wellington

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Peter Reese, VA

2015 Champion

Event History

2006 David Gantt 28
2007 Ed Rothenheber 27
2008 Henry Russell 20
2009 Peter Reese 22
2010 Peter Reese 26
2011 Rejean Tremblay 26
2012 Peter Reese 31
2013 Frank Morehouse 23
2014 Rejean Tremblay 21
2015 Peter Reese 24

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Peter Reese        VA    15    202
  2.  Henry Russell      PA    14     87
  3.  Rejean Tremblay    on    14     76
  4.  Ed Rothenheber     MD    09     66
  5.  Frank Morehouse    PA    15     57
  6.  Al Hurda           on    14     42
  7.  Jesse Boomer       KS    15     36
  8.  David Gantt        SC    06     30
  9.  Patrick Duffy      VA    15     27
 10.  Melvin Casselberry PA    11     27
 11.  Jim McCarthy       on    13     22
 12.  Rob Olsson         MD    12     20
 13.  Tracey Casselberry VT    11     18
 14.  Francis Czawlytko  MD    09     12
 15.  Rob Mull           CO    07     12
 16.  Robert Vollman     ab    06     12
 17.  Emily Allbert      NY    15      9
 18.  Dorian Key         DC    09      9
 19.  Nick Frydas        uk    08      9
 20.  Robert March       CA    06      9
 21.  Ahmet Ilpars       tr    08      6
 22.  Phil Barcafer      PA    07      6
 23.  Craig Melton       VA    15      3
 24.  John Sutcliffe     uk    13      3
 25.  Phil Pendleton     PA    09      3
 26.  Tom Vickery        NJ    06      3
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 3

Patrick Duffy, VA
2nd

Frank Morehouse, PA
3rd

Emily Allbert, NY
4th

Jesse Boomer, KS
5th

Craig Melton, VA
6th

Past Winners

David Gantt, SC
2006

Ed Rothenheber, MD
2007

Henry Russell, PA
2008

Peter Reese, VA
'09-10, '12, '15

Rejean Tremblay, on
2011, 2014

Frank Morehouse, PA
2013

Pat Duffy and Al Hurda again vacation in sunny Spain.

Pat Duffy, Emily Allbert and Larry Burman

Beware Guerrillas! ...

This year’s tournament enjoyed both an uptick in attendance and a familiar face walking away with the wood. As a “coopetition” game, Wellington affords the uninitiated an opportunity to play competitively and possibly walk away with a win. Players form teams, with two players cooperating as the French—the French North and South Armies—and two others playing the British and Spanish allies. Although teammates must work together to defeat the common enemy, each player must also look to his own interests to achieve individual  victory. As a result, a new player can effectively team with a more experienced player and still be the overall winner.

And this year, it happened for Craig Melton. Playing the British, he and his partner, Thomas Boisvert, were able to beat the French, and Melton was able to advance to the semifinals based on his 2-Victory Point advantage. In other preliminary round action, kudos to Emily Wu, who won both of her heats, and to Jesse Boomer who volunteered to sit out and help new players learn the game.

Eight players gathered for the semifinals. This situation is a bit unique for this game because it allows teams to fully cooperate, as the winning team will advance to the Final—not just the player with the most Victory Points. In Game 1, Jesse Boomer and Rob Olsson squared off as the French against Frank Morehouse (Spain) and Emily Wu (Britain). Emily played aggressively as Wellington but was attritted and repulsed in the mountain passes approaching Madrid. In the South, however, Spain was able to repulse an assault by the dreaded French General Soult, chasing him from the southern part of Spain. However, the French were able to hold enough keys to attempt to end the game on Turn 1 with a French victory. The die roll failed. The French were able to hold Madrid throughout Turn 2, but their weakened position was not enough to hold the allies from an eventual victory.

The other semifinal pitted Pat Duffy and Peter Reese as the French against Craig Melton and Llew Bardecki as the allies. Melton, playing the British, made aggressive moves against Madrid, resulting in heavy casualties on both sides. In the end the French were able to hold Madrid at the end of Turn 1. Turn 2 was much of the same, with the French holding a slight advantage, which was enough to win, as a peace die roll ended play at the end of Turn 2.

The draw for the Final was similar. Morehouse and Wu commanded the Spanish and British, respectively, as they did in the prior round. Reese and Duffy played the French again but swapped commands, with Peter playing the French Northern Army and Pat commanding the south. Early action saw Pat taking the Spanish fort in Valencia, destroying the defending Spanish Army. Frank quickly got revenge by repulsing Soult in Cadiz. Emily moved Wellington aggressively toward Madrid, forcing Pat to abandon any hope for gains in the south and move Soult to the defense of Madrid. The casualties on both sides were heavy but Wellington took the worst of it. Turn 1 ended with the French scrambling to take back Barcelona, which had been overrun by some nasty Spanish nationals. Turn 2 was another bloody turn, featuring destruction of Wellington yet again and the Spanish retaking Valencia. The result was a stalemate going into Turn 3. Madrid fell to the British early in the turn, and the French fell back to defend their last stronghold in Spain. Doing so cost the French several cards, and as a result, Frank’s Spanish were in an excellent position to push through Barcelona and into France itself, which would all but guarantee him victory. Alas, the dice thought better of it and he was unable to break through. Pat made a desperate attack to retake Madrid. He succeeded, but a late guerrilla attack cost him control. That left Peter Reese the champion of the event for the fourth time. Well done, Peter!

Melvin Casselberry, Walter Nowak, Emily Allbert and Herbert Sparks contest a heat.
GM Pat Duffy (3rd Year) NA
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