Jake Trotta bounced back from a sub-par (by his lofty standards) performance in Game No. 388 to top Game No. 389, played on Memorial Day at David Spanos’ home. He’s now in first place for the season.
Billed as David’s sendoff–he’s leaving town to attend graduate school–the game didn’t go so well for the host. Spanos started strong as Russia, gaining two builds in 1901, but stalled there and eventually lost four dots in 1905. Trotta, meanwhile, cruised to his second outright board-top of the season. He shared another one, so that’s 2.5 tops in four games.
Game No. 389 ended after 1905 in the following center counts:
Austria (Chris Kelly): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Ted McClelland): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Bryan Pravel): 8; 23.358 points.
Germany (Jake Trotta): 10; 36.496 points.
Italy (Cori Neslund): 5; 9.124 points.
Russia (David Spanos): 2; 1.460 points.
Turkey (Carlos Trevino): 9; 29.562 points.
Players, what happened?