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2007 WBC Report  

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

Chris Robbins, UT

2007 Champion

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Event History
2005    Arthur Field     125
2006    Anne Norton     106
2007     Chris Robbins     114

Euro Quest Event History
2005    Peter Staab     32
2006     Tom McCorry     44
2007     Thomas Browne     30


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Chris Robbins      UT    07     52
  2.  Anne Norton        NJ    07     48
  3.  Arthur Field       SC    05     40
  4.  Tom Browne         PA    07     38
  5.  Peter Staab        PA    06     38
  6.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    06     31
  7.  Tom McCorry        VA    06     30
  8.  Joe Harrison       KY    07     24
  9.  Michael Fox        IL    06     24
 10.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    07     16
 11.  Debbie Davidson    NE    06     16
 12.  David Fox          NY    05     16
 13.  Michael Kaltman    PA    07     12
 14.  Mike Hazel         SC    07     12
 15.  Kathy Stroh        DE    06     12
 16.  Alan Kaiser        OH    05     12
 17.  Perrianne Lurie    PA    06      9
 18.  Michael Richey     VA    07      8
 19.  Jay Fox            NJ    06      8
 20.  Jeff Mullet        OH    05      8
 21.  Tom Wade           IN    05      8
 22.  Greg Rogers        MD    07      6
 23.  Pete Stein         OH    05      6
 24.  Tom Dunning        NY    07      4
 25.  Daniel Eppolito    CA    07      4
 26   Blair Morgen       NJ    06      4
 27.  Ted Mullally       NJ    05      4
 28.  J. J. Jaskiewicz   MD    07      2
 29.  Andrew Gerb        MD    05      2

2007 Laurelists

Joe Harrison, KY

Gordon Rodgers, PA

Mike Hazel, SC

Anne Norton, NJ

Daniel Eppolito, CA

Past Winners

Arthur Field, SC

Anne Norton, NJ

Saint Petersburg draws well consistently in every heat and year to year with very little variance in attendance.

Finalists (l to r) Joe Harrison, Gordon Rodgers, Chris Robbins and "Coach" Hazel.

Always a Crowd

This year the tournament had three preliminary heats, a 16-player, four-board Semi-final round, and a 4 player Final. Attendance was consistent throughout with 16 4-player boards in Heat 1, 17 in heat 2, and 15 in Heat 3. In all, a total of 114 different players participated.

In the Final, Chris played a Judge in the first round, and everyone was tied for Aristocrats and Workers. In Round 2 everyone built Workers and Aristocrats to remain tied, except Gordon who still had only one Aristocrat. Round 3 saw Gordon get Aristocrat #2 and everyone gain a fourth Worker except Chris, who somehow gained extra Workers and a Worker Upgrade, pulling ahead in Green money. Mike also played an Observatory. Round 4 saw Mike play a Mistress of Ceremonies and Joe play a Judge. Gordon pulled ahead in Aristocrats by one, but lagged in Worker money. Round 5: Gordon played an Observatory and maintained his lead in Aristocrats. Chris had a lead in Victory Points, with Joe eight points behind and Mike and Gordon 11 points behind Joe. Chris still maintained a lead in Worker money. Round 6 ended the game. Gordon built three Aristocrats, pulling ahead by two, but it wasn't enough. Chris Robbins' game-long lead in money from Workers proved too much to overcome. Chris won with 93 Victory Points; Joe took 2nd with 74, Gordon 3rd with 71 and Mike 4th with 66.

This was the first year I ran this tournament, with considerable help from assistant Steve Quade and also from several of the players. Running an event of this size is a challenge. The last time I ran a comparably sized tournament was a 99-player Diplomacy tournament in 1996 in Ohio. Rather than use the sign-up sheets for registration, I used a 3x5 card system. This allowed multiple players to sign-up for a round simultaneously, putting their names and badge numbers on a card and placing it in an entry box. For following heats, a player who had played in a previous round merely had to find the card in the alphabetically-sorted piles and place it in the entry box. I found this method much quicker and easier than the 'one player at a time sign-up sheet' method. I then used the cards to count the number of players and assign them to boards randomly. Team players were asked to note their team names on their cards. By marking which board number each player was on in a round, I could also ensure players did not play with the same opponents in following rounds, and keep teammates from being on the same board as well. There were a few minor glitches, but overall I received favorable feedback from the players on using this method.

There has been some discussion over certain cards providing extreme advantage if obtained early in a game, so I designed game score sheets that allowed players to record when the Observatory, Mistress of Ceremony, or Judge were played. I did this to track the impact of playing these cards early in the game. Based on the data recorded, playing these cards in the first round seems to help -- 60% of the time, in the second round only ~ 35%, and later provides no special advantage. There were enough games where players who played some of these cards were beaten by players who did not play any of these cards, that it is still not certain that these cards actually do give a player an unfair advantage. Usually the Aristocrat Bonus determines the winner.

There are numerous cards that yield money and victory points in addition to the Mistress and Judge. I am convinced that luck of the draw plays far more of a role than just getting these specific cards. I am considering incorporating player suggestions to ban the Observatory and Mistress from first round play, requiring that they be shuffled back into their decks if revealed during the first round. I welcome comments on this idea.

2007 Euro Quest Laurelists

Thomas Browne, PA

Michael Kaltman, PA

Mike Richey, VA

Greg Rogers, MD

Tom Dunning, NY

 GM      Dan Mathias [1st Year]   NA   NA

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