ALB & GSB

ID VII

Players' Scores

Like the previous tournament, ID VII 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. A question mark (?) means To Be Advised (TBA). If more than one player has the same score, however their position is not the same, it means that in the game between them one beat the other.

Division 1
Pos Player's Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 Carl Hanich E
2
G
2
I
2
R
2
A-H
2
F
2
T
2
14
2 Richard Hucknall F
2
I
0
E
0
R
2
T
2
A-H
2
G
2
10
3 James Ogle F
1
T
2
E
1
G
2
R
2
A-H
0
I
1
9
4 Graeme Murphy G
1
A-H
0
F
2
I
2
R
2
T
0
E
1
8
5 Steve Hanich I
1
E
2
R
2
G
0
A-H
0
F
2
T
0
7
6 Brian Frew F
1
R
2
G
0
E
0
T
0
I
2
A-H
0
5
7 Josh Sansom T
0
G
0
R
0
F
0
E
0
A-H
0
I
2
2
8 Greg Pierce I
0
A-H
0
T
1
G
0
R
0
F
0
E
0
1

Division 2
Pos Player's Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 Brian O'Farrell R
2
F
2
I
1
E
2
T
2
G
0
A-H
2
11
2 David Wigglesworth E
2
T
2
F
0
G
2
R
0
I
2
A-H
2
10
3 Fred Bartlett G
0
F
2
R
2
I
2
A-H
2
E
2
T
0
10
4 Jon Hucknall I
2
G
0
F
1
R
2
E
0
A-H
0
T
2
7
5 Geoff Kemp E
2
G
0
T
2
F
0
R
0
A-H
2
I
0
6
6 Michael Valentine G
0
I
2
R
2
T
0
A-H
0
E
0
F
2
6
7 John Doyle T
0
G
0
R
0
A-H
0
I
2
F
2
E
0
4
8 Jonathan Langman E
0
R
0
T
0
F
0
A-H
2
I
0
G
0
2


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. NB, if ID VII has finished, those remarks are irrelevant.

Division 1
Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
Austria-Hungary -/- 2/0 -/- -/- 2/2 3/2 1/0 4
England 1/2 1/2 2/1 1/0 1/0 -/- 2/1 6
France 3/4 -/- 1/2 1/0 -/- 3/4 -/- 10
Germany 1/1 2/2 1/0 3/2 -/- -/- 1/2 7
Italy 2/1 1/0 1/2 1/2 -/- 1/2 2/3 10
Russia -/- 1/2 2/2 2/4 3/4 -/- -/- 12
Turkey 1/0 1/2 1/1 -/- 2/2 1/0 2/2 7

Division 2
Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
Austria-Hungary -/- -/- -/- 1/0 3/4 2/2 2/4 10
England 3/4 -/- -/- 1/2 1/0 2/2 1/0 8
France -/- 2/4 2/1 2/0 -/- 1/2 1/2 9
Germany 2/0 3/0 -/- 1/2 -/- 1/0 1/0 2
Italy 1/2 1/2 1/1 1/2 1/2 2/2 1/0 11
Russia 1/2 1/0 3/4 1/2 2/0 -/- -/- 8
Turkey 1/0 1/2 2/2 1/0 1/2 -/- 2/2 8

Combined Divisions
Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
Austria-Hungary -/- 2/0 -/- 1/0 5/6 5/4 3/4 14
England 4/6 1/2 2/1 2/2 2/0 2/2 3/1 14
France 3/4 2/4 3/3 3/0 -/- 4/6 1/2 19
Germany 3/1 5/2 1/0 4/4 -/- 1/0 2/2 9
Italy 3/3 2/2 2/3 2/4 1/2 2/4 3/3 21
Russia 1/2 2/2 5/6 3/6 5/4 -/- -/- 20
Turkey 2/0 2/4 3/3 1/0 3/4 1/0 4/4 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 - 15th October 2012
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard France Greg Italy Steve Richard S04
Steve Italy James France Richard Draw A06
Brian F France Graeme Germany Greg Draw S05
Carl England Josh Turkey Fred Carl S09

The match of the round was between two heavyweights. James (France) was up against Steve (Italy). Steve did not control England or Germany in the first two years and James never controlled Austria. As a result, both powers grew at a steady pace and even though Steve managed to gain a Centre Count lead, it was not enough to get through James' fortress like defences. A draw was then the inevitable result.

