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Updated Nov. 23, 2012

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Richard Irving, CA

2012 Champion

Event History
1991

  
Mark Cohen

  
44
1992

  
Maria Hawthorne

  
43
1993

  
Bruce Young

  
53
1994

  
Bruce Young

  
53
1995

  
Herbert Gratz

  
48
1996

  
William Edwards

  
46
1997

  
John Emery

  
42
1998

  
John Emery

  
55
1999

  
Larry Davidson

  
42
2000

  
John Emery

  
34
2001

  
Bruce Wigdor

  
39
2002

  
John Emery

  
50
2003 

  
Ray Stakenas II

  
38
2004 

  
John Emery     30
2005

  
Bruce Young     33
2006

  
Paul Wright     30
2007

  
Ray Stakenas II     27
2008 

  
Ed Kendrick     22
2009 

  
Jeff Spaner     23
2010

  
John Emery     25
2011

  
Bruce Wigdor     27
2012

  
Richard Irving     25

PBeM Event History
2000    Jeff Matthews      32
2003     Jeff Matthews     24

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  John Emery         SC    11    197
  2.  Bruce Young        SC    12    153
  3.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    12    118
  4.  Bruce Wigdor       NJ    11    104
  5.  Ray Stakenas Sr    MI    12     70
  6.  Ed Kendrick        uk    12     60
  7.  Paul Wright        PA    09     52
  8.  Ralph Gleaton      SC    11     48
  9.  Larry Davidson     CA    02     46
 10.  Richard Irving     CA    12     42
 11.  Herbert Gratz      aa    09     34
 12.  Jeff Spaner        MD    11     33
 13.  Jeff Matthews      CA    04     30
 14.  Bari Wigdor        NJ    04     26
 15.  Bill Edwards       VA    05     24
 16.  Stefan Hess        NY    01     24
 17.  David Wong         NJ    10     19
 18.  William Kendrick   uk    12     18
 19.  George Young       VT    06     18
 20.  Wade Fowble        MD    06     16
 21.  Lance Ribeiro      NH    05     16
 22.  Ken Katano         MD    01     16
 23.  Jeremy Billones    VA    11     12
 24.  Eric Taylor        NM    05     12
 25.  Mike Stachowski    NY    03     12
 26.  Jeff Paull         OH    00     12
 27.  Dale Martin        MI    04     10
 28.  Bill Alderman      VA    11      9
 29.  Kevin Emery        SC    09      9
 30.  Michael Johnson    MA    03      9
 31.  Nick Vlahos        IL    00      9
 32.  Jean-Luc Brouillet on    05      8
 33.  Erick Young        SC    01      8
 34.  Andrew Maly        MD    08      6
 35.  Scott Russell      MI    00      6
 36.  Alan Arvold        IL    00      3
 37.  Don Greenwood      MD    00      3
 38.  Frank Arndt        MD    99      3
 39.  Brian Carr         VA    04      2
 40.  Brian Devitt       CA    00      2
 41.  Robert Mull        CO    00      1

2012 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists: 0

William Kendrick, uk
2nd

Ray Stakenas II, CA
3rd

Ed Kendrick, uk
4th

Ray Stakenas, MI
5th

Bruce Young, SC
6th

Past Winners

Bruce Young, SC
1993-94, 2005

Herbert Gratz, Austria
1995

Bill Edwards, VA
1996

John Emery, SC
'97-'98, '00, '02, '04, '10

Larry Davidson, CA
1999

Bruce Wigdor, NJ
2001, 2011

Ray Stakenas Jr, MI
2003, 2007

Paul Wright, PA
2006

Ed Kendrick, uk
2008

Jeff Spaner, MD
2009

Bruce Young vs William Kendrick

About-to-be-champ Richard Irving vs Dan Lawall

Champion at last by a turn of a card ...

The event started its usual Thursday run in the same old way with many of the same participants -- although they had to show their sterner side by trading in their usual arctic gear for tropical kit in the Lampeter swamp. The quality of the field was demonstrated by 16 shields distributed among seven former champs in attendance.

After the casualties were removed from the five qualifying rounds, the always dangerous but never crowned Ray Stakenas stood alone at the top with a perfect slate. Bruce Young, Kevin Emery, and Ray Stakenas II followed at 4-1 and seven others were tied at 3-2. Herbert Gratz, Ed Kendrick, and Will Kendrick were promoted immediately due to their schedule strengths. Eighth ranked Ralph Gleaton failed to make the cut due to the same schedule criteria. That left prior champs John Emery and Bruce Wigdor along with the 22nd ranked Richard Irving tied in both record and schedule vying for the last slot. A random card draw resolved the impasse and, in true POG rolloff fashion, a tense "can you top this" cut and draw process breathed new life into Richard Irving. It would not be the last time he would draw high.

The field was set with two father-son pairs; a third such possible combination denied when John was left on the sidelines for the first time in recent memory. Defending champ Bruce Wigdor's fateful card draw also ended his title defense.

Four different scenarios were chosen for the quarterfinals which would shed two more past champs. Richard Irving ended Ray Stakenas' winning streak in Scenario T, son Ray beat Herbert Gratz in B, and the Kendricks held serve with Ed defeating Kevin Emery in F as son William schooled Bruce Young in L.

Family loyalty only goes so far as Ed was shown the door in the semifinals by his son in scenario E. In the other bracket, Richard ended Ray Jr's day in Scenario F while downing the last remaining former title holder. The two losing ex-champs manfully fought it out for third place with Ray's German attackers beating Ed's British countrymen in Scenario G.

All that remained was to determine a brand new first time champion as Richard took the Russians in City Fight against William's Germans and carried the day for his first UPF title after many years of regular participation in the event. In the father-son competition, all the younger generation players surpassed their fathers. This in and of itself bodes well for the strength of this classic in the future.

Greg Courter vs Ken Whitesell with a mug illegal in NYC

Our favorite Austrian, Herbert Gratz, vs Ralph Gleaton

 GM      Jim Burnett  [7th Year]   NA
   jimallene@comcast.net   NA

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