paths of glory [Updated October 2004]  

Guns of August Pre-Con

2004 WBC Report    

 2005 Status: pending 2005 GM commitment

Nick Anner, NY

2004 Champion

2nd: Tom Drueding, MA

3rd: Josh Alexander, MI

4th: Marvin Birnbaum, NY

5th: Jim Falling, MI

6th: Pete Rohn, IL

Event History
1999    Donald Stone     36
2000    Peter Reese     52
2001    David Dockter     34
2002    Peter Reese     49
2003     Rob Hassard     40
2004    Nick Anner     39

WAM Event History
2003     David Dockter     32
2004     Rob Hassard     11

PBeM Event History
2000    Stefan Mecay     40
2004    Stephen Valkyser     68


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Rob Hassard

NJ

04
145
 2. Peter Reese

VA

03
126
 3. Tom Drueding

FL

04
118
 4. Marvin Birnbaum

NY

04
  92
 5.  David Dockter

MN

03
  88
 6. Nick Anner

NY

04
  84
 7. Stephan Valkyser

Germany

04
  60
 8. Jim Falling

MI

04
  45
 9. John Brown

VA

04
  36
10. James Pei

TX

04
  30
11.  Stefan Mecay

TX

04
  28
12. Bob Heinzmann

FL

03
  24
13. Josh Alexander

MI

 04
  24
14. Steve Worrel

NC

03
  18
15. John Emery

SC

00
  12
16. Michael Johnson

MA

01
  10
17. Don Stone

NC

99
  10
18. Andrew Maly

MD

00
    9
19. Steve Brooks

FL

03
    8
20. Pete Rohn

IL

04
    6
21. Hank Burkhalter

TN

02
    6
22. Nick Firer

WI

00
    6
23. Don Johnson

VA

99
    6
24. Ric Manns

IN

01
    5
25. Dennis Culhane

PA

99
    4
26. Steve Huskey

KS

00
    3
27. Joe DiCamillo

PA

99
    3
28. Rob Winslow

NY

99
    2
29. Paul Horvath

CA

00
    1
30. Paul Abrahamse

MI

99
    1

Past Winners

Donald Stone - VA
1999

Peter Reese - VA
2000, 2002

Dave Dockter - MN
2001

Rob Hassard - NJ
2003
 


The Opening Guns ...

39 vicarious Great War Generals battled for three Swiss preliminary rounds and the right to be numbered among the best eight to advance to the quarter finals and hopefully, the two rounds beyond. .

Nick Anner, suitably attired in period head dress, won the overall tournament with five wins and a draw. Nick bid two VP to play the Allies against Tom Drueding's Central Powers. This was a marathon 12-hour match between two very good players. The action began in France with enough pressure by Tom to cause Nick to resort to mixed FR/BR stacks down the line in France. Nick put up a strong forward defense of Sedan, a key space for any CP advance. The "Everyone into Battle" card was used to good advantage by Nick to tidy up the line while saving at least a dozen ops points in one turn. Action then moved to Italy, with a long campaign resulting in the CP overrunning the north of Italy, but a lone French army and the Italians holding onto Rome and the boot.

Tom was able to play the "Tsar Takes Command" and the "Fall of the Tsar" cards, albeit one turn after Nick's play of Romania. The game ended with a very static West Front, Allies retaking Venice, and little effective action in the Near East, except for the ANA unit taking Medina on the last turn of the game. Given the bid of "2" and the fact that the Allies win draws in the last three rounds, Nick won with an ending VP tally of 12.

The tournament format allowed draws and even the controversial Peace Terms rule during the prelim rounds. Of 51 games played, Peace Terms were offered in three with two of these resulteing in accepted terms and drawn games. Two of the accepted Peace Terms games were by four of the top eight advancing players, suggesting that discretion is the better part of valor in tournament POG.

The betting man would do well to put his money on the Allies. 65% of the non-drawn games ended in Allied victories. If the first round of above average CP wins is discounted, then 74% of the games in rounds 2-6 were Allied wins. The average bid to play the Allies was 1.5 victory points ceded to the CP player, but this ranged from 0 to 4. It may be that this average bid should be higher given the preponderance of Allied wins.

Although POG between experienced players can take on an almost Chess-like or Bridge-like quality, plenty of newer generals still suffered supply attrition because of openings in their lines. While many games were played under the gentlemanly "warnings" conventions, the rest were still "no quarter-given" matches. ... somehow fitting in an era that saw the end of chivalry.



PBeM Results:

VALKYSER TRIUMPHANT IN POG: Stephan Valkyser of Germany defeated Virginian John Brown in the final of BPA's 2nd PBeM Paths of Glory tournament to claim top honors in the 68-player field. Defending champion Stefan Mecay of Texas finished third, ahead of James Pei (TX) 4th, Marvin Birnbaum (NY) 5th and Rob Hassard (NJ) 6th.

 GM      Jim Falling  [3rd Year]   NA  
    Jimbofal@aol.com   (NA)

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