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Updated 11/15/2010

2010 WBC Report  

 2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

John Pack, CO

2010 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
2010    John Pack     58

PBeM Event History
2008    Ken Gutermuth     34
2009    Curt Collins II     40
2010    Tom DeMarco     33

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    10    129
  2.  John Pack          CO    10    115
  3.  Ray Pfeifer        MD    07    104
  4.  Thomas Browne      PA    08     72
  5.  Marc Houde         VA    10     63
  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.  Greg Thatcher      FL    10     24
 16.  Ben Foy            MD    02     24
 17.  Shea Lawson        MD    08     22
 18.  Sharee Pack        CO    08     18
 19.  Anne Norton        NJ    07     18
 20.  Greg Crowe         VA    05     18
 21.  Tom Stokes         NJ    01     18
 22.  Scott Cornett      FL    99     18
 23.  Steve Cameron      PA    10     14
 24.  Joshua Githens     SC    10     12
 25.  Raphael Lehrer     CA    10     12
 26.  Pam Gutermuth      FL    09     12
 27.  Brittany Bernard   PA    08     12
 28.  Luke Koleszar      VA    07     12
 29.  Karl Henning       CT    06     12
 30.  John Weber         MD    04     12
 31.  Patrick Mitchell   DE    03     12
 32.  Haim Hochboim      is    10      9
 33.  Bob Hamel          CT    10      9
 34.  Jessica Hardesty   MD    09      9
 35.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    08      9
 36.  Derek Landel       NJ    07      9
 37.  Carolyn Brown      NJ    03      9
 38.  Alan Moon          MA    99      9
 39.  Frank Cunliffe     PA    03      8
 40.  Jessica Foster     NY    10      6
 41.  Jonathan Izer      MD    09      6
 42.  Keith Layton       NJ    09      6
 43.  Beth Zhao          TX    08      6
 44.  Harald Henning     CT    04      6
 45.  Jean DeLattre      bg    00      6
 46.  Eyal Mozes         NY    99      6
 47.  Rob Brode          MD    10      3
 48.  David Rynkowski    NY    09      3
 49.  Anthony Daw        UT    09      3
 50.  David Meyaard      CT    08      3
 51.  Frank Arndt        MD    01      3
 52.  Wendy DeMarco      NJ    00      3
 53.  Christine Frattali WA    99      3

2010 Laurelists                                                 Returning Laurelists: 0

Tom DeMarco, NJ

Josh Githens, SC

Haim Hochboim, is

Jessica Foster, NY

Rob Brode, MD

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
2001-02, 2010

Tom Browne, PA

Marc Houde, VA

Louis Gehring, IN

Philip Yaure, PA

Jim Vroom and GM Tom DeMarco have their hands full with a seasoned competitor.

Rob Brode, Ashley Collinson and Dave Dentel meet in the Preliminary rounds.

No Experience Necessary ...

Registration and assignment of tables went a little smoother this year, and I think I know how to make it even more efficient next year (that's what comes from playing lots of Euros; you start looking at everything in terms of increasing efficiency). Ten former champions were among the field of 57. Steve Dickson won his game, finishing +10 spaces past the finish (which is the first tiebreaker for advancing to the semi-final), while Thomas Stokes won his game at +9 spaces and the biggest lead of 13 spaces over his runner-up, Shea Lawson. Other winners were Tim Packwood (+8), Rob Brode (+5), Ken Gutermuth (+5), Emily Bacon (+4), Haim Hochboim (+4), Aurora Pack (+4), Jim Vroom (+3), Thomas Browne (+3), Greg Crowe (+1), and Tom DeMarco (+3).

Ten players dropped out and one reinforcement arrived to provide 48 for the second round. Tim, Ken, and Jim V all got a second win, giving them ten points and the lead to advance. Tim had the best tiebreaker at +15 spaces past the finish, followed by Ken at +14 and Jim at +5 spaces. One point back, with a first and a second finish were Steve (+14), Jon Gemmell (+8), and John Pack (+5). Wins were also grabbed by Anne Norton, Ashley Collinson (+10 past the finish), Sean Druelinger, Raphael Lehrer, and John Weber.

