@Syzygy (US) beat @rho21 by victory points at the start of Turn 8.
I had a truly atrocious first hand (a total of 9 ops) and made a stupid mistake to boot (due to playing too late at night) that cost 6 points. There was no way back into the game; I was holding on by my fingertips throughout and hoping for a lucky defcon win. Not to be.
Well played Syzygy, and good luck for the semi finals.