fortress europa [Updated October 2003]  

2003 WBC Report   

 2004 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Robert Frisby, VA

2003 Champion

2nd: Brad Frisby, MD

3rd: Bill Riggs, VA

4th: Kevin Hacker, VA

5th: Chris Godfrey, MA

6th: Bruno Sinigaglio, AK

Event History
1991    Randy Schilb        8
1992    Michael Newman      22
1993    Michael Newman      16
1994    Michael Newman      12
1995    Trevor Bender      12
1996    Randy Heller      12
1997    Randy Schilb      10
1998    Paul Koenig      14
1999    Bruno Sinigaglio     13
2000    Robert Frisby     16
2001    Brad Frisby     16
2002    Brad Frisby     16
2003    Robert Frisby     16


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Brad Frisby

MD

03
84
 2. Robert Frisby

VA

03
76
 3. Paul Koenig

CA

02
27
 4. Bruno Sinigaglio

AK

03
22
 5. Chris Godfrey

MA

03
20
 6. Kevin Hacker

PA

03
16
 7. Bill Riggs

VA

03
15
 8. Randy Schilb

MO

00
10
 9. James Tracy

OH

02
  9
10. John Grant Jr

CT

01
  3
11. Robert Ryan

MI

99
  3
12. Randy Heller

MD

00
  1

Past Winners

Randy Schilb - MO
1991, 1997

Michael Newman
1992-1994

Trevor Bender - CA
1995

Randy Heller - MD
1996

Paul Koenig - CA
1998

Bruno Sinigaglio - AK
1999

Robert Frisby - VA
2000

Brad Frisby - MD
2001-2002
 


Brother Against Brother ... in WWII?

The Frisby brothers squared off in the final for the fourth consecutive year.  Robert won as the Germans in 2000, and Bradford won as the Germans in 2001 and 2002.  This year Robert prevailed as the Germans. Is anyone seeing a trend?

The Allies invaded the Netherlands, destroying the Rotterdam fort on a 4-1 with a +2 DRM.  They also seized Amsterdam and attacked the dyke hex on second impulse.  The Germans began sending reinforcements to the area, and reoccupied Rotterdam with air support.

On June II the Allies seized Nice with a Ranger landing and air lifted a paratroop division to defend the city.  They also dropped paratroops east of the dyke hex to speed the advance on Groningen.  The Germans lacked the strength to attack Nice, but they launched several counterattacks in an effort to contain the Allied forces in the Netherlands.

On June III the Allies took Cannes and moved three infantry divisions into southern France to hold Cannes and Nice.  The Allies would hold these two cities for the duration, although German forces prevented them from taking additional cities in the area.

For the next several turns fierce battles raged near Rotterdam and Groningen as the Allies sought to expand their beachhead, and the Germans counterattacked to push them back.  Several Allied 4-1 and 5-1 attacks on German panzers in the Netherlands failed to yield DEs.  As a result, nearly all of the German armor survived to slow the Allied advance and launch a number of successful
counter attacks.  The Allies tried to take Bremen with a daring paratroop assault, but due to unlucky die rolls all of the paratroops were destroyed in the landings or in the battle with the Bremen Volkssturm.

On July I a storm slowed the Allied advance, as more German troops converged on the Netherlands.  By July III the Allies held Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Cannes, and Nice, and needed only two more cities to win.  With no more paratroop or Ranger landings available, and only Groningen within reach, the Allies conceded.

In the semi-final round, Robert Frisby played against Bill Riggs. Frisby's Allies invaded the 7th Army district and took Cherbourg on June I.  The Allies gradually expanded their beachhead and eventually took every city in the district other than Brest.

In the Quarter-final round, Robert Frisby played against Chris Godfrey. Godfrey's Allies invaded the 7th Army district and took Brest on June II and Lorient on June IV.  The Germans formed a line that prevented the Allies from taking St. Malo or Rennes, and a paratroop and Ranger assault on Caen failed to hold the city due to German counterattacks.

In the first round, Robert Frisby played against Jim Tracy. Tracy's Allies invaded the 1st Army district and took La Rochelle on June II.  The Allies took Bordeaux but were unable to destroy the fort in A16, which had been reinforced with German Panzer units.  The Allies eventually took six cities, but were unable to hold them against German counterattacks.

This year the Germans won the majority of the games, even with the rule modifications designed to even the play balance. Next year it may be desirable to further modify the rules to achieve better play balance.

 GM      Paul Koenig  [6th Year]   310 Cabrillo St., Cosa Mesa, CA 92627
    bubakoenig@juno.com    949-65-1154

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