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Alhambra (ALH) WBC 2019 Event Report
Updated October 7, 2019
122 Players Lisa Gutermuth 2019 Status 2020 Status History/Laurels
2019 Champion Click box for details. Click box for details.

When The Sun Went Down Many Multi-Colored Alhambras, With Numerous Walls, Were Completed. As The Dust Settled A New Chief Architect Was Crowned!

The 2019 Alhambra tournament moved to a 3 heat, 16 person semifinal, 4 person final format. 4 player tables were the norm with only a few 3 player tables sprinkled in. This format was met by positive feedback from many participants.

Some points of interest from the tournament in general:

  • 122 different gamers participated
    • 49 played in heat 1, 72 in heat 2, and 62 in heat 3
  • 68 played in a single heat, 38 in 2 heats, and 14 in all 3 heats
  • Highest winning score at a 4 player table was 155 by Brad Sherwood in heat 2
  • Lowest winning score at a 4 player table was 101 by Rob Drozd in heat 1 and John Jacoby, also with 101, who won over Charles Drozd by a tie breaker in heat 2
  • Longest wall at the end of a 4 player table was 22 wall segments by Anne Murtagh in heat 2

Of the 16 that advanced to the semifinals, only Luke Kolezar was victorious in all 3 heats. Six individuals were winners in 2 heats, including the eventual champion. The other spots went to individuals who were single game winners, including 3 alternates to fill spots of those ranked above them who were no shows. Some facts that came out of this round:

Table One consisted of Luke Kolezar, Angela Bender, David Platnick, and Ashley Worley. This heat stayed very close through the first two scoring rounds. In the last round David was able to separate himself from the field with a strong total in majorities.

Table Two consisted of Lisa Gutermuth, Erik Schlosser, Brad Sherwood, and Susan Davis. Trailing by 10 after 2 scoring rounds, Lisa made her move in the last scoring round by piling up majority points, aided by a first both in Pavillions and Towers.

Table Three consisted of Jeff Wu, Barb Roeper, Bobbi Warczak, and Greg Staton. Behind by 14 points, Jeff made a strong push over the last round but was unable to catch Barb. His close finish earned him 6th place.

Table Four consisted of Kevin Peterson, Eric Brosius, Rod Davidson, and Sonia Taktak. This table had the tightest finish. After 2 scoring rounds Kevin had a slim 1 point lead over Eric. During the last round Kevin was able to buy 4 tiles in one turn, tying Eric’s third round score and preserving the victory, 108 to 107. Due to his close finish, Eric earned 5th place.

The final was set with Kevin, David, Barb, and Lisa. After the first round, all four had 6 tiles in their Alhambras. The scores were close, 10, 11, 12, and 13. Lisa held the lead mainly due to her lead in Towers. After the 2nd scoring round, Lisa started to separate herself from the pack. She maintained her lead in Towers and added first in Chambers. At this point her score of 54 lead David at 46, and Kevin and Barb both tied at 33. The final round was more of the same with Lisa finishing first by narrow margins in both Towers and Pavillions. Wall points were relatively close and not a significant factor in the final standings. When the dust settled, the final standings were, Lisa with 129 points, David with 118 points, Kevin with 90 points, and Barb with 64 points.

I would like to close this report by thanking all who participated, put up with and helped out a first time GM, and provided me with some constructive feedback. Three individuals deserve special thanks. Rob Kircher, who did not participate due to conflicts but was very helpful with advice before the con; Deb Gutermuth, who ran this tournament for many years and was gracious with her support; and finally my son and assistant GM, John, whose help with signing people in, organizing tables, and most importantly entering data in the Excel sheet. His contribution was extremely critical in making the event run as smoothly as it did.

2019 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: N/A

David Platnick Kevin Peterson Barb Roeper Eric Brosius Jeff Wu
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Enjoying the change to 4 players in Alhambra. Laurelist Eric Brosius tallying up the scores.
The ladies lead the way with the smiles all around. Finals with GM Charles Faella.



GM     Charles Faella [1st Year]   NA
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