Putting the Ben in bend over

Ben DiPaola topped yesterday’s third annual Undercard game at the Weasel Royale with an impressive 12-center Italy. He employed the aggressive Byrne Opening (Ven-Tyo, Rom-Ven, named for the late Kathy Byrne Caruso, a pioneer of aggressive Italian play), took two in 1901, and gained at least one center every year. The game ended in Spring 1908. The final center counts were:

Austria (Kyle Weiskircher): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Aaron Bernhardt); 1; 0.347 points.
France (Ulysses Peterson): 7; 17.014 points.
Germany (Pete McNamara); 9; 28.125 points.
Italy (Ben DiPaola): 12; 50.000 points.
Russia (Tasha Murphy): 2; 1.389 points.
Turkey (Mike Morrison): 3; 3.125 points.

In the first two Undercards, the board topper went on to qualify for the next year’s Royale. Can DiPaola follow in the footsteps of Pete McNamara and John Gramila? He certainly didn’t hurt his chances with this result, but only time will tell. In the meantime, he’s now in second place.

The supply center chart is here.

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  1. Mike Morrison

    I plugged this game into my computer for analysis, and this is what it came up with:

    (AnalysisBot 2012) reporting for duty–

    Seven major political powers exist in the year 4900 (all times are equal now):

    Betans (England)
    Solarians (Russia)
    Galactic Central (Germany)
    Underground (Austria)
    the Trident (Italy)
    Singularity Throughput (Turkey)
    InterGalactic Cyberceuticals (France)

    In this particular iteration of the Game, Singularity Throughput aided the Trident and Solarians in conquering Underground, while Galactic Central worked together with InterGalactic Cyberceuticals and Solarians to minimize the threat of the Betans.

    (Analysis Bot 2012) retiring from duty.

    I’ll notify you if I can find my Analysis-English dictionary.

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