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Ty Wyman
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Frederick beat back his enemies last weekend in an 18-turn duel. The session was notable for the role Cumberland played in repulsing the invaders.

Frederick chose an aggressive opening. Drawing three diamonds on Turn 1, he offered battle to Browne in lower Saxony. Browne accepted and battle was joined at Radeburg on Turn 2. Browne played a 9D to go up six, but was unable to respond to Frederick's 11D. This defeat put Austria on its heels. It was unable to seriously threaten thereafter, even after building a 24-army powerstack.

The second component of Frederick's aggressive opening was to pursue the lone generals commanding Sweden and the Holy Roman Empire. Though he annihilated each, this left Frederick vulnerable in the midsection. Russia made haste for Pomerania and protected its supply line from Lehwaldt.

The session became interesting as Austria responded to its early defeat by expanding its front. It sent the Empire to press Seydlitz at Werdingerode. The greater drama arose, however, as Austria push north to support Russia's drive on Brandenburg. With Austria barely holding its supply line, the lone general defending core-Prussia (Dohna) was driven from the field. Fortunately, the English expeditionary force under Cumberland arrived at the crucial moment, obliterating Saltikov at Friedeberg.

Sweden and Russia exited the game on Turns 9 and 12, respectively. With assistance from the Empire, however, France wore Seydlitz down in Spades. In rode Cumberland again, however. He took on the French at Braunschweig and sent Soubise packing. Although Lord Bute cut Prussia's subsidies immediately after the Tsarina's demise, the Prussian armory was sufficient by then to hold on for the final five turns.

Lessons from this session are relatively few. The aggressive Prussian opening succeeded. Should it fail, however, it typically leads to a position that is unrecoverable for the Prussians. Indeed, I rarely employ it.

Use of the Hanoverian generals to support defense of the Prussian heartland, however, seems a more dependable play. Seydlitz can (with relative ease) defend a French objective. The Hanoverian generals, meanwhile, can play rover, supporting the Prussian line wherever it becomes weak.
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