breakout: normandy   

Updated Nov. 23 2012

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 2013 Status: pending 2013 GM commitment

Kevin Hammond, WA

2012 Champion

WBC Event History
1994    Jim Doughan      50
1995    Bill Edwards      48
1996    Hank Burkhalter      54
1997    Jim Doughan      53
1998    Don Greenwood      52
1999    Michael Rinella     48
2000    Phil Barcafer     32
2001    Jim Doughan     34
2002     Alan Applebaum     26
2003    Jim Eliason     28
2004    Nels Thompson     33
2005    Andrew Cummins     27
2006    Jim Eliason     19
2007     Jim Doughan     20
2008    Nels Thompson     20
2009    Nels Thompson     20
2010    Nels Thompson     16
2011    Marvin Birnbaum     21
2012    Kevin Hammond     18

D-Day Mini-Con Event History
1998    Don Greenwood      17
1999    Alan Applebaum     19
2000    Bryan Esleman     18
2001    Andrew Cummins     17
2002     Marvin Birnbaum     23
2003    David Wong     15
2004    Andrew Cummins     15
2005    Don Greenwood     20
2006     Don Greenwood     13

PBeM Event History
1999    Jim Doughan      34
2001    John Crabtree      36
2003    Bruno Passacantando      48
2004    Don Greenwood     47
2006    Tom Dworschak     50
2011    Don Greenwood     38
2012     Mark Gutfreund     36

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Don Greenwood      MD    10    372
  2.  Nels Thompson      VA    11    300
  3.  Andrew Cummins     uk    08    276
  4.  Marvin Birnbaum    NY    12    207
  5.  Alan Applebaum     MA    02    204
  6.  Jim Doughan        PA    09    187
  7.  Jim Eliason        IA    12    185
  8.  Michael Kaye       MD    12    181
  9.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    11    169
 10.  Mark Gutfreund     KY    12    163
 11.  Tom Dworschak      GA    12    156
 12.  Henry Jones        PA    06    136
 13.  Mike Rinella       NY    11    132
 14.  Brun Passacantando CT    12    128
 15.  Scott Fenn         MD    12    118
 16.  Steve Andriakos    TX    10     88
 17.  Phil Barcafer      PA    01     84
 18.  Kevin Hammond      NY    12     81
 19.  Clyde Longest      VA    06     60
 20.  Ken Nied           KS    05     51
 21.  David Wong         NJ    03     50
 22.  Tom Pavy           OH    03     48
 23.  Bill Edwards       VA    99     36
 24.  Harvey Smallman    CA    07     24
 25.  Bryan Stingley     NC    03     24
 26.  Tom Gregorio       PA    10     22
 27.  Scott Moll         VA    10     22
 28.  Chris Byrd         CT    06     20
 29.  Matthew Ellis      uk    10     18
 30.  Nick Anner         NY    06     12
 31.  Anthony Daw        UT    06     12
 32.  Anders Egneus      sw    99     12
 33.  Ron Fedin          PA    04     11
 34.  John Crabtree      CA    01     10
 35.  Tom Drueding       MA    04     10
 36.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    11      8
 37.  Hank Burkhalter    GA    10      7
 38.  John Grant Jr      CT    99      6
 39.  Chris Roginsky     PA    04      5
 40.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    03      5

2012 Laurelists                                           Repeating Laurelists: 

Mike Kaye, MD
2nd

Bruno Passacantando, CT
3rd

Mark Gutfreund, KY
4th

Marvin Birnbaum, NY
5th

Jim Eliason, IA
6th

Past Winners

Jim Doughan, PA
1994, 1997, 2001, 2007

Bill Edwards, VA
1995

Hank Burkhalter, TX
1996

Don Greenwood, MD
1998

Michael Rinella, NY
1999

Phil Barcafer, PA
2000

Alan Applebaum, MA
2002

Jim Eliason, IA
2003, 2006

Nels Thompson, NY
2004, 2008-10

Andrew Cummins, uk
2005

Marvin Birnbaum, NY
2011

Kevin Hammond, WA
2012
     

Two-time champ Jim Eliason can't get by the new champ in the L2 version - proving he is is skilled in both versions.

Scott Beall loses to PBeM champ/GM Mark Gutfreund in the first round using the original game.

 Bruno Passacantando enjoys Jim Doughan's "driveby shooting" of GM Andrew Cummins. The three-time champ withdrew after dicing Andrew in Round 1.

 Jim Eliason, a valued contributor to the L2 edition, furthers the education of talented newcomer Kevin Wojtaszzyk in the L2 edition. The shark pool is getting bigger.

Still hitting the beach 19 years later ... with a twist ...

Anticlimactic End Crowns New Champ

This year's line-up saw an even split between those who favored the new L2 rules as against those who preferred the traditional Avalon Hill version. The numbers were down slightly but there were enough faithful to make for a vibrant and hard-fought contest.

Bidding in the main tightened up, averaging at 40 for the Allies in the AH version as against close to zero in the L2 Design. The overall results were split 8-10 in the German favor with the L2 games seeing the majority of Allied wins.

Individual games teemed with exotic events. Caen being contested on the invasion turn, British forces from Gold and Juno capturing Aunay, Sword Beach falling to German control, disastrous sequences of weather changes in both directions, and US troops in Carentan on the 7th, being among the more notable.

There were five previous champions knocked out in the race to the finish line this year. Mike Rinella dispatched previous four-time champ Nels Thompson and then fell to Mark Gutfreund. Defending champ Marvin Birnbaum succumbed to Kevin Hammond. Jim Eliason lost on the first turn to Mike Kaye's unstoppable Allies. I was knocked out in what constituted a drive-by shooting as Jim Doughan's cards provided him with three key weather changes in the first three days that brutally crushed my Allied hopes. He then poured salt on the wounds by dropping out after the first round for another event.

