Sunday, 15 July 2018 15:47

The Two Jakes

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There was a Jake problem at the Red Lion last Wednesday: Two on the board but only one could top.

Game No. 370 was a nail-biter right down to the final turn. Jakes Langenfeld and Trotta were neck and neck at eight centers through 1906. On the penultimate turn, Langenfeld grabbed the inside track.

"Everyone on the board assumed I had the board-top," he says.

Well, everyone but Trotta ... and, if he can still remember last fall's Bar Room Brawl Championship Game, maybe Brian Shelden.

Saturday, 16 June 2018 00:06

Matilda Waltzes

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As newcomer and transplanted Brit Matilda Bathurst gained some traction Wednesday night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, observer Chris Kelly turned to me and said, "If she waltzes to this board-top, the title writes itself."

Chris and I fancy ourselves to be geniuses when it comes to titling these game summaries, and normally, we can appreciate each other's references. This one had me stumped, though. I'm not well versed in Australian folk music, and "Walk on the Wild Side" is as deep into the Lou Reed weeds as I can go.

As both her neighbor on the board and a history major who specialized in Medieval civilization, I was thinking instead of the central figure in an English civil war. While victorious, that Matilda was never crowned, though, so Chris gets the nod.

Game No. 369, played June 13 at the Red Lion, ended by draw vote in Spring 1905 in the following center counts:

Sunday, 03 June 2018 07:55

The Wind and the O'Kell(e)ys

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With his second board-top in as many outings, Kevin O'Kelly proved yet again that you only need one "e" to spell evil. Big Kevin played masterfully, pitting his neighbors against one another, always offering just enough help to keep them blowing into his sails without ever sending a favorable wind their way. By 1906, he had navigated his way to a dominant position in the middle of the board. Tired of fighting the choppy sea, the other players yielded in Spring 1907.

Game No. 368, played yesterday at Jim O'Kelley's home in Little Italy, ended by draw vote in the following center counts:

Thursday, 10 May 2018 13:26

Those who can, teach

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Game No. 367, played last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, started late thanks to Bandon Fogel's extended teaching session with an interested beginner. The real lesson soon followed as the two-time defending Weasel of the Year and reigning Bull Weasel gave the other players a master course in taking what the board offers. The lesson ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:

Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:29

2018 CODCon Open Results

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The 2018 CODCon Diplomacy Open is in the books! Twenty-one players began the ascent up the sweet Swiss Alpy mountaintop. Jim O'Kelley, the founding member of the Windy City Weasels, ended on top with a composite score of 143.1034.  Jim's solo was particularly impressive because it was on the top board during a timed round. It is also the second year in a row that Jim has soloed during the 3rd round of CODCon to clinch the tournament. 

Finishing in second place was the great lover of Armenia and long-time Weasel veteran Matt Sundstrom, who hauled in his entire 71.5084 points in the final round of the tournament. Matt did not solo on his board, but feedback from the other players suggests that Matt had a very good chance at soloing if the game had not finished due to time. An interesting note is that both Jim and Matt played in only two rounds. Third place was taken by Mr. 859-DIVORCE himself, long-time tournament veteran Eric Grinnell, with a score of 59.0759. 

In addition to the win, place, and show trophies, two special awards were given for distinctive play:

Thursday, 12 April 2018 10:00

The Sting of the Scorpion

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The club squeezed in a final tune-up before this weekend's CODCon Open last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. Christian "The Scorpion" Kline's zero-sum brand of Diplomacy was in mid-season form, and thanks to a solid position atop the map and a defeatist neighbor with long-term memory issues, he topped the board with a big final year. 

Game No. 366 ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:

Monday, 09 April 2018 20:13

Once more unto the data breach

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Ali Adib hosted another boardless game at his place in Avondale last Saturday (April 7). Game No. 365 went five game-years, with old vet Matt Sundstrom, the club's most decorated player, proving that he's got the right stuff in any reality. 

The final center counts were:

Friday, 30 March 2018 10:09

Opening Daze

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Normally the pitchers are ahead of the hitters at this time of year. Try telling that to Chicago's mighty offenses.

The Cubs officially opened baseball's marathon in Miami, spoiling the home team's opener by putting eight runs on the board. The Sox, who opened in Kansas City, started poorly, giving up four runs in the first. But they exploded the second time through the lineup. The good guys belted six home runs and scored the game's next 14 runs.

Both offenses looked really good...until Kevin O'Kelly told them to hold his beer.

Thursday, 15 March 2018 08:58

"You've come to the wrong place."

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Late in Game No. 363, played last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, newcomer Dan Kolen stood at the board, his hand on his forehead. Since 2011, he had played about a dozen games online with old friends now scattered around the country, but this was his first foray into face-to-face Diplomacy.

"I'm looking for an ally," he implored, as he assessed his crumbling Austrian empire, now completely encircled by barbarians. "I'm looking for a friend!"

"Well," replied one of the guys he had met earlier that evening, "you've come to the wrong place." 

Sunday, 11 March 2018 20:53

The Pravel Paradigm

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Bryan Pravel posted one of his prototypical board-tops yesterday in Game No. 362, played at Mick Johnson's place in Uptown: not big, but big enough.

The game, which featured three new players, ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:

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