* * 2009-2011 BPA Single-Elim * *
* * Semi-Final * *
Nick Markevich (IJN; Bid 0.5) vs. Jim Eliason (USN)

The Normal Turn One variant is in play.

Turn 1
Turn 2
Turn 3

Turn 1

USN Report: Nick's Pearl raid was substandard, sinking three BBs and bottoming three more, missing both CAs.  Night fell early as well in Indonesia and the British ships got away, covered by the sacrifice of 5AF.  Both my AF got to shoot, only disabling the Hiryu.  The POC was the standard +3 for an NT1 game.

Turn 2

USN Report: Turn 2 the USN had a large surface fleet, so Nick sent most of the fleet to HI, contesting CS and USM with only two CAs each.  One US CV saved Attu, sinking Junyo while disabling to Dutch Harbor.  I easily won surface battles in NPO, CS, and USM, sinking two CAs without loss, and controlling all three areas.  Hermes was obliterated in Indo, but killed an LBA and the rest of the Brits escaped.  Four US CVs chased away two LBA in SPO after the I-boat whiffed a night shot.  My LBA in the Marianas was disabled by a night amphibious assault.

Turn 3

USN Report: Turn 3 Nick only contested HI and AL strongly.  Single LBA held JP, MN, ML, and CP, and one was sent to help the Pearl Harbor invasion force.  He took Dutch Harbor, but lost a hopeless battle in the NPO.  He also lost in the Marshalls and Haruna whiffed on my patroller.  Saratoga's raid on Japan failed and she was disabled.  My six LBA in HI rolled stellar against his CVs, and it came down to two Allied LBA against one IJN LBA.  I whiffed my first 12 shots but he hit only once in five rounds, and I finally killed his LBA to hold the area and save Pearl.

With a threat to flip Singapore and the Marshalls and no threat to flip any Allied base, with each side having six CVs for turn 4, and with a POC lead of only 4, Nick understandably resigned.

IJN Surrender: Jim's American carriers were unsinkable, while the Allied LBA held on to the Hawaiian Islands during turn 3, sinking several of the IJN carriers and shooting down the lone IJN LBA.  I resigned at the end of turn 3 with the score at 4 POC in favor of the IJN.

USN Endgame Comments: Yes, I agree that you are basically toast.  I rolled well against your CVs, decently against your surface ships, and you had no luck at all firing at anything.  It's too bad the dice were so one-sided.  Thanks for your graciousness in the face of the wrath of the dice gods.  I hope to be at the MWO next year, schedule permitting, and look forward to our next game wherever it may be.

For the record, the POC were 3, 9, and 4 respectively after turns 1, 2 and 3.  The USN lost no CVs, no CAs, and 6 BBs through three turns, and the Brits lost only the Hermes.


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