As newcomer and transplanted Brit Matilda Bathurst gained some traction Wednesday night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, observer Chris Kelly turned to me and said, “If she waltzes to this board-top, the title writes itself.”
Chris and I fancy ourselves to be geniuses when it comes to titling these game summaries, and normally, we can appreciate each other’s references. This one had me stumped, though. I’m not well versed in Australian folk music, and “Walk on the Wild Side” is as deep into the Lou Reed weeds as I can go.
As both her neighbor on the board and a history major who specialized in Medieval civilization, I was thinking instead of the central figure in an English civil war. While victorious, that Matilda was never crowned, though, so Chris gets the nod.
Game No. 369, played June 13 at the Red Lion, ended by draw vote in Spring 1905 in the following center counts:
Austria (Jake Langenfeld): 3; 5.000 points.
England (Ali Adib): 4; 8.889 points.
France (Matilda Bathurst): 8; 35.556 points.
Germany (Jim O’Kelley): 5; 13.889 points.
Italy (Ravi Betzig): 5; 13.889 points.
Russia (Chad Carson): 4; 8.889 points.
Turkey (Nick McIntyre): 5; 13.889 points.
Matilda was recruited by Ali. Ravi and Nick, meanwhile, found us through Meetup. Matilda and Nick were playing for the first time. Ravi was playing his first face-to-face game. Throw in Chad, who was returning to the table for the first time since May of last year, and it was an exceptionally good recruiting night for the club.
Players and observers, tell us what you saw.