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Subject: NAVAL WAR 2016 Tournament results rss

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James Kramer Jr.
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WBC 2016 NAVAL WAR GM REPORT

NAVAL WAR 2016 had 31 fleet commanders taking part. Game table assignments, thru card selection, were made for the initial round. There were 5 games of 5 players and 1 game of 6 players, tables A thru F. The six preliminary round winners would then make it to the final round.

TABLE A: This 5 player game included former GM Jonathan Lockwood. The 3 round contest was won by Stephan Squibb, who came from last at 7 points to first in round 3. Stephan scored 60 points in sunken ships and scored the bonus 10 points for being the only surviving player of round 3. This result brought into play the survivor (+10) rule that was emphasized for 2016. In total 7 eliminations occurred in the 3 rounds played. SCORES: Stephan Squibb 77, Robert Drozd 68, Bill Dickerson 47, Jonathan Lockwood and Mark Love 42.

TABLE B: Another 3 round 5 player match here with 9 overall eliminations. Jeff Martin managed to score the +10 survivor bonus in round 2. Unfortunately, as the leader after round 2 (67 points), Jeff could not hold that position. The table was won by Scott Beall reaching the winning threshold of 75 points. SCORES: Scott Beall 75, Wade Fowble 58, Jeff Martin 57, Antero Kuusi 53, Randall MacInnis 46.

TABLE C: A 5 player, 4 round game with 4 eliminations noted. Two of the players broke the 75 point threshold. The winner, Peter Staab, came from second place after round 3. SCORES: Peter Staab 104, Thomas Johnston 76, Brian Goodwin 73, Larry Lingle 67, Bruno Passacantaudo 45.

TABLE D: This 5 player table included 3 time champion Jim Fleckenstein. Jim passed the 75 point threshold as did David Wolfe in the 4 round contest, but the winner was long time competitor Alan Arvold. SCORES: Alan Arvold 104, Jim Fleckenstein 80, David Wolfe 79, Dacey Collinson 62 and John Vogel 55.

TABLE E: This 5 player table included another former champion Ben Collinson. The table only needed 3 rounds to determine the winner with David Brooks scoring 55 points in round 3 to win here. SCORES: David Brooks 93, Larry York 60, Chris Geggus 45, Ben Collinson 39, Tim Miller 23.

TABLE F: The final preliminary table was the only 6 player table of the round which included your humble (?) GM. The game went 5 rounds with 8 total fleet eliminations occurring during the game. Of note in round 3, one of my former junior contestants Aidan McNay, used his carrier to sink both Yamato and Musashi (9 points each). After round 4 all the players were in range to win with three players at the 60 point level, Micheal Rogozinski (69), Joe Harris (66) and Bill Place (61). The eventual table winner was 2005 champion Bill Place. SCORES: Bill Place 92, Joe Harris 90, Michael Rogozinski 74, James Kramer Jr. 72, Aidan McNay 61 and Jeff Lange 56.

The 6 finalists now selected cards again to determine seating order at the final table. Table positions were; (1) Scott Beall, (2) Peter Staab, (3) Stephen Squibb, (4) Alan Arvold, (5) David Brooks and (6) Bill Place. Seat position 1 would deal to begin round 1 of the final. The deal for subsequent rounds would be the leader, per standard game rules.

