acquire [Updated October 2002]

ACQ  3 prizes Beginners Swiss Elim Scheduled 
 Rnd1 Heat1 22
 Rnd1 Heat2 21  Rnd1 Heat3 21
 Rnd1 Heat4 22   Round 2 Semi 9  Round 3 Final 10

  Rnd1 Heat1 Salon A  Rnd1 Heat2 Rnd1 Heat3 Rnd1 Heat4 Salon EF  Round 2 Round 3 Polo

Jon Shambeda, PA

2002 Champion

2nd: Justin Thompson, VA

3rd: Chuck Nail, GA

4th: John Morris, MD

5th: Steve Packwood, MN

6th: Steve Shambeda, PA

Event History
1991    Forrest Pafenberg      28
1992    Michael Anchors      28
1993    Steve Packwood      38
1994    Bernard Norton      49
1995    Steve Koleszar      43
1996    Al Bingamen      32
1997    Chuck Nail      56
1998    Justin Childs      48
1999    Gary Moss     40
2000    Justin Childs     41
2001   Justin Childs   45
2002   Jon Shambeda    86

AREA Ratings

GM: Cliff Ackman

Past Winners

Forrest Pafenberg - VA

Michael Anchors - MD

Steve Packwood - MN

Bernard Norton - MA

Steve Koleszar - VA

Al Bingamen - PA

Chuck Nail - GA

Justin Childs - GA
1998, 2000-2001

Gary Moss - MO

Jon Shambeda - PA

Heats instead of Rounds ...

This year's tournament was smoother and slightly more organized. The major improvement was scheduling four heats instead of a three-round preliminary session. Entrants could play in any three. This allowed people to forego one (or more) heats(s) to play in a game they just couldn't miss. There were 29 games played over those four heats. 14 people played three, 19 played two games and the rest played just once. Out of the 14 people playing three heats, eight made it to the semi-finals. A first and a second would've put a player into the semi's.

As in all games, there were some memorable plays but Cliff Ackman confounded finalist Justin Thompson with one play in particular. Justin (seat 1) started Luxor and bought three shares. Jason Ley (seat 2) bought three Luxor. David Rhode (seat 3) bought three Luxor. Rather than buy into something Cliff didn't think he could compete in, he bought three American to secure his lead in that chain. Justin then merged Luxor, garnering $3,000 and providing Jason and David with just $800 each. All players kept their stock. Justin bought three shares of another chain. Jason recreated Luxor and bought three shares in addition to his free one giving him a total of seven shares. David bought three, total 6. On Cliff's turn; he merged Luxor into a chain giving Jason first and David second. Justin and Cliff are left out in the cold. Why would anyone do this??!

Reasoning: Justin had $2200 more than any other player. He could purchase stock to maintain his lead in Luxor and/or gain the lead in any other chain he wanted. By putting money into the other two players' accounts; Jason and David are able to challenge Justin (and each other) for the payout positions in the various chains. Cliff maintained the competition between the three players rather than allowing Justin a liesurely time to purchase a payout position in other chains. Justin won the semi-final all the same,
but it wasn't easy.

The final was well played, but the three old-timers were no match for Jon "Richie-Rich" Shambeda who had majority interest in the first two mergers giving him $10,000 more than either Chuck or Justin could garner with their runnerup payouts. John had extraordinarily bad tiles in that he didn't participate in any mergers during the final. If you want to read a play-by play account of the final visit:

 GM      Cliff Ackman  [2nd Year]  4151-C King George Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17109   (NA)

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