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Diplomacy (DIP) WBC 2016 Report
Updated May 11, 2017 Icon Key
26 Players Uffe Christensen, dk 2016 Status 2017 Status Event History
2016 Champion

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words …

So this should keep you entertained:


This year, the Diplomacy Tournament was again the best two of three rounds with a central clock and scored using C-Diplo. In C-Diplo, all players are ranked based on finish at the end of the game, with the first three ranks earning bonus points. We had ten new players compete this year -- three of them women. We kicked off Diplomacy with a Friday afternoon Demo. We gave a away a free copy of the game to our best new player, Constance Carroll. She played the entire Intro Round while babysitting her one-month old niece. The child was better behaved than most Diplomacy players I know. 

The first round was dominated by Uffe Christensen of Denmark, who had not competed in a tournament since the 2002 EuroDipCon. He topped the board with a huge France. Meanwhile, the other board had a disgusting three-way tie for the top spot, thereby splitting all the bonus points. The finish also made it difficult to give away our Avalon Hill game prizes, as we originally planned on giving each board top a game. Instead, we instead provided them with the consolation prizes intended for the first out: Codenames.

The second round on Saturday was all about Russia. Constance Carroll returned to play after her teaching round, took her recent lessons to heart, and ran amok on the board. She teamed up with Michael Sullivan's Italy & David Sander's Turkey to knock out Austria. After Austria was eliminated, Michael and Constance went to work on Turkey and Germany together. The West stagnated early in the game and did not recover in time to stop the IR from rolling. Constance finished with an 11-center board top with Russia. On the other board, an AIR eliminated Turkey in 1904 then pushed west. Ron Fisher led the way with a 12-center Russia, followed by John Stevens' Austria and Geoff Mize's Italy with  eight centers each.

We picked up more players than we could seat in the third round, and so multiple veterans elected to sit out and coach our new players, including two-time champion David Rynkowski. Given the cost and competitive nature of WBC tournaments, this was a generous sacrifice indeed. John Tammes, one of our coaches, explained his decision as paying back his hobby and growing the game. "There are too many gray hairs playing these games. We need new blood," Tammes said. I've found this attitude common among many WBC players -- they want to keep an original title like Diplomacy alive, and so they're gracious & supportive of new players.

Round 3 had two 11-center England board tops by Harald Henning and Paul Konka, and a three-way board top between France, Austria, and Russia. While Paul Konka's two combined scores were great, he could not stop Uffe Christensen on the other board from earning the 2nd place bonus points as Germany. Two of the boards started with a western triple: Paul's England stabbed France AND Germany, whereas Uffe was content with a stab of Geoff Mize's France in coordination with Harald Henning's England. Uffe, who like our past champions only played two of three rounds (leaving no room for error), claimed the championship and two Best Country awards for his efforts.

The WBC 2016 Best Country Awards went to:

Angela McGavisk Harald Henning & Paul Konka Uffe Christensen Uffe Christensen Michael Sullivan Ron Fisher Geoff Mize
Austria England France Germany Italy Russia Turkey

The WBC 2016 Best New Player went to Constance Carroll.

2016 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 1
Paul Konka, MD Ron Fisher, NC Constance Carroll, NC Harald Henning, CT Michael Sullivan, PA
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
One of the challenges of Diplomacy tournments
is the need for exact multiples of seven players.
No one outdoes GM Thomas Haver in funding extra prizes for
his tournament—including seven traditional Best Country plaques.


2016 PBeM Tournament
Christopher Lee of Peoria, AZ, successfully defended his recent PBeM Diplomacy title by besting a field of 35 in three rounds. Chris recorded two solo wins and a three-way draw in his three games to take top honors. Germany’s Martin Burgdorf took second with a solo win and a two-way draw. Arizona high school student Natalie Howard claimed third over highly-ranked BPA gamer Tom Drueding, while another AZ high school student, Charlotte Anderson, bested ACV guru Kevin Youells for fifth. One of the 15 games logged went to the end of 1913. The best country performances in order were: France, Austria, Turkey, Russia, Germany, England and Italy.


2017 PBeM Tournament

Kevin Youells won his fourth PBeM Diplomacy tournament by topping a field of 35 would- be diplomats in three five-board rounds during a tournament of firsts. One game almost exceeded the time limit, and when two nations both reached 17 centers simultaneously (this has never happened before), the victory conditions were adjusted from 17 to 18 centers. For the first time Italy ranked as the best nation—migrating from its usual cellar status.

Kevin Youells earned 40 victory points (also a new record) for two solo firsts and one 2-way victory. Mikayla Tang and Ken Gutermuth earned 35 victory points each as both had a solo victory and two 2-way victories. Warren Day and Chris Lee earned 30 victory points with a pair of solo victories each. Natalie Howard took sixth place with two 2-way wins. The Best nations were Italy, Russia, France, England, Turkey, Austria-Hungary and Germany in that order.


Mikayla Tang Ken Gutermuth Warren Day Chris Lee Natalie Howard
GM  Tom Haver [5th Year]  NA
 TJ Haver@Gmail.com  NA