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ID V

Players' Scores

During the tournament 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 V 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 V is being played you will see a number of question marks (?) and that simple means that game hasn't started.

Sadly, Peter Hawkins suddenly died in September 2010 and only completed his Round 1 game. He was only 54 years old. We will all miss him!!

Division 1
Pos Player's Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 Brian Frew I
2
F
1
T
2
E
1
A
2
R
2
G
0
10
2 Steve Hanich T
2
I
2
A
2
E
0
F
0
R
2
G
1
9
3 Carl Hanich T
0
I
0
E
1
R
2
A
2
F
1
G
2
8
4 Kester Bearne I
0
A
2
G
1
T
1
E
0
R
2
F
2
8
5 Jim O'Neil T
2
A
2
G
0
F
1
R
2
E
0
I
0
7
6 Richard Hucknall R
0
T
0
A
1
G
2
F
1
I
0
E
2
6
7 John Wright G
1
R
0
F
0
I
0
T
0
E
0
A
0
1
8 Peter Hawkins F
1
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
See note!

Division 2
Pos Player's Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 James Ogle G
2
F
2
R
2
A
0
T
2
I
2
E
2
12
2 Ally Bain T
1
A
2
G
0
R
2
F
2
I
0
E
2
9
3 Michael Valentine T
2
E
0
R
2
I
2
A
1
F
0
G
0
7
4 Brian O'Farrell I
0
A
0
R
2
E
1
T
0
G
2
F
2
7
5 Greg Pierce E
1
F
2
G
0
R
2
A
0
T
1
I
0
6
5 Todd Hunter-Gilbert E
1
A
2
I
0
T
1
G
1
F
1
R
0
6
5 Graeme Murphy T
1
I
0
F
0
A
0
E
2
R
2
G
0
5
8 Jon Hucknall F
0
T
0
R
2
G
0
A
0
I
0
E
2
4


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 -/- 2/4 2/3 -/- 2/4 -/- 1/0 11
England -/- -/- 1/1 2/1 1/0 2/0 1/2 4
France 1/0 1/1 1/0 1/1 2/1 1/1 1/2 6
Germany 1/1 -/- 2/1 1/2 -/- -/- 3/3 7
Italy 2/2 2/2 -/- 1/0 -/- 1/0 1/0 4
Russia 1/0 1/0 -/- 1/2 1/2 3/6 -/- 8
Turkey 3/4 1/0 1/2 1/1 1/0 -/- -/- 7

Division 2
Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
Austria-Hungary -/- 3/4 -/- 2/0 3/1 -/- -/- 5
England 2/2 1/0 -/- 1/1 1/2 -/- 3/6 11
France 1/0 2/4 1/0 -/- 1/2 2/1 1/2 9
Germany 1/2 -/- 2/0 1/0 1/1 1/2 2/0 5
Italy 1/0 1/0 1/0 1/2 -/- 3/2 1/0 4
Russia -/- -/- 4/8 2/4 -/- 1/2 1/0 14
Turkey 3/4 1/0 -/- 1/1 2/2 1/1 -/- 8

Combined Divisions
Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
Austria-Hungary -/- 5/8 2/3 2/0 5/5 -/- 1/0 16
England 2/2 1/0 1/1 3/2 2/2 2/0 4/8 15
France 2/0 3/5 2/0 1/1 3/3 3/2 2/4 15
Germany 2/3 -/- 4/1 2/2 1/1 1/? 5/3 10
Italy 3/2 3/2 1/0 2/2 -/- 4/2 2/0 8
Russia 1/0 1/0 4/8 3/6 1/2 4/8 1/0 24
Turkey 6/8 2/0 1/2 2/2 3/2 1/1 -/- 15


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 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Jim Turkey Richard Russia Steve Jim S02
Peter France John Germany Richard John B03
See note
Brian F Italy Carl Turkey James Brian F A06
Kester Italy Steve Turkey Todd Steve A03

With great sadness, this was Peter Hawkins last completed game. Even though John won, the game is scored as a draw as per the Tournament Rules. John was one of the first to play Germany with 22 Starting Credits and was up against Peter's France in an always very fiercely played game. After 1902, it was 7 centres each, but John had a credit advantage. Peter went for the win by overbidding, but overspent which handed the game to John.