FINAL - ROUND 1: Preliminary red card play sees Scott and Bill receive 1 point minefields. Alan has VITTORIO VENETO added to his fleet but also receives a 2 point minefield. Stephen and Bill will each have a carrier to start. Regular play begins with Scott adding NORTH CAROLINA. As play goes on, Stephan sinks REVENGE (4 points), Alan ANDREA DORIA (4 points) and Scott TEXAS (4 points). Alan adds REPULSE which is immediately sunk by David (4 points). Bill adds LITTORIO to his force. Scott sinks PENNSYLVANIA (5 points), Alan sinks GIULIO CESARE (4 points). David now adds HARUNA to his fleet. Bill uses his carrier to sink BISMARK (8 points). Scott takes out MARYLAND (5 points). David has a 2 point minefield placed on his fleet. Alan sinks WEST VIRGINIA (5 points), Scott draws a sub and sinks IOWA (7 points). David uses a minesweeper to remove the 2 pointer on his fleet. The first destroyer squadron is played by Peter. Player salvos of 1, 2 and 1 quickly sink it. Bill immediately plays the second destroyer card which is likewise dispatched by salvos of 3 and 2. Stephen draws a sub and misses MISSOURI. Scott sinks VITTORIO VENETO (6 points). Stephen now uses his carrier to strike MISSOURI but misses. Bill also has a carrier airstrike miss MISSOURI. Peter gets the carrier ARK ROYAL as a new ship. Stephen’s carrier again misses MISSOURI. Bill sinks NORTH CAROLINA (6 points). Scott deploys smoke to protect his dwindling fleet. Peter sinks MISSISSIPPI (5 points). Alan draws a torpedo boat and misses MUTSU. Bill’s carrier misses NEW JERSEY, Stephen’s carrier finally sinks MISSOURI (7 points). David’s fleet now has KING GEORGE V added. Bill’s carrier attack on Scott’s last ship CALIFORNIA (5 points) fails but Stephen sinks it with a salvo eliminating Scott from the round. Alan gets a new ship, DUKE OF YORK. The round ends with David drawing smoke. SCORES: Scott 17, Stephen 16, Bill 14, Alan 13, Peter 5, David 4.

FINAL - ROUND 2: In preliminary red card play, Peter’s torpedo boat misses. Alan places a 2 point minefield on Scott, has the other torpedo boat (miss) and both subs which sink BISMARK (8) and IOWA (7). David has an unusable additional damage card. Leader Scott will again lead off this round. The first sinking belongs to Peter as KIRISHIMA (5) goes under. Next Stephen sinks TEXAS (4), Alan sinks NORTH CAROLINA (6) and David sinks REVENGE (4). Peter deploys the first destroyer card. Alan draws a new ship, GNEISENAU. The destroyer is then sunk by a 1, 2, 1 salvo combination. Alan now sinks MUTSU (6) and Peter sinks ROMA (6). An additional ship, HYUGA, joins Alan’s fleet. David also draws an additional ship but gets LUTZOW. A carrier strike by Peter misses MISSOURI. David receives a 1 point minefield from Alan. Bill sinks CONTE DI CAVOUR (4). Another carrier strike on MISSOURI by Peter misses. Alan sinks LUTZOW (3). Again Peter’s carrier misses MISSOURI. Scott adds YAMATO to his fleet and Peter switches his carrier to YAMATO and misses again. Stephen adds HOOD to his force. David now places a 1 point minefield on Alan. Bill sinks RENOWN (4). WASHINGTON now joins Scott’s fleet. Peter plays the second destroyer card. David plays smoke. Bill and Scott team up to sink the destroyer with salvos of 2 and 3. Peter’s carrier misses YAMATO again. Bill has WEST VIRGINIA join his forces. Scott sinks VITTORIO VENETO (6). Another carrier strike by Peter misses YAMATO again. Steve sinks RAMILLIES (4). Alan receives a 2 point minefield from David. Bill sinks GNEISENAU (5). Scott sinks HYUGA (5). Peter and Stephen play smoke. Bill sinks KONGO (5), Scott sinks PENNSYLVANIA (5). Peter has GRAF SPEE join his fleet. Stephen plays more smoke and Alan draws the final card. SCORES: Alan 43, Scott 33, Bill 32, Stephen 24, Peter 16, David 8.

