Tournament Game Reports (88)

Monday, 14 October 2013 13:58

Beefy is the new Beefcake

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When he was a younger man doing sketch comedy in Cleveland, a local arts critic never failed to describe him as beefy, to the point where he became known to friends as Beefy Nate Cockerill. I wonder how she feels about him now that he's the North American Diplomacy Champion.

I hope Beefy will share his thoughts on the weekend. What follows are mine.

Thursday, 05 September 2013 09:09

Brawl Star!

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At about five minutes till 6 on Wednesday night, exactly six of the players were seated around the table at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, ready to start. That was the first sign that this bar game would be different than the 82 others we had played since March 2007.

Indeed, this game was the championship of our inaugural Bar Room Brawl Series, a subset of the league where we tracked each player's best three bar games over the course of Season Eight. And at five till 6, only our War Weasel, Nate Cockerill, the game's second seed, was missing. 

Monday, 24 June 2013 21:44

Potter's magic falls short

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Two-time champion Chris Martin posted the only solo from the first day of play at Weasel Moot VII and carried a hefty lead into the final round. But an unlikely challenger emerged on the former world champ's own board and rolled to a solo of his own.

Peter McNamara, the native of Perth in West Australia (not to be confused with our own Pete McNamara) prevailed in this weekend's tournament at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

Peter had the result all but sewn up after soloing as Austria in the first round. Our own Tony Prokes won two Best Country awards with strong play in both rounds on Saturday, offered to sit out on Sunday, and took second. Russ Dennis, playing in his first game with our club and his first FtF tournament, surged into third place with a strong result in Sunday's game.

Here are the final scores:

Friday, 12 April 2013 20:09

Look who's coming to CODCon!

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Take a look at who's planning to attend our seventh annual CODCon Open Diplomacy tournament, April 20-21 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Comment below or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to add your name to the list or, if your plans have changed, to remove it.

Saturday, 23 February 2013 15:09

Weasel Moot VII

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Moot: n a deliberative assembly primarily for the administration of justice.
Weasel: vb to escape from or evade a situation or obligation. n 1: small carnivorous mammal that is able to prey on animals larger than itself. n 2: cunning Diplomacy player indigenous to the Chicago area.

The hobby's best-named tournament is back for a seventh installment, and this time, we'll be back in the suburbs!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 17:18

CODCon 2013!

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When: April 20-21, 2013
Where: College of Dupage's Student Resource Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. (We'll be getting our own meeting room this year, so don't expect to find us in the lounge area!)
What: A three-round Sum of Squares Diplomacy tournament. Best two rounds count for score. It only takes one round to be eligible for awards. Rounds will feature a central clock and drop-dead timing.
How much: The entry fee is $15; $10 for students. Paid-up Weasels get a $5 discount. The CODCon convention charges an additional $5 for a one-day pass and $7 for two days.
Who: Click here to see the growing list of attendees.
Awards: Players will compete for plaques for first through third place and Best Country plaques. Fourth- through seventh-place finishers wil receive autographed copies of Horseplayers, Weasel Ted McClelland's excellent book about life at the track.
Sunday, 28 October 2012 16:48

Cockerill gets 'em all

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Two bull weasels were sitting atop a hill overlooking a meadow where a number of does frolicked. The brash younger weasel turned to his elder and said, "What do you say we run down there and screw one of those does?"

The older, wiser bull weasel put a paw on the other's shoulder, shook his head, and said, "Son, let's walk down there and screw them all."

--Old Weasel proverb

Nate Cockerill screwed them all in Season Seven. He amassed a league-high five board-tops en route to a fourth-place finish and a third straight berth in the Weasel Royale club championship game. And on Oct. 27 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove, Cockerill toppped that board, too, the biggest one of all.

Monday, 13 August 2012 15:34

Doc Binder Wins World Championship

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A urologist from Florida, Michael "Doc" Binder (left) knows how to grab a guy by the balls. Turns out he can cut them off, too.

Binder won the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot VI in Chicago last weekend with a solo on the top board. He also soloed in the third round. Both were as France.

Monday, 30 April 2012 21:55

Sundstrom wins his second CODCon Open

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They say the best baseball players fail two-thirds of the time. That same math applied at this year's CODCon Open, played April 21-22 at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn. 
The tourney field did a fair job of containing Matt Sundstrom, the 2009 champion and two-time Weasel of the Year. In Round 1 on Saturday morning, we held his Italy under 6 points. And in Round 3 on Sunday, we sent his France to an early shower. But in Round 2 Saturday night, Sundstrom drew Turkey, got a pitch he could hit, and for the third time with our club, knocked it out of the park. Sundstrom also soloed as Turkey at Weasel Moot III in 2009 and at a game at his home in 2010.

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