Saving your best for last ...
The expanding number of Monday events
is taking its toll but Maneuver still attracts a nice field four
Bob Heinzmann can't get past Bill
O'Neal who rode a winning streak all the way to second place.
Four swiss rounds advanced the top eight to single elimination.
The tie breaker was points based on countries played with the
lesser played countries from 2010 worth more. This year each
player was only allowed to play each of the eight different countries
once throughout the tournament.
During the swiss rounds, France moved from third last year
and replaced Britain as the most played country while the Brits
fell to fourth. Surprisingly, France was not the favorite this
year, as it was edged out by Russia as players seemingly took
the tie-breaker to heart and saved the French for the later rounds.
Only two countries were played 20 or more times compared with
five countries last year. It seems the points for playing countries
based on playing last year have changed things. The W-L records
for the countries in winning percentage order were: France 16-7,
Ottoman Empire 8-4, Britain 10-7, Spain 6-5, Prussia 9-9, Russia
9-13, Austria 4-8, and United States 0-9.
Three unbeatens again led five 3-1 survivors into the play-offs
after the tie-breakers were applied. Only two players who made
the SE rounds last year retained that status this year.
in a match of the only repeating laurelists, Richard Beyma's
British defeated John Emery's French.
Bill O'Neal's British defeated Bob Heinzmann's Austrians.
Nathan Hill's Spanish defeated Henry Rice's British.
Nathan's father, Allen, used the French to defeat JR Tracy's
So the British were selected in all four matches, going 2-2.
Bill's Russians defeated Nathan's Austrians while Richard's
Ottomans defeated Allen's British. For the second year in a row,
a father and son duo made to it the semis and no further. And
again, the son edged his father for the third place plaque.
The Final was one game rather than the double with switched
sides of former years. Richard had Prussia and the US left to
choose from, while Bill had Austria and the US. Neither was comfortable
with the Americans so it was Prussia against Austria with Richard's
Prussians taking the championship.
We continue to have a lot of down time as I have to wait for
all games to finish to assign the third and fourth games. Therefore,
next year we will switch to the pod system for the swiss portion.
You will be in a group of four people and play everyone in your
group. The winner will advance and we will take the best runner-ups
to complete a second round of 16 where single elimination starts.
This way if your group finishes quickly, you can have a known
amount of time for a break.
John Emery loses the battle of returning
in the semi-finals to Richard Beyma who went on to
claim the title.
Father and son play side by side in
the early rounds, but Nathan
beat Allen Hill in the playoff for
third and family bragging rights.