We had a nice turnout for Game No. 79, played last night at Guthrie’s Tavern in Wrigleyville. In addition to the seven combatants, Greg Duenow, Kevin and Katie O’Kelly, Ted McClelland and Christian MacDonald all turned in cameos. And despite our shortest Guthrie’s game on record — a draw passed in Spring 1905 at just 9:24 p.m. — a couple of us managed to close down the bar and stroll out around 2:15 a.m. Imagine that.
On the board, the only casualty was Adam Berey, the soloist from Game No. 77. His Germany was knocked out in 1904. The DIAS draw passed early the following turn. Jim O’Kelley, clearly benefitting from playing the first three turns incognito as Ted McClelland, topped the board with 10 centers as England. Defending Weasel of the Year Peter Yeargin was second as France with eight.
The final center counts were:
Although there was still play in the game, I voted for the draw, which Sam proposed, for four good reasons:
- It was a nice, social ending to a fun game.
- I mistakenly figured that I could get an hour of post-game socializing in and still get home at a reasonable hour.
- The first four years were wild and free for my England, but I was going to have to slog for my next two centers — either Mos and War at Russia’s expense, or Belgium and Munich at France’s.
- Momentum in the E/F alliance was about to swing toward France, as he looked to have a rather easier go of it against Italy.
I’d be curious to hear from the other players in this short but fun game. Just post your comments in the comments section below.
Next up in our march to 100 games is Game No. 80, to be played Nov. 28 at Glenview. This game will happen, but there’s room for you if you want to play. Sign up by clicking on Current Games Signup List in the Main Menu, scrolling down to the article titled Home for the Holidays?, and add your name in the comments field.
A week later, we’ll be at Greg Duenow’s home on the South Side, for Game No. 81. That one is full.
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