If last night at Guthrie’s Tavern was any indication, the future (of the Weasels) is all right. We had 23 people turn out on a Wednesday night for an event we scheduled less than two weeks ago. The turnout resulted in our first ever three-board session at a bar event. And the best news of all for the future of our club: Our three board-toppers all joined the Weasels this season.
Let’s get right into our game summaries. The first game to start was our shark board, Game No. 178. By all accounts, it was a brutal affair. At various times, we saw the Italians in Marseilles, the Germans in Venice, and the Austrians in Berlin. It ended by time limit in Spring 1907 in the following center counts:
England (Aaron Bernhardt): 1; 0.505 points.
France (Nate Cockerill): 6; 18.182 points.
Germany (Eamon Driscoll): 8; 32.323 points.
Italy (Christian Kline): 3; 4.545 points.
Russia (Peter Lokken): 4; 8.081 points.
Turkey (John Gramila): 6; 18.182 points.
Game No. 179 was actually the last game to start, as our two Belgians missed their train. It finally got under way at around 7:30 p.m., and with the Belgians playing in Austria and Germany, they had a tough time defending themselves against the wrath of the players they kept waiting. This game actually ended by draw vote in Spring 1906. (Two players voted down a draw vote in 1905.) The final center counts were:
England (Ted McClelland): 7; 20.763 points.
France (Kevin Schiferle): 5; 10.593 points.
Germany (Herve De Theux): 3; 3.814 points.
Italy (Erik Bergquist): 2; 1.695 points.
Russia (Sam Bassett): 7; 20.763 points.
Turkey (Ryan Whalen): 10; 42.373 points.
For Whalen, it was his second board top in as many games with the Weasels. He shared the top in Game No. 163, played at the Red Lion in December. With this board top, the Canadian shot up to 10th place. With another solid result (and if he pays his dues…), he could be the second Canadian to play in the Weasel Royale.
We had five new Weasels play in Game No. 180, including three first-time players. They were joined by club vets Mike Morrison and Chris Paxhia. This game ended by time limit in Spring 1906. The final center counts were:
England (Max Iniguez): 7; 23.113 points.
France (Jakub Mirski): 8; 30.189 points.
Germany (Mark Johnson): 3; 4.245 points.
Italy (Chris Paxhia): 6; 16.981 points.
Russia (Peter Papachronopoulos): 2; 1.887 points.
Turkey (Megan Klimek): 7; 23.113 points.
Mirski is a Polish national and was one of four international players on the night. The others were Whalen and Belgians Marcelis and De Theux. The Weasels are going international just in time for WDC.
Lokken recruited Mirski. Gramila recruited Inguez, Johnson (who went to college with Gramila and ex-pat Adam Berey), Papachronopoulos (he’s going to need a nickname), and Klimek. Gramila has two other recruits on tap for our next bar game, which will be in May.
We’ve now had 75 players participate in this season’s games. That’s a record for us, shattering our previous high of 64, set last year. And we’ve played 31 games so far. Our record for games played in a season is 41, set last year. We have some work to do to top that, since this season will be shortened by WDC. However, if players keep turning out like they did last night, we should shatter that mark, too.
Check out the supply center charts here.
Next up for the Weasels is our sixth annual CODCon Open, April 21-22 at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn. Make your plans to join us for a fun weekend. We’ll announce the next round of game openings at CODCon.