In the whole history of this Tournament, no player has ever won after losing the first round. All three previous Champs lost their first round games, so will we see a new Champ this year? Carl (Turkey), the reigning Champ, was up against Brian (Italy), but despite Turkey's success in this pairing; Brian's Italy bunkered down in Austria (crucially controlling Austria in 1902 after she was neutral in 1901) and slowly increased his centre count lead. Brian's bidding was superb and his strategy faultless. Carl was simply outplayed.

In a game with the same pairing, Kester (Italy) was up against Steve (Turkey). A former Champ against the rookie. I am not sure whether Kester simply underestimated Steve, but after the first year, Steve already had the upper hand with a Centre Count lead and Credit surplus as well as having Austria menacing Venice. Kester never controlled Austria which in this pairing is the most important mercenary!

And in the other game, Jim (Turkey) slipped into Sevastopol in Spring 1902 against Richard (Russia). Richard bid hard for the key mercenaries of Austria and Germany to go for growth to get the Russian steamroller going. With a commanding 7-4 centre count advantage, Richard then had a huge Credit deficit and controlled none of the mercenaries in 1902. Russia can be very strong because of her vast area but needs to grow quickly to ensure she can defend this enormous region. Had Richard managed to survive 1902, he probably would have managed to devote enough armies to defend Sevastopol forever whilst growing in the north and west to eventually get the upper hand, although Turkey surprisingly does tend to win this pairing. Richard, the inaugural ID Champ, made it back into Division One this year after spending last year in Division Two. The ID I Champ fears dropping back again after already playing Russia (a stronger power) and failing to win.

Round 1 - Division 2 - 9th Sept 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Ally Turkey Greg England Richard Draw S07
James Germany Jon France Kester James B04
Brian O Italy Michael Turkey Carl Michael A06
Todd England Graeme Turkey Steve Draw B07

James and Michael lead Division Two after the first round with solid wins. James (Germany) defeated Jon (France) in what is always a very tight and tricky contest. James, in his first year in the Tourney, has now won both his opening Cup and League games and on both occasions his bidding strategy proved the difference! Perhaps a future Division One player. Michael (Turkey) won against Brian (Italy), a pairing that appears to be quite evenly matched. Michael controlled the mercenaries very well, capturing Austria and expanding northwards.

The other two games were England versus Turkey games which almost always end in draws and these games were no exception. I do though believe that Ally (Turkey) should have played on (rather than agreed to the draw) against Greg (England) and become the first ever player to win as Turkey against England (there has been an English win against Turkey but not the other way around). Greg was down to 10 centres but would not have been able to hold Spain or Paris. From there, Greg would have needed all his units to hold in the Mid Atlantic and Scandinavia allowing mercenary fleets to be built by France and Germany which would have then allowed the Turks to eventually break through the Mid Atlantic. In the other game, Graeme (Turkey) after having the dubious honour of being the first player to lose in this pairing, started very well against Todd (England), but Todd never really gave Graeme a chance of victory. Graeme has learnt very quickly and the rookie is now hooked on ID, but Todd's experience came through in 1903 when he expertly neutralised the French and German mercenaries.


Round 2 - Division 1 - 9th Oct 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Jim Austria-Hungary Carl Italy Richard Jim S01
Peter N/A Brian F France N/A Draw N/A
John Russia Kester Austria-Hungary Steve Kester A10
Richard Turkey Steve Italy James Steve A04

Carl loses again!! Carl now has virtually no hope of retaining his crown and emulating Kester's record of two consecutive titles. Jim (Austria) defeated Carl (Italy) in 1901 to remain equal first. Jim went all out to win it in 1901 and Carl was simply outplayed.

Steve (Italy) also made it two wins on the trot against Richard (Turkey) to remain equal first with Jim. This is an excellent start from the young gun in his first year in the top division. Italy's two extra initial credits enabled Steve to gain both France and the vitally important Austria in 1901. Steve got himself into a very strong position strategically in Austria and Richard never recovered the initiative. Richard joins Carl at the bottom of the table yet to record a point.

And in an epic game, Kester (Austria) finally got the upper hand in his game against John (Russia) to be in fourth position and still within striking distance to capture an unprecedented third title. John conceded in 1910 after Kester had managed to get a fleet into the North Atlantic. A very tight game where both players needed to ensure that the Austrian Russian border did not buckle.

Brian is in third position with his bye.

