Combat Commander   

Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report  

 2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

Peter Gurneau, WI

2012-13 Champion

 

Event History
2007    Bob Heinzmann      48
2008    Mike Galandiuk     55
2009    Bob Heinzmann     56
2010    Michael Johnson     40
2011    Bryan Collars     40
2012    Peter Gurneau     43
2013    Peter Gurneau     41

WAM Event History
2010    Bob Heinzmann     19
2011    Chris Byrd     12

 Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    12    165
   2.  Peter Gurneau      WI    13    112
   3.  Bryan Collars      SC    11     72
   4.  Michael Johnson    MA    11     52
   5.  J. R. Tracy        NY    13     49
   6.  Bob Jamelli        PA    12     48
   7.  Chris Byrd         CT    11     42
   8.  Mike Galandiuk     OH    08     40
   9.  Tony Raimo         OH    13     30
  10.  Martin Sample      NH    13     24
  11.  Brian Hanchek      MA    09     24
  12.  David desJardins   CA    07     24
  13.  Bill Edwards       VA    13     22
  14.  Bill Powers        VA    11     16
  15.  Rob Winslow        NY    09     16
  16.  Greg Courter       MI    08     16
  17.  Chris Storzillo    NJ    07     16
  18.  Joe Chacon         VA    11     12
  19.  Chad Mekash        NJ    11     12
  20.  Jeff Spaner        MD    10     12
  21.  John Wetherell     PA    10     12
  22.  Jim Mehl           VA    09     12
  23.  Mark McBride       OH    08     12
  24.  Ray Stakenas       MI    07     12
  25.  Jordan Kehrer      PA    13     10
  26.  Dave Stiffler      VA    12     10
  27.  Stan Buck          MD    10      9
  28.  Bruce Young        SC    07      8
  29.  James Terry        NJ    12      6
  30.  Dan Dolan Sr       NJ    09      4
  31.  Joe Chacon         VA    08      4
  32.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    07      4
  33.  Chris Bauch        LA    10      3

2013 Laurelists                                           Repeating Laurelists: 

Tony Raimo, OH
2nd

Marty Sample, OH
3rd

Bill Edwards, VA
4th

Jordan Kehrer, PA
5th

J. R. Tracy, NY
6th

Past Champions

Bob Heinzmann, FL
2007, 2009

Mike Galandiuk, OH
2008

Michael Johnson, MA
2010

Bryan Collars, SC
2011

Peter Gurneau, WI
2012-13

Mike Stanley vs Andrew Friedman

Tony Raimo and Larry Sisson

Harold Vogel vs Dan Dolan Jr

Robert Leonhard vs George Young

The Great Campaign Begins

2013 found the Combat Commander tournament once again back in the confines of Conestoga II. However, the fetid atmosphere from 2012 was missing. Emboldened by the temperate weather, 41 worthies appeared for the day long contest of physical and mental stamina required by the CBC tournament. This year the theme of "The Great Campaign" featured scenarios from the start of the war, 1939-1940. The tournament again used a Swiss-Elim format with four opening rounds advancing four players to single elimination playoffs.

The first round consisted of four games played in succession with two thirds of the entrants playing in three or more rounds. The scenarios for this year, in order played, were Round 1-Blitzkrieg Unleashed (Germans vs Poles); Round 2-Codes in the Sunrise (Brits vs German); Round 3-Signals in the Snow (Russians vs Finns); Round 4-Sturmgruppe Beton (Belgians vs German). Of these Rounds 2 and 3 used scenarios introduced at this year's WBC. Blitzkrieg Unleashed is a tournament favorite having been played for the third straight year. Sturmgruppe Beton was published in the Fall of the West Battle Pack earlier this year. During the course of play the most talked about scenario was Round 2's Codes in the Sunrise. Martin Sample's game produced an amazing three Time Triggers on a single Move Order and Reaction Fire sequence that left both Martin and his opponent, Mike Stanley, breathless. Likewise was Peter Gurneau's experience with Round 4's Sturmgruppe Beton. Peter's Belgian's looked to be out of it nearing surrender but a timely Concealment Action saved a key leader and shortly thereafter Peter secured the victory. However, the most exhilarating game was Nick Avtges's game against Jordan Kehrer in Round 3's Signals in the Snow. Nick described this tilt afterwards, "My play of this at WBC was one of the most tense and dramatic games of CBC that I have ever played. My Russians were initially repulsed and the attack broken up. But slowly they crawled back, with the help of their hero, and forced the Finns to pull back. Eventually, I was able to get a few squads to squeak by and ended up winning by a single point in sudden death. The finish was literally down to the last card play." In its seventh year of competition the level of play and the caliber of the players in the Combat Commander tournament has clearly risen to the point that every match in the Swiss Elim portion is critical and will find CBC rivals facing off in win or go home contests.

After the preliminary firefights died down, four players stood above the rest of the field to advance to the Single Elimination Rounds. Tony Raimo was the top seed, followed by defending champion Peter Gurneau, perennial contender Martin Sample, and veteran grognard Bill Edwards. Jordan Kehrer and JR Tracy rounded out the Laurel positions taking 5th and 6th places. The scenario for the semifinal round was Thrust in the Dust taken from the Fall of the West Battle Pack. Both games were well played, tense, and balanced but in the end there can only be one victor. Peter kept his title defense alive by besting Martin while Tony topped Bill to reach his first Final. The games were split with the French winning one and the Germans the other. After the Dust had settled Tony advanced to the finals and Peter returned for the second year in a row.

As in previous years, the lower seeded finalist, Peter, selected a scenario from the five played in this year's tournament and then the higher seeded finalist, Tony, selected the side to play. Peter opted to return to Blitzkrieg Unleashed and Tony settled on the defending Poles. This choice seemed to be the smart play as the Poles were the victors in 66% of the games in Round 1. However, Peter's Germans were led by a crafty and resourceful commander who used his experiences from the previous Final to gain an initial advantage by breaking, and then eliminating, Tony's key leader. Peter was so successful in the early stages that he was able to score several of his units for Exit VPs. Tony was not conceding though. His Poles fought back valiantly and the issue was soon in doubt again. The balance of the game was a tense back and forth affair with Peter attempting to preserve his lead while Tony's forces chipped away trying desperately to reclaim it. In the end time ran out and Peter retained his title to become the first back-to-back WBC Combat Commander champion.

This year also marked the debut of a multi-year tournament within the tournament. At the end of each WBC for the next four years the GM will compile a ranking of each player based upon wins and losses. Succeeding WBC tournaments will see the year of conflict advance by one year, until the end of the war is reached in five years. Over the course of those five years (aka 1940-1945) I will continue the competitor ranking for each year. At the conclusion the GM will award a special prize to the player who attains the highest winning percentage across all the tournaments. This worthy player shall be referred to in hushed tones as "The Leader of Men".

The Top Six after Year 1

1. Peter Gurneau:1.000

2. Tony Raimo:.833

3. Martin Sample: 666

4. Bill Edwards:.666

5. Jordan Kehrer:.500

6. JR Tracy:.500

Stan Myszak vs Ralph Gleaton

Peter Gurneau downs Marty Sample in the semifinals.
 GM      Bryan Collars [3rd Year]  NA
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