It's official: Jake Trotta is dominating our 12th season of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy. Trotta posted another hard-fought board-top in Game No. 340, played yesterday at Bryan Pravel's soon-to-be-former home in River North. Trotta now has 4.5 tops on the year, which means, with three months of play remaining, he's in line to challenge Peter Lokken's all-time record of 7.5 tops, set in Season 6.
Trotta ran his personal league streak to three straight tops, including the last two league games played. No one has ever topped three straight league games. It looks like that drought will continue, as Trotta is not scheduled to play on Red Wednesday this week.
Game No. 340 went nine years. The final center counts were:
Austria (Bryan Pravel): 1; 0.417 points.
England (Brandon Fogel): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Chad Carson): 3; 3.750 points.
Germany (Brian Shelden): 7; 20.417 points.
Italy (Chris Kelly): 8; 26.667 points.
Russia (Jake Trotta): 9; 33.750 points.
Turkey (Matt Sundstrom): 6; 15.000 points.
More evidence of Trotta's outstanding year: Neither this top nor the one in Game No. 339 count toward his composite score. Show-off.
The supply center chart is here. Players, what happened? The opening gambit against Turkey looks particularly interesting, at least on paper. It appears that A/I/R conspired to deal the vaunted Sundstrom Opening a goose egg. I'd like to hear more about that.