Tournaments 2017

British Open, 7-9 April. 2017

(sponsored by Neil Davidson)

 

 

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Rick Janowski
Nigel Merrigan
Barry Williams
Graham Seivers
Stephen Turner
Dave McNair
John Broomfield
Neil Kazaross
Rachel Rhodes
Steve Hallet
Murat Imamoglu
Ian Shaw
Mike Greenleaf

Rachel Rhodes

Nigel Merrigan

Brian Lever

Ann Pocknell

Jon Barnes

Sean Casey

Julian Minwalla

Andy Bell

Jason Pack

Martin Barkwill

Eric McAlpine

Neil Webb

Mardi Ohannessian

 

Mardi Ohannessian

Britsh Open Champion 2017

 

 

 

Main

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2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Mardi Ohannessian
Peter Bennet
Steve Bibby
Brendan Burgess
Radu Ciortan
Robert Perry
Jon Barnes
Sean Clennell

Consolation

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2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Anna Price
Sean Clennell
Paul Barwick
Jysen Qwt
Graham Read
Kevin Jones
Paul Gilbertson
Radu Ciortan

Last Chance

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3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Gerry Enslin
David Pritchard
Richard Carter
Peter Christmas
Garry Jones
Mike Murton
Paul Plumptre
Gheorghe Filipas

Friday Warm-up

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3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Neil Davidson
Brian Lever
Richard Biddle
Tim Line
Ian Blackmore
Crispin Duke
Eric McAlpine
Jysen Qwt

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British Open: Grand Prix - BBT - Ranking
Name Swiss KO Friday BBT Rank
Anna Price 9.72 31.54   13.93 1434
Brendan Burgess 19.48 27.16   13.93 1738
Brian Lever 17.55 17.55 15.25 2.97 1909
Chris Ternel 8.97 5.50   0.50 1645
Crispin Duke 22.48 17.55 7.25 4.91 1584
Danny Cohen 9.72 10.47 6.50 0.50 1679
David McNamara 15.30 17.55   2.97 1659
David Motley 5.50 10.47   0.50 1521
David Pritchard 7.75 23.52   0.50 1571
David Startin 15.30 5.50   0.50 1855
Emad Salib 15.30 17.55   4.91 1453
Eric McAlpine 15.30 10.47 7.25 0.50 1910
Garry Jones 8.50 10.50 5.50 0.50 1426
Gaz Owen 20.98 17.55   4.91 1615
Gerry Enslin 8.97 31.54 5.50 0.50 1719
Gheorghe Filipas 16.05 13.00 6.50 0.50 1519
Graham Read 9.72 17.55 6.50 5.98 1573
Graham Smith 5.50 10.47   0.50 1437
Howard Morris 5.50 10.47   0.50 1480
Ian Blackmore 16.05 10.47 7.25 0.50 1453
Johanna Wade 13.00 13.00   0.50 1412
John Wright 8.50 10.47   0.50 1574
Jon Barnes 28.51 20.05 5.50 8.92 1928
Julian Minwalla 5.50 5.50   0.50 1844
Jysen Qwt 20.98 20.05 7.25 9.97 1651
Kevin Jones 10.47 17.55   5.98 1497
Mardi Ohannessian 28.51 34.13   19.95 1872
Martin Barkwill 17.55 17.55 5.50 4.91 1939
Mike Murton 16.30 16.51 6.50 0.50 1621
Myke Wignall 7.75 10.47   0.50 1564
Neil Davidson 8.97 13.00 20.21 0.50 1605
Paul Barwick 5.50 20.05   9.97 1503
Paul Christmas 7.75 13.00 6.50 0.50 1630
Paul Gilbertson 16.80 17.55   5.98 1793
Paul Plumptre 16.05 17.55   4.91 1815
Peter Bennet 19.48 31.54   16.94 1966
Peter Christmas 8.97 16.51 5.50 0.50 1744
Radu Ciortan 20.23 20.05   8.92 1500
Richard Biddle 8.97 13.00 10.24 0.50 1556
Richard Carter 10.47 16.51 6.50 0.50 1431
Richard McQuillan 16.80 10.47   0.50 1565
Robert Perry 21.73 20.05   8.92 1646
Ron Slattery 5.50 10.47   0.50 1466
Rosey Bensley 7.75 13.00 6.50 0.50 1382
Sean Clennell 20.23 27.16   11.92 1635
Sean Jones 7.75 10.47 5.50 0.50 1415
Steve Bibby 20.23 27.16   13.93 1839
Tim Cross 15.30 17.55   2.97 1769
Tim Line 9.72 13.00 10.24 0.50 1575
Tim Parfitt 16.80 17.55 5.50 4.91 1498
Trudi Seely 8.97 17.55   2.97 1428
Vic Sprake 8.50 13.00 5.50 0.50 1399
Wayne Felton 5.50 5.50   0.50 1545

