Brandon Fogel

Brandon Fogel

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:46

CodCon 11, Round 1, Board 3

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Round 1, Board 3

This was the longest game of the tournament and featured the Best France and Best Russia of the tournament.

The game ended by draw vote during the Spring 1914 turn with the following center counts:

Austria (Reid Kanies): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Matt Sundstrom): 8; 21.769 points.
France (Brian Shelden): 6; 12.245 points. (Best France)
Germany (Kevin O'Kelly): 3; 3.061 points.
Italy (Ben DiPaola): 4; 5.442 points.
Russia (Bryan Pravel): 13; 57.483 points. (Best Russia)
Turkey (Chad Carson): 0; 0.000 points.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:24

CodCon 11, Round 1, Board 2

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Round 1, Board 2

The game ended by draw vote during the Spring 1909 turn with the following center counts:

Austria (Grant Smith): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Jim O'Kelley): 12; 43.636 points.
France (Christian Kline): 4; 4.848 points.
Germany (Don Glass): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Jacob Isaacson): 1; 0.303 points.
Russia (Jorge Zhang): 5; 7.576 points.
Turkey (Jerry Jagrowski): 12; 43.636 points.

*Jacob Isaacson was replaced by Ben DiPaola in Spring, 1906. 

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 12:04

CodCon 11 Results

CodCon 11 is in the books!  The title was taken by our very own Grand Weasel Prime, Jim O'Kelley.  Despite the many laurels he's accumulated over the years, Jim had never won a tournament in Chicago.  He took CodCon 11 in style, soloing as Turkey in the third round.  It was the seventh solo in tournament history, the third for Turkey.

Finishing in second place was last year's champion, Jake Trotta, while third place was taken by Bryan Pravel, the clubhouse leader at the end of the first day.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 11:24

CodCon 11, Round 1, Board 1

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Round 1, Board 1

This game featured the eventual Icarus award winner, Jake Trotta, who reached 8 centers by the end of 1903, only to be eliminated in the final year, and three best country awards.

The game ended by draw vote during the Spring 1910 turn with the following center counts:

Austria (John Gramila): 11; 30.402 points. (Best Austria)
England (David Hafner): 14; 49.246 points. (Best England)
France (Nicole Campbell*): 0; 0.000 points.
Germany (Kevin O'Kelley): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Brad Harrington): 9; 20.352 points. (Best Italy)
Russia (Jake Trotta): 0; 0.000 points. (Icarus Award)
Turkey (Nick Rohn): 0; 0.000 points.

*Nicole Campbell was replaced by Grant Smith in Spring, 1905. 

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 21:10

Weasel Moot XI

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The 11th edition of the Windy City Weasels' signature tournament, the Weasel Moot, will take place June 23-25.

Where to go
Weasel Moot XI will be held at the Diversey River Bowl, located at 2211 W. Diversey Ave. (map), in the West Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.  We'll have the bar/restaurant to ourselves all weekend.

How to get there
For those driving, the River Bowl is just off the Diversey exit on I-90/94 and has a free parking lot.  For those taking public transport, the 76 bus runs directly from the Diversey brown line stop.  For those sailing, the alley is right on the north branch of the Chicago River.  For those flying, there is a helipad on the roof.

Sunday, 23 October 2016 15:32

Tempest Round 2 AAR: Brandon Fogel

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Partner or Target?
This game was easily the most interesting of my three at Tempest. It was an 8 hour seesaw battle that featured dramatic reversals of fortune, a Rusty Blade-winning move, an epic temper tantrum, and, ultimately, a thrown solo. Despite coming away with zero points, I actually think my result more or less maxed out what was possible for me, given the board. Most games teach me something about my own strengths and weaknesses; this one taught me something about my approach to the game itself, namely, what I look for when evaluating an alliance offer. A simple question captures the idea: Am I being viewed as a partner or a target?
Monday, 17 October 2016 09:51

Tempest Round 1 AAR: Brandon Fogel

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This is the one game from the weekend that I’d really like to have back.  I don’t think I’d play the other two much differently, but with this one, I can identify specific errors I made that prevented me from posting a big score.  The opportunities were there, and my inability to take advantage of them exposed weaknesses in my game — for which I'm very grateful.  This one was a good (if painful) learning experience.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:46

Tempest Round 3 AAR: Brandon Fogel

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For a couple of days, this game appeared to be memorable less for what happened during it than afterward, as the events of the final turn provided the Tournament Director (Peter Yeargin) the chance to play a deliciously mean trick on me during the awards ceremony. When the tournament scores were released a couple days later, however, I discovered that I had actually played the trick on myself. I suspect that in most Diplomacy contexts karma is a difficult concept to apply. Not in this case.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:26

Five Weasels, One Teapot

Five Weasels made the trip to Washington, DC, this past weekend for the 2016 Tempest in a Teapot. The tournament was a big success, with 42 players playing a total of 14 boards over three days. The Weasels had a respectable though not dominant showing, placing four in the top 16 but none higher than 10th (achieved by newly minted Prime Weasel Brian Shelden). The standings can be found here.

Jake Trotta took home the coveted Rusty Blade award for worst stab (for his second round game), while I made some news by failing to win Best Austria (in my third round game). See the after-action reports below for more details (links will be added as the reports are posted).

After-Action Reports:

Thursday, 06 October 2016 09:44

Dip or Treat

Watch the leaves and your opponents' faces change colors during a game of Diplomacy at David's apartment.  The grill on the 3rd floor balcony will be fired up, along with whoever doesn't get Belgium.  Bonus points for coming in your Halloween costume.

Dip or Treat

When: Oct. 30 at 11 a.m.
Where: David Spanos's Lakeview apartment, near the Belmont Red Line stop.
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