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#Season 14

Our Diplomacy league is the most active in North America. We average more than two league games per month in addition to Tournament play. We score all of our games using the Sum of Squares scoring system, and each player's best three scores count toward the season standings. We are known for our fierce competition, strong traditions, upstanding character and trustworthiness, and the propensity for Turkey to open to Armenia.

 

Hood in the hood

League Game #396 was played Jan 8, 2020, at the Red Lion.  Here are the final center counts:

Austria (David Hood): 2; 1.639 points.
England (Christian Kline): 5; 10.246 points.
France (Chris Kelly): 6; 14.754 points.
Germany (Cori Neslund): 5; 10.246 points.
Italy (Brandon Fogel): 12; 59.016 points.
Russia (Mike Morrison): 1; 0.410 points.
Turkey (Adam Baker): 3; 3.69 points.

Newly appointed Speaky Weasel, Mike Morrison, was on the scene with the following eyewitness report:

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No Turkeys at This Pyle

Season 14 concluded with a Pyle held just before Thanksgiving, as we shift our season to coincide with the calendar year.  This was also the first Pyle to be held at our favorite watering hole, the Red Lion.  This year's edition saw Clockwork Chris Kelly complete his late charge up the standings to claim his first Weasel of the Year.  Chris topped his last three boards to claim the title.  Cori Neslund won the Amanda Baumgartner Rookie of the Year award.  

Here's how the games went down:

The Bell Tolls for Chris

Old Clockwork Chris Kelly tolled 11 times at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square on Wednesday night, both turning in another board-topping performance as England and also getting the club back on schedule after a slow September. Game No. 393 ended by time limit after the Fall 1905 turn in the following center counts:

Friends in need

Our 14th season is winding down, which means we've been doing this a long time. And like any old show, we occasionally recycle story lines.

On Wednesday, it was the one about the last-minute cancellation that would have ruined the game if not for a timely text from a friend. Fortunately, rising star Cori Neslund was able to talk Bennett Kalsevic into driving out to the Red Lion in Lincoln Square to learn a game called Diplomacy. 

By 7:30 p.m., Game 392 was finally under way.  The players quickly made up for lost time. There was a brawl in the Western Mediterranean; an Austrian fleet build in 1901; R/T conflict; a Western Triple; the demise of the league leader; and, eventually, some impressive dot-jockeying in the final year of the game. Time was called after the Fall 1905 turn. The final center counts were:

Den of Records

This article is the closest thing we have to a Hall of Fame, or a Den of Records, to keep with the Weasel theme.

Soloists
League Play:
Game No. 5, March 12, 2006: Marc Peters, Turkey
Game No. 8, August 12, 2006: Christian Kline, England
Game No. 15, January 6, 2007: Jim O'Kelley, England
Game No. 17, February 10, 2007: Eric Brown, Turkey
Game No. 77, October 25, 2009: Adam Berey, Russia
Game No. 99, May 22, 2010: Matt Sundstrom, Turkey
Game No. 112, October 30, 2010: Peter Yeargin, Russia
Game No. 143, July 3, 2011: John Gramila, England
Game No. 222, September 25, 2013: Nate Cockerill, England (The Mythical Bar Game Solo!)
Game No. 374, August 12, 2018: Brandon Fogel, Austria

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