Didn't Anyone Bring a Game?
"I ran out to the car in
100 degree heat for this?"
GM Joe Lux and BPA COB Ken Gutermuth
confer on the game shortage.
Braille lessons would have been
helpful in this game.
The event started slowly, with only half of the 14 sets needed
available. It took 30 minutes for volunteers to run to their
cars and hotel rooms to get enough sets to begin. I would
not assign more than four people to a game.
The final round was full of gamesmanship. After four rounds,
the finalists were exhausted. It was late. Three of the players
had a lot of friendly banter during the beginning of the game.
The fourth sat quietly. He showed great intensity and seemed
a little rattled by the talking. Two of the finalists realized
this. Their comments intensified. The fourth player looked more
and more disturbed. Since talking is part of multi-player gaming,
I did not interfere. But if the fourth player had complained
to me, I would have interceded.
As it turned out, the talking did not prevent that player
from becoming World Champion, with $52,400. Steve Shambeda finished
with $48,700. Jeff Meyer totaled #38,800. Jason Brown, who could
not catch a tile, ended with $20.900.
Is the first merger significant to the final result? Many
players would suspect so. I asked the contestants to record who
made the first merger on the result cards. Out of thirty-four
games played, twenty complied. The final position of the players
who made the first merger:
1st position: 7 first mergers
position: 8 first mergers
3rd position: 4 first mergers
position: 1 first merger
Let me point out that in the championship game, where skill
levels are more tested, the first merger finished third.
Only 28 of 54 players stayed for the second round of the Swiss-style
preliminaries. At the end of three rounds, the last seed to advance
to the semi-final round, had a score of 124. This represents
the three positions a player finished in his games. It was possible
to be last in the first round, and still get into the semi-final.
Per chance some folks bailed early after failing to win the first
I must mention that two entries really love Acquire.
Both of them had scores of 444. The play is the thing at WBC.
It was a rewarding experience. I had to make only one decision
during a game. The Acquire bunch is a very experienced
crew. Special thanks goes to Dan Mathias. After playing games
for four days, I had developed laryngitis. With his strong voice,
Dan volunteered to announce who was sitting at which board. I
hope to be back next year.