This carnage left a semi-final field comprising Gutfreund, Hammond, Kaye and Passacantando, experienced players all, each seeking their first BKN title. The dust of the semi-finals settled with Mike's Allies triumphant over Mark and Kevin's Germans victorious over Bruno.

The history between the two finalists favoured Mike, a tactician noted for fierce Allied play: 1-1 split in two late-round PBeM Tournament games, with Mike going 2-0 in WBC play (2010 Mulligan, 2011 Round 2), and 3-1 in AREA rated PBeMs.

Both sides preferred L2 Rules and asked for the Allies, and two quick bids had Kevin accepting the Germans along with an extra 5 supply.

The para assault on Merville went D1 while the U.S. paras made a 3-bridge opening. Naval bombardments missed every CA and hit only the Utah defender. The US airstrike missed at Port-en-Bessin for what appeared to be a bloodbath allied opening, as the British flipped the Juno CA.

1st waves: one gun vs Gold (armor and 56th) and Juno (armor only) missed all three units, two guns vs Sword flipped one Commando, three guns vs Omaha only disrupted a regiment each of 1st and 29th at Omaha, and two vs Utah flipped and thus repulsed a lone regiment that landed there.

Assaults: the Sword group disrupted the Sword CA. Armor went D1 at Juno. At 11:10, the Omaha group landed safely, with 352nd's artillery staying fresh. An 8:6 assault at Gold went D1, and an Advantage re-roll there fared no better, which was the only time in the match that the Advantage changed hands.
D-Day ran from Impulse 0-5. Two assaults at Gold and two at Juno failed to disrupt the CAs there. The day later ended with the Canadian artillery and both the Gold artillery plus a regiment of 50th still offshore. An assault at Utah cleared the beach. 352nd scored 4 APs vs the Americans on Omaha, with regiments of 1st and 29th D2 to go with two D1 Ranger units. On Impulse 4, one infantry unit from Cherbourg (in clear weather) failed a try for the magic bridge, and 709th's artillery was moved up for use against Utah Beach on the 7th. A Weather change gave the Germans one cloudy impulse, which was used to move infantry and artillery from Zone A into Caen.

The 7th ran from Impulse 0-4. Bombardments vs. a strongly defended Caen were ineffective, but Sword and Merville were cleared. Five more units landed at Utah without incident, but the 51/50 bridge remained German. Omaha was cleared, but with few units available, Grandcamp was only contested, and the 31/33 bridge was blown. A single assault on Juno went D1, and Divisional and Corps artillery were offshore at Gold and Juno going into the 8th. On the night of the 7th, the Germans bought four impulses, and the Allies one.

The 8th ran from Impulse 3-6. St. Mere-Eglise was cleared, though 709th's artillery scored two disruptions vs Utah Beach, including 90th's artillery. A 14:12 assault on Caen went D1, and 21st Panzer's artillery then put three units on Sword to D2. Grandcamp and Port-en-Bessin were cleared. Naval fire vs Carentan flipped all four defenders, but a follow-up airstrike whiffed, greatly hampering the Utah group for the 9th. The day ended after another assault on the Juno CA only flipped it, but before 711th's artillery could do further damage at Sword.

The 9th ran from Impulse 0-6. Dawn had the Gold and Juno CA's still fresh, and the June 9th British reinforcements at the Juno approach. The opening German move was a Lehr 6-7-5 reinforcing Juno. Facing either two guns (from Juno approach) or just a 9:6 assault, Naval guns first flipped the Juno CA, then two assaults were needed to clear it. An all-out assault also cleared Gold. The Germans then spent one impulse to rebuild the Bayeux/Gold bridge but failed a 6:5 assault versus all-spent units to try and re-contest Gold. Carentan was contested with a +4 assault that got only a -2 roll. A 3:1 bombardment versus Utah Beach then broke up a potential second assault on Carentan. Isigny was barely contested, and the 33/34 and 33/35 bridge were blown.

The 10th started on Impulse 0. After Naval guns failed at Caen, an all-out 19:15 assault from Juno contested Caen with two CPs. The next Allied move was an all-out 16:8 assault on Bayeux that would have cleared on a -4 roll, but the dice came up 2:10 for a stalemate! With large German reinforcements available and a major assault possible on the spent artillery that defended Juno (through Bretteville), Mike conceded the lop-sided contest and the title.

And so the 2012 BKN competition closed with Kevin Hammond a new champion fresh-minted from a fiercely competitive pack.

Mike Rinella and Nels Thompson, a pair of past champs, tussle using the original version.

Defending champ Marvin Birnbaum downs Andrew Choptiany in the first edition.


 Play By Email 2012

Two grizzled veterans of Breakout: Normandy tournaments, Mike Kaye and Mark Gutfreund, met in the Final of the 7th PBeM Tournament to decide which of the pair would finally break through to his first tournamnt title. The path to the title for each was with their preferred side in all five rounds, the Allies for Kaye and the Germans for Gutfreund. Kaye persevered through numerous negative dice rolls for the entire game, and he still had a chance to pull out a win on the sixth impulse of the 12th by rolling +4 with an assault on St. Lo, but fell short on his last gasp assault . One oddity: Carentan was bombed only once the entire game and was never assaulted. Also scoring laurels were: 3rd Tom Dworschak; 4th Kevin Hammond; 5th Marvin Birnbaum and 6th Scott Fenn.

 GM      Andrew Cummins  [6th Year]  NA
    AndrewJJCummins@gmail.com   NA

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