hannibal: rome vs carthage  

Updated 11/30/2009

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2009 WBC Report  

 2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

Keith Wixson, NJ

2009 Champion

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Event History
1996    Thomas Drueding      58
1997    James Doughan      52
1998    Karsten Engelmann      52
1999    Jung Yueh     46
2000    James Pei     41
2001    Aaron Fuegi     35
2002    Peter Reese     41
2003     Keith Wixson     44
2004    Chris Byrd     46
2005    Nick Anner     39
2006    Jim Heenehan     34
2007     James Pei     31
2008    Jim Heenehan    43
2009    Keith Wixson    54

PBeM Event History
2001     Aaron Fuegi     37

WAM Event History
2003    Stuart Tucker    11
2004    James Pei    19
2005    Chris Byrd    21
2006     Jim Heenehan    12

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  James Pei          VA    09    254
  2.  Keith Wixson       NJ    09    253
  3.  Jim Heenehan       PA    08    206
  4.  Chris Byrd         CT    06    157
  5.  Peter Reese        VA    06     94
  6.  Gary Andrews       NY    08     62
  7.  Nick Anner         NY    05     60
  8.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    01     60
  9.  Jung Yueh          MA    99     50
 10.  Scott Moll         VA    06     48
 11.  Mark Giddings      NY    01     40
 12.  Kyle Greenwood     HI    09     36
 13.  Derek Miller       VA    05     36
 14.  Doug White         PA    04     36
 15.  David Dockter      MN    02     36
 16.  Stuart Tucker      MD    06     34
 17.  Craig Melton       VA    03     34
 18.  Henry Rice         NM    09     30
 19.  Lyman Moquin       DC    08     30
 20.  Charles Hickok     PA    03     30
 21.  Randall MacInnis   NJ    06     25
 22.  Roderick Lee       CA    09     24
 23.  Jim Doughan        PA    06     24
 24.  Eugene Lin         WA    05     24
 25.  Jim Eliason        IA    03     24
 26.  Tim Hall           UT    05     22
 27.  George Seary       NY    99     20
 28.  Doug Mercer        MD    04     18
 29.  Ed Rothenheber     MD    02     18
 30.  Phil Barcafer      PA    99     15
 31.  Larry Luongo       NJ    08     12
 32.  Matthew Bacho      MD    04     12
 33.  Ahmed Ilpars       tu    07     11
 34.  Raymond Gorka      NY    07     10
 35.  Robert Vollman     al    00     10
 36.  Paul Gaberson      PA    06      8
 37.  Marc Berenbach     MA    09      6
 38.  Andy Latto         MA    08      6
 39.  Thomas Richardson  VA    06      6
 40.  Robert Hassard     NJ    02      6
 41.  John Rinko         VA    99      5
 42.  John Firer         WI    01      3
 43.  Trevor Bender      CA    01      2

2009 Laurelists                                               Repeating Laurelists 

Kyle Greenwood, HI

Roderick Lee, CA

James Pei, VA

Henry Rice, NM

Marc Berenbach, MA

Past Winners

Thomas Drueding, PA

James Doughan, PA

Karsten Englemann, VA

Jung Yueh, MA

James Pei, TX
2000, 2007

Aaron Fuegi, MA

Peter Reese, VA

Keith Wixson, NJ
2003, 2009

Chris Byrd, CT

Nick Anner, NY

Jim Heenehan, PA
2006, 2008

The new Valley Games edition of Hannibal shown above has breathed new life into what is, in my opinion, the best WBC tournament.

Derek Landel and GM Stuart Tucker battle. The GM fell just short of laurels with a 7th place finish in what is widely regarded as the most competitive of WBC skill tests.

Good Omens for Hannibal Players

This year a Messenger Intercepted rule change was offered as an option, if both players agreed. The rule, making it less likely the Event would work later in the game, was adopted in 33 of the 90 games played. In aggregate, it appears that 12 of the 54 players were against it, preventing its use in all of their games, while another four players only played with the option after their plaque chances had been dashed. As you will see below, the normal play of the rule had its usual significant effects on games (as did a few late Syracuse arrivals). On the down side, the Optional rule left several leaders relatively "safe" in the late game. Late play of the Messenger Intercepted is perhaps less a concern than a Turn 9 play of the Syracuse alliance. It has been suggested that a better optional rule is to simply make the Syracuse card a Must Play Event no matter who has it. I welcome feedback on such optional rule changes for future tournaments.

This year also involved a change in seeding to spread out further the eight Top Ranked players, such that they only started running into each other in Round 3. Novices continue to be shielded from facing those eight Top Ranked players or other Novices in the first round.

