Updated 11/23/2010

2010 WBC Report  

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George Young, VT

2010 Champion

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Event History
2008    Chris Byrd     57
2009    John Emery     50
2010    George Young     50

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  George Young       VT    10     39
  2.  John Emery         SC    10     39
  3.  Chris Byrd         CT    08     30
  4.  Richard Beyma      VA    10     21
  5.  Aran Warszawski    is    10     18
  6.  John Miklos        GA    08     18
  7.  Kevin Emery        SC    10     12
  8.  Jeff Paull         IN    09     12
  9.  Scott Moll         VA    08     12
 10.  Mark Giddings      NY    08      9
 11.  Brad Raszewski     MD    10      6
 12.  Bryan Collars      SC    09      6
 13.  Marc Berenbach     MA    08      6
 14.  Bill Powers        VA    09      3
 15.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    08      3

2010 Laurelists                                          Returning Laurelists:

Aran Warzawski, is

Kevin Emery, SC

John Emery, SC

Brad Razewsli, MD

Richard Beyma, VA

Past Champions

Chris Byrd, CT

John Emery, SC

George Young, VT

Dave Metzger was part of the still large field of 50.

Jeff Cornett can't get by the always contending Richard Beyma.

 Chris Yaure squares off vs Randall MacInnis.

 Tom DeMarco and Mark Miklos vie outside their comfort zones.

Saving your best for last ...

The tournament consisted of four swiss rounds to advance the top eight to single elimination based on points. Points were awarded for the type of wins and losses with penalties for not completing the battle before the time limit. The mapboard was the same for all four swiss rounds. It was an open affair with little terrain in the middle of the board. The later rounds offered new challenges with terrain through a different board in each SE round. Since the game comes with eight different countries, the tournament was designed for the winner to show their skill with the game. The players were allowed to play one country twice throughout the tournament and all other countries a maximum of once.

During the swiss rounds, Britain was the most played country. Surprisingly, France was third behind Russia. Five of the countries were played 20 or more times compared with only three countries last year. Nice to see people becoming more familiar with the countries and realizing they need to save the stronger ones for the elimination rounds. The W-L records for the countries in winning percentage order are Britain 24-8, Austria 6-4, Ottoman Empire 12-9, France 15-12, Russia 11-18, Prussia 7-15, United States 2-5, Spain 2-9. Britain improved from 16-15 and the biggest drop was Prussia from 9-9 in the previous two years.

Three unbeatens advanced along with five 3-1 players after points and tie breakers were applied; the same numbers as last year. Three 2009 playoff participants successfully ran the gauntlet again this year including both of the finalists. The Quarter Finals yielded the following outcomes:

Defending champion John Emery's French killed five of Steve Raszewski's Prussians in a replay of their 2009 Quarter-Final.

The champ's up and coming son, Kevin Emery, defeated Richard Beyma's Ottomans at nightfall with the French 12-6.

George Young's Ottomans killed five of Eric Martin's Prussians.

Aran Warszawski's French defeated Jeff Cornett's British at nightfall 8-2.

The Semis saw the father and son Emerys both fall in tandem. John's title defense ended with his French loss to George Young's British at nightfall on a tie-breaker 4-3 in losses after tying at 13-13 on points. Aran Warszawski's French dispatched Kevin's Spanish 12-8 at nightfall. Kevin's higher tournament points allowed him to edge out his father for third place.

The Final was a two-game match. George had the French, US and a second play of any country left. Aran had the Prussians, Spanish, and US left. George's French killed five of Aran's Prussians while only losing one unit in the first match. This pretty much locked up the title and will cause an adjustment to the format next year. The change will be that the Final will be a single game. However, to still have the players learn all the countries, the ability to play one nation a second time will be dropped.

The US continues to be the least played country even though the designer really enjoys playing with them. Of the eight semi-finalists, only one played them and it resulted in a defeat. Who will be the first semi-finalist to have the distinction of playing and winning with the US in the tournament? Maybe a special award will be created for this as added incentive.

The defending champ yields the title to the soon-to-be new king.

And then there were two. Aran's run ends vs George Young.
 GM      Andy Lewis (3rd Year)  NA   NA

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