war of 1812 [Updated October 2002]

812   2 prizes Experienced Single Elim Continuous 
   18  Round 2 21  Round 3 23     Round 4 10 Round 5 13 Final

  Salon CD

David Metzger, VA

2001-2002 Champion

2nd: Phil Barcafer, PA

3rd: David Norquist, DC

4th: Michael Sims, IN

5th: Michael Nagel, NJ

6th: John Wetherell, PA

Event History
1999    Robert Mull     22
2000    Charles Hickok     26
2001    David Metzger     20
2002    David Metzger     21

AREA Ratings

GM: Ric Manns

Past Winners

Robert Mull - CO

Charles Hickok - PA

David Metzger - VA

Blocks Bursting in Air ...

The 2002 War of 1812 tournament got off with a bang. We were in our traditional kick off of the WBC again. (I know there were some pre-con events, but they are like a kick off classic in college football.) Attendance was strong as usual for the tournament. 21 Columbia Games enthusiasts played in our single elimination tournament.

The players could bid for either side they felt had an advantage. There were a few bids, however, most players simply chose to take one side or the other. I wonder if after four years of results that trend will continue. The Americans won a clear majority of games played. The US won 63% of the games played. 66% of their victories took place in 1812 ­ 1813 (10 of 12 victories in those years with eight wins at the end of 1812). British players had a poor record this year, however, if the game went to 1814 the British player won 71% of the time.

After four years of tournaments at the WBC the Americans have been victorious in 51% of the games. The British have won 49% of the games played at WBC. There may be a trend developing for the US as they have won a majority of games in the past three years after being dominated by the British in the first year. It is true though that the American advantage in '01 was only 52-48%.

This year yielded our first repeat winner. David Metzger won the tournament over Phil Barcafer. It seems that David has been a dominating force in 1812 since he has been beaten only once in three events and that was in a final with Robert Mull. David provided us with his thoughts on the final game.

The war of 1812 began with American forces under the command of General William Hull crossing the Detroit River and attacking the British forces garrisoning Amherstburg. After a resounding American victory, the British abandoned Western Canada and retreated the tattered remnants of their garrison toward York in an attempt to gather the remaining strength of their beleaguered Western Army. Although the American's continued to advance, their progress was slowed due to a disturbing turn of events in the East.

Rather than using their strong position in Kingston to reinforce their Western forces and halt the American advance, General Isaac Brock, the British commander, mounted a lightning strike into Sacket's Harbor. The defending American commander was taken completely by surprise by the bold British attack and was forced to retreat toward the garrison in Albany. In an attempt to divert American attention from the Western frontier and keep up pressure in the East, the British continued their advance toward Albany.

The Americans on the other hand, continued their retreat in order to preserve their strength and reinforce their demoralized troops with their untouched Eastern army. By giving up territory and strategically retreating, the Americans were able to combine all of their Eastern forces in Ticonderoga while the British Eastern army was separated to their North and South in Albany and Lacolle respectively. Although the Americans were in a strong position, the British, flushed with victory chose to make another bold attack out of Albany in an attempt to crush American resistance once and for all (Phil felt that the attack was necessary to counter the US dominance of the western theater). Had this attack succeeded, it would have left the Eastern United States virtually undefended and open to British occupation. Unfortunately, the British did not count on the strength or resolve of the American defenders and the invading British army was virtually destroyed. The American strategy then paid off, as they were able to reoccupy Albany as well as capture all of Western Canada. After having lost half of their Army and territory, the British sued for peace and were forced to accede to American territorial demands.

Thanks David for your account of the final. I was disappointed in the surveys this year provided by me to the players. The surveys have helped me shape the tournament. Of the surveys returned a couple of low responses came in for the single elimination format. I would suggest people let me know if they would prefer a double elimination format for '03. Double elimination would guarantee play on Wednesday morning when many more of the war games begin. I would like to know how many would prefer a the double elimination format if they could not play other games on Wednesday. Please email me with any suggestions you may have.

Thanks to Columbia Games for their support of the winners and all players of 1812. I hope to see you all in '03!

 GM      Ric Manns  [4th Year]   PO Box 536, Scottsburg, IN 47170
    RManns@scottsburg.com   NA

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