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Updated 11/30/2008

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Bryan Eshleman, NC

2008 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
2008    Bryan Eshleman     36

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bill Place         PA    06     38
  2.  Jim Fleckenstein SrVA    08     32
  3.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    08     30
  4.  Kelly Czyryca      MD    07     30
  5.  Stephen Cuyler     NY    06     30
  6.  Tom Agostino    Germany  04     30
  7.  Robert Paul        AZ    03     30
  8.  Susan Ellsworth    IL    00     30
  9.  John Ellsworth     IL    01     26
 10.  Roy Pettis         VA    01     24
 11.  Tim Miller         GA    99     20
 12.  John Speck         MD    08     18
 13.  Nathan Trent       VA    07     18
 14.  Patrick Mirk       FL    06     18
 15.  David Brooks       TN    04     18
 16.  Matt Bacho         MD    03     18
 17.  Ken Good           OH    00     18
 18.  Greg Wilson        NJ    07     15
 19.  Matt Evinger       PA    07     13
 20.  Dale Long          NJ    07     12
 21.  Michael Confoy     VA    06     12
 22.  Jonathan Lockwood  VA    05     12
 23.  Josh Campbell      NY    03     12
 24.  Luke Warren        DC    02     12
 25.  Jim Bell           MD    99     12
 26.  Tim Evinger        PA    01     11
 27.  Rob Brode          MD    08      9
 28.  Daniel Pappas      MD    06      9
 29.  Bob Hahn           NY    04      9
 30.  Mike Destro        NJ    03      9
 31.  Martin Swenson     VA    00      9
 32.  Chad Gormly        MA    05      8
 33.  Tim Swartz         MD    02      8
 34.  Cliff Ackman       PA    99      8
 35.  Ruth Evinger       PA    08      6
 36.  James Kramer       PA    97      6
 37.  James Pei          VA    05      6
 38.  Greg Crowe         VA    04      6
 39.  Ann Cornett        FL    03      6
 40.  Sean Conroy        VA    02      6
 41.  Rob Kircher        MA    99      6
 42.  Steve Scott        CA    02      4
 43.  Robert Hahn        NY    01      4
 44.  Scott Fenn         MD    08      3
 45.  Barry Shutt        PA    06      3
 46.  Bruce Monnin       OH    04      3
 47.  Richard Moyer      MN    03      3
 48.  Alan Arvold        IL    05      2
 49.  Ben Knight         MD    02      2
 50.  Ken Rothstein      NY    01      2

2008 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists: 0

John Speck, MD

James Fleckenstain Sr, VA

Rob Brode, MD

Ruth Evinger, PA

Scott Fenn, MD

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

Kelly Czyryca, MD

Bryan Eshleman, NC


GM Jon Lockwood appears to be whistling a foul on Forrest Speck. All that's missing is the striped shirt.

 Randy MacInnis, Tom Johnston and Bruce Monnin avoid eye contact as 2005 champ Bill Place looks for a victim.

leader off the starboard bow ...

This year's contingent of 36 players, while smaller than the 2007 turnout, provided for a perfect two-round progression of six tables of six players each, with only the winner advancing to the six-player Final.

Table 1 turned into a two-man duel for supremacy by the fourth round, with John Speck eventually emerging as the victor with 89 points over Phil Bradley with 85.15-year old Danielle Zack kept the leaders honest with a strong third place showing of 70 points, while GM Jonathan Lockwood and Grant LaDue managed to avoid last place status with 56 points each over Forrest Speck with 53 points. (no family cooperation there!)

Table 2 was a close affair, where the victor was also decided after four rounds, but in this case it was Rob Brode who managed to win despite being the main target of the field after his HUGE round of 55 points in Round 2 gave him a commanding lead with 64 points, but also made him the mandatory first target for the rest of the game. Despite the handicap of having his fleet sunk from under him the next two rounds, Rob managed to eke out an additional net 11 points in Rounds 3 and 4 to secure a narrow victory with the minimum 75 points, followed closely by Patrick Maloney with 73 points, Stefany Speck with 71, veteran Robert Hahn with 66, John Shaheen with 63, and Craig Yope rounding out the field with 54 points.

