2008 Caesar Award Results — Hail Alex Bove
Feb. 11, 2009

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Alex Bove, in his sixth year of WBC competition, laurelled in nine Euros competitions to claim the Caesar title by topping all players with 159 Laurels in the 2008 season. He owed his victory to persistance by scoring in every tournament possible save Pre-Cons although he won only three tournaments overall. His margin of victory was razor slim, edging Ewan McNay by a single laurel. Alex had 46 Laurels coming into WBC from his play at Euro Quest, and 25 more from e-mail tournaments, but still trailed several other contenders entering WBC. But Alex had a good week, winning two events (Princes of Florence and Ra) outright while laurelling in two more. The only question remaining is how does he look in a toga?

As good as his year was, it wasn't good enough to rule the BPA roost alone however, as he finished sixth in WBC statistics for Consul honors. Rounding out the top six BPA competitors for 2008 were Chris Byrd, Andy Latto, Ken Gutermuth and newcomer Riku Riekkinen in that order. Eleven of last year's Top 25 players managed to repeat in 2008, led by Bove who rose from 21st to lead the pack. Byrd, Gutermuth, Harald Henning, Eric Brosius, Kevin Sudy, James Pei, Tom Dunning, Tom Browne, reigning Caesar Raphael Lehrer and Bruce Reiff all managed to retain Top 25 status another year also while14 new names graced the leader board.

 

The Line of Succession for Caesar 2008

Ewan McNay
2nd - NY

Chris Byrd
3rd - CT

Andy Latto
4th - MA

Ken Gutermuth
5th - NC

Riku Riekkinen
6th - Finland

 Competitor - From
Laurels/2007 rank /WBC
 Tally Board
 1. Alex Bove, PA 159 - 21st - 88 PROeq 2nd 18, RAeq 3rd 8, GOAeq 1st 20, ADVe 4th 9, AMR 5th 6, POE 3rd 12, POF 1st 30, RA 1st 40, AMRe 3rd 16,
 2. Ewan McNay, NY 158 - X - 90 MFDE 1st 50, AORE 4th 18, BRI 1st 40, KRM 3rd 12, MOV 1st 30, WAS 5th 8,
 3. Chris Byrd, CT 144 - 4th - 60 POGw 2nd 24, 960w 1st 30, 960 1st 40, FTP 3rd 20, MAN 1st 30,
 4. Andy Latto, MA 135 - X - 129 HRC 6th 6, ING 1st 30, IVH 1st 20, KRM 4th 9, LST 1st 40, T&T 1st 30,
5. Ken Gutermuth, NC 126 - 6th - 56 NW2wat 3rd 24, POGw 3rd 16, ADVe 1st 30, AUC 3rd 8, CAR 3rd 12, SLS 1st 30, WPS 5th 6,
 6. Riku Riekkinen, Finland 122 - X - 62 CCA 3rd 12, FTP 1st 50, POG 1st 60,
 7. Eric Freeman, PA 122 - X - 60 SETeq 3rd 8, WCeq 1st 30, AMR 2nd 18, POF 5th 6, RA 3rd 16, SJN 2nd 12, TKL 1st 20, AMRe 4th 12,
 8. Bill Crenshaw, VA 118 - X - 60 PGDeq 2nd 18, MFDE 5th 10, AORE 5th 12, MFD 2nd 24, MOV 5th 6, POE 1st 30, MFDe 2nd 18,
 9. Harald Henning, CT 117 - 5th - 114 EPB 1st 50, MFD 1st 40, SET 3rd 24, MFDe 6th 3,
10. Eric Brosius, CT 116 - 23rd - 98 EPB 2nd 30, FI5 3rd 8, PGD 1st 60, SJN 6th 2, AGE 3rd 16,
11. Jason Ley, WA 109 - X - 69 AGE 1st 40, TTN 1st 60, TT2 4th 9,
12. Kevin Sudy, VA 108 - 12th - 12 NW2wat 1st 60, AORE 2nd 36, AOR 3rd 12,
13. James Pei, VA 106 - 3rd - 70 WTPe 2nd 36, FTP 2nd 30, WNW 1st 40,
14. Michael Kaltman, PA 104 - X - 42 SPBeq 2nd 12, RAeq 2nd 12, GOAeq 4th 6, CYLeq 3rd 8, AOS 5th 6, AGR 6th 3, CYL 2nd 18, CUB 2nd 12, ING 6th 3, AMRe 2nd 24,
15. Robert Kircher, RI 102 - X - 56 SETeq 2nd 12, RAeq 4th 6, T&Teq 1st 20, IMPeq 3rd 4, GOAeq 5th 4, AGR 1st 30, RFG 3rd 12, SCT 5th 6, YOD 3rd 8,
16. Nick Page, ON  99 - X - 99 NTD 4th 6, PRO 1st 60, QGB 1st 30, TT2 6th 3,
17. Chris Trimmer, TX  96 - X - 26 DIM 1st 30, HBG 1st 20, WOR 1st 40, YSP 4th 6,
18. Kevin Wojtazczyk, NY  95 - X - 51 ADV 4th 12, CAR 4th 9, SFR 1st 30, WOR 6th 4, AMRe 1st 40,
19. Tom Dunning, NY  87 - 17th - 47 SPBeq 5th 4, RAeq 1st 20, TTReq 2nd 12, EPB 6th 5, SET 2nd 36, T&T 5th 6, AMRe 6th 4,
20. Steve Simmons, NJ  87 - X - 9 AORE 1st 60, AOR 4th 9, DIM 2nd 18,
21. Tom Browne, PA  83 - 18th - 14 SPBeq 1st 20, WC eq 3rd 12, ADV 3rd 12, DIM 4th 9, MMS 6th 2, SJN 1st 20, AMRe 5th 8,
22. Raphael Lehrer, MD  81 - 1st - 31 WCeq 2nd 18, GOAeq 3rd 8, CYLeq 2nd 12, 960 6th 4, GOA 3rd 12, POE 4th 9, RFG 5th 6, AGE 4th 12,
23. Charlie Drozd, IL  80 - X - 20 PGF 5th 4, VIP 1st 60, WAS 3rd 16,
24. Jason Levine, NY  80 - X - 58 CDT 5th 3, MRA 3rd 12, SJN 3rd 8, VNC 6th 3, WOR 2nd 24, WPS 1st 30,
25. Bruce Reiff, OH  80- 11th - 80 BAT 1st 20, CDT 1st 10, FBS 1st 20, GOA 2nd 18, ING 3rd 12,

