breakout: normandy   

Updated Nov. 10, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Kevin Hammond, WA

2014 Champion


WBC Event History
1994    Jim Doughan      50
1995    Bill Edwards      48
1996    Hank Burkhalter      54
1997    Jim Doughan      53
1998    Don Greenwood      52
1999    Michael Rinella     48
2000    Phil Barcafer     32
2001    Jim Doughan     34
2002     Alan Applebaum     26
2003    Jim Eliason     28
2004    Nels Thompson     33
2005    Andrew Cummins     27
2006    Jim Eliason     19
2007     Jim Doughan     20
2008    Nels Thompson     20
2009    Nels Thompson     20
2010    Nels Thompson     16
2011    Marvin Birnbaum     21
2012    Kevin Hammond     18
2013    Michael Kaye     26
2014    Kevin Hammond     27

D-Day Mini-Con
Event History
1998    Don Greenwood      17
1999    Alan Applebaum     19
2000    Bryan Esleman     18
2001    Andrew Cummins     17
2002     Marvin Birnbaum     23
2003    David Wong     15
2004    Andrew Cummins     15
2005    Don Greenwood     20
2006     Don Greenwood     13

PBeM Event History
1999    Jim Doughan      34
2001    John Crabtree      36
2003    Bruno Passacantando      48
2004    Don Greenwood     47
2006    Tom Dworschak     50
2011    Don Greenwood     38
2012    Mark Gutfreund     36
2014    Andrew Cummins     30


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Don Greenwood      MD    13    388
  2.  Nels Thompson      VA    14    348
  3.  Andrew Cummins     uk    14    316
  4.  Michael Kaye       MD    14    249
  5.  Marvin Birnbaum    NY    14    215
  6.  Alan Applebaum     MA    02    204
  7.  Jim Doughan        PA    09    187
  8.  Jim Eliason        IA    12    185
  9.  Mark Gutfreund     KY    14    175
 10.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    11    169
 11.  Tom Dworschak      GA    12    156
 12.  Henry Jones        PA    14    144
 13.  Mike Rinella       NY    13    140
 14.  Kevin Hammond      NY    14    133
 15.  Scott Fenn         MD    14    130
 16.  Brun Passacantando CT    12    128
 17.  Steve Andriakos    TX    10     88
 18.  Phil Barcafer      PA    01     84
 19.  Clyde Longest      VA    06     60
 20.  Ken Nied           KS    05     51
 21.  David Wong         NJ    03     50
 22.  Tom Pavy           OH    03     48
 23.  Bill Edwards       VA    99     36
 24.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    14     24
 25.  Peter Brunken      de    14     24
 26.  Harvey Smallman    CA    07     24
 27.  Bryan Stingley     NC    03     24
 28.  Tom Gregorio       PA    10     22
 29.  Scott Moll         VA    10     22
 30.  Chris Byrd         CT    06     20
 31.  Matthew Ellis      uk    10     18
 32.  Nick Anner         NY    06     12
 33.  Anthony Daw        UT    06     12
 34.  Anders Egneus      sw    99     12
 35.  Ron Fedin          PA    04     11
 36.  John Crabtree      CA    01     10
 37.  Tom Drueding       MA    04     10
 38.  Hank Burkhalter    GA    10      7
 39.  John Grant Jr      CT    99      6
 40.  Chris Roginsky     PA    04      5
 41.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    03      5

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 

Nels Thompson, NY

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY

Mike Kaye, MD

Mark Gutfreund, KY

Marvin Birnbaum, NY

Past Winners

Jim Doughan, PA
1994, 1997, 2001, 2007

Bill Edwards, VA

Hank Burkhalter, TX

Don Greenwood, MD

Michael Rinella, NY

Phil Barcafer, PA

Alan Applebaum, MA

Jim Eliason, IA
2003, 2006

Nels Thompson, NY
2004, 2008-10

Andrew Cummins, uk

Marvin Birnbaum, NY

Kevin Hammond, WA
2012, 2014

Michael Kaye, MD

A pair of former champs have at it; Jim Eliason (2003, 2006) and Marvin Birnbaum (2011).

Talemted newcomers Kevin Wotaszczyk and Robert Malcolmson serve notice on the old guard.

 Yes, the CD got time off ro pray for better dice against Michael Kaye. It didn't work.

Two more former champs try to recapture old glory; Andrew Cummins and Mike Rinella. 

Still hitting the beach 21 years later ... via Canada

The drama of the D-Day landings takes place every year at the WBC's. In this the battle's 70th anniversary year the competition has been strong ­ invigorated by new players challenging the established sharks in the pool. Fresh interest has been raised in the game following the release of the L2 Design version. In previous years play has been split between the original Avalon Hill and L2 games. This time around L2 was the default and all games were played under the L2 rules, simplifying both the event and the analysis.

