South Africa Triumphant!
The 2004 International Wargames Federation's Individual Wargames Championships held in Rome from 26 to 28 March 2004 saw a much reduced attendance from South Africa.
The reasons were simple, lack of finances and administrative problems dogged the team from the time of selection.
Nevertheless, even with poor morale among the few players who attended the event, Angelo Stathoussis (from the Strand in Cape Town) was able to rise above the problems and focus himself fully on the task at hand.
Angelo, who won the junior world championships for the Ancients period at the 2003 Individual Wargames Championships held in New Orleans, was determined to ensure that he held onto the much coveted title.
Of course there was a great deal of pressure on him to do so, for, since 2000, such junior world championship title has only been won by South Africans.
Past junior winners are:
Andre Tonkin - 2000 - London
Matthew Strachan - 2001 - London
Benjamin Shulman - 2002 - Durban
Angelo Stathoussis - 2003 - New Orleans
The 2004 championship presented Angelo with the largest field yet to be assembled at a world championships. From the beginning, the field proved to be the strongest field yet to be encountered, and it was not until the fifth round that Angelo was able to snatch the lead.
The sixth, and final, round saw Angelo consolidate and increase his lead to emerge once again as the victor.
Fellow South African Dominic Bauer (from Johannesburg) fought through to finish in second place to ensure that South Africa maintained its domination in the junior section.
The next junior world championship shall be held in Melbourne in April 2005.
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