Updated 11/30/2009

2009 WBC Report     

  2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

Keith Levy, MD

2009 Champion

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Event History
2001    Rebecca Hebner     27
2002    Steve Scott     29
2005    Bob Titran     38
2006    Dave Buchholz     55
2008    Andy Latto     69
2009    Keith Levy     103

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Keith Levy         MD    09     30
  2.  Andy Latto         MA    08     20
  3.  Dave Buchholz      MI    06     20
  4.  Bob Titran         NY    05     20
  5.  Steve Scott        CA    05     19
  6.  Terri Wicks        CT    09     18
  7.  Frank Mestre       NY    09     12
  8.  John Ellsworth     IL    08     12
  9.  Ken Lee            PA    06     12
 10.  Mark Love          MD    05     12
 11.  Rebecca Hebner     CO    05     10
 12.  Kelsey Lee         PA    09      9
 13.  Ed Beach           MD    08      8
 14.  Debbie Davidson    NE    06      8
 15.  John Poniske       PA    05      8
 16.  Gino Sinigaglio    NJ    09      6
 17.  Donna Balkan       on    08      6
 18.  Greg Courter       MI    06      6
 19.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    02      6
 20.  Rick Bass          NC    01      6
 21.  Bobbi Warczak      CA    08      4
 22.  Stefan Mecay       TX    06      4
 23.  Carol Haney        CA    05      4
 24.  Bob Runnicles      FL    02      4
 25.  Sean Vessey        VA    01      4
 26.  Haim Hochboim      is    09      3
 27.  Eric Eshleman      PA    02      3
 28.  Forrest Speck      MD    08      2
 29.  David Duncan       PA    06      2
 30.  Chris LeFevre      AZ    05      2
 31.  David Sidelinger   CT    02      2
 32.  Michael Johnson    MA    01      2
 33.  Dan Hoffman        WA    02      1
 34.  Lee Price          NC    01      1

2009 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists: 0

Terri Wicks, CT

Frank Mestre, NY

Kelsey Lee, PA

Gino Sinigaglio, NJ

Haim Hochboim, Israel

Past Winners

Rebecca Hebner, CO

Steve Scott, CA

Bob Titran, NY

Dave Buchholz, MI

Andy Latto, MA


Looks like Jeff Cornett's shield has been struck.

Keith Levy's trademark purple hat brings him luck.

How I spent my summer vacation or
what I learned from my first GM gig

GM'ing for the first time was quite an experience.  I've always respected the GM's for keeping things moving but I never realized how hard it is.  I came into it brand new.  I'd only attended a few previous WBC's before I volunteered.  And I picked Ivanhoe because it's an easy card game to learn and play.  The traditional time at 11:00 p.m. didn't look like it would interfere with my other gaming.
GM lessons learned: 
Even though I think I had a good way of determining ranks, etc., you have to EXPLAIN what you're doing and NAG people into filling out their cards correctly.
You absolutely need a good assistant GM.  There's no way you can be everywhere at once.
I used sign-in sheets thinking they'd be the easiest way to go.  I was wrong.  I think re-usable index cards are much better since you don't have to enter all your stats into the computer before you can sort the winners from everyone else.  It also takes less time to find a card than to sign in after the first game.
There's a lot of "homework" involved in GM'ing.  I missed a lot of games I wanted to play in because I was entering information, sorting out the rankings, and printing the results.  I definitely need to streamline the process if I do this again.
I need to pay attention to the schedules before listing my semi and Final games.  Again, I never got to play in many of the games I look forward to each year.  It's my own fault for not looking closely at what else was going on at that time.
General remarks: 
All in all I enjoyed the experience.  I asked a lot of other GMs for their opinions and suggestions to help me on my first attempt.  Everyone was helpful.  I thankfully never encountered any players who weren't nice.  However, there was a lot of impatience about starting the game and knowing their rankings as they went along.  I only encountered one person who didn't want to play against another player (during the semi-final).  I basically told him he either played or he didn't and an alternate would play.  One person seemed to ask an awful lot of questions during later games as opposed to early games.  It passed my mind that he was asking for advice, but my answers (I hope) were basically to explain the function of the cards and nothing in the way of strategy. 
I did let one game start very late against the opinion of my assistant GM.  It was an early game (early in the week) and it's my opinion that people come here to play games, not merely to win prizes.  I'm not sure I'll ever go that far again, because it's not really fair to the other players. [A common error by rookie GMs - in being overly "nice" to a few, you are actually doing a disservce to the majority.]
I only found out after the fact that one player was openly looking at another player's cards and criticizing the play based on knowledge of the other player's hand.  If the players had said something during play, I would have said something to the offending player or removed him from the game.  The other players didn't tell me until after the fact because they thought the offending player may have been autistic or mentally handicapped in some way.  I'll have to stress somehow to all the players that they need to report these things as they happen.
Also, I don't know how much authority a GM has.  Could I have ejected the person from the game and banned him from future games?  [Yes] I may have missed it in the GM instructions.  You may want to stress this info in future instructions. [It's there]
What I really liked about GMing the game:
Ivanhoe had a really good mix of young and older players.  The people who came to the demo did as well as the more experienced players - and as a consequence we had all new laurelists.  Some of the top players had never played more than a game or two previously.  Observing the strategies played, I learned a lot of things about this game that I had never considered previously.  The players seemed to genuinely like playing because, as the last game of the day, it wasn't overly long or complex.  I had a lot more players than I ever anticipated.  I think I averaged about 60 players each night but one.  Although I only got to play one game because I kept myself in reserve for games with insufficient players. I enjoyed myself.  Right after the Final I kept saying I was never going to GM again.  But now that I have a little distance and a lot more rest, I think I would like to try it at least one more time.

 Ivanhoe Junior

In the Juniors event 17 little knights reported to joust. The best proved to be Jonathan Berry. He was followed in order by Andrew Doughan, Jordan Shea and Dacey Collinson.

 GM      Lee Mewshaw [1st Year]   NA 
    LeeMewshaw@aol.com   NA

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