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Subject: turn by turn report of the CAFE 2013 (Spanish Open) is online rss

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richard sivel
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hello,

the turn-by-turn-report of the final game of this years' Friedrich Spanish Open (called CAFE 2013) is online.

It is a fully commented report, comments come from GalapagarGuy as organizer and the players. I did help Guy a bit with the java-script solution for viewing the report. If interested, go to: http://www.histogame.de/CAFE/2013/

Short summary of the final:

Prussia: Richard Sivél
Russia/Sweden: José Bonilla Rau
Austria/Empire: Alex Calderon
France: Rafa Torrente

After a fake offensvie-option, Prussia had defense positions in East-Prussia, Saxony and the Magdeburg area. Silesia was handed over to Austria without a fight. Russia was able to crack the East Prussia defense pretty fast but did not conquer Riesenburg by intention. In the same time a big Austrian stack was eliminated near Meißen by coordinated Prussian and Hanvoverian attacks. Due to the Russian success, Prussia had to switch over to a Kammin defense. There the Russian hordes were repulsed. But not the Swedish mosquito! Ehrensvärd eliminated the Prussian defender! -- Then things became wild and improvised. Prussia stopped the Russians for the moment with a big campaign in Poland (2 generals, 1 supply train).

Simultaneously, Austria was licking its wounds, marching to Berlin and gathering diamonds for the big Saxony showdown, where Prussia's supply situation became crucial.

France was not pressing too hard, which helped Prussia, of course.

After a big Prussian blunder (of the most stupid sort), Russia was only 1 turn away of victory, but the death of the Tsarina after turn 14 denied José the CAFE trophy. Bad fate for him, but somehow the timing was historically accurate :-)

Two turn later France dropped out as well.

After that the situation in Saxony became dangerous again, but due to some weak Austrian moves, Prussia could protect its supply train (which was in Bohemia now), and finally pull off victory after 23 turns of struggle.

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Richard,


Thank you for spending the time to write this up and post online.

What a game! It not only shows how you can try new strategies in Friedrich - such as your bold Prussian 'Polish Sweep', and the Hanoverian 'Saxon Shift' - but also how nerve wracking it is to play, after being dealt a crushing blow by the Swedish mosquito and then to be saved in the nick of time by Elizabeth dropping on the verge of victory.

Great stuff.
 
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dear mark,

thanks for your comments.

Your thanks, however, should go to Guy Atkinson at first, since he did the main job of writing it up. I only incorporated his files into the javascript for viewing.

And, yes, I also think this was an extraordinary game, although it was by ruled by a lot of mistakes on all sides.
 
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