Richard (France) and Greg (Italy) played the same combination. Richard (despite having fewer initial credits) controlled Austria for the first three years with Austria neutral in the fourth and final year. A crushing victory for Richard with Greg never gaining a Centre. Greg, in his first year in Div One after winning Div Two last season, was probably a bit unlucky drawing the experienced warhorse in the very first round!

Carl (England) joins Richard at the top of the table with a win against Josh (Turkey) to become the only player to win with this combination twice. Josh was a bit too aggressively with his bidding in 1901, giving Carl a strong start. Josh never controlled France and with the exception of 1902 never controlled Italy which was the crucial factor as England therefore eventually controlled all of Italy.

The third new Div One player had a better time of it. Graeme (Germany) put up an almighty fight against the ID V Champ. Brian (France) had to settle for a draw as Graeme locked up the north and had a slight Centre lead.

Round 1 - Division 2 - 15th October 2012
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
David England John Turkey Carl David A06
Geoff England Fred Germany Steve Geoff B03
Jonathan England Jon Italy James Jon S09
Brian O'F Russia Michael Germany Richard Brian O'F A03

With the cream of last year's Division Two up in Division One and four Newbies, this year's Hawkins Shield appears wide open. The four Newbies were playing each other, so two managed to get a good start. David (England) was up against John (Turkey) in what has been traditionally a draw. But lately there have been a few wins; all to England. Intuitively, I believe that England has a better chance of beating Turkey than Italy or Austria as the latter two can get to the stalemate line much easier than Turkey which can be kept in his corner for longer. David has made a cracking start to his ID career, notching up his third win (including two Cup wins) and remains undefeated. He managed to master the art of bidding more quickly than John and very quickly skipped to an unbeatable position. John concentrated his bidding on only one mercenary each year; a strategy I think that longer term cost him the game. I think David will be giving the experienced Division Two boys a run for their money!

The other Newbie game saw Geoff (England) beat Fred (Germany) in very quick time. Like John, Fred was much too aggressive in his bidding, with Geoff ending 1901 with a massive 200%+ Credit lead. Fred recovered well in 1902, but then overbid again in 1903 and this time was caught out. As Fred said, "unless Geoff fell into a coma or something" he had no hope. My advice to Newbies - only overbid marginally and only overbid very infrequently. And even if you get away with overbidding, you often spend too much and then have too few Credits in subsequent years which causes deflation (just like in the real world!) which Fred has painfully learnt!

Brian (Russia) did not have too much trouble against Michael (Germany). Brian bid very astutely in 1901 gaining both Austria and Turkey to get into a very strong position. He continued to forge ahead capturing the German Capital in the autumn of 1903. Mike put up a great fight, but Germany is tough against Russia.

And Jon (Italy) joins Brian, David and Geoff at the top of the table with a grinding win over Jonathan (England). Often a draw, Jon had a commanding Centre Count and Credit lead already by 1903. And with Paris and Iberia, Jon was therefore unstoppable as Jonathan could not put in place the stalemate line through the Mid Atlantic.


Round 2 - Division 1 - 15th November 2012
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Italy James Turkey Fred James A04
Brian F Russia Josh Germany Steve Brian F A03
Greg Austria-Hungary Steve England James Steve S06
Graeme Austria-Hungary Carl Germany Richard Carl S02

The match of the round featured the inaugural Champ and the young star. Richard (Italy) though struggled against the classy James (Turkey). Richard managed to control four mercenaries in 1901 but with Russia, James also gained 3 Centres. Then with the ensuing nearly 200% Credit advantage, James positioned himself for the win in 1902. And against a player of James' calibre, there was absolutely nothing Richard could then do. After impressing last season in his first year in the big time, could this be James' year?

After facing the ID VI Champ in Round One, Josh (Germany) was up against the previous Champ Brian (Russia), but not only that, he was up against one of the toughest combinations. Brian got off to a strong start in 1901 and never looked back keeping the pressure right on Josh which denied him the opportunity to grow.

Steve's (England) unlikely win against Greg (Austria) sees him join James and Brian in equal second position. Steve managed to get to a Centre Count lead early on, but as usual it looked like a draw was inevitable after Greg locked up the Med and had a solid defensive position in the north. But Steve bulked up Turkey which became a thorn in Greg's side and gave Steve a real chance for a win. But in 1905, Greg skilfully overbid and Turkey was neutral to all but snuff out a possible victory for Steve as Turkey went from six centres down to three. But Greg overbid again in 1906 and this time unfortunately overspent and the game was lost!

