euphrat & tigris   

Updated Nov. 23, 2012

2012 WBC Report    

 2013 Status: pending 2013 GM commitment

Craig Moffitt, NJ

2012 Champion

Event History
1999    John Kilbride     77
2000    Chetan Radia     49
2001    Aaron Fuegi     66
2002    Jeff Cornett     66
2003    Lance Ribeiro     47
2004    Aran Warszawski     44
2005    Matt Calkins     53
2006    Jeff Cornett     38
2007     Aaron Fuegi     41
2008     Alfred Smith     43
2009    Marc Berenbach     36
2010    Eric Freeman     37
2011    Eric Freeman     36
2012    Craig Moffitt     35

Euro Quest Event History
2003    Joe Bellizzi     22
2004     Scott Buckwalter     21

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jeff Cornett       FL    10    114
  2.  Craig Moffit       NJ    12     74
  3.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    08     70
  4.  Eric Freeman       PA    12     68
  5.  John Kilbride      PA    03     42
  6.  Ananda Gupta       MD    00     42
  7.  Chetan Radia       uk    00     40
  8.  Rob Kilroy         PA    08     36
  9.  Matt Calkins       VA    08     32
 10.  Aran Warszawski    is    04     30
 11.  Lance Ribeiro      NH    03     30
 12.  Joe Bellizzi       NJ    03     24
 13.  Frank Hamrick      NC    01     24
 14.  Patrick Shea       VA    12     22
 15.  Mark Guttag        VA    09     22
 16.  Marc Berenbach     MA    09     20
 17.  Alfred Smith       NC    08     20
 18.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    04     20
 19.  Ann Cornett        FL    04     18
 20.  Jeff Evich         MD    04     18
 21.  Brian Stone        NY    09     16
 22.  Pat Beaudoin       PA    01     16
 23.  Steve Scott        CA    12     12
 24.  Ken Shoda          DC    11     12
 25.  Haim Hochboim      is    10     12
 26.  Nick Page          on    10     12
 27.  Daniel Eppolito    CA    07     12
 28.  Lucimara Martins   MD    04     12
 29.  Mario Lanza        PA    04     12
 30.  Will Wible         VA    02     12
 31.  Luke Moffit        NJ    01     12
 32.  Stu Hendrickson    VA    00     12
 33.  Bruce Glassco      VA    99     12
 34.  Thomas Wojke       PA    05      9
 35.  James Hopkin       CA    99      9
 36.  Bryan Berkenstock  NJ    11      8
 37.  Deniz Bucak        PA    07      8
 38.  Jack Jaeger        VA    04      8
 39.  Steve Brooks       FL    00      8
 40.  Romain Jacques     qc    12      6
 41.  Brad Sherwood      PA    07      6
 42.  Jeff Pounder       on    05      6
 43.  Marty Hoff         TX    04      6
 44.  John Kerr          VA    03      6
 45.  Brian Reynolds     MD    03      6
 46.  Doug Smith         PA    02      6
 47.  Dan Cetorelli      PA    11      4
 48.  Bill Zurn          CA    10      4
 49.  Andrew Greene      VA    04      4
 50.  Ivan Lawson        MD    03      4
 51.  Geoff Engelstein   NJ    04      3
 52.  Mark Neale         RI    03      3
 53.  Jason Levine       NY    02      3
 54.  Kevin Wojtasczcyk  NY    99      3
 55.  Mozes Eyal         MD    12      2
 56.  Dave Bohnenberger  PA    11      2
 57.  Bob Basa           on    10      2
 58.  Jeff Arnold        MD    09      2
 59.  Joshua Ostrander   NY    07      2
 60.  Jarett Weintraub   NY    06      2
 61.  Marshall Phillips  VA    04      2
 62.  Doug Hoylman       MD    03      2

2012 Laurelists                                             Repeating Laurelists: 

Steve Scott, CA
2nd

Eric Freeman, PA
3rd

Romain Jacques, qc
4th

Patrick Shea, VA
5th

Mozes Eyal, MD
6th

Past Winners

John Kilbride, PA
1999

Chetan Radia, uk
2000

Aaron Fuegi, MA
2001, 2007

Jeff Cornett, FL
2002, 2006

Lance Ribeiro, NH
2003

Aran Warszawski, is
2004

Matt Calkins, VA
2005

Alfred Smith, NC
2008

Marc Berenbach, MA
2009

Eric Freeman, PA
2010-2011

Paul Skrabut moves under Frank Hasting's careful gaze in one of the qualifying heats.

Chaka Benson, James Freeman and Michael Powers in a qualifying heat.

One for the GM ...

