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Updated 12/23/2009

2009 WBC Report  

 2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

Philip Yaure, PA

2009 Champion

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Event History
1991    Ray Pfeifer      23
1992    Terry Tegler      34
1993    Tom DeMarco      55
1994    Ralph May      49
1995    Beth Zhao      65
1996    Ray Pfeifer      32
1997    Thomas Stokes      54
1998    Marc Geary      64
1999    Ray Pfeifer     46
2000    Richard Irving     40
2001    John Pack     58
2002    John Pack     47
2003    Thomas Browne     60
2004    Marc Houde     52
2005    Ray Pfeifer     35
2006    Mark Geary     31
2007     Tom DeMarco     51
2008    Louis Gehring     64
2009    Philip Yaure     47

PBeM Event History
2008     Ken Gutermuth     34
2009    Curt Collins II     40

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Ray Pfeifer        MD    07    104
  2.  John Pack          CO    09     85
  3.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    09     81
  4.  Thomas Browne      PA    08     72
  5.  Marc Houde         VA    09     60
  6.  Mark Geary         OH    07     57
  7.  Nick Henning       CT    05     36
  8.  Alex Bove          PA    09     33
  9.  Abby Cocke         MD    05     33
 10.  Philip Yaure      PA    09     30
 11.  Curt Collins II    PA    09     30
 12.  Louis Gehring      IN    08     30
 13.  Ken Gutermuth      NC    08     30
 14.  Richard Irving     CA    00     30
 15.  Ben Foy            MD    02     24
 16.  Shea Lawson        MD    08     22
 17.  Sharee Pack        CO    08     18
 18.  Anne Norton        NJ    07     18
 19.  Greg Crowe         VA    05     18
 20.  Tom Stokes         NJ    01     18
 21.  Scott Cornett      FL    99     18
 22.  Pam Gutermuth      FL    09     12
 23.  Brittany Bernard   PA    08     12
 24.  Luke Koleszar      VA    07     12
 25.  Karl Henning       CT    06     12
 26.  John Weber         MD    04     12
 27.  Patrick Mitchell   DE    03     12
 28.  Jessica Hardesty   MD    09      9
 29.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    08      9
 30.  Derek Landel       NJ    07      9
 31.  Carolyn Brown      NJ    03      9
 32.  Alan Moon          MA    99      9
 33.  Frank Cunliffe     PA    03      8
 34.  Steve Cameron      PA    03      8
 35.  Jonathan Izer      MD    09      6
 36.  Keith Layton       NJ    09      6
 37.  Beth Zhao          TX    08      6
 38.  Greg Thatcher      FL    08      6
 39.  Harald Henning     CT    04      6
 40.  Jean DeLattre      bg    00      6
 41.  Eyal Mozes         NY    99      6
 42.  David Rynkowski    NY    09      3
 43.  Anthony Daw        UT    09      3
 44.  David Meyaard      CT    08      3
 45.  Frank Arndt        MD    01      3
 46.  Wendy DeMarco      NJ    00      3
 47.  Christine Frattali WA    99      3

2009 Laurelists                                                 Returning Laurelists: 0

Marc Houde, VA

Pam Gutermuth, FL

Jessica Hardesty, MD

Jonathan Izer, MD

David Rynkowski, NY

Past Winners

Ray Pfeifer, MD
'91, '96, '99, '05

Tom DeMarco, NJ
1993, 2007

Ralph May, SC

Beth Zhao, DC

Thomas Stokes, NJ

Mark Geary, OH
1998, 2006

Richard Irving, CA

John Pack, CO

Tom Browne, PA

Marc Houde, VA

Louis Gehring, IN

Philip Yaure, PA

BPA Chairman Ken Gutermuth (right) finds that his email ADV championship doesn't mean diddly to Mark Neale and Anne Norton.

Thomas Saal (second from left) recorded the furthest win in the Preliminaries, finishing ten spaces past the finish line.

A Family Affair ...

This year's tournament had changes in format and location. By changing locations to the Paradise room we had rectangular tables for the games, which was much better than the too-large round and oval tables in Ballroom B. But the downside was being in a location off the beaten track for a tournament that can be a good spur-of-the-moment attraction for people looking for a quick and easy game, and may have been a factor in the lower attendance this year. By having only three sets of games played (instead of four) in Round 1, and only one game played (instead of two) in Round 2, the length of the tournament was made two hours shorter. The other change in format was in advancing 20 players instead of the usual ten to the semi-final in order to offset having a one game semi-final.
44 played in the first Round, yielding nine games. Among those games Thomas Saal had the furthest win, finishing ten spaces past the finish line (out of a maximum of 13 spaces). BPA Chairman Ken Gutermuth and his daughter Pam, along with siblings Alexandra and Nicholas Henning all chalked up wins. John Weber won a three-way tie at five spaces, beating Matt Peterson with a longer set and Tamara Houde with an older art item.

"A straggling few got up to go, leaving there the rest
With the hope that springs eternal within the human breast."

