Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:05

You the (Spel)Man!

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Gus Spelman, one of the many promising new recruits from Seasons 11 and 12, bagged his first board-top last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. We suspect it won't be his last.

Game No. 347 ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:

Thursday, 03 August 2017 14:44

Always a Weasel

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Over the years, two boards' worth of dedicated, active players have stabbed the club by leaving town. Some are now playing with other clubs, others show up on the tournament circuit now and again. None of them are former Weasels. No, we call them ex-pats, because our club will always be their home. 

Last night, we welcomed back Christian MacDonald, who now lives in Vancouver. MacDonald joined the Weasels late in our third season and quickly took the club by storm. In our fourth season, the first one that featured a league with running standings, he finished third. He also ran for and was elected to the charter Sneak that year, tied for second in games played, and won the first tournament he ever attended (the Buckeye Game Fest).

MacDonald is a good guy, a great player, and a visionary. While serving on the Sneak, he drafted a statement that still serves as an excellent guide for what the North American hobby could and should be. So when he moved away in 2011, it stung.

Sunday, 23 July 2017 10:11

Walk off?

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Reigning Weasel of the Year Brandon Fogel knocked a batting-practice fastball out of the park earlier this month on Red Wednesday at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square to snatch the league lead from rival Jake Trotta. Fogel drew a Germany bordered by inexperienced players, and he teed off on them, posting the largest non-solo score in the club's Sum of Squares era, a whopping 82.571. With only two scheduled dates remaining--August 9 at the Red Lion and the Weasel Pyle on September 2--this ballgame appears to be over.

Played July 12, Game No. 345 ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:

Monday, 10 July 2017 21:07

A pack of rats

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We played a hastily arranged game of Diplomacy yesterday at the Red Lion in honor of visiting Weasel ex-pat Peter Lokken. Sporting a Rambo-style headband, Lokken drew Austria and proceeded to organize his fellow Eastern hipsters into a formidable and efficient RAT triple alliance. Ultimately, though, the RAT tilted in favor of Josh Heffernan, who now owns the season's Best Russia.

Game No. 344 ended by time limit after the Fall 1908 turn in the following center counts:

Sunday, 25 June 2017 12:14

Moot XI, Round 4, Board 1

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Round 4, Board 1

The game ended by time limit after Fall, 1908.

Austria:
Jim O'Kelley
(4)
6.612
 
England:
Mike French
(6)
14.876
 
France:
Mick Johnson
(12)
59.504
(Best France)
Germany:
Siobhan Nolen
(1)
0.413
 
Italy:
Chris Kelly
(2)
1.653
 
Russia:
Jorge Zhang
(4)
6.612
 
Turkey:
Ali Adib
(5)
10.331
 
A:Jim O'Kelley
E:Mike French
F:Mick Johnson
G:Siobhan Nolen
I:Chris Kelly
R:Jorge Zhang
T:Ali Adib

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 12:13

Moot XI, Round 4, Board 2

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Round 4, Board 2

The game ended by time limit after Fall, 1908.

Austria:
John Gramila
(0)
0.000
England:
Chris Glassburn
(2)
1.504
France:
Eric Grinnell
(10)
37.594
Germany:
Jake Trotta
(2)
1.504
Italy:
Bryan Pravel
(3)
3.383
Russia:
Matt Sundstrom
(7)
18.421
Turkey:
Brian Shelden
(10)
37.594
A:John Gramila
E:Chris Glassburn
F:Eric Grinnell
G:Jake Trotta
I:Bryan Pravel 
R:Matt Sundstrom
T:Brian Shelden 

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 12:13

Moot XI, Round 4, Board 3

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Round 4, Board 3

The game ended by draw vote in Spring, 1908.

Austria:
Melinda Holley
(1)
0.463
 
England:
Jeff Goss
(5)
11.574
 
France:
Kevin O'Kelley
(4)
7.407
(Lazarus Award)
Germany:
Guy Loftin
(2)
1.852
 
Italy:
Brad Harrington
(5)
11.574
 
Russia:
Gus Spelman
(8)
29.630
 
Turkey:
Gudrun Juffer
(9)
37.500
 
A:Melinda Holley
E:Jeff Goss
F:Kevin O'Kelley 
G:Guy Loftin
I:Brad Harrington
R:Gus Spelman
T:Gudrun Juffer

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 18:56

Moot XI, Round 3, Board 3

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Round 3, Board 3

The game ended by draw vote in Spring, 1912.

Austria:
Nick Rohn
(0)
0.000
 
England:
Jake Trotta
(11)
39.286
 
France:
Paul Pignotti
(7)
15.909
 
Germany:
David Hafner
(0)
0.000
 
Italy:
Matt Sundstrom
(4)
5.195
 
Russia:
Melinda Holley
(1)
0.325
 
Turkey:
Ted McClelland
(11)
39.286
(Best Turkey)
A:Nick Rohn
E:Jake Trotta 
F:Paul Pignotti
G:David Hafner
I:Matt Sundstrom
R:Melinda Holley
T:Ted McClelland

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 18:56

Moot XI, Round 3, Board 2

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Round 3, Board 2

The game ended by draw vote in Spring, 1911.

Austria:
Chris Kelly
(0)
0.000
 
England:
Gus Spelman
(4)
3.556
 
France:
Chris Glassburn
(1)
0.222
 
Germany:
Jake Langenfeld
(0)
0.000
 
Italy:
Siobhan Nolen
(12)
32.000
 
Russia:
John Gramila
(17)
64.222
(Best Russia)
Turkey:
Grant Smith
(0)
0.000
 
A: Chris Kelly
E:Gus Spelman
F:Chris Glassburn
G:Jake Langenfeld 
I:Siobhan Nolen
R:John Gramila 
T:Grant Smith

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 18:56

Moot XI, Round 3, Board 1

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Round 3, Board 1

The game ended by draw vote in Fall, 1909.

Austria:
Eric Grinnell
(8)
21.192
England:
Jim O'Kelley
(11)
40.066
France:
Jorge Zhang
(10)
33.113
Germany:
Mike French
(0)
0.000
Italy:
Brian Shelden
(4)
5.298
Russia:
Ali Adib
(1)
0.331
Turkey:
Ben Hafner
(0)
0.000
A:Eric Grinnell 
E:Jim O'Kelley
F:Jorge Zhang
G:Mike French
I:Brian Shelden
R:Ali Adib
T:Ben Hafner

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