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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:12

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 4

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Happy New Year! Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Last Week's Games
We ended up one player short for last Wednesday's bonus game at the Red Lion and maybe a few years short for Saturday's brief game at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview, but both games happened. Check out the game reports.

Closing in on Two Boards
Next Wednesday, we'll reconvene at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square for the first Red Wednesday of the New Year. We currently need four more players for a second board. The evening will also serve as Brian Shelden's Weasels debut. Help us give him a warm Weasel welcome!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 21:35

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 21

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Just Add Players
We've scheduled three games over the next few weeks. Now all we need is players to round out the boards.

Next Wednesday, join us at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square as we attempt to squeeze in one more bar game before the calendar turns. We'll start this one at 6 and will wrap up no later than 11.

A mere three days later, we'll ring in the New Year at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview with a game on January 2. That one will begin at Noon. (A Hipster-friendly start time: Take note, Peter Lokken, Ben DiPaola, John Gramila and Josh Heffernan...)

Monday, 14 December 2015 20:25

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 14

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A Rare Repeat
We Weasels pride ourselves on knocking the hell out of our defending champions. We have five annual titles: Weasel of the Year, CODCon Champion, Alpha Weasel (Weasel Moot Champion), Bull Weasel (Weasel Royale Champion), and Brawl Star (Bar Room Brawl Champion). Last week at this time, only two champs had ever successfully defended their titles: Mike French, who won the first two CODCons in 2007 and 2008, and Nate Cockerill, who posted back-to-back Weasel of the Year titles in 2013 and 2014.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 21:29

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 7

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Brawl Star Game
The 2015 Bar Room Brawl Championship Game will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. The seven combatants, in seed order, will be Ali Adib, Matt Sundstrom, Christian Kline, Jim O'Kelley, Brian Beck, David St. John (alternate) and Chris Kelly (alternate). Kelly won the championship last year, and O'Kelley took the inaugural title in 2013.

We have eight for the undercard game, so that gives us a little cushion in case someone bails. Additional standby players welcome, so drop by the Lion to watch the games and play if needed.

Monday, 30 November 2015 20:18

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Nov. 30

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We're back after a brief hiatus for Thanksgiving. (Hope yours was a good one.) Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Chicago in a Landslide
We got the word last week that our bid to combine the 2016 North American Diplomacy Championship with the World Championship was successful. Woot! (It's a good thing, too, as ours was the only bid...)

The two events will be June 24-26 at Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago. In 2012, we had separate victory conditions for the two titles, just as Vancouver did in 2007, but as with Vancouver, the same player won both titles anyway. Therefore, we're not inclined to split them this time around. The winner of the top board in the final round will be the champion of the world and North America. Which is fitting.

Monday, 16 November 2015 20:34

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Nov. 16

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Quick turnaround this week due to the late publication of last week's issue. Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

One City, Lots of Games
Saturday is International Games Day at the library named for the mayor who once said, "Chicago is one city. We shall work as one people for our common good and our common goals."

The event will take place at Harold Washington Library (400 S. State St.) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. I'm thinking about taking my son Kevin there at around Noon to promote the Weasels. We're happy to play other games, but if there are seven of us who want to go, perhaps we can get a short game in. Anyone interested?

Thursday, 12 November 2015 11:01

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Nov. 9

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Did you hear the news? I won Carnage. Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Red Wednesday Rescued by a Random
Last night's Red Wednesday game was rescued by a random walk-up. We had one new player and another who was new to the club, so host Matt Sundstrom was prepared to lead a six-player teaching game when a mysterious stranger named Mike darkened the doorway of the Red Lion. With a full complement of seven players -- plus a spectator in Dan Burgess who arrived later -- we were able to play a regular league game.
 
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:09

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Nov. 2

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It was a slow news week but not completely uneventful. Read on.

Housing Registration Now Open!
Housing registration for the 2016 World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot X is now open! You can find the link in the Housing section of the tournament home page. The link will take you to a site set up by Roosevelt University to handle our bookings. It's fairly intuitive, but ask if you have questions.

A room in the dorm will cost you $87.30 per night. That price includes the tax. They are dorm rooms, but this ain't your daddy's dorm. The campus will be just four years old next summer. It's a glass building that zig-zags up 31 stories. Your room will have a floor-to-ceiling window that looks out on Lake Michigan, Grant Park, the skyline, or a combination of the three. The rooms are set up like private apartments. You'll share a bathroom with one to three other rooms -- no more -- and many of the apartments have common seating areas. (Because of the building's unique architecture, no floor has the same plan.)

Monday, 26 October 2015 23:15

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Oct. 26

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Last weekend was a big one for the Weasels. Read on to learn more.

Jim the White!
Saturday's Weasel Royale club championship game lived up to its billing. It was a fun, hard-fought affair. When the smoke finally cleared in Spring 1911, Jim O'Kelley was holding his second Bull Weasel title. He also won in 2010, also with the white pieces.

Check out the game summary and the champ's analysis of three key stabs that paved the way to victory.

 After 5 games in 7 days, the editorial staff took a much needed break from your usual Weasel content/ over-the-top puns. Here's hoping the Cubs' bats wake up with us.

UNBULLWEASELBLE

The gloves came off at the Weasel Royale. 7 players walked in, only one emerged as our Bull Weasel and 2015-16 season champion. Congratulations to Matt Sundstrom, who brought his second 'ship to port as Turkey. Given this and the fact that he has a Turkish opening named after him, we all greatly look forward to his contributions to THE WISE OLD WEASEL: TURKEY next month. (We here at the Weekly Weasel are subtle with our peer pressure.)

Read all about the top board here. Shout out to Dan Burgess for being a gracious host.

MICKTORIOUS ONCE AGAIN

Meanwhile, in the Undercard at Weasel Royale, newcomer Mick Johnson racked up his second board top in just 3 games. He's now topping the standings with 101 points, giving him an excellent chance of making the top board next year. For more details on the boozy basement battle, click here.

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