Tournament Game Reports (97)

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.
Monday, 23 April 2012 23:11

CODCon results are up

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The CODCon final standings and game-by-game supply center charts are available here. A write-up will follow later this week.

Stay tuned for game announcements, as well.


Saturday, 21 April 2012 10:40

Two boards for the tip-off

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Sixteen of us showed up for the first round of CODCon. We're now under way with two boards. Ben DiPaoloa and I are sitting out, which is just as well, as we both stayed up too late and drank too much playing Civilization last night in Oak Brook.

Here are the line-ups:

Board 1:
Austria: Reid Kanies
England: Mike Whitty
France: Ryan Whalen
Germany: Peter Lokken
Italy: Sam Bassett
Russia: Don Glass
Turkey: Nate Cockerill
Board 2:
Austria: Ted Mcclelland
England: Nick Rohn
France: Tony Prokes
Germany: Amanda Baumgartner
Italy: Matt Sundstrom
Russia: Aash Anand
Turkey: Ulysses Peterson

We lost four players for the morning round. Ugh. Tonight, we have a shot at three boards. By then, I hope to be feeling better.

Monday, 30 January 2012 19:59

Weasels at WAC

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WACCon 2012, held last weekend at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle, was a great event. It featured 20 boards over the four rounds, with 46 players participating, including five Weasels and three of our ex-pats.

Nate Cockerill and I topped our boards Friday night in round 1 and were in first and second place, respectively, heading into round 2. My board top held up for Best Italy. Cockerill earned his in an endgame against ex-pat Christian MacDonald and Doug Moore. Those two had emerged from the West after pounding our Prime Weasel, Dan Burgess. Burgess' England was knocked out in 1903. His demise was sped up by a costly misorder. It was his only game of the tournament.


Sunday, 14 June 2015 19:51

Throwing Weasels on the Barbie

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Congrats to the Australian Peter McNamara on winning Weasel Moot IX. Peter is only the third player (joining Matt Sundstrom and John Gramila) to capture both of our tournament titles.

Top Board
  1. Australian Peter McNamara
  2. Christian Kline
  3. Jorge Zhang
  4. Brian Beck
  5. Kevin O'Kelly
  6. Eric Grinnell
  7. Mark Weiskircher
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:10

Matt's Con

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Here's a hot tip: Place your money down now on Matt Sundstrom to win the 2018 CODCon Open. He's as reliable as a comet, or maybe a locust. For the third time in nine years--each time on a multiple of three--Matt won the CODCon Open. And this time, he crushed it.

In his first round, Matt soloed as Turkey. Again. That's his fourth solo as Turkey with the club, and the second one at CODCon. He probably could have skipped the rest of the con at that point. Instead, he showed up for Round 2 to take his beating. So, we pummeled him into a nine-center French board-top.

That turned out to be his #DropRound, because on Sunday, he nearly soloed again as Germany, finishing with 16 centers and more than 74 points. It was quite a performance.

The top seven, along with their best country awards, were:

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