Thanks Roeczak for your gracious commentary.
A few notes from my perspective. In live and online ratings the difference is about 350-400 Elo, so I was a 10:90 underdog statistically. I had good hopes for it nevertheless, having beaten 700 and 770 platinum players in the previous two WCO rounds.
Since my last opponent was a Greek player, and since I don't know the various relationships between Greek players (video sharing...), I had left/right mirrored my last setup (and just like in this game, my back two rows weren't exposed anyway).
I had prepared for this game by watching some of your other YouTube videos, and your setup was actually rather different in style than usual, so well done by surprising me with it. I also like your comment how you deliberately placed your bombs in statistically unlikely places. Of course, I knew that you knew my love for stats, so I would not have blindly hit in those spots
7:15: scouted your center colo. This was a big surprise, because I had formed a rough image of your style that you like to play with colonels on the outer flanks. So at this point I suspect the marsh behind it in the center.
8:11: I had forgotten that you knew the sarge AND the lieut. The good move was as you mentioned to pull back the sarge. I had a major behind the lake and would have hit the incoming piece. My dilemma was that the lieut was covering my marsh, so I didn't want a cap to hit there.
9:00: I pushed aggresively with my scout as a bluff marsh/gen in the hope to scout and confirm my marsh suspicion behind the left lake. If the marsh had been there, that would have made my general on your right flank very strong. Good move to call the bluff with the colo. I am not sure what I thought as this point, but I think I still suspected power in your center and behind the left lake.
9:12 the second bluff was really too much, and I regretted as soon as I played it. Hopefully it pays off with future opponents who think I bluff too much
10:24 My general got revealed. I agree it was overly aggressive to put it there. Based on my image of your setup, I speculated that you had your second colo there with a lieut in front of it. I didn't think you would scout it directly, but I was planning to bring a major to hit on the front row piece, and I wanted the gen to sit there.
12:33 I am in trouble with an exposed major AND colo. I will end up in a 50/50 whether I lose the colo here. I should not have been so greedy to get the cap.
13:15 Why didn't you take the major immediately? I don't think I can do too much damage without hitting unmoved pieces, and a major + lieut down for a cap + gen info would not have made me lotto your majors on a3 or d3 anyway (and you also have a known colo to perhaps force an exchange).
13:25 And here I also could have hit your unknown gen with my major to get info and save my colo. Of course if your gen was a bluff then your scout moves to b5 and I still have another tough situation. So I decided to take the 50/50 on my colo and drew the short straw.
15:07 I decide to barge in and foolishly risk my gen in trying to get back a colo, hoping that your marsh was in the left center. I should have been more patient, but with your gen on the left with a known major, I didn't see how I could attack through the center with my marsh.
15:19 and it's game over at this point. I should have put up a somewhat better defense to make you convert, but with two power pieces down and a known cap that I cannot bring next to a major to save, I mentally resigned here. I should of course have put more pressure with my marsh, and taking the gen was a bit naive as well.
19:26 I indeed rarely put high bombs against strong players, but not 0% of the time! Have to control the temptation to lotto
19:51 I had lost track of the marsh for the last 5 mins (game was over already, so I didn't really pay attention) and just try to lotto my last major into your position (good bomb waiting for me).
Thanks again for giving me some valuable lessons!
EDIT1: Roeczak asked for my permission, but my forum signature gives express permission for all my opponents to post all my games. I had hoped my first YouTube appearance to show a somewhat better game from my side, but I got outplayed fair and square!
EDIT2: I just read Dobby125's comment on YouTube that his gen not taking my major at 13:15 to make me believe the gen was the bluff piece instead of 2nd piece (the actual scout). In reality, it was more banal than that: I literally took a 50/50 gamble (coin flip).
Edited by TemplateRex, 30 November 2019 - 12:46 PM.