acquire  

Updated 11/11/2009

2009 WBC Report     

 2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

Dan Eshleman, NC

2009 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
2007   Jason Ley    93
2008   Matt Amitrano    31
2009   Dan Eshleman    65
 Laurels

 Rank Name              From  Last  Total
   1. Justin Childs      FL    01     88
   2. Steve Shambeda     PA    08     51
   3. David Gantt        SC    08     44
   4. Matt Calkins       VA    06     42
   5. Phil Bradley       IL    07     38
   6. Jason Ley          WA    07     36
   7. Gary Moss          MD    00     36
   8. Dan Eshleman       NC    09     30
   9. Matt Amitrano      VA    08     30
  10. Ed Kendrick        uk    05     30
  11. Jon Shambeda       PA    02     30
  12. Arthur Field       SC    08     24
  13. Bruce Reiff        OH    01     24
  14. Marc Beauregard    qc    09     18
  15. Rich Atwater       WA    05     18
  16. Al Mink            VA    04     18
  17. Justin Thompson    VA    02     18
  18. Rob Flowers        NC    00     18
  19. Jason Levine       NY    01     16
  20. Steve Packwood     MN    02     15
  21. Davyd Field        SC    09     14
  22. Cliff Ackman       PA    09     12
  23. Malinda Kyrkos     NY    07     12
  24. Jeff Meyer         MA    06     12
  25. Don Lubreski       NJ    04     12
  26. Chuck Nail         GA    02     12
  27. Mike Wooden        NY    99     12
  28. Nick Smith         uk    03     12
  29. James Pei          VA    09      9
  30. Robert Buccheri    MD    08      9
  31. Jim Garvey         NY    07      9
  32. Jason Brown        NJ    06      9
  33. David Fritsch      VA    05      9
  34. Craig Moffit       NJ    04      9
  35. John Morris        MD    02      9
  36. David Brooks       TN    00      9
  37. Will Wible         VA    01      8
  38. Bryan Berkenstock  NJ    07      6
  39. Debbie Davidson    NE    06      6
  40. Steve Koleszar     VA    04      6
  41. Bruce Young        SC    03      6
  42. Joe Bellizi        NJ    03      4
  43. Steve Wolfman      WA    01      4
  44. Pete Gathmann      NJ    09      3
  45. Kelsey Lee         PA    08      3
  46. Ken Lee            PA    07      3
  47. Cheryl Meek        MD    06      3
  48. Bill Alderman      VA    05      3
  49. Luke Koleszar      VA    04      3
  50. Charles Goodwin    OH    00      3
  51. John Zahorsky      NJ    99      3

2009 Laurelists                                                 Returning Laurelists: 0

Marc Beauregard, qc
2nd

Cliff Ackman, PA
3rd

James Pei, VA
4th

Davyd Field, SC
5th

Pete Gathman, NJ
6th

Past Winners

Forrest Pafenberg, VA
1991

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

Matt Calkins, VA
2006

Jason Ley, WA
2007

Matt Amitrano, VA
2008

Acquire has been published in many versions ...

... by many publishers.

Still a Classic ...

2009 saw the return of heats rather than continuous play Sunday morning and WBC responded by more than doubling attendance from 31 to 65. 24 games were played over three heats and with the GM partaking only if needed to complete a multiple of four, all preliminary games were 4-player affairs.

Due to schedule conflicts, attrition among the qualifiers was heavy with only 13 qualified semi-finalists and alternates opting to continue to the advanced rounds. Three games were played with the highest percentage runner-up receiving a seat at the Final.

One item of note was the remarkable play of Rich Curtin in the semi-final. Controlling most of the game by making and merging hotels, seemingly at will, Rich was able to overcome his non-participation in the 41+ hotel at game-end. However, his costly mistake of leaving Cliff Ackman a monopoly in Continental proved to be the difference.

The Final was contested by four spanking new laurelists: Dan Eshleman, Marc Beauregard, James Pei and Cliff Ackman as Davyd Field was the only former laurelist able to add to his totals. The Final featured classic opening moves with participants either starting a hotel or playing along the board edge. What players didn't account for were the number of edge tiles other players had. Three hotels were created in corner 12I, two in corner 1I and Festival in corner 12A. Dan created the first hotel but Marc caused the first merger generating a junior bonus for him and senior bonus for Cliff. Dan came back strong with first place in World Wide, a recreation and then merging it again one turn later.

Acquire is equal parts tile play, shrewd stock purchasing and stock trading. Dan had all three Saturday night giving him first place with 50,300.

Commendation to James Pei, whose limited involvement in mergers during the Final crippled his gameplay. Still, James maintained his gracious, stoic manner.

Of the 24 games played, average winning cash total was $50,600. Average runner-ups scored 81% of the winning total, third place 66% and fourth place 53%. In the 24 games, players who created the first chain won only 25% of the time while players placing the opening tile created the first hotel at a 50% clip.

Frank Sinigaglio (left), Steve Shambeda, and Paul Bean match acquisitions with an unidentified lady financier.

The finalists have at it as James Pei (left) proves he can play games other than CDWs ... although apparently not as well.

"I'm building a hotel for my parents so they can move out of the Poor House."

Gamemaster Kelsey Lee, a graduate of the WBC Juniors Academy, guides her little financiers to Juniors riches.

 Acquire Junior

In the Juniors event, twelve kids decided to build hotels next to Dutch Wonderland. Gregory Breza proved the most successful entrepreneur, followed by Brian Pappas and Kellie Wicks.

 GM      Cliff Ackman [1st Year]  NA 
   thx1138@itech.net  NA

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