Updated 11/30/2008

2008 WBC Report  

  2009 Status: pending 2009 GM commitment

Chris Moffa, NJ

2008 Champion


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Event History
2004    Perrianne Lurie     63
2005     Kevin Walsh     61
2006    Chris Trimmer     48
2007     Alex Bove     40
2008    Chris Moffa     30

Euro Quest Event History
2004    Arthur Field     30
2005     Christian Moffa     22
2006    Alex Bove     27
2007     Alex Bove     19
2008    Raphael Lehrer     16

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Alex Bove          PA    08     97
  2.  Arthur Field       SC    06     84
  3.  Raphael Lehrer     MD    08     79
  4.  Chris Moffa        NJ    08     72
  5.  John Kerr          VA    06     48
  6.  Rod Spade          PA    08     46
  7.  Kevin Walsh        NY    07     45
  8.  Chris Trimmer      TX    06     30
  9.  Perrianne Lurie    PA    04     30
 10.  Jeff Mullet        OH    08     21
 11.  Bruce Reiff        OH    08     18
 12.  Chris Johnson      CA    05     16
 13.  Mike Kaltman       PA    07     15
 14.  Tom Browne         PA    05     15
 15.  Jim McDanald       TN    07     12
 16.  Jason Levine       NY    06     12
 17.  Andrew Gerb        MD    05     12
 18.  Daniel Eppolito    CA    05     12
 19.  Lee Sensabaugh     VA    04     12
 20.  Rob Kircher        RI    08     10
 21.  Peter Staab        PA    05      9
 22.  Mario Lanza        PA    04      9
 23.  David Norman       UK    05      8
 24.  Sean McCulloch     OH    08      6
 25.  Sam Atabaki        CA    07      6
 26.  Charlie Kersten    OH    06      6
 27.  Brian Reynolds     MD    04      6
 28.  Rob Flowers        MD    05      4
 29.  Matt Calkins       VA    08      3
 30.  Michael Fox        IL    06      3
 31.  Andrew Greene      VA    04      3
 32.  Phil Rennert       MD    04      3
 33.  Kenneth Horan      PA    08      2

2008 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists 

Bruce Reiff, OH

Raphael Lehrer, MD

Jeff Mullet, OH

Sean McCulloch, OH

Matt Calkins, VA

Past Winners

Perrrianne Lurie, PA

Kevin Walsh, NY

Chris Trimmer, TX

Alex Bove, PA

Chris Moffa, NJ

2007 champ Alex Bove (left), wedding-bound Sean McCulluch, and Caesar Lehrer battle in a semi, finishing in reverse order.

Cabbie Jeff Mullet (right) scored only 49 points in this semi but it advanced him over Sceadeau D'Tela's 40 and Matt Calkins' 45.

Hooray for Tie Breakers!

GOA is one of those euros, in my opinion, that is a little harder to learn and master. It has much more depth and texture than say Alhambra -- another of my favorites. So it suffers from attendance vs other euros -- again in my opinion. We play it a lot in Columbus which you would think would make Columbus to Goa the equivalent of Age of Steam to Quebec. Not so, we've yet to win it. I've enjoyed running this event but Alex Bove will be taking over next year.

On to this year's results.

We had nine winners advance to the semi-finals yielding three boards with the winner of each and the best second place as a percentage of the winner's score advance to the Final.

In semi-final #1 it was the clash of the titans between Alex Bove and Raphael Lehrer with Cabbie Sean McCulloch (who had to leave the WBC early for a WEDDING!!!!) . In the end it was no contest as the reigning Caesar steamrolled the board with 53 points to Sean's 49 and Alex's 41. Sean's second was not good enough to advance. Just as well ... more time to shine his shoes.

In semi #2 fellow Cabbie Jeff Mullet scored a semi-final low of 49 points for a semi winner to defeat Matt Calkins (45) and Sceadeau D'Tela (40). Matt's second place was also not good enough to advance.

In semi-final #3 your author managed 51 points to defeat Chris Moffa (49) and Scott Mercotte (35). Chris joined me in the Final as well due to the closeness of the score.

The Final was a close affair. When we sat down we were well aware that any one of us could win. Jeff and I both tried the spice/cards strategy with me drawing well and Jeff drawing poorly. I jumped out to an early lead with Raphael who was doing well also. Chris was quietly keeping up and Jeff was reduced to looking for ways to screw with me. Yes, for those who have never played in a game with two Cabbies, we do not try to help each other. In fact ,this was Jeff's team event and he's on my team! Didn't matter I was trying to kick his butt. Back to the game.

It was end game time and I knew it would come down to my expedition points. I had a pair and drew three cards. If I could triple up I thought the game was mine. I didn't, but I did get another pair. It all depended on how Raphael and Chris did. I had 50 points -- a very good score. Teammate Jeff Mullet had 40. Raphael said 47 so it was up to Chris. After counting he looks at me and says "50". A tie!!!! We went to the tie breaker and Chris wins with 32 cash to my 17.

Cabbie Bruce Reiff (center) scored 51 to edge Chris Moffa (right) with 49 and Scott Marcotte with 35. Moffa also advanced as highest runner-up.

In the Final, the three semi winners all took a back-seat to the runner-up as Chris Moffa won on a tie-breaker and denied the Cabbies for a fifth straight year.

2008 Euro Quest Laurelists

Raphael Lehrer, MD

Jeff Mullet, OH

Alex Bove, PA

Rob Kircher, RI

Rod Spade, PA

 GM      Bruce Reiff 2nd Year]   NA
   bdreiff@aol.com   NA

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