ALB & GSB

ID VI

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 VI 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.

Division 1
Pos Player's Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 Carl Hanich G
2
E
2
T
2
R
2
I
2
A-H
2
F
2
14
2 Kester Bearne E
2
A-H
1
G
0
T
1
I
0
R
2
F
2
8
3 James Ogle G
0
T
0
A-H
1
E
0
I
2
R
2
F
2
7
3 Richard Hucknall A-H
2
F
1
E
2
T
0
R
2
I
0
G
0
7
5 Steve Hanich F
1
A-H
2
R
0
T
1
G
0
I
0
E
2
6
6 Ally Bain T
1
A-H
0
F
0
G
2
R
2
I
0
E
0
5
6 Brian Frew R
0
F
1
A-H
2
E
1
T
0
I
1
G
0
5
8 Jim O'Neil R
0
T
1
E
1
G
1
I
0
F
1
A-H
0
4

Division 2
Pos Player's Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 Greg Pierce A-H
2
I
2
G
2
T
0
E
0
F
2
R
2
10
2 Josh Sansom R
0
E
1
I
2
T
2
G
0
A-H
2
F
2
9
2 Graeme Murphy A-H
2
E
1
I
0
G
0
T
2
R
2
F
2
9
4 Jon Hucknall A-H
2
T
1
I
0
F
2
R
2
G
0
E
1
8
4 Michael Valentine T
0
I
2
R
0
G
2
E
1
F
2
A-H
1
8
6 Brian O'Farrell R
0
A-H
1
F
2
G
1
T
2
E
0
I
0
6
7 Todd Hunter-Gilbert R
2
A-H
0
F
2
T
1
I
0
E
0
G
0
5
8 Jonathan Langman F
0
R
0
G
0
T
0
A-H
1
I
0
E
0
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 3/3 2/3 -/- -/- 1/2 1/0 10
England 1/2 1/2 2/3 2/1 -/- -/- 2/2 10
France 1/1 2/2 1/0 -/- -/- 1/1 3/6 10
Germany 2/2 -/- 1/0 2/3 1/0 -/- 2/0 5
Italy -/- -/- -/- -/- 4/4 4/1 -/- 5
Russia 2/0 -/- 1/0 1/2 2/4 2/4 -/- 10
Turkey 1/1 2/1 1/2 3/2 1/0 -/- -/- 6

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

Combined Divisions
Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
Austria-Hungary 4/8 5/4 2/3 -/- 1/1 2/4 2/1 21
England 1/2 3/4 2/3 2/1 2/1 2/0 4/3 14
France 2/1 2/2 3/4 1/2 -/- 3/5 5/10 24
Germany 2/2 -/- 3/2 5/6 2/0 1/0 3/0 10
Italy -/- 2/4 3/2 -/- 5/4 5/1 1/0 11
Russia 5/2 1/0 2/0 1/2 3/6 3/6 1/2 18
Turkey 2/1 3/2 1/2 7/5 3/4 -/- -/- 14


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
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Austria-Hungary Brian F Russia Ally Richard S05
Steve France Ally Turkey Richard Draw A05
Kester England James Germany Steve Kester A03
Carl Germany Jim Russia Greg Carl A02

The reigning Champ was up against the inaugural Champ in the match of the round. Richard was the only player to beat Brian in the League last season. And in very efficient play, Richard (Austria) defeated Brian (Russia) again in a very tight affair. Richard kept Brian hemmed in controlling England in four of the five years, whilst eliminating any threat of French, Italian and German mercenaries. No-one has ever gone on to win the Championship after losing in the opening round. Can Brian overcome this hoodoo and match Kester's record of two Championships??

Last year's Runner-up Steve (France), was up against the unflappable Ally (Turkey) who was Runner-up back in ID II. This is the first year both players are playing in the same division. Ally got off to a great start, controlling England and Germany in 1901 which restricted Steve, and Ally subsequently had a Centre Count lead for the entire game. With most of Germany under French control and too many French fleets in the Med, Ally needed northern mercenary fleets to win. But Steve, realising Ally's strong position played it safe and the game ended in a draw.

James (Germany) in his first game in Division One was up against one of the best. He found life tougher going down to Kester (England). Kester, although behind in the Centre count got into a strategically strong position and captured the German Capital in Autumn 1903 with the help of French and Russian mercenaries. James never controlled Russia and found the many neighbours difficult.

