Well it doesn't apply to the last round games. The last game you play with your own army against an opponent decided by the placing and the Swiss Chess system. The first game opponents may be decided according to the army rating, I honestly don't know, but if so, given the final placings of the armies, you would have to agree that Martin's system got it spot on.
Let me add my thanks to Martin for organising such an enjoyable day and giving the Tarrington venue such a good swan song. One of the joys of the tournament is that you can find yourself playing with some lovely looking armies and I must commend Paul's Three Kingdom Chinese and Paddy's Burgundians in this regard. Congratulations to Scott who told me that he has hardly been able to play for two years. I shudder to think how well he will do now that he has had some practice. I took the Free Canton list. My cunning plan to win the worst army prize was in taking a Ww, compulsory, and a river as well as a road and a Marsh. I hoped that everybody would place the river so that it ran accross the board and into the waterway so leading to lots of stalemates and a low ranking for the army. In the last game I intended to run the river parallel to the waterway so narrowing the board and allowing my fast pike to charge up a narrow board and triumphantly steamroller the enemy who would, of course, have no room to manoeuvre. I was impressed that the hive mind at the comp quickly worked out that this was the way to go and after a couple of games there always seemed to be a River flowing along the line of the Ww. Perhaps as a result the FCs did middling well in the end. Back to the drawing board I guess. Stephen
Thanks to Martin for another fine tournament. Sadly our last visit to Tarrington for some DBA games, at least the weather was good. Congratulations to Scott, Mark and Tom for fine performances against ferocious opponents ( well some). Great to see everyone again and we look forward to meeting up for more DBA games soon.