A gray sky surrounds the grayer plains… or is it snow? There is nothing around except a few bare trees, no one to talk to, no place for respite. It is cold, damn cold. There is no more Ritz to be Putin on. You inhale, reeking of friends lost and hopelessness, but the only showers here are (allegedly) used to blackmail other, more important players.
Do you have what it takes to survive the winter? This, weasels, is where we share our Wisdom.
THE WISE OLD WEASEL—RUSSIA
“Why does this club hate Russia?” ponders club founder and Soviet sweetheart Jim O’Kelly. Verily, Russia is the most difficult country to play in this club, as it is the least likely to top or split a top.
Perhaps it is because of this club’s proclivity to the Sundstrom/ Armenia opening. Perhaps it is because Germany tends to bounce Sweden. Perhaps it is because two units are often bounced in S01. Perhaps it is the lack of guaranteed builds. Perhaps it is because Russia always happens to look big. Perhaps it is because Germany is too eager to move east. Perhaps it is because it neighbors nearly every nation and has the most number of “strategically imperative” diplomatic conversations early in the game. Perhaps Weasels are just fulfilling their patriotic duty.
Much like matryoshka doll, each Russian problem just opens up into another Russian problem. Playing Russia can be a real bear.
YOUR RUSSIAN INSPIRATION
I debated putting the “Miracle on Ice” here, but found this more appropriate. For context, you are the bear.
Quit Stalin and drop by the comments to leave your motherland musings.
Hit the JUMP for Russia stats, correlations, and the part where Jake posts links he knows are broken and reminds himself to correct them later.
HAMMER AND SICKLE STATISTICS
Now for some good news-this season has been relatively kind to Russia. While only two Czar’s have topped (tied for 5th least), only two have been eliminated (tie for 3rd.) Russia’s average score this season is 12.91, good for 5th. Perhaps the most promising note- Turkey is currently the most eliminated nation with 7.
Historically, Russia is dead last in number of board tops and split tops, coming in just under 10%. The greatest Russian result since the switch to Sum of Squares was a SOLO by Peter Yeargin in game 112. However, since sum of squares the best Russian performance was a 16-dot Kevin O’Kelly effort in game 193. Interestingly, Kevin went from 6 to 10 in 1902-then stayed at 10 for four years! Maybe Kevin remembers this game and can fill us in?
Correlation stats will be coming, but you’d like to see F and I do well.
CZARRY, NOT CZARRY: YOUR RUSSIAN STRATEGY OF YORE
These links will work at some point, like once I finish updating the Turkey links. Anyways, here’s some of my fave Russia strat articles.
Powell on the Jug Part 1: http://diplom.org/Zine/S2008M/Powell/juggernaut1.htm
Powell on the Jug Part 2: http://diplom.org/Zine/F2008M/Powell/juggernaut2.htm
Hood on the North: http://diplom.org/Zine/S2009R/Hood/north.htmBirsan on AIR: http://diplom.org/Zine/W2002A/Birsan/AIRheads.html
Goff on Sweden: http://diplom.org/Zine/F2000M/Goff/swedensituation.html
Dipcast site is down, will add link when it’s back up.