Fasten your seatbelts. March Madness is under way.
Our third annual March Madness extravaganza tipped off today with Game No. 91 at my place in Oak Brook, and what a start to a month in which we expect to play six games of Diplomacy. The center lead changed hands five times, with five players at least sharing it at various points. The game also saw:
- Austria and Italy open with a Key Lepanto.
- France grab three centers in 1901.
- Russia fail to build and fall in 1905.
- Five players at six centers in 1903.
- Turkey go from two in 1904 to nine by 1908.
- Germany own Moscow and Spain.
- Austria play two short after jumping from six to 11 in 1904.
- Russia convoy a British army from St. Petersburg to Sweden.
- Italy convoy a German army from Spain to Tuscany.
- Several misorders.
- A couple of surprising retreats.
- And a desperate race to prevent a solo.
When the dust cleared in Fall 1910, it was Sam Bassett atop the board with a 15-center England. The final center counts were: