Combat Commander

Updated Dec. 1, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Marty Sample, NH

2015 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
2014 Peter Gurneau 40
2015 Marty Sample 53

WAM Event History
2010 Bob Heinzmann 19
2011 Chris Byrd 12


 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Peter Gurneau      WI    15    182
   2.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    12    165
   3.  Martin Sample      NH    15     74
   4.  Bryan Collars      SC    11     72
   5.  Jordan Kehrer      PA    15     70
   6.  J. R. Tracy        NY    14     69
   7.  Michael Johnson    MA    11     52
   8.  Bob Jamelli        PA    12     48
   9.  Chris Byrd         CT    11     42
  10.  Tony Raimo         OH    15     40
  11.  Mike Galandiuk     OH    08     40
  12.  Brian Hanchek      MA    09     24
  13.  David desJardins   CA    07     24
  14.  Bill Edwards       VA    13     22
  15.  Bill Powers        VA    11     16
  16.  Rob Winslow        NY    09     16
  17.  Greg Courter       MI    08     16
  18.  Chris Storzillo    NJ    07     16
  19.  Stan Myszac        qc    15     15
  20.  Michael Redman     MN    14     15
  21.  Joe Chacon         VA    11     12
  22.  Chad Mekash        NJ    11     12
  23.  Jeff Spaner        MD    10     12
  24.  John Wetherell     PA    10     12
  25.  Jim Mehl           VA    09     12
  26.  Mark McBride       OH    08     12
  27.  Ray Stakenas       MI    07     12
  28.  Michael Gentile    PA    14     10
  29.  Dave Stiffler      VA    12     10
  30.  Stan Buck          MD    10      9
  31.  Bruce Young        SC    07      8
  32.  James Terry        NJ    12      6
  33.  Ben Whitten        GA    15      5
  34.  Phil Walling       VA    14      5
  35.  Dan Dolan Sr       NJ    09      4
  36.  Joe Chacon         VA    08      4
  37.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    07      4
  38.  Chris Bauch        LA    10      3
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 2

Jordan Kehrer, PA

Peter Gurneau, WI

Stan Myszac, qc

Anthony Raimo, OH

Ben Whitten, GA

Past Champions

Bob Heinzmann, FL
2007, 2009

Mike Galandiuk, OH

Michael Johnson, MA

Bryan Collars, SC

Peter Gurneau, WI

Tony Raimo vs Jason Whitten

Ralph Gleaton vs Andy Lewis

Bob Jamelli vs John Gitzen

Marty Sample with his hard won shield.

The Great Campaign Continues

Just three players short of the 2009 record of 56 would-be officer candidates competed this year, logging 78 games. The scenarios covered actions from 1942. The first saw American forces attacking Vichy French in North Africa. The second had Germans attacking British defending a Tunisian hill. Round 3 set a large attacking Russian force vs Germans defending a series of low hills. The fourth was a meeting of German and Russian elite forces, both in Recon posture, amidst the ruins of Kharkov. Every scenario was brand new and previously unseen by the players.

Four preliminary Swiss rounds saw three players emerge with unblemished 4-0 records - reigning three-time champion Peter Gurneau, 2014 runner-up Jordan Kehrer, and Martin Sample. This trio also lead the multi year "Leader of Men" standings based on overall wins over an eventual five-year span. The last semifinalist to join this august company was Stan Myszak whose 3-1 record was deemed the best of the 3-win competitors after applicable tiebreakers.

The semifinals featured not only a new scenario, but a new map (to be released in an upcoming Battle Pack featuring many WBC tournament scenarios). In a rematch of last year’s Final, Jordan Kehrer revenged his 2014 defeat and ended defending champ Peter Gurneau’s three-year reign in a tense game. In the other bracket, Sample found his attacking Germans with a deep VP deficit. With double VPs awarded, albeit only allowed by exiting a single hex, he mounted a desperate charge with his remaining leader, using one squad to lay smoke and making a break along one board edge with the leader and 1.5 squads. He played three Smoke Actions during this move order. Stan's Russians responded with heavy but ineffective fire through the smoke. When said smoke cleared, the German stack had killed via direct fire or melee six out of the seven Russian units, causing their surrender and punching Sample’s first ticket to the Final. All of the rounds up to this point occurred on Thursday, with the last one wrapping up around midnight, 15 hours after the opening shots.

As the lower seed, Kehrer picked the fourth scenario for the Final. Sample took the Russians, thus giving both players the same side they had won this scenario with earlier. As per scenario rule, set up is simultaneous and hidden. Both players tweaked set ups that had won their prior matches. Kehrer began by moving into one hex of the Objective 3 building, the main prize worth six VP. A 10 Smoke marker covered his troops. However, this also prevented his response to Sample moving into the other building hex as well as into the adjacent street. Sample's Russians lobbed a Satchel Charge, the Targeting Roll failing due to the smoke. Sample then lobbed the Initiative Card and tried again with success. Jordan replied with his own Satchel Charge—which again missed due to the smoke. So he hurled the Initiative Card back and tried again. During this exchange the Smoke was removed due to a Time Trigger allowing small arms fire as well. When both players had finished, the Russians had one broken squad but an unbroken half squad and 10-2 leader, as well as another squad in the adjacent street. The German squad and half squad were in good order, but their leader was broken. Sample Advanced in with his leader stack as well as the squad in the street, which virtually guaranteed he would win the resulting melee.

Recovering from the loss of the critical VP hex as well as his best leader, Kehrer cleverly drew fire with one squad, then used a separate Move order to run 2.5 squads and a leader off the Russian edge, killing a squad along the way with Assault Fire. This clawed back nine VP and restored his chances. However, while waiting for these forces to return, there were only two German squads on the board, allowing the Russians to optimize their hand and consolidate their positions. A Russian Hero took a building in the rear, delaying the Germans in their bid to return to the front. When the Germans returned and launched an attack on a different building, they ran into stiff resistance. A Russian infiltrator appeared near the German board edge, quickly moving off for two VP as well as coming back just in time to block a German crew who had also infiltrated near the Russian edge. A desperate effort to gain a foothold in the middle building left the Germans with several broken units in the street as the first Time Trigger occurred. The Germans survived it,but  the second Trigger soon thereafter ended play with Sample as winner of his second WBC shield and first CBC title.

The top 6 standings after three years of the Leader of Men Tourney within the Tourney:

1. Peter Gurneau
2. Jordan Kehrer
2. Martin Sample
4. JR Tracy
5. Tony Raimo
6. Bill Edwards
6. John Gitzen

The top three have distanced themselves from the pack—will others be able to catch them in the final two years of the war?

GM Bryan Collars [5th Year] NA 803-467-7980

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