bulge '81 [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report     

 2007 Status: pending 2007 GM commitment

Bill Morse, VA

2006 Champion

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Event History
1991    Pierre Menard      14
1992    Rob Beyma      13
1993    Randy Heller      12
1994    Phil Evans      12
1995    Randy Heller      14
1996    Bruno Sinigaglio      10
1997    Phil Evans      15
1998    Bruno Sinigaglio      13
1999    Bruno Sinigaglio     13
2000    John Grant Jr       8
2001    Bruno Sinigaglio     10
2002     Steve Likevich     18
2003     Steve Likevich      23
2004     Steve Likevich      20
2005     Bob Ryan        20
2006      Bill Morse      18

 Laurels

Rank  Name             From  Last  Total
  1.  Steve Likevich    OH    06     92
  2.  Forrest Pafenberg VA    06     64
  3.  Phil Evans        VA    05     52
  4.  Bob Ryan          MI    05     45
  5.  Bruno Sinigaglio  AK    03     45
  6.  Bill Morse        VA    06     39
  7.  Frank Sinigaglio  NJ    06     21
  8.  John Grant Jr     CT    01     20
  9.  John Clarke       FL    06     19
 10.  Randy Heller      MD    03     15
 11.  Vince Sinigaglio  NJ    06      6
 12.  Bill Scott        VA    04      6
 13.  Jim Falling       IL    99      4
 14.  Chris Withers     CA    05      3
 15.  Mike Mitchell     GA    02      2
 16.  Martin Svenson    VA    99      2
 17.  Buddy Sinigaglio  CO    02      1
      

2006 Laurelists

Forrest Pafenberg, VA
2nd

John Clarke, FL
3rd

Frank Sinigaglio, NJ
4th

Vincent Sinigaglio, NJ
5th

Steve Likevich, OH
6th


Past Winners

Pierre Menard, CT
1991

Rob Beyma, MD
1992

Randy Heller, CT
1993, 1995

Phil Evans, VA
1994, 1997

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK
'96, '98-'99, '01

John Grant Jr, CT
2000

Steve Likevich, OH
2002-04

Bob Ryan, MI
2005


 Frank Sinigaglio ponders a move in Semi-Final play.

 Bill Morse seems to be enjoying his position in the Final.

still fighting the Bulge ...

While most of us are fighting a different type of "bulge" problem, WBC remains the place for grognards to meet and vie over the AH classic Battle of the Bulge, 1981 edition. A few classic style war games are hanging with the newer games, as they provide an easy sojourn into some tense competition.

Open Swiss Phase. A total of 23 games were played in the preliminary rounds by 18 different participants, allowing Battle of the Bulge 1981 to crack the Century threshold for the fifth consecutive doncon. Contributing to this success are two things: The flexible format pioneered by El Lingle and a bunch of grognards looking for tournament games to play after they have been waxed elsewhere.

Of the 23 games played in the preliminary rounds, 12 were won by the Germans and 11 by the Americans, while the overall tournament totals were Germans 13 - Americans 13. The eight turn tournament scenario developed by Randy Heller has been playing right near 50-50 for 17 years. The results since Bruno took over for our late friend John Grant in 2003 are now Germans 54 and Americans 55. Making it to the Final Four were Bill Morse - 46 points, perennial Forest Pafenberg - 40 points, Frank Sinigaglio - 38 points and John Clarke - 33 points.

Semi-final: Bill Morse's Germans attacked John Clarke. The Americans were hosed on 16AM: the 9th, 38th and 423rd Infantry were tied up in Engaged battles, while 393 inf, 394 inf, 14 cav, 422 inf and 424 inf were eliminated. To make matters worse,  the panzers advanced three vs 112 inf and four vs 110 inf (into Clervaux). John's forces in the north and center were spread thin and Bill's Germans were careful to avoid attacks that might result in Engaged battles on 16PM and 17AM. At the end of the 17AM turn, 13 American units had bitten the dust and the rout was on. The game ended on 18AM with an automatic German victory for capture of two cities on the western board.

Semi-final: Forest Pafenberg's Germans attacked Frank Sinigaglio. Paffy's Germans rolled fair in the north, but they were a bit hosed in the center and south with five Contacts and an untimely Engaged vs the trapped 422nd inf. Bad dice by Paffy in the playoffs is not unusual. Paffy is infamous for his legendary bad dice from the 2003 final, at which time he rolled zero kills of the Americans on the 16AM turn - a one time event in 802 chances of occurrence. But this time Paffy shaped up a bit. Good play allowed Paffy to capture Stavelot and the Dump therein before 19AM, thus giving him the victory conditions required. Amazingly, Frank recaptured the dump and then flunked the demolition roll (match blew out), whereupon Paffy recaptured the dump to win the game.

The Championship: Forest Pafenberg's Germans attacked Bill Morse.

Paffy's 16AM attacks yielded the following results:
#1: 1-1(0) vs 4/12 in Echternacht. Aback1 - 4/12 escapes. An Allied +.
#2: 1-1(-1) vs 9CCA. Contact. An Allied +.
#3: 4-1(0) vs 28/109. Exchange. A German +.
#4: 4-1(-1) vs 28/110. Exchange. A German +.
#5: 5-1(0) vs 28/112. Contact. An Allied +.
#6: 1-1(0) vs 106/424. Aback1. An Allied +.
#7: 1-1(-1) vs 106/423. Engaged. A German +.
#8: 1-1(-1) vs 106/422. Aback1. An Allied +.
#9: 8-1(-1) vs 14cav. DElim. A German +.
#10: 7-1(-1) vs 99/393. DElim. A German +.
#11: 1-1(-1) vs 99/394. Aback1. An Allied +.
#12: 2-1(-1) vs 2/9 and 2/38. Exchange. A German +.
#13: 1-1(0) vs 99/395. Engaged. A German +.

This was a fair opening for Paffy - five kills, however, lousy advances of only one hex in almost every attack allowed Bill to hold the front line close to the German initial starting positions. Fortunes began to shift on 18AM as a bunch of Bill's Americans had bitten the dust.  Peiper launched a Blitz attack in the north with the aim of cutting the Vielsalm-Trois Ponts road. The Blitz was limited, but it opened the door for drives on Stavelot and Trois Ponts. The Amercs were forced to abandon Malmedy on 18AM in an attempt to hold the two victory cities and the fuel dump in Stavelot.

On 19AM the Germans ended their turn adjacent to Stavelot (Fort) and Trois Ponts and it looked as if the game would come down to two crunching German attacks on 19PM. But Bill, who has certainly learned how to play by getting slapped around by Likevich, did the unexpected and counterattacked. Bill pushed two critical arty units out of the woods southwest of Trois Ponts and advanced, thus limiting Paffy's possible 19PM attack to a one-hex affair vs the town. Then to add insult to injury the units in Trois Ponts attacked Peiper and retreated him away from the town, thus ending the threat. Congrats to Mr. Bill for winning his first Bulge 81 plaque.

 GM      Bruno Sinigaglio [5th Year]   PO Box 60477, Fairbanks, AK 99706 
   brunofjs@hotmail.com   907-460-5860

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