Jim O'Kelley

Jim O'Kelley

Saturday, 14 June 2014 14:51

Look good while supporting the Weasels!

Great news for all the fashionably minded Weasels out there. We've set up a shop at spreadshirt.com where you can now order club t-shirts. A modest commission from each sale will go to the club.

Currently you can choose from one of two styles: A simple Weasel Moot VIII shirt sporting our new club slogan ("Don't dot me, Bro.") on the back or a "warrior" shirt. Check them out at weasels.spreadshirt.com and order yours today!

Monday, 19 May 2014 20:54


At 8 p.m. on Thursday night, Nate Cockerill, John Gramila, Dan Burgess and I will embark on the long odyssey to Chapel Hill, N.C., honme of the World Diplomacy Championship at DixieCon. If we don't kill ourselves or each other, we should arrive in time for breakfast at Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe on Franklin Street. You can follow our exploits on Twitter using #DixieOrBust.

The four of us won't be the only Chicagoans in attendance. Matt Sundstrom will be taking the train down, a slightly more sensible choice. Once and hopefully future Weasel Jeremiah Peterson will be flying down. He likely will spend all his time vying for the title of Iron Man by playing anything other than Diplomacy.

Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:58

Take me out to the Brawl Game

Through last night's action in the 2014 Bar Room Brawl Series, we've now played 12 games with 31 players participating.

Nate Cockerill remains firmly ensconced in first place. He's been squatting there since his solo in the first game of the series. Matt Sundstrom and Jim O'Kelley are next, separated by less than half a point, about 30 points behind the Big Oozy. David St. John is in fourth, trailing them by 50 points. Behind him, the competition is tighter. A pack of players is in pursuit, each with a realistic shot at capturing a spot in the championship game.  

The complete standings are here. Each player's best three scores in bar games counts toward his or her composite score. At the end of the season, the top seven players, regardless of membership status, will be invited to participate in the second annual Bar Room Brawl Championship Game at the Red Lion.
Sunday, 10 July 2016 00:45

The Ways of the Weasels

In the lead up to WDC, I mentioned often that the local hobby was excited to host the event. As evidence of that excitement, I share this piece that Brian Beck compiled prior to the event. He put it together on a slow day and asked me to share it. I withheld it until now, not wanting to give our out-of-town guests an edge.

Here's Brian's analysis of the opening Weasels strategy during the current season.

Of the 22 games of this season (plus the 2015 Weasel Royale and Bar Brawl Championships, which I included), 12 were home games and 12 were pub games.  8 of the weekend games had recorded first moves, as did 7 of the pub games.

Sunday, 26 June 2016 09:32

Round 5 Seedings

We're into Fall 1901 of the final round. Eight more boards, including the world championship game (Board 8). Final (unofficial) tally: 93 players, 52 boards. Here they are:

Round 5, Board No. 1       
    Austria    Jason O`Donnell
    England    Eric Silverman
    France    Steve Cooley
    Germany    Bryan Pravel
    Italy    Bill Hackenbracht
    Russia    Bernard Andrioli
    Turkey    Adam Sigal

Sunday, 26 June 2016 07:45

World Championship Game set!

Through four rounds, we've had 93 players on 44 boards. Starting at around 8:45 a.m. central today, the following seven players (with seed) will compete for the world championship:

Saturday, 25 June 2016 19:24

Rounds 4 Seedings

And 10 boards for the evening round. Our smallest round yet! Here they are:

Round 4, Board No. 1       
    Austria    Jack Latta
    England    Nathan Barnes
    France    Jorge Zhang
    Germany    Bill Hackenbracht
    Italy    Christian MacDonald
    Russia    Max Dykhuizen
    Turkey    Christian Kline

Saturday, 25 June 2016 19:21

Round 3 Seedings

A little late, but 12 boards for the morning round...and two more solos.

Round 3, Board No. 1       
    Austria    Paul Pignotti
    England    Tom Scudder
    France    Danny Grinnell
    Germany    Jim O`Kelley
    Italy    Christian Kline
    Russia    Adam Sigal
    Turkey    Matt Sundstrom

Friday, 24 June 2016 19:41

Round 2 Seedings

Eleven more boards tonight. Here's how they shook out.

Round 2, Board No. 1       
    Austria    Darius Murakowski
    England    Steve Cooley
    France    Jack Latta
    Germany    Roland Cooke
    Italy    Nick Rohn
    Russia    David Spanos
    Turkey    Paul Pignotti

Friday, 24 June 2016 11:41

Round 1 Seedings

We're underway at the vertical campus with 11 boards. They're seeded as follows:

Round 1, Board No. 1       
    Austria    Christian Kline
    England    Jason O`Donnell
    France    John Jamieson
    Germany    Andrew Bartlein
    Italy    Nicolas Sahuguet
    Russia    Bruno Giraudon
    Turkey    Roland Cooke

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