And Carl (Germany) is at the top with a convincing win against Graeme (Austria). It was rather quick and actually the result was really determined already by the 1901 Bids in this brutal neighbourly clash. Carl got three of the mercenaries plus had a massive 150% Credit advantage going into 1902 whist maintaining Centre Count parity.

The top four players all remain undefeated. And Richard is just a point behind. The three promoted players from Division Two are finding life a little tougher mixing it with the big guns, but there is still a long way to go.

Round 2 - Division 2 - 15th November 2012
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
David Turkey Geoff Germany Greg David B05
Jonathan Russia Brian O'F France Carl Brian O'F A09
John Germany Fred France Richard Fred A02
Jon Germany Michael Italy Steve Michael B04

So after Round 2, we have Brian and new boy David as joint leaders. The middle four are still well in contention but the bottom two probably need to now win all their games from here to have a chance of having their name engraved on the Hawkins Shield.

David (Turkey) was again playing a Newbie; this time Geoff (Germany) who had also won his opening game. And he won again, but next round he won't be playing a newbie. But he has beaten two Div one players in the Cup!! In this game David bid well gaining a Centre and Credit lead after 1901 and enhancing both leads after 1902 allowing him to break out of the southeast corner. With Geoff now under pressure from all directions, David steamrolled home the advantage with the aplomb of an experienced player!

Brian (France) was too good for Jonathan (Russia) in a very long game. This pairing is quite an interesting one. It was tight until 1905 at which point Brian gained traction and cemented his superior position coming through on all fronts.

Fred (France) was playing John (Germany) in a pairing that can be very quick as was the case here. Fred secured his first ever ID win!! Both rookies learnt more about the art of bidding. Fred controlled Austria in both years enabling him to capture Munich in Autumn 1902. Germany is quite hard with so many fronts to deal with particularly against France.

And Michael (Italy) gains his first victory of the season with a solid win against Jon (Germany). Jon was very aggressive with the mercenaries in 1901 getting to Trieste in 1901 and having a 5-3 Centre lead. But with a huge Credit lead for 1902, Mike gained four mercenaries to Jon's none and turned around the Centre deficit to a massive 6-2 lead. From there there was little Jon could do as the experienced Mike takes the win to stay in touch with the leaders.


Round 3 - Division 1 - 15th January 2013
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard England Carl Italy Brian F Carl S09
James England Greg Turkey Richard Draw A06
Brian F Germany Steve Russia Richard Steve S02
Josh Russia Graeme France Steve Graeme S04

The Richard (England) versus Carl (Italy) match was an excellent and extremely entertaining game. Usually a draw, both players went for the win by bidding harder for their opponents neighbouring mercenaries. Carl controlled France in the first two years and Richard controlled Austria for three of the first four years. This resulted in slower progress and consequently also restricted both players getting to the stalemate line. Richard only managed to get to 11 centres which were not enough to force a draw given that Carl was in Portugal and had a fleet on the north coast of Spain.

In another blockbuster Brian (Germany) was up against Steve (Russia). Both in equal second position. But Germany very rarely wins against Russia and against a player of Steve's calibre, it even looks bleaker. Hence Brian's very aggressive bidding. Brian controlled Austria and Italy in 1901 with the rest neutral. Then with a large Credit Deficit, Brian went for the win in 1902 with a massive overbid trying to outguess Steve. Game over; very quickly!

Graeme (France) produced a nice win against Josh (Russia) to stay in touch with the leaders. In the most unusual of circumstances, Josh lost all his home centres to mercenaries. Graeme seemed to get more than his fair share of the mercenaries through astute bidding.

And the last game, James (England) and Greg (Turkey), ended in an unsurprising draw. The very unusual result of the 1901 bidding which were identical, increased the chances of a draw even more right from the start as both powers got off to a solid start.

Round 3 - Division 2 - 15th January 2013
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
David France Michael Russia James Michael A08
Geoff Turkey John Russia Steve Geoff S07
Jonathan Turkey Fred Russia Greg Fred B06
Brian O'F Italy Jon France Richard Draw S09

Neither of the two competition leaders (Brian and David) won their games so it has really tightened up the competition ladder. Jon who is in 6th place is only two points behind the lead.

Brian (Italy) though remains undefeated as he drew with Jon (France). This was a tight game although Jon always maintained a slight lead, but not enough to get over the stalemate line. (I though would have played on a bit further as I think Brian looked a tad weak in the east and there were still mercenaries around.) Brian though did land a frigate in Spain in the Spring of 1903 which would have caused Jon plenty of headaches.

