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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Alan Elkner, NJ

2014 Champion

Event History
2004    Alan Kaiser    151
2005     Blair Morgen    160
2006    Eric Monte    157
2007     Brittany Bernard    191
2008     John Faella    201
2009    Kyle Greenwood    220
2010    Anni Foasberg    206
2011    Patrick Monte    207
2012    Henry Allen    203
2013    Hilary Haagen    247
2014    Alan Elkner    303

Euro Quest
BPA Event History
2004    Daniel Karp    45
2005    Tom Dunning    39
2006     Virginia Colin    49
2007    Virginia Colin    51
2008    Donna Davis    48
2009     Josh Githens    68
2010    Eric Monte    66
2011    Sceadeau D'Tela    78
2012    Liz Anderson    57

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jay Fox            NJ    13     84
  2.  Virginia Colin     VA    11     70
  3.  Eric Monte         NY    10     70
  4.  Steve Shambeda     PA    12     69
  5.  Henry Allen        FL    13     68
  6.  Alan Elkner        NJ    14     66
  7.  Hilary Haagen      VA    13     60
  8.  Anni Foasberg      NJ    10     60
  9.  Kyle Greenwood     HI    09     60
 10.  John Faella        RI    08     60
 11.  Patrick Monte      NY    11     50
 12.  Lori Miskoff       NJ    11     48
 13.  Daniel Karp        MD    04     48
 14.  Tom Dunning        NY    09     44
 15.  Brittany Bernard   PA    07     40
 16.  Blair Morgen       NJ    05     40
 17.  Adina Weiss        NJ    14     36
 18.  Richard Irving     CA    13     36
 19.  Donna Davis        PA    08     36
 20.  Nico Parauda       NJ    08     36
 21.  Robert Cranshaw    RI    05     36
 22.  Larry Loicano      PA    07     32
 23.  Liz Anderson       NY    12     30
 24.  Rich Meyer         MA    12     30
 25.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    11     30
 26.  Josh Githens       SC    09     30
 27.  Alan Kaiser        OH    04     30
 28.  Vien Bounma        NJ    12     29
 29.  Curt Collins II    PA    11     27
 30.  Yoni Weiss         NJ    14     24
 31.  Trella Bromley     FL    13     24
 32.  Grant LaDue        NY    10     24
 33.  Jamie Tang         MD    08     24
 34.  Andrew Metrick     PA    06     24
 35.  Norman Rule        MD    11     21
 36.  Amy Rule           MD    14     20
 37.  Thomas Idzikowski  MI    11     20
 38.  Philip Shea        VA    09     20
 39.  Michael Richey     VA    06     20
 40.  Hank Griffin       PA    14     18
 41.  Eugene Yee         MD    12     18
 42.  Peter Eirich       MD    10     18
 43.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    10     18
 44.  Kathy Kilroy       PA    09     18
 45.  Jonathan Izer      MD    08     18
 46.  Tom McCorry        VA    04     18
 47.  Lee Mewshaw        MD    11     16
 48.  Arthur Wines       PA    07     16
 49.  Mike Backstrom     MN    06     16
 50.  Jim Fishkin        FL    05     16
 51.  Henry Dove         MD    12     12
 52.  Mark McCandless    LA    10     12
 53.  Tom Stokes         NJ    08     12
 54.  Anne Norton        NJ    08     12
 55.  Eyal Mozes         NY    08     12
 56.  Jeff Meyer         MA    06     12
 57.  Jean Francis Gagne qc    05     12
 58.  Arthur Field       SC    04     12
 59.  Tamara Houde       VA    04     12
 60.  Sarah Beach        MD    12     10
 61.  Mark Geary         OH    11     10
 62.  Haim Hochboim      il    11      9
 63.  James Freeman      VA    09      9
 64.  Bill Zurn          CA    08      9
 65.  Cathy Kratz        ID    04      9
 66.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    06      8
 67.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    05      8
 68.  Chris Shabsin      MA    14      6
 69.  Joe Millovich      PA    13      6
 70.  Andrew Emerick     CT    12      6
 71.  Raphael Lehrer     CA    10      6
 72.  Randy Buehler      WA    10      6
 73.  Shivendra Chopra   MD    09      6
 74.  Chris Goff         MD    08      6
 75.  Eric Haas          MD    04      6
 76.  Kathleen McCorry   NJ    04      6
 77.  Bryan Berkenstock  NJ    12      5
 78.  Max DuBoff         NJ    11      5
 79.  Winton LeMoine     CA    07      4
 80.  Amy O'Neal         VA    06      4
 81.  Bill Duke          MD    06      4
 82.  Barb Flaxington    NJ    05      4
 83.  Marsha Hamel       NJ    05      4
 84.  Todd Raethka       NY    12      3
 85.  Rodney Davidson    AZ    11      3
 86.  Sam Atabaki        CA    09      3
 87.  Philip Taylor      NJ    08      3
 88.  Mark Guttag        VA    04      3
 89.  Davyd Field        SC    04      3
 90.  Michael Thompson   PA    07      2
 91.  Bill Salvatore     MD    06      2
 92.  Chris Entwistle    MD    05      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 0

