Updated 11/26/2008

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 2009 Status: pending 2009 GM commitment

Brandon Bernard, PA

2008 Champion

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Event History
1999    Rob Lightburn     30
2000    Craig Melton     14
2001    Steve Dickson     29
2002    Phil Rennert     45
2003    Rob Lightburn     33
2004    Eric Wrobel     35
2005    Steve Dickson     27
2006     Robert Lightburn     38
2007    Gary Schaefers     42
2008    Brandon Bernard     36

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rob Lightburn      VA    06    108
  2.  Steve Dickson      CA    05     50
  3.  Phil Rennert       MD    02     40
  4.  Alan Hayes         IL    08     39
  5.  Brandon Bernard    PA    08     34
  6.  Keith Galbraith    PA    08     30
  7.  Gary Schaefers     PA    07     30
  8.  Eric Wrobel        VA    04     30
  9.  Craig Melton       VA    00     30
 10.  James D. Long      PA    05     26
 11.  Andrew Wilson      NJ    08     24
 12.  Robert Paul        AZ    03     24
 13.  David Rynkowski    NY    05     20
 14.  Scott Fenn         MD    06     19
 15.  Matt Mason         FL    04     18
 16.  Frank Easton       ON    03     18
 17.  Ken Samuel         VA    01     18
 18.  William Place      PA    00     18
 19.  Tito Lightburn     VA    99     18
 20.  James Allaire      CT    06     15
 21.  Cary Morris        NC    07     12
 22.  Daniel Long        NJ    06     12
 23.  James H. Long      PA    05     12
 24.  Matt Evinger       PA    01     12
 25.  Marion Hazel       SC    99     12
 26.  Bill O'Neal        NY    02     11
 27.  Rob Larkins        PA    08      9
 28.  Richard Curtin     NY    07      9
 29.  Tom Agostino       CA    04      9
 30.  Keith Butler       CA    03      9
 31.  Scott Bowling      IN    01      9
 32.  Stephane Dorais    QC    99      9
 33.  John Long          PA    07      6
 34.  Andrew Long        PA    06      6
 35.  Greg Berry         VA    01      6
 36.  John Rinko         VA    00      6
 37.  Rod Morris         MD    99      6
 38.  Tom Stokes         NJ    02      4
 39.  Bram Walzl         VA    08      3
 40.  John Henry         ON    07      3
 41.  Rebecca Hebner     CO    03      3
 42.  Carl Olson         CT    99      3

2008 Laurelists                                                Repeating Laurelists:

Alan Hayes, IL

Keith Galbraith, PA

Rob Larkins, PA

Andrew Wilson, NJ

Bram Walzl, VA

Past Winners

Robert Lightburn, VA
1999, 2003, 2006

Craig Melton, VA

Steve Dickson, CA
2001, 2005

Phil Rennert, MD

Eric Wrobel, VA

Gary Schaeffers, PA

Brandon Bernard, PA


 With 36 entrants, Risk remains a viable event for a classic game.

 Only Keith Galbraith made it back to the final table.

Almost Everyone's First Wargame ...

With 36 players, eight of them playing in both heats, there were four 5-player games in the first heat and four 6-player games in the second. No one managed tto win twice in the preliminaries.

The six finalists, in order of seeding, were Keith Galbraith (a 2007 finalist), Rob Larkins, Kevin Broh-Kahn, Bram Walzl, Andrew Wilson, and Brandon Bernard. However, when Broh-Kahn became a "no-show", GM Alan Hayes rounded out the field for the Final.


Rob's (Red) had an army in China, Japan, Western Australia, Siam, Congo, Scandinavia and 14 in Alaska.

Andrew's (Black) started with one army in Yakutsk, Middle East, NW Territory, Great Britain, Venezuela, seven armies in Southern Europe and eight in Argentina.

Keith's (Yellow) based an army each in Western Europe and Iceland; three each in Afghanistan, Ural, Siberia; four in Mongolia and five in Kamchatka.

Bram's (Blue) based an army each in Madagascar, India and Irkutsk; two in Peru; four in Central America, five in Northern Europe and six in Quebec.

Brandon's (Pink) had one army each in Ontario, Greenland, South Africa, and Ukraine; five each in East Africa and Egypt; six in North Africa.

Alan's (Green) deployed an army each in Eastern Australia, Siam, Brazil, Eastern US, Western US, and Alberta, and 14 in Indonesia.


Rob placed three in Alaska, and conquered NW Territory, Greenland & Quebec (wiping out blue's largest force).

Andrew placed two in Argentia, one in S Europe; took W Europe.

Keith placed three in Siberia; took over Yakutsk.

Bram placed three in Central America and occupied Venezuela and Brazil; conquered Scandinavia and Iceland from N Europe.

Brandon placed three in S Africa, took Madagascar; and with N Africa taking over Congo gained control of the whole continent.

Alan placed three in E Australia, attacked W Australia -- but failed, with a loss of three armies before succeeding with forces from Indonesia controlling the continent.


Red put one in Greenland, two in NW Territory --t aking Alberta.

Black put one in S Europe, twoin Argentia; took Peru.

Yellow put three in Afghanistan; conquering China.

Blue put three in Brazil; took Peru & conquered Argentia (with an inferior number of armies), controlling S America.

Pink put men in Egypt, E Africa, N Africa; took Brazil.

