International prize list of Diplomacy
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:
|Year||Host City||Host Country||World Champion||Second||Third|
|1988||Birmingham||Great Britain||Phil Day||Matt MacVeigh||Jim Mills|
|1990||Chapel Hill||United States||Jason Bergmann||Jeff Bohner||Steve Cooley|
|1992||Canberra||Australia||Steve Gould||Eric Roche||Bruno-André Giraudon|
|1994||Birmingham||Great Britain||Pascal Montagna||Stéphane Gentric||Bruno-André Giraudon|
|1995||Paris||France||Bruno-André Giraudon||Antonio Ribeiro da Silva||Thomas Sebeyran|
|1996||Columbus||United States||Pitt Crandlemire||Leif Bergman||Björn von Knorring|
|1997||Gothenburg||Sweden||Cyrille Sevin||Roger Edblom||Borger Borgersen|
|1998||Chapel Hill||United States||Chris Martin||John Quarto-von-Tivadar||Mark Fassio|
|1999||Namur||Belgium||Christian Dreyer||Leif Bergman||Ivan Woodward|
|2000||Hunt Valley||United States||Simon Bouton||Brian Dennehy||Matthew Shields|
|2001||Paris||France||Cyrille Sevin||Brian Dennehy||Chetan Radia|
|2002||Canberra||Australia||Rob Stephenson||Grant Steel||Yann Clouet|
|2003||Denver||United States||Vincent Carry||Edward Hawthorne||Frank Johansen|
|2004||Birmingham||Great Britain||Yann Clouet||André Kooy||Cyrille Sevin|
|2005||Washington||United States||Frank Johansen||Tom Kobrin||Edi Birsan|
|2006||Berlin||Germany||Nicolas Sahuguet||Cyrille Sevin||Yann Clouet|
|2007||Vancouver||Canada||Doug Moore||Jake Mannix||Mark Zoffel|
|2008||Lockenhaus||Austria||Julian Ziesing||Cyrille Sevin||Daniel Leinich|
|2009||Columbus||United States||Andrew Goff||Daniel Lester||Jim O'Kelley|
|2010||The Hague||Netherlands||Gwen Maggi||Igor Kurt||Xavier Blanchot|
|2011||Sydney||Australia||Andrew Goff||Grant Steel||Liam Cosgrave|
|2012||Chicago||United States||Michael A. Binder||Don Scheifler||Matt Shields|
|2013||Paris||France||Cyrille Sevin||Toby Harris||Gwen Maggi|
|2014||Chapel Hill||United States||Thomas Haver||Daniel Lester||Phil Weissert|
|2015||Milan||Italy||Toby Harris||Rubén Sanchez García Luengo de Madrid||Thomas Haver|
|2016||Chicago||United States||Chris Brand||Doug Moore||Andrew Goff|
|2017||Oxford||Great Britain||Doug Moore||Marvin Fried||Tanya Gill|
|2018||Washington, DC||United States||Andrew Goff||Doug Moore||Adam Sigal|
|2019||Marseille||France||Gwen Maggi||Andrew Goff||Christophe Borgeat|
|2020||Killington, Vermont||United States|
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, 1969 and 1971.
