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Updated Nov. 30, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK

2015 Champion

Event History

1991 John Poniske 12
1992 Mike Crowe 15
1993 Joe Beard 20
1994 Joe Beard 17
1995 Phil Evans 16
1996 Bruno Sinigaglio 10
1997 Bruno Sinigaglio 25
1998 Gregory Smith 23
1999 Gregory Smith 24
2000 Randy Heller 20
2001 Lane Newbury 29
2002 Vince Meconi 29
2003 Jonathan Lockwood 22
2004 Randy Heller 30
2005 John Popiden 20
2006 Vince Meconi 34
2007 Bert Schoose 23
2008 John Popiden 24
2009 Vince Meconi 20
2010 Bert Schoose 19
2011 Vince Meconi 22
2012 Vince Meconi 22
2013 Jonathan Lockwood 23
2014 John Clarke 41
2015 Bruno Sinigaglio 24

PBeM Event History
2003 Ed Menzel 26
2008 Bruno Sinigaglio 26
2010 Bert Schoose 26


 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Vince Meconi       DE    15    254
   2.  Jonathan Lockwood  VA    15    226
   3.  Bruno Sinigaglio   AK    15    209
   4.  Bert Schoose       IL    12    156
   5.  Ed Menzel          CA    12    118
   6.  John Popiden       CA    10    108
   7.  Randy Heller       MD    11     81
   8.  Lane Newbury       TX    03     48
   9.  Greg Smith         PA    08     44
  10.  Bill Morse         VA    14     39
  11.  Joe Beard          AZ    13     39
  12.  James Tracy II     OH    11     31
  13.  John Clarke        VA    14     30
  14.  Barry Smith        NY    08     30
  15.  Doug Burke         MD    03     24
  16.  Mark Gutfreund     KY    08     21
  17.  Phil Evans         fr    01     15
  18.  Robert Frisby      VA    15     12
  19.  Gary Dickson       CA    05     12
  20.  Johnny Hasay       PA    04     12
  21.  Andrew Miller      GA    03      9
  22.  Ray Clark          CT    13      8
  23.  Robert Hahn        NY    02      8
  24.  Dick Boyes         WA    15      6
  25.  Mark McCandless    LA    14      6
  26.  Bill Scott         VA    10      6
  27.  Pat Mirk           FL    09      6
  28.  Ted Drozd          IL    08      6
  29.  Steve Likevich     OH    01      6
  30.  Michael Day        AZ    13      4
  31.  Kevin Hacker       PA    15      3
  32.  Richard Beyma      VA    14      3
  33.  Andy Gardner       VA    12      3
  34.  Chris Godfrey      MA    06      3
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 2

Jon Lockwood, VA

Robert Frisby, VA

Vince Meconi. DE

Dick Boyes, WA

Kevin Hacker, PA

Past Winners

John Poniske, PA

Mike Crowe, VA

Joe Beard, AZ

Phil Evans, fr

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK
1996-1997, 2015

Greg Smith, PA

Randy Heller, MD
2000, 2004

Lane Newbury, TX

Vince Meconi, DE
'02, '06, '09, '11-'12

Jonathan Lockwood, VA
2003, 2013

John Popiden, CA
2005, 2008

Bert Schoose, IL
2007, 2010

John Clarke, VA

Greg Smith and Robert Frisby battle in the sand dunes.

The four semifinalists pair off with grenades at the ready.

Victory: the long and the short versions ...

The 2015 semifinals featured three veterans with ten AFK shields among them, and brave but capable newcomer Robert Frisby. If a grognard with Robert’s credentials can be called a newcomer. Robert made his first appearance in the semifinals after successfully holding off WBC newcomer Dick Boyes in a challenge match to determine the fourth slot.

The first elimination game matched 5-time champion Vince Meconi vs two-time champion Jonathan Lockwood. Having faced each other numerous times in the past, Vince had proven to be Lockwood’s nemesis in the playoffs with an unblemished record. Play proceeded along familiar lines, with Vince sending his 21/3 Recce (2-2-12) along the coast road to deny Jon the use of his favored Paleveda Gambit defense (two 2-2-6s with a supply unit setting up a blocking position in Cyrenaica). A modified standard British defense managed to destroy two Italian infantry divisions before being driven back to Tobruch. Jon then began his classic delaying tactics as he fell back to the defensive line in front of the Ruweisat ridge and awaited the German onslaught. But German supplies were scarce, and Vince realized that he would not be able to take Alexandria prior to the arrival of the Crusader reinforcements in November. Undaunted, he went back to Tobruch and launched the Holy Hand Grenade (1-1 all-out assault on Tobruch) at Lockwood’s two 4-4-7s and 3-3-7 entrenched in Tobruch, rolling an Attacker eliminated, and forcing a quick concession.The jinx was finally broken, and Jon advanced to yet another Final.

The other semifinal featured 2-time AFK champion Bruno Sinagaglio vs Robert Frisby. Robert was deliberate and conservative, and although Bruno was able to slow the German advance with a combination of delaying units and raids to threaten his Home Base, Robert methodically destroyed or isolated the units and continued his advance toward Alexandria, giving Bruno no mistake that he could exploit. Instead, Robert engaged Bruno’s forces in the open at 3-1 and 4-1, resulting in heavy British losses. Even the arrival of the British Crusader reinforcements in November did not persuade Robert to abandon his offensive against Alexandria, and the game ground on into 1942. As the British began receiving replacement factors in March 1942 at the rate of three factors to the German’s one, it seemed that the tide of battle would turn in Bruno’s favor. But Robert relentlessly continued his onslaught, punishing Bruno’s forces with even higher casualties, backing the British up to the gates of Alexandria. In desperation, Bruno unleashed his final assault, but not from Alexandria! Noting that Robert had pulled one Italian infantry from the Tobruch encirclement, leaving only two Italian infantry to contain the Tobruch garrison, Bruno attacked out of Tobruch at 2-1 against one of the Italian divisions and was rewarded with a D Back 2. Robert was compelled to send reinforcements to stem the breakout attempt, but not before Bruno attacked again with a 1-1 and another D back 2 to widen the perimeter. By the time Robert was able to contain Bruno’s offensive, it was October 1942. Robert was unable to fulfill the German victory conditions of occupying Alexandria, Tobruch, or Bengasi for two consecutive turns, but he had given Bruno all he could handle in a grueling 7-hour match that went the distance.

Bruno met Jon in the Final the next morning. An exhausted Bruno was in no shape for another marathon match, and so his Germans drove straight for Tobruch. Lockwood saw it coming and prepared his best defense for the inevitable Holy Hand grenade vs Tobruch. It came in July, with Bruno rolling a 1 for the D Elim and a mercifully quick concession.

GM Jonathan Lockwood [16th Year] P.O. Box 3436, Reston, VA 20195-1436 NA

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