David (France) lost his first ever ID game to Michael (Russia) but is in equal second spot and only one point off the lead. Mike got off to an excellent start in 1901 ending the year with a Centre Count lead and a massive (200%+) Credit Surplus. From there Mike increased his Centre lead each year giving David little hope. Mike spread his bids around more evenly in 1901 and played 1901 faultlessly. And as everyone says, once Russia gets going…

Geoff (Turkey) defeated John (Russia) in a tough tussle. Geoff managed to get a slight upper hand at the outset and steadily increased his advantage. Geoff did well by controlling English provinces, nearly all of Italy/Austria/The Balkans and the crucial Black Sea. This enabled him to capture Sevastopol in the Spring of 1907.

And Fred (Russia) was too good for the experienced Jonathan (Turkey) in the same pairing but a different result. Fred is really getting good at ID as he absolutely steamrolled Jonathan!! Fred researched this pairing and his homework clearly paid off. He bid all his Credits in 1901 on both Germany and Austria and got both. Jonathan peaked at 5 Centres in 1902 as Fred kept him pinned in his corner. Fred is now one of three rookies in equal second place.


Round 4 - Division 1 - 15th February 2013
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Russia Brian F England Steve Richard A04
James Germany Josh France Greg James A04
Greg Germany Graeme Italy Fred Graeme A01
Steve Germany Carl Russia Richard Carl B03

The top two on the competition ladder were playing for the Tournament lead. Also, it was between the Hanich boys so there was even more at stake! Unfortunately, the Home Power allocation did not go Steve's way; one of the worst permutations to be playing. Despite this disadvantage, Steve (Germany) very nearly toppled Carl (Russia). Carl only controlled two mercenaries in the opening two years to Steve's five, with Carl rattled by being outplayed. And had Steve supported his convoy to Norway in the Autumn of 1902, he probably would have won! The game then abruptly ended when Steve underbid in 1903 (which is very surprising indeed as Carl very rarely overbids and had a Credit Surplus!!).

James (Germany) moves into second place with a nice win over Josh (France). This game was very tight with both players digging in at the border. Up until 1903, the Centre Count was virtually identical each year. But James cleverly spread his bids around, consistently picking up mercenaries for one or two credits and having a Credit Surplus in each year. This gave him a fantastic strategic advantage which enabled him to capture Marseilles in the Autumn of 1904 with an army that snuck through Piedmont!

Graeme (Italy) captured Munich in Autumn 1901 from Greg (Germany) to notch up another win and move to equal 3rd position. Graeme is having a great season in his first year in Division One! Besides being completed in 1901, the game was also unusual for the fact that Greg overspent (which was the main reason why he lost) but Graeme also overbid. And Greg only overbid by 2 Credits!!!

And finally two former Champs were pitted against each other. Richard (Russia) and Brian (England) played a classic pairing. Richard knew exactly what to do; namely, protect St Petersburg at all costs. Brian also knew what to do and that is go for the quick win. Whilst England does get quite a few wins here, it is very hard for England if Russia plays an excellent game which Richard did. Brian controlled Germany and Austria in 1901 which really rattled Richard. But by the end of 1902, Richard already had a massive 10-4 Centre Count lead which had the exponential affect of giving him more Credits and even more Centres. Consequently, Brian gained no mercenaries in 1902 or 1903 and only one in 1904 allowing Richard to successfully support St Petersburg against Brian's relentless attack with three units, whilst achieving growth by capturing Austria, Turkish, and Italian centres. Richard moves to 5th spot and remains a mathematical chance of taking the crown he has not worn since 2007!

Round 4 - Division 2 - 15th February 2013
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
David Germany Jonathan France Richard David S07
Geoff France Brian O'F England James Brian O'F S06
John Austria/Hungary Jon Russia Brian F Jon S04
Fred Italy Michael Turkey Brian F Fred S04

Brian (England) was too good for Geoff (France) which sees Brian remain on top of the table. The experienced Brian had a superior bidding strategy but the first two years were very tight. But from 1903 onwards Brian gained an edge and gradually forged ahead. After a successful surprise convoy from Edinburgh into Gascony in Spring 1906, Geoff conceded.

David (Germany) was impressive again notching up another win against Jonathan (France) to remain just one point off the pace. The Centre Count was very even until 1904. But David had an excellent bidding strategy, usually maintaining a Credit Surplus giving him control of most of the mercenaries most years. So from 1905, he forged ahead which gave him more Credits than Jonathan. From there it was just then a matter of time and Jonathan could only rely on mistakes which unfortunately for him did not materialise.

