Updated 11/22/2009

2009 WBC Report  

  2010 Status: pending December Membership Trial Vote

Bruce Reiff, OH

2007-09 Champion

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Event History
2001    Peter Staab     54
2002    Kevin Youells     36
2003    Ken Gutermuth     44
2004     Arthur Field     44
2005     Arthur Field     48 
2006     Thomas Browne     52
2007    Bruce Reiff     40
2008     Bruce Reiff     45
2009    Bruce Reiff     40

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bruce Reiff        OH    09     75
  2.  Arthur Field       SC    09     52
  3.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    09     44
  4.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    05     36
  5.  Kevin Youells      FL    02     30
  6.  Peter Staab        PA    01     30
  7.  Sean McCulloch     OH    07     24
  8.  Thomas Browne      PA    06     20
  9.  Barrington Beavis  uk    03     18
 10.  Jonathan Miller    DC    02     18
 11.  John Leggat        CA    01     18
 12.  James Tyne         NJ    07     18
 13.  Chris Yaure        PA    09     16
 14.  Kate Taillon       SC    09     16
 15.  Bill Banks         KY    07     12
 16.  Mike Nagel         NJ    05     12
 17.  Andrew Cummins     uk    01     12
 18.  Cliff Ackman       PA    01      9
 19.  Greg Kulp          NJ    07      8
 20.  Keith Schoose      CA    05      8
 21.  Jason Levine       NY    04      8
 22.  Austin Walzl       VA    08      6
 23.  Andy Latto         MA    06      6
 24.  Richard Irving     CA    04      6
 25.  Carol Caler        PA    03      6
 26.  Kaarin Engelmann   VA    01      6
 27.  Eric Kleist        MD    08      4
 28.  Brad Raszewski     MD    07      4
 29.  Alan Kaiser        OH    06      4
 30.  Stuart Tucker      MD    04      4
 31.  Lance Fogel        PA    03      3
 32.  Gordon Elgart      CA    01      3
 33.  Joseph Yaure       PA    09      2
 34.  David Burkey       PA    08      2
 35.  Mike Stanley       OH    06      2
 36.  Tom Powell-Bullock OH    05      2
 37.  Laurie Wojtaszcyk  NY    04      2

2009 Laurelists                                          Repeating Laurelists:

Arthur Field, SC

Chris Yaure, PA

Aaron Fuegi, MA

Kate Taillon, SC

Joe Yaure, PA

Past Winners

Peter Staab, PA

Kevin Youells, FL

Ken Gutermuth, TX

Arthur Field, SC
2004, 2005

Tom Browne, PA

Bert Schoose (right) continues Jason Levine's chartermembership in the never-was club in pod #3 as Jay Roake and Kevin Youells wait on the slow-pokes to finish.

Phil Rennert (left) and Doug Galullo battle to no avail in pod #4 since Kate Taillon will have their number after taking care of Barrington Beavis.

Not Again!

Battleline continued its' remarkable consistency as 40 folks gathered to compete for the 2009 title. We quickly broke into groups of four and the preliminary round began.

In group #1, yours truly, went 3-0 including victories over Great Campaigns expert Ed Beach and Dan "not the legend" Hoffman.

In group #2 Aaron Fuegi went 3-0 over Defense Minister Steve Cuccaro and the GM's daughter. Nicole did manage a victory over said Defense Minister and was the only one of the group to NOT lose to Aaron by breakthrough.

Group #3 featured new Football Strategy Champ Bert Schoose dominating Jay Roake, perennial Battleline never was Jason Levine and former champ Kevin Youells with three breakthroughs.

Group #4 featured last year's runner-up Kate Taillon defeating Doug Galullo, Phil Rennert and my all time favorite WBC name Barrington Beavis, heh heh, heh heh

Group #5 had John Corrado going 2-1 over Rob Kilroy, San Juan expert Thomas Browne, and Bill Banks.

Joe Yaure advanced via tie breaker from group 6.

Dad Chris Yaure handed three breakthrough losses to Barry Shutt, Steve Oksienik and Steve Raszewski in group #7.

Sean McCulloch managed to advance on a tie breaker over Jason White, Phillip Sauerand Rick Byrens in group #8.

In Group #9, two-time champ Arthur Field went 2-1 but took the tie breaker and escaped over James Tyne, Charles Stucker and young Kevin Emery.

And in our last group Wizard Quest Master Paul Bolduc took out Rick Scialli, Austin Walzl and Kaarin Engleman.

That created the following elimination matches for the serious portion of our program: Bert vs Kate, Chris vs Paul, Joe vs Bruce, Arthur vs Sean and John vs Aaron. Kate, Chris, Bruce and Aaron all advanced. Sean and Arthur always seem to face each other and the battles are epic. This year was no exception. In a back and forth battle Arthur barely prevailed and sent Sean packing to marry off another sister.

In accordance with WBC rules I got the bye as the defending champ and odd man out in the next round as Kate battled Chris and Aaron faced off against Arthur - former laurelists all. Kate came up a little short on cards again and Arthur advanced after a good tussle. As the next previous champ, Arthur was given the second bye to the Final round.

Bruce was able to dispatch Chris with the timely use of a tactics card to turn the tide in the semi-final.

That set the scene for a battle of the champs from four of the last five years. Arthur was under pressure from the start as Bruce laid down a 7-8-9 red straight flush and a higher three of a kind in the first two flags. Arthur, then needing to protect against a breakthrough put the purple 10-8 in the third flag. Bruce countered with three 1's and a prayer. Arthur was able to use the Traitor card, but Bruce was countered with the Deserter. Arthur put down Alexander for the purple 9, but Bruce dropped Mud and the purple 7 was already claimed. When Bruce dropped the fourth 1, he broke through and collected his third straight Battleline championship. It would be the only addition to his collection in what would be a lean year for the Plaque Master. And to think Arthur could have been the one to stop the wood streak ... oh, the ever living shame of it all.

Uh-oh! As if Bruce wasn't enough ... now there are two of them.

Aaron Fuegi takes down Kremlin master Cuccaro in pod #2.
 GM      Bruce Reiff  [6th Year]  NA   NA

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