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ID IV

Players' Scores

Below you will see a number of tables with some showing scores totalled by all Rounds and others where the Rounds are separated. Like the previous tournament, ID IV also has two divisions and therefore the tables below are, when needed, separate to the respective division.


Players

The tables below show how each player performed in the respective rounds. To outline the layout of the table, the left hand side shows the position of the player compared to others. It is followed by the player's name and then the countries being played per round together with the points scored. The right hand column has the total score. Scores are; win = 2 points, draw = 1 point and lose = 0 points. As ID IV is being played you will see a number of question marks (?) and that simple means that game hasn't started.

Division 1
Pos Player's Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 Carl Hanich I
2
E
2
G
2
F
2
T
2
A-H
2
R
2
14
2 Kester Bearne E
0
F
2
G
0
A-H
2
I
0
R
2
T
2
8
3 Jim O'Neil A-H
2
R
2
F
2
T
0
G
0
I
0
E
1
7
3 Peter Hawkins R
2
I
2
G
0
A-H
0
T
2
F
0
E
1
7
3 Brian Frew I
2
E
0
A-H
0
F
2
G
0
T
2
R
1
7
3 John Wright G
0
F
0
A-H
2
E
2
I
0
R
2
T
1
7
7 Gabriel Lecointre G
0
F
0
R
2
T
0
A-H
2
I
0
E
0
4
8 Ally Bain E
0
G
0
T
0
R
0
A-H
2
F
0
I
0
2

Division 2
Pos Player's Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 Richard Hucknall T
2
E
2
R
2
A-H
2
G
0
I
2
F
1
11
1 Steve Hanich E
2
G
2
I
0
R
2
F
2
T
1
A-H
2
11
3 Todd Hunter-Gilbert E
2
G
2
A-H
2
F
0
I
0
T
2
R
2
10
4 Greg Pierce G
0
I
2
R
0
A-H
2
T
2
E
1
F
2
9
5 Jon Hucknall T
2
A-H
0
E
0
G
0
R
2
F
2
I
0
6
6 Brian O'Farrell I
0
F
0
E
2
R
2
G
0
T
0
A-H
0
4
6 Michael Valentine G
0
R
0
A-H
2
F
0
T
2
I
0
E
0
4
8 Andreas Stephens F
0
T
0
G
0
E
0
I
0
A-H
0
R
1
1


Countries

In the table below, the first number is the number of times that country is being played in that round. As for the number after the slash, it shows the scores for that country in that round. A question mark (?) means To Be Advised (TBA) whereas a number followed by a question mark, e.g. 2?, shows that some games have finished but not all so continue to watch. If you see a hyphen it means the country was not played.

Division 1
Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
Austria-Hungary 1/2 -/- 2/2 2/2 2/4 1/2 -/- 12
England 2/0 2/2 -/- 1/2 -/- -/- 3/2 6
France -/- 3/2 1/2 2/4 -/- 2/0 -/- 8
Germany 2/0 1/0 3/2 -/- 2/0 -/- -/- 2
Italy 2/4 1/2 -/- -/- 2/0 2/0 1/0 6
Russia 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/0 -/- 2/4 2/3 13
Turkey -/- -/- 1/0 2/0 2/4 1/2 2/3 9

Division 2
Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
Austria-Hungary -/- 1/0 2/4 2/4 -/- 1/0 2/2 10
England 2/4 1/2 2/2 1/0 -/- 1/1 1/0 9
France 1/0 1/0 -/- 2/0 1/2 1/2 2/3 7
Germany 2/0 2/4 1/0 1/0 2/0 -/- -/- 4
Italy 1/0 1/2 1/0 -/- 2/0 2/2 1/0 4
Russia -/- 1/0 2/2 2/4 1/2 -/- 2/3 11
Turkey 2/4 1/0 -/- -/- 2/4 3/2 -/- 10

