Last night at Guthrie’s Tavern, a calorie-counting Jim O’Kelley switched his drink of choice to Jack & Gingers. The effect was immediate. Without the uncomfortable bloating brought on by heavy beer, O’Kelley was a much more nimble and agile* diplomat as he nudged and shoved and wheedled his way to a 14-center board top. The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn with the following center counts:
Gramila’s Austria opened to Bohemia. When he got there, he looked to his left and saw an empty Tyrolia, the Italians opting instead to move to Trieste and Venice, and he looked to his right and saw an empty Silesia, the Russians sending their armies to St. Pete and Ukraine. It got worse from there.
His 1903 exit was a heck of a way to mark his first anniverary with the club. He joined in Game No. 86, played Jan. 21, 2010, at Guthrie’s. At that time, none of us were aware that he was the vanguard of a wave of mostly young players (by our standards, at least) who would establish a new order in the club. This season, Gramila, Cockerill, Lokken and Aash Anand are not only topping the charts in games played, but they’ve also topped their share of boards. And all of them are part of the Royale dicussion.
But on this night, the Old Guard reversed the new order, aided by two new players who themselves may be part of the next wave. Kos paid his dues last night, and both he and O’Donnell seemed to take to the game. We’re likely to see them again.
The ebb and flow of players continues, and the club is thriving. It was a good night at Guthrie’s.
The supply center chart is here. Now let’s hear from the players!
* As your humble reporter writes this morning, he’s feeling anything but nimble and agile.