Jim Kramer, PA
Charlie Drozd, IL
Bruce Monnin, OH
Andy Gardner, VA
John Pack, CO
Bruce Monnin, OH
1991, 1993, 2004
Phil Rennert, MD
Ray Freeman, CA
1995, 1999, 2003
Steve Packwood, MN
Tim Hitchings, DE
Mike Kaye, CA
Pat Richardson, FL
David Finberg, MA
Andy Gardner, VA
Dennis Nicholson, NY
John Sharp, FL
Jonathan Lockwood, VA
Vince Meconi, DE
47 Still in Convoy ...
AC woes or not, Lampeter filled on
Bruce Monnin, our PBeM GM guru vs
Mike Brophy and Mark Gutfreund
Joe Powell and John Shingara
Running the table for the second time ...
Jonathan Lockwood ran the table with eight wins to take his
second WAS title. He had previously won the WBC crown
in 2008 with an identical 8-0 mark, obviously preferring perfection
to split decisions. He also made the playoffs for the fifth straight
year, a new record. He beat Jim Kramer (6-2-0) in the Final.
Charlie Drozd finished third at 5-1-1 and Bruce Monnin nabbed
fourth with a 5-2 log. Andy Gardner (4-2), finished fifth and
received a copy of the book Struggle for the Middle Sea: The
Great Navies at War in the Mediterranean Theater 1940-1945, given
to the highest finisher not winning a plaque. The remaining playoff
contenders were John Pack, Ben Gardner and Ray Freeman at 3-3.
At the conclusion of the Swiss round, automatic playoff qualifiers
were: 1) Jonathan Lockwood, 48 VPs/5-0; 2) Charlie Drozd, 43
VPs, 4-0-1; 3) Bruce Monnin, 42 VPs & 4-1; 4) Andy Choptiany,
38 VPs/4-1; 5) Andy Gardner, 38 VPs, 4-1; and 6) Jim Kramer,
36 VPs & 4-1. John Pack, Ben Gardner, and Sean Druelinger
tied for seventh place with identical 3-2 records and 32 Victory
Points, but Sean withdrew due to family commitments. Andy Choptiany
also withdrew due to a family emergency and Ray Freeman (3-2,
30 VPs) then won a schedule tiebreaker over Mike Kaye (3-1, 30
VPs) and defending champion Steve Packwood (3-2, 30 VPs) for
the eighth playoff slot.
In the quarterfinals, top seed Lockwood's Allies handled Ben
Gardner, Monnin's Allies beat Pack, Drozd's Axis stopped Ray
Freeman, and Kramer's Axis cruised past Andy Gardner's Allies.
In the semifinals, Kramer's Axis maxed out against Monnin while
Lockwood's Allies overcame Drozd.
In the Final, Kramer took the Allies for a 2.5 bid. Jim deployed
the Barents on 2 opening. It was a classic match in which the
POC seldom strayed far from the 0 indicator. In fact, the match
came down to the last die roll of Turn 8. Jim had seven ASW in
the South Atlantic to remove Jonathan's seven U-boats, but could
not come up with the great roll to do so -- taking out four but
allowing the Axis to break control and deny the Allies 1 POC.
With that result, the raw POC of Allies +2 became an adjusted
POC after the bid of +0.5 Axis. It was our closest ever Final.
47 players entered and 85 total games were played; despite
the engine room conditions in the Lampeter Room, both were the
highest totals in four years. The favorite opening Allied strategy
was again Barents on 1 by a wide margin; although no exact stats
were compiled, it appeared that more Axis players were declining
to sail on Turn 1and even Turn 2 if Allied deployments were not
to their liking. One Axis player didn't sail until Turn 5! Kramer
copped Best Axis Player with a 6-1 mark, while Lockwood nabbed
Best Allied Player laurels at 5-0, the seventh time he has been
so designated. David Anderson of Farmington Hills, MI took Rookie
of the Year honors with a 3-2-0 record good for 14th place. Finally,
John Welage was our sportsmanship nominee. In addition to being
a long-time competitor, a real gentleman, and great opponent,
he's always willing to be the odd man out if necessary.
Play balance couldn't have been better as the Axis and Allies
each won 42 contests with one tie. It is very likely that the
marginally increased bids for the Allies contributed to that
balance. 81 of the 85 games featured an Allied bid; the remaining
four games had no bid. The average bid was 1.72 (all games) and
1.80 (games with a bid), both all time highs. Bids either changed
the outcome or the scoring of 19 games, another all-time high.
As always, putting on the tournament is a team effort. My
thanks go to Assistant Gamemasters Rob Drozd, Ewan McNay, and
John Sharp; John also provided the chess clocks. Also lending
a hand were Charlie Drozd and Bob Hamel.
John sharp adjusts the standings on
the magnetized leader board after finishing his game.
Jonathon Lockwood and James Kramer
in the Final after finishing 7th & 8th in 2011.
By Email 2013
Tim Tow won his first BPA championship, besting a field of
41 in the Ninth BPA War At Sea PBeM tournament. Tim went
5-0 to win the Smgle Elimination event. He began with a win over
Jim Laws, and then added Ken Gutermuth, Phil Watkins and Ed Menzel
to his victims before bestowing runner-up honors on Robert Drozd
in the title game. Ed Menzel (3rd with a 3-1 record), Vince Meconi
(4th, 3-1), Phil Watkins (5th, 3-1) and Michael Ussery (6th,
2-1) rounded out the laurelists.
Tim showed versatility in the tournament, winning three times
as the Axis and twice as the Allies. Overall, the Allies enjoyed
a 22-17 advantage in the tournament, with the average bid to
play the Allied side going for 1.7 POC.
The bids broke down as:
0.0 POC: Axis 1-0
0.5 POC: Axis 1-0
1.0 POC: Allies 3-0
1.5 POC: Allies 10-4
2.0 POC: Allies 9-8
2.5 POC: Axis 3-0
Tim took the Allies in the Final with a bid of 1.5 POC. A Barents
on 1 strategy was challenged when one of the British battle cruiserss
failed its speed roll. A triple nickel air strike roll by the
Allies sent three of the heaviest German ships back to port,
but the Luftwaffe countered by sinking the Renown and
disabling the Hood. However the Allies were able to hold
the area while sinking a couple of German ships. The German fleet
licked its wounds on Turn 2 while the Luftwaffe shone again,
crippling the Ark Royal and sinking the Repulse.
On Turn 3 the Germans contested the Barents when two slow British
battleships failed their speed rolls. The resulting battle left
the Formidable alone in the Barents maintaining the blockade,
with the Allies up 4 POC.
On Turn 4, three Italian cruisers and seven U-boats sortied to
the South Atlantic against two battleships and the Eagle,
but ASW accounted for four of the U-boats. The remainder managed
to sink a battleship. The Eagle's airstrike disabled one
cruiser and after the ensuing battle, again a lone carrier remained.
Convoy 1A pushed the Allied lead to 7 POC.
On Turn 5, the British left six battleshipss in the North Sea
drawing the Axis fleet for a losing fight, and the British maxed
out POC at +10. After a failed attempt to break the North Sea
blockade with five U-boats against 18 ASW on Turn 6, the Axis
I plan to run the next event in a Swiss-Elim format with a two
month time limit per round. Instead of bidding for sides (which
can lead to specialization in one side or the other) I plan to
gives the Axis 2.0 POC at the start of each game. Sides will
be randomly assigned in the first round, and in any other matchup
where both players have played each side an equal number of times.
When one player has played a side more often than his opponent,
his opponent will be assigned that side.
We will probably start either not long before or not long after