attack sub  

Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report  

  2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

Sceadeau D'Tela, NC

2013 Champion


Event History
1991    John Fuqua      33
1992    Steve Rugh      26
1993    Bruce Young      34
1994    Dave Kuchta      46
1995    Jack Reid     40
1996    John Emery   40
1997    John Emery      32
1998    Earl Anderson      32
1999     Brian Conlon     36
2000     Bill Edwards      32
2001     John Conlon      34
2002     Buck Karpowitz      24
2003     Steven Caler      24
2004     Daniel Hoffman      34
2005      Bill Edwards      30
2006     Dan Hoffman      20
2007      David Sidelinger      30
2008     Kaarin Engelmann      34
2009     Bill Edwards      28
2010     Bruce Young      28
2011     James Doughan      40 
2012     Alexander Lange      38
2013     Sceadeau D'Tela      40


 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Bill Edwards       VA    10     84
   2.  Daniel Hoffman     NC    13     58
   3.  Steve Caler        PA    11     40
   4.  David Sidelinger   CT    07     40
   5.  Kaarin Engelmann   VA    08     35
   6.  John Conlon        OK    02     33
   7.  James Doughan      PA    12     32
   8.  Bruce Young        SC    10     32
   9.  Rob Schoenen       PA    09     32
  10.  Alexander Lange    GA    12     30
  11.  Buck Karpowitz     DC    02     30
  12.  Brian Conlon       OK    05     28
  13.  John Emery         SC    10     26
  14.  Stan Buck          MD    10     24
  15.  Greg Courter       MI    02     24
  16.  Frank Cunliffe     PA    11     22
  17.  Jim Fleckenstein   VA    09     22
  18.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    13     20
  19.  Rob Mull           CO    05     19
  20.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    12     18
  21.  Henry Jones        PA    00     18
  22.  Jerry Smolens      PA    01     15
  23.  Geoff Allbutt      NY    11     14
  24.  Chris Janiec       PA    08     14
  25.  Karl Buchholz      MI    13     12
  26.  James Kramer       PA    12     12
  27.  Andrew Cummins     uk    08     12
  28.  Andre Strauss      MD    03     12
  29.  David Buchholz     MI    13     10
  30.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    07     10
  31.  Chris Storzillo    NJ    12      9
  32.  Greg Schmittgens   KS    02      9
  33.  Andy Maly          MD    00      9
  34.  Mandy Mossman      MD    13      8
  35.  George Young       VT    11      8
  36.  Andrew Fedin       PA    04      8
  37.  Tim Mossman        MD    09      6
  38.  Alex Gesing        NY    08      6
  39.  David Gantt        SC    00      6
  40.  Andy Lewis         DE    12      5
  41.  Andrew Doughan     PA    10      4
  42.  Carol Caler        OH    07      4
  43.  Marvin Birnbaum    NY    06      4
  44.  Nathan Trent       VA    05      4
  45.  Jeremy Billones    VA    99      4
  46.  Bruce Monnin       OH    11      4
  47.  Antero Kuusi       fi    13      2
  48.  Scott Edwards      SC    04      2
  49.  Keith Hunsinger    OH    03      2
  50.  Jimmy Fleckenstein VA    99      2

2013 Laurelists                                                  Returning Laurelists: 0

Karl Buchholz, MI

Mandy Mossman, MD

Dan Hoffman, NC

Dave Buchholz, MD

Antero Kuusi, fi

Past Winners

Bruce Young, SC
1993, 2010

Dave Kuchta, ME

John Emery, SC

Earl Anderson, SC

Brian Conlon, OK

Bill Edwards, VA
2000, 2005, 2009

John Conlon, OK

Steve Caler, PA

Daniel Hoffman, NC
2004, 2006

David Sidelinger, CT

Kaarin Engelmann, VA

James Doughan, PA

Alexander Lange, GA

Sceadeau D'Tela, NC

The shipping lanes were brimming this year with lots of high ranking skippers new to the game looking for last shot laurels. Several got them.

Bruce Monnin battles Riku Riekkinen as the Finnish navy puts in an appearance. Although Riku didn't prevail, his Finnish teammate earned laurels.

Quick Learner ...

Although the game has long been out of print, this tournament has been trending larger of late. This year 40 submariners turned out to play this quick cat and mouse game of modern submarine warfare.

Four emerged unbeaten from the three swiss rounds: Sceadeau D'Tela, Mandy Mussman, David Buchholz, and Antero Kuusi. Tiebreakers were used to add Karl Buchholz, Bruce Monnin, and two-time champions Dan Hoffman and Bruce Young to the elimination rounds. Defending champion, Alexander Lange, finished 2-1 and was eliminated by tie breaker. So there would be a new champion this year. Two looked to earn their yellow Boardmaster and join Bill Edwards as a three-time champion, while the rest of the field was hoping for their first ATS shield.