Bidding PCs for Sides resulted in an average Bid of 0.9 for Carthage. In six of 90 games, PCs were bid to be Rome (max of two PCs), and in 31 games 0 PCs were given. The maximum bid for Carthage was four PCs, but in three of the four games where Carthage earned a bid of three PCs or higher, the winner was the same player. We have a binomial distribution with nodes at 0 and 2 PCs for Carthage. Given this Bidding context , wins were fairly even. Round 1 went to Rome 14-11, but Carthage bounced back in Round 3 (12-8), so that by tournament end, of the 90 games played, 45 were won by each side.

Round 1 witnessed the fall of the defending Champion, Jim Heenehan, as his Carthage fell to Tim Miller's Rome by 10-8 province count as Scipio and Marcellus pounded into Idubeda on Turn 9. Top AREA-Ranked and two-time former champion James Pei defeated Matt Bacho, putting Rome under siege such that no reinforcements were received in Turn 6. Newcomer Kyle Greenwood defeated Nick Drochak by killing Hannibal on Turn 2, leading to a Turn 3 resignation. Kevin Wojtaszczyk played our first female entrant, Stephanie Welch, and found himself with Rome under two seige points (and surviving Treachery) before recovering to sack Welch's Carthage on Turn 7. Last year's runner-up, Keith Wixson defeated Jon Anderson by sacking Carthage on Turn 3 with just three siege rolls, as Flaminius fought off two amphibious relief armies. Perennial contender, Pete Reese's Hannibal blew into Eric Brosius' Italia and never lost a battle eliminating all Roman CUs and running down their PCs to produce a Turn 5 resignation. Eighth-ranked GM Stuart Tucker managed to survive a strong challenge by Marc Berenbach's Romans, by stocking up 15 Carthaginian CUs in Sardinia to bolster a 10-8 count. Last year's WBC phenom, Riku Riekkinen, hammered Martin Sample into a Turn 5 resignation by reducing Roman PCs and gaining a 13-4 province lead. Roderick Lee defeated Grant Ladue 10-8, benefitting from a failed Messenger Intercepted in Turn 8.

In Round 2, Pei survived Christopher Yaure's Carthaginian challenge by a bare 9-8 province count. Reikkinen won similarly over Gary Dickson. Wojtaszczyk entered Turn 9 down 8-9 to Randy Pippus' Romans, but benefitted from Diplomacy, Phillip, Capua, and Messenger Intercepted (not playing the optional rule) to salvage a 9-9 win. Reese as Rome benefitted from two Campaigns and an Intercepted third one in Turn 6 to make headway in Spain and force Lyman Moquin's resignation. Lee's Romans killed Tom Richardson's Hannibal on Turn 4 and then gained a 10-7 lead in a Truce-filled game to secure victory. Greenwood sacked Steve Williams' Rome on Turn 5 (with just three rolls). Tucker lost to Henry Rice's Carthaginians as Hannibal romped over Italy and reduced Tucker to a Suit for Peace entering Turn 9. Wixson hunted down Michael Mitchell's Hannibal in Massilia on Turn 7, then invaded Iberia on turn 9 to win 10-8.

In Round 3, Nels Thompson (who had won as Carthage in the first two rounds over George Young and Brian Hanechek) managed to have his Hannibal drive into Wixson's Italia, take Tarentum, and then march on Rome with a siege train, only to get destroyed by Double Envelopment by Fabius. Wojtaszczyk's Numidians deserted him to Riekkinen on the last Roman card play, only to survive when the lovely Sophonisba lured them back. Tim Hall's Hannibal on Turn 9 destroyed ten Roman CUs in three battles against Greenwood, but could not survive the Turn 9 Messenger Intercepted (optional rule not in play). Andy Latto overcame early problems as Carthage to regain a 9-9 count by Turn 4 against Lee, but eventually succumbed 8-10. Rice refused to play with the Messenger Intercepted optional rule, and managed to use the card on Turn 9 to snatch victory from Reese. Welch earned the first tournament victory by a woman, by defeating James Terry via Roman Suit for Peace on Turn 7.

Round 4 saw six remaining undefeated players facing off. Greenwood as Rome, defeated Lee 10-8, despite Lee using the Messenger Intercepted on Turn 9 (normal rules). Rice's Rome defeated Wojtaszczyk 10-7, benefitting from Philip's peace and Messenger Intercepted on Turn 8 (normal rules). Wixson sent Hannibal at the start of Turn 3 to hold Syracuse against Pei's game-long attempt to get it back (with only a Turn 9 Carthaginian relief army sailing to drive off the besiegers for good).

