Tournament Game Reports (80)

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:

Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:50

Brawl, Brittania!

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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.

Sunday, 02 November 2014 11:33

Alternate reality

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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.

Monday, 28 July 2014 15:02


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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.

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