2010 Caesar Award Results — Hail Stefan Mecay Again
March 18, 2011

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Stefan Mecay became the first back-to-back Caesar by repeating as BPA's top competitor in 2010. His strategy again revolved around running up a big lead before WBC began by winning or placing in three email tournaments (1960, Manifest Destiny and Stone Age) and padded that further with a second at WAM (Twilight Struggle) and cemented his title defense with three titles at WBC in his Card Driven specialties (Paths of Glory, 1960 and Twilight Struggle). It was a far cry from his record setting pace of 295 laurels in 2009, but still ranked as the 4th highest annual laurel total earned to date. Even so, it proved necessary to outdistance a record setting Consul performance by the plaque king, Bruce Reiff, who finished just 19 behind despite limited email and no mini-con participation.

Rounding out the top six BPA competitors for 2010 were Bert Schoose, Terry Coleman, Richard Beyma and Robert Kircher in that order. Only eight of last year's Top 25 players managed to retain that high ranking (up from seven in 2009) led by Mecay who remained atop the heap. The other top scorers to retain their high standing were Richard Beyma, Keith Wixson, Alex Bove, Arthur Field, Tom DeMarco, James Pei and Chris Byrd. Bove and Byrd were the only ones to retain their Top 25 status for the third straight year while 17 new names graced the leader board.

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The Line of Succession for Caesar 2010

Bruce Reiff, OH
2nd - 163 Laurels

Bert Schoose, IL
3rd - 158 Laurels

Terry Coleman, CA
4th - 134 Laurels

Richard Beyma, VA
5th - 132 Laurels

Robert Kircher, RI
6th - 124 Laurels

 

Competitor - From Laurels - 2009 rank - WBC Tally Board
 1. Stefan Mecay, TX 182 - 1st - 50 960e 2nd 12, MFDe 1st 30, TWSw 2nd 18, STAe 2nd 12, 960 1st 10, POG 1st 60, TWS 1st 40
 2. Bruce Reiff, OH 163 - X - 151 WASe 3rd 12, AUC 4th 6, BCY 4th 9, BAT 1st 20, FBS 1st 30, MMS 1st 20, SJN 2nd 24, UNP 1st 30, WPS 2nd 12
 3. Bert Schoose, IL 158 - X - 104 TRCe 2nd 24, AFK 1st 30, FBS 3rd 12, PZB 3rd 12, TRC 1st 50, AFKe 1st 30
 4. Terry Coleman, CA 134 - X - 58 HRCw 5th 6, 960w 2nd 6, AORE 1st 60, MMSe 5th 4, AHD 2nd 12, SSB 3rd 16, WOG 1st 30
 5. Richard Beyma, VA 132 - 23rd - 82 776 4th 3, A&A 1st 50, GBG 1st 40, MAN 6th 3, RBS 5th 6, WAT 1st 30
 6. Robert Kircher, RI 124 - X - 100 AGRq 2nd 18, T&Tq 4th 6, AGR 6th 5, AUC 1st 20, CAR 4th 9, SFR 6th 3, SET 1st 60, SCT 6th 3
 7. Josh Githens, SC 124 - X - 86 TTRq 1st 30, PGFe 3rd 8, ADV 3rd 12, BP2 2nd 12, CM8 5th 4, CMS 4th 18, SLS 1st 40
 8. Keith Wixson. NJ 122 - 16th - 74 HRCw 1st 30, TWSw 5th 6, HOSe 3rd 12, SUC 6th 2, TWS 5th 8, WTP 1st 40, WNW 2nd 24
 9. Aran Warszawski, is 122 - X - 90 AMRe 2nd 24, STAe 3rd 8, MAN 2nd 18, POF 2nd 18, Pro 3rd 24, T&T 1st 30
10. Alex Bove, PA 117 - 5th- 100 AGRq 4th 9, RA!q 3rd 8, AMR 1st 30, GOA 1st 30, RA! 1st 40
11. Arthur Field, SC 116 - 13th - 116 DOM 1st 50, MFD 1st 30, SPG 1st 30, T&T 5th 6
12. Luke Koleszar VA 114 - X - 114 ALH 1st 40, DOM 5th 10, PRO 1st 60, RA! 6th 4
13. Tom DeMarco, NJ 113 - 25th- 63 DOMq 3rd 8, POFq 5th 4, T&Tq 3rd 8, ADVe 1st 30, ADV 2nd 18, SPG 5th 6, SFR 1st 30, TYX 4th 9
14. James Pei, VA 112 - 2nd - 52 FTP 1st 40, HRC 1st 60, WNW 4th 12
15. Nick Henning, CT 107 - X - 107 GSR 4th 12, LHV 2nd 18, LID 2nd 18, LRC 1st 20, MRA 1st 30, T&T 4th 9
16. Randy Buehler, WA 104 - X - 54 RDG 4th 6, SPG 2nd 18, AGE 1st 50, VSD 1st 30
17. Kevin Garber, VA 90 - X - 60 PGDq 1st 30, PGD 1st 60
18. Cary Morris, NC 88 - X - 88 AGR 1st 50, CYL 1st 30, STA 5th 8
19. Eric Freeman, PA 88 - X - 68 STAe 1st 20, AMR 5th 6, ELG 3rd 12, E&T 1st 20, POF 3rd 12, VSD 2nd 18
20. Haim Hochboim, is 84 - X - 38 AMRe 1st 40, STA 4th 6, ADV 4th 9, DOM 3rd 20, E&T 4th 9
21. Jason Levine, NY 84 - X - 84 BAT 2nd 12, FDE 1st 30, ING 2nd 18, RRY 2nd 24
22. Chris Byrd, CT 84 - 18th - 24 TWSw 1st 30, CBCw 5th 6, CBC 3rd 16, HRC 4th 18, AHD 3rd 8, POG 6th 6
23. Aaron Fuegi, MA 83 - X - 83 CNS 6th 3, TTN 1st 50, TT2 1st 30
24. Greg Thatcher, CA 82 - X - 64 ADVe 2nd 18, AMR 3rd 12, ELG 5th 6, LID 5th 6, PRO 2nd 36, TKL 5th 4
25. Patrick Mirk, FL 82 - X - 52 776 3rd 4, A&A 2nd 30, BCY 2nd 18, MFD 5th 6, PRC 2nd 24

