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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
If there's a pattern to these things--and let's be honest, there probably is--then one of the Kevins O'Kell(e)y ought to be feeling pretty good about his chances in next year's Bar Room Brawl Championship game. (Of course, as the old joke goes, you can't win without buying a ticket.)
Last year's inaugural Brawl Championship went to Jim O'Kelley. Last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, Chris Kelly kept the title in the sort-of family by storming to a five-center lead as England. In fact, Kelly's dominance was so convincing that the players voted to concede the Brawl Star title with more than an hour of play left on the clock.
If we established anything at yesterday's Weasel Royale club championship game, it's that there are only three acceptable reasons for missing the event: Cancer, Rugby and Acts of God. All three played a part in shaping the lineup for this year's Royale, as did some pretty lame excuses.
The field featured only four of the top seven, along with three alternates, including one who was an alternate for an alternate. We tapped Brad Harrington (the seventh alternate!) to play at around 10:45 a.m. when second alternate Mike Morrison discovered that a tree had fallen on his car during Friday's storm. Host and War Weasel Dan Burgess calmly diverted fourth alternate Don Glass to the west side of the city to retrieve Harrington. They arrived at Dan's at 12:06, and the selection ceremony started as soon as they took off their jackets.
When Matt Sundstrom swept our two tournaments back in 2009, we were certain it would never be done again. We were wrong.
John Gramila hadn't even heard of Diplomacy back then. He didn't pick up a pad of paper in anger until the year turned. In January 2010, he joined us for a novice game at Guthrie's Tavern. He played all right, finishing second on the board with six centers. His next two results were less promising: He finished third with four centers and then got crushed as Russia. But he liked the game and kept at it, and in his fourth game in June of that year, he showed us a glimpse of what was coming, cruising to 16 centers and capturing Season 5's Best England.
Hipster John Gramila is on a roll. In three league games this season, he's topped one board outright and shared another. At the North American Diplomacy Championship at WACCon in January, he finished seventh. And last weekend at our eighth annual CODCon Open at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, he posted two convincing board tops en route to his first tournament championship.
It was a great bounce-back year for CODCon. Last year, we managed just 15 players, five of whom traveled to the event. This year, 22 players participated on a total of seven boards. That number includes 20 local players, our best local turnout since the WDC in 2012.
Chris Martin (right) captures David Maletsky (left) negotiating with Chris Brand during the world championship game.
What a difference a couple of years make. Back in 2014, between rounds at the World Diplomacy Championship at DixieCon in Chapel Hill, Chris Brand and I were lamenting our lackluster performances over a beer at a Franklin Street pub.
“It’s gotten to the point,” he said, “where I just scan the tournament standings to see whether I finished better than you.”
“We ought to start our own Grand Prix,” I retorted. “We could call it the Murphy Bed,” a reference to our annual duel for sleeping space in the Presidential Suite at the late WACCon in Seattle. (Our duels were chronicled in the Spring 2009 issue of Diplomacy World.)
Five rounds of Diplomacy, 93 players, 52 boards, and rave reviews. The World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot X was a smashing success.
For the complete standings, including Best Country winners, go here. It will take a bit longer to add the charts and team tournament results.
Congrats to Canadian Chris Brand, our new world champion, and to our club for delivering a fantastic experience for all our attendees. Now, who's up for a bar game on Wednesday with guest of honor Tim Jones, one of the three travelers from Australia who attended WDC?
Dan Burgess (left) and Kevin O'Kelley discuss their Christian Kline problem in Spring 1902 of the first round at CODCon.
Jake Trotta is a quick study. After learnng the game last July, he's been fighting for the club lead all season. Last weekend, in his first tournament ever, he set the bar pretty high, winning the CODCon Open championship with a strong board-top as France in the first round and a close third in the second.