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Our Diplomacy league is the most active in North America. We average more than two league games per month in addition to Tournament play. We score all of our games using the Sum of Squares scoring system, and each player's best three scores count toward the season standings. We are known for our fierce competition, strong traditions, upstanding character and trustworthiness, and the propensity for Turkey to open to Armenia.


Club News (277)

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 22:36

Date Change for Tempest

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The Potomac Tea & Knife Society announced today that it's changing the dates for its 12th annual Tempest in a Teapot tournament.

Traditionally held the weekend before Columbus Day, this year, the PTKS will hold the event October 15 to 17 in Falls Church, Va. That's the weekend after Columbus Day. The change was necessary to accommodate the schedules of several PTKS board members.

The Weasels are modeled after the PTKS, whom we affectionately refer to as our wacky uncles. Tempest is one of North America's most prestigious tournaments. I've attended four of them, including the 2003 DipCon and 2005 World DipCon. Thom Comstock has attended twice, and Jeremiah Peterson, Grant Smith and Peter Yeargin, once each.

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 22:19

April Tournaments Bring May House Games

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In our case, the old adage is kind of working in reverse. April was a quiet month for the Weasels save for a great CODCon tournament that featured two British solos and a total of eight boards. It was our largest CODCon since the first in 2007. And now in May, it's raining house games.

The first of three May games will take place on Mother's Day at my place in Oak Brook. Originally scheduled for Dan Burgess' home, we had to change venues so that Dan could attend the Blackhawks game that night, where he'll risk life and limb to cheer for his adopted Canucks.

The following Saturday, Greg Duenow is hosting a game at his place at 31st and Parnell in the city. There are still two spots available in what likely will be Greg's last game for a while. His wife Stacy is due in June.

We'll wrap up May with a third game, No. 99, at Alpha Weasel Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview on May 22. That one is full, but as always, standbys are welcome.

Stay tuned for news of our 100th game celebration at Guthrie's Tavern...

Friday, 16 April 2010 10:09

Hosannahs to Our DipCon Delegation!

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The 43rd annual DipCon opens tonight at 7 p.m. at the Hotel Tomo in San Francisco. At least three Weasels will be there.

Please join me in wishing the best of luck to our DipCon delegation: Sub-Prime Weasel Kevin O'Kelly, Treasurer Christian MacDonald, reigning Weasel of the Year Peter Yeargin, and, if he makes it out there, this year's top-ranked player Adam Berey. Bring home some prizes, Guys, and if you can find the time, post udpates here.

Saturday, 12 June 2010 10:48

Stats through 101 Games

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I've updated power and player stats through our first 101 games. If you're interested, click here.

Sunday, 11 April 2010 10:17

Rule Brittania!

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The opening day of CODCon featured a total of six boards over the two rounds...and two British solos. We'll have two more boards this morning for a total of eight.

Sunday, 04 April 2010 09:31

HuskyCon Dates Announced!

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HuskyCon, the hobby's most anticipated event, announced its dates yesterday. The tournament will be held July 9-11 at the Woodrings' home on Long Island Sound. Check out the HuskyCon website for more details.

I've been to Husky three times and enthusiastically recommend the event. It perfectly blends the competitive and social aspects of the hobby.

If you'd like to attend this year, comment below. We can coordinate the trip here.

Thursday, 08 April 2010 16:38

Spring Break Ends this Weekend for Grand Prix

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Spring Break is officially over for the North American Diplomacy Federation's Grand Prix. The 2010 circuit opened nine weeks ago at TempleCon in Providence, R.I., where 2009 champion Adam Sigal picked up where he left off by claiming the seven-board purse.

The competition will renew this weekend with Chicago's minor tournament, the CODCon Open, held in the western suburb of Glen Ellyn. The Weasels are expecting a total of eight boards for their fourth annual Open. If their numbers hold up, then come Sunday evening, someone other than Sigal will lead the Grand Prix for the first time in more than 15 months. You can find more information about the CODCon Open at the Weasels' website,

The CODCon champion's Grand Prix lead is likely to be short-lived, however. DipCon, the North American Diplomacy Championship, is next weekend in San Francisco. The Bay Area Diplomacy Association will host the circuit's signature event at its seventh annual BADASS Whipping. There is still time to participate in a hobby tradition that dates more than 40 years. You can find more information at the BADAss website,, or email tournament director Adam Silverman directly at adam.silverman [at] gmail [dot] com.

After DipCon, the Grand Prix pursuers will rest and regroup before the venerable DixieCon, which will be held over Memorial Day Weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C. In each of the past four years, the road to the Grand Prix championship plowed right through DixieCon. If you're serious about the Grand Prix, then ignore that fact at your own peril. More information is available at

Hope to see you at an event soon!

Jim O'Kelley, Administrator
North American Diplomacy Federation's 2010 Grand Prix
Friday, 02 April 2010 14:03

2010 WDC Site up and Running

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The organizing committee for the 2010 World Diplomacy Championship at the Hague announced today that its website is up and running. Check it out at

The WDC will be held from August 19-22. The site contains the schedule, tournament rules, and information about the venue and accommodations. A registration form will be available soon.

If you're interested in attending, please let me know.


Monday, 29 March 2010 09:08

In or out? CODCon is Coming!

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Our fourth annual CODCon Open Diplomacy tournament is in less than two weeks. Twenty-three people have already confirmed. How about you?

  1. Jim O'Kelley
  2. Peter Yeargin
  3. Amanda Baumgartner
  4. Thom Comstock
  5. Dan Burgess
  6. Christian Kline
  7. Ted McClelland
  8. Tony Prokes
  9. May Ling Chong
  10. Greg Duenow
  11. Christopher M. Davis
  12. Don Glass
  13. Andrew Bartlein
  14. Scott Yahne
  15. Grant Smith
  16. Ray Setzer
  17. Adam Berey
  18. Nate Cockerill
  19. Kurt Kugelberg
  20. Bert Schoose
  21. John Duca
  22. John Gramila
  23. Mike Morrison

Want the details?


Friday, 26 March 2010 22:53

March of the Weasels

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Thanks to everyone who helped make our third annual March Madness such a great success. Here's a look at the numbers:

  • Six boards (tied with August 2009 for our highest total ever).
  • Seven different shared or outright board toppers.
  • Two multi-board sessions.
  • 30 total players (and one host!).
  • Five first-time players.
  • Eight new Weasels.
  • One player participating for the first time since 2006.
  • Five paid-up members.

By any measure, it was a great month, and hopefully we'll follow it up with a successful CODCon Open. Make your plans to join us April 10-11 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn!

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