Fred (Italy) makes it three wins on the trot by steamrolling Michael (Turkey) to stay with his fellow newbie in equal second position. Despite Fred being initially very worried about Mike's massive Credit Surplus in 1902, Mike's NMR in the 1901 Bidding really lost him the game. Mike did bid very well in 1902 and not waste his massive Credit Surplus but Fred played it too well, so not even a Kester could have come back from this setback! After 1901 Fred was already entrenched in Austria occupying Trieste and Budapest as well as Greece, and there were no mercenaries any where near Italian soil!

And Jon (Russia) was too strong for John (Austria). John ironically earned more Credits throughout the game as he had a Centre Count lead after 1901 and thereafter the Centre Count was always identical. And of course he started with four extra Credits. But Jon spread his Credits around more evenly which enabled him to get into a strong strategic position and capture the Austrian Capital in the Spring of 1904. John started very aggressively spending all his Credits in 1901 on Germany, Italy, and Turkey. Consequently Jon lost his southern port to the Turks but by controlling most of the mercenaries each year from then on, Jon slowly gained the upper hand.

With three rounds to go, the two Division One places are still up for grabs for ID VIII as the top three fight it out; two of them rookies. Jon is also still there with a slim chance of taking out the Hawkins Shield. Geoff and Mike are only mathematical chances now. Interestingly, the top 4 play against each other in R5 and R6 with David and Fred also doing battle in R7, so if Jon wins all his games he is assured of at least second spot!


Round 5 - Division 1 - 1st April 2013
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Turkey Josh England Fred Richard S05
James Russia Brian F Turkey Fred James S04
Greg Russia Carl Austria-Hungary Brian F Carl A04
Steve Austria-Hungary Graeme Russia Richard Graeme B03

Richard (Turkey) did what no one has managed in seven seasons of ID and that is win with Turkey against England. There have now been a few wins by England but never before by Turkey, but nearly all of course end in a draw. Josh (England) though has some health problems which saw Josh at below his best. Richard initially focused on building German and Russian fleets but with Josh attacking Russia Richard focused on Germany. By the end 1904, Germany had three fleets, and with only two armies Josh would begin losing Centres and therefore would have had insufficient fleets to protect the mid-Atlantic and stop the German fleets from the east. This unlikely win keeps Richard's title hopes alive even if only barely!

Graeme (Russia) and Steve (Austria) were both in equal third position. Graeme had been very unsuccessful against the Hanich boys. No wins; not even a draw. So Graeme was cock a hoop to have finally won. Graeme knew that he had to go on the front foot with the bidding to beat Steve, so he modestly overbid in 1901 and aggressively overbid in 1902 when faced with a massive Credit Deficit. He hit the jackpot in 1902 by matching Steve on three mercenaries which were then of course all neutral. Steve who was then in a strategically very weak position, dramatically underbid in 1903. This time Graeme did not overbid and consequently collected most of the mercenaries. Hair raising stuff, but it worked! With three wins on the trot, Graeme now moves into outright third position; not bad in this his first year in Division One.

Brian does not like playing against Russia and the poor bloke has played against Russia now three times in a row for three losses; extinguishing any hope the ID V Champ had of winning another crown this season. James (Russia) was too strong for the unfortunate Brian (Turkey). James won the game through his skilful bidding in the first two years. Gaining Austria with Germany, France and Italy all neutral, gave James an excellent start. Brian did have a large Credit Surplus in 1902, but Brian could not claw his way back into the game with James ending 1902 with both a Centre and Credit lead. There was no stopping Russia then! As Fred the GM summed up, the game was probably won already after the Bidding of 1901 when James managed to gain Austria without paying too much for her.

And Carl (Austria) managed another win against Russia. In seven seasons, Carl has never lost a game against Russia (Carl has never been England though); quite remarkable given that many consider Russia to be the strongest power. Greg (Russia) started off strongly controlling Turkey in the opening two years with Turkey then in the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian Sea and Greece. Carl managed to get Turkey in 1903 without paying too high a price which relieved the pressure. With both a Centre and Credit lead, Carl was then in the box seat and captured Warsaw in the Autumn of 1904.

We are now down to the final two rounds. In Round 6, the top two play each other and third plays fourth. James (who is also still undefeated) plays Carl (who must be France) in Round 6 and a win would see him join Carl in equal first position going into the final round, raising the possibility of a play-off which has never been needed in the previous six seasons. If Graeme or Richard win both their remaining games, each has a chance of becoming the Champ should the other games go their way. They play each other in Round 6 and we already know that it will be a brutal Austria versus Turkey game.