Round 2 - Division 2 - 9th Oct 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Ally Austria-Hungary Michael England Richard Ally S08
James France Brian O Austria-Hungary Steve James B04
Jon Turkey Todd Austria-Hungary Kester Todd A05
Greg France Graeme Italy Carl Greg B03

With Michael's loss, James is now the outright leader in Division Two. Again the rookie showed the maturity of a seasoned Division One player and all the guile and skill of the English Cricket Team with his superbly executed Bidding strategy. James (France) controlled the mercenaries adroitly, capturing provinces faster than an English swing bowler captures wickets, leaving Brian (Austria) more perplexed than an Australian Captain. By having Russia for three consecutive years, James ensured that Brian (Austria) could not expand to the east to establish a stalemate line for a normal drawn result. James is on track to achieve what the late great Peter Hawkins did in ID III and win every game.

Michael's (England) loss sees him fall from equal first to fifth place although it is still early days. But unfortunately, he was up against the experienced Ally (Austria) and ID II Runner-up. Ally managed to get fleets through the Mid Atlantic Ocean early enough. Ally moves into equal second position.

Todd (Austria) slowly but surely got the upper hand against Jon (Turkey). Jon hung on well, but against a strong player like Todd, it was always an uphill battle. He had hoped that Todd would tire and settle on a draw, but the recent Alabama resident was never going to give up the opportunity to move to equal second to hopefully make Division One next season after coming third in the last two seasons!

And in the other game, Greg (France) was too good against the rookie Graeme (Italy) to also move into equal second position. Graeme's crucial misorder in Spring 1901 gave Greg the edge which he duly exploited.


Round 3 - Division 1 - 6th Nov 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Jim Germany Brian F Turkey Todd Brian F A02
Peter N/A Kester Germany N/A Draw N/A
John France Steve Austria-Hungary James Steve S04
Richard Austria-Hungary Carl England Todd Draw A04

Steve (Austria) wins his third game in a row against John (France) to be the outright leader. These games are very likely to end as draws when two very competent players are playing as was the case here. This was a very unusual game as after 1903 Steve only had 6 centres to John's 10. In addition, Steve only had one home centre left as Turkey had come through very strongly behind Austrian lines. But Steve had a slight credit advantage and knew that it he got Italy in 1904, he would capture Marseilles and win. So Steve had effectively won already as John was no where near Steve's Home Centres. In fact, Steve had already won it after the Bids for 1903 were known as he knew he would control Italy in 1904, so he positioned an army in Tuscany for the convoy and ensured that he had an army in Munich to cut support from Burgundy. But John did not see the Italian convoy from Tuscany to Marseilles and was shocked to lose after appearing to be in such a commanding position. A very interesting game and a very clever tactic from Steve, and one that players should have a look at. Has Steve got the stamina to go all the way and create history by being the first ever player to win in his first year in Division One!! He still has to play Brian and Jim who are just below him on the table and Carl the current Champ.

Jim (Germany), the other competition leader, was up against the also undefeated Brian (Turkey) who is in absolutely hot form. Jim was absolutely annihilated and slips to third position with Brian moving up to second place. Brian controlled all five mercenaries in 1902 which left Jim with only 2 centres at which point Jim conceded. I think the game was lost in 1901 when Jim had a huge credit deficit after the bidding but only managed to control three of the five mercenaries. Jim absolutely hates playing Germany against Turkey!

And in the battle for not getting the wooden spoon, Richard (Austria) drew against Carl (England) as is normally the case with this pairing. Both former Champs were on zero and now both are on 1 point and still at the bottom of the table as both are yet to win a League game this season. Kester's bye keeps him in 4th position and within striking distance.

Round 3 - Division 2 - 6th Nov 2010
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Ally Germany Brian O Russia Carl Brian O S04
James Russia Todd Italy Richard James A04
Jon Russia Graeme France Steve Jon S10
Greg Germany Michael Russia Kester Michael B03

James (Russia) wins again against Todd (Italy) in the match of the round. In the first two years, Todd only controlled Turkey of the three key mercenaries in 1901. So even though Todd had a small credit surplus going into 1903, there was no way he was ever going to bridge the 6-13 centre count after 1902. I still feel that this pairing is one of the most even of the 21 possibilities; the recent evidence is though not supportive. James is now the clear leader of Division Two with really only Mike in with a serious chance.

