Mike Morrison coined another opening today in Game No. 161, played at my place in Little Italy. This one was more of a new take on an old classic, the Austrian Hedgehog Opening. That’s when Austria takes Serbia, arranges a bounce in Galicia, and tells Italy he’s going to Venice. Mike’s Sledgehog works the same way tactically, but much different diplomatically. The key is not to tell Russia about the move to Galicia or Italy about the one to Venice.
The Sledgehog worked great for Mike, as he bounced Russia in Galicia and snuck into Venice. Of course, he was aided by Italy’s decision to open Rome to Naples instead of Apulia. That’s probably the last time Ben DiPaola will do that. You can check out all the Spring 1901 moves and the final center counts here.
Hopefully the players will share their thoughts on a fun game.
Next up, we’ll be at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square on Wednesday. We’re now working on a second board, so come on out and join the fun. Maybe you can even reinvent an old opening.