Another Year, Another ... oops,
Same Old Format
More than anything else, this report needs to begin by honoring
this year's Champion: John Emery. Five, 5, Cinque, Fünf,
Cinq, V, ____ Championships. This one gained without a single
loss in Eight Rounds. As "THEY" say on "THAT"
machine, an unbelievable, fantastic, awesome, never before seen,
Thirty folks collided on Thursday at 9 am and when the dust
settled at 10 pm the contest was ended. After five rounds of
Swiss, the top eight met in a single elimination gauntlet. The
tournament used the same format popularized in last year's event.
There were a wide variety of Scenarios played (A, B, C, E, F,
H, I, L, M, N, U) with the most popular being B and L with 14
each. This year the French and Italians failed to make the convention
in any of the 162 games played.
The winning quote of the event: "I Fired. I Pinned. He Never
Rallied. I Won." (Bari Herman). So if you ever have any
doubts as to how to succeed at Up Front, there is the
formula for victory.
The Award for the fastest loss in the single elimination goes
to Ray Stakenas Sr who was crushed by Ray Stakenas Jr attacking
as the German vs the American. Time to demise = 172 Cards. Comments
have been heavily edited
The Award for the most troublesome card played in the single
elimination goes to the "WIRE CARD". Clearly, these
contests took place in the dry season.
The final match between Bari Herman and John Emery was a classic
nail-biter. Scenario L, the grand crowd pleaser, with Bari as
the German attacking John as the American. Early sparing and
halftrack action left the American with only four of nine personalities
remaining. The American mortar spent most of deck 2 under a double
wire. The kiss of death? Nope. It did put such a strain on the
tube that it jammed for good in deck 3 as John drew back to back
red sixes for a mortar fire and then repair. With the Americans
in tough shape, the Germans did their best to close ground to
achieve the victory conditions but came up short. Missing from
all the fierce action were any successful Artillery attacks by
the Germans, a shortage of Rally cards for the Americans, as
stated an American Mortar that was effectively silenced from
the end of deck 1, and for both sides the right fire card at
the critical moment.