run silent, run deep ... well,
It was a bright cloudless day. The sea was smooth as glass.
Not good conditions for the 34 weary commanders to test their
skills in the open seas. The group was randomly assigned to seven
four person and two three person groups for round robin play.
Four commanders depth charged and torpedoed their way to 3/0
records and moved directly to the finals. Eight players with
either 2/1 or 2/0 records slogged it out to produce four more
finalists. Then to the death they fought in single elimination.
And of these eight, seven went to the briny deep and one emerged
victorious in a fashion only Attack Sub can deliver.
The scenarios were the same as used for last years event:
A, B, C, D, E, H. An initial random draw gave the winner the
choice of sides and the loser choice of nationality. Another
draw was made to determine start order. And when the dust had
settled, over 120 some duels in some 4+ hours gave renewed vigor
to the adage the quick and the dead.
The quarter finals saw last year's victor smacked badly and
quickly, albeit gently by that Beltway Bandito, Kaarin Engelmann;
Scenario D, sunk in half a deck, ugly. Last year's GM, Keith
Hunsinger, after taking the long road to the quarter finals,
lost to John Conlon our Scenario B expert. Jerry Smolens, undefeated
in the open round, bowed to Greg Courter in Scenario B and Steve
Caler triumphed over Frank Cunliffe in E to round out the final
Kaarin then ran into some stiff opposition in Greg Courter,
playing her favorite, Scenario D. She then went on to lose the
third/fourth place match to Steve Caler. Kaarin went 4 and 2
for the event playing only D. John Conlon then faced Steve Caler
in Scenario B, what else! John took the match and the chance
to meet Greg Courter, aka: Grinner in the Finals. It was Scenario
B, need you ask, the only one John played. I would love to give
you a blow by blow but had to duck out of the room briefly. On
returning, I found it was a very quick blow with John triumphant.
For the event, our winner, John Conlon went 7 and 1, playing
only Scenario B. So if you come to his town next year, you better
be a good Scenario B player.