And Other Equally Unpronounceable
In the first round, each entrant plays four games, scoring
points for their finishing position (1st=5 points, 2nd=4, 3rd=3,
4th=2, 5th=1). The ten entrants with the highest point totals
advance to the semifinal. In the semifinal, each player plays
two games. The four winners and the best runnerup advance to
a single winner-take-all final.
24 new (at least since 1999) players and 23 returnees signed
up for the first round, playing at ten boards. 35 hung in through
all four games. Out of a maximum of 20 points, Benjamin Foy,
Anne M. Norton, and Chuck Foster each ended up with 18, with
Benjamin and Anne each having three wins. Eric Wrobel, '93 champ
Tom DeMarco, and returning champ John Pack finished with 17,
Frank Cunliffe and Thomas Browne gathered 16, while Thomas McCorry,
'95 champ Beth Bernard, and
three-time champ Ray Pfeifer each scored 15 points. Eric dropped
out, leaving ten semifinalists.
In the first two semifinal games, Benjamin beat Frank, Chuck,
Thomas M., and Anne while John bested Beth, Ray, Thomas B., and
Tom D.. In the last two semifinal games, Anne was victorious
over Ray, Beth, and Chuck, while Thomas B. had the farthest advance
at ten spaces past the finish line in his win over Tom D., Thomas
M., and Frank. Tom D. had the best second place finish at seven
spaces past to become the fifth finalist, beating Frank (who
placed sixth in the tournament) at one space past, Ray at one
space short, and Beth at four spaces short of the finish.
In the final, John again used his very effective strategy
of exhibiting early and often. Passing the midpoint of the track
first, he was unstoppable, finishing at nine spaces past the
finish line, and a whopping 14 spaces ahead of runnerup Benjamin
at six spaces short. Tom D. placed third at eight space short.
Anne, who had the best set at nine cards, used the eight-space
bonus to advance to fourth place, leaving Thomas B. to finish
For the second year in a row Black had the most wins, winning
13 of 39 games. Blue, green, and yellow only had six wins each.
Red had eleven last place finishes, beating yellow's eight lasts,
while green had the fewest lasts at six. The player of the black
cards got an average of 3.28 placement points per game, followed
by blue at 3.10, yellow at 2.97, red at 2.90, and green at 2.82.
The blue player averaged the fartherest around the board at 1.26
spaces short of the finish line, followed by black,
yellow, red, and then green at 3.08 short of the finish. Chuck
Foster and John Pack (in the final) each finished with a 14-space
lead over the runnerup for the largest lead at the finish, while
Anne beat John with a six-card set to John's five-card set for
the closest 1-2 finish. '98 champ Mark Geary edged Peter Staab
in the most tightly bunched finish - all five players were within
a stretch of five spaces. Tamara McGraw (finishing first) and
Derek Landel (finishing second) each ended one of their games
with a 13-card set. Greg Crowe repeated last year's accomplishment
of winning a game with no set at the end. Eric Wrobel won two
of his games with no set at the finish. And Tom D. edged out
John Pack to win a game where they both ended with no set.
His less than stellar 1-5 VIP record (his team event) enabled
John Pack to play in the Adel Verpflichtet tournament
- a game he always tries to squeeze in to his hectic schedule!
In the prelims, he finished 1st, 2nd, 2nd, and 2nd - over the
finish line in
each game, qualifying for the semis easily - since the point
system favors "close enough" strategies over outright
victories. He employed his run, run, run strategy to win the
first semi-final. It was a strategy borrowed from his wife, Sharee,
who wins a large share of their home games but has yet to grace
WBC with her presence. John modified it slightly - he likes the
jail to be full of everyone else's thieves before going on an
In the final, he started with a set and, true to form, ran,
ran, ran until hitting the second edge of the board - taking
advantage of several guarded exhibits. At that point, most of
the big checks had been spent, so he went to the Auction House
four times in a row (winning two when no one else was at the
Auction House and spending my two largest checks to collect four
items). That strengthened and thief-proofed his set enough to
run for the finish. All that was lacking was a full jail - with
only two thieves having been caught. Fortunately, he didn't have
to wait long as his next detective was the guest speaker at a
thieves convention (three attendees). From there, he was off
to the races - successfully defending his title. Three in a row
is apt to be more difficult, but you can bet he'll try.
Hardesty topped 15 pint-sized burglars in the Junior version.
She was followed in order by:
Fifteen young art collectors showed up for this tournament.
After a quick overview of the rules, they were split into three
games. At the first table, Shea Lawson finished six spaces past
the finish line to beat Jessica Hardesty, Claire Anderson, Erin
Stockingtreadway, and Jessica Finkeldey. At the second table,
Alexandra Henning finished twelve spaces past the finish
line to beat Alexander and Heather Lange, Angela Collinson, and
Alex Bell. And at the third table, Scott Uhrich finished at the
maximum possible of 13 spaces past the finish line, beating returning
champ Tim DeMarco, Jacob Hebner, Andy Dunn, and Daniel Winemiller.
So Shea, Alexandra, and Scott advanced to the final along with
the two best runnerups - Jessica H., and Alexander L.. The other
runnerup, Tim, placed sixth in the tournament.
In the final, Shea got off to an early start. But by the second
corner Jessica had taken over the lead and held on to it across
the finish line and also got the four-space bonus for having
the second best set (eight cards), ending six spaces past the
finish line. Scott had the best set at nine cards, but the eight-space
bonus wasn't enough to catch Jessica and he placed second. Shea
placed third, Alexandra fourth, and Alexander (who stole a lot
of checks, but couldn't convert them into movement) placed fifth.
I hope everyone's name is spelled correctly, I didn't have
badges from which to copy names. Next year I think we can increase
the number of first round games to two, and add a two-board,
ten player semifinal to the five player final. Thanks to all
the juniors for participating, and I look forward to seeing you
in the Adel Verpflichtet Junior Tournament next year (or
even in the regular Adel Verpflichtet tournament).