dawn of freedom

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Max Duboff, NJ

2014-15 Champion

Event History

2014 Max DuBoff 24
2015 Max DuBoff 23

Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Max DuBoff         NJ    15     70
   2.  Jeromey Martin     GA    15     34
   3.  Riku Riekkinen     fi    15     24
   4.  R. Evan Woodham    TX    15     21
   5.  Tom Drueding       MA    14     12
   6.  Michael Kiefte     ns    15      8
   7.  Pat Richardson     VA    14      6
   8.  Roderick Lee       CA    15      4
   9.  Paul Sampson       OH    14      3
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 3

Riku Riekkinen,
fi
2nd

Jeromey Martin,
GA
3rd

R. Evan Woodham,
TX
4th

Michael Kiefte,
ns
5th

Roderick Lee,
CA
6th

Evan Woodham and James Doughan argue the merits of the wall.

Tim Tow enthusiastically cheers
Power to the People.

North (Michael Kiefte; ns) meets South (Richard Comfort; VA) in Lancaster.

Roderick Lee and Nathan Wagner as California meets Colorado in Pennsylvania.

Communists and Democrats and Riku, Oh My!

After a three-year absence, the Formidable Finn, Riku Riekkinen, returned with another CDW bullet in his bandolier. Riku burst onto the WBC scene in 2008 with major upset wins in For the People and Paths of Glory. The former put an end to an eight-year winning streak by Master Pei who has since tacked on another seven straight titles to reclaim his dominance, Four years later, Riku would win PoG again, as well as Twilight Struggle. Now, in 2015, the question was, “Is it 1989's turn to be struck by ‘Riku lightning’?” With five of last year’s six laurelists returning to do battle once again, it was not going to be a painless road to the top.

After three rounds, only two players remained unbeaten: defending champ Max DuBoff, and Riku. Max took the Communists to face the giant killer. On Turn 2, Poland scored. Riku had the better position, but Max won the Power Struggle because Riku had a terrible hand with many dead cards. Seeing the handwriting on the wall, Max gave up Power. Hungary also scored in Turn 2, and Max improved his VPs by winning a fairly even Power Struggle. In Turn 3, both players turned their attention to the Mid Year countries. Riku expanded into Bulgaria more than Max did, while Max got lucky with the dice and used support checks to reduce Riku’s position in Czechoslovakia. Although Riku took the Czech church space in Turn 4, Max played Czech Scoring with five spaces to Riku’s one. Max was able to Raise the Stakes and win the Power Struggle with a "Rally in the Square" card, improving his die rolls for Support Losses and VPs. Scoring for Czechoslovakia put Max over the 20-VP threshold and successfully conclude his title defense against the Scandinavian strongman.

GM Henry Richardson [2nd Year] NA
ehr0@juno.com NA

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