In the final game, Carl (Germany) was up against Jim (Russia). Carl has never lost playing Germany and has never lost playing against Russia and managed to keep both records in tact. Confusion reigned supreme with units all over the place. By the end of 1902, Jim was left with only his Capital. Has a player ever won with only three Centres and not having all his Home Centres when he won?

So we have all the previous Champs in equal first position. It is early days though but it is shaping up to be a tight Tournament just like ID V was.

Round 1 - Division 2
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Brian O'F Russia Jon Austria-Hungary Steve Jon B02
Jonathan France Todd Russia Steve Todd B04
Josh Russia Greg Austria-Hungary Richard Greg S03
Michael Turkey Graeme Austria-Hungary Richard Graeme A04

Three Austrians wins and the two new boys lose! Jonathan (France) is back after sitting out for three years and was up against the very experienced Todd (Russia). Todd showed Jonathan how to play in a brutal refresher course getting to a Centre lead of 18-4 by Autumn 1903. As Jonathan was getting his bidding strategy together, Todd seized control right from the word go and was never troubled.

The other newbie Josh (Russia) was also up against an experienced campaigner in Greg (Austria). Josh selected Russia a strong power; but up against Austria, it is pretty tough to play. Josh started well, but needed to have bid higher for Turkey in 1903. Greg consequently captured Sevastopol in Spring 1903.

With the same pairing and result, Jon (Austria) defeated Brian (Russia). Again Turkey was the key; Brian needed to have bid harder for Turkey in 1902. Jon controlled her and the game was over in Spring 1902.

In the final game, Graeme (Austria) in his second year is off to a great start comfortably beating the experienced Mike (Turkey). Graeme controlled both Italy and Russia in 1901, never allowing Mike out of the south-east corner.


Round 2 - Division 1
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard France Jim Turkey Steve Draw A03
Brian F France Kester Austria-Hungary Carl Draw B06
Steve Austria-Hungary James Turkey Greg Steve A04
Ally Austria-Hungary Carl England Richard Carl A10

In quite a lengthy game, Carl (England) was up against Ally (Austria), both having got through R1 without a loss. Ally was off his best, making a few mistakes; enough for Carl to break through the stalemate line and win by grinding Ally down. There were two keys aspects to the game which gave Carl the edge; Ally gaining Italy in 1901 but then not again until 1908, and Ally only having three fleets.

Kester (Austria) remains undefeated after drawing against Brian (France). Kester gained the initiative in 1902. Brian not gaining Russia and a misorder allowing Kester into Rome gave Kester the upper hand. Kester pushed hard, managing to expand his Centre Count lead, but the current Champ was never in any danger of losing any of his home centres.

Richard (France) also remains undefeated after drawing against Jim (Turkey) in a rather quick affair. Both experienced players played well, not giving an inch so a draw was the inevitable result.

And Steve (Austria) who is also still undefeated joins Richard and Kester in equal second position after comfortably beating James (Turkey). Turkey is hard against Austria but the ID V Div 2 Winner is finding life a bit tougher in Div 1. Steve pinned James into the corner and steadily expanded his centre count lead. Gaining Italy and Russia in 1901 gave Steve an unassailable lead.

Round 2 - Division 2
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Brian O'F Austria-Hungary Graeme England Steve Draw A05
Jon Turkey Josh England Carl Draw A05
Jonathan Russia Greg Italy Richard Greg B03
Todd Austria-Hungary Michael Italy Steve Michael S02

With Greg's (Italy) quick win over Jonathan (Russia), Greg sits on top of the table by himself now. Greg has had to play Russia in both games, the power many consider to be the hardest! Greg's superior bidding strategy saw him effectively wrap up the win already in 1902.

Jon (Turkey) played out a predictable draw against Josh (England). Jon remains undefeated and is in equal second position. He is clearly having a great year, as Jon is also through to the semis in the Hucknall Cup. Josh gets his first point and the rookie seems already to be picking up the ID nuances as he is matching it with Div One players in the Hucknall Cup and he did have the upper hand in this game.

