At the start of play in Game No. 104–held Saturday at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove–Pete McNamara and Sam Bassett were holding down the sixth and seventh spots, respectively, in the Weasel Royale field. But with scores of 403 and 345, they were low-hanging fruit for other Royale hopefuls.
So, Saturday’s game represented an opportunity for them to solidfy their tenuous positions. But by the end of the day, they were on even shakier ground.
Instead, it was Amanda Baumgartner, Christopher M. Davis and Dan who improved their Royale chances. As Germany, Italy and Turkey, they each finished with eight centers and 92 points in a game that ended in a five-way draw after the Fall 1910 turn. Peter Yeargin, meanwhile, topped the board with a nine-center France, but his score had no bearing on the Royale.
The final center counts were:
Here’s the supply center chart.
The Weasel Pyle at Eric Brown’s home in Wayne on Aug. 14 is the last scheduled event of season five, and with three or four boards and so many players in contention, each game could have Royale implications. Check out the club standings here.
There’s still room on the Pyle’s fourth board, so sign up now and join the fun. In the meantime, let’s hear from the players in Game No. 104.