International prize list of Diplomacy

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Tournaments for the Diplomacy board game have been conducted around the world for decades.


During the 1970s, there were very few Diplomacy tournaments outside North America. At that time, the winner of the tournament held at American DipCon was considered by the North American players as a world champion of Diplomacy.

The WorldDipCon (World Diplomacy Convention) was created in 1988 and the winner of the tournament held at this convention becomes the world champion of Diplomacy.

The players taking the top three places in each WorldDipCon tournament are listed below:

YearHost CityHost CountryWorld ChampionSecondThird
1988Birmingham Great BritainUnited Kingdom Phil DayUnited Kingdom Matt MacVeighUnited Kingdom Jim Mills
1990Chapel Hill United StatesUnited States Jason BergmannUnited States Jeff BohnerUnited States Steve Cooley
1992Canberra AustraliaAustralia Steve GouldAustralia Eric RocheFrance Bruno-André Giraudon
1994Birmingham Great BritainFrance Pascal MontagnaFrance Stéphane GentricFrance Bruno-André Giraudon
1995Paris FranceFrance Bruno-André GiraudonPortugal Antonio Ribeiro da SilvaFrance Thomas Sebeyran
1996Columbus United StatesUnited States Pitt CrandlemireSweden Leif BergmanSweden Björn von Knorring
1997Gothenburg SwedenFrance Cyrille SevinSweden Roger EdblomNorway Borger Borgersen
1998Chapel Hill United StatesUnited States Chris MartinUnited States John Quarto-von-TivadarUnited States Mark Fassio
1999Namur BelgiumSweden Christian DreyerSweden Leif BergmanUnited Kingdom Ivan Woodward
2000Hunt Valley United StatesUnited Kingdom Simon BoutonRepublic of Ireland Brian DennehyUnited States Matthew Shields
2001Paris FranceFrance Cyrille SevinRepublic of Ireland Brian DennehyUnited Kingdom Chetan Radia
2002Canberra AustraliaAustralia Rob StephensonNew Zealand Grant SteelFrance Yann Clouet
2003Denver United StatesFrance Vincent CarryUnited States Edward HawthorneNorway Frank Johansen
2004Birmingham Great BritainFrance Yann ClouetNetherlands André KooyFrance Cyrille Sevin
2005Washington[1] United StatesNorway Frank JohansenUnited States Tom KobrinUnited States Edi Birsan
2006Berlin GermanyFrance Nicolas SahuguetFrance Cyrille SevinFrance Yann Clouet
2007Vancouver CanadaUnited States Doug MooreUnited States Jake MannixUnited States Mark Zoffel
2008Lockenhaus AustriaGermany Julian ZiesingFrance Cyrille SevinGermany Daniel Leinich
2009Columbus United StatesAustralia Andrew GoffUnited Kingdom Daniel LesterUnited States Jim O'Kelley
2010The Hague NetherlandsFrance Gwen MaggiGermany Igor KurtFrance Xavier Blanchot
2011Sydney AustraliaAustralia Andrew GoffNew Zealand Grant SteelRepublic of Ireland Liam Cosgrave
2012Chicago United StatesUnited States Michael A. BinderUnited States Don ScheiflerUnited States Matt Shields
2013Paris FranceFrance Cyrille SevinUnited Kingdom Toby HarrisFrance Gwen Maggi
2014Chapel Hill United StatesUnited States Thomas HaverUnited Kingdom Daniel LesterGermany Phil Weissert
2015Milan Italy
2016Chicago United States

North America[edit]


The winner of the DipCon (Diplomacy Convention) tournament is the North American champion. The title of North American champion was not given at the beginning, but since 1972 has been awarded to each winner of the convention tournament. DipCon was created in 1966 and occurred each year (except in 1967 and 1968). There was no tournament in 1966,[2] 1969[3] and 1971.

The winner of each DipCon North American Championship tournament:

