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Subject: Friedrich Tournament at Los Angeles--Saturday, 4 September 2010 rss

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Mark Luta
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For all those who need a warmup before Berlin in October...

For those who want to play Friedrich against people other than the same three opponents over and over...

For anyone who is interested in playing Friedrich for the very first time...

There will be a shorter version Friedrich Tournament at the next Los Angeles Strategicon event, held over Labor Day Weekend. Coincidentally, the month before the Friedrich World Championships in Berlin! The venue is the Raddison Hotel at the Los Angeles International Airport, so it is even quite convenient for overseas visitors! It is possible to purchase just a one day pass, or a pass for the entire weekend for just a little more (which comes with a discount for BGG Patrons!) details are here:

http://www.strategicon.net/

The event kicks of at 5:00pm on Saturday of the convention. Exact format will depend on the number of players, but the same scoring method is in use, along with chess clock timing and so on as will be used at FWC in Berlin. Due to time constraints it will not be possible to play the complete format of 4 initial round games plus a finals, but certainly a couple of games are possible depending on attendance, and even a finals in the wee hours of the morning if there is interest! (I know I would play in that...)

So, this will be an excellent chance to see how the scoring system might affect play before going to Berlin. But anyone who wishes to play for the first time is certainly welcome as well, the format used at Strategicon requires a teaching session roughly half an hour before game start so rest assured there will be plenty of demonstration and rules discussion for those who need such. (Last time, in May, a player new to the game won as France!)
 
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Mark Luta
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The latest Friedrich tournament at Los Angeles was won by Jason Fowler, playing France. This convention tournament was a very quick game, only ten turns. Prussia made a strong defense against Russia in the Neumark, destroyed the Swedish army and repeatedly hammered several Austrian armies. Voltaire's Poems encouraged the British to cut subsidies on turn 6, then Empress Elizabeth died on turn 7...Hannover collapsed against France, though, and Prussia was not able to offer enough defense against France, with the game ending on turn 10.
 
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Russ Williams
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So the tournament was just a single game?
 
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