thurn & taxis   

Updated Nov. 10, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

   2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Jeffrey Meyer, MA

2014 Champion

Event History
2006    Anne Norton       37
2007     Andy Latto     104
2008     Andy Latto     100
2009     Andy Latto       68
2010    Aran Warszawski       99
2011    Kyle Smith     112
2012    Randy Buehler     127
2013    Rob Murray     148
2014    Jeffrey Meyer     151

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BPA Event History
2006    Rod Spade     41
2007    Rob Kircher     33
2008    Raphael Lehrer     42
2009     Cliff Ackman     47
2010    Rob Kircher     37
2011     Jim Castonguay     45
2012    Sceadeau D'Tela     40


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Andy Latto         MA    13    128
  2.  Anne Norton        NJ    10     75
  3.  Rob Kircher        RI    11     72
  4.  Kyle Smith         PA    14     66
  5.  Randy Buehler      WA    12     61
  6.  Aran Warszawski    il    13     54
  7.  Robert Murray      NJ    13     48
  8.  David Meyaard      CT    13     48
  9.  Amy Rule           MD    12     48
 10.  Jim Castonguay     PA    11     42
 11.  Jeffrey Meyer      MA    14     40
 12.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    09     40
 13.  Raphael Lehrer     MD    08     32
 14.  Rod Spade          MD    06     30
 15.  Alex Bove          PA    11     27
 16.  Nick Henning       CT    10     27
 17.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    12     23
 18.  Cliff Ackman       PA    09     20
 19.  Karl Henning       VT    09     18
 20.  Eric Brosius       MA    06     18
 21.  Phil Rennert       MD    06     18
 22.  Rebecca Hebner     CO    14     16
 23.  Michael Thompson   PA    09     16
 24.  Daniel Eppolito    NV    11     15
 25.  Eric Kleist        MD    14     12
 26.  Jennifer Mongold   MD    13     12
 27.  Vien Bounma        NJ    12     12
 28.  Haim Hochboim      il    11     12
 29.  Steven LeWinter    NC    11     12
 30.  Romaine Jacques    qc    10     12
 31.  Sarah Beach        MD    09     12
 32.  Bill Murdock       NY    08     12
 33.  Charlie Kersten    OH    06      9
 34.  Phil Taylor        NJ    06      9
 35.  Winton Lemoine     NV    14      8
 36.  Judy Wobbeking     MD    13      8
 37.  Ray Pfeifer        MD    07      8
 38.  Chris Gnech        NJ    12      6
 39.  Cary Morris        NC    11      6
 40.  Mike Turian        WA    10      6
 41.  Arthur Field       SC    10      6
 42.  Tom Stokes         NJ    08      6
 43.  Tom Dunning        NY    08      6
 44.  Larry Loiacono     PA    07      6
 45.  Thomas Browne      PA    06      6
 46.  Sara Hagen         VA    06      6
 47.  Robert Cranshaw    RI    14      4
 48.  Jay Fox            NJ    12      4
 49.  Bill Zurn          CA    10      4
 50.  Sean Vessey        VA    08      4
 51.  Ted Bohaczuk       PA    07      4
 52.  Skip Maloney       NY    07      4
 53.  Alexandra Henning  PA    11      3
 54.  Chad Weaver        PA    10      3
 55.  Ivan Lawson        MD    09      3
 56.  Jon Gemmell        CT    08      3
 57.  David Gagne        qc    06      3
 58.  Tom McCorry        VA    06      3
 59.  Hillary Smith      MD    12      2
 60.  Norman Rule        MD    10      2
 61.  Lee Mewshaw        MD    09      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 0

Kyle Smith, PA

Rebecca Hebner, CO

Eric Kleist, MD

Winton Lemoine, NV

Robert Cranshaw, RI

Past Champions

Anne Norton, NJ

Andy Latto, MA

Aran Warszawski, il

Kyle Smith, PA

Randy Buehler, WA

Robert Murray, NJ

Jeffery Meyer, MA

Seating was tight as attendance rose for the fifth straight year.

GM Andy Latto with his finalists.

A Continued Changing of the Guard ...

Five new laurelists ...

