san juan   

Updated Nov. 23, 2012


2012 WBC Report  

 2013 Status: pending 2013 GM commitment

Jason Levine, NY

2012 Champion


Event History
2004    Jeff Mullet     123
2005    Bill Salvatore       48
2006    Bruce Reiff       43
2007    Peter Stein       42
2008    Tom Browne       44
2009     Tom Browne       74
2010    Raphael Lehrer     102
2011    Greg Thatcher       99
2012    Jason Levine       97


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Tom Browne         PA    12     69
  2.  Bruce Reiff        OH    10     64
  3.  Jeff Mullet        OH    09     50
  4.  Raphael Lehrer     MD    10     46
  5.  Rob Kircher        RI    12     45
  6.  Jason Levine       NY    12     38
  7.  Greg Thatcher      CA    11     30
  8.  Bill Salvatore     MD    05     30
  9.  Nick Page          on    10     24
 10.  Eric Brosius       MA    11     23
 11.  Pete Stein         OH    07     20
 12.  Bill Murdock       NY    05     18
 13.  Tom McCorry        VA    04     18
 14.  Lexi Shea          CT    10     16
 15.  Nick Ferris        MD    12     12
 16.  Jeremy Billones    VA    11     12
 17.  Eric Freeman       PA    08     12
 18.  Nate Hoam          OH    04     12
 19.  Eric Lenhart       PA    05      9
 20.  Alan Kaiser        OH    04      9
 21.  David Platnick     NY    07      8
 22.  Arthur Field       SC    06      8
 23.  Adam Fetzer        NY    12      6
 24.  Ken Schlosser      PA    11      6
 25.  Debbie Gutermuth   NC    08      6
 26.  Trevor Bender      WA    05      6
 27.  Bob Wicks Jr       CT    10      4
 28.  Peggy Pfeiffer     FL    09      4
 29.  Richard Irving     CA    09      4
 30.  Ken Richards       SC    06      4
 31.  Sean McCulloch     OH    12      3
 32.  Jennifer Gorman    PA    05      3
 33.  Chris Kamm         NY    04      3
 34.  Suzanne Tuch       NY    06      2

2012 Laurelists                                             Repeating Laurelists:

Tom Browne, PA

Nick Ferris, MD

Rob Kircher, RI

Adam Fetzer, NY

Sean McCulloch, OH

Past Winners

Jeff Mullet, OH

Bill Salvatore, MD

Bruce Reiff, OH

Pete Stein, OH

Tom Browne, PA

Raphael Lehrer, CA

Greg Thatcher, CA

Jason Levine, NY

That's a whole lot of San Juan going on.

Laura DeWalt and Nick Ferris

The First of Four ...

Every year there are always several people at the demo, but most are just seeking a refresher or are bored because the tourney doesn't start until 10am. This year, there were actually several who had never played. And when the demo was over around 9:30, more people came, so I went through a lot of it again.

Luckily, my assistant GMs were on the job, because the extra demo time caused me to get there without much time to spare. San Juan used to be the "only game in town" on Monday mornings. With more tourneys on Monday this year, I expected my attendance to drop, and I was right, but not by much!

San Juan is run as a 4-round swiss tournament. Then, all three-game winners advance to a single-elimination bracket. We always have fun telling everyone that they need to win their first three games so that they can go to lunch during the fourth round.

I was hoping to win three straight games (or crap out early) because I was starving. I saw perennial laurelist Tom Browne before we got started and we were talking about lunch possibilities. Tom said that he had never lost a game in the swiss rounds, so he was hopeful he would get to go to lunch. I remember thinking to myself at the time that Tom had just jinxed himself.

As luck would have it, Tom's first round opponent was Eric Brosius, who also advances every year. Sure enough, Tom would go hungry at San Juan this year as Eric did what no other player has been able to do in this format. No matter. Tom went 3-1 and still made it into the Final again -- albeit a little hungrier than usual.

The other finalist, Jason Levine had been hounded and beaten up by his AOR nemesis, Bruce Reiff, earlier in the Pre-con. But Jason would have his revenge in the elimination rounds on his way to facing Tom. Of course, Jason would never rub Bruce's face in it. Well, maybe a little. I knew there was something about that guy I liked.

Tom would start first in the Final. He built a Tobacco on Turn 1, But Jason trumped him by building a Silver on Turn 2. Jason was first to build the coveted prefecture on Turn 3, but Tom was able to build one the next turn. However, Jason built a Goldmine and it soon rewarded him with a City Hall and a Quarry. Tom tried the quick build strategy to try and counter Jason's Goldmine riches, but Jason was able to edge the only two-time San Juan winner 29 to 27 (which are two pretty bad scores!). Jason got his first of four tournament wins in what would be a record-tying week.

A tourney the size of San Juan runs much better with help, so a big thanks to assistant GM Lexi Shea for her excellent administrative duties. And every big tourney needs someone with a loud voice and a commanding presence to get players where they need to be. Few fill that bill as well as Bruce Reiff -- as long as he's had his quota of chocolate donuts.

Most importantly, thanks to everyone who played and brought games. Huge two-player tournaments need every game they can get. In all the years I've been running this tourney, we've never had an unpleasant incident, so thanks for making this a fun experience.

Robert Kircher's run ends in the semifinals vs Tom Browne.

Jason Levine wins the first of four titles against Tom Browne.

 GM      Jeff Mullet  [6th Year]   NA   NA

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