Russia Besieged generated Century status numbers in its WBC debut
despite being scheduled opposite the similar Russian Campaign.
Rob Beyma (right) obliged our photographer
with this posed shot as the veteran wargamer paused on the way
to winning his 18th plaque.
Standing Room Only ...
The much anticipated Russia Besieged debut at WBC
was a big hit this year with 16 participants on hand. There
were an almost equal number of people present at the pre-tournament
Close attention was paid to the play balance of the 7-turn
scenario and the opening round saw only one German win. Round
2 was an even split while the semi-finals were an all German
sweep. The final round, played between two veteran players
of the game ended in a Russian victory. The conclusion is
that without a significant negative bid for the Russian
side, the Russian has the advantage. Accordingly, adjustments
will be made in the 2007 tournament rules.
Play in the semi-final round was very hard fought. In
the game between Art Lupinacci and Craig Champagne, Craig put
up a bitter resistance and only grudgingly gave up ground. Masterful
use of reinforcements along with carefully thought out lines
of defense kept the German on his toes from the opening turn. The
German had to make use of every deceptive trick in the book to
maintain a semblance of balance and forward momentum which included
a serious feint for Leningrad that worked. A substantial
number of Russian troops were diverted to the Leningrad front
thereby weakening the south enough so that the Germans could
make some headway in the Victory Point rich region. This
game was a nail bitter up until the last turn and the Germans
were lucky to squeeze out a victory. Weather did not play
a major factor in the outcome.
In the other semi between Rob Beyma and James Miller, the
contest was equally tense with neither side giving quarter. The
Germans got off to a good start and began assaulting Dnepropetrovsk
in S/O 41 and Leningrad in N/D 41. The Germans kept attacking
and cleared both cities in the Dec 41 Snow impulse. Germans captured
Sevastopol in Fall 41 and hung on despite a tenuous supply situation
during the winter. The Germans had 18 VPs at the end of Mar/Apr
42. A 4-1 (DE) vs Stalino in May/Jun 42 raised the VP total to
23 and clinched it for the Germans. The Germans rolled
average to poor weather.
The Final was between Rob's Russians and Art's Germans. There
was no bid made to play the sides selected. This was a very
tense game and the German received no favors from the die, almost
from the outset. Although favorable weather was rolled in
the March/April turn, it was not enough for the German to come
close to making the required victory objectives. The Russian
played a near flawless game, retreating where required and defending
to the end the objectives needed to secure the first victory
in what looks to become a classic tournament. Weather in
the final round was not favorable to the German in 1941.
The German received the best weather rolls possible in 1942,
but it was too little, too late.
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