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Updated Nov. 23, 2012

2012 WBC Report  

 2012 Status: pending 2012 GM commitment

Tim Hitchings, DE

2012 Champion

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
2012     Tim Hitchings     33

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Matt Evinger       PA    12     78
  2.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    09     78
  3.  Tim Hitchings      DE    12     63
  4.  Mike Sincavage     VA    02     48
  5.  Evan Hitchings     DE    12     47
  6.  Bill Peeck         NY    10     47
  7.  Rob Kilroy         PA    12     36
  8.  Blair Morgen       NJ    11     36
  9.  Mike Mitchell      GA    04     36
 10.  Robert Eastman     NV    08     33
 11.  Scott Driessen     MD    11     30
 12.  Matthew Bacho      MD    09     30
 13.  Tom Wojke          PA    01     30
 14.  Bill Alderman      VA    10     27
 15.  Alan Arvold        IL    04     27
 16.  Bill Powers        VA    12     25
 17.  Jon Izer           MD    11     24
 18.  Pat Mirk           FL    11     24
 19.  Kevin Coombs       GA    08     21
 20.  Wade Fowble        MD    05     20
 21.  Dale Long          NJ    12     18
 22.  David Brooks       TN    10     18
 23.  John Elliott       MD    08     18
 24.  Neal Schlaffer     MD    99     18
 25.  Stephen Squibb     PA    10     12
 26.  Michael Ussery     MD    09     12
 27.  Bill Place         PA    05     12
 28.  Dave Long          NC    04     12
 29.  Jon Lockwood       VA    03     12
 30.  Forrest Speck      MD    03     12
 31.  Nick Evinger       PA    02     12
 32.  Larry York         CA    00     12
 33.  Mike Windle        DE    11     11
 34.  Dan Gavrilovic     on    09      9
 35.  Tim Evinger        PA    08      9
 36.  John Speck         MD    07      9
 37.  Joe Burch          MD    02      9
 38.  Robert Kirchner    MA    01      9
 39.  Bill Burch         MD    06      8
 40.  Ben Knight         MD    05      8
 41.  Mike Cannon        MD    07      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

2012 Laurelists                                                Repeating Laurelists:

Rob Kilroy, PA
2nd

Dale Long, NJ
3rd

Bill Powers, VA
4th

Evan Hitchings, DE
5th

Matt Evinger, PA
6th

Past Winners

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, 2012

Scott Driessen, MD
2011

Now, who could bring themselves to fire on Ruth Evinger's fleet? Apparently, it wasn't a problem for our usual suspects.

GM Bill Alderman keeps close rein on Rob Kilroy who has yet to win the event but is the 7th ranked laurelist anyway.

Old Salts Triumphant ...

The event attracted many of the usual suspects, including Evingers aplenty, and some new folks as well. The games played quickly, none close to pushing the 3-hour time limit. Seven past champions were present with few winning their heats, although several tried all three times. Still, the mix of qualifiers included only familiar faces.

The Heats produced 11 tables. All winners, and only winners, advanced to the Final, which by tradition, starts at Noon on Sunday. Matt Evinger won his first heat and played in all three, winning another, to narrow the qualifiers to ten. Last year we had 12 finalists, but this year only six opted for another round, every one of whom had been in at least one prior Final. It would be a far different experience. There were to be no 'excused on account of low score' issues. Last year we had a change of venue due to needing a larger table. This year we did so due to unbearable heat & humidity, adjourning to Wheatland, which was much more comfortable, though we did have to contend with a raucous Circus Maximus Final taking shelter in the same room.

The first Hand went quickly as the six players engaged in a feeding frenzy on whoever was hurtin'. Rob Kilroy and Matt Evinger were shut out. Dale Long made the strategic error of leading too soon with 66 points. The second Hand ended with Rob still sporting a goose egg, Matt Evinger with 32, 2006 champ Evan Hitchings 70, and his dad with 97. The Third Hand was to be determinative. It seemed that Tim Hitchings led a charmed life. He always had the cards he needed to get out of trouble, or to successfully board and take prizes, and the good die rolls to make them work. Multiple attempts were made to Blockade, Break the Line, Board, damage or sink Tim's ships, some with very high odds of success, but to no avail! Meanwhile, Dale Long sat there with no way of capturing anything and just barely hanging on with a single ship. Matt seemed to always draw the wrong card, though he had plenty of ships. Bill Powers took advantage of these failings to finally score points, but from a long way back. Evan found himself boxed in, and like Dale, subject to much attention. He finally threw in the towel, and just went hunting for fun. Rob meanwhile, with no natural enemies, emerged as a steady menace, sinking ships with great frequency. The day ended with Tim leading with 139, and Rob second with 104 - all scored during the last hand. Dale Long hung on to third place with 85, beating out Bill Powers, yet again, who had 84. Matt Evinger finished with 48, a new low for the two-time champion.

You need period visual aides to see across those wide tables.

GM Bill Alderman oversees his motley crew of finalists.
 GM      Bill Alderman  [5th Year]   5 Baskin Court, Palmyra, VA 22963-3015 
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