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Ticket to Ride (TTR) WBC 2018 Event Report
Updated November 26, 2018
266 Players Grant LaDue 2018 Status 2019 Status Event History
  2018 Champion & Laurels

Shiny, Shiny Choo-Choos!

After three years at Seven Springs, I think of our regular Ticket to Ride room in Seasons 1–5 as a Boeing 747 – it has a similar shape, with capacity for all of the 41 tables (164 players) we had in Heat 1 plus room to expand when attendance grows. Thanks to my long-time assistant GMs Sarah Beach and Nikki Bradford who managed the check-in quickly and efficiently. A WBC highlight for me each year is seeing them. It’s common for 100 people to be in line just before each heat starts, but Sarah and Nikki make sure they are seated with minimal delay. Nikki’s son Bradford McCandless wore the Caboose Hat to make sure everyone knew that yes, the back of the Ticket to Ride line was indeed right in front of him!

Many notable things occurred during the heats. One table playing the 1910 version drew a total of 30 tickets and made all 30! Nick Vayn went 6/6, Mike Huggins went 7/7, and Lynda Shea went 8/8, but Alex Freeman topped them all at 9/9. Linda pulled out the win, though, scoring 191 as her tickets were longer on average than Alex’s. Just as impressive was a table playing the base game, where people tend to draw fewer tickets. They went 25/25 led by Jackson Hunt and Linsey Saccenti who each went 7/7. It was close from top to bottom, but Kevin Burns won with a “measly” 5 tickets taken and made.

The highest score in the tournament was earned by Rob Murray in Heat 2, who scored 206 in 1910, going 10/10 in tickets. Rob’s table took 40 tickets and made 37. He won all three heats he played, also scoring 196 in Heat 3 (and “just” 136 in Heat 1.) In the closest game, Anne Norton won (127), followed by Kyle Greenwood (126), Mitzi Hubble (125), and Roger Jarrett (120). It’s tough to finish 7 points behind the winner and wind up in 4th place!

George Lee almost won the “Eyes Bigger than your Stomach” award for most tickets taken. He took 15 tickets and made 13, scoring 200 points to win. Just behind was Amy Rule, who went 10/11 to score 193. But the winner of this award was John Wobbeking, who took 16 tickets, making only 5. His final ticket score of -114 didn’t help his result (maybe he needed only 1 more track segment; the score sheet doesn’t tell us.)

As I did last year, I offered Gold and Silver Choo-Choo awards to players who won 4 or 3 heats, respectively. No one won 4 heats this year, but 3 players won 3. As mentioned above, Rob Murray won his first 3 heats, but did not play in the 4th. Nicole Bosca and Hannah Oliner both won 3 heats and finished 2nd in the other. Hannah trailed Adam Czyryca in her 2nd place finish by only 2 points.

The top 64 winners qualify for the quarter finals. 102 different people won at least one heat, but only 57 of them showed up for the quarters. This meant that we awarded 2 byes (to Nicole and Hannah) and played 14 tables (one was a 3-player table.) Rob Murray, the 3rd Silver Choo-Choo winner, captained quarter final Table 1. On Sunday morning, 15 of the 16 quarter final winners showed up to play the semi final games (one player unexpectedly qualified for a final in a different tournament and could not play.) It was almost 14 out of 16 as the youngest quarter final winner overslept, but arrived at the nick of time! The four winners went on to the final immediately afterward. The top two second place finishers in the semi finals were Eric Raymond (who earned the 5th place plaque) and Paul Klayder (who earned the coveted 6th place “sand plaque”.)

The final was a fascinating game. Grant LaDue drew poor starting tickets, so he sought a fast game. He kept 3 of them, drew just once more, keeping 1, and tried to play long routes so he could finish quickly. The other 3 players drew extra tickets multiple times, aiming for bigger scores. As the end approached, Grant banged down several long routes and ended the game before his opponents could finish their tickets. Second-place finisher Eric Brosius was just one turn away from completing the Vancouver-Montreal route, but Grant’s focused approach denied him that opportunity, giving him a close win, 127-121. Vien Boumna and Nicole Bosca weren’t far back at 109 and 108, respectively. This continues a tendency for WBC tournament winners to limit their ticket draws and go for Longest Route rather than Globetrotter; is this just random fluctuation, or does it tell us something about the game? Come back next year to help us find out!

2018 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 2
Eric Brosius Vien Bounma Nicole Bosca Eric Raymond Paul Klayder
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Eric Brosius working his way to the Final

Grant LaDue waiting for his opportunity.

Playing the toughest game, a 3 player US Ticket to Ride.

Finalists with GM Claire Brosius.

GM  Claire Brosius [10th Year]  NA 
 clairebrosius@comcast.net  NA