Deciding who qualified for the semifinals of Thurn and Taxis this year should have been easy - there were exactly 16 double winners in the heats. But my records showed only 15 players with two wins, so Keith Dent, with a win and two seconds, had been listed as a qualifier. Former Champ Kyle Smith asked why, with two wins, he was not on the qualfiers list. It seems the score sheet from his second win had never been turned in (it was found two days later inside the
box). Winners, you are responsible for turning in your score sheets - make sure it happens!

It looked as though I was going to have to make a difficult GMing decision, either disqualifying Kyle, when he had won two games (corroborated by an opponent in the game with the missing scoresheet), because there was no score sheet, or disqualifying Keith, who had been put on the qualifiers list, and had no score sheet evidence that Kyle had a better record than he did. Fortunately, a GM's job is made far easier by good sportsmanship by the players. Keith graciously offered
to cede his spot to Kyle, not wanting to reach the semifinals on a technicality over someone he believed to have a better record in the heats. But Romain Jacques offered to give up his semifinal seat, allowing both Kyle and Keith to play in the semifinals, and letting Romain play one more heat of his team game. Thank you Romain from the entire Thurn and Taxis tournament!

Forgive the intrusion but a CD must never pass up a teaching moment ... this should have been an easy - if unpleasant - decision. GMs cannot be expected to be all knowing. Players have a responsibility to fulfill the requirements of the tournament and turning in one's scoresheet to the tournament director in a timely manner is certainly uppermost among them. If you don't comply you certainly have no grounds for complaint when that win is not recorded.

Winning scores in the heats ranged from a high of 31 to two extremely low-scoring games where the winner won 10 to 9. There were many close contests, with eight games decided on tiebreak, and an additional ten decided by a single point.

As in previous years, there seemed to be a substantial advantage to going early in the turn order; The player to go first won 36% of their games, with those starting second winning 33%, third winning an average 24%, and those who went last taking only 16%. But once again, this advantage did not show itself in the elimination rounds, where one game was won by the second player and the other four by the third player! Combining this with the results from previous years, gives a total of 32% wins by the player going first, 25% from the second seat, 23% from third, and only 21% won by the player going last. Despite these differences, the semifinalists didn't think turn order made much difference: Out of the 20 seats in the finals and semifinals, 13 were taken with a zero bid and seven with a one-half point bid..

The semifinals saw two close games and two runaways. Robert Cranshaw rushed the carriages to trigger the endgame, but only finished with 18 points to Rebecca Hebner's 20 (reduced to 19.5 by her bid to go first). Jefferson Meyer won his semi over Winton Lemoine by a margin of only half a point. If Jefferson hadn't picked up both the blue and purple chits on the last turn, or Jay Fox had not had Ingolstadt taken from him to deny him Bavaria, either Jay or Winton could have
won. Kyle Smith got a 7-house multicolered route and an all-white 6 route to score both all colors and Bavaria first, winning decisively with 29 to runner-up Eric Brosius's 17. In the fourth semifinal, Andy Latto had to discard his first route, putting him out of contention, Andrew Emerick seemed hard to stop, cartwrighing for the 4, 5, and 6 carriages and never needing to use the Administrator, when disaster struck on his last route. An administrator could not find him anything to extend Linz-Passau, and he too had to discard a route. Eric Kleist scored Bavaria on his second route and scored a total of nine points in long-route bonuses to win by an even larger margin than Kyle, winning 26-13 over Matthew Craig.

The Final saw Rebecca Hebner bidding .5 to go first, and Jefferson Meyer bidding a half point to go third. Third is not usually considered the strongest seat, but Jefferson bid a half point for it in both playoff rounds, so maybe he knows something the rest of us don't.

The Final saw most players going for long routes, while Jefferson rushed the carriages. On Turn 13, when Jefferson was the only player with a 6 carriage, he scored a 3 route, judging that if he extended his route to a 5 route and cartwrighted to end the game quickly, Regecca's long route chits would give her the win over his carriage points. And this unusual play proved to be correct. Four turns later, he was able to cartwright the 7 carriage, still ending the game as the only player with a 7 carriage.

It was a close and well-played game all around, and things could easily have finished differently. If Rebecca had found Nurenburg to complete Bavaria, or Kyle had been able to complete his final route, including Linz and Budweis to score the oranges, the finish order would have been different. But Jefferson's fast-carriages strategy, combined with efficient routes, carried the day. Maybe we will see people bidding more for third place in turn order in the future!

 GM      Andy Latto (6th Year)  NA   NA

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