In the version of history we wrote yesterday at my home in Little Italy, 1901 was the golden age of slapstick comedy. The hijinx started in Fall 1901.
First, my Austria misordered support for Albania to Greece. I ordered the support from Budapest instead of Serbia. Consequently, instead of simply being an irritant that signaled intent, Turkey’s (Chris Kelly) move to Greece denied me the center and a crucial second build.
Then, Italy (Don Glass) ordered Naples to Tunis instead of Ionian to Tunis. That left him without a build.
The final and largest mishap of 1901 came in the Winter. Russia (Nate Cockerill) had secured Rumania and Sweden, but for his builds, he wrote both a fleet and an army in St. Petersburg, so he played 1902 two short.
Larry, Moe and Curly. And Kelly poked all of them in the eye. Game No. 177 ended in Spring 1908 in the following center counts:
Austria (Jim O’Kelley): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Peter Lokken): 9; 25.796 points.
France (Aash Anand): 8; 20.382 points.
Germany (Eamon Driscoll): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Don Glass): 0; 0.000 points.
Russia (Nate Cockerill): 5; 7.962 points.
Turkey (Chris Kelly): 12; 45.860 points.
Check out the supply center chart here.
In addition to the misorders in the East, Fall 1901 featured some interesting moves in the West. France had supported himself into Burgundy, while Germany opened to Holland and Ruhr and Italy was in Piedmont. Anand and Driscoll both demonstrated nerves of steel. For Anand, it paid off.
While Driscoll ordered Holland S Ruhr to Belgium, Anand ordered Burgundy to Munich and Marseilles to Burgundy. Meanwhile, Lokken bounced Driscoll in Denmark. Anand’s bold move was rewarded with a second build and good position; Driscoll’s earned him an eventual early exit.
Okay, let’s hear from the players.