 

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British Open, 2017

Report by Michael Crane


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It all started Friday night at the Warm-up. Whittled down to four Brian lever beat Richard Biddle and sponsor, Neil Davidson beat Tim Line. In the Final (played late Sunday afternoon) Neil prevailed and got himself to the top of the listing. Six players in the Warm-up listing on 7.20 and below have dropped out of the Top 16 whilst two of them have moved up, Neil is one, the other is Jon Barnes. A bunch of 9.30s will need sorting out - hopefully the English Open might help. With 20.60 maximum up for grabs at the English Open the very bottom positions aren't safe and a few of the middle ones too. If you want to protect/attack the leader board with a view to getting into the Top 16 for the November play-off for the 1st Prize of £300 get yourself booked into Wokefield Park for the English Open. See here.

And so onto the Saturday: Over fifty players sat down on Saturday morning to fight it out in the Swiss qualifier for Sunday's Main 16 draw. Before starting I had roughly worked out that we might end up with between 18 and 14 on 3/3 in the playoffs for a place in the Main. I announced the playoff would take place at 9:30 Sunday morning. It turned out we had 15 and I had to whittle them down to 10.

Getting down to 10 was easily achieved with a draw of 16 including one bye - plus a second bye when one player, who wasn't happy about the 9.30 start, didn't turn up. I was expecting this to happen so had placed both 'byes' at the top and bottom of the draw. From the first round 8 players were eliminated and the 8 winners played off to provide four qualifiers and the four losers played off for the remaining two places. These six joined the 10 already qualified.

Two players had a clean sweep of 5/5; Mardi Ohannessian and Jon Barnes. Jon fell to Brendan Burgess in Round 2 of the Main ... and then Brendan faced Mardi in semi-final. Thanks to a minor cube error from Brendan (Mardi uncharacteristically took a 'dodgy' cube) Mardi prevailed. He then went on to the Final where he was pitched against Peter Bennet (4/5 in the Swiss) who had got the better of Steve Bibby in his semi.

It was a very hard fought match with Peter taking an early lead to 3-0, 4-3, 5-3, 5-5, 5-7, 7-7, 7-8, 9-8, 9-9, 10-9 and then into DMP for the match and the title. In the positions below Mardi is playing as black at DMP (white in the image below with the score at 8-7 to Peter).

 


Black to play 54

There's not a lot in the race, Mardi leads by 13 pips after this move. As many of you know, Mardi plays instinctively and quickly; and without hesitation he plays 7/2, 5/1. This is, according to XG, a blunder @ -0.094. It leaves two home board blots and they could prove to be liabilities should Peter decide to run out one of his checkers. The better play here is 15/6; it only leaves one shot, double-six.


White to play 66

Would you believe it, Peter rolled the double-six! Had Mardi not played the blunder he could have been in big trouble. It's a funny old game, as my old friend, Ken 'Stacker' Staines used to say.


Black to play 55

What a reply. A great double-five puts Mardi right into the match with 15/5(2). The race is much closer now and he is going to get two crossovers per roll without any difficulty whereas Peter has two checkers 10 pips from home requiring 4s at least to cross over.