Table 3 brought a more familiar sight, where former GM and Naval War champ Jim Fleckenstein managed to triumph in four rounds over five other guys named Scott (84 points), Bruce (79), Randy (72), Tom (60) and Bill (56). Sorry for relegating you to relative anonymity, guys, but that is what happens when you don't bother to put your last names on the scorecard!

Table 4 was a particularly lively and competitive match, with Ruth Evinger compensating for having her fleet sunk twice with effective use of the SIX destroyer squadrons she drew during four rounds of play! She drew two of these during Round 4, sinking two of her opponents' fleets while scoring 50 points to storm into the Final with 85 points, followed by Bert Calentine with 72 (and the only other person who still had a fleet at the end of Round 4!), Michael Ussery 66, Alan Arvold 64, 2006 champ Stephen Cuyler 49, and David Zande 40.

Table 5 was one of only two tables to go five rounds, with the match eventually coming down to a duel between the aircraft carriers of skilled newcomer Jean-Christine Hull and eventual winner Scott Fenn, the two of them having managed to destroy the other four opposing fleets in Round 5! Scott barely managed to avoid having his last ship sunk before the deck ran out, finishing with a tournament high 109 points, followed by Jean-Christine with 95, Frank Mestre 80, Matt Evinger 74, James Kramer 73, and Michael Mitchell 67.

Table 6 was the other five-round match, but was a much tighter game, mainly because all players adhered strictly to the game's central strategy of always being aware of who the leader was at any given moment and ganging up on that person to prevent a large lead. As a result, all six players were within range at the beginning of Round 5, preventing any easy alliances against one player and turning it more into "every man (or woman) for him(her)self." Bryan Eshleman took the most effective advantage of the ensuing chaos to win with 83 points, followed closely by Becky Johnston with 81, Roy Pettis 79, Daniel Pappas 76, Tim Evinger 75, and Rob Winslow with 66 points to round out the closest game of the tournament.

Not surprisingly, the Final proved as unpredictable as most of the Preliminaries had been. Fenn took the early Round 1 lead with 38 points, while Fleckenstein and Eshleman, mainly because of their reputations as good players, were targeted early for destruction and had their fleets sunk. Brode stayed close with 30 points, followed by Speck 17, Evinger 10, Fleckenstein 4, and Eshleman trailing with 2 points.

Round 2 saw the field correctly teaming up against the leaders, with both Fenn and Brode having their fleets sunk to bring them back to the pack. Eshleman had the big 35 point round to take a narrow Round 3 lead with 37 points, followed by Speck with 36, Fleckenstein 35, Brode 31, Fenn 28, and Evinger with 23.

Round 3 saw a division of the field into two camps, with three players zeroing in on the top three perceived leaders to sink their fleets and impose the 10 point penalty. Even though Eshleman, Speck and Brode had their fleets sunk, Speck managed to score well enough with a 37 point round to overcome this and pull to within striking range of victory at 63 points, followed by Fenn with 54, Fleckenstein at 49, Evinger and Speck tied at 46, and Eshleman once again in last at 38 after having his fleet sunk a second time.

Round 4 proved to be the decisive round, as the field first zeroed in on Speck as the most dangerous threat and sank his fleet, then began taking each other's fleets out trying to prevent victory by the other contenders and extend the match to a fifth round. During this free-for-all, they all ignored trailer Eshleman. That would prove to be a fatal mistake, as he steadily picked off ships and successfully used a destroyer squadron to sink an opponent's fleet en route to a match-high total of 54 points! This took him from last place to wood with 92 points, followed by Speck with 72, and Fleckenstein with 66 points. He would be closely followed by Brode with 65, Evinger with 61, and Fenn with 6th place laurels at 52 points.


 GM Jon Lockwood checks in his finalists for the big dance. Let the bombardments and lead denials begin.

Two-time champ Jim Fleckenstein picks out a bombing target as Rob Brode, Ruth Evinger and Scott Fenn avoid eye contact. Why me?!
 GM      Jonathan Lockwood  [5th Year]   PO Box 3436, Reston, VA 20195-1436   703-47605237

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