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Bitter Woods (BWD) PBeM Reports Updated August 21, 2018
 
 

2016 PBeM Tournament

The eighth BPA Bitterwoods PBeM Tournament ended recently after 34 games with Bruno Sinigaglio's Americans defeating Bill Morse in the six-turn scenario as the last two survivors of the 24-player field vied for the title.

This was the fourth consecutive BPA PBeM Championship for Bruno. In three of those, including the latest, Bruno survived to win against Morse on the last die roll of the game. Statistically, Bill should have won both the earlier contests, as Bruno only had a 16% probability of victory in each of the final battles.

In thus latest championship, on 18PM, Bruno needed to eliminate one more German mech or take back a victory hex. He chose to go after a mech kill. In the attached graphicd, the red dot units attacked the 2/2 mech at 7-1(+2) hoping for a retreat of two that would surround 2/304 mech and prevent Von Manteuffel issuing a Standfast order to either unit; then Bruno could attack the surrounded 2/304 at 2-1(+0) with the blue dot units. A result of 1D1 or D1 on the 7-1(+2) would only allow a 2-1(+1) by the blue dot units guaranteeing Bill the win. The overall chance of success for Bruno was 10 of 36. Fate favored the grognard again, yielding a D4 vs 2/2 and a D1 kill of 2/304. As a result, Bill lost by a hair, again, demonstrating further that he is "snakebitten" in close games vs Bruno.

2012 PBeM Tournament

The BPA PBeM Deluxe Bitter Woods Tournament featuring the play of the 16AM Offensive has ended with Bruno Sinigaglio's Germans defeating Bill Morse for his third consecutive PBeM Bitter Woods title. The tournament used a single elimination format with no byes. Players defeated in earlier rounds were employed as Eliminators to complete rounds with an uneven number of players to avoid byes and minimize the number of rounds required. A total of 31 games were played by the field of 28 entrants with the Germans winning 16.

The player pool was split by AREA rating. The 14 players with the higher AREA ratings in one pool were randomly paired versus the players with the lower ratings. As the winner, Bruno receives a BPA Plaque and a $50.00 gift certificate for a WBC vendor of choice. In addition, Charles Drozd, the highest achieving player in the lower half of the pool also receives a $50.00 gift certificate. Other laurel earners in order fro 3rd to 6th were: Tom Gregorio, Larry Hollern, Steve Likevich and Randy Heller.

2011 PBeM Tournament

The BPA pbem Deluxe BitterWoods Tournament featuring the "Patton's Relief of Bastogne" Scenario has ended with Bruno Sinigaglio's Americans defeating Mike Kaye's Germans in the Championship game. This is the second consecutive win for Bruno in a BPA PBeM BWD Tournament. Bruno also took first place in the WBC 2010 BWD Tournament.

The tournament used a single elimination format with no byes. Players defeated in earlier rounds were employed as Eliminators to complete rounds with an uneven number of players ­ this procedure facilitates the elimination of byes and minimizes the number of rounds required to complete the tournament. A total of 23 games were played in four rounds. Germans players won 13 games, while Allied players took ten.

A total of 23 entrants began the first round of the tournament in February 2009. The player pool was split in two by AREA rating. The 12 players with the higher AREA ratings in one pool were randomly paired versus the players with the lower AREA ratings. The winner of this tournament received a gift certificate from L2 for the purchase of an L2 game. In addition, the highest finishing player of those who began the tournament in the pool of lower AREA rated players also received a gift certificate from L2. That prize went to Lance Roberts of Fairbanks, Alaska who finished third. The top six finishers earning laurels reflected in he standings above were as follows:

  1. Bruno Sinigaglio
  2. Mike Kaye
  3. Lance Roberts
  4. Larry Meyers
  5. Tom Gregorio
  6. Jeff Lange

2008 PBeM Tournament

SINIGAGLIO WINS 2006 BITTER WOODS PBeM TITLE: The fifth BPA Bitter Woods PBeM tournament got underway on Dec. 16, 2006 to commemorate the battle with 32 players and has ended five rounds later in 2008 with Bruno Sinigaglio's GI's defeating son Buddy's Germans to claim his first title. The Americans won 20 of the 31 games played, including six of the last seven. Other laurelists in order were Bill Morse, Steve Likevich, Jeff Lange and Frank Sinigaglio.

2002 PBeM Tournament

The third BPA Bitter Woods PBeM tournament ended with Tom Gregorio defeating Bob Ryan to claim the championship. The laurelists, in order, were Tom Gregorio, Bob Ryan, Michael Mitchell, Rob Mull, Dan Tierney, and Randy Heller.

2001 PBeM Tournament

The second BPA Bitter Woods PBeM tournament ended with Bob Ryan defeating Michael Mitchell to claim the championship. The laurelists, in order, were Bob Ryan, Michael Mitchell, Tom Gregorio, John Grant, Bruno Sinigaglio, and Randy Heller.

2000 PBeM Tournament

The inaugural BPA Bitter Woods PBeM tournament ended with Randy Heller defeating Tom Gregorio to capture the championship. The laurelists, in order, were Randy Heller, Tom Gregorio, Bruno Sinigaglio, Bob Ryan, and John Grant.