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Updated 11/26/2010

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Andy Gardner, VA

2010 Champion

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Event History
1991    Dave Targonski      36
1992    Wes Erni      39
1993    Alan Applebaum      36
1994    Dave Targonski      36
1995    Dan Henry      45
1996    Robert Kondracki      46
1997    Ed O'Connor      42
1998    Joe Dragan      48
1999    Alan Applebaum     48
2000    Andy Gardner     50
2001    Dan Henry     48
2002    Dan Henry     50
2003    Ed Menzel     39
2004    Michael Kaye     44
2005    Andy Gardner     32
2006    Ed Menzel     41
2007    Darren Kilfara     39
2008    Charlie Drozd     36
2009    Michael Kaye     37
2010    Andy Gardner     33

PBeM Event History
1999    Nick Markevich      20
2001    Ed Menzel      32
2004    Rob Flowers      32
2007    Charles Drozd     35
2009    Joe Dragon     42
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Andy Gardner       VA    10    318
  2.  Dan Henry          IL    07    272
  3.  Michael Kaye       CA    09    246
  4.  Ed Menzel          CA    10    226
  5.  Charlie Drozd      IL    08    152
  6.  Darren Kilfara     uk    09    146
  7.  John Pack          CO    10    114
  8.  Alan Applebaum     MA    05    113
  9.  Michael Ussery     MD    08     78
 10.  John Sharp         FL    10     66
 11.  Ed Paule           NJ    10     66
 12.  Joe Dragan         MI    09     66
 13.  Ray Freeman        CA    04     60
 14.  Rob Flowers        MD    04     50
 15.  Larry Meyers       AZ    09     44
 16.  Jim Eliason        IA    08     42
 17.  Tim Tow            TX    04     39
 18.  Bob Hamel          CT    00     30
 19.  Ted Drozd          IL    09     18
 20.  Nathan Zietlow     IA    09     18
 21.  Michael Day        AZ    09     18
 22.  John Strand        CO    02     18
 23.  Eric El Osta       bg    00     18
 24.  Philip Watkins     MN    07     15
 25.  Ken Nied           KS    03     14
 26.  Pat Richardson     FL    09     12
 27.  Mark Booth         VA    08     12
 28.  Joe Powell         VA    99     12
 29.  Nick Markevich     CA    99     10
 30.  Dan Blumentritt    TX    10      6
 31.  Robert Drozd       IL    09      6
 32.  John Sharp Jr      FL    03      6
 33.  Casey Adams        MN    00      6
 34.  Brad Solberg       CA    99      6
 35.  Scott Fenn         MD    07      5
 36.  Ong Meng Soon      my    01      4
 37.  Bobby Clinton      CA    01      4
 38.  Max Zavanelli      FL    99      4
 39.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    99      3
 40.  Vince Meconi       DE    99      2
 41.  Glenn McMaster     on    01      1

2010 Laurelists                                              Repeating Laurelists:

John Sharp, FL
2nd

Ed Paule, NJ
3rd

John Pack, CO
4th

Ed Menzel, CA
5th

Dan Blumentritt, TX
6th

Past Winners

Dave Targonski, DC
1991, 1994

Alan Applebaum, MA
1993, 1999

Dan Henry, IL
1995, 200l-02

Robert Kondracki, PA
1996

Ed O'Connor, NJ
1997

Joe Dragan, MI
1998

Andy Gardner, VA
2000, 2005

Ed Menzel, CA
2003, 2006

Michael Kaye, MD
2004, 2009

Darren Kilfara, UK
2007

Charlie Drozd, IL
2008
       

Charles Drozd and Matt Ellis duel in the latter's first visit to WBC from jolly ol' England.

Ed Paule battled to a third place finish. The two-time champ is 16 years removed from his last title.

Move Over Dan Henry ...

A total of 66 games were played during the second year of the 5/3 swiss elim format, down seven from last year's 73 games. Bid's for the IJN have continued to increase; this year non-zero bid games featured an average bid of 4.525 PoC. Despite the increase in bids, the IJN still managed to win more than two of every three games. This year there were 45 IJN wins (68%), 20 Allied wins (30%), and one tie (2%).

After five swiss rounds undefeated Andy Gardner was the top seed going into the elimination rounds for the second straight year. Next came Ed Paule, John Pack, and Ed Menzel with identical 4-1 records. With four of the eight positions filled; the final four spots were determined by comparing the strength of schedules of the seven players with 3-2 records. Daniel Blumentritt, Patrick Richardson, John Sharp, and Mike Kaye advanced while Alan Applebaum, Charles Drozd, and Jim Eliason were left on the outside looking in. In the second year of the new format, five (Andy, both Ed's, Pat, and Mike) repeated their performances from the previous year to advance to the Elimination Rounds.

In the Quarter-Finals, upsets were the theme; the #1 seed was the only "Top Seed" to advance (#1 Gardner's Allies defeated #8 Kaye's IJN, #7 Sharp's Allies defeated #2 Paule's IJN, #6 Richardson's Allies defeated #3 Pack's IJN, while #5 Blumentritt's IJN defeated #4 Menzel's Allies).

The semi-final round saw Dan Blumentritt take the Allies vs. Andy Gardner for a bid of 6.0 PoC. The game went seven turns before Andy finally prevailed by removing Dan's patrollers from the Hawaiian Islands. The other game saw John Sharp take the Allies vs. Patrick Richardson for a bid of 5.5 PoC; after four turns John's Allied position was such that Patrick conceded.

The Final left undefeated Andy Gardner vs. John Sharp. Andy bid 5.5 PoC to play the IJN and things started well with only two ships escaping Pearl and the Hermes being crippled by the I-Boat. Turn 2 saw momentum swing back to John as he survived the turn while only losing the Saratoga. Turn 3 saw a prolonged battle in Hawaii with Andy losing four CV's but John eventually withdrawing with his Allied forces down four LBA to three LBA. Turn 4 saw John lose two CV's in the Marshalls and a third in US Mandate. Everything went Andy's way on Turn 5 as John's last two CV's were sunk and both Marines turned back. With no holes for his Turn 6 reinforcements John conceded and Andy pulled into a tie with Dan Henry as WBC's only two threee-time champs.

John Pack and Bill Thomson trade air raids. John has
been getting ever closer to his elusive goal. He finished 4th this year.

Andy Gardner won his third title this year while past GM John Sharp
had to settle for second as his quest for a title continues.
 GM      Charles Drozd [1st Year]   NA
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