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Russian Railroads (RRR) WBC 2019 Event Report
Updated February 2, 2020.
55 Players Roger Jarrett 2019 Status 2020 Status Event History
2019 Champion & Laurels
 

A New Champion

In Russia, railroad builds you. This year Russia built 56 competitors who played 18 games in 2 heats. Russia built only one double winner, Ming Hon. The top seeds built by Russia all had a win and a second, Sam Wolff, Dominic Blais, and Roger Jarrett.

One new thing that Russia built this year was a player who scored over 500! Curt Collins, II scored 501 to set a new high score for the tournament. The next highest score this year was 471 and last year the high score was 489.

Of the 17 players with at least one win, one did not show up, so the semi-final consisted of all previous winners present. The only wrinkle in the seeding of the players was that a mother and son, Tricia and Sam Wolff, both won their heats, and care had to be taken to not seat them at the same table in the semi-final. Luckily, as the seeding went, this did not happen. Unfortunately for this mother-son pair, neither one won their semi-final match.

The final four, in order of margin over second place, were Curt Collins, II, Roger Jarrett, Dominic Blais, and Ed Gilliland. All of which were new faces to the finals!

In the final, after turn 3 the scores ranged from 59 to 20, albeit, as we all know, early performance is no indication of future success. The lead would change twice in the remaining 4 rounds. Once Russia was finished building these competitors, Curt Collins, II, could not duplicate his earlier success and finished with a bronze. Dominic Blais, who was in last place for most of the game managed to pull into second place after engineer and bonus points were counted. The winner, Roger Jarrett, finished the regular scoring in first place and managed to score just enough bonus points to eke out the win over Dominic.

Russia built some mighty fine players and I hope to see them, and more, back next year.

 
2019 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 0
Dominic Blais Curt Collins II Ed Gilliland Michael George Tom DeMarco
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

 

Building Rails in Russia. Tom DeMarco earning his way to laurels.
Finalists with GM Dan Farrow.
 
 
GM  Dan Farrow [2nd Year]  NA
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