Always on Trial ...
Once again only eight admirals contested the contemporary
seas. The rest of the WBC attendees missed out on a fine game
system. Six players played all three Swiss rounds. Jim Fleckenstein
Jr. (nom de guerre Jimmy) led the way with a 3-0 record. Defending
champ Jim Eliason, Aaron Silverman, and Tom Beckley were 2-1,
Stephen Williams was 1-2 and former champ Jim Fleckenstein, Sr.,
dogged by an ill wind, went 0-3. Jimmy Fleckenstein bested Jim
Eliason in one semifinal of Latin American War from 3rd Fleet.
Jimmy won many key activation rolls and his AA fire against the
American carrier aircraft was deadly. Tom Beckley beat Aaron
Silverman in the other semifinal in Invasion of Beluchistan from
5th Fleet. Tom sank Aaron's big Soviet aircraft carrier
on turn 2, which more than compensated for the devastation Aaron
wreaked on Tom's airbases. In the final, Jimmy tled the Indians
to a narrow victory in Battle of the Flattops from 5th Fleet
and took home his third title in this tournament. For the
last nine years I've been the winner in even numbered years and
an also ran in odd numbered years. Look out next year!
2nd Fleet was introduced into the tournament last year
but was little played. That trend reversed itself this year with
scenarios being chosen from the games in order of their age:
four from 2nd Fleet, three from 7th Fleet, two
from 5th Fleet, and only one game of 3rd Fleet
seeing action in the Swiss rounds. In all, 12 different scenarios
were played: 2, 5, and 7 from 2nd Fleet, 1, 4, 6, and
8 from 5th Fleet, 1, 5, and 8 from 7th Fleet, and
1 and 4 from 3rd Fleet.
The newcomers did well. Tom Beckley lost a close game in the
finals and Stephen Williams split his two games with former champions.
Hopefully more newcomers will arrive next year and achieve similar