Combined Divisions
Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
Austria-Hungary 1/2 1/0 4/6 4/6 2/4 2/2 2/2 22
England 4/4 3/4 2/2 2/2 -/- 1/1 4/2 15
France 1/0 4/2 1/2 4/4 1/2 3/2 2/3 15
Germany 4/0 3/4 4/2 1/0 4/0 -/- -/- 6
Italy 3/4 2/4 1/0 -/- 4/0 4/2 2/0 10
Russia 1/2 2/2 3/4 3/4 1/2 2/4 4/6 24
Turkey 2/4 1/0 1/0 2/0 4/8 4/4 2/3 19


Rounds

You will see in the titled row the round, division and the starting date for that round. As for the column showing Season, it simply shows when the game finished. If a game was conceded or a draw was agreed, that column will show the last phase. If B05 is shown, it means that after the bids for 1905 the game ended and that S05 was not adjudicated. Once all games have finished, in that round, you will see a summary of events.

Round 1 - Division 1 - 9th Sept 2009
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Gabriel Germany Peter Russia Greg Peter S02
Jim Austria-Hungary Ally England Richard Jim A18
Kester England Carl Italy Richard Carl B06
Brian F Italy John Germany Todd Brian F S04

Round 1 has finally finished with the conclusion of the Jim (Austria) vs Ally (England) game after Autumn 1918, which I believe is the longest game in the history of this Tournament! It shows how tough Division One is as both players refused to give in as they battled for precious competition points. Ally tried valiantly to block the Mid Atlantic and held Jim at bay for a while and went to the ADB for a Ruling when Jim and the GM refused his request for a draw. Jim really wanted the two points for a win and he argued that he could see a way through which the ADB upheld. He finally broke through by building a German fleet after Ally had overspent in 1914. (Yes another example of how overbidding can lead to disastrous results).

But the match of the round was between the winner and runner-up of ID III. Kester (England) and Carl (Italy) had met twice before in previous seasons for two draws and this pairing is also most likely to produce a draw. The game was quite even (so a draw was quite likely) when Carl underbid aggressively in 1904 to catch Kester overbidding only very marginally. Carl then won and Kester recorded his first loss since ID II and only his second loss since ID I.

Brian (Italy) and John (Germany) were equal third in ID III, so this game was a very interesting one. As Brian pointed out, the Right group happens to be the top four from ID III, so Brian decided to play his "good" countries early. The stats heavily favour Italy, and Brian made the most of it with a solid win. Brian managed to control England for the first two years and put enormous pressure on John. Overspending in 1903 (yet again!) sealed John's fate. Not the best start John, but you have now got Germany out of the way!

The last game was between the winner and runner-up of Division Two in ID III who were promoted for ID IV. Peter (Russia) dealt with Gabriel (Germany) extremely quickly. This neighbourly tussle is always quick and nearly always in favour of Russia. As a result, Peter is now equal first in Division One having won eight straight games since he started last season.

Round 1 - Division 2 - 9th Sept 2009
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Turkey Greg Germany Steve Richard A03
Michael Germany Jon Turkey Carl Jon B05
Todd England Andreas France Ally Todd A03
Brian O Italy Steve England Kester Steve B06

There were some entertaining games in R1 with two T vs G games that were both won by Turkey. Richard (Turkey) defeated Greg (Germany) to kick his campaign to get back into D1 off to a great start. Richard always had control of the English mercenaries which caused Greg untold grief. Germany is hard at the best of times but particularly against Turkey and it sure does not help if you are moving house at the same time. The other Hucknall, Jon was also playing Turkey versus Germany against Michael and also won. A great start to the Hucknalls! Jon finished ID III very strongly and now has won his opening Cup and League games in ID IV! With mercenaries coming in all directions, Michael never got his defensive lines established.

The other two games featured the two Aussie rookies. One won and one lost. Todd (England) had little trouble landing in Brest against Andreas (France) who is clearly still coming to grips with the bidding, although parts of Andreas' later bidding was psychic according to Todd! Has Andreas now figured out the bidding and is now able to anticipate his opponent's bidding? Time will tell and as GM Ally noted, Ally too lost his first game of ID badly but ended up coming 2nd in his first season. In the last game, Brian (Italy) took on Steve (England). The pair met in Round 1 of the Hucknall Cup and the result was another win for the young rookie. Steve as under enormous pressure with the mercenary France pounding his English western coastline, but like has happened now a few times in ID IV, Brian overbid and busted his treasury. Steve then won very easily.


