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Wake Us up When September Ends
After a fast two-board start on Sept. 10, Season 10 hit a couple of speed bumps. Our full game at the Chess Pavilion on Sept. 21 was scuttled by the early arrival of Jane Kathleen O'Kelley. (She and Meghan are doing great, by the way, and Kevin and Patrick are proud big brothers.) And then we struck out on our annual attempt to evangelize at the Conception game convention at the College of the DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
Over the years, our efforts there have been hit or miss. We were able to find players and field a game in both 2008 and 2009. That latter game was a boon for the club. That's where we found Tony Prokes, who became a regular in our games and tournaments, usually hosts once a year around St. Patrick's Day, and since then has taken on the responsibility of hosting the annual attempts to recruit at Conception. In 2011, he had a great year there. We fielded three boards, including our only game of Colonial to date. But we've struck out every year since.
Season 10 opened last night with two games in the Bar Room Brawl Series. Scott Soren, playing in his second game with the club, seized the early lead with his top in Game No. 252. Newcomer John Konwinski, who shared the top in Game No. 253, is second. For the complete standings, click here.
The Series will pick up again next month on Oct. 8 at our first Red Wednesday at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. The Lion will welcome us on the second Wednesday of every month for Red Wednesday. Make your plans to join us on Oct. 8 and Nov. 12 and Dec. 10 and, you get the idea. See you there!
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Two boards. Two John Gramilas. Two hours into our Opening Night for the 10th season of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy, and I was seeing double. And by the time play ended at around 10:45 p.m., there were just two of my German pieces left on the board.
Ah well, while the game didn't go so well for me, the night was a great success for the Weasels. We welcomed six new Weasels, four of whom were playing for the first time. We put the two experienced players on a board with five or our vets, and got that game started at around 6:45 while I sat down to explain the rules to the novices.
Once I got through our five-minute teaching guide (which curiously usually takes about 15 minutes) and answered various questions about the rules and the hobby, we started the second game with me, Ben DiPaola and Gramila pulling double duty rounding out the board.
Last Updated (Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:37)
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What are you doing on January 15? How about May 13? Not sure? Well, here's a hint: Starting in October, the second Wednesday of every month will be Red Wednesday at the Red Lion. Join us every month on the second Wednesday for dinner, drinks and Diplomacy at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. Hope to see you there!
Last Updated (Monday, 29 September 2014 14:04)
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Ring in October with a rare Thursday night house game at Peter Lokken's home in Logan Square. House game with bar timing. Check it out!
Last Updated (Friday, 26 September 2014 21:31)
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For the sixth straight year, we'll field an Undercard Game at our club championship, the Weasel Royale. While the varsity slugs it out upstairs, come play a casual game with the jv in Dan's spacious basement, complete with three beers on tap, or on his deck if weather permits! In four of the first five Undercards, the board-topper went on to qualify for the next Royale. So, added incentive.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:09)
Season Nine was another great year for the Weasels. We fielded 31 boards, including our 250th game. A total of 59 people played in our games. That number includes 21 new Weasels, six of whom were women and two who were British nationals.
In addition, the CODCon Open bounced back from a down year with seven boards and 22 players, 20 of whom were local. That was our best local turnout since WDC in 2012. And Weasel Moot weathered a drop in traveler attendance to field nine boards. The Moot numbers included four first-time travelers and five first-time locals.
The months ahead will feature two big games. Our seventh Weasel Royale club championship game has been scheduled for Nov. 1 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove, and soon we will set a date for our second Bar Room Brawl championship game.
For a seventh straight year, the Weasels managed to conduct a violence-free election, but this one was filled with plenty of drama nonetheless.
Start with a former officer's candidacy being rejected on the grounds that he wasn't a paid-up member. John Gramila was elected to a one-year term in 2011 to serve on the Fourth Sneak. The club's governing board had expanded that year to seven officers from five in anticipation of the 2012 WDC.
Gramila served with distinction as the Chief of Public Information, launching the @WindyCityWeasel Twitter account and helping with WDC planning and logistics. After the big event, he declined to seek reelection.
But early last week, Gramila announced his intention to run on Saturday. His campaign, though, was star-crossed from the start. Gramila was dealt a critical blow last Wednesday when Chief of Public Information Jim O'Kelley, the acting clerk of election, declared Gramila ineligbile on the grounds that he hadn't paid his dues. Early voting proceeded on Thursday with four candidates for four open positions: incumbents Dan Burgess, Ben DiPaola and Peter Lokken, along with Matt Sundstrom, one of the most decorated players in club history. Five paid-up members submitted early ballots.
This year's Bar Room Brawl Series spanned 14 games, with 33 players participating. Nate Cockerill locked up the top spot by soloing in the first game of the Series. But over the next 13 games, we saw lots of jockeying for the final six spots.
And now the field is set. On a date to be determined, these seven players will gather at the Red Lion for one final brawl to end all brawls. The winner will be our 2014 Bar Room Brawl Champion.
The seven contestants, in seed order, are:
Last Updated (Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:29)
At yesterday's season-ending Weasel Pyle, we presented the annual Weasels club awards, starting with the seven best country awards, each of which was branded with a controversial photo. Per club rules, only paid-up members are eligible for these awards, and none may win more than one. The Weasels for best play of each country went to: