the napoleonic wars five-player [Updated October2005]  

2005 WBC Report  

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Ed Rothenheber, MD

2005 Champion

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Event History
2003    Forrest Speck     67
2004    David Gantt     64
2005     Ed Rothenheber     50

Waterloo Event History
2003    BruceYoung     24
2004    Scott Moll     14

PBeM Event History
2005        68


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bruce Young        SC    05     86
  2.  Ed Rothenheber     MD    05     66
  3.  David Gantt        SC    04     60
  4.  Scott Moll         VA    04     60
  5.  Forrest Speck      MD    03     60
  6.  John Emery         SC    05     54
  7.  Bryan Collars      SC    04     38
  8.  John Haas          PA    03     36
  9.  Scott Pfeiffer     SC    05     30
 10.  Francis Czawlytko  MD    05     24
 11.  Jason White        VA    04     24
 12.  Mark McCandless    CT    03     24
 13.  Josh Githens       SC    04     18
 14.  Henry Russell      PA    03     18
 15.  Charley Hickok     PA    04     17
 16.  Keith Wixson       NJ    04     16
 17.  James Eaton        LA    03     15
 18.  William Burch      MD    04     14
 19.  Steve Jansen       MD    05     12
 20.  Jesse Boomer       KS    04     12
 21.  George Young       UT    03     12
 22.  Ed Kendricks       UK    03      6

2005 Laurelists

Bruce Young, SC

Francis Czawlytko, MD

John Emery, SC

Steve Jansen, MD

Scott Pfeiffer, SC

Past Winners

Forrest Speck, MD

David Gantt, SC

There's A Reason It's called The NAPOLEONIC Wars

If the 19 games played had anything in common at all it was that in almost every contest someone did something strange, unique or just plain outlandishly gutsy - and rarely with predictable results.

Take the old Nelsonian adage that "only a fool attacks a stone fort in a wooden ship." That came true in one game, where the entire British Navy boldly sailed into a Spanish port - and was completely annihilated, handing the French a sort of "Rule Francaise." The French hammered this advantage home not only by invading England, but by playing the Guerre du Course card when the British did not have so much as a single ship to go off hunting the commerce raiders.

Then again, in another contest, the reverse happened. Yet another intrepid British admiral threw caution to the winds and tried the exact same tactic. He caught the entire Franco-Spanish Navy at anchor, and sank the lot of them. His reign of the sea was so great that he was able, with impunity, to move a Swedish Army from the Baltic to Barcelona over the course of several impulses - perhaps the first instance in the history of the game of a Swedish amphibious invasion in the Med.

Let us not forget the other grand Scandinavian adventures of the convention - notably the Danish defense of eastern Austria from the Turks. The Ottomans for their part in other games were frequently seen in Italy, southern France and at the gates of Moscow and at least once marching arm in arm with the Danes in invading Holy Mother Russia.

Despite occasional disasters such as the "Little Big Horn on the Danube" that overtook one ill-fated Napoleonic foray into Austria, overall honors in the convention went to the French, who won nine times. The British took five contests, the Russians four and the Austrians one. Although no Prussian victories were recorded, the sons of Blucher did come in second six times, and on at least two tables had the die roll for victory had the game ended.

The Russians played bride's maid eight times. Austria finished second three times, and the British did so twice.

At the end of the two heats, a contest of a different sort developed between two clubs: the fabled "Greenville Mafia" and the rather less coherent (er, organized) "Baltimore" boys -- a true band of old friends. Organizing the semifinals was much like doing a seating chart at a wedding, as both the Greenville and Baltimore boys did not want to compete directly with their fellow club members. Of the five tables in the semis, the Greenville club won two and the Baltimore band the other two. The win on the fifth table went to Ed Rothenberg who, not necessarily coincidentally, was an independent who belonged to neither club.

First Honors and wood went to Ed, who won as Russia in the final. Sixth was awarded to Scott Pfeiffer, whose fine showing had made him the first alternate, had one of the finalists been unable to play. Brian Mountford, who despite or perhaps because of his difficulties in playing Prussia and coming in last in his semifinal round, deserves special mention, as receiving the most votes for "Sportsmanship."

 GM      Mark McLaughlin  [3rd Year]   NA   NA

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