2008 Consul - Hail Andy Latto

Take away the points for email tournaments, mini-cons, and Pre-Cons and you get a clearer picture of who had the hottest hand at WBC 2008. Andy won four events outright at WBC 2008 and missed the first ever WBC Grand Slam only because one of those events—Ivanhoe—was not a Century event although it earned that status in 2008 for the following year. That's picking some mighty small nits to deny him BPA immortality. Alex Bove, the new Caesar, had only the sixth best WBC statistically, finishing behind Harald Henning, Nick Page, Eric Brosius, and Ewan McNay.

 

 

 

The Line of Succession for Consul 2008

Harald Henning
2nd - CT

Nick Page
3rd - ON

Eric Brosius
4th - CT

Ewan McNay
5th - NY

Alex Bove
6th - PA

 Competitor - From Laurels/ Total  Tally Board
 1. Andy Latto, MA 129 - 4th ING 1st 30, IVH 1st 20, KRM 4th 9, LST 1st 40, T&T 1st 30,
 2. Harald Henning, CT 114 - 9th EPB 1st 50, MFD 1st 40, SET 3rd 24,
 3. Nick Page, ON  99 - 16th NTD 4th 6, PRO 1st 60, QGB 1st 30, TT2 6th 3,
 4. Eric Brosius, CT  98 - 10th EPB 2nd 30, FI5 3rd 8, PGD 1st 60,
 5. Ewan McNay, NY  90 - 2nd BRI 1st 40, KRM 3rd 12, MOV 1st 30, WAS 5th 8,
 6. Alex Bove, PA  88 - 1st AMR 5th 6, POE 3rd 12, POF 1st 30, RA 1st 40,
 7. Bruce Reiff, OH  80 - 25th BAT 1st 20, CDT 1st 10, FBS 1st 20, GOA 2nd 18, ING 3rd 12,
 8. James Pei, VA  70 - 13th FTP 2nd 30, WNW 1st 40,
 9. Jason Ley, WA  69 - 11th TTN 1st 60, TT2 4th 9,

Key: d = D-Day mini-con, e = email (PBeM), E = Enlightenment mini-con, eq = Euro Quest mini-con, w = WAM mini-con, W = Waterloo mini-con

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