With apologies to Shakespeare, here’s a brief account of Game No. 125, played last night at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove.
The confessional in the backroom at Ballydoyle. On the table in the middle, a caldron boiling. Thunder.
Enter the two Witches.
That’s how it went for the witches last night. All trouble and no bubble. Dan Burgess’ Turkey was flattened in 1902. Interestingly, his was the second 1902 elimination for Turkey in as many games at Ballydoyle. Newcomer Nathan Kos, playing in his second game in as many nights, fared little better. He melted in 1905.
The big beneficiary of the witch hunt was Mark Weiskircher in Russia, who took his centers two at a time and reached 10 in 1903. With him more than halfway to the magic number and his closest rival at only six, the Coalition of the Willing formed in 1904. The game eventually ended by time limit during the Fall 1906 turn with Weiskircher sharing the board top at nine centers with Eric Brown in France. The supply center counts were:
This game completed a run of three in six days for the Weasels. A total of 15 players played in the three games, including three for the first time ever, and one for the first time with us in more than 2 1/2 years.
In all, we played four games this month. Next month should be another busy one. We have full house games scheduled for Feb. 12 in Downers Grove and Feb. 26 in Chicago. And we plan to announce another one and at least one bar game soon. Stay tuned.
The supply center chart from Game No. 125 is here. Now let’s hear from the players.