for the people

Updated July 8, 2016

2015 WBC Report

2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

James Pei, VA

2009-15 Champion

Event History

1999 James Pei 22
2000 Trevor Bender 21
2001 James Pei 22
2002 James Pei 29
2003 James Pei 32
2004 James Pei 35
2005 James Pei 24
2006 James Pei 27
2007 James Pei 30
2008 Riku Reikkinen 32
2009 James Pei 18
2010 James Pei 24
2011 James Pei 33
2012 James Pei 28
2013 James Pei 26
2014 James Pei 28
2015 James Pei 33

PBeM Event History
1999 James Pei 24
2002 Stefan Mecay 46
2013 Sean Dolbee 53
2014 James Pei 81
2016 James Pei 64

WAM Event History
2003 James Pei 8
2004 James Pei 12
2005 James Pei 17
2006 James Pei 11

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  James Pei          VA    16    922
  2.  David Dockter      MN    14    244
  3.  Mark Giddings      NY    12    151
  4.  Nicholas Pei       CA    16    126
  5.  Bill Pettus        MD    14    114
  6.  Mike Mitchell      GA    13     93
  7.  Riku Reikkinen     fi    09     68
  8.  Tim Miller         GA    13     68
  9.  Trevor Bender      CA    03     62
 10.  Sean Dolbee        CA    13     60
 11.  Stefan Mecay       TX    02     60
 12.  Jeff Donald        VA    14     44
 13.  Henry Russell      PA    15     43
 14.  Chris Byrd         CT    08     39
 15.  Philip Buckler     TX    16     36
 16.  Tolga Corapci      be    16     36
 17.  Baron August       PA    02     36
 18.  Peter Reese        VA    04     28
 19.  Tom Thornsen       NY    10     25
 20.  Domenico Lucheri   uk    14     24
 21.  Rob Winslow        NY    05     21
 22.  Dan Hoffman        NC    02     19
 23.  Dominique Marchal  fr    14     18
 24.  Gary Kirk          au    13     18
 25.  Bob Sohn           PA    09     18
 26.  Hank Burkhalter    GA    02     18
 27.  Doug Whatley       MD    00     18
 28.  Tom Drueding       TX    99     18
 29.  Michael Kunin      NY    15     16
 30.  Michael Ussery     MD    09     14
 31.  Ed Beach           MD    16     12
 32.  Taylor Golding     on    04     12
 33.  George Young       VT    03     12
 34.  Paul Risner        TN    02     12
 35.  Tim Hughes         uk    02     12
 36.  Bill Thoet         VA    03     10
 37.  Steve Bucey        OH    99      9
 38.  Alberto Molina     es    16      6
 39.  Daniel Leader      MA    15      6
 40.  Lucas Rhodes       PA    14      8
 41.  Don Chappell       TX    10      7
 42.  Doug Mercer        MD    05      7
 43.  Tim Tow            WA    14      6
 44.  Jean Louis Dirion  fr    13      6
 45.  Kevin McCarthy     OH    99      6
 46.  Mike Casselberry   PA    11      5
 47.  Keith Butler       CA    03      5
 48.  Gary Gonzalez      NY    15      4
 49.  Zach Lawrence      NJ    13      4
 50.  John Firer         WI    01      4
 51.  Mike Welker        OH    99      3
 52.  Jon Gautier        NY    06      2
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 2

Nick Pei, CA
2nd

Michael Kunin, NY
3rd

Henry Russell, PA
4th

Daniel Leader, MA
5th

Gary Gonzalez, MY
6th

Past Winners

James Pei, VA
1999, 2001-07,
2009-15

Trevor Bender, CA
2000

Riku Reikkinen, fi
2008

Henry Russell moves while the judge seeks solace in the rules.

Nick Frydas' trip across the pond is ended by the Master.

Tim Tow appeals for better cards.

The Final is truly brother vs brother ... but Nick can't upset James.

Truly Brother vs Brother ...

The understated and scarcely needed headline for this years 17th running of the FTP tournament is that James Pei won his 15th title. It was a well attended tournament breaching the 32 contestant threshold which has not happened in several years. It was as always an ironman tournament with players entering into a continuous series of campaign games that are both immersive and exhausting. Stamina matters in this tournament and James is hard to beat if you are not at your best. This year saw several stalwarts like David Dockter as no shows, so the Final became a true brother versus brother affair with Nick Pei (USA) going against his older brother with the CSA. In the champion’s own words here is how it went.

"As I bade farewell to the Host for the last time, there was a pang of nostalgia for a place where WBC and FTP spent the past decade. We had many exciting competitions, memorable tales, and memories of friendships made. But then the dilapidated structure and malfunctioning equipment brought me back to reality. I was told that the AC in Lampeter was down again early in the week, but they were able to band-aid together some cold air into the area and put a giant tarp over the roof right outside Lampeter. Thank goodness that all went well for the rest of the week as nobody wanted to relive the hot and sweaty conditions of 2012 again.

33 players entered the tournament, with 31 games played. Many new players joined in the 1st round. Kudos to Mark Herman for running a demo session, then convincing all the newbies to enter to learn the game faster. This year, there was a predominance of CSA victories due to more experienced players playing the Rebel side. Special mentions to Michael Kunin and Dan Leader for advancing deep into the tourney. Not to take away from their accomplishments, but several top players were missing this year.

