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2005 WBC Report  

 2006 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Ray Pfeiffer, MD

2005 Champion

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Event History
2004    Andrew Greene     32
2005     Ray Pfeiffer     23


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Andrew Greene      VA    05     34
  2.  Ray Pfeifer        MD    05     29
  3.  Steve Simmons      NJ    04     18
  4.  Bill Murdock       NY    05     12
  5.  Travis St Denis    ON    04     12
  6.  Steve Cameron      PA    05      8
  7.  Jay Greer          MD    05      6
  8.  Jason Matthews     VA    04      6
  9.  Roderick Lee       CA    04      3
 10.  Anne Norton        NJ    05      2

2005 Laurelists

Bill Mudock, NY

Steve Cameron, PA

Jay Greer, MD

Andrew Greene, VA

Anne Norton, NJ

Past Winners

Andrew Greene, VA

Quick Diplomacy

The format of the tournament this year consisted of one heat consisting of four games in a row. Each four-player game scored five points for the winner, four points for second, two points for third, and one point for fourth. Each three-player game scored five points for the winner, three points for second, and one point for third. The top 16 totals would advance to a semifinal of four four-player games to select four finalists.

The first round consisted of four four- and two three-player games. Jay Fox was the winner of a three-player game with the tightest bunching of scores with four points between his 50 points and Andy Lewis's third place score of 46, while Robert Sohn won his four-player board where all the players were within six points. Tom DeMarco's 65 points was tied for the highest-scoring four-player win, had the largest gap between first and second (18), and scored the most points from advisors in a four-player game (33).

In the second set of games, Jay Greer's 43 points was the lowest winning score in all of the games played in both this and last year's tournament. Brad Sherwood also scored 65 points in his win, while Mike Hazel scored the most points from cloisters (59) in the first round to finish second in the same game. After two games, Tom lead with two wins for 10 points, followed by Jay G., Brad, and David Gantt with nine points.

Three players decided to drop out, while one new entrant appeared before the third set of five four-player games began. John Faella tied Anne Norton with 44 points, but finished with 15 pieces off the board to Anne's 13 pieces to win the tie. Bill Murdoch won his game and while completing three four-point cloister chains for 12 points and the best scoring of cloister chains. And after three games, Jay G. was now the tournament leader with 13 points, followed by Tom, Steve Cameron, and defending champ Andrew Greene tied at 12 points.

The fourth set had four four- and one three-player games. Steve won the three-player game with 74 points, the highest in the tournament, won by the largest margin (23 Points) over Robert, and scored 35 points from advisors against Robert's 12 points of cloister chains (higher scores from advisors and cloister chains are easier to achieve in three-player games).

Before the total tournament scores were announced, there was a suggestion that advancing 16 of the remaining 19 players for a semifinal was too many, and that we should advance only four and go directly to the final. The vote was unanimous in favor. The best result was achieved by Steve with two wins and two seconds, and Jay G. with one win and three seconds, each accruing 17 points. They were joined by Bill, who had three wins and a last for 16 points, and Ray Pfeifer scoring15 on the strength of one win, two seconds, and a third. These four leaders pictured above proceeded directly to a fifth and final game. Three players scored 14 points. Andrew garnered the laurels for fifth place due to his two wins, and Anne beat out Brad for the sixth place laurels by having a higher percentage of the board's total points in her win.

In the first scoring round of the Final, Ray had the most or tied for the most cloisters in Frankreich, Aragon, Burgund, and Italien, scoring the most possible from those four countries with 24 points. Ray had placed no advisors, while the others had placed a mixture of cloisters and advisors. Jay G. was second, scoring 15 points, and leading Bill at 13 points and Steve at 11 points. During the second, and final, scoring round, Ray continued his all-cloister strategy, while Bill and Steve desperately tried to link up their advisors into profitable alliances. Ray was able to get cloister points in eight of the nine countries, scoring 35 to reach 59 points. Jay G. scored 31 to reach 46, with Bill and Steve advancing to 35 and 30 points respectively. Ray and Jay G. were able to pad their leads by scoring five points each for a cloister chain. Bill and Steve were the only two to score points from advisors, and while they scored 20 and 23 points to pass Jay G.'s total of 51 points with totals of 55 and 53 points for second and third place respectively, Ray was able to retain the lead and win the second Web of Power tournament by nine points with a score of 59.

Web of Power will undoubtedly need a lot of support if it is to return to WBC next year. If you would like to see WOP return, be sure to become a 2006 BPA member during the December signup period so that you can cast your vote for the return of this challenging, yet easy to learn game.

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