Key: e = email (PBeM), E = Enlightenment mini-con, q = Euro Quest mini-con, w = WAM mini-con, p = Pre-Con


2010 Consul - Hail Bruce Reiff

This year's Consul winner left little doubt about the outcome—scoring a record 151 laurels at WBC while winning just about everything he played and taking home four titles while placing in four others. WBC's plaque king added to his prodigious collection—now some 44 strong—while besting Jeff Cornett's 2006 WBC total by 17 laurels and that of his closest competitor in 2010 by 35 laurels. It is a sad day in Don-ville, the mighty Bruce has homered.

The other top contenders included Athur Field, Luke Koleszar, Nick Henning, Bert Schoose and Robert Kircher in that order. Their laurels tended to come in larger groups than Reiff's but they were unable to match the diveristy of his mastery of no less than eight, albeit smaller, events. Nick Henning and Robert Kircher came closest—scoring in six events while the remainder did their damage in three or four tournaments.

 

 

The Line of Succession for Consul 2010

Arthur Field, SC
2nd - 116 Laurels

Luke Koleszar, VA
3rd - 114 Laurels

Nick Henning, CT
4th - 92 Laurels

Bert Schoose, IL
5th - 88 Laurels

Robert Kircher, RI
6th - 80 Laurels

 Competitor - From Laurels/ Total  Tally Board
 1. Bruce Reiff, OH 151 - 2nd AUC 4th 6, BCY 4th 9, BAT 1st 20, FBS 1st 30, MMS 1st 20, SJN 2nd 24, UNP 1st 30, WPS 2nd 12
 2. Arthur Field, SC 116 - 11th DOM 1st 50, MFD 1st 30, SPG 1st 30, T&T 5th 6
 3. Luke Koleszar, VA 114 - 12th ALH 1st 40, DOM 5th 10, PRO 1st 60, RA! 6th 4
 4. Nick Henning, CT 107 - 15th GSR 4th 12, LHV 2nd 18, LID 2nd 18, LRC 1st 20, MRA 1st 30, T&T 4th 9
 5. Bert Schoose, IL 104 - 3rd AFK 1st 30, FBS 3rd 12, PZB 3rd 12, TRC 1st 50,
 6. Robert Kircher, RI 100 - 6th AGR 6th 5, AUC 1st 20, CAR 4th 9, SFR 6th 3, SET 1st 60, SCT 6th 3
 7. Alex Bove, PA 100 - 10th AMR 1st 30, GOA 1st 30, RA! 1st 40
 8. Aran Warszawski, is 90 - 9th MAN 2nd 18, POF 2nd 18, Pro 3rd 24, T&T 1st 30
 9. Cary Morris, NC 88 - 18th AGR 1st 50, CYL 1st 30, STA 5th 8
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