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.
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?