Mike (Russia) moves to second place with a very convincing win over Greg (Germany) as all three equal second players lose their Round 3 games. A very quick game with Russia in Kiel and Germany in Warsaw after 1902, so the game continued. Mike though had twice the number of Centres and triple the number of Credits. His conservative bidding strategy paid off.

Brian (Russia) won his first game for the season (in the League) against the very experienced and canny Ally (Germany). Brian is no doubt stoked by knocking over such a big gun, and he did play it very well to end 1902 with both a Centre and Credit lead which he then skilfully increased over the next two years including convoying one of his armies behind enemy lines into Belgium. This is a blow to Ally's chances of a top 2 finish to get back into Division One, but if anyone can pull himself off the floor, it is the strong willed Scotsman!

And Jon (Russia) also recorded his first win against Graeme (France) who will be much more successful in ID VI after playing his inaugural season. Graeme played very well (as Russia nearly always wins against France) keeping up with Russia's growth and striving to dig in to force a draw. But Jon played it too well and eventually won.

With James all but assured a Division One spot for ID VI, the battle is now for the other Division One spot. All seven players have a chance. Todd has come third in the past two Tourneys; will this be his year!


Round 4 - Division 1 - 1st Jan 2011
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Jim France Michael N/A N/A Draw N/A
John Italy Richard Germany Ally Richard S08
Brian F England Kester Turkey James Draw B04
Steve England Carl Russia Ally Carl S06

The match of the round featured Brian (England) up against the two times Champ Kester (Turkey). The game resulted in a draw as expected, but that was enough to elevate Brian to equal first as Steve lost his first League game. In Round 5, Brian and Steve will meet, with the winner expected to take out the title! It should be a beauty!

Carl (Russia) finally wins his first League game of the season inflicting Steve's (England) first defeat in the League. Steve has only lost two games this season; one in the Cup and now this one in the League; both at the hands of his older brother. Most feel that Russia is stronger in this pairing and it certainly was a comprehensive win aided by a nice outcome in the 1901 bids for Russia which saw Russia off to a flying start. That really tightens up the ladder with the top 6 all in with a chance, but realistically it is a three or four horse race now!

Richard (Germany) won a long and absorbing battle against John (Italy). Richard went in aggressively early, bidding hard for the key mercenaries. Richard was always behind in the Credits, but slowly built up an ever increasing Centre count lead which together with his better strategic position saw the inaugural Champ complete a very comfortable and satisfying win.

It shows you the quality of Division One, when a player the calibre of John is languishing at the bottom of the ladder; yet to record a win this season!

Round 4 - Division 2 - 1st Jan 2011
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Ally Russia James Austria-Hungary Carl Ally A06
Jon Germany Greg Russia Richard Greg S04
Brian O England Todd Turkey Greg Draw A08
Graeme Austria-Hungary Michael Italy Todd Michael A01

The match of the round saw the undefeated James (Austria) up against Ally (Russia), a former Division one Runner-up. But Russia has not lost a game in Division Two and that record remains in tack as the rookie's golden run came to an end. That really tightens up the ladder in Division Two! This is a very tight pairing and James looked to have the upper hand early on. But Ally attacked very hard and both captured an opposition Home Centre simultaneously. James re-captured Budapest only to lose Trieste, but with Ally ahead by 11-3 on the centre count, the longer the game went on the more difficult it became for James and Ally won in the following season.

Michael (Italy) quickly disposed of Graeme (Austria) in another very quick Italy versus Austria game. Graeme went out hard, like no-one has ever done before and tried to win in 1901 by using all his credits on France and Germany. Michael held on and even managed to correctly guess Graeme which resulted in Graeme losing his capital. So Graeme went into 1902 with two centres to Mike's three and a massive 2-20 Credit Deficit – the biggest I believe I have ever seen! A most comprehensive victory puts Michael in equal first position mid way through the season. Even if Michael loses every game from here, it will be his most successful season ever in this his third year.

A nice win from Greg (Russia) against Jon (Germany) sees him in equal third position with Ally and just one point behind James and Mike. This pairing is probably the most one sided of all, but Jon put in a very strong showing ending 1903 with four centres each but with almost double the number of Credits having also Turkey take Sevastopol. But Jon clearly did not see the immediate threat, bidding nothing in 1904 for Austria and only one Credit for France. Greg easily then captured Munich with the help of these two mercenaries.

