Game No. 367, played last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, started late thanks to Bandon Fogel’s extended teaching session with an interested beginner. The real lesson soon followed as the two-time defending Weasel of the Year and reigning Bull Weasel gave the other players a master course in taking what the board offers. The lesson ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Brian Shelden): 9; 30.916 points.
England (Ali Adib): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Bryan Pravel): 7; 18.702 points.
Germany (Chris Kelly): 4; 6.107 points.
Italy (Jake Langenfeld): 0; 0.000 points.
Russia (Brandon Fogel): 10; 38.168 points.
Turkey (Jim O’Kelley): 4; 6.107 points.
Fogel snatched the board-top from Brian Shelden by overcoming a two-dot deficit in the final year. The top was Fogel’s third of the season and vaulted him back into his familiar spot atop the league standings.
He’s also in first in the Bar Room Brawl. His pupil, meanwhile, opted to shadow him rather than play herself. Although she had to leave after 1904 or so, she seemed to enjoy watching a master at his craft and expressed an eagerness to play herself…which she then backed up by signing up for next month’s Red Wednesday.
As for his other students, they collectively failed this exam. Fortunately, they shouldn’t have to wait long for a do-over.
Okay, let’s hear from the players!