Jim O'Kelley

Jim O'Kelley

Monday, 31 March 2014 19:24

Prokes for Three...Swish

Our seventh annual March Madness campaign closed last Saturday with a fifth and final game at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview. Game No. 242 was a taut affair with four lead changes and four players finishing within two centers of one another. When the buzzer sounded in Spring 1907, Tony Prokes had topped his club-leading third board of the season. The final center counts were:

 

Sunday, 11 August 2013 20:49

Second chances loom Large

Yesterday's season-ending Weasel Pyle in Wayne had just about everything you could ask for: A thrilling race for the Weasel of the Year award, redemption on the second-chance board, patio trivia, significant jockeying among the top seven, at least a thousand rounds of bbs and pellets, a zip line, a powerful rendition of the club's Battle Hymn, and a surprise visit from one of the club's most colorful characters from the early years. Did I miss anything?

Two-time Weasel of the Year Matt Sundstrom turned in his best performance of the year in Season Eight's penultimate game, racking up 50 points with a 12-center German board top. With the haul, he regained possession of the season's Best Germany award and vaulted past Nate Cockerill into first place in the standings. Heading into the Pyle, he leads Cockerill by about 7 points.

Game No. 217 was played July 17 at the Red Lion. The supply center chart currently is lost, but based on conversations with several of the players, I believe the game ended after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:

 

Friday, 19 July 2013 21:43

Jugger-Not

The Juggernaut.

Its very name inspires fear across Europe. The hint of its formation can solidfy two other pairs, for when the Russian-Turkish alliance starts to roll, it flattens everyone in its path.

In Game No. 216, played last Saturday at Peter Lokken's home in Old Town, Russia and Turkey looked more like Jughead and Archie than the feared alliance. When the game ended by draw vote in Spring 1908, there was nothing left of them but stains on the board.

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 22:27

Diplomacy in Old Town

Join Peter Lokken for a game of Dip in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood.

Diplomacy in Old Town
When: July 13 at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 22:25

Diplomacy at the Red Lion!

Join us for another evening of Dip and Drinks at the Red Lion.

Diplomacy at the Red Lion!
When: July 17 at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11.
Where: The Red Lion, 4749 N Rockwell in Lincoln Square.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 21:49

Join us at the Ocho

Join us for our club's happiest tradition, the eighth annual season-ending Weasel Pyle at Eric Brown's beautiful home in bucolic Wayne. We'll field three or four boards of Diplomacy, hand out the Season Eight awards, announce the Weasel Royale bids, elect a couple of suckers to the Sneak, and strike up the regimental choir. Don't miss it!

Join us at the Ocho
When: Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. until no later than 10 p.m.
Sunday, 09 June 2013 20:03

We Wallow in Shame

The latest addition to my family room is a set of coasters from the Game of Thrones*. Each one represents one of the great houses of Westeros, displaying the family's sigil and words. The Stark coaster, for example, says, "Winter is coming." The Lannisters', "Hear me roar." During the Fall 1901 turn of Game No. 215, which was played today at my house in Little Italy, my son Kevin gave our family its words. Or so we thought.

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 22:45

Aash to Ashes

Old friend Aash Anand is back in town. Let's welcome him with a game of Dip. The game will have a hard ending in the late afternoon or early evening, depending on Aash's flight.

Aash to Ashes
When: June 9 at 11 a.m.
Sunday, 02 June 2013 13:59

June, Glass bust out all over

June is bustin' out all over
The sheep aren't sleepin' any more!
 
For the Weasels, June busted out with a Diplomacy game at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. We typically don't play league games in tournament months (Weasel Moot is June 22-23), but we made an exception for Game No. 214, played yesterday, to accommodate Eric Brown, a founding Weasel and the host of the annual season-ending Weasel Pyle. He had a rare weekend pass, and we wanted to help him put it to good use.

Unfortunately, the Easterners rained on his parade a bit, as Austria, Turkey and Italy, respectively, took the top three spots, leaving his France in distant sixth. Don Glass grabbed the board top, his second of the season. The game ended by draw vote in Spring 1909 in the following center counts.

 

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