Tournaments 2012

(Swiss format ranking tournament 4 of 4)

Townharbour Trophy 2-4 November 2012

 

 

 

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Alan Beckerson
Rick Janowski
Nev Hyde
Brendan Burgess
Barry Williams
Paul Lamford
Rick Janowski
Paul Lamford
Simon Gasquoine
Roy Hollands
Erik Sorensen
Mardi Ohannessian
John Clark
Mardi Ohannessian

Connor Dickinson

Eddie Barker

Mark Dixon

Jerry Limb

David Motley

Mardi Ohannessian

Neil Everitt

Mardi Ohannesian

Colin Owen

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Main (11/22)
Pos
Players Name
wins
GP Pts

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2
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5
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Colin Owen
Gerry Enslin
Jon Barnes
Richard Biddle
Marcus Wrinch
Jysen Qwt
Bob Young
Paul Christmas
Mardi Ohannessian
Mark Calderbank
Rosey Bensley

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2

40.45
39.42
35.30
36.33
30.51
27.42
21.46
20.43
22.49
15.48
16.51

Consolation (11/22)
Pos
Players Name

Con/Wins

GP Pts

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2
3
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11

Eric McAlpine
Myke Wignall
Peter Finnimore
Peter Christmas
Bob Bruce
Brian Metcalf
Jeff Barber
Mick Vacarey
Paul Barwick
Chris Ternel
Arthur Wright

3 / 4
2 / 2
2 / 2
2 / 3
1 / 2
1 / 1
1 / 2
1 / 2
1 / 2
1 / 2
0 / 1

27.42
14.45
14.45
20.43
15.48
9.47
14.45
14.45
15.48
15.48
9.47

Friday 500 (8)

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3&4
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5to8
5to8

5to8
5to8

Jysen Qwt
Peter Christmas
Paul Christmas
Colin Owen
Mardi Ohannessian
Mick Vacarey
Myke Wignall
Eric McAlpine
Poker (7)
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Jyesn Qwt
Paul Christmas
Marcus Wrinch
Myke Wignall
Rosey Bensley
Mick Vacarey
Mark Calderbank
Doubles (6)

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Grizzly Bears
Cottagewebs

 

 

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Townharbour Trophy, 2-4 November, 2012
Report by Michael Crane

Slightly up on last year we got off to a good start and by Sunday morning we had just three on perfect scores of 3-3: Colin Owen, Gerry Enslin and Marcus Wrinch. Via a random draw Marcus played Colin and Gerry played a random 2-2, Rosey Bensley. Going into Round 4 with 4-4 were Colin and Gerry, an encounter that saw Colin emerge undefeated on 5-5. We now had to find a suitable opponent on 4-5 to see if Colin's rampage to 6-6 could be stopped. The choice was between Jon Barnes or Richard Biddle and Jon was chosen at random . . . and it turned out to be a good choice - unless your name is Colin Owen!

It was a good match to watch but there were a few poor plays by both players. Here's the first from Colin (playing as white):

 

White 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - Black 0

White to play 33

Colin toyed with making a 6-prime with 13/7(2) but then changed his mind and went for 23/20, 9/3*, 6/3, hitting and covering. It was a mistake. It would have been far better to have made the prime. His two runners were not in any danger and he could move them out with ease. The score moved to 2-2:

White 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - Black 2

Black to play 42

Jon played safe 13/7 and blundered. XG wanted him to play 24/20 and start to get his back checkers moving, and 13/11 to possibly make another blocking point. Playing 13/7 doesn't do too much and white won't be moving off his anchor for a while; therefore XG's play is the way to go. Several rolls later . . .



Black to play 61

Jon was hit quite a lot since the position above and now he's in trouble. He decides to hit and run with 24/23*, 22/16. But, hitting here is a minor irritation to white and it would have been wiser to keep both anchors and simply play 22/15. Some time later, Colin badly misplays this double-five:

White 7 - - - - - - - - - - - - - Black 4

White to play 55

Not a lot of choice here and Colin chooses to play 11/1(2) shifting off a very valuable 6-blocking point. XG was screaming out, 17/2, 6/1. Jon will have to split off his anchor with any roll greater than 2s or 1s giving white shots to put a halt to Jon's racing chances. Colin wins the point and the score moves to 8-4 in his favour. It is in this next game that the match is decided. It all starts with this double from Colin:

White 8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - Black 4

White Cube Action

Although Colin has a decent racing lead this isn't strictly a race. He has a blot on and a runner yet to move off his 24-point. This is an easy take for Jon and XG tells us it isn't even a double. A few rolls later and the cube is on the table again . . .


Black Cube Action

Four points required for the match and a four-cube on the table. Colin takes and it's a blunder says XG. He's left a double-shot on his 10-point and his runner has moved up just one pip and it too is in danger, this time from a triple hit! Jon rolls 31: 20/17, 8/7 and tidies up his blots. Not long afterwards Jon takes a long time over this play:


Black to play 42

He dithers back and forth for a good while between 12/8, 10/8 and 13/7; both look good moves . . . and both are wrong according to XG! Jon finally settles on making his 8-point (a play I also went for). He didn't even consider XG's play of 12/10, 7/3. A good blocking point and one that leaves a single blot which nicely covers his outer board should Colin make a run for it - which he is likely to do.

Colin dashes for home but his checker is soon on the bar, the second one following soon after. He then dances long enough for Jon to open from the back to let him out. Despite his best efforts to save the gammon Colin can't do it and he loses his first match of the tournament.

This left me with these two on 5-6 and joining them after a good weekend's playing was Richard Biddle after his Round 6 defeat of Mardi Ohannessian and Gerry Enslin who rallied in his last match to defeat against Marcus Wrinch. This left me with having to use the new tie-break (Option #1 for those that are interested) and it came out thus: 1st Colin Owen, 2nd Gerry Enslin, 3rd Jon Barnes and Richard Biddle 4th.

 

Main: Colin and Gerry

One 'good' thing to come out of Colin's defeat is that the WTA Rollover rolls over again! At the Jarvis Trophy in February the pot will start at £525 and could reach as much as £800+!

Meanwhile, in the Consolation last round, two players on 2-3 sat down to contest the trophy: Myke Wignall vs Eric McAlpine; an encounter from which Eric walked away the winner.

Consolation: Eric and Myke

As you all should know by now the weekend started with the Friday 500. Of course, Mardi's #1 position was unassailable and he wasn't too bothered about his first round defeat. Peter Christmas and Jysen Qwt fought it out in the Final and Jysen emerged the winner. For details on the final placings see here.

On the Saturday night the Final of the Poker Grand Prix was played. It was a crucial finish for the top three players, Myke Wignall, Marcus Wrinch and Mark Calderbank none of whom managed to gain any points as Jysen Qwt came 1st, Paul Christmas 2nd and Marcus Wrinch 3rd. See here for the final listing.

To conclude the weekend we had the Doubles. An event that saw Cottagewebs beaten by some good playing and even better rolling by Grizzly Bears. Next time I am getting me a gun – that or pick Valerie Wright as my partner!

Finally
I'd like to thank Deana Fawcett for her help over the weekend. She won't be with me in December, apparently her 50th birthday party is more important than the backgammon! And thanks too to Jon Barnes who recorded and transcribed part of his match against Colin - I finished it off with the last game so that those who would like a copy can request one via email in the usual formats: JF, XG and Snowie.