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Castles of Burgundy (COB) WBC 2017 Report
Updated February 21, 2018 Icon Key
74 Players Karl Henning 2017 Status 2018 Status Event History
2017 Champion Click box for details. Click box for details.

Hanging in the Burg'

This is my second year running this event, and I made a few changes. I added a third heat and started them much earlier and was hoping that this would improve the attendance. Total number of players was similar but almost 20% more game were played.

One problem with Castles of Burgundy as a tournament game is that there are a multitude of boards available for play, in the base set there are 9 different boards but all but one are only printed once. So each player would have to have a different board. There are also 18 expansion boards published by Stephan Feld and the publisher, Alea. The problem is that these boards are far from balanced and because of single copies of the board, it can easily match two boards where the average score can be 20%-25% different. Therefore, the tournament rule is for all players at each table use a copy of the same board.

Eight of the boards from the base set (numbered 2-9) and the Monastery board Expansion Set 4 (numbered 13a-13h) were used in the heats. The Monastery adds an additional scoring method: Each board has 3 monasteries on alternating sides. When two monasteries are connected by a straight set of 5 tiles, the player scores 5 additional VP with 7/4 victory scroll for being the first or second to complete all three 5 tile connections. The 2013 and 2016 Championship Boards (expansion 3 & expansion 7 number 14) were used in the semifinals and final.

The first heat was in the Ballroom on the First Sunday after a quick demo at the Exhibit Hall. Forty-seven players on 12 boards played in the first heat. The winners were: Tricia Wolff, Eric Freeman, Robert Kircher, Angela McGavisk, Moon Sultana, Karl Henning, Jay Spencer, Jakob Herbert, Anastasia Tircuit, Nick Vayn, Jacob Slutsky, and Laura Miller. Bill Crenshaw finished second to Laura on his table by one point, the closest game in the tournament.

On the second heat on Monday evening in the Maple Room, 40 players filled 10 tables. The winners were: Ray Wolff, Chad Walker, Matt Spencer, Bill Crenshaw, Anastasia Tircuit, Dominic Blais, Nick Vayn, Doug Faust, Pieter Villion, and Ron Hodge.

The final heat was held in the Ballroom on Wednesday afternoon where 22 players played a total of 6 games. The winners were: Stephen Squibb, Rob Kircher, Dominic Blais, Lawrence Solomon, Tricia Wolff, and Eric Freeman.

The semifinals were in the Ballroom on Saturday afternoon. The 2016 Championship board was randomly chosen for the semifinal. In semifinal 1, Nick Vayn had a solid 11 VP win over Matt Spencer. In semifinal 2, Dominic Blais won by 16 over Chad Walker. In semifinal 3, Anastasia Tircuit posted a solid victory by 16 VP over Tricia Wolff. In the closest game of the semifinals, game 4 saw Karl Henning win by 3 over Rob Kircher.

In the final, which was played on the 2013 tournament boards, Karl Henning won with 257, Nick Vayn finished second with 249, Dominic Blais was third at 239 and Anastasia Tircuit claimed the last plaque with 207.

I hope everyone had a good time!

2017 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 0
Nick Vayn Dominic Blais Anastasia Tircuit Rob Kircher Matt Spencer
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Preliminary Heat action in the Ballroom Contemplating the next move
Waiting for a chance to build Enjoying the game
GM  Richard Irving [2nd Year]  1505 Caceras Circle, Salinas, CA 93906