In Round 5, the top-rated 3-1 player (determined by strength of schedule), Tom Richardson, faced undefeated Kyle Greenwood. Richardson's Carthaginians played the Capua card on Turn 3, while Greenwood controlled all of Iberia. Despite the death of Africanus on Turn 8, Greenwood swung a 9-7 victory, though it was later discovered that Tom had failed to put the Syracuse card back into the deck at the start of the game (the card had been discarded into the box by Tucker in the previous game). Tom's no-whining stoicism earned him the Sportsmanship Nomination for the event and a deep apology from the GM. In Wixson's game against Rice's Rome, Carthage's probes into Gaul and Sardinia were wiped out, but used Truce to keep the game close. Wixson played a mid-Turn 9 Syracuse alliance, before Rice used Messenger Intercepted to secure the final three card plays. Rice's drive into Spain failed, leaving a 9-9 province count.

This left two undefeated 5-0 players who had to return Monday morning to play for the Plaque. Greenwood's Romans were aggressive with a Turn 1 invasion of Africa. Wixson's Hannibal snuck past slow generals through Liguria and set up a base in southern Italia. Greenwood's attempts to drive out Hannibal failed as the PC situation steadily deteriorated in Turns 5-7. With Cato counselling Rome, Greenwood sent Africanus on Turn 8 against Hannibal, but when failure was crippling to the PC count, Greenwood resigned the game.

Final Tournament Ranking:
1. Keith Wixson, 6-0, 4 Carthaginian wins
2. Kyle Greenwood, 5-1, 4 Roman wins
3. Roderick Lee, 4-1, 3 Roman wins
4. James Pei, 4-1, 2 wins with each
5. Henry Rice, 4-1, 3 Roman wins
6. Marc Berenbach, 3-2, 3 Carthaginian wins
7. Stuart Tucker, 3-2, 3 Carthaginian wins
8. Tom Richardson, 3-2, 2 Roman wins
9. Lyman Moquin, 3-2, all as Carthage
10. Larry Luongo, 3-2, 2 Roman wins
11. Bob Woodson, 3-2, 2 Roman wins
12. Andy Latto, 3-2, 2 Roman wins
13. Kevin Wojtaszcyk, 3-1, 2 Carthaginian wins
14. Bill Edwards, 2-2, 2 Roman wins
15. Jim Heenehan, 2-3, 1 win with each
16. Randy Pippus, 2-3, 1 win with each
17. Derek Landel, 2-3, 1 win with each
18. Jon Anderson, 2-2, 2 Roman wins
19. Pete Reese, 2-1, 1 win with each
20. Tim Hall, 2-1, 2 Roman wins
21. Riku Riekkinnen, 2-1, 1 win with each
22. Nels Thompson, 2-1, all as Carthage
23. Bruce Wigdor, 2-1, 1 win with each
24. George Young, 2-1, 2 Carthaginian wins
25. Brian Hanechak, 2-1, 1 win with each
26. Chris Yaure, 2-2, 1 win with each
27. Todd Treadway, 2-0, all as Carthage
28. Stephanie Welch, 1-4, 1 Carthaginian win
29. Gary Dickson, 1-3, 1 Roman win
30. Grant Ladue, 1-4, 1 Carthaginian win
31. Michael Mitchell, 1-2, 1 Carthaginian win
32. Randy MacInnis, 1-2, all as Rome
33. Tim Miller, 1-2, all as Rome
34. Eric Brosius, 1-2, 1 Roman win
35. Bill Banks, 1-2, 1 Roman win
36. Matt Bacho, 1-1, 1 Carthaginian win
37. Jason Levine, 1-1, 1 Carthaginian win
38. James Boyle, 1-0, as Carthage
39. Chris Trimmer, 1-1, all as Rome
40. Chris Senhouse, 1-2, all as Carthage
41. Charlie Hickok, 1-0, as Rome
42. Bruno Sinigaglio, 1-0, as Carthage
43. James Terry, 0-3, 2 Carthaginian losses
44. Kurt Mericli, 0-3, all as Rome
45. Michael Sosa, 0-3, 2 Carthaginian losses
46. Nick Drochak, 0-3, 2 Carthaginian losses
47. Michael Ussery, 0-2, 1 loss with each
48. Steve Williams, 0-2, 1 loss with each
49. Henry Richardson, 0-2, all as Rome
50. Jeff Burdett, 0-1, as Rome
51. Carl Copelande, 0-1, as Carthage
52. Sam Brosius, 0-1, as Rome
53T. Doug Mercer, 0-1, as Carthage
53T. Martin Sample, 0-1, as Rome

Roderick Lee took out Consul Latto while defending champ Heenehan was having his troubles with Bill Edwards and won only twice this year.

Hawaiian Kyle Greenwood in his first WBC went all the way to the Final but fell to Keith Wixson who improved on his second place finish in 2008.
 GM      Stuart Tucker  [8th Year]   NA 
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