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Wednesday, 16 September 2015 19:54

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Sept. 14

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New Season off to Fast Start
The 11th season of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy opened last week with a couple of games. A total of 14 players participated in the two games.

We got the blood flowing last Wednesday with our Opening Night at the Red Lion. We had a total of 11, although two arrived late and one was just there to watch -- though that may change in the future.The first game of the 2016 Bar Room Brawl Series ended in a three-way tie at the top among Matt Sundstrom, Jake Trotta and newcomer Ryan Yates. (And speaking of the Brawl Series, we've yet to set a date for this year's championship game. Lining up seven schedules is a bit like herding cats.)

Monday, 07 September 2015 19:45

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Sept. 7

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It's Opening Week! Read on.

Season 11 to Open Wednesday
We're closing in on two boards for opening night Wednesday at the Red Lion. Our current count is 12, including five new faces. Please join us if you can.

Pavilion Game Check Mated
The careful reader will wonder why the season didn't open yesterday with the scheduled game at the Chess Pavilion at North Avenue Beach. Unfortunately, we could only muster five players. We'll try again in the fall.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 20:48

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Aug. 31

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A slow news week for the Weasels as it's the calm before the storm of opening week.

Are You Ready for Some Diplomacy?
Ready or not, Season 11 will open next week. Perhaps as soon as Sunday, if we can scrounge up three more players for the scheduled game at the Chess Pavilion at North Avenue Beach. We knew it wouldn't be easy to fill a board on Labor Day Weekend. If we don't have seven by Friday, we'll pull the plug and try to reschedule for a Saturday or Sunday in October.

Regardless, there will be Diplomacy next Wednesday at the Red Lion. We currently have a full board.

Our first house game of Season 11 is scheduled for Sept. 13 to coincide with the NFL's big opening day. We need two more to make that happen, so why don't you check your calendar and make plans to join host Brian Beck. He plans to fire up the grill and will have football on in every room in his Morton Grove house.

Monday, 24 August 2015 21:10

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Aug. 24

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The Season 11 Opening
Season 11 will open with three great opportunities to play Dip in just eight days.

We're going to start by once again trying to pull off an outdoors game at the Chess Pavilion at North Avenue Beach. Longtime readers will recall that we were close to finally realizing this longtime dream of mine last September but that my daughter, Jane, arrived the day before we were to play, a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. So now we're going to try again. If you're unfamiliar with the Chess Pavilion, check out this video. I've wanted to play Dip there since the first time I rode my bike past way back in 1994. Our game is scheduled for September 6, the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, starting at 11 a.m. I hope you can join us.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 21:03

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Aug. 17

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Two Pyle into the Royale
Last Saturday's Weasel Pyle at Castle Brown in bucolic Wayne was a wild one, with two players posting big results to crack the top seven and earn spots in the Weasel Royale club championship game. Mike Morrison wasn't even in the rear-view mirror when play began on Saturday, but he scored a monster board-top in his first game and shared the top in a second to climb all the way into second place. Don Glass, meanwhile, topped his second board of the year to nab the seventh spot. Dropping out of the running were Christian Kline and Amanda Baumgartner.

Check out the site for complete Pyle coverage, including game reports, a rundown of the season awards, the announcement of the Royale field, and Sneak election results. It's all there.
Monday, 10 August 2015 19:58

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Aug. 10

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Martin Wins Third North American Championship
Chris Martin, the three-time Alpha Weasel, also won the North American Diplomacy Championship for a third time this past weekend at the Philadelphia Massacre. Playing in only three of the four rounds and therefore without the safety net of a drop round, Martin topped all three of his boards to win the championship.

Martin's other North American Championships came in 1998 at DixieCon and 2011 in Carnage. The 1998 championship doubled as the world championship. Martin also won the DipCon Do-Over in 2008 but declined that title for propriety's sake. His Weasel Moot championships came in 2007 (the inaugural Moot), 2011, and 2013.

I'm sure he's equally proud of the shout-out he earned for finishing seventh at this year's CODCon, a feat he managed while playing in only one round.
Monday, 03 August 2015 21:42

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Aug. 3

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Seeking Candidates for the Sneak
Election season is upon us, and mercifully, our cycle is less than two weeks long. We have three seats up for election this year -- the ones currently occupied by Nate Cockerill, Don Glass and me. Don and I will seek reelection; Nate no longer lives in the area and therefore is prohibited from running according to the club charter.

If you'd like to run, please email John Gramila at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5 p.m. on Friday. You must be a paid-up member who lives in the area defined in the charter. Click here for more information.

Monday, 27 July 2015 23:46

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of July 27

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Hosts Cash in on Daily Double
We found our 13th and 14th players at the 11th hour for last Saturday's two boards in two locations. Both hosts fared well. Dan Burgess shared the board top with two of his guests -- perhaps strengthening his claim to be the club's best host -- while Matt Sundstrom posted a monster score on his board, leapfrogging two rivals to take a commanding lead in the club standings. Check out the game summaries.

Two events remain in Season 10: another Red Wednesday on August 12 and then the season-ending Weasel Pyle on August 15. We hope you'll join us for one or both.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 21:45

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of July 20

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Daily Double Trouble
It's crunch time for our Saturday experiment of trying to fill two boards at two different locations. As of right now, we have 12 players lined up for Dip, including two newcomers who contacted us today via Facebook to commit to the Glenview game. Can we come up with two more to make this happen. Anyone? Christian Kline? Sam Bassett? John Gramila? Mike Whitty? Tony Prokes? Anyone?
Monday, 13 July 2015 20:13

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of July 13

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We're back from our annual summer hiatus with another edition of the Weekly Weasel. Read on for all the latest news from the Weasels.

Dip in Stereo
On July 25, we're going to try something new. For the first time in our 10 seasons, we'll attempt to host concurrent games in two different locations.

Dan Burgess and Matt Sundstrom will play host in Downers Grove and Glenview, respectively. The games will begin at 11 a.m. So far, we have four for Dan's game and two for Matt's, so we need some more players to make this ambitious promotion happen. Who's in?

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