Graeme (England) played out a usual draw against Brian (Austria) to remain undefeated and in equal second position. It was pretty tight throughout with neither player managing to get the upper hand. Both players bid hard for their mercenary neighbours, gaining strong defensive positions. Brian gains his first competition point and remains in contention.

In the final game, Todd (Austria) who was the only undefeated player to lose in Round 2, came unstuck against Mike (Austria) in an as usual very swift game. These two players have played against each other many times and really enjoy their tussles. Austria tends to do better in this pairing, but Todd came out hard gaining France and Germany in 1901 to try and get into Venice in 1901. Mike defended well, and then with a huge credit surplus, gained three crucial mercenaries and captured Trieste in Spring 1902. Mike joins Todd in equal 4th position.


Round 3 - Division 1
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard England Steve Russia Greg Richard A03
Brian F Austria-Hungary Ally France Carl Brian F A05
Kester Germany Carl Turkey Richard Carl A07
James Austria-Hungary Jim England Steve Draw B04

Round 3 saw the two times Champ up against the ID IV Champ with the winner to lead the table after Round 3. Carl (Turkey) took the honours with Kester (Germany) slipping to equal third position. Carl managed to advance through Austria in 1902 already, an advantage he never relinquished.

Richard and Steve, both in equal second position, were playing the classic England versus Russia. And it did not disappoint. Centres were exactly equal after every year, and with credits also almost equal after 1903, Richard managed to capture St Petersburg!! It is safe to say had Richard not captured St Petersburg when he did, Steve would have become too strong. Richard pressured very hard in Scandinavia, forcing Steve to make the decision to leave St Petersburg unprotected for just one season to get himself defensively established in the north whilst dealing with Turkey in the south. Great bidding from Richard resulted in Steve never controlling Turkey. Richard remains undefeated and is only one point off the pace.

Brian (Austria), the reigning Champ, records his first win after a slow start. Ally (France) was outplayed with Brian securing the crucial Italy in the opening two years giving him a match winning Centre count lead after 1902 and showing why he is the current Champ!

James (Austria) and Jim (England) played the usual draw giving James his first ever Division One competition point.

Interestingly, all four ID Champs are amongst the top 5 with Steve being the other one.

Round 3 - Division 2
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Brian O'F France Jonathan Germany Carl Brian O'F A03
Jon Italy Todd France Steve Todd S05
Josh Italy Michael Russia Richard Josh A04
Greg Germany Graeme Italy Steve Greg B02

In the match of the round, Greg (Germany) defeated Graeme (Italy) to be on maximum points after Round 3. Graeme loses his first League game of the season and slips to equal third. A very quick game with Graeme overspending in 1902 sealing his fate.

Todd (France) defeated the previously undefeated Jon (Italy) to move into outright second place. This was Todd's first ever win as France in any form of the game so he is doubly elated!! Todd played France very well, not giving Jon much of a chance.

Josh (Italy) secured his first win of the season against Michael (Russia). Josh started strongly gaining Germany in 1901 for only one credit and Michael did not control the crucial Austria in any of the four game years enabling Josh to get into a strategically invincible position. Josh moves into equal third position.

Brian (France) also moves into equal third position in a fierce battle against Jonathan (Germany). Jonathan attacked well, getting into Burgundy and then bid hard for England in 1903. But Brian who never controlled England gained the others which was enough to capture Munich.


Round 4 - Division 1
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Turkey Ally Germany Carl Ally S08
Brian F England Steve Turkey Richard Draw A04
Kester Turkey Jim Germany Steve Draw S09
James England Carl Russia Greg Carl A03

Carl (Russia) was up against James (England) – First versus last. Carl did win to remain undefeated, but not before James (in his first year in Div One) nearly toppled the competition leader. James came out blazing bidding hard for Germany and Austria in 1901 and gaining Austria again in 1902. James did not bid wildly only gaining those mercenaries by one or two Credits, thereby not wasting any Credits. Carl was really rattled after 1902 as there were mercenaries in Livonia and Ukraine in addition to English units in Norway and the Barents Sea, that he thought he needed to risk underbidding dramatically in 1903 despite having a Centre lead and a huge Credit lead. James fell into the trap; overbidding by just one Credit which eased the pressure for Carl and that was it. Carl scapes through with a lucky win and James will be one to watch for ID VII.

