The CP strategy has been the same in each of these games, but it certainly hasn’t been sunshine and rainbows.
A1:Purchased one fighter along with inf and art for first buy. Sent full Trieste army to Serbia, moved Tyrolia army to Trieste, and Bohemia to Tryolia. All other armies consolidate in Galicia. Leaving Romania alone…
A2:Pretty much same purchases as A1, as the Russians have consolidated in Ukraine for both games before falling back to Moscow, Austrian army held in Galicia and moved first purchases up to meet them. Germany also held in Poland which they took in G1, as their forces from Berlin and Hanover consolidated. The Austrians send the fighter they purchased on A2 east to fight the Russians, all remaining efforts turn west.
Romania is left to the remaining forces in Serbia and the Ottomans for now. It is vital one of those forces contest Romania so those forces cannot move into Budapest. This does leave Austria rather vulnerable and it came very close to falling in each of these games.
G1: All navy purchase, 1 battleship, 1 cruiser, 2 transports, save 2 ipc’s. Full attack on main British navy with all German forces. As I already alluded to, Berlin and Hanover forces move east, all other forces move west, taking Belgium and Holland. The Germans mostly fight defensively from here until Russia falls. Deploy ships in SZ10. Full attack on Poland, consolidate on G2.
G2: 1 fighter plus inf & art. Move battleship, cruiser and transports in SZ10 along with any remaining cruisers from the assault on the Brits to SZ12, destroy Russian battleship, amphibiously assault Karelia, picking up two inf units on the way. This is mostly to secure Karelia, so that future troops transports this way don’t have to worry about hitting mines. In both games, neither transport was hit in this initial assault.
From here purchased ground units on G2 move east towards Russia. Subsequent purchases move west, but have 2 inf & 2 art shuttled east before they do. Austria and Germany consolidate forces in Ukraine, then throw everything at Russia. Both times this has completely wiped out the Austrian forces, and left a small German force by the time Russia fell. One game turn 5, one turn 6. All remaining German forces moved to Karelia to prevent the Brits from landing there.
For the Ottomans, they have been able to take out India in both games, but it has taken a very long time. After turn 12 in each. The fall of India has been the point where each game has really felt like the tide has turned. I’m sure this is far from a perfect strategy, and has left Austria far vulnerable for my liking, but it has worked once, and I’d put the chances at winning this second one about 80% as the writing is on the wall.