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2005 WBC Report     

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Bill Peeck, NY

2005 Champion

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Event History
2003    Andy Lewis     28
2004    Tom Stokes     22
2005    Bill Peeck     23


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rob Kircher        RI    05     24
  2.  Bill Peeck         NY    05     20
  3.  Tom Stokes         NJ    04     20
  4.  Andy Lewis         DE    03     20
  5.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    04     18
  6.  Jeff Bakalchuk     NY    03     12
  7.  Tom Saal           MI    05     10
  8.  Chris Palermo      NY    05      8
  9.  Doug Smith         PA    04      8
 10.  Patrick Mirk       FL    05      6
 11.  Karl Musser        MD    03      4
 12.  Rob Winslow        NY    05      2
 13.  Donna Balkan       ON    04      2
 14.  Lee Presser        NY    03      2

2005 Laurelists

Rob Kircher, RI

Chris Palermo, NY

Patrick Mirk, FL
2001 - 2002

Tom Saal, MI

Rob Winslow, NY

Past Winners

Andy Lewis,DE

Tom Stokes, NJ

San Francisco or Bust ...

This year we had 23 engineers set off to see who can best manage the western trains. We added a second heat to allow more times for players to join. Over the teo heats we played six games and advanced the six winners plus the two best second place finishers based on their percentage score of the winner's tally.

The preliminaries provided some interesting games. In the first heat we had our shortest game ever played; 25 minutes. Roger Whitney surprised everyone drawing the 4&1 card to set up the game tfor an early end. His gamble secured second place, only two points short of first, 43 to 45. Tom Saal took top score in the preliminary games with a 225. Patrick was the closest runner-up, twice missing the mark by one and three points in his two games. Chris set a record by collecting $73 in bonus money.

The Final had three new faces; Tom being the only repeat finalist. Very few trains made the distance to the west coast (Southern Pacific and Western Pacific). Trains were often looped back upon themselves. The Southern Lines Pacific looped through El Paso three times. Early in the game Kansas Pacific Railways headed south to Dallas allowing Rob to collect $12 for San Antonio. Bill also collected cash early with an $8 move connecting Sioux Falls and Tulsa. Turn 4 was the only other turn with large cash payouts. Chris collected $12 connecting Phoenix and Los Angeles, Bill added $12 for himself continuing the train to San Francisco. Rob was able to run the Union Pacific Railway to Salt Lake City for $12 for the last big payoff in the game. The game was close to ending on the 7th turn, but the pocket trains arrived saving Chris and Bill who were playing a west coast strategy by mostly playing the 7-point city cards. Patrick was looking for an early game concentration on eastern cities. Tom was playing for the Northern Pacific cities. In the end, Bill's balance of going for cash and setting up a power base in the southwest with Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco carried him to victory. Rob needed the game to end before the Western Pacific train entered the game and he finished 11 points behind. Chris benefited the most with the 7-point cities, making eight connections for 56 points. Bill collected the most cash with 41 while Tom and Rob were not far behind with 38 each.

Final Scores:

Bill Peeck 143

Rob Kircher 132

Chris Palermo 120

Patrick Mirk 109

Tom Saal 108

 GM      Rob Kircher  [2nd Year]   NA   NA

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