bulge '81 [updated August 2000]

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  Valley

John Grant Jr, CT

2000 Champion

2nd: Forrest Pafenberg, VA

3rd: Bruno Sinigaglio, AK

4th: Randy Heller, MD

5th:

6th:
Event History
1991    Pierre Menard      14
1992    Rob Beyma      13
1993    Randy Heller      12
1994    Phil Evans      12
1995    Randy Heller      14
1996    Bruno Sinigaglio      10
1997    Phil Evans      15
1998    Bruno Sinigaglio      13
1999    Bruno Sinigaglio     13
2000    John Grant, Jr      8
AREA Ratings
 1    Bruno Sinigaglio      6053
 2    John B. Grant II      5939
 3    Randy Heller      5924
 4    Phil Evans      5446
 5    James Falling      5263
 6    Forrest Pafenberg      5137
 7    Thomas Delaney      5100
 8    Stephen Likevich      5089
 9    Michael Pacheco      4957
10    Martin Svensson      4946

still playing the bulge ...

We had eight stalwart players this year, including past champions Bruno Sinigaglio and Randy Heller. The tournament scenario played (as in prior years) lasted eight turns and required the German player to attain four victory conditions to win. Two of those conditions are 18+ Allied units eliminated and less than three German mech/artillery units destroyed. The rest depend on capturing strategic hexes or fuel dumps. Here are the highlights:

Randy, as Allies, played Paul Koenig in the first round, and reported that the game was much closer than Randy desired. Bastogne fell to a 2-1(-1) attack in 19AM. 22 Yank units were eliminated. St. Vith proved a thorn in Paul's side, as Randy fortified the location and held out until 19AM. The game came down to the final attack on Stavelot for the fourth victory condition. Paul was unable to muster the needed 2-1 to have a chance to dislodge Randy from the town.

Steve Likevich played Bruno Sinigaglio. Steve's Allies suffered a disastrous 16AM turn, with five eliminated units, a D4 result at Clerf, and an engaged 4/12 in the south. Bruno obtained an exchange against 7/CCB in the south in 16PM, blowing the southern part of the front wide open. 6th Panzer Army shifted forces to the center. In 17AM, Steve brought in his southern reinforcement (4/8/22) to isolate the German 7th Army, and made desperate counterattacks in the center. Bruno took Bastogne in 17PM. Steve's effort to kill a second mech unit near Houffalize failed and he resigned in 18PM, with 18 units destroyed, Bastogne and Neufchateau captured and more objectives threatened.

The other two first round games had John Grant besting Bob Ryan , and Forrest Pafenberg beating Tom Shaw.

In the second round, John played Bruno, with Bruno taking the Allies. John enjoyed excellent 16AM and 16PM results. In a similar run to Bruno's game with Steve, the Allies lost five units in 16AM and suffered a D4 at Clerf. Bruno came up with a strong defense in 16PM notwithstanding the losses, allowing only low odds attacks in many locations, but lucky exchanges favored the Germans by eliminating another five units. The losses allowed a German victory as further advances occurred toward Bastogne.

Randy, as Allies, played Forrest in the other semi-final game. Again the Germans had a successful 16AM, with five Allied units destroyed. Randy had two chances to blow the Stavelot fuel dump, both of which failed. Forrest lost three mech/artillery units, but Randy was unable to destroy the fourth despite having surrounded a NW unit. Randy surrendered on 19AM when Forrest captured Stavelot and its fuel dump, giving him four victory conditions including the 18+ Allied units.

The final game took place between Forrest's Germans and John's Allies. Forrest started with poor results - only two Allied units eliminated and no long advances in 16AM. Two 2d Infantry regiments were engaged and then surrounded. The Germans pushed hard through the 17th and 18th, causing increasing casualties, but the Allied line held. In 19AM, Forrest took a 2-1 (-1) against Bastogne and succeeded, eliminating three Allied units in the process and achieving two victory conditions. He needed only one more since German mech and artillery losses were less than 3. However, now the luck factor again swung to the Allies. A 2-1 against Stavelot yielded an "Attacker Back" result. John then counterattacked to prevent a 19PM attack against Stavelot. All other victory locations were blocked except the crossroads at AA17. However, Forrest was unable to reach the hex with more than a single Fallschirmjager regiment, which was counterattacked and destroyed in the Allied 19PM turn. John won with three victory conditions in German hands.

 GM      John B. Grant Jr [6th Year]   198 Brookdale Rd, Stamford, CT 06903
    jbgrantjr@aol.com   NA

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