18XX [Updated October 2004]

2004 WBC Report  

 2005 Status: pending 2005 GM commitment

Richard Fox, IL

2004 Champion

2nd: Jon Kwiatkowski, NC

3rd: Pierre LeBoeuf, MD

4th: Paul Hakken, NJ

5th: Bruce Beard, MD

6th: Barrington Beavis, UK

Event History
1991    Mark Giddings      34
1992    Dave Harshbarger      46
1993    Robin Barbehenn      84
1994    Todd Vander Pluym      84
1995    Mark Giddings      51
1996    Christian Goetz      45
1997    Dan Vice      50
1998    Jon Kwiatkowski      45
1999    Barrington Beavis     32
2000    Barrington Beavis     28
2001    David Fritsch     33
2002    Jon Kwiatkowski     36
2003    Paul Hakken     32
2004    Richard Fox     37

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AREA Ratings


Rank Name


 1. Jon Kwiatkowski


 2. Paul Hakken


 3. Barrington Beavis


 4. Richard Fox


 5. David Fritsch


 6. Pierre LeBoeuf


 7. Bruce Beard


 8. Jim McDanold


 9. Brian Mountford


10. Paul Johnson


11. John Chung


12. Robin Barbehen


13. Richard Martin


14. Jason Levine


15. Dave Metheny


16. Johnny Hasay


17. Craig Reese


18. Harald Henning


19. Chuck Krueger


20. Anthony Daw


21. Mark Frueh


22. Ben Foy


23. Joe Rushanan


24. Gerald Dudley



Past Winners

Mark Giddings - NY
1991, 1995

1992: D. Harshbarger - NC
1993: R. Barbehenn - MD

Todd Vander Pluym - CA

Christian Goetze - CA

Dan Vice - VA

Jon Kwiatkowski - NC
1998, 2002

Barrington Beavis - UK
1999, 2000

David Fritsch - VA

Paul Hakken - NJ

Event Inflation ... 1830 ... 1856 .... 1870

37 railroad managers turned out for this year's 18xx tournament at the WBC, an increase of five over last year, and the most players since 1998. Thirteen were brand new to the tournament. Three of the new players made the semi-finals, and one of those won the title and his first WBC wood. The tourney featured the games 1830, 1856, and 1870, with all the preliminary round winners (and enough non-winners to complete the field) advancing to a 16-player semi-final. 1830 remained the most popular preliminary round game (31 players), with twelve choosing 1856, and fourteen playing 1870 at some point (numbers reflect that most players participated in multiple games). After last year's success and under Bruce Beard's guidance, one 1870 game was played in each round, and all of them easily fit into the six hour time limit.

The first preliminary heat Wednesday morning was designated as the 1830 round, but all three games were played (two four-player 1830 games, two five-player 1830 games, a four-player 1856 game, and a four-player 1870 game). No player bankruptcies occurred in the first round, and all the games were close (no wins over 109% above the second place score). Results favored tournament management, with the GM and both assistant GM qualifying with wins, as well as last year's runner-up, Bruce Beard, perennial qualifier Lane Newbury, and newcomer Rick Northey. GM Pierre LeBoeuf eked out a narrow win in the 1856 game over past winners David Fritsch (96.9%) and Paul Hakken (93.7%), using the Port private-Great Western combination opening. Other close wins were Lane's $67 victory over newcomer Henry Richardson in one of the five-player 1830 games, and assistant GM Barrington Beavis' $333 margin over newcomer Rick Fox in the other. Though Barrington had a fairly comfortable 5% victory margin, all five players in that game were within 15% of the winning score. The results from round 1 are shown below.

