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Power Grid (PGD) WBC 2017 Report
Updated March 16, 2018 Icon Key
94 Players Jim Savarick 2017 Status 2018 Status Event History
  2017 Champion      

Another Enlightening Experience

Power Grid had yet another productive year in 2017 with 95 players turning out for a whopping 35 games in the heats of round 1. Despite having one player quit the semifinals as they were starting, we were lucky to catch 1 of the alternates to have exactly 25 players for the 5 semifinal matches.

The first semifinal had quite a finish with Jim and Hein powering 13 cities each, Jim built out to 15 cities and won the tiebreaker by 18 electro. Jim ended the game burning oil and wind with the 16, 32, and 33 plants whereas Hein was burning coal and nukes with the 20, 25, and 28 plants.

The second semifinal had less of a photo finish but was just as close. Kevin was alone in powering 15 cities and built to 15 with Nessa and Daniel shortly behind powering 14. Kevin was running the 20, 28, and 32 numbered plants, Nessa was running lots of nukes with the 23, 30, and 34, and Daniel was burning coal with the 19, 25, and 31.

Semifinal 3 was similar to the first with Henry powering 13 cities and Tim, John, and Tim running 1 short of him at 12. Henry used his saved electro to build the remaining of his 15 cities and end the game. Henry enjoyed being the sole owner of trash plants as he ran the 16, 24, and 30 plants. Tim, John, and Jim all had a good variety of plants with the 21, 23 and 35, the 13, 20, and 32, and the 18, 25, and 26 plants, respectively.

The fourth semifinal table was a quite unusual match with the other 4 players powering 9 cities, Joe was running 11 with the 18, 20, and 29 plants. Using the savings collected through the grueling rounds of poor power plant auctions, Joe extended his power grid to the magic number of 15 cities to win the game. 3 players finished with their starting power plants!

The final semifinal match was the second to go to a tiebreaker, though not as tight as the first one, which provided Hein with 6th place. Pieter and Greg were both running 12 plants, but it was Greg who was built to the 15 cities. Pieter, however, not needing to build as many cities, finished the game with 54 more electro than Greg. In another game with rough plant selection, Pieter, in addition to Matt and Eric, ended the game with their starting power plants. Pieter was running nothing but oil with the 9, 26, and 32 and Greg was buying a variety of resources with the 21, 25, and 27.

Due to both the GM Kevin and his assistant GM Jim making it to the final along with Henry, Pieter, and Joe, no one was available for a play-by-play analysis. However the ending was quite the nail biter decided by 10 electro. Jim and Henry powered 16 cities but Jim finished with 17 electro to top Henry’s 7. Jim finished with the 30, 33, and 38 plants and cheap trash while Henry had the 25, 31, and 44 plants, burning coal and letting wind to the rest.

2017 was another exciting and productive year for power grid, now we await another great tournament in 2018!

2017 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 0
Henry Ho Pieter Villion Joe Millovich Kevin Broh-Kahn Hein Hundal
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

This board looks pretty full

Getting ready for the end game

Getting ready to make the next big strategic move Power Grid Finalists including GM Kevin Broh-Kahn
GM  Kevin Broh-Kahn [4th Year]  NA
 kbkrunner@Gmail.com  NA