A Tournament of Tournaments ...
Andrew Sinigaglio, Steffanie Speck
and David Rohde enter the bloodless lists to unseat each other.
Alexander Lange, eventual champ Richard
Fetzer, Marcy Morelli and Greg Schmittgens do combat.
Ivanhoe has a unique attendance record at WBC. In its
nine- year WBC existence it has managed to grow every year! We
saw another record turnout this year with a first heat boasting
74 entrants. I would love to see 90 next year and I believe it
is completely attainable. Due to the overwhelming Tuesday night
crowd, play started a bit late and ran even later with one of
the 15 tables playing till nearly 1am.
Aside from shear numbers, I was pleased to see so many families
participating. How heart warming that our little tournament was
able to bring everyone together at the end of each night for
a little healthy competition. Whether it be the Collinson's,
the Yaure's or the Shea's, fun was had by all dueling for family
honors. The Lange brothers walked away chipless on Night 1 but
each returned to defend their honor and Ted emerged a participant
in the Great Green Tournament of Heat #3 (more on that later).
We also had our share of power couples in attendance, with
last year's finalist Angela Hoffman and her husband Dan, with
qualifying this year for the semifinals. There was also Nick
Ferris and Laura DeWalt qualifying for the semifinals and in
attendance dressed to the nines for "Prom Night", but
with only the fair maiden making it to the Final table. We even
had a newby couple, the Roeper's who learned to play in a quickie,
private demo on Night 3 and excelled, with Barb becoming first
alternate in only two nights of play.
In the end it was the Fetzer family who enjoyed victory, even
without a purple chip, with Richard claiming fealty over all
and defending the family name. Richard's son, Matt, won all four
heats last year only to lose in the semifinals, but dad got it
done this year. Steve Caler should have been seeing red after
Heat 3 as he was dragged into the Green Tournament to end all
Tournaments. What a good sport he was, as he was repeatedly forced
to defend green that night in a match we all thought would never
As a side note on next year, we are hoping to slightly change
formats. I am toying with the idea of an earlier time slot and
possibly doing two rounds in a night, giving everyone a chance
to hit the hay earlier at least a few nights during the week.
We are also tossing around a points system that should make rankings
clearer for all participants. We have started an archive of players
this year so check-ins should be quicker and smoother in the
Great fun was had by all. We hope to see last year's champion,
Keith Levy, who was away at the Crusades fighting the new job
wars, in attendance to defend his title properly against Richard.
My wife and I certainly enjoyed meeting and playing alongside
all of you in our first time GMing as a couple. Thank you all
for making our honeymoon one to remember. We look forward to
seeing you all next year!
Judy Wobbeking and Dan Hoffman are
among the combatants.
Nessa Mongold oversees her finalists
including ex-Caesar Pei.
Kirk Harris again ran a Junior version of Ivanhoe for
28 little knights. The most noble were:
1st - Antony Saccenti
2nd - Nicholas Sinigaglio
3rd - Mandy Mossman
4th - Megan Mossman
5th - Caitlyn Rau
6th - Jay Buckwalter