Renier Kniza's tile placing masterpiece, Euphrat & Tigris returned again as a Legacy event where it continues to get consistent, if unspectacular, support, drawing 35 players over two heats. The event again used a rules variant to balance the advantage of the first two players. Instead of their normal two actions, the first two players received one action for the first turn only. The distribution of wins for 4-player games was 4 wins (31%), 1 win (8%), 4 wins (31%), and 4 wins (31%) for players moving first through fourth, respectively.

Dynasty \ Finish

 Win

 2nd

 3rd

 4th

Avg Finish

 Archer 1st (1 action)

 4

4

4

1

2.15

 Bull 2nd (1 action)

1

2

2

8

3.30

 Lion 3rd

4

5

3

1

2.07

 Potter 4th

4

2

4

3

2.46

Four winners plus the best four runners-up from the heats filled two semifinal tables. Four additional winners qualified but declined to attend. In the first semifinal, two-time returning champion Eric Freeman won (5-6-7-12) and Steve Scott (4-5-5-7) advanced as the runner-up. Another finalist of the last two years, Patrick Shea (4-4-5-5) finished third. In the other semifinal, GM Craig Moffitt won (10-10-11-13) and Romain Jacques (7-10-11-15) took second. The winners, Eric and Craig chose to move 3rd (Lion) and 1st (Archer) respectively in the Final. Romain and Steve became 2nd (Bull) and 4th (Potter).

Craig setup in the Northwest with his King, Trader, and Priest, looking to build one or more monuments in the corner, as he had in the semifinal. Romain started at the intersection of the two rivers to the East with his King and Trader and quickly built the Green/Black monument in Round 4. Meanwhile, Steve opened conservatively in the Southeast and proceeded to slowly build his support with tile placements.

The conflicts started immediately after the first monument was built. Eric had seemed to be planning a monument of his own in the Southwest, but changed his plans to relocate his Trader for an immediate war (external conflict) against Romain. However, with no support on the board for either player, Romain had the green tiles in hand to match the attack and prevail.

Next, Craig jumped into the same spot, this time with a revolt (internal conflict). This time, Romain didn't have enough red tiles and Craig grabbed a treasure and control of the monument (for now).

Craig built his own Blue/Black monument in the Northwest with plenty of distance from his neighbors. However, in the center, the ownership of the Black/Green monument finally stabilized when Eric's Trader won a revolt against Craig to secure the monument for several turns. Play continued quietly for a few turns as the current monument ownership defined the player's low scores going into the late midgame. Finally, Eric's King in the Southwest expanded far enough to merge with Craig's undefended territory in the Northwest. Chaos swirled around the west as Craig was able to use a winning blue war against Romain to split away most of Eric's settlement support. However, Romain's defeated farmer soon got revenge by winning a revolt and gaining control of the Blue monument.

Peacefully building his strength most of the game, Steve decided it was finally time to take a risk and make his play. He started by warring with Eric's King and Romain's trader to the southwest, winning both fights. Next, Romain joined the northern Kingdoms and scored two sorely needed red points against Craig's priest. However, Craig also addressed his weakest color when he was able to defend against Eric with his Trader in the same merger. Craig also won a King conflict that shattered the connectivity of the eastern kingdom to end the conflicts.

Together, these two conflicts created a huge Red kingdom in the south in crisis (1-tile away) with a medium sized Red kingdom with Romain's priest. Eric used this opportunity to win two red conflicts in the same turn and boost his lowest color. First, he won a revolt against Steve to take control of the Southern Kingdom. Then, using the last tile from his hand (a Temple!) he merged with the central Kingdom and won again, netting a total of five red points.

Steve again used his long-built support to expand north and win a Trader conflict against Craig. Amazingly, after this conflict, all three Monuments on the board were completely disconnected from any Leaders. Reduced to one Leader on the board and with the other players catching up quickly, Craig elected to discard his hand twice and end the game. It turned out to be just in time, as he barely had the most points when the scores were revealed and won his own tournament for the first time in eight years at the helm. Craig finished with 6/7/11/15, Steve 6/7/8/10, Eric 6/7/8/10, and Romain 5/5/6/15. Despite the exact tie for second, Steve earned runner-up wood due to his disadvantage in Turn Order.

Next year, the 1/1/2/2 action rules variant and hypothetic treasure margin-of-victory tiebreaker will be kept. The GM would like to thank everyone for his or her participation and is looking forward to another great event next year.

Anthony Lainesse and Euro co-ordinator Eric Freeman try to advance.

The finalists rejoice in making it to the third round and a try for legacy wood.

 GM      Craig Moffit [8th Year]  NA
    tigriscraig@gmail.com   609-458-0093 

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