acquire [Updated October 2003]  

2003 WBC Report     

 2004 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Phil Bradley, IL

2003 Champion

2nd: Nick Smith, UK

3rd: Davyd Field, SC

4th: Bruce Young, SC

5th: Joe Belliz, NJ

6th: David Gantt, SC

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
2003   Phil Bradley    51


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Justin Childs

FL

01
88
 2. Gary Moss

MD

00
36
 3. Jon Shambeda

PA

02
30
 4. Bruce Reiff

OH

01
24
 5. Phil Bradley

IL

03
20
 6. Justin Thompson

VA

02
18
 7. Rob Flowers

NC

02
18
 8. Jason Levine

NY

01
16
 9. Steve Shambeda

PA

02
15
10. Steve Packwood

MN

02
15
11. Chuck Nail

GA

02
12
12. Arthur Field

SC

01
12
13. Mike Wooden

NY

99
12
14. Nick Smith

UK

03
12
15. John Morris

MD

02
  9
16. David Brooks

TN

00
  9
17. Davyd Field

SC

03
  8
18. Will Wible

VA

01
  8
19. Bruce Young

SC

03
  6
20. Jason Ley

WA

99
  6
21. Joe Bellic

NJ

03
  4
22. Steve Wolfman

WA

01
  4
23. Charles Goodwin

OH

00
  3
24. John Zahorsky

NJ

99
  3
25. David Gantt

SC

03
  2

Past Winners

Forrest Pafenberg - VA
1991

Michael Anchors - MD
1992

Steve Packwood - MN
1993

Bernard Norton - MA
1994

Steve Koleszar - VA
1995

Al Bingamen - PA
1996

Chuck Nail - GA
1997

Justin Childs - GA
1998, 2000-2001


Gary Moss - MO
1999


Jon Shambeda - PA
2002
     
 


Heats instead of Rounds ...

Acquire was played over three rounds. Winners scored 7 points, second place received 4 points, etc. 17 separate games were played during the preliminary heats. David Brooks amassed 18 points to lead the pack into the semi-finals. He was closely followed by Luke and Steve Koleszar. Interestingly, one would have expected roughly four games to be won by the player sitting in each of four seats, if there were no seat bias. Of the 17 games, nine were won by the player going first. Only a single game was won by the player sitting in the second seat. Fourth seat won four and 3rd seat won three. Fifteen players scoring a total of six or more points over the three games advanced to the semi-final. Any player winning a single game advanced.

Three semi-final games of five players each were held. Davyd Field, Nick Smith and Bruce Young won their respective games. Prior to the start of the semi-finals, the entire group agreed to advance the highest percentage scoring second place finisher from the three boards to make a four-player final. Phil Bradley edged out David Gantt and Joe Belizzi for the coveted fourth and final ticket to the finals. Once again, the seat order proved important in the semis. Both Davyd and Nick sat in the first seat in their respective games. Bruce played second in his, but Steve Packwood had been unable to form a chain on the first turn, whereas Bruce did.

Phil Bradley made the most of his wild card entry and narrowly won the final. The scores were close and all four players did an excellent job of keeping the game competitive. No problems were encountered in the tournament and many players expressed satisfaction with the new board. Even some of the old board fans liked the ease of using the new board and the size of the tiles. The new board in the Hasbro edition is recommended for future events.

 GM      Arthur Field  [1st Year]  NA
    arthur-field@charter.net   (NA)

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