Anzio [Updated October 2004]  

2004 WBC Report  

 2005 Status: pending 2005 GM commitment

Bob Ryan, MI

2004 Champion

2nd: Steve Likevich, OH

3rd: Paul Fletcher, CT

4th: Tom Oleson, WA

5th: Mark Bayliss UK

6th: Paul O'Neil, MD

Event History
1991    Tom Oleson        8
1992    Mike Sincavage      13
1993    Mike Sincavage      12
1994    Mike Sincavage      14
1995    Mike Sincavage        9
1996    Mike Sincavage        8
1997    Tom Oleson      10
1998    Mike Sincavage        8
1999    Mike Sincavage     12
2000    Robert Ryan     24
2001    Stephen Likevich     21
2002    Mike Sincavage     18
2003    Mike Sincavage     20
2004    Robert Ryan     22

PBeM Event History
2001    Bob Ryan     22


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Earned
Total
 1. Mike Sincavage

VA

03
114
 2. Robert Ryan

MI

04
114
 3. Stephen Likevich

OH

01
  74
 4. Tom Oleson

WA

04
  58
 5. Paul Fletcher

CT

04
  53
 6. Carl Walling

PA

03
  27
 7. Chris Harris

VA

02
  16
 8. Paul O'Niel

MD

04
    9
 9. Mark Bayliss

UK

04
    8
10. John Grant Jr

CT

01
    8
11. Bill Scott

VA

03
    4
12. Walter Garman

MD

99
    4
13. Bruno Sinigaglio

AK

00
    2
14. Bryan Jackson

NY

01
    2
15. John Ellsworth

IL

01
    1

Past Winners

Tom Oleson - WA
1991, 1997

Mike Sincavage - VA
1992-1996, 1998-1999, 2002

Robert Ryan - MI
2000, 2004

Stephen Likevich - OH
2001
 


Year 5 of the Renaissance

Anzio continued its recent upsurge with an excellent showing of 22 players participating between Tuesday and Saturday. Many tense and interesting struggles were played out as we all explored the subtle differences in play resulting from the new terrain at the "toe" and "boot" of Italy. The level of interest was high, and the new maps (with all the terrain ambiguities resolved) were highly appreciated.

As always, we saw numerous unexpected and unique situations develop on the board. It seems that once you get the basic system down, it is amazing how the game can develop in different and often surprising ways, both strategically and tactically. This is probably the main charm of the game, and it keeps longtime fans of the game coming back year after year for more.

This year, first invasions were almost evenly divided among Terracina, Salerno and Termoli. We saw a lot more German set-ups with the 16th panzer positioned near Termoli, effectively denying that invasion zone. The result was a higher number of first invasions at Terracina, which is generally considered somewhat high-risk, considering German air superiority at the start. Here are the stats for this years event:

Seven Salerno invasions: The Allies won two.

Seven Terracina invasions: The Allies won two.

Five Termoli invasions: The Allies won three.

Two Napoli invasion: The Allies didn't win any.

Overall: 14 German victories and seven Allied victories.

Taranto proved to be an interesting battleground in quite a few games. In several games, the Germans actually recaptured Taranto from the Allies in September. This strategy is not a trivial one, because without Taranto, Allied units trying to shift from an unlinked invasion beachhead down to the south end will find themselves taking an extra turn to get into the action. This can be quite awkward for the Allies.

The top four players in the Swiss Segment advanced to the finals: Tom Oleson, Steve Likevich, Paul Fletcher and Bob Ryan. Not far behind were Mark Bayliss and Paul O'Neil. Mark, our most enthusiastic newcomer tthis year played a total of seven games during the Swiss segment, second only to Tom Oleson's nine. Kudos also go to John Alsen, who returned to this event after several years' absence. John played well in three full games, including at least one long hard one that was very close. Thanks also to Bill Riggs and Kurt Kurtz. Kurt was a newcomer this year and gave Donald Webster a very good game. Bill entered last year for one game, and it was nice to have him back for two games this year. Other newcomers James Dougherty and James Schubert seemed to enjoy the game a lot.

In the finals segment, the first two games resulted in early victories. Steve Likevich's Germans denied Termoli in the set-up, so Paul Fletcher's Allies went ashore at Terracina. The Germans crushed this invasion over the next four turns, retaking Terracina, eliminating two elite Allied units and forcing four other Allied divisions to evacuate. The Allies played on but were never able to get far enough up the boot from the south to mount any real threat.

In the other semi-final, Bob Ryan's Allies landed at Termoli and Tom Oleson's Germans succeeded with counterattacks down the corridor toward the Port of Termoli. The Germans took the port, but the salient was subject to being pinched from the north and south. In taking Termoli, the Germans lost the 16th Panzer, while the Allies lost two divisions. When the Allies pinched the salient, the Germans had to fight to extricate the units that had taken Termoli. This left the German line weak and the Allies found an opportunity for an automatic victory that left the German position untenable.

In the final game, it was two former champions, Ryan and Likevich. Steve got the Germans with a -1 bid and placed the 16th Panzer at Termoli. Rather than take the high-risk Terracina invasion, Bob decided to come in at Salerno. In the early going there was a back and forth battle for the important hill position at Vesuvio. The Allies managed to hold ground in a 1-1 attack on the hill and the Germans had to retreat.

When the Germans established a line along the Ofanto River (south of Foggia) across to the area of the Volturno River north of Napoli, a real donnybrook ensued The Allies found a way to surround and destroy the 29th panzer grenadier at the town of Ofanto. The Allies also had a soak-off unit retreat forward to kill the inverted counter of the 71 Nebelwerfer. The Germans came back with strong counterattacks at the Ofanto salient, surrounding the British 7th Armored Division, but not destroying it. This allowed the Allies to surround the 16th Panzer in response, destroying it and opening a path for another forward retreat into the center of the German line. On the same turn, the Allies turned the flank at the Volturno River, which the Germans had to leave weakly defended in order to launch the counterattack. At this point, being down two fighting divisions, the Germans resigned. Congratulations to Bob Ryan for a fine tournament victory and his sixth WBC wood.


PBeM Tournament

22 players took part in BPA's Anzio PBeM tournament hosted by Bruno Sinigaglio's BPAClassics.com. The laurel winners were as follows:

1st. Bob Ryan, MI
2nd. Tom Oleson, WA
3rd. Steve Likevich, OH
4th. Paul Fletcher, CT
5th. Bryan Jackson, NY
6th. John Ellsworth, IL

 GM      Paul Fletcher  [10th Year]   51 Hartwell Rd, West Hartford, CT 06117
    p.fletcher.977@worldnet.att.net   NA

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