liberty [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report  

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Todd Treadway, VA

2006 Champion

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Event History
2003    Evan Seary     18
2004    Bruce Reiff     43
2005    Bruce Reiff     25
2006     Todd Treadway     30

Block Party Event History
2004    Ric Manns     19
2005    Bruce Reiff     18
2006    Ric Manns     12


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bruce Reiff        OH    06    114
  2.  Ric Manns          IN    06     49
  3.  Barry Smith        NY    06     45
  4.  Nick Benedict      CA    06     42
  5.  Todd Treadway      VA    06     30
  6.  Evan Seary         NY    04     28
  7.  Mark Miklos        GA    05     22
  8.  Rob Taylor         MI    05     21
  9.  David Metzger      NY    05     16
 10.  Tom Thornsen       NY    06     12
 11.  Mike Sims          IN    06     12
 12.  Pete Stein         OH    06     12
 13.  Ted Drozd          IL    04     12
 14.  Jack Morrell       NY    03     12
 15.  Bill O'Neal        NY    05     12
 16.  Stan Hilinski      MD    06      9
 17.  Terry Hollern      OH    05      9
 18.  John Coussis       IL    04      9
 19.  Damian Mastrangelo PA    03      8
 20.  Joe Pabis          VA    06      6
 21.  Patrick Duffy      VA    03      6
 22.  David Metzger      NY    06      3
 23.  Charles Stucker    IN    06      1

2006 Laurelists

Nicholas Benedict, CA

Tom Thornsen, NY

Stan Hilinski, MD

Joe Pabis, VA

David Metzger, NY

Past Winners

Evan Seary, NY

Bruce Reiff, OH

Life, LIBERTY and the pursuit of Wood!

It is not the in the Declaration of Independence, but the Liberty tournament began in dramatic fashion as two-time defending champion Bruce Reiff was unceremoniously dethroned in the opening round by newbie Mike Buccheri and thereby gained a place of honor in Don Greenwood's Pantheon of heroes! The other highly rated players suddenly saw an open road to wood. This year also saw the first ever American victory in 1776. Todd Treadway, another newcomer, was able to clear the British from Canada in the first year, leaving them with only the West Indies as a part of His Majesties Empire.This proved to be the year of the upstarts in true revolutionary fashion.

The four semi-finalists were all new to the medal round except for eventual runner-up Nick Benedict. The Final was a bruising affair as Todd played the Americans. The prevailing thought was that once you destroyed enough British blocks the redcoats would be unable to occupy enough spaces, but oh contraire! Nick and Todd threw 17 of the game's 50 blocks in the dead pile. Todd had killed many British units early, but Nick was able to defeat many of the American blocks in mid game to narrow the American advantage. It was close to the end as Nick was able to get 28 victory points, one short of victory! Todd was able to hold the lobster backs at bay for his first WBC wood.

The statistics changed greatly from the previous tourneys. The Americans had always held a slight advantage heretofore. 2006 was the year the Empire struck back. The British finished the tourney with a 53-47 record. This was the first year that the Brits enjoyed an advantage. Some would argue that this would be due to a late French entry. The French were very eager this year in that 11 times they entered in the first year and on seven occasions they entered in the second year. Of 32 games played, the Americans enjoyed French entry within the first three turns. It could be that bidding was the culprit, but the bids were similar to last year in that the average bid to play the Americans was 1.3. I am not sure what you can conclude from these stats other than the tournament saw better play by the British players than in previous years. The final statistic that we tracked was control of the West Indies at the end of the game. The control had little impact on the outcome of US victories since they had control only once. The British controlled them six times with the remaining games split between the two.

 GM      Ric Manns  [3rd Year]   241 Greenway Dr., Scottsburg, IN 47170   812-754-0922

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