The Koniggratz Freakout
with other openings that I have written on, this one is an outline for a course
of action that the player decides
to try. That is, this is not a
prescription of the "best" or optimum opening for all occasions, but a
specific solution to a tactical problem given a set of strategic perceptions and
goals by the player. With that in
mind, let us proceed.
strategic setting is rather unusual. For
whatever his reasons, the German player is determined to attack Austria in 1901
to make sure that the Austrian plan is crippled from the start.
His partner is this obsession is Italy, who is also determined for
whatever reasons to destroy Austria. The
initial correspondence indicates that B and B are going to square off in
Scandinavia and that T may either hit B or come after Austria also.
But the French are uncommitted and are awaiting adjudication of the
spring moves to make a further commitment to anyone.
The French have stated that they will definitely move to Bur with support
and the Austrians are planning a traditional march down the Balkans with the
movement of A Vie unknown. The problem: How to nail the Austrians by German and
first reaction of many people is to have the German play to Boh and the Italians
move to Tyr and Ven for a crushing attack on Vie.
This would probably work except that the French will not exactly be
deterred from walking into Munich. You
must remember that the French are free from commitments and will most likely
react strongly to any German moves east, especially when co-ordinated with
Italy. The Germans will have to
make- sure that France will stay on her side of the Rhine while at the same tine
hurt the Austrians. This, mind you, must be done so that if there are any great
disasters on the first turn, the Germans will be able to react with some
flexibility to any strategic realignment.
the reaction of all players when they see that the Germans have moved A Mun-Tyr
while the Italians have ordered to Pie and Ven. The French cannot really afford to leave Mar open from what
is "obviously" an Italian stab and will have to play A Mar-Spa and
pull A Bur back to Mar as a covering force.
The Austrians see only one German Army in Tyr and the Italians committed
against France. The German player
then writes to the Austrian player explaining that the move to Tyr was to hold
the Italians off, whom the German player suspected of having a deal with the
French for a supported attack on Mun in A01. Remember, A Par-Bur is supported,
so that all German can block is the supposed A Ven-Tyr. The German player than goes on to suggest that while he is in
Tyr, what can he do to help Austria? The
Austrians may be a bit wary of the Germans and at most may be wary that the
Italians might support the Germans into Tri. But what the Austrian doesn't know is the real direction of
the G/I attack, so Austria might support himself in Tri hoping to stall them or
pull back to cover Vie alone.
will be shocked when the Italians pull into Tyr supported by their army in
Venice and dislodge the German. The
Germans, who sneakily (and irrelevantly) support any suitable Austrian pieces
have to retreat and have either Tri or Vie open for the retreat into the
Austrian SC. If thing have gone
badly and the French have moved into Mun, then there is still little to be lost
in claiming an Austrian SC anyway.
chances that the French will double cross the Germans and move to Munich is an
assessment that the German player will have to make. Under normal circumstances, the Germans can state outright
that he is moving back to Mun in A01 and this will probably assure that the
French will cover Mar. On the other hand if the French didn't take Bur in S01
then Germany has little to lose by going ahead with the plan.
that the ploy has worked, there are now three armies attacking Austria with one
of her home centres gone. The
Italians are in Tyr & Ven, and Vie (most likely) or Tri have fallen to the
Germans on a freaky retreat to victory. The
Germans can then turn most of the Austrian effort over to the Italians and go
elsewhere. The French are stuck
with A Mar and two builds. If they
are to build a fleet at all, it has to be F Bre, with all the associated
problems with England.
by agreeing to have your ally dislodge your unit in A01, the Germans through
this freakout have secured their basic goal of crippling the Austrians and have
probably secured for themselves 3 builds and pulled the French out of position
and established a thorn in the side of the furtherance of a French/English
from Hoosier Archives No.64