puerto rico

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Ben Scholl, PA

2015 Champion

Event History

2002 Arthur Field 152
2003 Nicholas Anner 217
2004 Barbara Flaxington 176
2005 Bill Murdock 164
2006 Chris Moffa 136
2007 Raphael Lehrer 157
2008 Nick Page 164
2009 Steve Pleva 151
2010 Luke Koleszar 150
2011 David Platnick 140
2012 David Platnick 159
2013 Hnery Dove 133
2014 R. Philibert-Larivee 158
2015 Ben Scholl 116

Euro Quest BPA Event History
2003 Lyman Moquin 57
2004 Arthur Field 44
2005 John Kerr 42
2006 Arthur Field 37
2007 Sam Atabaki 44
2008 Michael Brazinski 43
2009 Richard Shay 39
2010 Barbara Flaxington 44
2011 Ben Scholl 58
2012 Richard Shay 51

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  David Platnick     NY    14    240
  2.  Barb Flaxington    NJ    10    173
  3.  Christian Moffa    NJ    13    112
  4.  John Weber         MD    11    100
  5.  Arthur Field       SC    06     96
  6.  Ben Scholl         PA    15     75
  7.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    12     70
  8.  Luke Koleszar      VA    10     66
  9.  Bill Murdock       VA    08     64
 10.  Malinda Kyrkos     NY    09     63
 11.  Richard Shay       MA    12     60
 12.  Raphael Lehrer     MD    11     60
 13.  Steve Pleva        CT    09     60
 14.  Nick Page          on    08     60
 15.  Nicholas Anner     NY    03     60
 16.  John Kerr          VA    07     54
 17.  Alex Bove          PA    15     52
 18.  Eric Freeman       PA    12     50
 19.  Lyman Moquin       DC    05     49
 20.  Keith Walsh        NY    11     48
 21.  Sam Atabaki        CA    08     48
 22.  RPhilibert-Larivee qc    14     40
 23.  Henry Dove         MD    13     40
 24.  Greg Thatcher      CA    10     36
 25.  Jeremy Osteen      MD    09     36
 26.  Matt Peterson      MN    08     36
 27.  Gary Carr          VA    03     36
 28.  Edward Fear        NY    11     30
 29.  Aran Warszawski    is    10     30
 30.  Michael Brazinski  MD    08     30
 31.  Andrew Greene      VA    05     30
 32.  Lexi Shea          CT    10     27
 33.  Marcy Morelli      PA    14     26
 34.  Davyd Field        SC    07     26
 35.  Thomas Lind        NJ    15     24
 36.  MathieuLague-Gomez qc    14     24
 37.  Doug Galullo       MD    12     24
 38.  Rob Barnes         WV    10     24
 39.  Jonathan Tivel     VA    04     24
 40.  Phil Rennert       MD    03     24
 41.  James Robertson    MD    05     22
 42.  Etienne Evans      qc    15     20
 43.  Kenneth Horan      PA    11     19
 44.  Geoffrey Pounder   on    09     18
 45.  Aaron Buchanan     VA    04     18
 46.  Lucimara Martins   br    03     18
 47.  Eric Monte         NY    13     16
 48.  Barry Barnes       WV    12     15
 49.  Jason Ley          WA    11     15
 50.  Vassili Kyrkos     NY    07     15
 51.  Jessica Shea       VA    15     12
 52.  Eric Kleist        MD    14     12
 53.  Paul Klayder       KS    13     12
 54.  Chris Terrell      VA    09     12
 55.  Haim Hochboim      il    09     12
 56.  Andrew Gerb        MD    06     12
 57.  Bruce Reiff        OH    03     12
 58.  Laura DeWalt       MD    12      9
 59.  Amy Rule           MD    11      9
 60.  Akim Munro         qc    15      8
 61.  Winton LeMoine     CA    06      8
 62.  Bill Salvatore     MD    03      8
 63.  Eyal Mozes         MD    12      6
 64.  Norman Rule        MD    07      6
 65.  Ted Mullally       NJ    02      6
 66.  Chris LeFevre      AZ    06      5
 67.  Loc Nguyen         PA    13      4
 68.  John Adams         MD    03      4
 69.  Steve Simmons      NJ    02      4
 70.  Kyle Smith         PA    12      3
 71.  Rachel Cox         SC    02      3
 72.  John Downing       VA    07      2
 73.  Tom Browne         PA    02      2
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 1

Thomas Lind, NJ
2nd

Etienne Evans, qc
3rd

Jessica Shea, VA
4th

Akim Munro, qc
5th

Alex Bove, PA
6th

Past Winners

Arthur Field, SC
2002

Nicholas Anner, NY
2003

Barb Flaxington, NJ
2004

Bill Murdock, NY
2005

Chris Moffa, NJ
2006

Raphael Lehrer, MD
2007

Nick Page, on
2008

Steven Pleva, CT
2009

Luke Koleszar, VA
2010

David Platnick, VA
2011-12

Henry Dove, MD
2013

R. Philibert-Larivee, qc
2014

Ben Scholl, PA
2015

Jake Jacoby escapes the Colosseum to play Puerto Rico

GM Richard Shay and his finalists.

Repelling the Northmen ...

Ben Scholl out-shipped the final table to win Puerto Rico. Not surprisingly, the Canadian contingent who took the tournament by storm last year again did well, but only Etienne Evans made the Final from their group. His friends and I enjoyed commenting on the Final game. It should have been recorded. 

“Rule 8” got a fair amount of discussion, but didn’t affect any outcomes. 

An in-game event caused rules research: a Quarry is NOT a “face-up plantation”. You can select a Quarry and then use your Hacienda. Of course, why would you do that? Every year is a learning experience.

How did the victories get distributed? Seat 3 continues to have an edge, but it is more like Seat 2 is bad at this point.

Wins by seat:

  Seat 1 Seat 2 Seat 3 Seat 4
Total 17 7 19 16

For 2016, bidding for seat position will be encouraged to mitigate the issue:
In Rounds 1 and 2, bidding will be permitted if all players want to (before random seat assignments are known).

In Round 3, bidding will be required if ANY player wants to (again, before random seat assignments are known).

Looking at the way the winners’ points were distributed, broad winning strategies were:

  • Shipping: 11 victories, only one of ten in the elimination rounds, but it was the Final.
  • Building: 26 victories, including five in the elimination rounds.
  • Mixed: 22 victories, including two in the elimination rounds. 

This year, building strategies slightly dominated the wins. Thomas Lind’s building strategy was almost powerful enough to overcome Ben Scholl’s 24 VP for shipping in the Final.

Wins by seat based on winning strategy:

  Seat 1 Seat 2 Seat 3 Seat 4
Building 9 2 4 11
Mixed 4 4 12 2
Shipping 4 1 3 3

Games ended (if reported) because:

  • Colonists ran out: 34
  • Buildings completed: 17
  • Victory Points ran out: 3

Six games had both buildings complete and colonists run out by the end of the last round. In one of those, the Victory Points also ran out.

The big surprise was Jessica Shea, because she had skipped a few years to attend to real life. She’s back! Ben Scholl Crafted his way to victory, selecting Craftsman four times out of the six times chosen. It’s not a strategy for the faint-of-heart. Captaining three times was enough with other players choosing it three more times. Thomas Lind had a solid building strategy going, but could not end the game fast enough to stay ahead. 

A transcript of the game, photos and more commentary can be found at http://www.playboardgamesbetter.com/2015/08/wbc-2015-puerto-rico-tournament/

Thanks to everyone for your support and sportsmanship.

GM Richard M. Shay [3rd Year] NA
RShay@mac.com NA

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