I had to play seven games in total, i will give a short example of how the game went:
I had to play a guy who was new and unfortunately way lower than me, he lasted 10 minutes, but this game wasn't fun for any of us.
Mistake: Non, as far as I know.
I had to play Rutger, he is a strong mid-level player. I was down a captain quite fast, but i managed to figure out the position of both his marshal and general. I attacked him and he tried his hardest to defend all the pieces he had from the unknown incomming powers. i got a captain trapped with my marshal after a while, was up a lot in lower pieces. Traded all the highers one's and got the win again.
Mistake: Taking to much risk with a captain, which was hard to get back later.
Had to play Vincent de Boer, was a fun game after all. For those who don't know him, he is a three times world champion, so he is a strong player. I used to take out a kolonel of his pretty early with my general, but then he walks at my general with a piece from a very weird spot on the last row. I was thinking to have an easy kill on a miner, but it turned out to be his marshal, so he got back in the game. After a long fight, we ended up with a draw, so that was the game.
Mistake: Hitting the piece with the general was just stupid. I was on a nice advantage and there was absolutely no need to take such risk.
This game was versus Johnny van Geffen, he also was world champion once and he got me the first loss of the tournament. The game was pretty much decided after 5 minutes. My kolonel was next to two unknown pieces, but he had no fear and attacked with the marshal (he didn't even know it was the kolonal. Because of the positioning of this situation he also managed to take out my major on that side with his kolonel. Was this a risk? Yes, was it a good move? Yes
Mistake: This once too complicated to explain right now, but he knew that my spy wasn't next to that piece, without even seeing it, that's the practice of a really strong player.
I had to play Wim Sigtoeoboen, because i had such nice results so far, i had to play a stronger player again. Wim once won the Dutch national championship and played a very strong game. I had my pieces placed correctly and he just couldn't get through it gladly, while i was attacking him on the other side. After i took out a high piece, he needed to take some risks, that turned out bad for him.
Mistakes: Letting him lotto so many of my miners, which almost got me in trouble in the end. You need to smell when one is going to lotto.
This game was versus Kees de Vos, also known as a really strong player. He is a very defensive player and shuffeling all his pieces all the time, which he calls ''the carousel''. I figured out his marshal really early and by trading of pieces i gained an advantage on segreants and miners. After a very long game i managed to trade all the pieces and win on these sergeants and miners advantage i had.
Mistake: He was shuffeling all the time and when you have so many games played already you are really braindead. I needed to burn two scouts on figuring out where his marshal was again.
Right now I was number 4 on the ranking, unfortunately i had to face the feared Pim Niemeijer. I played a poor game and lost two majors way to fast. It didn't last too long.
Mistake: Too many to write down. It was a combination of a strong opponent and complete braindead from my side.
Result: 4 wins, 2 losses, 1 remise, 9th place.
I am really happy with this result! I surprised quite a some people at the tournament i think, to beat some of the (sub)top players.
Also it was very nice to meet Asymmetric and Ntactical.