The first meeting of unbeatens featured Dan Hoffman as the Soviets against Antero Kuusi as NATO in Scenario H: BOOMER. Both sides played aggressively and it was over quickly, with less than a single pass through the deck! Both sides achieved contact early and torpedoes filled the water. No less than six attacks were launched. Dan's fourth attack sank the Los Angeles for the win.

The second match of unbeatens matched beginner Sceadeau D'Tela against twice titled Bruce Young. Bruce chose Scenario E: REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE for the match, giving Sceadeau the choice of side. Although new to the game, he analyzed that the surface side would require more skillful play while the Boomer would require luck. Recognizing Bruce as a two-time champion and #7 Laurelist in Attack Sub, he chose the Boomer to match his luck against Bruce's skill. At first it seemed that was a poor choice. Bruce relentlessly searched for the Boomer, steadily increasing his contact level on the elusive target. Sceadeau kept playing contact reductions and flushing his hand repeatedly to try to make it through the first deck as quickly as possible. Bruce finally was able to get off a strong attack, hitting the target. But the big sub was able to absorb two sensor hits! Sceadeau's luck would prevail as the boomer escaped in the second deck for the win.

The third match pitted Mandy Mossman's British against Bruce Monnin's Soviets in Scenario A: SUB DUEL. Mandy got off to a quick start, sinking Bruce's Skvortsov with her first attack. But Bruce retaliated immediately, taking out Mandy's Swiftsure. The two remaining subs exchanged shots without results. Bruce then opened the range to put both subs out of contact. (Really Bruce - running from a little girl???). Mandy is all of 12 and this is her first year in a senior tournament! But to be fair, her father is an Attack Sub veteran and she has learned her lessons well. Too well for Bruce. Mandy kept the pressure on, using passive sonar to get the contact level back to 2. She fired a contact 2 attack 3 and hit the Ivan Rogov, scoring sensor and attack hits. On her next turn, she put Bruce out of his misery for her fourth win of the tournament.

The fourth match of the quarterfinals was a battle of brothers as David Buchholz's British took on Karl Buchholz's Soviets in Scenario A: SUB DUEL. Karl drew first blood, sinking his brother's Swiftsure. But David retaliated, sinking the Skvortsov. The two remaining subs furiously exchanged torpedo attacks amidst a great deal of sibling banter - including threats of forcing the winner to find another way home! In the end, Karl emerged the winner. There is no record of how he got home.

The first semifinal matched the two green newcomers as well as the only remaining unbeatens, Sceadeau and Mandy. Mandy's Soviets would oppose Sceadeau's British in Scenario A: SUB DUEL. Sceadeau's run of luck continued as he sank the Skvortsov on his first attack and the Ivan Rogov on his second. It was a short and violent end to Mandy's winning ways. But third place wood in her first tournament isn't too shabby!

The second semifinal pit the last former champ, Dan Hoffman, against Karl Buchholz's NATO in Scenario H: BOOMER. Karl was able to get his reinforcement Asheville into the fray early and then aggressively closed the range with the Soviets. The Asheville fired with a level 4 contact only to suffer an attack malfunction! The Rogov then retaliated against the Los Angeles, hitting with a dud torpedo! Asheville's second shot on the Rogov sent her to the bottom. Another Ashville malfunction and Los Angeles miss followed before the Los Angeles was able to sink the boomer.

The Final thus pit Karl Buchholz's Soviets against Sceadeau D'Tela's British in Scenario A: SUB DUEL. The malfunctions that plagued Karl's attack systems in the semifinal would now transfer to Sceadeau's sonars in this game. But despite that, Sceadeau was able to draw first blood, sinking the Ivan Rogov. In desperation, Karl's Skvortsov used active sonar, battle stations, and a close range to increase contact on Valiant. Moving into the second deck, Valiant fired on Skvortsov, missed, and then used Battle Stations to try to open range but Skvortsov countered with its own close range to keep contact. Karl couldn't come up with a fire card to save his life. Sceadeau continued to close range with both subs. Finally, Valiant sank the Skvortsov to make Sceadeau D'Tela the 2013 champion! Quite a feat considering he was taught the game just minutes before the start by Dan Hoffman (showing that Dan is not only an excellent player, but also a great teacher!)

Stanley Buck faces young Trevor Schoenen as he gives a good account of himself in a year where several newcomers to the event fared well.

Reigning Caesar Randy Buehler fishes for laurels as WBC comes to a close vs Bruce Young while Jim Eliason and Scott Pfeiffer duel in the background.
 GM      Steven Caler  [5th Year]   NA 
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