Absence makes the Pignotti grow stronger

Tanned, rested and ready, Paul Pignotti returned to the table for the first time in nearly two years today at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove. The break served him well as he roared to an 11-center board top.

Game No. 185 ended in Spring 1908 in the following center counts:


Austria (Nate Cockerill): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Don Glass): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Paul Pignotti): 11; 40.066 points.
Germany (Matt Sundstrom): 6; 11.921 points.
Italy (Brad Harrington): 0; 0.000 points.
Russia (Tony Prokes): 9; 26.821 points.
Turkey (Erik Bergquist): 8; 21.192 points.

Tony Prokes and Erik Bergquist finished second and third, respectively, and each improved his composite score. Prokes now trails Matt Sundstrom by less than six points for the seventh spot. After the Weasel Pyle on July 14, the top seven players of Season Seven will be invited to play in the 2012 Weasel Royale club championship game.

Bergquist helped his cause, as well, pulling into 12th place with 70.1 points, but he still needs a strong board top to crack the top seven.

The supply center chart is here, and it tells an interesting story. But as always, it’s only part of the tale. Perhaps the players and the host will chime in to fill in the details. I’m particularly interested in hearing why Sundstrom opened to Baltic instead of Denmark and how the players conspired to keep him buildless.

Next up is a game on Tuesday at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. The first board is full, and we have six others for a second board. Anyone else want to step up to fill that game?

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Mike Morrison

    I guess France took Munich in 1901…

  2. Erik Bergquist

    Thanks Dan for a great time.

  3. Dan Burgess

    It was a great time! People ganged up on Matt pretty badly, and the R/T (Tony Prokes and Erik Bergquist) was unbreakable. Chime in people with your thoughts on the game!

  4. Nate Cockerill

    Brad Harrington was one of the best Italian Allies I ever had second only to the crack-meth addict strung out on bathsalt from Orlando 02 or a table full of six Tony Prokes’s.

  5. Matt Sundstrom

    I sometimes like Baltic for possible leverage on Sweden in 1902 and it should be easy enough to move Bal-Den in fall 01 if need be. That assumes my neighbors aren’t all that hostile, which was not true in this case. War-Sil and Mar s Par-Bur made for a rough 1901. As it was, being in Bal gave me a possibility of using it to bounce Berlin. It remained handy to have there in later years when the EFR against me developed some cracks. Tough game, but staying alive given the open against me was a good challenge.

  6. Jim O'Kelley

    Matt: And how were you held to three? One army took Hol, the other got bounced in Den, and the fleet covered Ber (or vice versa with the latter two pieces). And France too Munich to keep you even? Is that correct?

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