1830 Games
Rick Northey      (10256)	
Mark Neale         (9434)	
Jim McDanold       (7426)	
Dave Fox           (6804)	
Lane Newbury       (6466) 	

Henry Richardson   (6391)	
Mike Brazinski     (5739)	
Phil Bradley       (5600)	
Mike Brophy        (5376)

Jon Kwiatkowski   (10649)	
Craig Reece       (10108)	
Chris Hancock      (8881)	
Wade Foble         (7463)	

Barrington Beavis  (7053)	
Rick Fox           (6720)	
James McCarthy     (6474)	
Richard Martin     (6263)	
Chip Eastman       (5991)

1856 Game
Pierre LeBoeuf     (6822)	
David Fritsch      (6611)	
Paul Hakken        (6395)	
Bill Morse         (6157)

1870 Game
Bruce Beard       (11392)
Ben Foy           (10673)	
Rick Zelano        (8764)	
Aaron Dewell       (6335)

The second preliminary round on Wednesday night was designated for 1856, but only four players signed up for that game. In addition to those four, ten others split up into a five-player 1870 game and a five-player 1830 game. Bruce Beard won his second 1870 game over four other players, comfortably beating Pierre by 15%. In that game, Pierre successfully backed his lower RR (the GM&O) into the zero stock value bin after selling it's 5 train over to his higher valued RR (KATY), saving himself the expense of buying a second permanent train. Elliott Segal posted a narrow (2%) win over newcomer Harry White in the 1856 game. Last year's champ, Paul Hakken, qualified with a convincing win in the five-player 1830 game, besting Rick Fox by 24%. Once again, all players avoided bankruptcy. Preliminary heat 2 results are listed below:

1830 Game
Paul Hakken       (8858)	
Richard Fox       (6754)	
Richard Martin    (6553)	
Mike Brazinski    (6438)	
Henry Richardson  (5790)

1856 Game
Elliott Segal     (8887)	
Harry White       (8703)	
Barrington Beavis (8044)	
Jon Kwiatkowski   (5849)

1870 Game
Bruce Beard       (6581)	
Pierre LeBoeuf    (5624)	
Jeff Bowers       (5286)	
Rick Dutton       (4496)	
Tom Sessler       (4153)

The last preliminary round on Thursday evening was designated for 1870, with a longer period (nine hours) allotted to complete the longest of the 18xx games. Once again, only one 1870 game was played, and as in the other games, Bruce Beard kept things moving quickly enough so that extra time beyond six hours was not needed. Unlike the other 1870 games, however, Lane Newbury's bankruptcy threw an easy victory to newcomer Jeff Bowers in a five-player game. Others using this last preliminary to qualify were Tom Sessler and Jim McDanold, with Jon Kwiatkowski and Elliott Segal getting second wins to move up in ranking. Tom's large margin of victory in his four-player 1830 game came when he was able to dump a trainless Pennsylvania RR onto Mike Brophy, forcing him to buy a diesel and bankrupting. That game also featured GM Pierre LeBoeuf purchasing all five 3 trains between two of his RRs, then opening the Boston & Maine in time to buy two 5 trains. Sadly, the strategy of having three train-locked RRs didn't work very well in a shortened game, but it did speed things along! Jon's 1856 win against three others was close (5%), but Jim's win in his four-player 1830 game was by 11% over Chris Hancock, and Elliott crushed three opponents in his 1830 game. Second place finishes by Frank McNally and Chris Hancock in the last preliminary round enabled them to qualify for the semifinals as alternates.

1830 Games
Tom Sessler       (2976)	
Frank McNally     (2332)	
Pierre LeBoeuf    (2302)	
Mike Brophy        (156)

Elliott Segal    (11102)	
Rick Fox          (8408)	
Joe Delaney       (8300)	
Alex Vye          (7223)

Jim McDanold     (11522)	
Chris Hancock    (10283)	
Johnny Hasay      (7453)	
James McCarthy    (6958)

1856 Game
Jon Kwiatkowski   (9743)	
David Fritsch     (9257)	
Frank Haskell     (7728)	
Ken Pinder        (6407)

1870 Game
Jeff Bowers       (4580)	
Ben Foy           (4198)	
Bruce Beard       (3200)	
David Fox         (2917)	
Lane Newbury       (410)

The fourteen preliminary round games (down from fifteen last year) produced three double winners (Elliott Segal, Bruce Beard, and Jon Kwiatkowski), and when one of the eight single game winners didn't appear for the semi-final round, the top six runner-ups also qualified. However, only five of the nine second place finishers appeared, so the top-seeded third place finisher, James McCarthy, qualified for his first 18xx semifinal. The semi-finalists were seeded based on the results of preliminary round play, with the double winners seeded first, followed by those who won one game, those who came in at least second once, and those finishing at least third once. All winning players were ranked according to the percentage of their second place player's score to their own in their preliminary round. All other players received ratings based on the ratio of their best result with the winning score in that game, with all second place finishes placed ahead of third place scores, etc. This produced the top 25 players listed below by ranking with their score, and their seeding in the semi-finals. If a ranked player did not appear for the semi-finals, this is shown with dashes in the seeding column.