White to play 43

Peter plays 16/12, 7/4 getting in two crossovers. I was a little surprised he didn't play 8/5 leaving 1s able to crossover should one come.


Black to play 66

Mardi follows his double-five with a cracking double-six and goes with 8/2(3), 7/1. Now 26 pips ahead and Peter is on the ropes now.


White to play 52

Peter gets two in very economically with 16/11, 8/6; but it's not looking good. According to XG his match winning chances are now as low as 12.08%. Mardi's doubles are killing him.


Black to play 66


What???? Three consecutive big doubles! Peter's mwc now drop to 2.59%. Unless he's able to roll two or three big doubles himself (and Mardi rolls a few 3s and 4s) he won't make it. A few rolls later Peter has begun the bearoff.


Black on roll

Mardi is onto a six-roll finish so Peter has to bearoff 13 checkers in five rolls. Mardi rolls 64: 5/0, 2/0 and Peter's game winning chances are extremely slim @ 0.96% needing two large doubles that bearoff 8 checkers.


White to play 32

With just one checker off playing 5/0 Peter is now left with 0.28%.


Black rolls 53 still leaving Peter with two large doubles to win.


White to play 41

Peter isn't any better with 4/0, 1/0, he still needs those two doubles. Down to 0.20%


Black rolls 63


White to play 31

Two off and Peter still needs 66, 55 minimum.


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Black rolls 53 and is now off in two leaving Peter hoping for the two doubles to clinch the title ...


He rolls 41 and concedes the match. Another new name on the trophy ... and the loss of the Winner-Takes-All. Well done, Mardi and hard luck (and I mean that) Peter. When ready this match can be downloaded here.

Following his victory Mardi then tells everyone how unlucky he has been! Rolling 66, 55, 66 in this game alone gave him an XG Luck Factor (Joker) of +1.169 alone; with a final Joker score of +1.941 for the entire match. As expected, he didn't get much sympathy. ;-)

During the final something that had never been seen before, happened. When Mardi is on the clock with his reserve set to 22 minutes his display never moves from those 22 minutes. The clocks I use don't display any loss for the first two minutes ... and look below to see for the very first time Mardi's clock actually going below 22!

And what caused this momentous occasion? This ...


Mardi to play 53

He didn't like this at all. He tried three: 13/5; 20/15, 8/5; 13/8, 4/1*. He discounted the hit - too bold even for Mardi. He didn't want to give up his 20-point anchor and for a long time looked at 13/5 but with three blots on he just couldn't bring himself round to leaving Peter more shots than necessary so he went with 20/15, 8/5 in the end. For the record, Peter rolled 41: 24/20*, 8/7.

Main: Peter and Mardi

Meanwhile, in the Consolation (Progressive - all but the last four in the Main getting in somewhere or other) Anna Price had fought hard to get to the semi-final (final match on the non-prog side) to face Paul Barwick - an encounter she won. She went into the Final to face Sean Clennell (Round 2 loser in the Main). Sean's last final with Biba was Brighton where he came out the Main winner; but this time Anna wasn't having it and she stormed home to win her first 'major' Biba trophy.

 

Consolation: Anna and Sean
Last Chance: Gerry and David

 

The Last Chance was a 16 draw entry. In the semi-finals Gerry Enslin beat Richard Carter and David Pritchard beat Peter Christmas. In the final Gerry's winning streak continued as he took first place.

Overall the tournament was a success; however, the weekend was badly let down by appallingly slow service in the restuarant for dinner, both Friday and Saturday nights, with Saturday being very poor indeed. I understand some of you have already made your feelings known to the hotel and I can assure you all that BridgeOverseas are looking into it.

Just before I go. This is the way to travel to a Biba tournament ...

Richard Biddle's 'hog'

Finally. Thank you to everyone who turned out to play in the Open and a special thanks to the overseas players ... especially those bearing gifts. :-)

 

 

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