I did not intend to be critical, but I would like to gain insight into how different players analyse and then try to solve different problems, especially as holding Leningrad has been a major problem for Soviet players from day1. It is a very tough choice between the Smolensk land bridge and Leningrad, and I know from experience that Moscow can be very exposed if the landbridge is passed by turn 6/7, and the reserves behind it have been moved north to Leningrad or south to the Dneiper.
edit: Personally I think the defence of Leningrad is about tying up as much of the panzer forces for as long as possible and preventing their redeployment to Moscow, so it's loss is inevitable, but losing it on turn 16/17 is much better than losing it on turn 10/11. As the Axis, a well defended back door can take 3-4 turns to crack, and often relies on offensive reserves triggering to tip the balance.
No worries, I don't mind a bit of critisism as long as it is constructive
You have to remember, he took Pskov on turn 3 and made his breakthrough at the Luga at turn 6. I safeguarded against it by establishing a North South line and basically gambled I could hold that line a turn longer, maybe 2 before I would have to fall back to the North-South line under construction.
As should be evident from this AAR, Sebastian is a master at maneuvre and keeps up tremendous pressure.
I agree with your opinion on Leningrad, I never intended to try and hold it, just delay him enough to prevent him to transfer troops to the Center.
As to the choice between reinforcing Leningrad over the Center, with the Dnepr crossed at turn 2, my hand was forced either way, if I would not have prioritized the Center, he would be in Moscow by now, and Leningrad would in all likelihood still have fallen.
As to not fortifying the mentioned hex, I simply didn't get around to it, I couldn't spare a single division. I started at a certain point, but then had to move the divisions out to patch the front line. The pressure is immense, again, you're only seeing turn 8 now, it's gonna get a lot worse!