YearHost CityHost CountryNorth American ChampionNotes
1970Oklahoma City United StatesUnited States John Smythe
1972Chicago United StatesUnited States Richard Ackerlay
1973Chicago United StatesUnited States Conrad von Metzke and
United States John Smythe tie
1974Chicago United StatesUnited States Mike Rocamora
1975Chicago United StatesUnited States Walter Blank and
United States Bob Wartenberg tie
1976Baltimore United StatesUnited States Thomas Reape
1977Lake Geneva United StatesUnited States Mike Rocamora
1978Los Angeles United StatesUnited States David Lagerson
1979Chester United StatesUnited States Ben Zablocki
1980Rochester United StatesUnited States Carl Eichelberger
1981Burlingame United StatesUnited States Ron Brown[4]
1982Baltimore United StatesUnited States Konrad Baumeister
1983Detroit United StatesUnited States Joyce Singer[5]
1984Dallas United StatesUnited States Jeff Key
1985Seattle United StatesUnited States J.R. Baker
1986Fredericksburg United StatesUnited Kingdom Malcolm Smith[6]
1987Madison United StatesUnited States David Hood
1988San Antonio United StatesUnited States Dan Sellers
1989San Diego United StatesUnited States Edi Birsan[7]
1990Chapel Hill United StatesUnited States Jason Bergmann[8]
1991Scarborough CanadaUnited States Gary Behnen
1992Lenexa United StatesUnited States Marc Peters
1993San Mateo United StatesUnited States Hohn Cho
1994Chapel Hill United StatesUnited States Bruce Reiff
1995Baltimore United StatesCanada Sylvain Larose
1996Columbus United StatesUnited States Pitt Crandlemire[8]
1997Seattle United StatesUnited States Chris Mazza
1998Chapel Hill United StatesUnited States Chris Martin[8]
1999Columbus United StatesUnited States Chris Mazza
2000Hunt Valley United StatesUnited Kingdom Simon Bouton[8][9]
2001Denver United StatesUnited States David Hood
2002Chapel Hill United StatesUnited States Morgan Gurley
2003Washington United StatesUnited States Edward Hawthorne
2004Portland United StatesUnited States Ken Lemere
2005At Sea United States
United States Rick Desper[10]
2006Charlottesville United StatesUnited States Hohn Cho
2007Vancouver CanadaUnited States Doug Moore[8]
2008Tysons Corner[11] United StatesUnited States Chris Martin[12]
2009Columbus United StatesAustralia Andrew Goff[8][13]
2010San Francisco United StatesUnited States Eric Mead
2011Fairlee United StatesUnited States Chris Martin
2012Chicago United StatesUnited States Michael A. Binder[8]
2013Silver Spring United StatesUnited States Nate Cockerill
2014Seattle United StatesUnited Kingdom Dan Lester[14]

North American Grand Prix[edit]

The winner of each Grand Prix:

YearNbr of stepsNbr of playersWinner
1999758United States Chris Martin
200014125United States Matt Shields
200134166United States Jerry Fest
200217171United States Andy Bartalone
200316213United States Edward Hawthorne
200414305United States Doug Moore
200513234United States Andrew Neumann
200612200United States Jim O'Kelley
200712270United States Doug Moore
200815275United States Thomas Haver
200910182United States Adam Sigal
201010220United States Peter Yeargin
20119143United States Chris Martin
201211202United States Michael A. Binder



The winner of each EuroDipCon tournament:

YearHost CityHost CountryEuropean ChampionNotes
1993Paris FranceFrance Samy Malki
1994Linköping SwedenFrance Xavier Blanchot
1995Cirencester Great BritainNorway Inge Kjøl
1996Oslo NorwayNorway Inge Kjøl
1997Namur BelgiumFrance Cyrille Sevin
1998Bedford Great BritainUnited Kingdom Toby Harris
1999Turku FinlandUnited Kingdom Simon Bouton
2000Paris FranceSweden Leif Bergman
2001Dublin IrelandRepublic of Ireland Paraic Reddington
2002Malmö SwedenNorway Frank Johansen
2003Dogana San MarinoFrance Yann Clouet
2004Darmstadt GermanyUnited States Edi Birsan[15]
2005Utrecht NetherlandsUnited Kingdom Simon Bouton
2006Cheshunt Great BritainFrance Benjamin Pouillès-Duplaix
2007Marseille FranceFrance Fabien Grellier
2008Brunate ItalyItaly Luca Pazzaglia
2009Bonn GermanyGermany André Ilievics
2010Paris FranceGermany Fabian Straub
2011Derby Great BritainFrance Gwen Maggi
2012Serravalle San MarinoFrance Nicolas Sahuguet
2013Namur BelgiumFrance Gwen Maggi
2014Rome ItalyAustralia Peter McNamara[16]
2015Leicester Great Britain

European Grand Prix[edit]

The winner of each Grand Prix:

YearNb of stepsNb of playersWinner
200210283France William Attia
200311349France Yann Clouet
200415472France Yann Clouet
200513364France Gwen Maggi
200614340France Gwen Maggi
200714272France Gwen Maggi
200811207France Emmanuel du Pontavice
200911175France Gwen Maggi
20108172France Gwen Maggi
20116108France Gwen Maggi
2012576United Kingdom Dave Simpson
20137112France Gwen Maggi
2014681France Gwen Maggi

Australia and New Zealand[edit]

Bismark Cup[edit]

The National Tournaments Championship – comprising the perpetual trophy known as the Bismark Cup – is awarded for the best aggregate tournament results at Diplomacy tournaments held during the calendar year. It is an annual (short term) ranking. The exact number of points depends on the size of the tournament and the person's placing in that tournament.

