atlantic storm

Updated Nov. 30, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Robert Kircher, RI

2015 Champion

Event History

1998 Ric Manns 155
1999 Roy Gibson 116
2000 Bob Eastman 129
2001 John Coussis 126
2002 Robert Barnes 126
2003 Scott Buckwalter 140
2004 Rob Winslow 122
2005 Brad Jones 126
2006 Roy Gibson 121
2007 Steve Scott 118
2008 Bruce Young 124
2009 John Elliott 120
2010 John Coussis 138
2011 Justin Thompson 114
2012 Patrick Mirk 117
2013 Stephen Squibb 110
2014 Bill Place 104
2015 Robert Kircher 116


 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  John Coussis       IL    13    168
   2.  Roy Gibson         MD    06    100
   3.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    03     96
   4.  Rob Winslow        NY    04     95
   5.  Rob Eastman        NV    14     92
   6.  Pat Mirk           FL    12     85
   7.  John Elliott       MD    09     84
   8.  Justin Thompson    VA    15     68
   9.  Bruce Young        SC    11     68
  10.  Bill Place         PA    14     64
  11.  Marty Sample       NH    14     60
  12.  Henry Richardson   VA    01     60
  13.  Andy Gardner       VA    15     58
  14.  Rob Kircher        RI    15     56
  15.  Jeff Heidman       NY    14     50
  16.  Robert Barnes      WV    02     50
  17.  Ben Knight         MD    08     49
  18.  Steve Squibb       PA    13     44
  19.  Stephen Cuyler     NY    08     40
  20.  Steve Scott        CA    07     40
  21.  Brad Jones         FL    05     40
  22.  Gary Libby         RI    09     36
  23.  Ron Glass          FL    15     24
  24.  Steve Cameron      PA    13     24
  25.  Jeff Spaner        FL    12     24
  26.  Tom Bissa          MI    11     24
  27.  Carol Caler        OH    05     24
  28.  Eric Stranger      OH    99     24
  29.  Tony Musella       VA    10     20
  30.  Keith Hunsinger    OH    10     19
  31.  Dan Mathias        MD    03     18
  32.  Josh Gifford       MD    00     18
  33.  Alexander Lange    GA    15     16
  34.  Jesse Boomer       KS    15     16
  35.  Scott Driessen     MD    14     16
  36.  Paul Risner        FL    12     16
  37.  Ben Collinson      MD    09     16
  38.  Peter Reese        VA    05     16
  39.  Scott Fenn         MD    04     15
  40.  Jamie Tang         MD    02     13
  41.  Keith Layton       NJ    12     12
  42.  Stan Buck          MD    03     12
  43.  Peter Busch        OH    99     12
  44.  Ross Jones         SC    04     10
  45.  Rob Mull           CO    02     10
  46.  Dwayne Curry       OH    01     10
  47.  Eric Buetikofer    OH    12      8
  48.  Eric Monte         NY    11      8
  49.  Carmen Petruzelli  PA    09      8
  50.  Craig Melton       VA    06      8
  51.  Ron Wuerth         VA    05      8
  52.  Cliff Ackman       PA    03      6
  53.  Joel Tamburo       IL    10      5
  54.  Kevin Brownell     ME    04      5
  55.  Lawrence Hiemenz   MD    12      4
  56.  Matt Evinger       PA    08      4
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 1

Justin Thompson, VA

Alexander Lange, GA

Ron Glass, FL

Andy Gardner, VA

Jesse Boomer, KS

Past Winners

Ric Manns, IN

Roy Gibson, MD
1999, 2006

Bob Eastman, OK

John Coussis, IL
2001, 2010

Robert Barnes, WV

Scott Buckwalter, MD

Rob Winslow, NY

Brad Jones, FL

Steve Scott, CA

Bruce Young, SC

John Elliott, MD

Justin Thompson, VA

Patrick Mirk, VA

Stephen Squibb, PA

Bill Place, PA

Mike Stanley, Matt Evinger and Dacey Collinson are still in convoy.

2015 was the 18th straight year of triple digit fields for ACS.

116 still in convoy ...

Atlantic Storm again drew triple digits for the 18th consecutive year. Among the combatants were 11 of the 15 former champs (eight of whom would qualify for the semifinals). Pacific Typhoon was the game of choice for nine of 46 tables.  The average number of players per table was the same for both (5.5).

