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Updated Nov. 23, 2012

2012 WBC Report     

 2013 Status: pending 2013 GM commitment

Ken Richards, SC

2012 Champion

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
2010    Joshua Cooper    72
2011    Joshua Cooper    83
2012   Ken Richards    77

 Laurels

 Rank Name              From  Last  Total
   1. Justin Childs      FL    01     88
   2. Joshua Cooper      MD    12     69
   3. Matt Calkins       VA    12     60
   4. Steve Shambeda     PA    08     51
   5. Jason Ley          WA    11     45
   6. David Gantt        SC    08     44
   7. Gary Moss          MO    11     42
   8. Phil Bradley       IL    07     38
   9. Ken Richards       SC    12     30
  10. Dan Eshleman       NC    09     30
  11. Matt Amitrano      VA    08     30
  12. Ed Kendrick        uk    05     30
  13. Jon Shambeda       PA    02     30
  14. Malinda Kyrkos     NY    10     24
  15. Arthur Field       SC    08     24
  16. Bruce Reiff        OH    01     24
  17. Cheryl Mallon      MD    11     21
  18. James Pei          VA    11     21
  19. Fadi Deeb          NC    10     18
  20. Marc Beauregard    qc    09     18
  21. Rich Atwater       WA    05     18
  22. Al Mink            VA    04     18
  23. Justin Thompson    VA    02     18
  24. Rob Flowers        NC    00     18
  25. Jason Levine       NY    01     16
  26. Steve Packwood     MN    02     15
  27. Davyd Field        SC    09     14
  28. Ray Stakenas II    CA    12     12
  29. Cliff Ackman       PA    09     12
  30. Jeff Meyer         MA    06     12
  31. Don Lubreski       NJ    04     12
  32. Chuck Nail         GA    02     12
  33. Mike Wooden        NY    99     12
  34. Nick Smith         uk    03     12
  35. Dylan Routh        MD    10      9
  36. Robert Buccheri    MD    08      9
  37. Jim Garvey         NY    07      9
  38. Jason Brown        NJ    06      9
  39. David Fritsch      VA    05      9
  40. Craig Moffit       NJ    04      9
  41. John Morris        MD    02      9
  42. David Brooks       TN    00      9
  43. Will Wible         VA    01      8
  44. Brad Raszewski     MD    12      6
  45. Ticy Schaffer      FL    10      6
  46. Bryan Berkenstock  NJ    07      6
  47. Debbie Davidson    NE    06      6
  48. Steve Koleszar     VA    04      6
  49. Bruce Young        SC    03      6
  50. Joe Bellizi        NJ    03      4
  51. Steve Wolfman      WA    01      4
  52. Eric Ritter        PA    12      3
  53. Eyal Mozes         MD    11      3
  54. Yoshiya Narita     jp    10      3
  55. Pete Gathmann      NJ    09      3
  56. Kelsey Lee         PA    08      3
  57. Ken Lee            PA    07      3
  58. Bill Alderman      VA    05      3
  59. Luke Koleszar      VA    04      3
  60. Charles Goodwin    OH    00      3
  61. John Zahorsky      NJ    99      3

2012 Laurelists                                                Returning Laurelists:

Matt Calkins, VA
2nd

Ray Stakenas II, CA
3rd

Joshua Cooper, MD
4th

Brad Raszewski, MD
5th

Eric Ritter, PA
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

Dan Eshleman, LA
2009

Joshua Cooper, MD
2010-11

Ken Richards, SC
2012
   

John Tighe Sr, Ken Richards, Jay Kelbey and Kelly Krieble dabble in real estate.

Anthony Musella, Barrington Beavis, Steve Packwood and Chanen Rothenberg buy hotels.

 Phil Becker, Justin Childs and Matt Calkins consider their options. Childs was a three-time champ returning to WBC for the first time since it was Avaloncon.

 John Tighe Jr looks pleased with his board position as 2007 champ Jason Ley checks with his accountants before making his next move. Neither would advance.

Last to Merge ...

I have to start by saying 'Thank You' to all the Acquire participants because I can't say that I run the tournament. More like, I give it a push and the tournament runs itself. People help one another learn the game. There's no arguing (at least none I've ever heard). For the most part, people are just happy to have a venue and opponents without going through the obligatory "what will we play next" discussion with their usual group. This year, I introduced a "Speed Game" sign for players that appreciate quick play and/or had a need to finish A.S.A.P. Four such games were arranged without any problems. Joshua Cooper (our defending champion) had a conflict due to GM'ing Agricola. Three players volunteered to meet Josh in the main ballroom to facilitate his GM obligations, enthusiastic to take on the reigning champion challenge.

In all, 77 obliging players played 28 preliminary games in three heats. The lowest winning score was $36,700; the highest $68,700, and the closest win: $400. The prevalent opinion is that the winner has to participate in the first merger. That sentiment was again strongly confirmed by the results. 16 preliminary game winners had (or tied for) the majority position in the first merger, with four winners taking the minority position, and only eight denied part of the first merger. This contrasted completely with the playoffs where only one winner had majority position, one had minority and three (including the champion!) were not involved in the first merger.

The semifinals struggled to find 16 qualifiers among the 28 winners able to advance, thus allowing 2006 champion Matt Calkins an alternate berth with a single runner-up finish. Matt made the most of it by winning his semifinal to join Ken Richards, Ray Stakenas and Joshua Cooper (trying for his third straight Acquire title) in the Final. Josh, Matt and Ray started the first six hotel chains. Ken finally started his first (the last chain) on Turn 4. All four finalists bought a centralized Imperial incessantly. Although Ray had majority in a 7-6-6-6 stock distribution, he couldn't get a merge tile. More important was the unproductive money tied up in stock that hurt everyone. On Turn 6, Matt and Ray turned the first merger. On Turn 8, Ray and Matt enjoyed the second merger. Josh and Ken generated some money in future mergers but Ray and Matt were well in the lead. The two leaders, flush with cash, competed against one another buying whatever they wanted and focusing on their only perceived rival.

Big mistake. Josh and Ken each locked in a majority in a chain of their own. Ken's investing proved the wiser choice as he took majority share in the game-ending chain. It was enough to win his first WBC title with a narrow 47,200 - 46,400 - 45,900 triumph. Although Josh finished fourth in his bid for a third straight Acquire title, he was only one tile short of that goal.

Anne Norton, Romain Jacques and Francois de Bellefeville look for vacancies during the second heat in one of the 28 qualifying preliminary games.

GM Cliff Ackman oversees his finalists. Although defending champ Joshua Cooper made the Final for the third straight year, he finished fourth.

 GM      Cliff Ackman [6th Year]  NA 
   Cliff006@Frontier.com  NA

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