With Richard's (Turkey) loss to Ally (Germany) the gap between first and second widened giving Carl a strong chance of equalling Kester's record of two Championships! Unfortunately for Richard who is also looking to equal Kester's record, he met Ally at his brilliant best. Strategically, Ally was faultless, moving aggressively south to be in Serbia already by Spring 1903; an extraordinary achievement! If you want to know how to win with Germany against Turkey, this game is the template. Richard controlled Italy only once; in 1904. But crucially, Ally had Austria in every one of the first 5 years enabling German armies to advance virtually unhindered behind them. Richard did control England in the first three years but Ally kept enough units back to defend his home centres. With German armies bunkered down deep into Austria, Turkey had no way to grow or hold on to its Russian gains. This is Richard's first loss in the League this season and Ally's first win for ID VI. Congratulations Ally and bad luck Richard that you happened to have met Ally in such sizzling form!

Kester (Turkey) and Jim (Germany) played a long game that eventually ended in a draw. Also after Ally's win, are players figuring out how to play Germany in this pairing? Jim hates playing Germany in this pairing, so no doubt he was very pleased with the result. Neither player could find a way through.

And in the last game, Brian (England) and Steve (Turkey) played out a predictable draw. The current Champ and Runner-up were never going to make a mistake big enough to loose in this pairing. Both remain in equal third position with Kester.

It will be very hard now to catch Carl to win this year's title, but the race for second is intense! And can James avoid being relegated back to Division Two in only his first year in the big time?

Round 4 - Division 2
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Brian O'F Germany Todd Turkey Greg Draw A07
Jon France Jonathan Turkey Richard Jon A05
Josh Turkey Graeme Germany Steve Josh S05
Greg Turkey Michael Germany Steve Michael B09

All four games featured Turkey. And three of them were against Germany producing all three possible results!

In a boilover, Michael (Germany) beat the previously undefeated Greg (Turkey) with the power many believe is the weaker one! A great effort from the experienced young gun which results in the competition ladder being now very tight. Any of the top seven can still win! Mike used Germany's two additional initial Credits to gain the key mercenaries in 1901 and never looked back keeping Greg hemmed into the south-east corner. Therefore Greg needed to build armies and lacked enough fleets to stop the German fleets from controlling the Med and Italy.

With Greg's loss, Todd (Turkey) had the opportunity to advance into equal first position, but drew against the always tough Brian (Germany). I actually believe that a draw will eventuate in this pairing (contrary to consensus) unless a player manages to get an early edge somehow as the two powers are quite evenly matched. A gruelling game with Brian going hard for Russia and eventually controlling Galicia, Ukraine, and Moscow, so Todd was never going to win overland. But Brian never controlled Austria, so Todd managed to get to Tyrolia, meaning that Brian was not going to win overland either. And except for the first year, Brian never controlled Italy so Todd eventually gained a small Centre Count lead and controlled the Med, Iberia, and had a fleet all the way in the Irish Sea, but Brian built enough fleets, enabling him to hold on for a draw.

A nice win from Jon (France) against Jonathan (Turkey) sees him advance into equal second position. Jon controlled Austria in every year which kept Jonathan stuck in the east. Jon increased his Centre Count significantly each year, ending 1905 with a massive 19 to 6. It was definitely one way traffic as Jonathan still comes to grip with the Bidding.

And the rookie Josh (Turkey) joins Jon and Todd in equal second position after defeating Graeme (Germany). Quite a tight contest (as both combatants end with 12 centres a piece), but strategically Josh had the better of the game; expertly bidding and using Austrian armies to pin down the Germans in their home centres thus not allowing builds. Austria is a very important mercenary in this pairing and Graeme did not control her until 1904 which was too late.

Any of the top six can still take out the Hawkins Shield as only two points separate them and even Graeme in 7th position has a chance as we move into the latter part of the Tourney.


