Dynasty Done in by Women ...
Meghan Friedmann, Shannon Keating
and Angela Hoffman have Matthew Craig outnumbered. Meghan would
take second place overall.
Anni Foasberg plays Joe Yaure and
his mates. They never had a chance. Although only 37 ladies played,
they copped five of the top six places.
Ingenious again easily topped the Century mark. The
usual major families were there: Keating, McCorry, Henning, Wojtaszczyk,
Friedmann, Yaure, Strock, Beach, etc. OK, the Five Families from
The Godfather it's not. But if you're looking for a game you
can play with the whole family, Ingenious is worth a look.
First I need to kill off the rumor that the Friday night heat
is now Formal Wear night. Seems that the twenty-somethings had
some sort of roleplaying game going on later that had a prom
theme. So there were several people dressed in gowns and tuxedos.
I'd give more details, but if it's cool, hip and happening I
know very little about it. But what does a zombie/vampire/werewolf
do before going to the prom? Apparently they play Ingenious!
(I'm thinking werewolf because I believe all the members from
the team Werewolf Bait showed up in costume).
Once again I must make my annual plea: PLEASE BRING A COPY
OF THE GAME! This year I was lucky and only had to shoo away
last minute stragglers. It doesn't do any good sitting in your
room and it guarantees you a seat.
2011 saw an increase in double winners, which meant single
game winners needed a pretty good second place to advance. I
don't know if that's a one shot deal or a trend, I may have to
rethink it in the future. But I doubt I'm changing anything in
As usual we had 16 semi-finalists. But this year the timing
of a Sunday semi gave us a piece of history. Bruce "Plaqueman"
Reiff was a semi-finalist, and he had yet to win a tournament
in 2011. This was his pathetic last stand. The random draw for
table assignments was not kind as he wound up facing Jason Levine
and Meghan Friedmann, both 2010 finalists, plus Rebecca Hebner
- the former wunderkid with a few records of her own. A noisy
crowd gathered to watch the death of a dynasty. OK, they were
on the other side of the room playing Pirates Cove, but
it sounded good. In the end it was Meghan Friedmann who gets
credit for the kill as she won and left Bruce limping home in
third place. The 20-year streak of winning at least one tournament
Cue the scene from the Wizard of Oz where the munchkins break
into a rousing chorus of "The Wicked Witch is dead".
It was that kind of moment. Where are munchkins when you need
them? Like the day Ruth called his shot, years from now there
will be thousands claiming they were at the game that ended the
streak. Well, maybe not. With that piece of history out of the
way, Steve LeWinter was trying to make his own. The defending
champ topped Jenna Sunderlin, Laura DeWalt and Pete Gathmann
to regain the Final for the chance to become our first two-time
winner. Shannon Keating just missed a perfect score and pulled
away for a big win over Tim Packwood, Karl Henning and Robbie
Mitchell. The last seat was claimed by Marcy Morelli who beat
Jefferson Meyer, Carolyn Strock and Matthew Craig.
An Ingenious Final always seems to turn into a low
scoring defensive struggle and this was no exception. This year
the color was yellow and at game's end although Meghan had most
of it, her score of 9 in red and orange was not enough to overcome
Marcy's 9 in Yellow and 12 in orange. Defending champ Steve didn't
repeat but he did provide the only testosterone relief to WBC's
only All Girl Laurelist Review.
You might as well forget about it
guys. It's a woman's world. John, Norman and Jason ain't got
Vincent Sinigaglio tries to fend off
the ladies: Marilyn Flowers, Samantha Berk and Angela Collinson.
Chris Yaure ran a Junior version of Ingenius for 20
budding geniuses and again the young ladies dominated - ensuring
rough times ahead for the gents of future generations.
1st - Mandy Mossman
2nd - Dagny Lytle
3rd - Sarah Morgan
4th - Ethan Shipley-Tang
5th - Aidan McNay
6th - Alyssa Morgan
I wonder if their teachers know they
GM Chris Yaure presents the little
genius wih her plaque.