Saving your best for last ...
Dave Metzger was part of the still
large field of 50.
Jeff Cornett can't get by the always
contending Richard Beyma.
Chris Yaure squares off vs Randall
Tom DeMarco and Mark Miklos
vie outside their comfort zones.
The tournament consisted of four swiss rounds to advance the
top eight to single elimination based on points. Points were
awarded for the type of wins and losses with penalties for not
completing the battle before the time limit. The mapboard was
the same for all four swiss rounds. It was an open affair with
little terrain in the middle of the board. The later rounds offered
new challenges with terrain through a different board in each
SE round. Since the game comes with eight different countries,
the tournament was designed for the winner to show their skill
with the game. The players were allowed to play one country twice
throughout the tournament and all other countries a maximum of
During the swiss rounds, Britain was the most played country.
Surprisingly, France was third behind Russia. Five of the countries
were played 20 or more times compared with only three countries
last year. Nice to see people becoming more familiar with the
countries and realizing they need to save the stronger ones for
the elimination rounds. The W-L records for the countries in
winning percentage order are Britain 24-8, Austria 6-4, Ottoman
Empire 12-9, France 15-12, Russia 11-18, Prussia 7-15, United
States 2-5, Spain 2-9. Britain improved from 16-15 and the biggest
drop was Prussia from 9-9 in the previous two years.
Three unbeatens advanced along with five 3-1 players after
points and tie breakers were applied; the same numbers as last
year. Three 2009 playoff participants successfully ran the gauntlet
again this year including both of the finalists. The Quarter
Finals yielded the following outcomes:
Defending champion John Emery's French killed five of Steve
Raszewski's Prussians in a replay of their 2009 Quarter-Final.
The champ's up and coming son, Kevin Emery, defeated Richard
Beyma's Ottomans at nightfall with the French 12-6.
George Young's Ottomans killed five of Eric Martin's Prussians.
Aran Warszawski's French defeated Jeff Cornett's British at
The Semis saw the father and son Emerys both fall in tandem.
John's title defense ended with his French loss to George Young's
British at nightfall on a tie-breaker 4-3 in losses after tying
at 13-13 on points. Aran Warszawski's French dispatched Kevin's
Spanish 12-8 at nightfall. Kevin's higher tournament points allowed
him to edge out his father for third place.
The Final was a two-game match. George had the French, US
and a second play of any country left. Aran had the Prussians,
Spanish, and US left. George's French killed five of Aran's Prussians
while only losing one unit in the first match. This pretty much
locked up the title and will cause an adjustment to the format
next year. The change will be that the Final will be a single
game. However, to still have the players learn all the countries,
the ability to play one nation a second time will be dropped.
The US continues to be the least played country even though
the designer really enjoys playing with them. Of the eight semi-finalists,
only one played them and it resulted in a defeat. Who will be
the first semi-finalist to have the distinction of playing and
winning with the US in the tournament? Maybe a special award
will be created for this as added incentive.
The defending champ yields the title
to the soon-to-be new king.
And then there were two. Aran's run
ends vs George Young.