Our 14th season is winding down, which means we’ve been doing this a long time. And like any old show, we occasionally recycle story lines.
On Wednesday, it was the one about the last-minute cancellation that would have ruined the game if not for a timely text from a friend. Fortunately, rising star Cori Neslund was able to talk Bennett Kalsevic into driving out to the Red Lion in Lincoln Square to learn a game called Diplomacy.
By 7:30 p.m., Game 392 was finally under way. The players quickly made up for lost time. There was a brawl in the Western Mediterranean; an Austrian fleet build in 1901; R/T conflict; a Western Triple; the demise of the league leader; and, eventually, some impressive dot-jockeying in the final year of the game. Time was called after the Fall 1905 turn. The final center counts were:
Austria (Chris Kelly): 9; 34.322 points.
England (Cori Neslund): 9; 34.322 points.
France (Dan Perlman): 5; 10.593 points.
Germany (Brandon Fogel): 6; 15.254 points.
Italy (Christian Kline): 2; 1.695 points.
Russia (Jake Trotta): 0; 0.000 points.
Turkey (Bennett Kalsevic): 3; 3.814 points.