Ranking and Player	Preliminary Round Score	Semifinal Seeding
1) Elliott Segal 	2 1st places, 132 & 102.1%	1
2) Bruce Beard	2 1st places, 117 & 106.7%	2
3) Jon Kwiatkowski 	2 1st places, 105.4 & 105.3%	3
4) Paul Hakken 	1st place, 131.2%	4
5) Tom Sessler	129.3%	5
6) Jim McDanold 	112%	6
7) Jeff Bowers 	109.1%	---
8) Rick Northey 	108.7%	7 
9) Barrington Beavis	105%	8
10) Pierre LeBoeuf 	103.2%	9
11) Lane Newbury	101.2%	10
12) Henry Richardson 	2nd  place, 98.8%	11
13) Harry White	97.9%	---
14) David Fritsch	96.9%	--- 
15) Rick Fox 	95.3%	12
16) Craig Reece	94.9%	13
17) Ben Foy 	93.7%	--- 
18) Mark Neale	92%	14 
19) Chris Hancock	89.2%	15 
20) Frank McNally 	78.4%	---
21) James McCarthy	3rd  place, 91.8%	16
22) Michael Brazinski	88.8%	---
23) Frank Haskell	79.3%	---
24) Richard Zelano	76.9%	---
25) Joe Delaney	74.8%	---

Placement in the semifinal round used the formula 1st ­ 8th ­ 9th ­ 16th seeds in game 1, 2nd ­ 7th ­ 10th ­ 15th in game 2, 3rd ­ 6th ­ 11th ­ 14th in game 3, and 4th ­ 5th ­ 12th ­ 13th in game 4. Six alternates moved up, yielding four four-player 1830 games. Two of the games were close, with games decided by margins of $40 and $476. On the first board, the GM and assistant GM (Barrington) squared off against the top seeded player, Elliott., and the last alternate, James McCarthy. Elliott won the Camden & Amboy private, and opened the Pennsylvania RR, but Pierre used the B & O to keep him away from the lucrative NY runs until it was too late for him to recover. As they headed toward the endgame, it became a war of stock value, with each player running two RRs, but in the end, Barrington got a narrow 5% victory over Pierre. On the second board, Bruce Beard lapped the field when Chris Hancock went bankrupt. Rick Northey and Lane Newbury were forced to buy trains, leaving Bruce $1000 ahead on cash alone. Richard Fox had the closest win (his first of the tournament), by only 3% over Paul Hakken, good enough for both of them to qualify after Tom Sessler went bankrupt on board four. Tom had decided to buy a diesel for his NY Central when he had two 4 trains in his other RR, the New York-New Haven. Meanwhile, Paul Hakken had bought a 6 train with his own funds, but never got to use it. Paul also sold Craig's stock (he owned the B & O and Erie) to drive down his valuation and succeeded in edging him by $54, but he left Rick's stock alone, and lost to him by $40. It came down to the last game on board 3 to fill the last two slots in the final. Jon Kwiatkowski's 11% win over Mark Neale earned him a spot in the final, but Mark's second place percentage was less than Paul's and Pierre's, earning them the last two seats. The list below contains the results from the semi-finals,, with the four winners and two closest runner-ups advancing.