Well, this wasn't baseball, but the line seemed apropos. Adding both late arrivals and early departures, eight tables played on in the second round. Pam Gutermuth and Tom DeMarco both scored their second win, and led the race to advance with ten points. Ashley Collinson and Philip Yaure's wins, along with Alexandra's 2nd place finish tied them at nine points, while four players (Shea Lawson, Jon Izer, Matt, and Tamara) deadlocked at eight points. Tom and Ashley's wins were both runaways, finishing more than 15 spaces ahead of their opponents, while in the game that had the tightest bunching, Matt finished one space ahead of Alex and two ahead of Ken, Sean Vessey and David Rynkowski.
Eight tables soldiered on for the third and final set of qualifying games. Pam continued her winning ways, scoring her third third win and garnering the maximum possible score of 15 to ensure semi-final qualification. Alex, Matt, Tamara and Tom each finished two points back at 13, Jon Izer, Philip, and Ken had 12, while John and Ashley ended with 11. Twelve more players finished with 10 or 9 points, vying for the 10 remaining spots in the semi-final. Among the players tied at nine points, Brittany Bernard, David and Nicholas had more total spaces past the finish line, while Tom Dunning and Kevin Heinz fell just short of the cutoff to advance.
In the semi-final, Pam won yet again, vanquishing Paul Weintraub, Karl Henning, Alex and John. Philip claimed victory over Anne Norton, Shea Lawson, Matt and David. Mark Houde bettered Beth Zhao, Jon, Nicholas and Ken. And Jessica Hardesty had a better finish position than Tamara, Brittany, Ashley and Tom. Jon was the brest runner-up at spaces past the finish, and so became the fifth finalist. David had the second best runner-up score and thus earned sixth place laurels.
In the Final, Marc started off with a big lead on the opening stretch, but was caught and passed by Jon at the first corner. Jessica then gained the lead at the first purple (2/1) space. Pam took the lead on the back stretch. During this mid-game maneuvering, many thieves were circulating through the jail cells, as players tried to augment their sets. Pam and Jessica led as they passed the second corner, but they were then overtaken by Marc. Marc, the only former laurelist in the Final, led to the last purple space, then to the penultimate space in the 5/3 zone. On the next turn Philip passed him to land on the last space - just short of the finish. All five went to the Castle on the next turn. Marc was the only one to Exhibit, moving five spaces forward and four spaces past the finish, but he lost one piece of art to Jon, who played the only thief. Philip, Pam and Jessica all played a Detective and advanced. For the final showdown, Philip had the largest set at nine cards and advanced eight spaces to finish at +9 spaces for the win. Pam had the next largest set, but the four spaces she gained only moved her two spaces past the finish and third place as she lost for the first time in the tournament while Marc finished second. Jessica finished at +1 space for fourth while Jon took fifth at -3 spaces. Philip took the shield in his first entry into the Adel Verpflichtet tournament.

Although the revised format was quicker with two less rounds, the field shrank in 2009 by more than 25% proving perhaps once again that scheduling is as important as format.

Beth Zhao and Pam Gutermuth share a laugh as Pam played her way into the Semis with three straight wins and then won again to reach the Final with a perfect score.

PBeM Tournament 2009

Our new champion is Curt Collins.  He can bask in the glow of success until the next tournament gets underway on October 1st.  But Curt will always remember the way he won. Alex Bove, our second place finisher, jumped out to an early lead that he retained all the way to the final move. In fact, at one point Alex held a 14 space lead over Curt (more than half of the entire distance to the table)!  Curt came from last place to finish in a tie with Alex -- which Curt won due to his superior set (a mere 12 cards compared to the next player, John Pack in third place, with eight cards).  Both Alex and Curt finished four spaces past the line with John Pack on the third space.  Tom DeMarco and Keith Layton were the remaining finalists and finished 4th and 5th respectively.  Tom retained the A-1468 Mask of Shame by special request.  Anthony Daw was the sixth place laurelist by virtue of a second-place finish in the semi-finals.

As Alex rounded the second corner -- a full edge ahead of the next player -- he was robbed multiple times on multiple turns.  That put him in a cautious mode that allowed a smart combination of one exhibit, lots of detectives, and a few well-timed thieves to move Curt into a close contest with a large set.  A final thief scored three items to make Curt untouchable.  John, Tom, and Keith almost caught up too -- but didn't have the sets needed to finish their runs.  You can see all the details at including a link to a full series replay write-up on the final with comments from all of the finalists.  You can also get the scoop on the next tournament which begins October 1st at

Gamemaster Tamara Houde corrals some art peddlers while ...

hubby Marc Houde helps with the household chores.

 Adel Verpflichtet Junior

In the Juniors event twelve kids reported to show and swipe the best refrigerator crayon art. Matthew Roizin-Price proved to be the most promising young art collector. He was followed in order by Jonathan Berry, Nicole Pyshack, Brian Pappas, Andrew Doughan and Katie Breza.

 GM      Tom DeMarco [3rd Year]  720 Wood Lane, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077-3976   NA

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