origins of wwii [Updated August 2000]

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Robert Kircher, MA

2000 Champion

2nd: Bruce Reiff, OH

3rd: Keith Layton, NJ

4th: Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY

5th: -

6th: -
Event History
1991    None      -
1992    None      -
1993    None      -
1994    None      -
1995    None      -
1996    None      -
1997    Bruce Reiff      16
1998    John Emery      16
1999    Phil Rennert     24
2000    Robert Kircher     16
AREA Ratings
 1    Phil Rennert      1602
 2    James Jordan      1536
 3    Ewan McNay      1536
 4    Roy Pettis      1524
 5    Patrick Mitchell      1524
 6    Brian Mahoney      1513
 7    Ken Gutermuth      1513
 8    William Burch      1488
 9    Karsten Englemann      1488
10    Chris Godfrey      1488

Resurrecting an old Chestnut ...

The game normally is for five players. However, the tournament format utilized the four-player variant published in THE GENERAL 31-4. The primary differences between the published game and the variant are bidding for countries and usage of a USA Control Table.

Germany, the perceived power in the game, is the first country bid upon. Britain and Russia are then randomly selected for the second and third bidding rounds. France is the default country with a zero bid. The points bid by a player are subtracted
from the final score. Bidding is allowed in 1/2 point increments. The control of the USA is randomly determined each turn. France and Britain are the two countries with the best chance but even Germany has a chance at gaining control on each turn.

The format for the tournament with sixteen players began with four preliminary games with four players in each game. The preliminary round was followed by a final game composed of the four preliminary winners. The average bid for Germany in the four preliminary games was 3.5. The interesting thing about the preliminary round was the winners of each game won with a different country. The winning scores (after bid deductions) ranged from 12.5 to 19.5. The margin of victory ranged from .5 to 4. The games all appeared to be closely fought contests.

Robert won the bidding for Germany with a four bid. Keith then took the Russians with a three bid. Kevin got Britain with a two bid. Bruce just wouldn't go 2.5 and settled for France. The game came down to the last few rolls of the dice. Both Robert and Bruce ended up with 16 points. A tie in the final! Fortunately, the variant provides for the tiebreaker situation. Robert won the game because the first tiebreaker was given to the country that bid the most points and Robert had bid four for
Germany to Bruce's zero for France. Congratulations Robert, you probably saved Bruce from adding another wing to his house to hold his plaques.

 GM      Todd Surgoine  [1st Year]   335 Finstock Way, Gahanna, OH 43230   NA

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