Updated Nov. 23, 2012

2012 WBC Report  

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Mikko Raimi, fn

2012 Champion


Event History
2008    Chris Byrd     57
2009     John Emery     50
2010    George Young     50
2011    Richard Beyma     43
2012     Mikko Raimi     40


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Richard Beyma      VA    11     51
  2.  George Young       VT    10     39
  3.  John Emery         SC    10     39
  4.  Mikko Raimi        fn    12     30
  5.  Chris Byrd         CT    08     30
  6.  Brad Raszewski     MD    12     24
  7.  Nathan Hill        MD    12     24
  8.  Allen Hill         MD    12     18
  9.  Bill O'Neal        NY    11     18
 10.  Aran Warszawski    is    10     18
 11.  John Miklos        GA    08     18
 12.  Kevin Emery        SC    10     12
 13.  Jeff Paull         IN    09     12
 14.  Scott Moll         VA    08     12
 15.  Mark Giddings      NY    08      9
 16.  Greg Ottoman       VA    12      6
 17.  JR Tracy           NY    11      6
 18.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    11      6
 19.  Bryan Collars      SC    09      6
 20.  Marc Berenbach     MA    08      6
 21.  Dave Stiffler      VA    12      3
 22.  Bill Powers        VA    09      3

2012 Laurelists                                            Returning Laurelists:

Brad Raszewski, MD

Nathan Hill, MD

Allen Hill, MD

Greg Ottoman, VA

Dave Stiffler, VA

Past Champions

Chris Byrd, CT

John Emery, SC

George Young, VT

Richard Beyma, VA

Mikko Raimi, fn

Thinning the herd in the opening rounds.

Allen Hill again falls to the eventual champion in the semifinals.

Finns Take the Early Team Lead ...

Four swiss rounds were played to advance the top eight players to elimination rounds. The tiebreaker was points based on countries played with the less frequently played countries from 2011 worth more. This year each player was only allowed to play each of the eight different countries once.

The first three rounds were played round-robin in 4-player pods to move the rounds along briskly. After the third round, only those with multiple wins played. Two of the 2-1 players managed a win to move into the top eight. The choice of countries played was more balanced as France and Russia were played 21 times. Only the US was played less than 13 times. The W-L records for the countries in winning percentage order were Russia 14-7, Ottoman Empire 12-7, Spain 10-6, France 11-10, United States 4-4, Britain 7-8, Prussia 5-10, and Austria 1-12.

Four unbeatens advanced with four 3-1 players after tiebreakers were applied. Only two players, the Hill father and son duo, who made the SE rounds last year repeated this year.

The Quarterfinals generated the following results:
Nathan Hill's Spanish defeated Dave Stiffler's Prussians.
Allen Hill's Prussians defeated Greg Ottoman's Austrians
Mikko Raimi's French defeated Mathieu Pare-Paquin's Ottomans
Brad Raszewski's French defeated Andrew Long's Prussians.

Brad's British then defeated Nathan's Austrians in the semis while Mikko defeated Allen in the same matchup. For the third year in a row, a father and son made it to the semis and once again went no further. And again, son Nathan's higher points allowed him to scrape past his father for third place.

Brad had his choice of Austrians and Ottomans left to play in the Final. Mikko was down to the Austrians and US. The biggest die roll therefore was before the game even started. Mikko won the roll took the Austrians. Looking at the results from the swiss portion this might not have been the best country, but historically it had been a stronger choice than the US. The end result was Mikko's first WBC title and a good start for the Finnish team which won their first first two events as this was Mikko's team game.

Brad Raszewski stops Nathan Hill in the semifinals as the father and son team again are stopped in the penultimate round.

GM Any Lewis watches Brad Raszewski fall to Mikko Raimi who scores for the Finns in the team tournament.

 GM      Andy Lewis (5th Year)  NA   NA

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