Brian (England) and Todd (Turkey) played out a predictable draw with both ending on 17 centres.


Round 5 - Division 1 - 1st Feb 2011
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Jim Russia John Turkey Todd Jim S10
Peter N/A Richard France N/A Draw N/A
Brian F Austria-Hungary Steve France James Brian F S04
Kester England Carl Austria-Hungary Greg Carl S11

The match of the round featured the joint competition leaders. Austria versus France games tend to end in draws when played by two experienced players, but the red hot Brian (France) annihilated Steve (Austria) to remain undefeated and in a very strong position to take out his inaugural Championship. In a faultless display, Brian by controlling England for all of the first three years, kept the blowtorch on Steve's France never allowing Steve to get going. Bidding is crucial in ID, and Brian's bidding was exceptional.

Jim (Russia) made it over the stalemate line to defeat the luckless John (Turkey) in a long game between the two neighbours. Jim remains one point off the lead and is now in outright second position. He still has to play Steve and Kester, but even if he wins both his remaining games, he will need Brian to lose or the very least draw a game.

In the last game, Carl (Austria) had an unlikely win against Kester (England). Carl did have the upper hand early on, but the game was headed for a draw. Carl would not accept the draw while France was still alive and kept France alive by protecting Marseilles whilst building French fleets in Brest. It was a long process with Kester conceding once Carl got a fleet into the Mid Atlantic Ocean. After a slow start, the ID IV Champ is now in 4th position but too far away to bother Brian.

Round 5 - Division 2 - 1st Feb 2011
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Ally France Jon Austria-Hungary Kester Ally S04
James Turkey Greg Austria-Hungary Richard James A03
Brian O Turkey Graeme England Steve Graeme A10
Todd Germany Michael Austria-Hungary Carl Draw S09

In the match of the round James (Turkey) manages to convincingly beat Greg (Austria) by capturing Budapest in the autumn of 1903 to take James into outright lead in this division. In a rather clinical display, James bid hard for Italy, Russia, and Germany in 1902 and got all three. Greg never recovered.

Michael (Austria) played his arch rival Todd (Germany) and should have won. An unlikely draw resulted which puts Michael in equal second position only one point behind James. Todd never gave up and through great play and a bit of luck forced a draw in this quite long game. In the early years, Mike's great play of aggressively moving north and clever bidding gave him the initial upper hand.

Ally (France) bulldozed his way eastwards against Jon (Austria) capturing both Trieste and Vienna in spring 1904 to sit now in equal second position. The former Division One Runner-up is itching to get back into the big time!

And Graeme (England) finally wins his first ID game in an unlikely pairing against Brian (Turkey)! There was an English fleet in Tunis already in 1903! This is only the second time this paring has produced a win and both times for England (surely it would be impossible for Turkey to win!) Interestingly the only other non-draw result was also in ID V; in the first round of the Hucknall Cup where Graeme became the first player to lose with this pairing!! Graeme is a quick learner and expect big things from him in ID VI!


Round 6 - Division 1 - 1st Mar 2011
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Jim England Steve Russia Greg Steve A06
Peter N/A Carl France N/A Draw N/A
John England Brian F Russia Steve Brian F A03
Richard Italy Kester Russia James Kester S07

Three games for Russia and three wins! Brian (Russia) was too good for John (England) continuing his superb form this season. The bidding was identical in 1901 so all mercenaries were neutral meaning that Russia had an 8-5 centre lead and therefore also a credit lead and therefore a too strong position to lose. And with Jim's loss, Brian secures the championship for ID V. Brian, one of the original ID players, has really got the bidding down pat now and rarely now makes a mistake. Congratulations Brian!! The ID Championship has only ever been won by an original player from Chris Andrew's ID I.

The second placed Jim (England) was up against the third placed Steve (Russia) in the identical pairing, and as with the first game Russia was too good propelling Steve up to second position. This game went longer as Jim fought very hard throwing everything he could at attacking Scandinavia so he could take St Petersburg. But Steve put all necessary units into defending St Petersburg, so it came down to Russia by 1904 expanding the Centre count lead to such a margin so as to be in an unlosable position.

And in the other game, the inaugural ID Champ was up against the two times ID Champ in a classic Italy versus Russia tussle. And it was a beauty with Richard (Italy) eventually becoming overwhelmed by the might of Kester's Russia. Richard was looking good after 1902 with 10-10 on the Centre count and a credit surplus and occupying all of Austria, but Russia was too strong in the north and also eventually took control of Turkey which meant that Italy would not be able to hold onto Austria.