Round 5 - Division 2 - 1st April 2013
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
David Russia Brian O'F Turkey Carl Brian O'F A03
Geoff Russia Jonathan Austria-Hungary Richard Jonathan A01
John Italy Michael Austria-Hungary Greg John A01
Fred Austria-Hungary Jon England James Fred S06

We had the top four playing each other, battling it out for the Hawkins Shield. Brian and Fred won their games and now play against each other in R6. David now has only a very small chance of taking out the Shield but a win against Fred in R7 could see him finish second and secure a spot in Division One next season.

David (Russia) who is in his rookie year was up against the experienced Brian (Turkey). I think Turkey has the edge here but Brian was too good in any event and won it really through an excellent Bidding strategy. Brian skilfully marginally underbid in 1901 and gained three mercenaries for 3 Credits. A fantastic start! Brian controlled England in every year and had a Credit Surplus to ensure getting England again in 1904 (to be assured of taking Sevastopol by hitting support from Moscow with the English army in St Petersburg). Whist he is unlikely to take out the Shield, David has had an excellent start to his ID career. This is only his second loss and he has won six games including three Cup games.

It was a marvellous effort from the other rookie. Fred (Austria) beat the experienced Jon (England) where a draw is the usual result to notch up his fourth consecutive win. Fred ended 1901 with a Credit and Centre lead although he had mercenaries breathing down his neck from the north. In 1902, Fred again got the better of the Bidding keeping his Credit lead and extending his Centre lead. And most importantly, Fred now had no mercenaries threatening his Home Centres and was in a very strong strategic position. Then in 1903, Fred controlled four mercenaries and completely eliminated any threat from the south whilst pushing back Jon in Germany and Denmark. And with a third northern Russian fleet, Fred by now realised he could probably win. With Fred now very strong, Jon simply lacked the units to defend on all fronts and force a draw. Fred controlled Russia in each of the first four years; a strategy which proved pivotal.

John (Italy) won his first ever ID game against Mike (Austria) and did so by capturing Vienna already in 1901. John bid quite aggressively gaining France, Germany, and Turkey. John set up the win already in the Spring by moving into Tyrolia with the Germans moving to Bohemia.

And Jonathan (Austria) also wins his first game of the season also by winning in 1901; by capturing Warsaw from Geoff (Russia). Jonathan did very well in the Bidding showing the benefit of his vast experience. With German mercenaries occupying Prussia and Silesia, there was nothing Geoff could do to stop the Austrian army in Galicia successfully attacking Warsaw with two supports. Geoff, in his first year, is still learning but is generally holding his own in Division Two. He should have bid more for Germany and he should have bounced one of the German armies in the Spring rather than going for Galicia which can be and was attacked by two Austrian armies.


Round 6 - Division 1 - 1st September 2013
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Austria-Hungary Graeme Turkey Steve Richard A03
James Austria-Hungary Carl France Brian F Carl A03
Brian F Italy Greg France Fred Brian F A04
Josh Austria-Hungary Steve France Richard Steve A06

Here we had first versus second. A win by James would have seen him in equal first position, and a draw with still a small hope of winning. But unfortunately for James (Austria), he lost his first League match of the season as Carl (France) captured his Capital in Spring 1905. So Carl goes on to win the League for the second consecutive time (equalling Kester's feat) and going one title ahead of Kester with three titles. Richard and Brian Frew both have one title each.

Carl got off to a great start basically snuffing out any hope James had of winning. James then had to go for the draw and took control of Italy which was the first step to establishing a stalemate line. Taken a bit by surprise and seeing James also eliminate the Turks, Carl then successfully occupied Tyrolia, Bohemia, and Galicia denying James the oxygen to build as he could not free up his home centres. James needed to take a risk and capture Galicia in Spring 1905, leaving Vienna inadequately protected.

Richard (Austria) was in fourth spot and was up against Graeme (Turkey) in third spot. As often happens in this pairing, the Austrians won and Richard sneaks past to equal second position. Richard did everything right, giving Graeme no chance, using his initial Credit advantage to gain the four important mercenaries. It left him with a massive Credit deficit, but Graeme went on huge spending spree so Richard gained the Credit advantage again after 1902 as well as maintaining a Centre lead. Great bidding from the experienced campaigner! Bidding is the key, but winning as Turkey in this combination does not happen too often. You need either a bit of luck or an error from the Austrians and unfortunately neither arose for Graeme who is certainly holding his own in this his first year in the big time.

