From: San Antonio, TX
And I don't believe in the brave sir robin strategy.
Good on you, mate!
While there are those that emphasize the wisdom of universal Allied retreat for gameplay purposes, I would emphasize the downside of that approach.
If the Allied player elected to back away from everything to a defensible rim on the outer reaches of the map, they may avoid the auto-victory, but lose the battle in other ways. I wouldn't blame a Japanese player a bit for dropping a game that saw an Allied player curl up in a fetal ball until 1944 "when they had more kit to work with". If an Allied player can't give a reasonable fight for the first year and a half of the war, they're not trying hard enough. Allied players that do this risk losing their partners.
The balance is in fighting "just enough", but neither too much or too little. If you do fight forward as the Allies, against a very aggressive and determined opponent, rroberson, you risk auto-victory. If you lose your carriers in the first 3-6 months of the war, I'd say the odds of you getting auto-vicced increase dramatically.
Good luck on your match! I'd take you on, but can hardly keep up my one PBEM...