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saint petersburg (SPG) WBC 2016 Report
Updated Nov. 14, 2016 Icon Key
108 Players Vien Bounma, NJ 2016 Status 2017 Status Event History
2016 Champion Click box for details. Click box for details.

A Time for Over Achievers

2016 was a year of change as we settled into our new Seven Springs home. Some familiar faces were missing this year but new ones rose to the occasion! Overall tournament participation was down, 108 unique players as opposed to 142 last year. That’s pretty close to the overall convention attendance decline so no major surprise. The new facility suited us well – no scrambling to find tables any more!

This year’s semifinals took a decidedly interesting turn. Going in we had one triple winner (Tim Hall) and eight double winners. Just two years ago Norman played in the semifinal when we didn’t get even 16 players to try to advance This year, all 16 of our top qualifiers were present and no alternates were needed!

Upsets were the order of the day during the semifinals. 2012 champ Randy Buehler had a surprising loss in his semifinal to relative newcomer Shira Levy (making dad Keith very proud!) Antero Kuusi and Tom Johnston also bowed out that game. Our resident Sandman, Vien Bounma, ended the winning streak of triple winner Tim Hall as well as Cliff Ackman and Marcy Morelli in the second semi to advance. Lauren Vessey, who last won laurels in this event in 2012, knocked out Israeli Aran Warszawski, David Rohde, and William Hoch to claim the third seat. Ray Wolff, father of two youngsters making waves of their own at this WBC and another newcomer to SPG laurels, knocked out Kyle Smith, Tom Idzikowski and our other Israeli, Haim Hochboim, to take the last seat at the Final.

None of our finalists had been favored to reach Round 3 and the result was a game for over achievers which felt more like a friendly game at the club than a hotly contested WBC title. Laughter and conversation replaced the more common intense silence of a typical Final. When all was over, Vien emerged as the 12th WBC SPG champ.

As usual Norman has compiled some interesting statistics:

49 games. 11 players played in all three heats. 52 played in one heat. 45 played in two heats.

Close Games: Three ties including one three-way. Five games won by one point. In one of those, the runner-up beat third by one point. Four more games won by two points.

High Scores: Three over 100. Best score in a 4-player game was 122. Best score in a 3-player game was 134. That game also produced the highest runner-up score: 124 points.

Lowest winning score was a 47-47-43-40 slugfest.

Lowest Margin of Victory from First to Last: 7 points three times.

Normally a score over 70 is very good and may well win you the game. We had two scores over 70 that came in last.

2016 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 0
Ray Wolff, VA Lauren Vessey, VA Shira Levy, MD Cliff Ackman, PA Kyle Smith, PA
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
John Corrado, Keith Levy and Vien Bounma Kara Alexandre, Norman Rule, Kyle Smith and Sharon Cross
The upset kids in action in the Final.
GM  Norman & Amy Rule [4th Year]  NA
 amyjrrule@gmail.com  NA