Round 5 - Division 1
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Russia Kester Italy Carl Richard A07
Brian F Turkey James Italy Steve James B05
Steve Germany Carl Italy Richard Carl S07
Ally Russia Jim Italy Todd Ally A02

The four top four played against each other. Richard (Russia) was up against Kester (Italy); a classic pairing involving two former Champs. Kester could have and maybe should have won if he did not lose Budapest in 1905. Rather than going for Galicia, Kester should have simply defended as he said afterwards. As a result, Kester also lost Vienna, Serbia and Trieste and would have lost Greece. The builds Richard gained as a result were crucial to stopping Kester in the north. Kester's strategy at the beginning was spot on. He went hard eastwards towards Russia having gained Austria in 1901. I still believe Italy has the edge here, but not by much, so one mistake against a player like Richard can prove fatal as it did here. But that takes nothing away from Richard. Beating Kester (the only two times Champ no less) in this combination is a fantastic result! No matter what happens in the final two rounds, this is Richard's most successful year since he won the Tournament way back in ID I.

In the other game, the Hanich brothers were up against each other. Carl (Italy) eventually won against Steve (Germany) in a see sawing game. Steve got the jump, bidding well ending 1901 in a strong strategic position. Carl then on the back foot successfully overbid in 1902 to get back to an even position by gaining Turkey. Steve caught up on the Centre Count, but by keeping Steve from building in Munich and also sinking a fleet gave Carl extra units on the Board and the edge to gain the advantage.

Ally (Russia) and Jim (Italy) also played this combination and Russia won again (maybe Italy is not the favourite!) in very quick fashion. As Ally says, getting Austria is very important and Jim never controlled her.

And James (Italy) wins his first game in Division One against the current Champ – Brian (Turkey). Again, Austria was the key and Brian never controlled her and only controlled Russia once. James bid very hard for Austria but very astutely keeping Brian from moving westwards or anywhere really!

Technically Richard can still win the Tourney, but it is a very long shot now. The bottom is only two points from third position, so the last two rounds will be very interesting to see who gets relegated to Division Two!

Round 5 - Division 2
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Brian O'F Turkey Josh Germany Todd Brian O'F A09
Jon Russia Greg England Steve Jon S03
Jonathan Austria-Hungary Michael England Todd Draw A08
Todd Italy Graeme Turkey Richard Graeme S04

In the blockbuster top of the Table game, Jon overcame a determined Greg to go to the top of the table in Division Two with his sights now set on the Hawkins Shield. Greg has now suffered two consecutive defeats. Greg though remains in equal second position with the Table very tight! Remarkably, any of the top seven can still take out the Hawkins Shield with only two rounds to go! Jon (Russia) beat Greg (England) quite quickly by keeping the pressure up in the north. Greg never controlled Germany and only controlled France in 1903, so he never managed to even get a build. Has Jon found a sure-fire way of winning with Russia in this combination?

Graeme (Turkey) managed to win against Todd (Italy) (no mean feat) to stay in the race for the Hawkins Shield. It was quite tight with the battle over Austria seesawing. Graeme though got the upper hand in 1904 and that was it.

Brian (Turkey) was too good for Josh (Germany) in a very long game. Brian immediately jumped to a Centre Count lead (it should have been 5-5 after 1901 rather than 6-4) which he gradually increased through the course of the game so Josh spent virtually the entire game on the back foot. Josh did try for the draw at the end, but Brian got through the Mid Atlantic before Josh could lock it up. Brian joins Greg in equal second position!

The final game was also long. It ended in a draw as nearly all Austria versus England games do. Jonathan (Austria) got off to a strong start and maintained a Centre Count lead against Michael (England). It is very hard for Austria to win, but in 1907 Jonathan gained four centres and Mike lost four giving Jonathan a huge Centre Count lead, and with France still alive (to build fleets and unlock the Mid Atlantic), he rightly strived for a win. But the very experienced Michael successfully eliminated the French and a draw ensued. With the draw, Jonathan does though secure his first point in the Tourney!


Round 6 - Division 1
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Italy Carl Austria-Hungary Todd Carl B06
Brian F Italy Jim France Steve Draw A07
Steve Italy Kester Russia Richard Kester B04
Ally Italy James Russia Greg James A06

It was first against second with Richard (Italy) needing a win to keep his ID VI hopes alive. But Carl (Austria) had the better power in this pairing and won, thereby also taking out the League for ID VI and equalling Kester's record of two titles. Carl slipped into the Adriatic Sea in Spring 1902 and controlled it until the end whilst increasing his Centre Count advantage as the game progressed.