Heat 1 featured the highest scoring table of the tournament when Carmen Petruzelli pulled in 46 VPs. At another table, Anna Rinko quietly dispatched three former champs. Two of the closest-fought tables occurred in Heat 1 with only 10 VPs separating first from fifth. At one of those tables, Ryan Friedmann lost to Craig Melton on the last round because the “Atlantic Storm” rolled through and knocked Ryan out of the battle.

In Heat 2, the final score at one of the 6-player tables was evenly divided between the haves and have-nots. The haves were led by Eric Stranger at 29, 27, 25. The have-nots all tied at 8, 8, 8, and they dutifully recorded who had the most convoy VPs between them to determine the tie-breaker for last place.

During Heat 3, one table saw the battlecruiser Renown fight in three 1940 battles (the rarest year in the game), winning two and getting stormed away in the third. At the same table, Ben Knight’s battleship Tirpitz dashed out of port to chase a 1942 Arctic convoy and was followed by the Hood, which was immediately sunk by the Bismarck, which was immediately sunk by the Rodney (with attached bonus), which was joined by a British cruiser that together defeated the Tirpitz’s average two-dice roll.

In Heat 4, three former champions met in a 5-player game where the scores ranged from Roy Gibson’s 27 to Stephen Squibb’s 17—a very decent showing by all players.

The 40 Preliminary games yielded 28 of 33 qualifiers who opted for more punishment. These were divided between five tables. To qualify, a player had to win a game in any one of the four heats. Three players (Steve Scott, Rob Eastman and Rich Fetzer) won twice, which would normally earn them a congratulatory shout out from the GM at the start of Round 2. However, their achievements were bested by two others, Anna Kiefte and John Coussis, who each won three games (Anna a perfect three of three and John three of four). Both players were less than thrilled to be singled out by the added attention sure to direct more incoming shells their way.

The semifinal table with the closest score was a 6-player Pacific Typhoon game in which Robert Kircher’s 25 VPs was only one point higher than 2014 laurelists Jeff Heidman and Jesse Boomer. In tight games like that between competent players, the last battle is often the deciding one.

The seating order for the 2015 Final was Robert Kircher, Ron Glass, Alexander Lange, Andy Gardner and Justin Thompson. This was Alexander’s first foray into deep water, but the others had been at this table before, Justin having won in 2011. In fact, Justin was the first player to be recorded on the signup sheet this year, so he was more than ready to compete. By contrast, Robert was the next-to-last player to enter, debating which of several events to enter. He jumped in just before the window of opportunity closed on the last heat, winning two 6-player tables of Pacific Typhoon back to back by the slimmest of margins. Could he play Storm as well as that in the Final?

It certainly seemed that the planets were in proper alignment. Robert won the Round 1 using U100 fated against 1940 half-full HX 72, and everyone else discarded. Six of the next nine convoys saw combat, however, including an attack on Arctic PQ 17 by Andy’s Tirpitz that was overwhelmed by opposition led by Justin.

At the halfway point (ten convoys), Robert had 12 VPs showing, two spoils and a 7-card hand. Justin had 10 VPs, two spoils and an 8-card hand. Ron had 7 VPs and a 7-card hand, while Alexander and Andy each had an empty convoy and two spoils. Robert improved his position on Round 11 by safely escorting HX 228 to score 6 VPs and an 8-card hand. Things slowed down after that, though, with only three of the remaining nine convoys causing actual battles. In fact, Andy called surface on convoy #14 (empty OG 69 worth 1 VP), played the Belchen to resupply a German ship should it appear, but everyone else took the opportunity to discard. Since there was no card on the table with a value of 1 or more in the declared suit, the convoy and Belchen were discarded.

Justin won convoy #18 using wolf pack Westmark fated against full SC 121, sharing a spoil with Andy. If anyone was counting hidden VPs at this moment, Justin and Robert were now tied at 24 VPs. Furthermore, Justin had just gained a 9-card hand advantage over Robert’s 8-card hand.

The Allies encountered no German opposition on the last two convoys, but the players competed to make the strongest play. Robert had a 67% chance on one die roll to win convoy #19 (empty ONS 5), which he did, giving him four more VPs. Justin called submarine for suit on convoy 20 and played three Allied cards. He had a 67% chance to win the convoy, which he did but it was only worth three VPs. Therefore, Robert won by a single point, and he seemed happy with his decision to enter the Atlantic Storm tournament. It was his 16th WBC title but his first ACS shield.

GM Ben Knight [3rd Year] NA NA

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