FINAL - ROUND 3: The preliminary red card play sees Alan receive a 1 point minefield and Bill add TEXAS to his force. Peter adds the carrier ENTERPRISE to his fleet giving him 2 carriers at the start. Leader Alan starts play by sinking SCHEER (3). David adds a 2 point minefield to Alan’s fleet. Bill sinks ANDREA DORIA (4). Peter uses both carriers to attack the 9 point YAMATO and MUSASHI but misses both. David sinks LITTORIO (6). Scott draws a new ship MARYLAND. Peter sinks NEVADA (5). Scott places a 1 point minefield on Bill. Peter’s 2 carriers again attack the 9 point ships missing again. Stephen sinks CONTE DI CAVOUR (4). Alan is reinforced with CIAO DUILIO. David gives Scott a 2 point minefield. Bill adds KIRISHIMA, Scott adds RODNEY. Peter sinks CIAO DUILIO (4), Stephen sinks RENOWN (4), Alan sinks MISSISSIPPI (5) and David sinks REVENGE (4). Scott draws a sub and sinks MUSASHI (9). Peter uses his 2 carriers to strike YAMATO (9) finally sinking her. Alan draws a sub and sinks BISMARK (8). David sinks HARUNA (5). Scott has RAMILLIES added to his fleet. Peter now sinks RAMILLIES (4). Scott now plays the first destroyer squadron. Salvos of 1, 2 and 2 quickly sink it. Scott sinks TIRPITZ (8). Peter attacks NEW JERSEY with his 2 carriers to no effect. Alan gets a minesweeper and removes the 1 and 2 point minefields on his fleet. Scott plays smoke. Peter’s 2 carriers again miss NEW JERSEY and a torpedo boat by Stephen also misses. More smoke from Scott. Stephen sinks NEW JERSEY (7) to eliminate Alan. Scott sinks TEXAS (4), Peter sinks RODNEY (6). Bill now plays smoke. Scott now plays the second destroyer squadron and sees it sunk by salvos of 1, 2 and 1. More smoke from Scott. Peter uses his 2 carriers, missing WASHINGTON but sinking ROMA (6). A torpedo boat for David misses SOUTH DAKOTA. Peter uses his 2 carriers to sink MARYLAND (5), Scott’s last ship. Stephen has MISSOURI added. The last play goes to David who sinks HIEI (5). SCORES: Peter 55, Alan 49, Scott 44, Stephen 39, Bill 36, David 28.

FINAL - ROUND 4: Opening red card play gives additional ships to Alan, SOUTH DAKOTA, David, PRINCE OF WALES, Bill, KONGO and NELSON and Scott, HARUNA. Peter has a 1 point minefield placed on him. Scott will have 2 carriers to start. Peter starts the round, but the first sinking belongs to Alan with LUTZOW (3) his victim. Bill sinks GRAF SPEE (3), Alan sinks KIRISHIMA (5). David uses a sub to sink YAMATO (9). Alan now sinks HOOD (5). Peter plays the first destroyer card which Stephen hits for 2 points. Alan plays smoke. Bill draws a torpedo boat and misses MUSASHI. It comes down to Scott to sink the first destroyer squadron. He does so with a 3 point salvo. Peter and Stephen now both play smoke. Alan gives Peter a 2 point minefield and Bill adds another 2 point mine card bringing the total to 5. This play takes VALIANT (5), WEST VIRGINIA (5) and MISSOURI (7) from Peter. Peter has a minesweeper but draws a torpedo boat which misses the shot. Stephen now sinks WASHINGTON (6) eliminating Peter. David sinks ANDREA DORIA (4). Scott places a 1 point minefield on Alan. Stephen sinks RENOWN (4). Alan is reinforced by HIEI. David has LITTORIO join his force. Scott now puts his 2 carriers to use but misses MUSASHI and NEW JERSEY. David sinks RODNEY (6), Bill sinks SCHARNHORST (5). Scott’s carriers attack again and miss MUSASHI and SOUTH DAKOTA. Alan has REVENGE added to his fleet, which Bill now sinks (4 points). Scott uses his carriers again, missing MUSASHI and NEW JERSEY. Stephen now plays the second destroyer card which is sunk by salvos of 2 and 2. Bill plays smoke. Scott’s carriers attack one more time again missing MUSASHI and SOUTH DAKOTA. Stephen draws the last card, a sub, and sinks MUSASHI (9). SCORES: Bill 65, Alan 62, Stephen 58, David 47, Peter 45, Scott 44.