Round 2 - Division 1 - 1st Oct 2009
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Gabriel France Jim Russia Richard Jim B03
Peter Italy Ally Germany Todd Peter A01
Kester France Brian F England Steve Kester A06
Carl England John France Jon Carl B04

All the Round 1 winners were up against the Round 1 losers and three players lost again to all but extinguish their ID IV title hopes. The one first Round loser to win was Kester, the ID II and ID III Champ who is looking for a third consecutive title. Kester (France) in a hard fought victory overcame Brian (England) to be equal 4th with Brian. Both built their defensive lines early, but Kester eventually got the upper hand through easier growth options in the east.

Peter (Italy) won his ninth straight game (having never lost or drawn) to win by capturing Munich in 1901 from Ally (Germany). Will anyone ever beat him? As the GM said, maybe he needs to be in Division Zero!! Peter bid hard for and controlled France and Austria and felt that he would have battled to win with a big credit deficit had he not won in 1901.

In a rather quick game, Jim (Russia) easily accounted for Gabriel (France) which usually happens with this pairing. And in the final game, Carl (England) got the upper hand right from the word go against John (France) by controlling the crucial mercenary Germany in 1901 to be in equal first position with Peter and Jim.

Round 2 - Division 2 - 1st Oct 2009
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard England Michael Russia Carl Richard S05
Greg Italy Jon Austria-Hungary Ally Greg A02
Todd Germany Brian O France Ally Todd A02
Andreas Turkey Steve Germany Kester Steve B06

All the winners from R1 were playing the losers from R1, and only one of the losers won! Richard is in devastating form having found his mojo in D2. The ID I Champ looks set to return to D1 for ID V although a lot can still happen. In another E v R game, Richard's England dominated from the outset. Playing England against Russia is quite difficult (despite some players managing to make it look easy) and Richard bid hard for Germany early and aimed for St Petersburg, and cleverly exploited Russia's weakness of a large front by ensuring there were enough Mercenaries menacing in the centre and south to stop Russia from growing. Michael (Russia) was defending the whole game.

Greg (Italy) landed in Trieste in A02 against Jon (Austria) in a typical ruthless affair to continue his 100% winning record against Jon. Greg went for the jugular and bid aggressively for Russia and Turkey in 1902 which paid off! Todd (Germany) beat Brian (France) in an equally quick game to remain equal first on the table. And the last game featured the two Aussie rookies. After the game ended with an Andreas victory, a mistake was detected in B03 and all agreed that the game should be restarted from this point. The result was very different with Steve (Germany) finally beating Andreas (Turkey) in a very tight affair. Andreas (Turkey) after losing embarrassingly in his opening League and Cup games as he was coming to grips with the rules and strategies, bid hard for the Mercenaries and moved aggressively into the Balkans, Austria, and Russia and almost to victory leaving Steve (Germany) spinning. But Steve fought back and defended well, and ended up in a strategically sounder position with a growing centre count advantage. Andreas' lack of fleets cost him in the end as Steve was then assured of occupying Italy with a victory consequently a foregone conclusion. It will be interesting to see how Andreas fares over the remainder of the season now that he has mastered the rules. Germany has a very poor track record against Turkey, and Steve has become only the second player to win as Germany which sees him in equal first position with Richard and Todd!


Round 3 - Division 1 - 1st Nov 2009
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Gabriel Russia Ally Turkey Steve Gabriel A05
Peter Germany Jim France Jon Jim B02
Kester Germany John Austria-Hungary Richard John S02
Carl Germany Brian F Austria-Hungary Todd Carl A04

Peter Hawkins loses his first game ever!! Peter (Germany) was up against Jim (France) in the top of the Table clash. Germany is hard to play, but against a player the calibre of Jim, nigh impossible!! The game was over extremely quickly and Peter has vowed to play a better country the next time he meets Jim.