Steve (Italy) and Kester (Russia) were involved in an important tussle. Both could still come second with a win or risk relegation with a loss. Steve, almost more than any other pairing, hates playing Italy against the might of Russia like quite a few players. And to top it off, Kester was playing Russia. But rather than concede before the 1901 Bids, Steve bid hard for Austria and gained her in 1901. But that was the only time he had either Austria or Turkey and by the end of 1903, Kester had all the Turkish centres and was in Tyrolia and Greece. As a result, Kester moves to third position.

With the same pairing Ally (Italy) also came to grief against James (Russia) which propels James into equal fourth position with back to back wins, not a bad effort in only his second year playing ID and his first in Division One. Crucially Ally never controlled Austria or Turkey, and I agree with him that it is vital to control Austria! As James say, you cannot let Russia get going too quickly! And James fancies himself as Russia against me as Italy. Well James is a tough player with any pairing and with two years experience now including at the elite level, he will be hard to beat; but I'm up for it. I am sure Steve and some others will have a chuckle should I lose!

And in the other game, Brian (Italy) and Jim (France) fought in out in a longish game for a draw which sees Jim still winless in ID VI (quite an amazing fact!) with only one round to go. Jim got off to a good start, but Brian played well to get the game back on an even Kiel. Brian then got the upper hand finishing with a huge Centre Count lead, but Jim closed down the game for a draw.

Round 6 - Division 2
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Brian O'F England Michael France Steve Michael S03
Jon Germany Graeme Russia Todd Graeme S04
Jonathan Italy Josh Austria-Hungary Richard Josh S03
Todd England Greg France Carl Greg A04

Jon (Germany) the current competition leader was up against Graeme (Russia). Unfortunately for Jon, Graeme keeps getting better with every game and in a Germany versus Russia game, you do not want to be playing Germany. Predictably, Russia was too good as Graeme consistently gained Centres whereas Jon only managed to get to four Centres in 1903! Graeme is now in equal second position and a chance to take out the Hawkins Shield along with five others!

Greg's (France) win against Todd (England) propels him back to first position and denies Todd any chance now of winning Division Two. Todd got off to a great start, landing an army in Belgium. But after Greg got the crucial mercenaries of Russia and Germany in 1902 with only a small Credit deficit, it gave him the edge which he skilfully exploited thereafter. Having a fleet in the North Sea after 1902 put Todd on the defensive and Greg consequently maintained a Centre and Credit surplus for in the end an easy win.

Brian (England) could have also been in first position with a win against Michael (France). But Michael won quite quickly after Brian overspent. Michael's more conservative bidding in the early years gave him an edge leading to Brian's overbidding. All four Round 7 games would have to fall Brian's way for the experienced campaigner to win the Hawkins Shield.

In the final game, Josh (Austria) was too good for Jonathan (Italy) which puts the rookie in equal second position with a real chance of matching the achievements of great ID players like Steve, James, and of course Peter Hawkins who made it to Division One after only one season. In what was quite a quick game, Jonathan bid hard in 1901 but did not manage to get into a superior position. Josh then easily took Venice in Spring 1903 with the help of the Mercenaries.


Round 7 - Division 1
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Germany James France Steve James B04
Brian F Germany Carl France Greg Carl B07
Steve England Jim Austria-Hungary Richard Steve B07
Ally England Kester France Todd Kester A02

With the top spot already determined, the final round was a battle of who would come second and who would come last. Richard (Germany) needed a win or a Kester loss to keep second position. Unfortunately, neither eventuated as he met the in form James (France) and has to be content with equal third position with James, who came roaring home in the latter part of this Tourney with three consecutive wins. As both players and the GM concluded, England is very important for this pairing and Richard never controlled her, which never allowed Richard to get his defences in place and led to a faster expansion by James. James will surely be a serious contender for the title next season.

As mentioned Kester (France) won to claim second position convincingly beating Ally (England) by convoying an army into London in Autumn 1902. With the exception of ID I, Kester has finished in the top 3 for very year; a tremendous effort from the hardened warrior.

With both on four points, this was the battle for last spot, and given the pairing, a draw was very likely which would have seen 4 players finish equal last. But Steve (England) played brilliantly for an unlikely win against the experienced Jim (Austria) to secure fifth spot and only two points from second position showing how tight the table is in Division One. Jim tried to keep a northern mercenary fleet available to have a chance of victory which allowed Steve to control Italy and get fleets into the Med. It was not until 1905 that Jim actually controlled Italy and that was the only time in the whole game. Steve also kept the pressure up on Trieste not allowing Jim to build there. Consequently, Jim only had one fleet after 1903 and was therefore no match against Steve in the Med as Austria can only build one fleet per year.

