journeymen to the fore ...
Two-time ex-champ Bill Edwards
observes as Mark Yoshikawa (left) and Jim Doughan get their feet
A couple veteran laurelists
meet in the Final as James Fkleckenstein (left) and Dave Sidelinger
decide the 2007 championship.
its second year as a legacy event, Attack Sub's attendance
returned to previous levels, and even gained five brand-new skippers
who had never played before. The swiss-elim format
continued this year, having been very successful last year, with
three rounds of swiss play advancing eight players to single
In Round 1 the less-favored Argentines pulled another upset
in scenario D (Falklands), winning eight games to the Brit's
seven. In Round 2 saw the Soviets score a minor upset over
the favored Americans in scenario B (Search and Destroy), winning
eight to seven, but lost decisively in the single elimination
games. Only Round 3 had the favored side as the victor,
with the Brits winning nine matches of scenario A (Sub Duel)
to the Soviet's five.
Four 3-0 players advanced automatically to the single elim
round, tie-breakers were used to advance four of the eleven 2-1
players, a tough cut. Kudos to Carol Caler for earning
all three scenario tie-breakers, a first, and to new player Scott
Kowalke for advancing.
Players had free choice between six scenarios in single elimination,
but opted for the simpler scenarios this year. Scenario
B (Search and Destroy) was revisited four times, with three US
wins to the Soviets one, scenario A (Sub Duel) was played twice,
both Soviet wins (making up somewhat for their poor showing in
the prelim rounds) and scenario D (Falklands) was played once,
netting another Argentine win.
Long-time Attack Sub players Dave Sidelinger and Jim
Fleckenstein finally got their due this year. Both advanced
to single elimination as 2-1 players, then proceeded to win their
quarter-final games against unbeatens (Carol Caler and Bob Heinzmann
respectively), and their semi-final games against 4-0 players
(Andrew Cummins and Jim Doughan).
In the Final, Dave selected A (Sub Duel) as the scenario and
Jim picked the Brits, giving Dave the slightly weaker Soviets.
The Brits got off to a good start, fixing their sensor malfunction
with their first draw, then both sides began a sonar duel, both
gaining minimum contact level 1 on the other. The Soviets
took a quick shot with the Ivan Rogov, and a lucky hit sank the
Valiant immediately. Down to one sub, the Brits aggressively
went active with the Swiftsure, quickly gaining level 2 contact
on the Rogov and level 3 on the Skvortsov. Without sensor
cards, the Soviets closed range with the Rogov to contact 1,
fired a torpedo that missed, then a second that hit, but only
did one sensor and one attack damage. Wounded but still
in the fight, the Swiftsure fired back at contact 4, an almost
certain hit, but only drew an attack malfunction. The Rogov
closed to contact 3 and in a close-range knife fight both subs
exchanged torpedoes which missed, then Rogov got the final hit,
sending Swiftsure to the bottom. Both skippers played boldly
but luck favored the Soviets this time. Congratulations
to Dave Sidelinger, the newest Attack Sub champion!