And Kester (Germany) loses his second game of the Tournament against John (Austria) in also very quick time and making his defence of his ID title now very difficult. John recorded his first win after Kester stuffed up his 1902 bids. John bid hard for and secured Russia and France for a quick win as he figured (and most would agree) that the longer a game goes against a player such as Kester, the longer the odds of winning!!

Gabriel (Russia) recorded his first win of the season defeating Ally (Turkey) who still has to record his first win. Gabriel bid hard for Germany and Austria in 1901 and never looked back as once Russia gets going, she is very difficult to stop. And Carl (Germany) was too good for Brian (Austria) by controlling four mercenaries in 1902 and still coming out with a Credit advantage, to stay in equal first position with Jim.

In theory, all but Ally can still win ID IV!

Round 3 - Division 2 - 1st Nov 2009
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Russia Jon England Carl Richard B04
Greg Russia Michael Austria-Hungary Kester Michael A05
Todd Austria-Hungary Steve Italy Peter Todd B02
Andreas Germany Brian O England Ally Brian O A03

Another exciting round sees Brian and Michael win their first games of the season. In the match of the round, two of the three undefeated leaders were up against each other. Todd (Austria) accounted for Steve (Italy) in the closest pairing of neighbours possible to see him remain undefeated and equal first with Richard. Todd started his manoeuvrings even before the countries were selected by tricking Steve into thinking he would pick Italy as his first preference but privately selected Austria. The rookie feel for this rouse (it is very cut-throat at the top of the table) and Todd played Austria perfectly pressuring Venice already in 1901. Todd then managed to gain a too strong position in 1902. Richard (Russia) easily beat Jon (England) in this fascinating pairing by controlling Germany in 1901 and 1902. With Germany, Russia gained control of the north and once this happens Russia gets on such as roll, England cannot be stopped! Michael (Austria) was too strong for Greg (Russia) whose retreating troops became lost in 1905! And Brian (England) was never in any trouble against the hapless Andreas (Germany). Germany is a difficult power to play at the best of times and Andreas believes he needs to improve on the bidding for the Mercenaries. Andreas is languishing on the bottom of the table, rare for a player of his calibre!


Round 4 - Division 1 - 1st Jan 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Gabriel Turkey Kester Austria-Hungary Todd Kester S05
Peter Austria-Hungary Carl France Jon Carl S02
Jim Turkey Brian F France Todd Brian F S09
Ally Russia John England Richard John A09

Carl (France) delivered a second defeat to Peter (Austria) to stay on top of the Table. Peter accidentally dramatically overbid in 1902, and that was it, as there is no way back if your opponent controls all the Mercenaries in 1902 and 1903. Peter played 1901 brilliantly controlling the key Mercenary of Italy and looked at worst to achieve a draw.

Jim (Turkey) lost his first game of the Tourney against Brian (France). Jim forgot to build early on which was enough of an edge for a hard man like Brian to exploit. Jim has now played Brian twice and lost both times. Coincidentally, last time was also a France/Turkey game but Brian played Turkey. As a result of Jim's loss, Carl is now the outright leader with Jim slipping to outright second.

The mighty Kester (Austria) kept Gabriel (Turkey) in the south-east corner, not allowing the Frenchman to get going, keeping his slim ID IV hopes alive. And Ally (Russia) appears to have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against John (England) in quite a long game, having 24 centres at the end against John's measly 10!! Ally had seven fleets at the end, but only one of them was in the north and that was stuck on the north coast of St Petersburg since it was built in the winter of 1902! John was always expecting to lose until the spring of 1905 when he "noticed the Russian weakness in the Baltic". This fascinating pairing should favour Russia (although tough players like Kester and John keep proving me wrong), but England can block the Mid-Atlantic forever with three fleets and St Petersburg It is defendable if Russia does not keep control of Scandinavia. No wonder Russia changed their Capital to Moscow!!