Steve (France) and Josh (Austria) were pitted against each other with Josh looking for his first points of the season. But as in the first game, France came out on top. Josh started off very aggressively paying up for Italy and Russia. And rather than going for the extra build, Josh moved an army into Piedmont. Steve had to get Italy in 1902 to avoid certain defeat, but that meant that Josh gained three mercenaries for only 3 Credits. Josh clearly had a well thought out plan (I may actually use this strategy myself in the future!). But from there it went downhill for Josh. Josh again went for strategic positioning rather than builds in 1902, and despite his huge Credit advantage, the 4-7 Centre deficit was looking too big. Josh bid hard in 1903 to close the Centre deficit by 1 in 1903 but as a result now had also a Credit deficit. Steve continued to forge ahead and then in 1906 Steve bid everything and controlled all the mercenaries. With French armies now in Germany, Italy, Russia, and with only one fleet against 4 French fleets in the south, Josh did the obvious and conceded.

In the final game, Brian (Italy) secured a much needed win against Greg (France). The ID V Champ was having an uncharacteristically lean trot. Brian used the extra initial credits to gain three mercenaries to one and ended 1901 with only a Credit deficit of one. Greg managed to gain the important mercenaries in 1902 and gained a slight centre lead but this lead was not going to be enough with now a massive Credit deficit as Brian defended well in the middle as he had gained Austria very cheaply. Brian edged ahead in 1903 and managed to force the Western Mediterranean in 1904 which would have enabled him to cut support to capture Marseilles. Bad luck Greg - you can be playing quite well, but if Brian does not put a foot wrong, it makes it very hard!

With one round to go, the only thing left is to determine is who becomes the Runner-up. Four players are in the mix and they are all playing each other. Josh and Greg clash to see who can avoid coming last and both will be looking for their first ever Division One win.

Round 6 - Division 2 - 1st September 2013
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
David Italy Jon Austria-Hungary Steve David B02
Geoff Austria-Hungary Michael England Carl Geoff A03
Jonathan Italy John France Richard John A05
Brian O'F Germany Fred England Greg Fred S04

What a thrilling finish we have for the Hawkins Shield. It may well end up as a three way tie for first. David is up against Fred and has made an excellent start and Brian is playing a combination that mostly ends in a draw and is up against John who is now getting the hang of it and has won his last two games!

The match of the round saw the top two players up against each other. Brian (Germany) versus Fred (England); a great pairing. A win by Brian would have seen him clinch the Shield but Fred has really picked up the ID nuances in his rookie year and won through. It was one of the most exciting ID games that Fred has played in. By the end of 1902, it was still a very close contest although Fred had a Credit Surplus. Fred managed to get all the crucial mercenaries in 1903 but allowed Brian to slip his fleet into the English Channel. He then left London undefended in the Autumn, a risk which paid off to leave him with clearly the superior position. So overbidding in 1904 was probably an unnecessary risk to take, but it worked and Fred won the game.

David (Italy) was up against Jon (Austria); third versus fourth. This pairing is normally quick and this time it was very quick, finishing in Spring 1902. It was pretty much even after 1901, but Jon overspent in 1902 and would not have been able to recover. Jon slips to 5th position now.

John (France) has now won two on the trot in a quite remarkable win against Jonathan (Italy). It was remarkable because Jonathan secured four mercenaries in 1901 and was left with no credits and John had no mercenaries so he retained all his Credits, but John managed to get a build and Jonathan did not (as Jonathan went for a huge gamble in Autumn 1901)! So not only was Jonathon behind on the Centre Count, but he had an extraordinary 800% Credit deficit (that must be a record in the history of this tournament I should think) and therefore only managed to gain one mercenary again in 1904 for the remainder of the match. John played it smart and never allowed Jonathan to get back into the game.

And Geoff (Austria) wins his third game this season against the experienced Mike (England). A great result for Geoff in his rookie year particularly as this pairing normally results in a draw, although with Mike's two NMRs (including the crucial Spring 1901 season), it was more of a case that Mike lost the game rather than Geoff winning the game. It propels Geoff into an impressive 4th spot in this his inaugural year.


Round 7 - Division 1 - 1st October 2013
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
Richard Germany Steve Turkey Ally Richard A02
James Italy Graeme England JW Draw B07
Brian F Austria-Hungary Carl Turkey Fred Carl A07
Josh Italy Greg England Richard Josh B06

With the top spot already determined Carl (Turkey) was going for a clean sheet against Brian (Austria). It proved to be one of his hardest games of the season and thanks to a very favourable 1901 Bids result and a misorder from Brian, Carl gained an edge which he finally converted to a Centre Count lead in 1906.