This year with 32 games, there was no bid in 21 of them while another five were settled at plus/minus nine supply. Remember that ten supply equates to a single extra impulse. The highest bidding was by Kevin Hammond, twice giving three impulses to the Allies to allow him to play the Germans - and with considerable success.

The overall result was 20 German victories to 12 Allied. The Allies did best in the early rounds while the last seven games of the elimination rounds saw six German victories.

One of the strengths of Breakout Normandy is the variability in play generated by the range of combat and situational results. This year proved no exception with fate producing many outlier results. Ken Nied's dice gave his Allies a weather change to wet on Impulse 2 of the 7th, as a +7 attack to clear Omaha Beach failed 2-10, the day staying wet until its end at Impulse 11. It was a dreary day for the Allies, indeed. My allied engineers failed six attempts to fix the Grandcamp/ Isigny causeway in succession. We saw the Allies clear Caen on the 7th and St Lo on the 8th with huge rolls. On other maps the Germans triumphed with weather change upon weather change or crushing dice rebuffing huge Allied attacks. Snake eyes v boxcars to blow a +10 Allied assault, stealing a whole days tempo from Allied operations off Omaha.

We saw some innovative play this year on both sides of the table. Nels Thompson has been using the Cherbourg forces previously gathered for the Pont l'Abbe parastomp as a low-odds breaching force to take the Magic bridge the hard way. We have seen desperate German delaying ploys with Isigny being cleared and recontested eight times during the 8th & 9th days, trading high quality units for time. For the Allies, end of 9th & 11th initiative plays to open up dangerous areas such as Troan & Bourguebus or to fork German defences. On the 6th the Allies use of British Air against Caen gives the possibility of the Allies winning big (if successful) either by preventing the effective reinforcement of Bretteville or leaving Caen exposed to a fatal contest by forces coming from Juno or Gold beach.

On his road to victory, Kevin Hammond deliberately played the Germans in all five of his games bidding higher for the privilege as the opposition stiffened. Playing past winner Mike Rinella, Jason Albert, Mark Gutfreund and Kevin Wojtaszczyk on his way to the Final with four-time champion Nels Thompson.

Nels took the allies in the title match with 31 supply and a firecracker of a game was on. The Allies tried for the knockout on the 6th with Caen being successfully airstruck and the one fresh unit having to deploy to Bretteville to prevent the imminent seizure of Villars. The 7-7 armoured assault from Juno was thrown back - success here would have made the defense of Caen extremely difficult.

Nels progress as the Allies was rather stalled by German weather changes and poor bombardment rolls. Omaha developed well but even with Carentan successfully engaged and cleared the points weren't adding up for an Allied success. At the end of the 9th , Nels double-impulsed through Troan and into Mezidon generating threats to both breakout in Zone A and on Caen. Kevin expertly defended against the breakout during regroup, falling back from Houlgate into Zone A while packing Caen with troops & artillery at the start of the 10th as the British contested Bourguebus. Nels' failure to contest Caen earlier was now taking its toll. The 11th saw Caen cut off but the defense was so strong that neither Allied bombardments nor isolation rolls were enough to endanger the defense. A German counterattack on the 12th threw the Allies out of Bourguebus to restore communications to Caen and the 2014 Final was over with Kevin Hammond a purposeful victor.

Former PBeM champ Mark Gutfreund goes down vs eventual champ Kevin Hammond.

 Play By Email 2014

Andrew Cummins, relieved of his GM hat and responsibiliies during the email wars, has won the 8th BPA PBeM tournament over a field of 30 in 29 hotly contested games. In doing so, he has become only the second player to win the BKN triple crown with titles at WBC, the PBeM crown and the now defunct D-Day mini-con.

The Final took on a decidedly international and historical flavor with UK's Andrew commanding the Allies against German Peter Brunken's Wehrmacht. Despite nearly losing Juno Beach on D-Day, Andrew was able to clear Omaha and contest St Mere Eglise on the 6th. This led to the fall of Carentan on the 8th, usually a fatal blow to German hopes. Andrew finished them off by isolating Foret on the 10th - all but ensuring his last required VP.

In contrast to the most recent WBC, this event - which started in 2012 - used the original AH version as the default, leaving use of the L2 version to those who mutually opted for its use. The other laurelists were the 2013 WBC champ, Mike Kaye, in third followed by veterans Scott Fenn, Henry Jones and defending champ Mark Gutfreund.

 GM      Andrew Cummins  [8th Year]  NA   NA

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