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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Robert Kircher, RI

2014 Champion

Event History
2005    Arthur Field     125
2006    Anne Norton    106
2007    Chris Robbins    114
2008    Norman Herrick    106
2009    Curt Collins II    115
2010    Arthur Field     80
2011    Charles Hickok    114
2012    Randy Buehler    108
2013    Lewis Lin    108
2014    Robert Kircher    108

Euro Quest
BPA Event History
2005    Peter Staab     32
2006    Tom McCorry    44
2007    Thomas Browne    30
2008    Tom DeMarco    39
2009    Ted Bohaczuk    46
2010    Mike Turian    42
2011    Vien Bounma    47
2012    Andrew Emerick    45

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Randy Buehler      WA    14    114
  2.  Arthur Field       SC    10    102
  3.  Anne Norton        NJ    14     96
  4.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    10     87
  5.  Vien Bounma        NJ    14     71
  6.  Chris Robbins      UT    07     52
  7.  Robert Kircher     RI    14     40
  8.  Robert Cranshaw    RI    14     40
  9.  Lewis Lin          WA    13     40
 10.  Charles Hickok     PA    11     40
 11.  Curt Collins II    PA    09     40
 12.  Norman Herrick     NE    08     40
 13.  Tom Browne         PA    07     38
 14.  Peter Staab        PA    06     38
 15.  Perrianne Lurie    PA    12     36
 16.  Andrew Emerick     CT    12     30
 17.  Mike Turian        WA    10     30
 18.  Tom McCorry        VA    06     30
 19.  Cliff Ackman       PA    11     28
 20.  David Rohde        NC    12     24
 21.  Jason Levine       NY    11     24
 22.  Cary Morris        NC    08     24
 23.  Joe Harrison       KY    07     24
 24.  Michael Fox        IL    06     24
 25.  Blair Morgen       NJ    12     20
 26.  Norman Rule        MD    11     20
 27.  Ted Bohaczuk       PA    09     20
 28.  Christian Moffa    NJ    12     18
 29.  Steven Schroeder   CA    11     18
 30.  Steve Shambeda     PA    14     16
 31.  Andy Latto         MA    13     16
 32.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    07     16
 33.  Debbie Davidson    NE    06     16
 34.  David Fox          NY    05     16
 35.  Eric Brosius       MA    10     14
 36.  Dan Mathias        MD    13     12
 37.  Lawrence Solomon   VA    11     12
 38.  Mark Globus        WA    11     12
 39.  Rob Flowers        MD    08     12
 40.  Michael Kaltman    PA    07     12
 41.  Mike Hazel         SC    07     12
 42.  Kathy Stroh        DE    06     12
 43.  Alan Kaiser        OH    05     12
 44.  Rodney Davidson    AZ    11      9
 45.  Chris Gnech        PA    10      9
 46.  Lauren Vessey      VA    12      8
 47.  Lee Mewshaw        MD    10      9
 48.  Richard Shay       MA    09      8
 49.  Michael Richey     VA    07      8
 50.  Jay Fox            NJ    06      8
 51.  Jeff Mullet        OH    05      8
 52.  Tom Wade           IN    05      8
 53.  Jason Ley          WA    12      6
 54.  Kerrin Addis       au    09      6
 55.  Greg Rogers        MD    07      6
 56.  Pete Stein         OH    05      6
 57.  Amy Rule           MD    09      4
 58.  Virginia Colin     VA    08      4
 59.  Kevin Brown        GA    08      4
 60.  Tom Dunning        NY    07      4
 61.  Daniel Eppolito    CA    07      4
 62.  Ted Mullally       NJ    05      4
 63.  Marcy Morelli      PA    12      3
 64.  Lori Miskoff       NJ    11      3
 65.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    10      3
 66.  J. J. Jaskiewicz   MD    07      2
 67.  Andrew Gerb        MD    05      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Randy Buehler, WA
2nd

Robert Cranshaw, RI
3rd

Anne Norton, NJ
4th

Vien Bounma, VA
5th

Steve Shambeda, PA
6th

Past Winners

Arthur Field, SC
2005, 2010

Anne Norton, NJ
2006

Chris Robbins, UT
2007

Norman Herrick, NE
2008

Curt Collins II, PA
2009

Charles Hickok, PA
2011

Randy Buehler, WA
2012

Lewis Lin, WA
2013

Robert Kircher, RI
2014
 

The husband and wife GM team - Norman & Amy Rule celebrate their anniversay at WBC.

Rob Kircher, BPA's 15th ranked laurelist, scored his first SPG laurels with this title.

108 players in the big parade ... again

It was another stable year for an event demonstrating remarkable consistency with its third straight attendance of exactly 108. Our first heat in the familiar bright surroundings of Paradise was our largest with 16 tables. Heats 2 and 3 were way off in Connestoga - the airwall divided rooms off Lampeter. I'm not sure if that affected attendance but it certainly made it a challenge to find! Heat 2 found us actually sharing one of the already small Connestoga rooms with an ongoing event, so it was lucky we had brought multiple decks with different backs. GM Amy Rule stayed in the 'official' space with a few tables from the 'red' deck while Assistant GM Norman took the 'green deck' players off to the overflow rounds at the end of Lampeter. Heat 3 again found us overflowing Connestoga. The evening heat did however give us a chance to catch the Sandmen parade.

This year we only had five double winners (two of which went on to the Final table) in the Preliminaries and a whole slew of 1-game winners. The standings were calculated out to the 5th tiebreaker and posted Friday night for an early Saturday SF/F. Assistant GM Norman ran the semi as GM Amy was trying to get into the Puerto Rico semi. Apparently I wasn't the only one focused on other games as only eight of the first 16 players actually appeared for the semi. Every winner who appeared was seated in the semi, and Norman actually had to seat himself to make the last 3-player game. (Guess I should have gone myself, I would have been the 4th in that game and I didn't even make the PRO semi anyway). That was our only 3-player game of the tournament. Folks, it pays to come to the semi's!

The scoresheets ask players to record who had Mistress and Observatory cards as there has been a lot of discussion about the 'unbalancing' effects of these cards. Norman did some analysis of the data afterwards.

~ 21% of winners had one or more Mistress/Observatory
~ 20% of the winners had neither Mistress nor Observatory and still beat opponents who did
~ There were two games where every player had a Mistress or an Observatory
~ In half the games, players with at least one of these cards came in third or fourth
~ In three of four semi's, winners had both Mistress and Observatory

BUT Rob Kircher who won both his semi and the Final while scoring his first SPG laurels WITHOUT either Mistress or Observatory, while others did have them. So as powerful as these cards seem to be, they are not the 'guaranteed win' that some make them out to be!

Some other interesting numbers:

~ Lowest score: 25.
~ Highest score: 109 by Rob Kircher in Heat 1.
~ Highest 4th place score: 74.
~ Closest game: 4 point spread from 1st to 4th; This was also our lowest scoring game, won with 38 points.
~ Biggest spread: 63.
~1 game won on tiebreaker; Anne Norton over Thomas Johnston in the first heat.

I do want to thank Andy Latto for sharing his spreadsheet app for checking in players as it made things run VERY smoothly this year. I was also happy to submit Tom DeMarco's nomination as Sportsman of the Year. Tom was nominated by two players for helping a new player to better understand the game, even when it hurt his position at the table. Tom (a former GM of this event) is an excellent player and is always gracious in his victories and his (all too infrequent!) defeats.

That wraps up this year. See you all again next summer!

 GM     Norman & Amy Rule  [2nd Year]  NA
   amyrrule@gmail.com   NA 

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