naval war [Updated October 2007]  

2007 WBC Report   

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

Kelly Czyryca, MD

2007 Champion

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Event History
1992    Kenneth Shunk      30
1993    James Endness      18
1994    Jim Fleckenstein      30
1995    Greg Mayer      49
1996    Michael Hart      24
1997    Lauren Hickok      47
1998    Dan Schulman      32
1999    Tim Miller     31
2000    Susan Ellsworth     19
2001    John Ellsworth     25
2002    Jim Fleckenstein     29
2003    Robert Paul     33
2004    Tom Agostino     42
2005    Bill Place     21
2006    Stephen Cuyler     33
2007     Kelly Czyryca     43


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bill Place         PA    06     38
  2.  Kelly Czyryca      MD    07     30
  3.  Stephen Cuyler     NY    06     30
  4.  Tom Agostino    Germany  04     30
  5.  Robert Paul        AZ    03     30
  6.  Susan Ellsworth    IL    00     30
  7.  John Ellsworth     IL    01     26
  8.  Roy Pettis         VA    01     24
  9.  Jim Fleckenstein   VA    02     20
 10.  Tim Miller         GA    99     20
 11.  Nathan Trent       VA    07     18
 12.  Patrick Mirk       FL    06     18
 13.  David Brooks       TN    04     18
 14.  Matt Bacho         MD    03     18
 15.  Ken Good           OH    00     18
 16.  Greg Wilson        NJ    07     15
 17.  Matt Evinger       PA    07     13
 18.  Dale Long          NJ    07     12
 19.  Michael Confoy     VA    06     12
 20.  Jonathan Lockwood  VA    05     12
 21.  Josh Campbell      NY    03     12
 22.  Luke Warren        DC    02     12
 23.  Jim Bell           MD    99     12
 24.  Tim Evinger        PA    01     11
 25.  Daniel Pappas      MD    06      9
 26.  Bob Hahn           NY    04      9
 27.  Mike Destro        NJ    03      9
 28.  Martin Swenson     VA    00      9
 29.  Chad Gormly        MA    05      8
 30.  Tim Swartz         MD    02      8
 31.  Cliff Ackman       PA    99      8
 32.  James Kramer       PA    97      6
 33.  James Pei          VA    05      6
 34.  Greg Crowe         VA    04      6
 35.  Ann Cornett        FL    03      6
 36.  Sean Conroy        VA    02      6
 37.  Rob Kircher        MA    99      6
 38.  Steve Scott        CA    02      4
 39.  Robert Hahn        NY    01      4
 40.  Barry Shutt        PA    06      3
 41.  Bruce Monnin       OH    04      3
 42.  Richard Moyer      MN    03      3
 43.  Alan Arvold        IL    05      2
 44.  Ben Knight         MD    02      2
 45.  Ken Rothstein      NY    01      2

2007 Laurelists

Nathan Trent, VA

Dale Long, NJ

Matt Evinger, PA

James Kramaer, PA

Greg Wilson, NJ

Past Winners

Kenneth Shunk, ON

Jim Fleckenstein,VA
1994, 2002

Greg Mayer, MO

Michael Hart, MD

Lauren Hickok, PA

Dan Schulman, MD

Tim Miller, GA

Susan Ellsworth, IL

John Ellsworth, IL

Robert Paul, AZ

Tom Agostino, Germany

Bill Place, PA

Stephen Cuyler, NY


 Naval War benefits from being scheduled during peak attendance time (weekend) when relatively few new events are available. Other quick playing events would do well to schedule during the weekend as well.

 Gang-up-on-the-leader games remain popular in convention settings because they are quick and easily learned on the fly.

leader off the starboard bow ...

Thanks to its being slotted as a self-contained Saturday night event, Naval War has enjoyed a resurgence the past two years for those seeking wood, but wanting to have fun at the same time. 43 players turned out this year, making for a simple tournament progression where only the winners at each of seven tables advanced to the second round Final.

Table 1 was arguably the most competitive of the seven, with Matt Evinger advancing with 80 points in four rounds of play after managing to barely stave off the challenge of GM Lockwood, who used a destroyer squadron to eliminate defending champion Stephen Cuyler, in combination with a series of successful carrier strikes against the rest of the field to score 48 points and finish with 77 points, just three shy of catching Matt, who had his fleet sunk out from under him for a 10-oint penalty, but had sunk enough ships to compensate. James D Long would finish with 69 points, followed by Stephen Cuyler 61, Randall MacInnie 53, and perennial Caesar contender James Pei with 50.