FINAL - ROUND 5: Initial red card play sees Bill get HYUGA and a 2 point minefield from Scott. Scott then receives his own 2 point minefield from Alan. Dave gives Alan a 1 point minefield and uses a torpedo boat shot that misses TIRPITZ. Bill now leads off regular play with smoke. Peter sinks KIRISHIMA (5). Alan sweeps his minefield. Bill sinks HIEI (5). Scott draws a new ship MUTSU. Peter sinks VALIANT (5). Stephen has ENTERPRISE join his fleet giving him 2 carriers. Alan sinks GIULIO CESARE (4). Bill plays more smoke. Peter gets another ship, LUTZOW. Stephen sinks ROMA (6). Alan adds HOOD to his force. David sinks GRAF SPEE (3). More smoke for Bill. Stephen draws a torpedo boat but misses TIRPITZ. Alan sinks CAIO DUILIO (4), Scott sinks REVENGE (4). Alan has MARYLAND added to his fleet. Scott now plays the first destroyer squadron. Alan draws a 1 point minefield which goes on Peter. David draws a sub which sinks TIRPITZ (8). Scott gets to use the destroyer attacking Alan sinking NEW JERSEY (7), HOOD (5) and SCHARNHORST (5). Stephen sinks HYUGA (5), Alan sinks LUTZOW (3), Scott sinks SOUTH DAKOTA (6). Alan pulls a sub and sinks IOWA (7) knocking out Bill. Scott now plays the second destroyer card. Peter sinks MARYLAND (5). Stephen sinks RODNEY (6). Alan plays smoke. David draws NORTH CAROLINA as a new ship. Scott gets to use the second destroyer and sinks MISSOURI (7), WASHINGTON (6) and KING GEORGE V (6). David sinks MUTSU (6) eliminating Scott. Peter sweeps his 1 point minefield away. Stephen sinks PENNSYLVANIA (5). Alan with only a carrier left strikes, missing NORTH CAROLINA. Peter adds KONGO to his force. Stephen uses his 2 carriers but misses NORTH CAROLINA. Alan also uses his carrier strike at NORTH CAROLINA, missing again. Stephen now sinks Alan’s carrier ARK ROYAL (3), eliminating him. No further combat action occurs with Stephen drawing the last card. With both destroyers used, starting last for the round, Scott sank 46 points worth of ships. Unfortunately he suffered elimination and the 10 point penalty dropped him to second place. The winner of the 2016 NAVAL WAR final was Stephen Squibb. FINAL SCORES: Stephen 83, Scott 80, Alan 70, David 64, Peter 60, Bill 60. Determining fifth and sixth places was done by a 2d6 roll off with Peter getting 9 and Bill getting 7.

In closing, I wonder if Scott would have had a better position after round 4 if he had used his 2 carriers more aggressively. In 2015 carriers were used to great effect. Scott stated the odds of carrier successes are too low to have great appeal to him. His poor luck at the end of round 4, with 8 missed attacks, seems to bear out that opinion. Better luck next year. Lastly, the players were again polled on changing to a heat driven tournament. The results were not quite 2 to 1 in favor of the change, but for 2 years running, heats are viewed positively. I will have to look into my scheduling options if heats are to be used.
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Scott Beall
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Of course, what I wonder, is if I had forgone all shots with carriers, and used those 4 rounds to do something else, I might have sunk another ship (4 points was all I needed).
If you assume 2 carriers, and there is a 9 point ship to fire at, then the expected return is 3 points per turn of use (actually higher if you fire at two different ships), so if you have a shot to sink a 3 point ship or higher, you should take it rather than shoot the carriers.

But, odds are theoretical, and the dice 1) have no love for you, 2) have no memory, and 3)are always there to complain about!

Thanks for GMing Jim!
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James Kramer Jr.
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My pleasure Scott. Hope to see you next year.
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