Those darn Scandinavians ...
The Napoleonic ranks are filled for
the opening rounds.
2011 champ Richad Beyma vs James Dougherty.
Bill Edwards vs Henry Rice
GM Lewis with his finalists.
The tournament consisted of three swiss rounds to advance
the top eight to single elimination. The tiebreaker was points
based on countries played with the lesser played countries from
2013 worth more. A player was only allowed to play each of the
eight different countries once.
The swiss rounds were played in pods wherein you played the
three other POD members as a means of moving the rounds along
faster rather than waiting for the slowest players in the tournament
to finish before starting another round. The countries played
balanced out more than has been the custom in past tournaments
as France and Russia were played 21 times. Only the US was selected
in less than 13 games. Points for playing countries based on
the 2013 selections have changed considerably. The Preliminaries'
Won/Loss records for the countries in winning percentage order
were: Ottomans 7-1, Britain 7-3, France 9-7, Russia 10-8, Austria
6-8, Spain 2-4, Prussia 4-9 and United States 3-8.
Five unbeaten players advanced along with three 2-1 players
after points and tiebreakers were applied. We had a lot of new
blood advance with only one former champion and a three-time
semifinalist making it to the elimination rounds.
The quarterfinals were a much different mix than 2013's all
Franco/British pairs. The results were as follows:
Nathan Hill's British defeated David Glowny's Ottomans.
Richard Beyma's French defeated Henry Rice's Ottomans.
Bjorn von Knorring's Prussians defeatied Michael Shea's Austrians.
Rob Seulowitz's French defeated Mark McBride's Spanish.
Nathan finally got past the semifinals after being denied
the last three years by besting 2011 champion Richard Beyma's
Ottomans with the French to reach the Final on his fourth try.
Bjorn's French defeated Rob's Prussians in the other bracket.
The Final was one game for all the marbles ... err wood.
Nathan had the Ottomans, Russians, and Spanish left to play.
Bjorn had the British, Spanish, and US remaining, thus making
his decision easy. Nathan selected the Ottomans to face the
British in a Crimean War scenario. Nathan started with an early
Turkish incursion into British territory that eliminated a British
unit. He increased his lead to 3-1 in units killed with the
British cav depleted, but could not finish them off. Slowly
the tide turned as the British repulsed the Turkish advance and
followed deep into Turkish territory while evening the losses
at three units each. As night fell, Bjorn's British took the
victory and for the third year in a row, the Manoeuvre
champion hailed from Scandanavia.
The Ottomans 7-1 record in the preliminaries turned into a
far less stellar 0-4 record in the elimination rounds. The tiebreaker
points for next year will thus again be very different: 2-Ottoman,
Britain; 3-Austria, Russia, France; 4- Prussia, US; 5-Spain
Rob Seulowitz vs Brad Raszewski with
Chris Greenfield and Jeff Cornett slugging it out in the background.