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2 years 1 month ago #1419 by BrentS
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Mike and I are playing the Open tournament final from GMT 2200 on Monday October 26.

The scenario is Pydna.

Observers, supporters and hecklers welcome.

Brent.

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2 years 1 month ago #1420 by mk20336
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Great to here, I should be able to join at least first game:)

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2 years 1 month ago #1427 by scipio1zama
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Well, I am at last reporting on the results of the finals match that Brent and I played Monday evening (USA EDT.) My house was essentially non-functional yesterday due to moving everything around so the carpet cleaners would have full reign to do their thing. After letting the carpet dry, I can access my computer again.

To relieve the suspense, I won - barely, by the thinnest of margins, after playing two of the most exciting games it has ever been my pleasure to participate in (well, since the semi-finals, anyway) against an opponent who is every inch a champion himself. We played for 4 1/2 hours, and my brain was pretty foggy afterwards, but I wrote down what I could remember of the games.

I played Brent Steeves (CCA.net ID BrentS) in the final of the 2015 Open Tournament. He won game 1 as the Macedonians, 8-7 – I lost 33 blocks, he lost 29. A wild and woolly fight all over the board – left, right, center and around again. We each lost a leader in the fighting. I don't recall making any egregious mistakes - he just outplayed me. I think we both had good enough cards - I certainly had no complaints - and while the luck of the dice fluctuated as you might expect, I don't think either of us experienced any particular run of good or bad rolling, in either game.

I won the second game as the Macedonians, 8-6, and this was another knock-em-down, drag-em-out fight, all over the board. Brent's Romans lost Scipio very early in the fight, but I pushed my two Macedonian MC and Perseus into bad positions that killed the Roman HC, but lost both of the MC AND Perseus. Continued fighting saw the Macedonians down 5-6, but the end came when a Roman attack WITH A LEADER against a tight triangle of 2 Macedonian Phalanxes and a MI without a leader resulted in some fortunate battle-backs that saw the Romans lose a MI and Misagenes. A final play of a Double Time allowed those three Macedonian units to surround and kill a Roman MC for banner number 8.

These were two very hard-fought, very close (and FUN!) games (we each lost 30 blocks in game 2) and my hat goes off to Brent as a marvelous opponent. He was one of the very first to welcome me when I first joined this Ancients group almost exactly 5 years ago, and he showed me some of the ropes that made the site function and played me in a couple of games, too. It was a privilege to play him in these finals.

I have attached the log files below - those who did not get to watch the match, or want more detail than I can remember, might find these interesting.

Cheers, everyone, and thanks to all those who ran and participated in this tournament!

Mike Stanley (scipio1zama)
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2 years 1 month ago #1428 by scipio1zama
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I thought I attached both log files, but I only see the first game attached to my previous posting. Here is the other.

Mike
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2 years 1 month ago #1429 by BrentS
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I wanted to post congratulations, Mike, but didn't want to steal your thunder. :)

They were great matches, fitting conclusions to a mammoth tournament. I thought I had that last game and the whole tie in the bag until the very last turn, indicating how tense and close it was. One block on a surviving Heavy Infantry was all that was in it. Great stuff.

Thanks for some great games. Thanks to everyone for a fun tournament and to Mark for organising it.

Brent.

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2 years 1 month ago #1430 by mk20336
mk20336 replied the topic: Open Tournament Final
Congratulations Mike, great play Brent.

I had a pleasure to watch most of first game - indeed that was very, very close. At some moment in time both guys were fighting desparately with 1 block units, where possibility to gain advantage seemed to be at hand and then disappearing...

Great scenario, great players, great experience to watch such games!

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2 years 1 month ago #1432 by Mark-McG
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So the results are now posted
www.commandsandcolors.net/ancients/artic...-finals-results.html

Congrats to Mike, and such a close finish for a long running tournament
Open Tournament 2016 will be starting around March 2016, so spread the word.

"I will either find a way, or make one."
attrib to Hannibal Barca

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