The Final was a rematch of the 2010 title game where Nick Pei first burst into the elite circles. The night before, Herman wanted to roll the die to determine the sides. When the die was tossed, the small crowd roared and groaned as I got the Confederates. I was smiling because I know Nick prefers to play the CSA. Half of the battle was already won!

T1: JJ was able to evade AOP’s initial attack and the Union decided to just fortify Frederick. The rest of the turn was spent fort building and PC placement by USA, while CSA took KY.

T2: USA ramped up the blockade to Level 2 and fortified. The Rebels formed AONV, putting pressure on AOP to spend resources on forts and rearranging leaders. CSA ended the turn by taking WV.

T3: Both sides sparred in MO, trying to convert the last border state. Then action shifted back to the East with corps attrition battles by the Union to whittle down AONV strength. I had the EP card, so was very tentative in moving anything. It was not worth the -15 SW hit to risk losing a medium battle. However, on the last action of the turn, AONV broke through the Pittsburgh defense, splitting the Union rail link. But CSA was not able to pull off a raid.

T4: With the arrival of Lee and the cav leaders, the Rebels went on the offensive with the formation of a second Army, AOW. Union maneuvered into WV to cut LOC to AONV. With a good supply of SP from reinforcement cards, AOW engaged AOP in a series of battles. There were lots of suicide attacks to attrit the Rebel armies. Lee was able to dislodge AOP from Frederick and took a shot at DC, but failed. The end of T4 saw the first raid in PA, but timely play of Nathaniel Lyn prevented CSA from converting MO. SW was CSA 117 vs USA 85.

T5: With both of us tired from a long day, I decided to just bludgeon my way to DC. So Lee attacked again and again, failing several times. EP was triggered along the way. Union then played a Minor Campaign, trapping and destroying AONV. Finally, with the arrival of the Carolina Express and Stonewall, AOW won a close battle and broke through to DC. With MD about to be raided and SW being close to doubling, the writing was on the wall. Nick graciously resigned.

I had a fun time showing the ropes to several new faces. My favorite line was when my opponent played a good card, I would say, “That was a good move. But unfortunately, I have a better one!”

I hope to see many of you return to the FTP tourney next year at our new digs in Seven Springs."

After running this tournament for many years and with the release of Churchill which will have its inaugural tournament at Seven Springs I am laying down the FTP GM mantle and passing it to James Pei our perennial champion. I look forward to observing and potentially competing in this tournament as it enters its 18th session. See you in Seven Springs.

2016 PBeM Tournament

The BPA’s Fifth PBeM For the People Tournament ended with a familiar champion as James Pei successfully defended his PBeM title to coincide with his current seven-year winning streak at WBC. The field of 64 players generated a staggering 160 games played and was reinforced by a high school contingent from Arizona that played for the first time with one of their number, Jesus Zamora, making it into the single elimination rounds with an undefeated record.

Competition was fierce and nearly every qualifier for the Phase 2 single elimination rounds had at least one loss. After three eliminations rounds, Phil Buckler, a first-time finalist, squared off against James Pei for the second time in the tournament.  Phil’s CSA had been defeated by James’ Union forces in Swiss Round 5. In the rematch, the sides would be reversed.

Final Game Recap

The Union was blessed with good cards early on, trapping Rebel forces in VA. With good dice luck, AOP was able to take Richmond by Fall 1861, and almost converted VA. CSA consoled itself by converting KY and MO. Fortune changed in 1862 as the Union drew two very bad hands. The CSA reformed under Lee and managed to beat back all Union incursions in VA. 

With a Major Campaign, CSA forces were able to cut off NE rail reinforcement and achieved several raids by the end of 1862. The CSA continued its pressure in the East, trading attrition with Union forces under Grant. However, in so doing, one CSA army was destroyed and another trapped in Philly. But the damage was done as Union reinforcement was less than CSA in all three turns of 1863. On T9, a re-constituted ANV under Lee won a large battle and broke thru to Frederick. The Union scraped together every available SP under Grant to outflank Lee. But Longstreet in the newly created AOT was able to outmaneuver Grant and cut Union AOC’s supply. With no more reserves, DC was easily taken and CSA raided further, thus doubling the Union SW.

Throughout the game, Phil played very well, even under pressure when NE rail was cut. His FTP skill has risen steadily as he progressed through each round. Also scoring laurels were Mustafa Tolga Corapci, Nicholas Pei, Ed Beach and Alberto Molina who finished third through sixth. GMT Games will be providing gift certificates to all six. 

At the end of 5 Swiss rounds, the box score was 90 Union 65 Confederate victories

Swiss Round Union Wins CSA Wins
1 19 13
2 14 15
3 20 17
4 20 9
5 17 11
Total 90 65

In the single elimination rounds, the box score was even at 7 victories apiece until the final game when the CSA was victorious.

Round Union Wins CSA Wins
se1 4 4
se2 2 2
se3 1 1
se4 0 1
Total 7 8
GM Mark Herman [13th Year] NA
MarkHerman@AOL.com NA

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