There are four players all in equal third position. Technically any of them can still win, but with three rounds to go, it looks like either Carl or Jim will take the crown that Kester has held for the past two years! But this middle group of four still needs to win otherwise some of them may find themselves relegated to Division Two for ID V.

Round 4 - Division 2 - 1st Jan 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Austria-Hungary Todd France Kester Richard A03
Greg Austria-Hungary Andreas England Richard Greg B06
Michael France Brian O Russia Richard Brian O S05
Jon Germany Steve Russia Peter Steve S03

The match of the round pitted the equal leaders against each other. Richard was absolutely clinical. The ID I Champ, knowing that these contests could easily end in a draw (Austria Vs France) came out very strongly, bidding hard for the key Mercenaries of Italy and Germany, and getting them both still managed to have a Credit balance lead by the end of 1901. Therefore, Richard gained Italy and Germany again in 1902 and with a 10-5 centre count, that was it. Rumour has it that Todd did not expect to win against the high flying Richard, so to maximise his chances of a Division One berth next season, he played his worst power against Richard hoping to win his other six games to make it to Division One. So far, Todd is in second position but the pesky Steve is now equal with him as Steve (Russia) managed to easily account for Jon (Germany) who was hoping to get to third position with a win. These R v G games are always very lopsided and Jon did not stand a chance, but Jon gave it his best shot by going for the quick win! So it looks like a battle for second position and the last spot in Division One next year. But Steve still has to play Richard so Todd is the favourite at this stage.

Brian (Russia) also won relatively easily against Michael (France) to advance to 4th spot on the Ladder equal with Greg (Austria) who beat the hapless Andreas (England). Brian kept his cool, did not overbid this time, controlled Germany in 1901 and 1903, and achieved a lead in 1901 which he increased every year. France is very hard to play against Russia, so Michael stood little chance against competent opposition. And Andreas (who plays very aggressively) was leading after 1902 (a 10-7 centre count) with only a minor Credit deficit. Seeing that this pairing normally results in a draw (unless one has a bigger lead), Andreas overbid in 1903. Greg read the situation perfectly bidding one credit each for all five Mercenaries resulting in Andreas overspending. Greg then absolutely annihilated Andreas who probably would have received his first competition point had he not overspent. Again, the lesson is do not overbid unless you really have too, and if you do overbid, only do so by a small margin!


Round 5 - Division 1 - 1st Feb 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Gabriel Austria-Hungary John Italy Richard Gabriel B03
Peter Turkey Kester Italy Steve Peter B06
Jim Germany Carl Turkey Todd Carl A07
Ally Austria-Hungary Brian F Germany Jon Ally S01

Jim selected Germany in his top of the table clash with Carl (Turkey). A win would have seen Jim in equal first position. But Carl's Turkey started strongly in 1901 and never looked back. Carl is now odds on to win his first ID Tourney and end the reign of Kester!!

Peter (Turkey) ended his uncustomary two game losing streak to deliver Kester's (Italy) third loss as Kester eye-balls relegation. Italy versus Turkey are always hard fought battles and Peter got an early lead in the supply centre count and slowly made headway in the north. It shows you how tight Division One is when a player can go from ID Champ to relegation candidate in a year!! Richard, the only other ID Champ, was relegated last year. Peter is now in equal second position with Jim and the ID III Division Two winner would no doubt be wrapped about finishing second in his first year with the big guns!! But Peter is playing against Russia in both of his last two games.

Gabriel (Austria) notched up a nice win in the neighbourly battle against John (Italy) to be in equal fourth position with John and two others. As usual for this pairing, the game was quite quick.

And Ally (Austria) recorded his first win of the Tourney against Brian (Germany) after only spring 1901!!! Ally used all his credits to get France, Italy and Russia to go for the quick win! Real Life has been very busy for the ID II Runner-up as he faces the grim reality of a stint in Division Two so it is nice to see him get his first points!

