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Sat 30 Jul 12:00pm
Venue: Pete McNamara's Home

Wed 10 Aug 6:30pm
Venue: The Red Lion (Lincoln Square)

Sat 13 Aug 12:00pm
Venue: Eric' Brown's Home

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Weasel Pyle Eleven

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This one goes to 11.

Our club's happiest tradition returns for an 11th installment. Join us for the season-ending Weasel Pyle at Castle Brown in bucolic Wayne. The exact address will be provided to attendees.

We expect at least three boards of Diplomacy. Plus we'll present our season awards, announce the Weasel Royale club championship bids, elect the Ninth Sneak, and strike the Regimental Choir. Don't miss it!

Last Updated (Saturday, 23 July 2016 18:51)

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Brawlmost over

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With one scheduled event remaining in the 2016 Bar Room Brawl Series, the back end of the championship game field remains wide open.

Brandon Fogel posted another big board top in the penultimate Red Wednesday match, running his lead to a seemingly insurmountable 146.639 points. Christian Kline in second (99.571) and Jake Trotta in third (97.726) also look safe. Brian Shelden in fourth (81.450) is probably in as well. But after then, it gets a bit dicier, especially if we field two boards on August 10.

Jim O'Kelley is in fifth with 79.898 points; David Spanos holds down he sixth spot at 72.930; and the low-hanging fruit is Matt Sundstrom at 71.600.

Last Updated (Friday, 15 July 2016 21:20)

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Red Wednesday - Aug. 10

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Let's field two boards for the final Red Wednesday of Season 11. This is your last chance to qualify for the Bar Room Brawl championship game!

Red Wednesday
When: July 13 at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11.
Where: The Red Lion in Lincoln Square, 4749 Rockwell.

Last Updated (Monday, 18 July 2016 19:43)

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The Brandwagon Effect

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Brandon Fogel has now shared or topped outright five of the last six boards he's played. His convincing top in the penultimate Red Wednesday of the season earlier this week ran his league-leading top count to 5.5. In club history, that's second only to Peter Lokken's 7.5 tops in Season 6.

Wednesday's game ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:

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The Weekly Weasel -- Week of July 11

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Did you miss us? The Weekly Weasel is back after a month off, and it's been a pretty busy month. Read on for all the latest news from the Weasels.

Brand Pulls off an Italian Job
Well, the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot X happened, and if you missed it, go ahead and kick yourself. You missed a fantastic weekend.

We had 93 players on 52 boards over the five rounds. Five games ended in solos, and three of those were Italian. Italy also topped the top board.

Ex-pat Peter Yeargin was the only Weasel who contended for the world championship on Sunday. The championship game was won by Canadian Chris Brand.

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The Ways of the Weasels

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In the lead up to WDC, I mentioned often that the local hobby was excited to host the event. As evidence of that excitement, I share this piece that Brian Beck compiled prior to the event. He put it together on a slow day and asked me to share it. I withheld it until now, not wanting to give our out-of-town guests an edge.

Here's Brian's analysis of the opening Weasels strategy during the current season.

Of the 22 games of this season (plus the 2015 Weasel Royale and Bar Brawl Championships, which I included), 12 were home games and 12 were pub games.  8 of the weekend games had recorded first moves, as did 7 of the pub games.

Last Updated (Saturday, 09 July 2016 23:56)

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The Italian Job

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Chris Martin (right) captures David Maletsky (left) negotiating with Chris Brand during the world championship game.

What a difference a couple of years make. Back in 2014, between rounds at the World Diplomacy Championship at DixieCon in Chapel Hill, Chris Brand and I were lamenting our lackluster performances over a beer at a Franklin Street pub.

“It’s gotten to the point,” he said, “where I just scan the tournament standings to see whether I finished better than you.”

“We ought to start our own Grand Prix,” I retorted. “We could call it the Murphy Bed,” a reference to our annual duel for sleeping space in the Presidential Suite at the late WACCon in Seattle. (Our duels were chronicled in the Spring 2009 issue of Diplomacy World.)

Last Updated (Monday, 11 July 2016 18:28)

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WCW Club Season 2016 Games

What do you do when five rounds and 52 boards of Diplomacy just isn't quite enough to slake your thirst for the game? Why, you back it up with a bar game, that's what you do.

On June 29, just three days after the smoke cleared on WDC, we gathered at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square with some of our out-of-town guests for one final act of Diplomacy. Game No. 304, our fourth league game of the busy month of June, ended by time limit after the Fall 1907 turn in the following center counts:


Last Updated (Saturday, 09 July 2016 14:00)

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Your dues-paying Weasels

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Special thanks to the following Weasels for paying their dues. Dues help cover the costs of running our club, including this website, the Meetup page, and our annual club awards.

  1. Ali Adib
  2. Brad Harrington
  3. Brandon Fogel

Last Updated (Monday, 27 June 2016 16:13)

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The Dog Days of War

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Join Pete McNamara for Diplomacy at his home in Evanston.

The Dog Days of War
When: July 30 at Noon until no later than 11 p.m.
Where: Pete McNamara's home in Evanston. Exact address will be provided to the players.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 26 July 2016 15:09)

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Help us for 2016 by paying dues!

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 Another season has passed, and an epic new year of the Windy City Weasels is underway, culminating in our hosting of the World Diplomacy Championships in June 2016!

You can proudly support the Weasels by becoming a dues-paying member. In addition to the joy and happiness that comes from paying dues, you'll get $5 off of your registration fee fo the CODCon Open in April and $10 off at the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot X in June; the right to vote in our annual election for our governing body, The Sneak; and eligibility to compete in our annual club championship game, the Weasel Royale, held at my house in Downers Grove each auturmn.

Below are buttons you can use to pay your dues for 2016. They remain at $25 for a regular membership, and $10 for students without a proper income. Click now to support Diplomacy in Chicago!

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Last Updated (Tuesday, 08 December 2015 23:30)

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