Seven more players dropped out before Round 3, and Shea returned (after helping her dad run a heat of Lost Cities), giving eight full tables of five. Tim took his third win, finishing with 15 points and an impressive (and unnecesary) +21 spaces total past the finish line. John P got his second win and finished with 14 points, while Ken only got a third but still finished with 13 points. Marc Houde had the most impressive finish: +13 spaces (the maximum possible) past the finish in just this game, and the biggest lead at 18 spaces ahead of second place Emily. He totaled 12 points, along with Anne, Haim, Jim V, and Greg. Seven players (Steve, Emily, Thomas B, Bill Burch, Rob, Brittany Bernard, and Tom D) finished with 11 points, and five players (Thomas S, Ashley, John W, Jon, and Mark Geary) finished at 10 points. With 40 players playing at the end of the third set of games, 20 players would advance to the semi-final. That would advance all players finishing with 10 points or more. However Brittany, Bill, and Jon departed to pursue other glories, which allowed three players with but 9 points to advance. Of the seven players who finished with 9 points, Josh had the best tiebreaker at +10 spaces, followed by Jessica Foster (+8), and Raphael Lehrer (+5). Just missing the cut were Jonathan Jones, Derek Landel, Eric Wrobel, and Sean D.

In the semi-final round Jessica had the best finish at +9 spaces past the finish and finished eight spaces ahead of Rob (second at +1), Jim V, Steve, and Ashley. Haim vanquished Josh (second at +3), Raphael, John W, and Anne. John Pack gave Tim his first loss, along with beating Thomas B (second at -3), Mark, and Greg. And Tom D, got the win over Thomas S (second at -3), Emily, Ken, and Marc. Josh advanced on the strength of best second. Rob had the second-best second place finish, so he took 6th place laurels.

In the fifth and Final round, John jumped out to an early lead, but the others were able to rein him in. Tom was able to get a fair amount of cards and parlayed that into a race towards the finish. He sat on the penultimate space (in the final 5/3 castle) and triggered the end of the game by being the only player to exhibit. He advanced five spaces to +4 past the finish, but paid for it with two cards stolen and no set by the end. No detectives were able to catch Tom so, as usual, it came down to the bonuses for the best sets at the final exhibit. Josh had the second best set with nine cards and got to advance four spaces, but that only put him at +2 spaces past the finish and two spaces behind Tom. John had the best set with 10 cards, giving him the 8-space bonus and thrusting him to +6 spaces past the finish, two spaces ahead of Tom, and into the Winner's Circle for his third WBC Adel Verpflichtet crown.

Two points to consider if you'd like to give Adel Verpflichtet a try next year:

1. The Adel Verpflichtet Demo was run right before the main event, and was attended by half a dozen players, one of whom, Haim, was then able to play to 4th place laurels in his first bite at the apple. Some people have told me I am a good game 'splainer; but Adel Verpflichtet is actually a very easy game to learn.

2. The threshold for advancing to the semi-final was nine points again this year. Josh Githens missed the first round, and was still able to advance to the semi-final with a first and a second place finish. So don't think if you lose in the first set of games that you won't be able to advance.

I am thinking about moving the tournament to Saturday next year, early enough to finish (except for maybe the Final) before Slapshot starts at 11 PM. There are not a lot of tournaments that both start and finish on Saturday evening. Comments are welcome.

Jessica Foster, Alyssa Gumkowski and two-time champion Mark Geary contemplate adding to their collections.

The finalists mug for the camera before John Pack won the meeting of two-time champs over Tom DeMarco.

PBeM Tournament 2010

After 40 games involving 33 participants over five preliminary rounds, two semi-final rounds, and the Final, Tom DeMarco, without a set to his name, emerged victorious by a single space over Greg Thatcher. It started with Bob Hamel racing to an impressive lead only to see thieves whittle away his collection. After piling up a decent set, Tom DeMarco challenged Bob's exhibits until he himself was the leader and near victory. Then he was robbed, burglarized, and purloined to a dangerously low level. Greg, the new set leader, moved up and looked to be impossible to stop. But with a final gasp (and the loss of what remained of his set), Tom moved across the line. Greg also exhibited -- but held back when three thieves showed up to enjoy the sites and help themselves. That proved the difference as Greg's set was so hammered that he only collected four bonus spaces -- coming up one short. After Tom and Greg, Raphael Lehrer finished third with the best set of 11 cards (one space short of the finish line), Bob Hamel was fourth, and Steve Cameron finished fifth. Sixth place laurels went to Marc Houde as the next best semi-finalist. See all the details at

Gamemaster Tamara Houde corrals this year's crop of little art collectors/swipers in the Juniors room ...

... and awards the prize to Mirth Pack who made a clean sweep of the event for the Pack clan as her dad picked up his third title.

 Adel Verpflichtet Junior

In the Juniors event ten kids reported to Tamara Houde's artshow to swipe the best refrigerator crayon art. Mirth Pack proved to be the most promising young art collector. She was followed in order by Jon Barry, Adam Wojtasczyk, Brett Fox, Sara Harthan, and Nicole Pysnack.

 GM      Tom DeMarco [4th Year]  720 Wood Lane, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077-3976   NA

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