Table 2 was decided more quickly, with Rich Trub triumphing in three rounds of play with 95 points to eliminate 2005 Champion Bill Place with 87 points. Rounding out the field were Jim Mehl with 79 points, Tim Miller 71, newcomer Stefany Speck with 39 and Jonathan Squibb with 32. Table 3 finished quickly in just two rounds, with Greg Wilson dominating with 77 points. His battered opposition was Ernie Czyryca at 32 points, two-time champion (and previous GM) Jim Fleckenstein 25, Phillip White16, Rob Brode 9, and Kevin Hohn 3.

Table 4 took four rounds to decide who would advance, since all of the players were familiar with the game's governing strategy to identify the leader and sink his/her fleet first. Dale Long managed to emerge from this four round ordeal with 88 points after capitalizing on an excellent 35-point fourth round, followed by Forrest Speck with 82, Carolyn Brown 72, and the remaining field of Robert Hamel, Chris Mather, and Stephen Squibb all knotted at 55.

Table 5 also required four rounds because Daniel Pappas and 13-year-old Kelly Czyryca (the youngest player in the field) tied at 87 points after three hands, which forced a fourth round. It also made them the mandatory targets for the other four players who were trying to catch up, and had been given a second life. Kelly managed to avert disaster by sinking enough ships to offset the penalty for having his fleet sunk by four points, increasing his total to 91. Daniel was not as fortunate losing three points after the penalty to finish fifth with 84 points behind Jerry Cantrell, whose 32-point round left him just two shy of catching Kelly. Hard on his heels was Andrew Long with 86 points and prior Caesar Marvin Birnbaum with 85. Cliff Ackman trailed the pack with 45..

Table 6 also required four rounds to decide the victor, with perennial War at Sea contender James Kramer, fresh off a 5-0 performance in the swiss round of that event, still sinking ships left and right with 92 points over Ben Collinson with 86, Terri Wicks 79, Chad Gormly 74, Jack Morrell 70, and Craig Yope 69. The Table 7 match was a relatively close affair for three rounds, until Nathan Trent blew the lid off with a HUGE 59-point fourth round to advance with 92 points. He would be followed by capable newcomer 15-year-old Danielle Zack with 58, Phil Bradley 56, John Speck 32, Alan Arvold 22, and John Elliott with 17.

The Final followed true to form, with all participants being wary to avoid the lfire-attracting label of leader. Jim Kramer was the early leader after round 1, and paid for it in the second round by having his fleet sunk, as the lead changed to Dale Long with 34 points, followed by Trent 31, Trub 29, Kramer dropping back to 22, Evinger 20, Kelly 6, and Wilson at 12 points. Round 3 saw several players scoring aggressively trying to get in striking range for the win, while at the same time focusing their efforts on both Long's and Trent's fleets. Trub and Evinger emerged tied for the lead at 50 points each, followed by Long at 36, Czyryca and Kramer at 30, Wilson at 29, and Trent at 27. Trub and Evinger in turn paid for their leads in Round 4, with both losing their entire fleets. The entire field was now within striking range of victory, with Wilson having the big round to lead with 56 points, followed by Czyryca and Trent at 51 each, Long at 49, Trub and Kramer with 44, and Evinger at 40 points, trailing but not out of contention.

Most games go no longer than five rounds, but this year would be different, as none of the field were able to secure victory. Rich Trub came closest with 70 points, followed by Long 66, Czyryca 64, Evinger creeping back into contention with 60, Wilson at 58, Kramer 56, and Nathan Trent dropping back to 45 after losing his fleet for a second time. In Round 6, something had to give. Using his aircraft carrier to maximum effectiveness, young Kelly Czyryca's time had come, scoring 20 points to best the field of six adults and become the youngest WBC Naval War champion ever, finishing with 84 points. He would be followed by Nathan Trent, who made a heroic comeback from last place with a 31-point round to finish second with 76. Dale Long would take home the third place plaque with 73 points, despite having his fleet sunk a second time. Rounding out the field were Matt Evinger 72, Jim Kramer 70, Greg Wilson 67, and Rich Trub 63. Kelly achieved victory by following the game's strategy to perfection, all the while being careful not to draw attention to himself. The six-round final was the longest in the event's history.

 GM      Jonathan Lockwood  [3rd Year]   PO Box 3436, Reston, VA 20195-1436   202-282-8924

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