across five aprils

A5A   
   9-15   16-20  

 Valley

Terry Coleman, CA

1998 Champion
2nd: Michael Sincavage, VA
3rd: Ear Anderson, SC
4th: Brian Conlon, MD
Event History
1991    None      -
1992    None      -
1993    Nick Frydas      37
1994    Dennis Culhanne      31
1995    Mark Giddings      24
1996    David Metzger      40
1997    David Metzger      23
1998    Terry Coleman      21
AREA Ratings
1    Michael Sincavage      1702
2    Donald Stone      1667
3    David Metzger      1660
4    Brian Conlon      1655
5    George Young      1616
6    Earl Anderson      1575
7    Chris Lefevre      1571
8    Andrew Lewis      1564
9    Scott Marcotte      1562
10    William Place      1557

Truly Brother vs Brother ...

In this tournament, I have chosen to handle the balance problem by having each person play the same side throughout. So except for the final, you are competing against the other players of your side, not really your opponent. After the three preliminary games, the top four players from each side advance to the elimination round where you still compete against the other players on your side. This type of competition is for balance purposes since the Union has only won one game of Bentonville in the elimination round in the last three years.

One of the amazing things about this tournament is while each game can play very differently because of the chit pull order and combat die rolls, a lot of the same players manage to advance to the elimination round year after year. These are players from both sides, so although the Union tends to lose more, some players can play them well enough to advance in multiple years. Since its inception, the Union is 65-31-1 in Bull Run, 25-53-37 in Bentonville, and 47-56 in Pea Ridge. However, despite the balanced numbers for Pea Ridge which has been the final game for the last four years, the Confederates have won the tournament five out of six years.

I continue to run this tournament for the players. A high percentage participate in this tournament every year even though it is the only time they play this game. It's one of those tournaments where you get to see and play against old friends and foes that you don't see the rest of the year. Everyone who knows the game is welcome to come and join the fun. This includes kids (I've enjoyed watching them grow from year to year) and women (yes we have had one - too bad she wasn't been able to get back to the convention). Who wants to show the other Union players how to win this tournament?

 GM      Andy Lewis [6th Year]  16 Gosling Drive, Lewes, DE 19958
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