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Robert Frisby, VA

2005 Champion


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Event History
1991    Phil Rennert      16
1992    Phil Rennert      10
1993    Phil Rennert      12
1994    Phil Rennert      11
1995    Phil Rennert        8
1996    Phil Rennert        8
1998    Michael Pustilnik      10
1999    Robert Frisby     16
2000    Robert Frisby     16
2001     Michael Pustilnik     14
2002     Robert Frisby      16
2003     Keith Schoose      16
2004     John Popiden      16
2005     Robert Frisby      24

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Robert Frisby      VA    05    145
  2.  John Popiden       CA    05     54
  3.  Michael Pustilnik  NY    05     50
  4.  James Tracy        OH    05     45
  5.  Keith Schoose      CA    04     36
  6.  Kevin Hacker       PA    05     25
  7.  Jeff Hacker        PA    01     22
  8.  Bill Borys         QC    04     18
  9.  Phil Rennert       MD    00     18
 10.  Doug Porterfield   VA    03     17
 11.  John Keating       IL    05     16
 12.  Larry Meyers       IL    02     13
 13.  Mark Hinkle        NW    03      9
 14.  Nick Markevich     CA    00      9
 15.  Max Zavanelli      FL    00      6
 16.  Peter Reese        VA    99      6
 17.  Marty Musella      VA    01      3
 18.  Hans Egneus      Sweden  99      2
           

2005 Laurelists

John Popiden, CA
2nd

Kevin Hacker, PA
3rd

Jim Tracy, OH
4th

Michael Pustilnik, NY
5th

John Keating, IL
6th


Past Winners

Phil Rennert, MD
1991-1996

Michael Pustilnik, NY
1998, 2001

Robert Frisby, VA
1999-2000, 2002

Keith Schoose, CA
2003

John Popiden, CA
2004


Returning to Prominence ...

First off let me say thank you to all of the members who voted this Classic back into the Century this past year. We had a record turnout of players with 24 participants; the highest this tournament has ever drawn in the past was 16. The total number of games rose from 15 to 45 Everyone except one player loved the new open format this year, the one individual who expressed his doubts changed his mind by the time it was all over. I plan to be the GM for this tournament next year and will use the same tournament format. If L2 publishes the new version by the end of the year, next year's tournament will use the new L2 version.

Californian John Popiden played Jim Tracy in the semifinals and handed me my head for the second year in a row. One of these days I will beat him and as I understand itt, when that happens it will serve as one of the signs of the apocalypse. The other semifinal pitted Robert Frisby against Kevin Hacker, whom Robert dispatched with as much prejudice as John had dispatched me.

The stage was now set for a classical match up of two of the best PGG players in the country, East meets West. This was a a rematch of last year's second round in the Single Elimination format. This time Frisby prevailed as the Germans. Last year it was Popiden who led the Germans to victory.

The Germans spent the first three turns surrounding and destroying the elements of the 13th and 20th Soviet armies defending the forest road hexes and cities west of Smolensk. Only one HQ and a few divisions escaped to the east. On turn 4, most of the German armor was massed a few hexes to the west of Smolensk. Panzer Lehr attempted an overrun of the three divisions defending the river loop southeast of Smolensk. Luckily for the Germans, the units there had defensive combat values of 3, 2, and 2. A subsequent 3-1 attack resulted in a D2, which destroyed two of the three defending units. This result allowed the Germans to overrun the loop hex at 1-1 in the mechanized movement phase. An engaged result destroyed the last defending division. The Germans then overran the 5-10 HQ and another division defending in two hexes behind the loop. Two additional engaged results destroyed the HQ and the division, and enabled a half dozen mechanized divisions to penetrate the Soviet line and envelop Smolensk. The Germans eventually lost a Panzer Grenadier division and four other regiments (including Lehr) to aggressive Soviet counterattacks northeast and east of Smolensk, but succeeded in reducing Smolensk and destroying a dozen or so surrounded divisions a few turns after the breakthrough. After taking Smolensk and destroying the Soviet pocket, the bulk of the German armor headed south to take Roslavl while the German infantry established a solid defensive line east, north, and northwest of Smolensk. Concluding there was no realistic chance to destroy a German division or retake Smolensk or Roslavl, the Soviets conceded on turn 10.

 GM      Jim Tracy  [2nd Year]   6493 rangeview Dr., Dayton, OH 45415  
    jtracyii@aol.com   NA

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