Eight Rpunds to Glory ...
Repeat English visitor Peter Eldridge
and Jon Lockwood battle in the preliminaries. No Palevda Gambit
Roy Gibson downs Eric Filipkowski
to improve to 4-1 and advance to the elimination rounds and,
ultimately, fifth place laurels.
Battle Cry was reprinted this year. The tournament
used the new edition rules and all new scenarios. The tournament
format was five rounds of Swiss play followed by three rounds
In the first Swiss round, players with games were matched
against those without. The Have Nots went 9-10. For the tournament,
the Haves took 33 of 59 contests. Only two of the eight qualifiers
did not bring a game. As players dropped out, there were always
enough games available. Over the first five rounds, the Haves
represented 61%, 69%, 71%, 70% and 79% of all players.
Most scenarios were reasonably balanced. The third round featuring
the battle of Belmont proved to be the exception, with the North
winning 14 of 17 games, in spite of the South getting extra card
draws in ten of those games due to player bids for sides.
After four rounds, three players (Phil Shea, Robert Eastman,
and Scott Cornett) were unbeaten and eligible for the playoffs
without need of a fifth game, but Scott dropped, allowing him
to play other events with conflicting schedules. No less than
six former champions were still in contention at the start of
the fifth round.
Nine players were 3-1 going into Round 5. The battle of Little
Sugar Creek was supposed to be a fast scenario since only four
flags were needed for the win. However, those precious four flags
resulted in very conservative play with games lasting up to two
hours. The scenario appeared balanced with neither side getting
much in the way of bids. However, the South won all eight matches.
Lyman Moquin, Roy Gibson, Jeff Mullet and Bruce Reiff won their
must-win matches over Barry Shoults, Steve Lollis, Jeff Cornett,
and Dave Metzger respectively to advance. Meanwhile, the ninth
3-1 contender, Jack Morrell, was upset by Scott Sirianna (previously
That left room for two 3-2 records to advance to the quarter-finals.
There were nine candidates for the two opportunities. Using a
random card draw, Dave Metzger and Jeff Cornett advanced. The
seven less fortunate included defending champ Nicole Reiff, plus
2004 champion Barry Shoults, 2009 champ Steve Lollis, Chuck Stapp,
Jeff Lange, Scott Sirianna and Jack Morrell.
Round 6 featured the battle of Oak Grove -- won by each side
twice. Winning as the North, Phil Shea preserved his undefeated
record by besting Bruce Reiff who was continuing his down year,
while Dave Metzger upset Jeff Mullet. Winning as the South, Lyman
Moquin defeated Roy Gibson, while Jeff Cornett upset the previously
unbeaten 2005 champion, Robert Eastman. Both 3-2 qualifiers had
upset opponents with better records.
In the semi-finals, players bid heavily (three extra card
draws) for the right to play the South which started on the high
ground in the battle of Prairie Grove. The bids may not have
been high enough as the South still won both games. Cornett got
past Metzger in a close match-up of the 3-2 qualifiers while
Moquin upset unbeaten 2002 champion Shea.
The Final featured the battle of Perryville on a map heavily
obstructed by river, woods, and hills. The North had two more
units and began defending hills in the map center. However, they
have almost half their army bogged down in river and woods on
their right side. The Confederates move first, but must cross
a river and three more open terrain to get to the Union center.
Moquin earned the right to play the North by bidding four extra
card draws to play the South.
As the battle began, Jeff shifted forces from his left flank
where the Northern forces were far away and slowed by terrain.
The South then charged the middle, pushing the Union artillery
back, thus effectively disengaging the center of the board. One
of the Union artillery that fell back shifted to support the
Union left, thus allowing Lyman to outgun Jeff on the Union left
flank. Then began a relentless assault by the Union on their
right flank. With a combination of Assault, Battle Cry, and two
Force Marches, the South found itself overwhelmed on their left
by greatly superior forces. With their four extra card draws,
the South counterattacked and held for a while, but were eventually
wiped out except for their leader running away to the center.
Trailing six flags to five, and needing seven for the win,
Jeff force marched three infantry in the middle hoping to kill
a full strength Union infantry with leader attached. The dice
were not impressed. Lyman then gained his seventh flag with a
kill on his left.
Lyman finished the day with seven wins against a single loss
to Jeff Mullet in the second round when Jeff got an extra five
card draws, helping his Union win the battle of Wilson's Creek.
Suggestions for next year include shorter scenarios, perhaps
by having more units begin within range of each other. Also,
players should start the tournament with a random tie-breaker
number so that they know early in the tournament how likely they
are to advance with only three wins.
Peter Card battles defending champ
prodigy Nicole Reiff who lost a random draw from among nine players
with a 3-2 record for an opportunity to advance.
The two finalists pause in their eighth
round of the day. Two-time champ Cornett won a random draw to
slip into the elimination rounds with a 3-2 record.