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Hammer of the Scots (HOS) WBC 2016 Report
Updated Oct. 25, 2016 Icon Key
7 Players Ron Draker, VA 2016 Status 2017 Status Event History
2016 Champion Click box for details. Click box for details.


My thanks to those members who voted Hammer of the Scots back in as a 2016 trial event after our demotion from the Century last year. Unfortunately, it takes more than just votes to renew events for another year and without players there is not much point to having a tournament. I don’t know whether it was the switch to the new facility or some other cause, but our attendance was down drastically from previous years. In fact, we failed to even meet BPA’s minimum field for a qualifying tournament - thus reducing this year’s contingent to a non-event. Although games were played, and a plaque was presented, no laurels were awarded and the event will not be registered as a qualifying tournament.

There were only seven games played total. With just seven players present and some of those leaving after one or two rounds, the swiss elim format had to be abandoned in midstream. The English won five of the seven games played, including three wins as the English for Ron Draker. Four of the seven were played with bids for the English, and the English bidders went 3-1. Of the three games played with bids for the Scots, the Scots went 1-2.

No Scottish king was crowned in any game. Edward I fell in four of the games, and the English overcame the loss to win in two of those four.  Edward II survived every time he entered the game. With such a preponderance of English wins, the Scots seldom controlled enough nobles for the French knights to enter the draw pool, and the knights only made it into the game once. Moray died in three games, and all three ended in English wins.  Wallace died in two of those three games and was forced to disband to avoid elimination in the third. The most unusual game end was in one of the Scots wins when the last English noble on the board was eliminated by pillage on the opening card of year 1301. One hand reported as having four events out of five cards, and that player recovered in later years to win. The average number of shortened years from simultaneous play of two events was one, with two short years in two of the seven games. Only one game had two successful Herald events for the same player and he won.

Among the pieces, the outstanding performance award goes to the Ross, as recorded by the winner of the final game:  “Ross was the hero of the game. He twice defended against Scots infantry at a value of 1 step, lasting three rounds and inflicting a step loss each round. If he had failed to defend, the Scots would have won a 7-7 tie.”

It is rare that WBC tournaments fail to draw a minimum field - especially for events with such a distinguished resume. Historically, less than 1% of WBC tournaments are unable to draw at least eight entrants. However, when it does happen those events are dropped from the annual membership ballot for the following year. HOS will require a sponsor to return in 2017.

2016 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 2
Fred Bauer, VA Steve Koleszar, VA NA NA NA
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Fred Bauer and Ron Draker GM Randall MacInnis and John Ohlin.
GM  Randall MacInnis¬†[2nd Year]  NA