Anzio [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report  

 2007 Status: pending 2007 GM commitment

Paul Fletcher, CT

2005-06 Champion

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Event History
1991    Tom Oleson        8
1992    Mike Sincavage      13
1993    Mike Sincavage      12
1994    Mike Sincavage      14
1995    Mike Sincavage        9
1996    Mike Sincavage        8
1997    Tom Oleson      10
1998    Mike Sincavage        8
1999    Mike Sincavage     12
2000    Robert Ryan     24
2001    Stephen Likevich     21
2002    Mike Sincavage     18
2003    Mike Sincavage     20
2004    Robert Ryan     22
2005    Paul Fletcher     18
2006     Paul Fletcher     22

PBeM Event History
2001    Bob Ryan     22

 Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Robert Ryan        MI    05    144
   2.  Mike Sincavage     VA    03    114
   3.  Paul Fletcher      CT    06    113
   4.  Tom Oleson         WA    06     85
   5.  Stephen Likevich   OH    01     74
   6.  Carl Walling       PA    06     30
   7.  Paul O'Niel        MD    06     21
   8.  Mark Bayliss       UK    05     17
   9.  Chris Harris       VA    02     16
  10.  John Grant Jr      CT    01      8
  11.  Randy Heller       NH    06      6
  12.  Frank Sinigaglio   NJ    05      6
  13.  Bill Scott         VA    03      4
  14.  Walter Garman      MD    99      4
  15.  Brian Addison      VA    05      3
  16.  Bruno Sinigaglio   AK    00      2
  17.  Bryan Jackson      NY    01      2
  18.  John Ellsworth     IL    01      1

2006 Laurelists

Robert Ryan, MI
2nd

Paul O'Neill, MD
3rd

Tom Oleson, WA
4th

Randy Heller, NH
5th

Carl Walling, PA
6th


Past Winners

Tom Oleson, WA
1991, 1997

Mike Sincavage, VA
'92-'96, '98-'99, '02

Robert Ryan, MI
2000, 2004

Stephen Likevich, OH
2001

Paul Fletcher, CT
2005, 2006


 Defending champ Paul Fletcher (left) who learned his craft from the master, Tom Oleson, gets a refresher course on the way to besting his teacher and successfully defending his title.

 Paul O'Neill (right) is rebuffed by Paul Fletcher and has to settle for third, but he has won a more important battle. How many of us can still wear an original Origins 1972 t-shirt?

Year 7 of the Renaissance

Anzio continued its resurgence with an excellent showing of 22 players participating during the precon and the convention proper. Many interesting struggles were played out as the subtle differences in play resulting from the new terrain at the "toe" and "heel" of Italy have enriched this classic wargame. The new maps have eliminated terrain ambiguities and resulted in better play balance - the Axis line is more extended due to inclusion of the toe and the heel. Also, the release of the US 1st and 9th Infantry due to aggressive German forays against Taranto and Reggio has resulted in more historical ebb and flow.

This year, players could choose to play the six-turn tournament scenario in the preliminary rounds, if both opponents wished to do so. The six-turn scenario begins with the Nov III turn and the Allies poised to launch the second invasion. The Allies are close to capturing the requisite victory hexes, but must eventually assault the Cassino Line.

Six games of the six-turn scenario were played with the Allies gaining the upper hand with four wins. The second invasion came ashore at Anzio three times and at Pescara three times. The Allies gathered two wins and one loss on the Anzio invasions and also on the Pescara invasions.

