Last month we honored
Tom McCorry as our GM of the Year. The scond leg in the BPA Triple
Crown is its Sportsmanship Award. Coupled with next month's Caesar
honors for prowess on the gameboard and our GM of the Year which
honors those who sacrifice their time to make the events possible,
the Sportsmanship winner completes our virtual Hall of Fame by
reminding us that there is no fun to be had with these games without
an affable and enjoyable opponent with which to cross vicarious
swords. While some inevitably get caught up in the quest for "wood,"
our Sportsman of the Year always subscribes to a higher standard.
... a shining example of sportsmanship that we should all aspire
to. These folks are the ones that make it all bearable for our
GMs and contribute most to the "club" atmosphere of
the convention. Their shining example contributes to the remarkable
esprit de corps and camaraderie for which WBC is known.
There are those who liken the Sportsmanship vote which is held
during our Annual Membership Drive to a popularity contest. If
that's so, there's no doubt remaining who is WBC's Belle of the
Ball after this year's vote. Coming on the heels of her overwhelming
victory in the latest Board elections, the BPA webmaster has proven
herself to be one popular lady at WBC. Kaarin Englemann won handily
in what was basically a two-horse race between herself and Sean
McCulloch. Kaarin, nominated for accepting outrageous fortune
with aplomb in the Here I Stand semis, took 21% of the
280 votes caste to become the first two-time winner of the award.
Runner-up Sean McCulloch garnered 19% of the vote for stepping
in to GM a Junior's event for a no-show. Rounding out the top
six finalists were Tom Dunning, Barry Shutt, Craig Moffit and