Jim O'Kelley

Jim O'Kelley

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

Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:33

WDC: Seven things you need to know!

Here are seven things you need to know about this weekend's festivities.

  1. The hashtag for the weekend is #DejaMoot. Use it in your social media posts.
  2. We will be playing in Room 418 at Roosevelt University's vertical Wabash Campus, 425 S Wabash.
  3. If you're not staying in the venue, give yourself plenty of time to get to Room 418. There's a security checkpoint in the lobby.
  4. There is a cafeteria on the second floor in the vertical campus.
  5. If you're staying in the dorm, the elevator from the 14th floor skips the fourth floor. Get off on the 5th or 6th floor to either transfer to an elevator that willl take you there or to take the stairs.
  6. The Welcome Party is tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. at Bar Louie, 47 W Polk St. That's 3 blocks south of the vertical campus (left out the doors), and 1 1/2 blocks west (right on Polk).
  7. Your team rosters for Saturday morning's team tournament are do before the start of play for Round Two Friday night.

More info about the tournament, including the rule set and schedule, can be found here.


Friday, 17 June 2016 21:46

Things to do around Grant Park

Bryan Pravel moved to Chicago in the winter on a contract assignment. He found our club thanks to DiplomacyCast, dove in, and has been a regular ever since. WDC will be the longtime online player's first face-to-face tournament.

Since he lives near the venue and is new to the city, he was our perfect choice to draft a list of things for you to do while you're in town for WDC. His list is here. Enjoy.

Friday, 17 June 2016 21:03

Who are these guys?

There's a been a lot of talk among the Chicago regulars lately about which generation of Weasel the new class is. I think it's the fifth. But, to simplify and as a courtesy to our out-of-town guests, I thought I'd classify the Weasels who will be participating in the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot X in three (well, four) groups, as follows:

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