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Updated Nov. 30, 2015

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

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    15    862
  2.  David Dockter      MN    14    244
  3.  Mark Giddings      NY    12    151
  4.  Bill Pettus        MD    14    114
  5.  Nicholas Pei       CA    15    108
  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.  Baron August       PA    02     36
 16.  Peter Reese        VA    04     28
 17.  Tom Thornsen       NY    10     25
 18.  Domenico Lucheri   uk    14     24
 19.  Rob Winslow        NY    05     21
 20.  Dan Hoffman        NC    02     19
 21.  Dominique Marchal  fr    14     18
 22.  Gary Kirk          au    13     18
 23.  Bob Sohn           PA    09     18
 24.  Hank Burkhalter    GA    02     18
 25.  Doug Whatley       MD    00     18
 26.  Tom Drueding       TX    99     18
 27.  Michael Kunin      NY    15     16
 28.  Michael Ussery     MD    09     14
 29.  Tolga Corapci      be    14     12
 30.  Taylor Golding     on    04     12
 31.  George Young       VT    03     12
 32.  Paul Risner        TN    02     12
 33.  Tim Hughes         uk    02     12
 34.  Bill Thoet         VA    03     10
 35.  Steve Bucey        OH    99      9
 36.  Daniel Leader      MA    15      6
 37.  Lucas Rhodes       PA    14      8
 38.  Don Chappell       TX    10      7
 39.  Doug Mercer        MD    05      7
 40.  Tim Tow            WA    14      6
 41.  Jean Louis Dirion  fr    13      6
 42.  Kevin McCarthy     OH    99      6
 43.  Mike Casselberry   PA    11      5
 44.  Keith Butler       CA    03      5
 45.  Gary Gonzalez      NY    15      4
 46.  Zach Lawrence      NJ    13      4
 47.  John Firer         WI    01      4
 48.  Mike Welker        OH    99      3
 49.  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.

GM Mark Herman [13th Year] NA
MarkHerman@AOL.com NA

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