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Paul McCarthy, NY

2006 Champion

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Event History
2000    Jason Levine     36
2001    John Charbonneau     32
2002    Bob Heinzmann     34
2003    Mark Neale     29
2004    Jimmy Fleckenstein     36
2005    Joe Pabis     38
2006     Paul McCarthy     37

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Joe Pabis          VA    05     51
  2.  John Charbonneau   NH    01     40
  3.  Bruce Bernard      PA    06     39
  4.  Jason Levine       NY    03     36
  5.  Paul McCarthy      NY    06     30
  6.  Jimmy Fleckenstein VA    04     30
  7.  Mark Neale         RI    03     30
  8.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    02     30
  9.  Brian Carr         VA    05     27
 10.  Brandon Bernard    PA    04     27
 11.  Keith Layton       NJ    01     24
 12.  Mark Pitcavage     OH    05     21
 13.  Alan Kaiser        OH    05     18
 14.  Henry Rice         NM    01     16
 15.  Joe Collinson      MD    06     12
 16.  Jim Castonguay     PA    04     12
 17.  Gary Carr          VA    03     12
 18.  Sean Vessey        PA    02     12
 19.  Frank Cunliffe     PA    01     12
 20.  Chris McDermott    NY    00     12
 21.  Benoit Groulx      QC    06      9
 22.  Gordon Elgart      CA    02      9
 23.  Daniel Karp        MD    00      9
 24.  Paul Skrabut       FL    01      8
 25.  Kaarin Engelmann   VA    06      6
 26.  Ben Foy            MD    05      6
 27.  Roderick Lee       CA    04      6
 28.  Paul Murphy        UT    02      6
 29.  Roy Gibson         MD    00      6
 30.  Frank Schmitt      NJ    01      4
 31.  Ashley Collinson   MD    06      3
 32.  Jason Robar        WA    03      3
 33.  Jim Reasoner       OH    02      3
 34.  Robert Hooper      NJ    00      3

2006 Laurelists

Bruce Bernard, OH
2nd

Joe Collinson, MD
3rd

Benoit Groulx, QC
4th

Kaarin Engelmann, VA
5th

Ashley Collinson, MD
6th


Past Winners

Jason Levine, NY
2000

John Charbonneau, NH
2001

Bob Heinzmann, FL
2002

Mark Neale, RI
2003

Jimmy Fleckenstein, VA
2004

Joe Pabis, VA
2005
       

 Kaarin Engelmann and Ashley Collinson upheld the honor of the five ladies present by collecing laurels and just missing the Final.

 Clockwise from left: Finalists Joe Collinson, Bruce Bernard, Paul McCarthy, and Benoit Groulx play the third round.

Renaissance in half the time

Timing is everything, as the saying goes. This year's Vinci champion showed that this holds true for this game as well as life.

2006 was my second year as the GM. This year's format was the same as many past years; two preliminary heats, a semi-final round and a Final. I would like to keep this structure next year. The new 2006 tie-breaker rules helped me prepare for this year's tourney. Having things written down ahead of time is always a good thing. Along with the tie-breakers I had to predict how many semi-finalists & finalists to have. My biggest fear would have been to turn away a preliminary winner at the semi-final round. Luckily it didn't come to that. Based on the turnout from last year's tourney I chose to have a ten-player semi-final round and a four-player final. Next year I may bump it up to 12 & 4, roughly a third would advance to the semis and a third of those to the Final. This may require more preliminary runner-ups to advance to the semis. I like this since it encourages players to have strong finishes even if they aren't going to win.

We had 37 people vying for dominance this year including three of last year's finalists. The first preliminary heat brought 27 to the table. Six games were played. Chris Geggus, Benoit Groulx, Ed Kendrick, Alan Kaiser ('05 Finalist), Joe Collinson and Kevin Brown all won their games. The second heat had a smaller turnout with ten new faces blended among six trying a second time. Four games were played. Ashley Collinson ('05 Semi-Finalist), Tom McCorry, Bruce Bernard ('05 Finalist) and Mark Neale (GM & '03 Champion) all won their games.

Voila - there were the ten semi-finalists for the advertised two 5-player semi-final games! Alas, as so often happens, two preliminary winners chose not to advance. Tom had other responsibilities as a WBC GM and I played only as an eliminator to even out the second heat. Kaarin Engelmann and Paul McCarthy advanced as alternates based on their closest runner-up finishes.

The top two players from each semi-final game were to advance. The first game had a runaway winner and a close battle for second. Bruce and Paul advanced over Ashley, Chris and Kevin. The other semi-final was much closer. Joe and Benoit advanced over Kaarin, Ed and Alan.

The four finalists were thus decided; Paul, Benoit, Joe and Bruce. With only three plaques to award there was a very aggressive Final, nobody wanted to leave without wood. In the end there were two close battles, one between first and second, the other between third and fourth. The final standings were Paul McCarthy (129), Bruce Bernard (127) who remained a bridesmaid for the second year in a row, Joe Collinson (108), and Benoit Groulx (105). Paul played both years that I have run the tournament. His record is something to admire, never finishing a game lower than second place. This year he made it to the semi-final round as an alternate with a close second place preliminary round, to the Final by winning a struggle for second in his semi-final, and to the winner's circle by saving his strongest finish for the final round in true Vinci fashion. Timing is everything.

 GM      Mark Neale [2nd Year]   NA  
    mark_neale@acm.org   NA

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