Peter Lokken topped Game No. 123, played today at my home in Oak Brook, with an 11-center Austria. Finishing second with nine centers apiece were Chris Davis and fellow member of the class of Game No. 39, Ben Morof. Whereas Davis went on to join the Sneak and eventually lead the club, Morof was playing for the first time since that game in May 2008 and for only the third time ever.
The game ended by draw vote in Fall 1908 with the following center counts.
The supply center chart is here. Of course, it only tells part of the story. Austria, Italy, Russia and France all opened against Cockerill’s Germany. Austria, Russia and Turkey combined to build four fleets in 1901. Austria eventually had three fleets…but two of them were north of the Bosporus Strait. Russia went from a solid six centers in 1902 to zero by the end of 1905. The Italians reached the English Channel. And Austria played two short in 1905 after going from seven to 12.
For all the details, let’s turn it over to the players…