During the prelims, the 15-turn Basic Game was played 17 times. All players landed at Reggio on Sep I and all accepted the Italian invitation at Taranto on Sep II. The first invasion landed at Salerno eight times, Termoli four times, Napoli twice, Terracina once, Mondragone once and Pescara once. A German set-up with the 16th panzer positioned near Termoli discourages an invasion at that zone while it encourages an invasion at Napoli or Terrecina. The invasion at Napoli deprives the Germans of air superiority on Sep III, but it is farther away from the cavalry coming up from the south. Overall, the Allies won seven and the Axis won ten. The following are the statistics for play of the15-turn Basic Game during the prelims:

- Six games with invasion at Salerno and then Anzio: Axis won 4 - Allies won two.
- One game with invasion at Salerno and then Termoli: German win.
- One game with invasion at Salerno and then Mondragone: German win.
- Two games with invasion at Napoli and then Anzio: Germans won both.
- Two games with invasion at Termoli and then Anzio: Split.
- One game with invasion at Terracina and then Napoli: Allied win.
- Two games with invasion at Termoli in which the Germans were crushed.
- One game with invasion at Mondragone in which the Germans were crushed.
- One game with invasion at Pescara in which the invasion was crushed, but in which the Germans were in turn crushed.

Taranto again proved to be an interesting battleground. In three games, the Germans recaptured Taranto from the Allies in September and in one of those three they also destroyed the port at Reggio. This strategy is not a trivial one, because without Taranto, Allied units trying to shift from an unlinked invasion beachhead down to the south end will take an extra turn to get into the action. The results of these three games were as follows: The Allies lost Taranto and Reggio, but won the game with successful invasions at Termoli and Rome. The Allies lost Taranto and were unable to win with invasions at Napoli and then Anzio. The Allies lost Taranto and then lost the game with sub-par invasions at Napoli and Anzio.

The top four players in the preliminary Swiss Segment advanced to the semi-final playoffs with the following point totals:  First seed Tom Oleson, 59 points. Second seed and defending champion Paul Fletcher, 42 points. Third seed Paul O'Neil, 35 points. Fourth seed Bob Ryan, 31 points. Hay seed Steve Likevich.

The semi-final between Oleson and Ryan was over quickly. The allies invaded at Terracina and were annihilated when Ryan counterattacked the beachhead, advanced after combat and then eliminated the beachhead on a second combat.

The semi-final between Fletcher and O'Neil went to the last turn with Fletch's Germans victorious. O'Neal's Allies invaded at Salerno and on Dec I at Termoli, but were only able to capture Salerno, Naples, Foggia and Termoli.

The Final matched frequent antagonists Fletcher and Ryan. Fletcher's German set up prevented an invasion at Terracina, so Ryan landed at Termoli on Sep II. The initial foray across the Sangro was able to stand, but the Allies retreated back across the river in the face of a three-division German build-up on and north of the river. Instead, the Allies attacked west from the hills at Vasto and succeeded in pushing the Germans back.

In the south, the Germans decided not to attack Taranto, but temporarily held the southern force with a minimal cordon. Shortly, the Germans had to retreat to the north due to the westward expansion of the Allied beachhead through Vasto. The Germans were loath to allow a premature link-up, but did not have the forces required to fully encircle the beachhead and still block the Allies in the toe and heel.

The allies continued to push west and north towards Cassino at a snail's pace. Masterful delay and judicious counterattacks slowed the Allies. The second invasion came ashore at Anzio on Dec II and Ryan succeeded in eliminating two German divisions; however, the placement of those two divisions prevented the beachhead from attaining sufficient depth and the Germans were able to crush the invasion on Dec III. At the end, the allies controlled Termoli, Foggia, Naples and Salerno. Thus, Fletcher was able to take home his second consecutive Anzio Championship amid widespread speculation that he was starting another Sincavage-like dynasty.


PBeM Tournament

22 players took part in BPA's Anzio PBeM tournament hosted by Bruno Sinigaglio's BPAClassics.com. The laurel winners were as follows:

1st. Bob Ryan, MI
2nd. Tom Oleson, WA
3rd. Steve Likevich, OH
4th. Paul Fletcher, CT
5th. Bryan Jackson, NY
6th. John Ellsworth, IL

 GM      Frank Sinigaglio [1st Year]   20 Elvin Ave, Penns Grove, NJ 08069
    bpaclassics@gci.net   856-364-3752

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