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Mark McCandless, LA
2011 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
2007    Bruno Sinigaglio     33
2008    Robert Ryan     17
2009    Tom Oleson     19
2010    Tom Oleson     20
2011    Mark McCandless     21

PBeM Event History
2001    Bob Ryan     22

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Robert Ryan        MI    09    204
   2.  Tom Oleson         WA    11    184
   3.  Paul Fletcher      CT    09    149
   4.  Mike Sincavage     VA    03    114
   5.  Stephen Likevich   OH    01     74
   6.  Robert Frisby      VA    11     48
   7.  Mark McCandless    LA    11     39
   8.  Bruno Sinigaglio   AK    10     38
   9.  Carl Walling       PA    06     30
  10.  Chris Harris       VA    08     25
  11.  Mike Scott         MD    10     21
  12.  Paul O'Niel        MD    06     21
  13.  Mark Bayliss       uk    05     17
  14.  Bill Scott         VA    11     19
  15.  John Clarke        FL    08      9
  16.  John Grant Jr      CT    01      8
  17.  John Clarke        VA    11      6
  18.  Randy Heller       NH    06      6
  19.  Frank Sinigaglio   NJ    05      6
  20.  Walter Garman      MD    99      4
  21.  Johnny Hasay       PA    11      3
  22.  Vince Meconi       DE    10      3
  23.  Bill Riggs         VA    09      3
  24.  Steve Foren        FL    07      3
  25.  Brian Addison      VA    05      3
  26.  Bryan Jackson      NY    01      2
  27.  John Ellsworth     IL    01      1

2011 Laurelists                                          Repeating Laurelists 

Robert Frisby, VA

Tom Oleson, WA

Bill Scott, VA

John Clarke, VA

Johnny Hasay, PA

Past Winners

Tom Oleson, WA
1991, 1997, 2009-10

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

Robert Ryan, MI
2000, 2004, 2008

Stephen Likevich, OH

Paul Fletcher, CT
2005, 2006

Twotime champ Paul Fletcher falls to Robert Frisby. Paul is five years removed from his last Anzio title while Robert made his second straight Final appearance.

Mark McCandless finally reached the summit versus Robert Frisby as both battled for their first Anzio title with the Afrika Korps battle raging in the background.

Year 12 of the Renaissance

Venerable grognard Tom Oleson once again devoted his efforts, time, dedication, and innovation to the Anzio experience - taking on all comers at every opportunity. During the Open Swiss Phase preliminaries a total of 26 games were played by 21 different participants. At 5:00 PM on Friday the four highest scoring players entered into the single elimination portion of the tournament. Those four players were: Mark McCandless - 54 points, Tom Oleson - 39, Robert Frisby - 27 and Bill Scott - 24.

The Play-offs:

The 15-Turn Basic Game was played in the semis. The initial invasion by Bill Scott's Americans on Sep II came ashore at Terrecina while the Brits and Canadians landed at Taranto and Reggio. McCandless delayed the allies moving up from the south end while his Germans hit the Yanks with most of their power around Terrecina. Low die rolls on the initial attacks by Mark forced Bill to fork over the re-roll chit, after which Mark again rolled low. The Americans lasted only three turns before the port was destroyed on Sep IV. The allies captured much ground, but the destruction of the first invasion is always a problem. Bill landed the second invasion at Rome on Nov I, capturing Rome. The German reaction was devastating with the Allies thrown back into the sea on Nov II. Bill resigned at the end of the turn having captured only Salerno, Naples and Foggia.

The other semi was a rematch of the 2010 Final. Tom's initial invasion again came ashore at Naples while the Brits and Canadians did their thing at Taranto and Reggio. The Germans could not snuff out the Naples invasion, but the allies were unable to make much progress against the solid defensive line of the Germans. Bad dice by Tom resulted in little progress and few hits on the Germans. Tom's second invasion at Vasto on Nov I tested Robert and allowed the allies to capture Termoli, but Tom's bad dice got worse and he lost every attack for four straight turns. At the end, the allies held Salerno, Naples, Foggia and Termoli, which was close but not good enough, so this time Robert's Germans won the day.

The Final:

For the first time in years, the Final would be contested without a former champion. It was also a rematch of a 2010 semi-final won by Robert. Frisby's allies invaded at Naples on Sep II while supporting landings occurred at Taranto and Reggio. Mark's Germans vigorously attempted to crush the invasion before the units moving up the boot could strengthen the allied toe-hold, but Robert was able to hold out. In classic style, the allies then slugged their way into Foggia and Termoli, while holding onto Salerno and Naples. Robert needed one more victory hex to defeat Mark again. The allied second invasion landed at Anzio on Dec I. The Germans counterattacked vigorously while holding the allies at bay along the Cassino line. At the start of the last allied turn on Dec IV, Robert was still in control of Anzio, but his troops were adjacent to strong German units. The allied attacks to hold in place were unsuccessful forcing his army to retreat into the Mediterranean. The game ended with the allies in Foggia, Termoli, Salerno and Naples. Thus Mark avenged his 2010 loss while securing his first Anzio championship and third overall.

 GM      Bruno Sinigaglio  [4th Year]   NA   NA

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