The Weekly Weasel — Week of July 11

Did you miss us? The Weekly Weasel is back after a month off, and it’s been a pretty busy month. Read on for all the latest news from the Weasels.

Brand Pulls off an Italian Job
Well, the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot X happened, and if you missed it, go ahead and kick yourself. You missed a fantastic weekend.

We had 93 players on 52 boards over the five rounds. Five games ended in solos, and three of those were Italian. Italy also topped the top board.

Ex-pat Peter Yeargin was the only Weasel who contended for the world championship on Sunday. The championship game was won by Canadian Chris Brand.

Local hero and Captain of the Middle Guard John Gramila was an early contender for the top board, posting the first solo of the weekend (as Italy) in the first round on Friday, but he ended up finishing 10th. Christian Kline was briefly in seventh place late Saturday night, but he finished in 13th. Both took home Best Country awards, though.

As for the rest of the club, well, we had a lot of fun.

For my complete Tournament Director’s report, click here.

For some of us, five rounds of Diplomacy just wasn’t enough. When lingering international player Tim Jones asked us on Sunday to host a bar game for him, we quickly threw one together. Just three days after WDC, we played a league game at the Red Lion featuring Tim and Sean Nolen, Siobhan’s husband. Check out the game summary.

Two Boards Tomorrow?
Meanwhile, we have a long shot at two boards tomorrow night at the Red Lion. We’re currently at nine, down from 12 earlier in the day, but we have two Chicago Game Lovers players who are interested and Christian Kline is thinking about playing. Anyone else want to come out for the penultimate Red Wednesday of the season?

The Dog Days of War
Pete McNamara had so much fun hosting last month that he’s doing it again this month. The first board is already full for his game on July 30 in Evanston, but he can field up to two boards. The fun starts at Noon and will end no later than 11 p.m.

Weasel Pyle Dates Narrowed
We’re close to selecting the date for this year’s season-ending Weasel Pyle, our club’s happiest tradition. We’re looking at either August 13 or 20, most likely in the Pyle’s traditional location, Castle Brown in bucolic Wayne.

As always, the Pyle will be the final day of regular season play. When play concludes, we’ll award the Weasels for Weasel of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Top Weasel, and best countries, and announce the bids for the Weasel Royale club championship game, date to be determined. And, of course, we’ll strike the Regimental Choir.

Circle those dates and stay tuned for the formal announcement, which is coming soon.

Candidates Needed
Another thing we’ll do at the Pyle is elect the Ninth Sneak. There will be four open positions, and at least one of the incumbents will not seek reelection. If you’d like to run, please let me know. Likewise, if you have questions, email me at

Ways of the Weasels
Look what Brian Beck did on a slow day last month. He’s got some stats on opening Weasel theory. Check it out.

Dues Still Due
Your 2016 dues are now due! Once again, we’re charging $25 for members and $10 for students. Remember, you must be a dues-paying member to be eligible for our season-ending awards (other than the Rookie of the Year) and the Weasel Royale. And you’ll also help us maintain the website and keep our Meetup page.

You can PayPal your dues to For your convenience, just use the button on this page. Thank you to the 28 Weasels who have paid up thus far, including Brad Harrington and traveler Robert Rousse. Thanks, Guys!

Upcoming Games


  • July 13 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, beginning at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11. Have nine or maybe 12. Can we get to two boards?
  • July 30 at Pete McNamara’s home in Evanston, beginning at Noon until no later than 11. Have seven. On to the second board.

Sign up for games here, on Meetup, or by emailing me at

Important Dates

  • August 13 or 20: Our club’s happiest tradition, the season-ending Weasel Pyle.

Up Next on the Grand Prix Circuit

Help Needed!

  • Database. We still are looking for someone who can convert Matt Sundstrom’s rating system to a searchable, web-based database. Please email us at if you can help or have questions. (Ben DiPaola has nibbled on this one…)

That’s all for this week. See you soon!


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