The winner of each DipCon North American Championship tournament:
|Year||Host City||Host Country||North American Champion||Notes|
|1970||Oklahoma City||United States||John Smythe|
|1972||Chicago||United States||Richard Ackerlay|
|1973||Chicago||United States|| Conrad von Metzke and
John Smythe tie
|1974||Chicago||United States||Mike Rocamora|
|1975||Chicago||United States|| Walter Blank and
Bob Wartenberg tie
|1976||Baltimore||United States||Thomas Reape|
|1977||Lake Geneva||United States||Mike Rocamora|
|1978||Los Angeles||United States||David Lagerson|
|1979||Chester||United States||Ben Zablocki|
|1980||Rochester||United States||Carl Eichelberger|
|1981||Burlingame||United States||Ron Brown|||
|1982||Baltimore||United States||Konrad Baumeister|
|1983||Detroit||United States||Joyce Singer|||
|1984||Dallas||United States||Jeff Key|
|1985||Seattle||United States||J.R. Baker|
|1986||Fredericksburg||United States||Malcolm Smith|||
|1987||Madison||United States||David Hood|
|1988||San Antonio||United States||Dan Sellers|
|1989||San Diego||United States||Edi Birsan|||
|1990||Chapel Hill||United States||Jason Bergmann|||
|1992||Lenexa||United States||Marc Peters|
|1993||San Mateo||United States||Hohn Cho|
|1994||Chapel Hill||United States||Bruce Reiff|
|1995||Baltimore||United States||Sylvain Larose|
|1996||Columbus||United States||Pitt Crandlemire|||
|1997||Seattle||United States||Chris Mazza|
|1998||Chapel Hill||United States||Chris Martin|||
|1999||Columbus||United States||Chris Mazza|
|2000||Hunt Valley||United States||Simon Bouton|||
|2001||Denver||United States||David Hood|
|2002||Chapel Hill||United States||Morgan Gurley|
|2003||Washington||United States||Edward Hawthorne|
|2004||Portland||United States||Ken Lemere|
|2005||At Sea|| United States
|2006||Charlottesville||United States||Hohn Cho|
|2008||Tysons Corner||United States||Chris Martin|||
|2009||Columbus||United States||Andrew Goff|||
|2010||San Francisco||United States||Eric Mead|
|2011||Fairlee, Vermont||United States||Chris Martin|
|2012||Chicago||United States||Michael A. Binder|||
|2013||Silver Spring||United States||Nate Cockerill|
|2014||Seattle||United States||Dan Lester|||
|2015||Philadelphia||United States||Chris Martin|
|2016||Chicago||United States||Chris Brand|
|2017||Killington, Vermont||United States||Doug Moore|
North American Grand Prix
The winner of each Grand Prix:
The winner of each EuroDipCon tournament:
|Year||Host City||Host Country||European Champion||Notes|
|1995||Cirencester||Great Britain||Inge Kjøl|
|1998||Bedford||Great Britain||Toby Harris|
|2003||Dogana||San Marino||Yann Clouet|
|2006||Cheshunt||Great Britain||Benjamin Pouillès-Duplaix|
|2011||Derby||Great Britain||Gwen Maggi|
|2012||Serravalle||San Marino||Nicolas Sahuguet|
|2015||Leicester||Great Britain||Cyrille Sevin|
European Grand Prix
The winner of each Grand Prix:
Australia and New Zealand
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:
Origins of the Bismark Cup
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
More prestigious web tournament. The third edition begins in 2013.
|Edition||Members of the World champion team||Members of second team||Members of third team|
Emmanuel du Pontavice
Rubén Sanchez García Luengo de Madrid
Marco Noseda Pedraglio
Ariel Max Sanchez Romero
Rubén Sanchez García Luengo de Madrid
- Originally scheduled to be in Hunt Valley, but moved when the original host convention moved from Hunt Valley to Lancaster.
- DipCon I held in Youngstown, and hosted by John Koning in his home, 31 August 1666.
- DipCon II held in Youngstown, because "...we had so much fun last time, let's do it again."
- Held as part of Origins, which was in San Mateo, but held in a separate hotel because of space limitations
- We can see in Diplomacy World 35 that the name of the winner is Joyce Singer.
- The best North American player, Marc Hurwitz, finished 2nd.
- Hohn Cho won the 1989 DipCon Diplomacy tournament, but that year's "DipCon Champion" was decided by a number of events.
- This year, the DipCon was the WorldDipCon.
- The best North American player, Matthew Shields, finished 3rd.
- Played during a cruise from Galveston and with several stops: Progreso , Cozumel and Belize City .
- DipCon status was removed from the Bangor event by the NADF on 30 July 2008.
- 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.
- The best North American player, Jim O'Kelley, finished 3rd.
- The best North American player, Chris Martin, finished 2nd.
- First European: Gihan Bandaranaike (second of the tournament).
- First European: Filippo Lonardo (second of the tournament).