Adina Weiss, NJ
2nd

Yoni Weiss, NJ
3rd

Hank Griffin, PA
4th

Amy Rule, MD
5th

Chris Shabsin, MA
6th

Past Winners

Alan Kaiser, OH
2004

Blair Morgen, NJ
2005

Eric Monte, NY
2006

Brittany Bernard, PA
2007

John Faella, RI
2008

Kyle Greenwood, HI
2009

Anni Foasberg, NJ
2010

Patrick Monte, NY
2011

Henry Allen, FL
2012

Hilary Haagen, VA
2013

 Anyone want to play Ticket to Ride? Over 300 apparently as the triple century mark was broken for the first time ever at WBC leaving the late night entries in the dust.

 Trella Bromley, big honcho in the TGA and already qualified for the big doings at Gencon couldn't make it back to the Final after doing so in her first WBC last year.

The incomparable GM Claire Brosius with her chief conductor Sara Beach. It takes a lot of effort, planning and extra hands to run an event this size.

 Jay Fox and Jeff Jackson will be heading to Gencon also. Jay, our leadimg laurelist had a major impact - as three of his club minions made the Final.

Can't Stop this Train!

So many tickets, so little time!

This year we had a WBC record-breaking tournament as the 300 mark was borken for the first time with 303 participants. 172 people in the first two heats and 155 in the third heat shattered the previous attendance record by over 50 players.

The check in line ran down the hall into the food court and up the stairs, but the sorting system kept the line chugging along. 45 minutes from the start of check-in, 43 tables were playing, filling the ballroom and even spilling over into Marietta during the second heat. People were taking their first tickets as the faster beginning games were in the end-game.

Many a contest was decided in the very last play of the game. Some won with their final build, making their tickets or blocking their opponents' tickets from being completed. We had more than one game with the win decided by who got the "longest continuous route" or "most tickets made" bonuses.

This year being the 10th anniversary of Ticket to Ride, Days of Wonder sent hundreds of sets of trains for each tournament player. Translucent sets of 45 trains were given out at the heats. The finalists got their choice of four of the expansion sets and the winner received a commemorative coin. The winner also would go to GenCon to play in the North American National tournament.

In the quarterfinals and semifinals we had three players who had already qualified for the Nationals: Trella Bromley, Steve Shambeda, and Jeff Jackson. Jay Fox, our leading laurelist, also had qualified. None of these national qualifiers made it to our Final. This year we had two of the youngest players go head-to-head in the last round which made for an interesting ride home as brother and sister, Yoni and Adina Weiss, battled each other and their adult opponents.

Hank Griffin also had a battle on his hands since Alan Elkner, Yoni and Adina all play in the Jay's Basement gaming group. Hank had the east coast all to himself as the other three built up the west. Most of the tickets were completed and Alan pulled out the win with 128. Adina barely won family bragging rights over her brother with 122 to Yoni's 121. Hank came in 4th with a respectable 96 having made as many tickets as Yoni to share the bonus. Alan had the longest route, which won it for him.

With so many people in the tournament, I want to thank all my helpers, especially my assistant GM, Sarah Beach. Many folks helped with the huge check-in line: Anne Norton, Katherine McCorry, Jennifer Thomas and Larry Loiacono. Katie McCorry helped with data entry after the first heat, making an overwhelming task much more fun.

A special "thank you" goes to Norman and Amy Rule. Norman helped me set up a spreadsheet so I didn't have to write 303 names on the entry list, saving me hours of work. Amy was my data entry helper as we put 140 games worth of scores into the computer. I could not have done it without them.

5th & 6th ain't bad in a 300-player event, especially for Amy who gets admission to the Sandman parade.

GM Clair Brosious with Jay's Basement - er, her finalists. Sorry, got them confused for a minute without those team shirts.

 With over 300 Ticket to Ride players at WBC, you've got to start 'em young.

 9-year-olds dominated this year, besting their older competition in the event.

 Ticket To Ride Junior

32 pint-sized travellers contested GM Matthew Beach's Juniors tournament on Saturday afternoon with six new top passengers emerging. Top honors went to:

~1st: Andrew Martin, age 9

~ 2nd: Reorge Parauda, age 9

~ 3rd: Sam Shambeda, age 12

~ 4th: Charlotte Parauda, age 10

~ 5th: Bailey Burdett, age 9

~ 6th: Zacary Morris, age 9

 GM     Claire Brosius [6th Year]  NA 
   NA   NA

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