The Pairings and Result Tables for 2017-a Season have been published and are available under 2017-a menu. The Players are allowed to play now and may the best one win.

The League B has 10 players rather than 12. Therefore, the Schedule applies for the League B with the following modifications:

  1. Rounds 1-8 Deadline Events are same as for League A (and same as in the Schedule).
  2. Round 9 Deadline Event is on 18 June 2017, as if it was Round 11.
  3. Soft Deadline requirement is met if a Player meets it after adding 4 to his number of played games.
  4. Hard Deadline requirement is met if a Player meets it after adding 4 to his number of played games.

The most common disadvantage of the previous season pointed out by many players was that YATSL turned out to be a too intense tournament, requiring playing 44 games per year. I do not feel it too intense but I want the league to be the most user-friendly I can perform. Therefore, I decided to decrease the intensity of further seasons by gradually decreasing the number of players in a single league. The 2017-a season in League A will be as intense as either phase of YATSL 2016 but the further seasons will not.

To achieve this, I decreased the number of advancing players from League B by 1. So please note that since 4 players will be degraded to League B, as in 2016, only top 3 players from League B will advance to League A, otherwise than in 2016. Actually, I think that 4 advancing players with 10 players in total would be too many anyway. The single group size for 2017-b season is limited to 11, with no more than 20 games per 6 months required, and will probably be reduced further between 2017-b and 2018-a.

Happy YATSL-ing everyone!

It’s Over!

After a year of a very hard struggle, Twilight Struggle, the first season of YATSL is officially finished.

I wish to thank everybody for taking part in this tournament! It was a great pleasure to run this for you and I hope to meet you in the next season. You still have time to apply, the deadline is December 25, 2016.

I may now officially declare Michael Stryker the winner of YATSL 2016. Congratulations!

Michael, however, isn’t the only winner of the league. Some people earned promotion to higher leagues, some earned AREA rating, and, last but not least, 14 people win the prizes!

According to the Prize List published here I now publish the list of the rewarded players (in alphabetical order):

  1. Bina, Timothy: a non-signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews.
  2. Doumpas, Nick: a non-signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews.
  3. Dunbring, Daniel: a non-signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews.
  4. Gąsiorowski, Jędrzej: a non-signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews.
  5. Grbić, Srđan: a signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews.
  6. Latvala, Jussi-Pekka: a signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews and a non-signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews.
  7. Manolopoulos, Tasos: a non-signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews.
  8. Pazderski, Ziemowit: a signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews.
  9. Ribail, Kik: a signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews.
  10. Robinson, Charles: a signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews, a non-signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews, a copy of official Polish Promo Card “Lata ołowiu” based on Italian “Anni di plombo” (“Years of Lead”), and a beer glass with hand painted motif from the game.
  11. Shaheen, Anthony: a non-signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews and a copy of official Polish Promo Card “Lata ołowiu” based on Italian “Anni di plombo” (“Years of Lead”).
  12. Stryker, Michael: a signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews, a non-signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews, and a beer glass with hand painted motif from the game.
  13. Thomopoulos, Nestor: a non-signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews and a special surprise prize.
  14. Wei, Kris: a signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews, a non-signed copy of YATSL 2016 Promo Card designed by Jason Matthews, and a beer glass with hand painted motif from the game.

In case you were wondering: the drawn cards (points 7. and 8. of the Prize List) go to Srđan Grbić and Jussi-Pekka Latvala (signed YATSL 2016 cards, point 7.), and Nick Doumpas, Daniel Dunbring, and Tasos Manolopoulos (non-signed YATSL 2016 cards, point 8.).

All winners are requested to send me a real, postal addres via an e-mail: pietshaq@zimna-wojna.pl. I will put exactly what I receive on the envelope or package. If your address contains some weird characters, consider attaching a printable file with the address (preferably PDF).

Thank you once again and see you in YATSL 2017-a!

Michael Stryker and Kris Wei left their match to be played as the last one for either of them, when it was becoming more and more clear that this one would be decisive about the winner of YATSL 2016 Edition.

Kris Wei won the decisive match 2:0. However, Michael Stryker had survived until the Final Scoring in both games, losing them by 14 and 5 VPs respectively. This was enough for him to maintain the advantage gained before. The minor points decided that

Michael Stryker wins YATSL 2016!

Although the tournament is not finished yet, I would like to congratulate the winner and point out that all other players deserve respect as well.

17 December is a Deadline (not Deadline Event!) when all games from Rounds 1-10 are required to be played. If they are not, they are going to be forfeited, basing entirely on the presence during the Deadline Events. The only option of not losing such a game if it is not played and you had not been present on the Deadline Event is exceeding the number of allowed forfeitures by your opponent before this game is adjusted but do not count on it.

The following games have to be played or will be forfeited (players in bold will win them due to forfeiture).

Group A:
Maziukiewicz, Karol (USSR) vs. Bujak, Piotr (USA)
Shaheen, Anthony (USSR) vs. Maziukiewicz, Karol (USA)
Pazderski, Ziemowit (USSR) vs. Bujak, Piotr (USA)
Shaheen, Anthony (USSR) vs. Gąsiorowski, Jędrzej (USA)
Gąsiorowski, Jędrzej (USSR) vs. Shaheen, Anthony (USA)
Ribail, Kik (USSR) vs. Bujak, Piotr (USA)
Bujak, Piotr (USSR) vs. Ribail, Kik (USA)
Stryker, Michael (USSR) vs. Wei, Kris (USA)
Wei, Kris (USSR) vs. Stryker, Michael (USA)

Group B:
Hogetoorn, Daniël (USSR) vs. Huntley, Paul (USA)
Grbić, Srđan (USSR) vs. Latvala, Jussi-Pekka (USA)
Latvala, Jussi-Pekka (USSR) vs. Grbić, Srđan (USA)
Doumpas, Nick (USSR) vs. Manolopoulos, Tasos (USA)
Latvala, Jussi-Pekka (USSR) vs. Strobel, Johannes (USA)
Strobel, Johannes (USSR) vs. Latvala, Jussi-Pekka (USA)
Huntley, Paul (USSR) vs. Strobel, Johannes (USA)
Strobel, Johannes (USSR) vs. Huntley, Paul (USA)
Bina, Timothy (USSR) vs. Doumpas, Nick (USA)
Doumpas, Nick (USSR) vs. Bina, Timothy (USA)
Hogetoorn, Daniël (USSR) vs. Grbić, Srđan (USA)
Grbić, Srđan (USSR) vs. Hogetoorn, Daniël (USA)

Group C:
Amidon, David (USSR) vs. Mîțiu, Ioan Angelo (USA)
Mîțiu, Ioan Angelo (USSR) vs. Thomopoulos, Nestor (USA)
Łaźniak, Radosław (USSR) vs. Harkins, Tom (USA)
Harkins, Tom (USSR) vs. Łaźniak, Radosław (USA)
Amidon, David (USSR) vs. Łaźniak, Radosław (USA)

Finally, we reached the moment where the upcoming results make the situation rather clearer than more complicated.

Michael Stryker and Kris Wei are the only players who still have chance to win YATSL 2016 and they have only the match against each other missing. Michael is leading by 2 points and 83 minor points which puts him in a clearly superior position: not only it’s enough for him to win or draw a single game of the match but he can even afford losing 0:2 provided he won’t lose too fast. For example, by surviving until the Final Scoring in both games Michael will win by at least 3 minor points.

The odd difference between Stryker’s and Wei’s minor points is just icing on the cake by making a total draw impossible.

The next places are still unclear. Michael Stryker may never end up worse than on the second place but Kris Wei may still drop even to fourth.