Round 5 - Division 2 - 1st Feb 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Germany Steve France Ally Steve S06
Greg Turkey Todd Italy Kester Greg A05
Michael Turkey Andreas Italy Peter Michael A02
Jon Russia Brian O Germany Carl Jon A02

The match of the round was between the undefeated Richard (Germany) and Steve (France) who was in equal second spot. In the upset of the year for Division Two, the rookie managed to win! In a first, the bids for 1901 were all identical, so all the mercenaries remained neutral. By the end of 1903, Richard had 9 centres to Steve's 6, so Steve was contemplating conceding as he could not get through Richard's ironclad defences and Richard had a Credit advantage! But Steve's strong strategic position which included being in Ruhr (which meant Richard had to sit in two home centres and could not build on them) and Tyrolia, Richard's crucial misorder in autumn 1905, and Steve controlling four mercenaries in 1905 and 1906 swung the game into Steve's favour.

Greg (Turkey) was too strong for Todd (Italy) to see Greg now in equal third position with Todd. Greg managed to get fleets into the Adriatic and Ionian Seas and capture Munich to get ahead in the centre count which then enabled him get in position to capture Venice. Todd's second consecutive defeat has certainly put a dent in Todd's Division One ambitions which looked almost certain two rounds ago.

Jon (Russia) secured his second win against Brian (Germany) in a very quick game, as is usual for this very one sided pairing. Brian went out hard to capture Warsaw and looked to be in not a bad position after 1901. But after overbidding in 1902, Jon simply cruised to victory. And in the other Turkey versus Italy game, Turkey won again. Andreas (Italy) crashed to his fifth straight loss in his first season playing Intimate Diplomacy. Mike (Turkey) got off to a strong start having the French take Venice and Andreas conceded the following year. At least Andreas did not overbid this time!


Round 6 - Division 1 - 1st Mar 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Gabriel Italy Brian F Turkey Steve Brian F A04
Peter France John Russia Todd John A05
Jim Italy Kester Russia Jon Kester A03
Ally France Carl Austria-Hungary Richard Carl B17

Carl (Austria) won his epic game against Ally (France) to take out the Division One Championship for ID IV. Carl ends Kester's two year stranglehold on the Tourney. The two equal second place players lost anyway and are now joined by three others in a five way battle for second position with one round to go. Four of the five are playing each other in the final round. Carl becomes the first person not from England to win the title and will see the Australian flag hoisted for the first time on the Hall of Fame page. The former English convict colony has overcome the English in cricket and league. Could there also be a golden era for ID? Carl's Austria got the upper hand already in 1902 which was enough to eventually win despite some brilliant play from Ally's France who eventually conceded in 1917. The key was keeping Russia alive and by the end of 1915, Russia had four northern fleets. Amazingly, this close game was between first and last which shows just how close Division One is. Ally is only two wins away from second position!

Kester (Russia) beat Jim (Italy) in unfortunate circumstances. Two great players playing one of the most exciting pairings was potentially going to be the best game of the Tourney. Unfortunately, an error marred the game. John (Russia) also beat an equal second player in Peter (France). John built plenty of northern fleets and never allowed Peter to get a hold of Scandinavia. It is nigh impossible for France to win in this pairing. And Brian (Turkey) had a nice victory against Gabriel (Italy) to join the other four in equal second position. Brian managed to get a fleet into the Ionian Sea early on which diverted Gabriel's attention from the war in The Balkans. By the end of 1904, Brian had reached Tyrolia and Trieste and the pressure on Gabriel was too great. Gabriel must win his last game to have a chance of avoiding relegation to Division Two.

Round 6 - Division 2 - 1st Mar 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Italy Brian O Turkey Steve Richard S05
Greg England Steve Turkey Todd Draw A06
Michael Italy Todd Turkey Carl Todd B13
Jon France Andreas Austria-Hungary Peter Jon A05

Richard's win sees him in clear first position and odds on to get back into Division One after only one season in Division Two! Richard (Italy) had a blistering start against Brian (Turkey) and was already in Greece, Budapest, and Trieste by the end of 1901. Despite Brian's misorder, Richard was always in control.

