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2005 WBC Report  

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Kevin Walsh, NY

2005 Champion

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Event History
2004    Perrianne Lurie     63
2005     Kevin Walsh     61

Euro Quest Event History
2004    Arthur Field     30


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Arthur Field       SC    05     54
  2.  Kevin Walsh        NY    05     40
  3.  John Kerr          VA    04     36
  4.  Perrianne Lurie    PA    04     30
  5.  Chris Johnson      CA    05     16
  6.  Daniel Eoppolito   CA    05     12
  7.  Lee Sensabaugh     VA    04     12
  8.  Rod Spade          PA    04     12
  9.  Mario Lanza        PA    04      9
 10.  Tom Browne         PA    04      9
 11.  David Norman       UK    05      8
 12.  Chris Moffa        NJ    04      6
 13.  Brian Reynolds     MD    04      6
 14.  Rob Flowers        MD    05      4
 15.  Andrew Greene      VA    04      3
 16.  Phil Rennert       MD    04      3

2005 Laurelists

Arthur Field, SC

Chris Johnson, CA

Daniel Eoppolito, CA

David Norman, UK

Rob Flowers, MD

Past Winners

Perrianne Lurie, PA

A New Class of Laurelists

61 players competed on 20 boards in the two preliminary heats. 2005 was a tough year, however, for those trying to duplicate their success in last year's inaugural event. Four of last year's laurelists returned, with two failing to make it past the first round, and two others (including defending champ Perianne Lurie) falling in the semis.

Arthur Field and David Platnick led Day 1 qualifiers (11 boards) with 51 points, while GM Rich Meyer grabbed the high Day 2 score with 52. Of the 18 prelims for which result sheets were filed, 15 of the 18 winners founded all four colonies. Nine scored the highest points for developmental advances, while 13 scored the most points for Expedition Cards in hand at game's end. The results strongly suggest that next year's event should be run under the revised rules that require players to discard excess Expedition Cards prior to drawing above their limit.

The four semifinal games were all fairly close affairs, with four points the largest margin of victory. Again, one table failed to supply scoring details. In the other three, the player with the highest score from Expedition Cards prevailed in every case, while the leader in development advances finished 2nd, 2nd, and 4th. All three winners also won the three point end-game bonus for most money, which in Kevin Walsh's case was just enough to push him past 5th place overall finisher David Newman by a single point. Arthur Field and team-tournament teammates Chris Johnson and Daniel Eppolito were the others to advance, defeating Rob Flowers (6th), Jeff Mullet, and Davyd Field, respectively.

The final round began with some controversy, due to the presence of two teammates (one of whom, Dan, had selected Goa as his team event) and extremely loud conditions in the room (as rounds of both Lost Cities and Alhambra were conducted in the same venue during the Final's allotted time slot). Kevin won the flag in the first auction round with a bid of seven, a condition that would be repeated many times - in all he would wind up with the flag in five of the eight rounds. Chris and Dan, while each playing to maximize their own scores, also appeared to be positioning their auction tiles to limit the appeal of Arthur's buying choices when he held the favorable last bidding position. The strategy appeared to throw Arthur off his game through much of the contest, as after buying two plantations in Round 1, Artie would win only two auctions (the free spice orange tile, and a Red +1 plantation) in the next four rounds. Average winning bids rose from six in Round 1 to ten in Round 4, and stabilized in the 12-14 range throughout Round B.

Chris' two early failures on colonization attempts left him in the catch-up role for much of the game. Meanwhile, Kevin's domination of the flag and the extra actions it provided, plus an excellent run of Expedition Card draws (he drew cards nine times during the course of the Fnal), kept him solidly in the lead throughout. Ultimately, he would finish first in both Developmental Advances (raising Harvests, Expeditions, and Colonists to the 10 level) and Expedition Card points, and was the only one of the four to found all four colonies, winning by a final margin of seven points. Arthur finally got his game going in the B round to finish 2nd with 39, and Chris' most money bonus at game end pushed him two points past teammate Dan into third, 37 to 35.

 GM      Richard Meyer  [1st Year]   52 Mill St, Franklin, MA 02038
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