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The Two Jakes

There was a Jake problem at the Red Lion last Wednesday: Two on the board but only one could top.

Game No. 370 was a nail-biter right down to the final turn. Jakes Langenfeld and Trotta were neck and neck at eight centers through 1906. On the penultimate turn, Langenfeld grabbed the inside track.

“Everyone on the board assumed I had the board-top,” he says.

Well, everyone but Trotta … and, if he can still remember last fall’s Bar Room Brawl Championship Game, maybe Brian Shelden.

On the ultimate turn, Trotta did what Trotta does.

“Miraculously,” Langenfeld says, “he edged out ahead in the last adjudication.”

Game No. 370 ended by time limit after the Fall 1907 turn in the following center counts:

Austria (Brian Shelden): 3; 3.571 points.
England (Ravi Betzig): 1; 0.397 points.
France (Chris Kelly): 6; 14.286 points.
Germany (Jake Langenfeld): 9; 32.143 points.
Italy (Bryan Pravel): 5; 9.921 points.
Russia (Jake Trotta): 10; 39.683 points.
Turkey (Ali Adib): 0; 0.000 points.

The center chart is here.

The outcome likely cost Langenfeld sole possession of first place. Look how close the current league standings are! He is back on top of the Brawl standings, however. One scheduled Brawl game remains, back at the Red Lion on August 8.

Players, how about some endgame statements?

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