kremlin [Updated August 2000]

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Tom McCorry, PA

2000 Champion

2nd: Bob Jamelli, PA

3rd: Jason Wagner, NJ

4th: James Hopkin, PA

 5th: Marc Houde, DC

 6th: Elizabeth Long, MA
Event History
1991    Jim Fuqua      25
1992    Sean Cousins      20
1993    Jim Fuqua      49
1994    Caleb Cousins      42
1995    Sean Cousins      36
1996    Sean Cousins      20
1997    Tracy Graf      46
1998    Chris Geggus      46
1999    Bruce Glassco     38
2000    Tom McCorry     45
AREA Ratings
 1    Bruce Glassco      1564
 2    Peter Staab      1564
 3    Steve Cuccaro      1555
 4    Todd Giles      1546
 5    Charles Davis      1529
 6    Micah Rabin      1526
 7    Marc Houde      1520
 8    James Jordan      1520
 9    Mark Neale      1519
10    Jerry Ohlinger      1519

Laughing at the Cold War ...

Kremlin bounced back from last year's attendance dip with 45 players vying for the championship. It again proved to be a popular 'B' event as newcomers were taught the game prior to each heat, including seven players at the new Thursday 1PM heat. Not bad for an out-of-print game that's a satire of a political system that ended ten years ago!

The heats featured the usual acts of purges, trials, assassinations, Doctor Death die rolls and bad fake Russian accents. Some highlights of the heats include:

- Former three-time champion Sean Cousins showing his form by being the only player to win two games in the heats.
- After the party chief died in the first turn, do you give the job to the GM, or to a person who learned the game a half-hour before? Thus, Elisabeth Long was in control 15 minutes into her first game. All she did was get enough friends in the Politburo to protect her chief, get a little luck with the health rolls, and won the game with three waves in the first three turns.
- One of the odd quirks about Kremlin is that once in a while you might have to vote who wins the game (as happened in the 1998 final). Mark Yoshikawa, faced with this dilemma, calmly considered the situation - and pulled out a coin to vote "yes" or "no". David Buchholz was the lucky winner.
- Who says the GM has an edge? GM Peter Stein followed up last year's three losses in the heats with a 0 for 4 this year. But I can't complain, I did have my chances.

Ten players showed up for the semifinals, with Jason Wagner earning an impressive quick win in one game, and regulars Sean Cousins and Jay O'Donnell being knocked out in the other. The final saw Bob Jamelli, Jason Wagner and James Hopkin each get a wave, but it was Tom McCorry who got on a roll with three waves and won the championship. Next year we will see if he follows an odd trend - the last three champions have not defended their title the following year! (Is it something I said?)

As I've said repeatedly over the years, I think Kremlin is one of the most under-appreciated games Avalon Hill made. Even with the new trend of Euro-games, Kremlin keeps getting consistent attendance in its current format. If you haven't played it yet, or haven't played it in a while, come by next year for some fun, Russian style.

 GM      Peter Stein  [6th Year]   199-30 28th Ave., Flushing, NY 11358   (NA)

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