Richard and James were both in equal second position. Richard (Germany) decisively beat Steve (Turkey) by the end of 1902 to finish as the Runner-up which was one better than last year and his best result since being the Champ in ID I in 2007. Richard played it very aggressively from the outset, bidding hard in 1901 and therefore going into 1902 in a strong position, but with a huge Credit Deficit so things were quite even. Steve correctly deduced that Richard would overbid in 1902, but Richard only overbid marginally and with Steve underbidding only marginally, Richard did not overspend and ended 1902 with a massive 12 to 4 Centre Count and a smaller Deficit; proving that the Greek solution can work! The lesson here I suppose is that if you underbid, make sure of it.

James (Italy) drew with Graeme (England) so James in only his second year in Division One ended up in third position which was one better than last season. Next year second or first? The draw propelled Graeme into outright fourth a great achievement for his first year in Division One. Graeme skipped ahead with a Centre Count lead from the outset catching James napping which he had increased to 20-13 after 1906. But James skilfully established the stalemate line.

In the final game, both Josh (Italy) and Greg (England) were going for their first ever Division One win. Draws here are quite likely but Josh started very strongly ending 1901 with a Centre lead but a huge Credit deficit. Greg underbid in 1902 expecting Josh to overbid, but he did not and went on to an unassailable lead. Josh focused on getting fleets into the Atlantic whilst defusing the threat from the east and his strategy paid off giving himself a very satisfying win!

Round 7 - Division 2 - 1st October 2013
Home Player Home Country Away Player Away Country GM Winner Season
David Austria-Hungary Fred Turkey Richard David A03
Geoff Italy Jon Turkey Steve Jon B04
Jonathan Germany Michael France Greg Michael S02
Brian O'F Austria-Hungary John England James Brian O'F S05

Brian (Austria) was up against new boy John (England). Brian was in second position and needed to win and needed Fred to lose to take out the Hawkins Shield. And he was also unfortunately playing in a pairing that often results in a draw against John who lost his first four games but then won two straight as he learnt the nuances of ID. But it all came together for Brian and he took out the Hawkins Shield with a brilliant win against John. This was Brian's fifth year playing ID. He came equal third in ID III (his first year) and equal third in ID V. Next year of course, he moves up to Division One where he will need all of his five years of experience.

Brian knowing he needed to win, knew that the way to win was through the Mid-Atlantic. So he bid aggressively for France and Italy throughout the game and built a fleet every year. John never controlled France. Brian skipped ahead right from the outset and kept John to a maximum of 7 Centres which occurred in 1903 by using Mercenaries to keep the pressure intense.

The Division Two leader was up against the third placed player in this final round of the League. Fred (Turkey) against David (Austria). Both have had excellent seasons in this their first year. But like R2 of the Cup, David won denying Fred the chance to take out the Hawkins Shield. Fred never controlled Russia in this short game; in fact he never controlled any mercenaries at all except in 1901. Like in most games, the bidding determined the result. And as Fred EGS summed up, not getting Russia and ending up with a 325% deficit is an absolute disaster. In this pairing, if Austria gets Russia, Turkey needs to be compensated by ending 1901 with a Credit Surplus and preferably a sizeable one. In a nutshell, Fred did not get value for money for Italy, Germany, and France in 1901. So Fred and David both finish ID VII in equal second position; an excellent result given that it was the first year for both players.

Geoff (Italy) and Jon (Turkey) were fighting it out for fourth position. The experienced Jon won through, finishing in fourth with Geoff in equal fifth place. Geoff should be quite pleased with a solid showing in his first year. In this game, Austria is the key. Geoff did control Austria as well as Russia in 1901 which normally would ensure victory. But a combination of a few factors saw Jon gain the edge by the end of 1902 and he never looked back. In 1901, Geoff dramatically underbid for France, allowed France into Piedmont, and ended 1901 with a 300% Credit Deficit. More than anything, Credit Deficits of that magnitude are very hard to come back from unless everything else is going your way.

And in the final game, Mike (France) was too good for Jonathan (Germany) in a very quick game. Mike gained Russia in 1901 and with a Credit Surplus and Jonathan's overspending, gained Russia again in 1902. Game over.

So Brian becomes the fifth winner of the Hawkins Shield. Congratulations and well done!!


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