England and Turkey games have always ended in a draw and that did not change when Greg (England) took on the equal leader Steve (Turkey). Steve tried hard to get armies north and keep northern Mercenary fleets alive, but Greg easily repealed Steve. The rookie drops to second position, only one point ahead of Todd (Turkey) in third place who won convincingly against Mike (Italy). Todd controlled Austria in three of the first four years which sealed Mike's fate. In the last game, Jon (France) had a nice win against Andreas (Austria) moving into outright fifth position.

One Round left to play!!


Round 7 - Division 1 - 1st Apr 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Gabriel England Carl Russia Jon Carl A02
Peter England Brian F Russia Richard Draw A06
Jim England John Turkey Steve Draw S05
Ally Italy Kester Turkey Todd Kester B04

Carl (Russia) quickly disposed of Gabriel (England) by securing Scandinavia and Germany. Carl becomes the first Division One player to win all his games. Kester though was undefeated in ID III but drew two games. Carl came third in ID I and ID II, and was runner-up last year. Carl also becomes the first player to win the League and Cup double.

There were five players all on 6 points in equal second position. Four of them drew their games and they all came equal third as Kester (Turkey) won his against Ally (Italy) to claim second spot outright. Mercenaries captured Venice in 1901, so whilst Ally was busy evicting them, Kester cleaned up The Balkans and southern Russia. Kester has now come first or second in the last three Tourneys, a remarkable achievement.

Peter (England) drew against Brian (Russia) which I think is the first draw for this pairing. These games are normally a close tussle with whoever captures Scandinavia winning. I actually think that Brian should have persevered a bit longer as he had a commanding centre count and credit lead. England did not have sufficient fleets to defend in the south. And Jim (England) and John (Turkey) drew which happens 100% of the time for that pairing.

And that concludes not only Division One but the whole ID IV Tournament. It was once again immensely enjoyable and everyone is keen to start ID V which is only days away now since ID IV finished late!!

Thanks to all the GMs for their time and effort and also to Ally for use of his excellent website and his time programming it all!

Round 7 - Division 2 - 1st Apr 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard France Andreas Russia Todd Draw S05
Greg France Brian O Austria-Hungary Carl Greg S06
Michael England Steve Austria-Hungary Richard Steve B08
Jon Italy Todd Russia Steve Todd A05

The Division Two leader and inaugural ID Champ took on the rookie who was yet to earn a point. Ironically Andreas (Russia) scored his only point against Richard (France). Richard found this encounter fascinating and got the better of the bidding in the early years. He only needed a draw to force his way back into Division One and that is what he achieved. France is very hard against Russia and achieving a draw against the now experienced Andreas was a great effort. And congratulations to Andreas who now manages to finish the Tourney without losing every game. A sensational effort to manage to draw against such an experienced and tough competitor as Richard!

With Todd one point behind him, Steve (Austria) needed a win to ensure promotion into Division One for next season. He was up against the experienced Mike (England) in a pairing that is most likely to produce a draw. But Steve was able to keep northern mercenaries alive with his superior supply centre and credit advantage to eventually get through the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. Todd (Russia) cruelly won his game against Jon (Italy) but finished in third position only one point behind the equal winners Richard and Steve. In his rookie year in ID III, Todd also came third. Maybe ID V will be his year as you cannot keep a class player down forever! Todd used Russia's strengths perfectly, bidding hard for neighbouring Mercenaries so he could grow faster than Italy with that extra home centre. And in the last game, Greg (France) beat Brian (Austria). It was a pretty even game that may have ended in a draw as this pairing can easily do, but Greg managed to have a fleet in the Adriatic Sea and support an army into Trieste!

What a close finish Division Two ended up being in such contrast to the inaugural Division Two last year where Peter Hawkins won every game!! Congratulation to Richard and Steve for jointly winning the Division. Greg came home very strongly winning three and drawing one in his last four games to finish in fourth position just two points from the lead.

That concludes ID IV for Division Two. Thank you all for playing and I look forward to seeing you in ID V. Andreas will not compete in ID V so we will be looking for at least one new player next season.


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