A record field of 28 met to dispute the title in GMT's American
Revolutionary War series.
In the first round, 14 pairs fought the battle of Saratoga
where the British players achieved 10 victories. Nine of those
victories were marginal, including a half-pt. nail biter in which
Tommy Miklos (age 12) defeated Rod Coffey. Only James Miller's
British won a substantial victory by defeating Rob McCracken's
Americans. While the American side only won four of the contests,
both Bruno Sinigaglio and Derek Miller managed substantial victories
over their British opponents.
Twelve players continued in the second round to fight the
battle of Eutaw Springs. Joe Doughan's British won a substantial
victory over James Terry while James Miller's British won a marginal
victory over Bill Alderman. Three pairs of players fought Eutaw
Springs to a draw. Meanwhile, Dale Long and John Vasilakos
opted to play Saratoga again as the default game.Vasilakos'
British defeated Long, last year's runner-up, with a marginal
Nine players continued into the third round with the bye going
to last year's champion, Mark Miklos. The game was Guilford
Courthouse where, unlike past years, the campaign scenario
rather than the historical scenario was used. In Guilford a draw
was scored as an American marginal victory and that's how three
of the four matches were resolved. Only John Miklos (age 13)
prevailed as the British with a marginal win over Tony Curtis.
John Vasilakos withdrew from the competition to take on Assistant
GM duties elsewhere which returned the field to an even four
players for the semifinal which was once again, Saratoga.
Oddly, while the early rounds of Saratoga seemed to
favor the British, both semifinals were American victories.
Bruno Sinigaglio defeated John Miklos 7 to 0 with an Army Morale
differential of +9 while Mark Miklos defeated Derek Miller 7
to 0 with an Army Morale differential of +14. This left John
Miklos in 3rd place and set up a final between Bruno and Mark
across the banks of Brandywine Creek.
Regrettably, the clash of titans was not to occur. Bruno
felt compelled to withdraw in order to fulfill his GM duties
in the semifinals and finals of Bulge 81' and Anzio.
As a gentleman he did not want to subject his opponent to the
distraction of interrupted play and no amount of persuasion could
change his mind. In the end, Miklos was left unchallenged in
1st place. While he was happy to three-peat as Saratoga champion
it was bitter sweet.