storm over arnhem [Updated October 2002]

SOA   3 prizes Experienced Swiss Elim Continuous 
   Round 2 12 Round 3 15 Round 4 18 


Steve Koleszar, VA

2002 Champion

2nd: Tom Drueding, PA

3rd: Matt Fagan, NJ

4th: Phil Barcafer, NJ

5th: -

6th: -

Event History
1992    James Fuqua      15
1993    Steve Koleszar      19
1994    Steve Koleszar      14
1995    John Ellsworth      19
1996    Steve Koleszar      16
1997    Steve Koleszar      19
1998    David Wong      17
1999    David Wong     16
2000    Ed Kraska     13
2001    Phil Barcafer     17
2002    Steve Koleszar      8

AREA Ratings

GM: Phil Barcafer

Past Winners

James Fuqua - MI

Steve Koleszar - VA
1993-1994, 1996-1997

John Ellsworth - IL

Dave Wong - NJ

Ed Kraska - MD

Phil Barcafer - PA

A Win too Far? ....

Storm over Arnhem, facing tough competition in a time slot with Wilderness War, and without the normal Tuesday night mulligan round, ended up drawing its smallest field yet. Only eight players entered the city to slug it out. But the field made up in quality what it lacked in quantity. Four-time Champion Steve Koleszar, perennial runner-up Tom Drueding and defending champ Phil Barcafer were joined by BKNer's Mike Rinella, Bryan Thompson and Andrew Cummins. Matt Fagan, fresh from the arrival of his first child, left North new Jersey before daybreak and drove four hours to make the 9:00AM start time.

Defending Champion Phil Barcafer saw the Brits win every game he played. Unfortunately, he only played the Brits once and so did not defend successfully. In fact, his Germans faced slaughters in each game as their artillery could not hit anything and took heavy casualties every first turn.

Cummins and Rinella played each other in the first round, with Cummins' Germans getting the hot dice and winning. In Cummins next round, he played Drueding and took the Germans again and got a lesson in how to play the Brits. It was over by the fourth turn.

Fagan and Luke Warren had the bloodiest game. By the end, Fagan's Germans were down to about 10 pieces and Warren's Brits were gone. This game did see an attempt by the Brits to counterattack.

Bryan Thompson took the Brits in a game verses Tom Drueding which he summed up in one word - pyromania. Tom had the whole town in flames.

Due to the small turnout, the planned four preliminary rounds were cut to two and the semifinals began. Drueding and Barcafer squared off in a rematch of last years finals. Drueding got his revenge as his Brits were able to hold their ground and the German artillery missed everything. Koleszar and Fagan played in the other semi-final and Koleszar's Brits won, despite calling in Artillery successfully only once.

This set up a final with a four-time champion verses the top AREA rated player and perpetual bridesmaid. Drueding bid 1 point to get the Brits. Koleszar began to slowly grind the Germans into town. The perimeter was slowly lost and the Brits took moderate casualties, while being unable to do any serious damage to the Germans. By turn 6, the Germans had the four northern areas firmly in control and by turn 7 it was over. Steve Koleszar won his fifth wood for SOA and Drueding had his fourth runnerup plaque. Steve also won the DVD of 'A Bridge Too Far', saying "I guess I'll need to buy a DVD Player now."

Next year, SOA will need to be voted back in, but when it does, it will have Steve as the new GM and a multiple heat format to get its numbers back up.

 GM      Phil Barcafer  [1st Year]   NA  
    NA   NA

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