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Guy Atkinson
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Christian Blattner is the new UK Friedrich Champion! To achieve this double, the reigning World Champion had to play two games as Friedrich back-to-back. In both, he managed to hold on despite suffering early subsidy reductions while facing all the major allies for many a long turn. So very well done indeed, he’s clearly the man to beat in Berlin.

The championship was a success - the venue is a sports club just outside beautiful York. There’s plenty of light and space and lots of interesting places to visit or just wander around in the quieter moments. The atmosphere was friendly, but competitive and due to the skilful organisation of John and his team, everything went off very smoothly. It was a shame that one of the players had to drop out at the last minute because of injury, bringing numbers down to only eleven, let’s hope that the turnout will be higher in 2018. With sixteen or more, it’s not necessary to play anyone more than once.

In the heats, fate played a big role, with France dropping out on turns 7, 8 and 10 and one really fluky Prussian victory due to the first three fate cards being Elisabeth, Sweden and India, plus another two occasions in which Russia dropped out on or before turn seven. Nevertheless, two of last year’s finalists managed to reach the final this year, as well as comparative newcomer Mike Pete, only to be defeated by Christian’s consummate defence.

Many thanks to the organisers and see you in Berlin or Madrid!


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Björn von Knorring
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The picture is a swedish cartoon-figure Herman Hedning. English info here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Hedning
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Which were the other players in the final? Which countries did they play?
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Guy Atkinson
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Pete Manning (second in the heats) Maria Theresa;
Guy Atkinson (third) Elisabeth and
John McCullough (fourth) as Madame de Pompadour.
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Andrew Brown
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Tha can allus tell a Yorkshireman, but tha canna tell him much
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GalapagarGuy wrote:
comparative newcomer Mike,




Shouldn't that be "comparative newcomer Pete?"
 
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Guy Atkinson
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Archbold wrote:
GalapagarGuy wrote:
comparative newcomer Mike,




Shouldn't that be "comparative newcomer Pete?


It certainly should. All that English sunshine has fried my brain. Apologies Pete.
 
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John Mac
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Thanks for your kind remarks Guy. I've just added an organiser's post - sorry it was late but pensioners like me don't have much spare time!!!
 
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