1830 Semifinal Games
Barrington Beavis       (10414) 	
Pierre LeBoeuf           (9938)	
Elliott Segal            (7533) 	
James McCarthy           (5953)

Bruce Beard              (2353)	
Lane Newbury             (1228)	
Rick Northey             (1206)	
Chris Hancock             (536)

Jon Kwiatkowski          (8401)	
Mark Neale               (7468)	
Jim McDanold             (7259)	
Henry Richardson         (5383)

Richard Fox              (1233)	
Paul Hakken              (1193)	
Craig Reece              (1139)	
Tom Sessler               (312)

The stage was set for the 18xx final, a six-player 1830 game, featuring (listed in turn order) Barrington Beavis (assistant GM and 6th place finisher last year), Pierre LeBoeuf (GM), Rick Fox (the only newcomer), Bruce Beard (runner-up last year), Jon Kwiatkowski (assistant GM), and defending champion Paul Hakken. Bruce and Jon had won two preliminaries and their semis, Barrington had won one prelim and his semi, Pierre and Paul had won a preliminary round game, and Rick had won only his semi-final game.

The initial private company bidding had Bruce getting the Schulkyll at cost and the Mohawk & Hudson for $140, Rick taking the Champlain at $50, Paul Hakken getting the Delaware & Hudson for $85, Barrington taking the Camden & Amboy for $195, Jon getting the B & O private company, and Pierre competing on the Delaware and Camden privates, but coming away with nothing. With the option to buy the first public company, Paul chose the C & O at $67. Two passes to Rick enabled him to start the NYNH, also at $67. Other players got initial shares in both RRs before it came around to Pierre again. With no money spent to this point, he was able to pick up four shares of the B & O at $100 apiece, stealing the RR from Jon. Outstanding shares in the other two public companies were bought up, but no other RRs were started on the first round. Both Paul and Rick bought a pair of two trains, after Pierre bought only a single two, beginning an uneventful second stock round. On his next series of operating rounds, however, Pierre bought another 2 and two 3 trains, threatening to train lock the B & O. With the priority deal, Pierre dumped the train-bound B & O back on Jon and opened the B & M at $82. Stock dumping began in earnest, as Rick dumped the NYNH on Barrington and started the Penn at $100, and Bruce sold his minority shares to open the NYC at $90. Only single 3 trains were bought by the new RRs initially, keeping the 2 trains alive and slowing the pace a bit. Finally, Bruce sold down the NYC to raise capital for his Erie opening at $100. This was followed by Jon dumping the B & O on his co-owner, Paul, to start the Can Pac at $100. Paul and Barrington fought over the NYC, before Rick intervened to buy a share and keep a third RR out of Paul's hands. At this point, one of the new entries was poised to buy the "poison" 4 and the first 5, so a furious round of stock selling followed to rearrange the RR turn order. The Erie (to $67) and the CanPac (to $71) were dropped down below the Penn and B & O share prices and on either side of the B & M at $70, leaving a total of 21 shares in the bank pool. As a result, the CanPac got the last 4 and the first 5, and the other two 5's went to the B & M and Erie. Paul Hakken backed the C & O all the way to $20 a share, withholding until he finally could buy the first 6, rusting the 3 trains. Rick then withheld the Penn's run of it's 4 train, and then had enough to trade the 4 in for the first diesel, killing off all of the 4's. The NYNH was the first railroad left trainless, and Barrington could not dump enough stock to stay in the game, due to the large number of shares already in the bank pool. Rick had a relatively comfortable victory to score his first WBC wood, as shown in Table 6 below, due to his higher stock valuation and greater number of "good" shares. Jon held onto second place by $10 over Pierre, and Paul edged Bruce out for fourth by only $3. Another fast final was the result, taking less than three hours to finish.

Thanks again to all of the participants for an entertaining tournament. I hope we can increase our numbers even further next year. I plan on discussing proposed changes to the 18xx tourney format (number of participants in the semis and final and the setup of mini 1856 and 1870 tournaments during the 18xx event, among other issues) in the intervening months before next year's tournament, based on the event survey and other feedback. If you would like to participate in this discussion, drop me an email at the address listed below.

1830 Final
Rick Fox           (878)	
Jon Kwiatkowski    (742)	
Pierre LeBoeuf     (732)	
Paul Hakken        (527)	
Bruce Beard        (524)	
Barrington Beavis  (276)

 GM      Pierre LeBoeuf  [5th Year]   3043 Telegraph Rd, Elkton, MD 21921-2333
    PierreMLeBoeuf@excite.com   (410) 392-3094

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