And in the final game Brian (Germany), the current Champ, was up against Carl (France) the soon to be new Champ. After winning ID V, it has been a tough season for Brian finishing in equal sixth position. Fortunately, he won't be relegated as Ally is sitting out ID VII although Ally will be playing in the Cup. Carl finishes with wins from all his seven games to go with taking out the Hucknall Cup. As in the other game with this pairing, Brian never controlled England which allowed Carl to control the North.

Round 7 - Division 2
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Brian O'F Italy Greg Russia Carl Greg A09
Jon England Michael Austria-Hungary Steve Draw B06
Jonathan England Graeme France Carl Graeme A03
Todd Germany Josh France Richard Josh S02

In an epic battle, Brian (Italy) finally conceded handing Greg (Russia) the Hawkins Shield. Greg has been part of the Tourney since ID II, and has become quite good at the art of Bidding culminating with promotion to Division One for ID VII. Brian did play quite well, gaining all of Austria to be in an extremely strong strategic position and having a Centre Count lead, and with that advantage he should have won. But Greg though persevered and won it in the end with his accurate and no nonsense bidding. Brian possibly could have taken Marseilles earlier so that would have saved him from having to bid high for France, plus it would have gained him an even bigger Centre Count lead.

And the rookie Josh (France) continued his sizzling form annihilating Todd (Germany) with blistering speed, finishing in equal second position. Josh controlled Austria in both years and extracted the maximum benefit.

Graeme (France) was too good for Jonathan (England) joining Josh in equal second position. It was an interesting and well thought out start by Graeme. Even if Jonathan got all the mercenaries in 1901, the most Jonathan would get is one build and Graeme can always get one build. So Graeme bid low and got no mercenaries in 1901; but had all his Credits left and Jonathan had no Credits left. Graeme did play it extremely well, and on this form would be very competitive in Division One. A nice convincing victory to finish ID VI in only his second season. Bad luck Jonathan; I think it is hard playing England against France.

[I would just like to digress for a moment and discuss the concept of what I call Mercenary inflation particularly for the ID VII newbies. In games where the opponents are far apart, they will grow faster and therefore gain Credits more quickly. The more Credits players get, the more they can spend but the value of one credit falls as Credits become more plentiful and mercenaries become less valuable, for instance they have less units. That is, it is normally better to spend as much as you can to gain more centres which also give you more Credits and more units to get even more Centres and even more Credits. But in the above game which was between two close neighbours both of which are situated on the edge of the map, Jonathan spent all his Credits in 1901 and gained one centre and Graeme spent none and also gained one centre. As a result, 1902 saw Mercenary deflation which is quite unusual. That is, Graeme controlled the Mercenaries which were just as powerful (and therefore as valuable) as in 1901 but paid less for them. Normally players pay more for mercenaries in later years and these mercenaries have then usually been depleted and/or moved away making them less valuable (for instance I have paid 3 Credits for England in 1901 but in say 1907 paid 22 Credits for England with only one unit left because there are so many Credits and a lot less mercenary units on the Board). In economic terms, it is like increasing the money supply through printing money which leads to higher prices for goods and services. This may seem obvious, but I note it here because after six years, I still see many players overpaying for mercenaries and as most players are experienced in the strategy part, the key determinate to winning an ID game often comes down to the bidding. Some I have heard say that Bidding is a bit of an art. I think it is mostly science!]

In the final game Jon (England) and Mike (Austria) were equal, so a win would have given either of them an equal second result. But they drew, which is typical of this paring, which meant that they both ended up in equal fourth spot. Mike did have the upper hand but not enough to win in this combination against the experienced Jon. As Mike says, he did have a small chance with France still around of building a French fleet in Brest, but that is quite hard to do.

With the biggest exodus in the history of the Tourney, most of which are big name Division One players, there are four Division One spots to be filled rather than two. Mike would prefer to stay in Division Two another year so congratulations to Greg, Josh, Graeme and Jon on your promotion to Division one for ID VII.


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