Green put five in Indonesia, took Siam (earning a sharp retort from Yellow in China).


Red put three in Quebec; took Ontario.

Black put three in S Europe; attacked N Europe, but lost a few armies...decided on Ukraine instead.

Yellow put three in China; attacked Irkutsk from Siberia...but lost two armies, then succeeded from Kamchatka.

Blue put three in Peru; took Brazil.

Pink put men in Egypt, E Africa, N Africa...considered wiping out Black in Europe or Blue in S America...decided on a limited attack on Brazil.

Green put twoin Siam, three in Western US...attacked Central America; but failed, then took India from Siam.


Red put one in Greenland, two in Alberta; took Western US.

Black turned in the first card set; put seven in S Europe & takes N Europe, advancing with 12.

Yellow put three in Ural; took Ukraine with five...discussed India with Green but was persuaded to stop.

Blue put three in Peru; retook Brazil.

Pink put men in Egypt, E Africa, N Africa; retook Brazil.

Green put one in Siam, four in India; took Middle East.


Red talked with Black about wiping out Blue; but Black was worried about Pink. Yellow offered to help; but expressed concern about Green & Pink. Red put armies in Western US, swept down and took Peru and Argentia from Blue, and Eastern US from Green, thus gaining control of North America.

Black placed three in N Europe, took Scandinavia but lost five armies doing so.

Yellow turned in the second card set (with a two-man bonus for Yakutsk), placed his nine reinforcements in Ukraine, took Scandinavia and Iceland, wiping out Blue, and gaining Bram's three cards. He then continued his attacks, adding Great Britain, W Europe and India.

Pink placed six armies in Egypt; took S Europe and attacked N Europe, trying to destroy Black but was stopped with heavy losses. He next tried with the armies in E Africa, attacking through Middle East; but was stopped again. The third time was the charm, when he used his armies in N Africa; attacking through W Europe to capture N Europe and Andrew's cards. He was able to turn in the third card set (getting two bonus men in S Europe), splitting the eight armies between E Africa, S & W Europe.

Green put five men in Middle East and took Egypt.


Red turned in the fourth set (ten armies; plus a bonus pair for Venezuela); fortifying his Greenland, Alaska and Venezuela garrisons to a dozen each, and captured Brazil, adding control of South America to his American hegemony.

Yellow turned in the fifth card set (12 armies; plus a bonus two for Ural); placed his reinforcements in Kamchatka and attacked Alaska, leaving one army there after his "free move".

Pink turned in the sixth card set (15 armies); talked peace with the three remaining powers while trying to regain control of Africa, took Egypt.

Green turned in the seventh card set, putting 20 in Siam; also adding five in Middle East from where he took India.


Red reinforced NW Territory and used it to take Alaska.

Yellow placed four amries in China which took India.

Pink placed his armies in E & N Africa, Eygpt, and S Europe; was rebuffed in Middle East, took Ukraine instead.

Green placed two armies in Siam, three in Middle East; took S Europe.


Red split his reinforcements between Greenland, Alaska and Brazil and passed.

Yellow turned in the eighth card set--25 armies--placed a large force in Great Britian, took N Europe, leaving eight in each country.

Pink reinforced Africa, but took S Europe from Ukriane.

Green placed five armies in Siam and passed.


Red split his reinforcements between Greenland, Alaska and Brazil and passed again.

Yellow reinforced the Afghans; took W Europe from Great Britian.

Pink reinforced Africa and Ukraine; took Scandinavia.

Green placed three armies in Siam and two in Middle East; took S Europe.


Red split his reinforcements between Greenland, Alaska and Brazil and tpassed yet again.

Yellow reinforced Great Britian; took Scandinavia.

Pink reinforced Africa and Ukraine; took S Europe.

Green turned in the ninth card set--30 armies--which reinforced Siam (bringing the garrison to 80); five went into Middle East to conquer India.


Red split his reinforcements between Greenland, Alaska and Brazil (bringing those garrisons to 20 each) and passed for the fourth straight turn.

Yellow turned in the tenth card set for 35 armies. Pink urged him to attack Red, while Red lobbied for the reverse (Green was deemed too strong to attack). Yellow split his forces between Kamchatka and Iceland; attacked Alaska and later Greenland -- conquering most of N America -- leaving it the elimination of Red to Pink.

Pink turned in the 11th card set--40 armies--most of which went into N Africa; attacked Brazil... and swept up to Central America, capturing Rob's four cards. That allowed Pink to turn in the 12th card set--45 armies (with a two-man bonus for Ukraine). He placed the armies in E Africa & attacked Middle East, India, then Siam. Although Pink eliminated about 70 Green armies, he realized he didn't have enough men to finish the job, so he ended his turn.

Green, deciding the game had gone on long enough (and was beginning to run over its allotted time), turned in the 13th card set for 50 armies which turned on Yellow and attacked China from Siam; from there throughout Asia and Europe and into N America. After wearing the corners off their dice, it came down to one Green versus one Yellow in Western US. Green won the battle, and captured keith's three cards. Alas, he didn't have a set for immediate play and Pink did (55 armies) for Round 12. Alan settled for second place and conceded the game and championship to Brandon.

 GM      Alan Hayes [3rd Year]   453 E. 88th St., Chicago, IL 60819
    alannchiacgo@yahoo.com   773-651-3222

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