeat to the Master.

Mark Giddings and Nicholas Pei wage Civil War between two Top Ten laurelists.

 Play By Email 2011+

The third BPA sanctioned For The People PBeM Tournament started and completed its first round on time. 52 BPA members stepped up to attempt the two-year challenge. The field features a nice mix of FTP veterans from the World Boardgaming Championships, including 13 of the 15 previous laurel winners, a number of experienced players from unofficial PBeM tournaments, and a large fraction of tyros eager to prove their mettle. International representation is unusually high with players participating from Canada, Australia and Kuwait as well as the now reliable participation of a number of European BPA members from Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

The Union won 13 of the first round games; the Confederates won 9, and there were 4 adjudications which are not included in play-balance reporting. First round upsets included three previous laurel winners, but all of the better known sharks such as James Pei, David Dockter, Michael Mitchell, Nick Pei and Tim Miller were victorious. A full listing of the game results can be found at the tournament's official website: http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/gmtom/FTPtournament.htm - Round 1 games.

The Game Masters had no trouble agreeing upon BPA 1-21 as the Most Notable Game of the first round. Jeff Donald's Confederates were able to outlast Mustafa Tolga Corapci's Union in a game that went all 13 turns and yet was completed within five weeks! Despite its blistering pace, it was truly an epic contest marked by superb play and fickle fates on both sides. Jeff and Mustafa have been awarded bonus prizes provided by the GM consisting of the books "How to Lose the Civil War" edited by Bill Fawcett and "More Civil War Curiosities" by Web Garrison.

Two of the 24 second round games have already been completed. The second round of the tournament ends on 1 February 2012.

 GM      Mark Herman  [9th Year]   NA
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