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Updated 11/30/2009

2009 WBC Report  

 2010 Status: pending December Membership Trial Vote

Dennis Culhane, PA

2008-09 Champion

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Event History
2005    Bob Heinzmann     26
2006     Dennis Culhane      8
2007    Mark Popofsky     10
2008     Dennis Culhane     11
2009     Dennis Culhane     8

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    08     48
  2.  Dennis Culhane     PA    09     33
  3.  John Chabonneau    NH    05     24
  4.  Paul Gaberson      PA    09     16
  5.  Mark Popofsky      DC    08     16
  6.  Steve Campbell     NH    05     16
  7.  Dave Casper        CA    05     12
  8.  John Leggat        CA    05      8
  9.  Chris Byrd         CT    07      6
 10.  Mark Herman        MD    09      4
 11.  Pablo Garcia       ch    08      4
 12.  Peter Perla        VA    06      4
 13.  Frank McNally      MA    05      4
 14.  Jay Meyers         CA    07      2

2009 Laurelists                                         Repeating Laurelists 

Paul Gaberson, PA

Mark Herman, MD




Past Winners

Bob Heinzmann, FL

Dennis Culhane, PA
2006, 2008-09

Mark Popofsky, DC


Young Zack Lawrence meets designer Mark Herman.

Paul Gaberson downs Paul Koenig, back after a long absence.

Orange Again

Once again a small but intrepid band of Empire of the Sun aficionados went to the Pacific and engaged in some friendly combat thanks to the support of fellow members who keep voting the game back into the mix. The tournament used the well tested 1943 yearly scenario in the preliminary rounds and finished with a Campaign scenario for the Final.

The opening rounds found our intrepid band of eight dueling across the Pacific. The 1943 tournament scenario opens at the close of the Guadalcanal campaign and the Allies prepared to initiate Operation Toenails (New Georgia). On New Guinea Allied forces are concentrated for an advance on Lae. Over in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater the Allies are poised to launch their Arakan offensive.

The Japanese have to balance defending Rabaul and their inner defense perimeter while marshalling their forces for a potential offsensive in China or against Northern India. At the start of the scenario the Japanese hold Attu, which if not re-taken by the Allies in the first turn yields victory points. The Japanese fleet is damaged but still quite powerful and the Japanese air arm still have significant capabilities. All in all a very even fight.

Over the course of the first two rounds the outcomes reflected a 50-50 outcome with neither side gaining an edge.

Retaining his crown was Dennis Culhane who prevailed in the Final with the Allies in a very rare early game victory when he took Truk in 1942 from a surprised Japanese opponent. One of the interesting things that has emerged from several years of WBC and Internet play is a viable Plan Orange Allied response to the initial Japanese onslaught. The Japanese player can usually deal with this early US attack, but it requires careful placement of forces to avoid vulnerable points. The two major Allied objectives are usually Truk or a major reinforcement of the Philippines. Reinforcing Truk and a game Turn 2 capture of the Philippines neutralizes this option. Where the Japanese have taken risks are usually associated with deferring the capture of the Philippines in lieu of an earlier attack into the CBI.

WBC veterans have learned that Dennis is the master of the early Plan Orange and this year was no different. The Japanese player seeing his Central Pacific smashed with the loss of the South Seas HQ honorably resigned.

We will follow the same format for next year and we are re-organizing the tournament into the beginners format, so we will be teaching all comers in 2010. See you there.

 GM      Mark Herman [5th year]   NA
   NA   NA

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