Round 6 - Division 2 - 1st Mar 2011
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Ally Italy Graeme Russia Steve Graeme B03
James Italy Michael France Richard James S04
Jon Italy Brian O Germany Carl Brian O B06
Greg Turkey Todd France Kester Draw A05

The match of the round was between the leader James (Italy) and the equal second Michael (France). A win for Mike would have put him on top of the table, but James' win and Ally's loss means the rookie James wins Division Two even if he happens to lose in the last round. Congratulations James!! James gained the crucial mercenaries of Austria and Germany in 1901 and cruised to victory. There are four players still who could come second and gain the second promotion to Division One for ID VI.

Greg (Turkey) and Todd (France) both in equal fourth place played out a usual draw to remain together in equal fourth place and only one point off second position. And Graeme (Russia) upset Ally (Italy) to record his second consecutive win and ruin Ally's chances of winning Division Two. Graeme started very strongly with astute bidding and by the end of 1902 it was all over!

In the final game Brian (Germany) was too good for Jon (Italy) who secures the wooden spoon. Jon was probably a bit distracted by the birth of his daughter Katie while Brian controlled Turkey and Russia in the first two years which set him up strategically by restricting Jon's eastward push. Amazingly, there is 2 points between the middle six players!


Round 7 - Division 1 - 1st Apr 2011
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Jim Italy Kester France Todd Kester A03
Peter N/A Steve Germany N/A Draw N/A
John Austria-Hungary Carl Germany James Carl S05
Richard England Brian F Germany Greg Richard B03

The undefeated Brian (Germany) lost his first League game for ID V to Richard (England). Ironically it was the new ID Champ losing to the original ID Champ as the loss though was not enough to unseat Brian from the top of the table. Brian wins the Championship with the lowest total ever in probably the closest Championship ever which sets up an extremely highly anticipated ID VI. After coming third in both of the last two seasons, Brian has broken the drought to secure his first title! It was a bit deja vu for Richard. Richard as England lost to another Brian's Germany in the semi-final of the Hucknall Cup. Richard has certainly leant how to win with England against Germany. He bid hard for France and Russia in 1901 ensuring Brian did not get them which positioned him very strongly and he won quite quickly.

Kester (France) was too good for Jim (Italy) moving past Jim into equal third position. With the exception of ID I, Kester has always finished in the top three. Jim slipped to finish in 5th position. Kester bid extremely well in the first two years, giving him a commanding centre lead, a credit surplus, and a strong strategic position which was too great for Jim to bridge.

And in the final game, Carl (Germany) had a tense game against John (Austria) and managed to win to finish in equal third position. In the five year history of this Tourney, Carl has always finished in the top three. Carl controlled Russia in the opening two years to gain a strong strategic position and not allow John's Austria to vacate his home centres to be able to build.

Round 7 - Division 2 - 1st Apr 2011
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Ally England Todd Russia Steve Ally A01
James England Graeme Germany Kester James S03
Jon England Michael Germany Richard Jon B04
Greg Italy Brian O France Richard Brian O S05

James (England) wins again playing against Graeme (Germany) to secure his sixth win in this Division Two Seven Round Robin Tournament; a tremendous achievement for the rookie who will now be mixing it with the big guns in Division One for ID VI. Congratulations James on winning Division Two. In his usual efficient manner, James got one of his English armies into Burgundy to capture Munich in 1903!

Ally (England) gains second place by beating Todd (Russia) in 1901. Todd let Ally have Germany cheaply and then did not devote enough units to protect St Petersburg. With Michael's loss, Ally moves into outright second spot and regains a spot in Division One. Congratulations on being the Division Two Runner-up. The former Division One Runner-up will no doubt be very competitive in Division One.

Michael's (Germany) loss to Jon (England) sees him slip to equal third position. In a well overdue win for Jon, Jon bid superbly and kept Michael hemmed in by gaining control of Russia in all four years.

And in the final game, Brian (France) won against Greg (Italy). The Hucknall Cup finalist has found form and with wins in the last two rounds finishes ID V in equal third position. It was quite a close tussle, but Brian managed to hold the Italian fleets in the Med during 1904 whilst gaining a match winning centre count lead.


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