The winner of each Bismark Cup:

YearNbr of stepsNbr of playersWinner
1989Australia Robert Wessels
1990Australia Harry Kolotas
1991375Australia Robert Wessels
19925123Australia Steve Gould
1993693Australia Harry Kolotas
1994Australia Craig Sedgwick
1995Australia Rob Stephenson
1996565Australia Craig Sedgwick
1997574Australia Bill Brown
1998792Australia Rob Stephenson
19998117New Zealand Brandon Clarke
20009111Australia Rob Stephenson
200110104Australia Tristan Lee
2002784New Zealand Rob Schone
2003652Australia Geoff Kerr
2004856New Zealand Grant Steel
2005865Australia Tony Collins
20061076Australia Sean Colman
2007Not organised
2008758Australia Andrew Goff
2009769Australia Shane Cubis
2010769Australia Thorin Munro
2011549New Zealand Grant Steel
2012Not organised

Origins of the Bismark Cup[edit]

In the early 1980s the Diplomacy scene in Australia was built around several PBM Diplomacy magazines, of which the most significant titles were Rumplestiltskin, The Go Between, Beowulf, Victoriana, The Journal of Australian Diplomacy, and The Envoy. Most of the tournament players were subscribers, players and editors of these magazines. The Envoy, which was published between 1986 and 1991, ran a series of articles which were both popular and influential. Purportedly written by Arthur von Bismark and styled as lecture transcripts, the character of Arthur von Bismark became celebrated among the contemporary Diplomacy subculture in Australia.

The articles were popular at a time when tournament play in Australia had become more organized, with well-attended tournaments in Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Rating systems at the time were being hotly debated and many players desired a way to assess the best player in the tournament scene for a calendar year, as a way of overcoming the perceived inconsistencies of rating systems within one event. The annual trophy concept was accepted among the then-principle organizers of these tournaments and the title Arthur Bismark Cup was suggested by The Envoy's then-editor Mathew Gibson.

The real author of these Arthur von Bismark articles was never announced publicly, but was suspected as being either Harry Kolotas, Marion Ashworth, Neil Ashworth or Luke Clutterbuck.

Diplomacy National World Cup[edit]

More prestigious web tournament. The third edition begins in 2013.

EditionWorld ChampionSecondThird
2007–2009 France Italy Argentina
2010–2012 Ireland United States France
EditionMembers of the World champion teamMembers of second teamMembers of third team
France Emmanuel du Pontavice
France Fabrice Essner
France Jean-Luc Granier
France Fabien Grellier
France Michel Lacroix
France Gwen Maggi
France Jean-Pierre Maulion
France Nicolas Sahuguet
France Spain Rubén Sanchez García Luengo de Madrid
France Cyrille Sevin
Italy Enrico Agamennone
Italy United States Alessio Cei
Italy Giovanni Cesarini
Italy Davide Cleopadre
Italy Marco Noseda Pedraglio
Italy Luca Pazzaglia
Italy Roberto Perego
Italy Leonardo Quirini
Italy Andrea Ziffer
Argentina Leonardo Colangelo
Argentina Pablo Echevarría
Argentina Mike Goldfeld
Argentina Martin Kaplan
Argentina Marcelo Larroque
Uruguay Ismael Puga
Chile Felipe Sanchez
Argentina Ariel Max Sanchez Romero
Republic of Ireland Mike Cosgrave
Republic of Ireland Brian Dennehy
Republic of Ireland Aidan Duggan
Republic of Ireland Conor Kostick
Republic of Ireland Cian O'Rathaille
Republic of Ireland Nigel Phillips
United Kingdom Rick Powell
United States
United States Kevin Dietz
United States Jim Green
United States Melinda Holley
United States Brian McCain
United States Pete Marinaro
United States Charles Mullin
United States Kyra Olson
India Yashwant Parmar
United States Eric Sorenson
France Frédéric Coste
France Fabrice Essner
France Gwen Maggi
France Jean-Pierre Maulion
France Jean-François Mougard
France Reynald Nicod
France Vincent Reulet
France Nicolas Sahuguet
France Spain Rubén Sanchez García Luengo de Madrid
France Cyrille Sevin

See also[edit]

Diplomacy List of world championships in mind sports


  1. ^ Originally scheduled to be in Hunt Valley, but moved when the original host convention moved from Hunt Valley to Lancaster.
  2. ^ DipCon I held in Youngstown, and hosted by John Koning in his home, 31 August 1666.
  3. ^ DipCon II held in Youngstown, because "...we had so much fun last time, let's do it again."
  4. ^ Held as part of Origins, which was in San Mateo, but held in a separate hotel because of space limitations
  5. ^ We can see in Diplomacy World 35 that the name of the winner is Joyce Singer.
  6. ^ The best North American player, United States Marc Hurwitz, finished 2nd.
  7. ^ Hohn Cho won the 1989 DipCon Diplomacy tournament, but that year's "DipCon Champion" was decided by a number of events.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g This year, the DipCon was the WorldDipCon.
  9. ^ The best North American player, United States Matthew Shields, finished 3rd.
  10. ^ Played during a cruise from Galveston United States and with several stops: Progreso Mexico, Cozumel Mexico and Belize City Belize.
  11. ^ DipCon status was removed from the Bangor event by the NADF on 30 July 2008.
  12. ^ Results Disputed. Under normal hobby practice, the Tournament Director is ineligible for prizes due to real or perceived conflicts of interest. David Webster acted as TD, but still declared himself the winner.
  13. ^ The best North American player, United States Jim O'Kelley, finished 3rd.
  14. ^ The best North American player, United States Chris Martin, finished 2nd.
  15. ^ First European: United Kingdom Gihan Bandaranaike (second of the tournament).
  16. ^ First European: Italy Filippo Lonardo (second of the tournament).

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