acquire [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report     

 2007 Status: pending 2007 GM commitment

Matt Calkins, VA

2006 Champion

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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
2004    David Gantt    52
2005    Ed Kendrick    67
2006    Matt Calkins    54

 Laurels

 Rank Name              From  Last  Total
   1. Justin Childs      FL    01     88
   2. Matt Calkins       VA    06     42
   3. David Gantt        SC    05     38
   4. Gary Moss          MD    00     36
   5. Steve Shambeda     PA    06     33
   6. Ed Kendrick        UK    05     30
   7. Jon Shambeda       PA    02     30
   8. Bruce Reiff        OH    01     24
   9. Phil Bradley       IL    03     20
  10. Rich Atwater       WA    05     18
  11. Al Mink            VA    04     18
  12. Justin Thompson    VA    02     18
  13. Rob Flowers        NC    02     18
  14. Jason Levine       NY    01     16
  15. Steve Packwood     MN    02     15
  16. Jeff Meyer         MA    06     12
  17. Don Lubreski       NJ    04     12
  18. Chuck Nail         GA    02     12
  19. Arthur Field       SC    01     12
  20. Mike Wooden        NY    99     12
  21. Nick Smith         UK    03     12
  22. Jason Brown        NJ    06      9
  23. David Fritsch      VA    05      9
  24. Craig Moffit       NJ    04      9
  25. John Morris        MD    02      9
  26. David Brooks       TN    00      9
  27. Davyd Field        CA    03      8
  28. Will Wible         VA    01      8
  29. Debbie Davidson    NE    06      6
  30. Steve Koleszar     VA    04      6
  31. Bruce Young        SC    03      6
  32. Jason Ley          WA    99      6
  33. Joe Bellic         NJ    03      4
  34. Steve Wolfman      WA    01      4
  35. Cheryl Merica      MD    06      3
  36. Bill Alderman      VA    05      3
  37. Luke Koleszar      VA    04      3
  38. Charles Goodwin    OH    00      3
  39. John Zahorsky      NJ    99      3

2006 Laurelists

Steve Shambeda, VA
2nd

Jeff Meyer, MA
3rd

Jason Brown, NJ
4th

Debbie Davidson, NE
5th

Cheryl Merica, MD
6th

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

Phil Bradley, IL
2003

David Gantt, SC
2004

Ed Kendrick, UK
2005
   

 "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.

Didn't Anyone Bring a 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
            2nd position: 8 first mergers
            3rd position: 4 first mergers
            4th 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 round.

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. 

 GM      Joe Lux  [1st Year]  NA 
    joeluxchess@aol.com  NA

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