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In the latest Red Wednesday, Jay Honnold in Germany rode a Western Triple to his second board top of the season by artfully keeping his neighbors on all sides in conflict with each other.  The win moved him up to 5th in league standings, less than 2 points out of 3rd.

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Game #411, played on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at Online in Interwebs, ended in a five-way draw in 1907. This game is part of WCW League 15 (2020).
Austria(Cori Neslund)8 centers17.200 points
England(Maria Yakubovich)0 centers0.000 points
France(Brian MacWilliams)3 centers12.200 points
Germany(Jay Honnold)10 centers39.200 points
Italy(Carlos Treviño)9 centers18.200 points
Russia(Brandon Fogel)4 centers13.200 points
Turkey(Chris Brown)0 centers0.000 points
1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17

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  1. Jay Honnold

    I’ll do my best to describe my perspective on each country this game

    England: A new player, and I’m the only person in this game who has had the opportunity to play with her. In my previous game with her she was very one track minded on her goal, and I thought that I could use that to my advantage. I used guilt from the last game (she tried to attack me the entire time) and thought that if she decided how the game would progress, she stick to it. I simply listed out possibilities for her, with full intentions of doing whatever she wanted, hoping that she would never change direction whether it was best of not. She wanted a western triple and that’s how we started. As the game progressed I told her that France was building lots of fleets and she needed to be wary. I didn’t want either of them to come after me so I had to turn them on each other.

    Russia: I’ve only played one game with Brandon, and in that game we almost never spoke. This time we had a bit more to discuss. I was surprised by the bounce in Armenia, but the rest of the moves said this is a disguise. Due to the expected RT I did not allow Russia to have Sweden. A western triple began and I did what I could to assist England in breaching in the north. I suspect a more experienced England would have taken Russia’s offer of grabbing St.P and Sweden which would have made my game quite difficult. As the game progressed Brandon was willing to assist me in taking St. Pete from England if I gave him Moscow. Unfortunately my greed got the best of me here and I wanted to be in a better position to take St. Pete before offering my help at which point Brandon refused (understandably fearing I would just take Moscow instead).

    France: Throughout the game I considered France to be my closest ally. Early on I was extremely happy to be playing Germany with a France next to me having 4 fleets. I felt no concern in being stabbed by him. However, I was concerned that he would outgrow me though as Italy seemed to be in a rough defensive position in the south. This concern directed me to attempt to turn England on him in order to prevent any rapid growth. I was able to disguise assisting him into Bel as a defensive move for him so he could build F Bre and defend against England (I used the opposite logic of if he builds a F Bre he’s attacking England when talking to England).

    Austria: My conversations with Austria were short. Early in the game I was willing to offer her assistance with my Munich army as France would have been happy to see that going elsewhere, and I didn’t want Austria getting swallowed whole. This never happened as an awkward stab by Turkey against Russia and Italy moving to defend against France led to Austria having a rapid recovery. I was fooled by the AI, where I believed there was a “stab” so I suspected Austria would turn on Italy, but rather it was a planned bounce and Austria came for me instead. Luckily, her concerns were also with Russia and she wasn’t able to commit fully to me. Eventually Italy turned on her as well, and my most major enemy was no longer a concern.

    Italy: I never know what to think when talking to Carlos. We almost never had a serious conversation, except for one where he wanted me to tap Bur. I said yes (should’ve just outright said no), and didn’t go through with it. I didn’t want France to have a rapid fall where Italy gets all the dots.

    Turkey: Good game, unfortunately we never had the time to talk.

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