Tournaments 2015

British Open, 10-12 April. 2015

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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
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Rachel Rhodes

Nigel Merrigan

Brian Lever

Ann Pocknell

Jon Barnes

Sean Casey

Julian Minwalla

Andy Bell

Jason Pack

Martin Barkwill

Eric McAlpine

 

Eric McAlpine

British Open Champion 2015

 

 

Main

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Eric McAlpine
Wayne Felton
Nicky Check
Peter Bennet
Dorothy Lee
Gerry Enslin
Mark Calderbank
Steve Lee
Consolation

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Peter Bennet
Graham Read
Paul Gilbertson
Mark Calderbank
Steve Lee
Nicky Check
Jason Pack
Raj Jansari

Last Chance

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Bob Young
Myke Wignall
Mark Dixon
Lawrence Powell
Anna Clarke
Adrian Vines
Martin Barkwill
Phil Tutchings

Time Trial

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Paul Plumptre
Holly Lee
John Slattery
Brian Metcalf
Rosey Bensley
Jon Barnes
Tim Parfitt
Kevin Jones

Friday 150

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Mardi Ohannessian
Martin Barkwill
Paul Christmas
Paul Gilbertson
Graham Read
Peter Christmas
Bob Young
Rosey Bensley
Doubles

1

2


Friends of Dotothy
Nanna

Poker

1


Myke Wignall

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Grand Prix points this tournament 
Name Points
Adrian Vines 22.01
Andy Bell 6.50
Andy Marshall 16.51
Anna Clarke 15.97
Anna Price 6.50
Arthur Wright 10.50
Bob Young 35.76
Brian Metcalf 17.55
Chris March 22.01
CJ Uttley 17.55
Craig Hale 17.55
Dave McNamara 27.16
David Motley 16.51
David Nathan 6.50
David Pritchard 6.50
David Startin 16.51
Deana Fawcett 5.50
Dorothy Lee 31.54
Eric McAlpine 68.50
Gerry Enslin 31.54
Ginge Fullen 20.05
Graham Read 45.86
Holly Lee 22.48
Janice Hills 10.50
Jason Pack 28.51
Joe Marquet 10.50
John McKenna 5.50
John Slattery 30.02
John Wright 32.66
Jon Barnes 16.51
Julian Minwalla 22.01
Kevin Jones 22.01
Lawrence Powell 17.55
Lewis Potter 32.66
Mardi Ohannessian 40.26
Mark Calderbank 34.55
Mark Dixon 23.52
Martin Barkwill 25.75
Michael Crane 5.50
Myke Wignall 27.98
Nicky Check 46.95
Paul Barwick 28.71
Paul Christmas 18.74
Paul Gilbertson 44.79
Paul Plumptre 28.51
Peter Bennet 40.45
Peter Chan 10.50
Peter Christmas 35.96
Phil Tutchings 20.05
Rachel Rhodes 10.50
Raj Jansari 28.51
Richard Biddle 17.55
Robert Perry 16.51
Rosey Bensley 29.73
Steve Lee 31.54
Steve Pickard 17.55
Tim Mooring 10.50
Tim Parfitt 23.01
Trudi Seely 16.51
Warwick Thompson 16.51
Wayne Felton 50.50

NB: Total includes Friday 150 award

 

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Pts Player
19.95 Eric McAlpine
16.94 Wayne Felton
13.93 Nicky Check
13.93 Peter Bennet
11.92 Graham Read
9.97 Mark Calderbank
9.97 Paul Gilbertson
8.92 Dorothy Lee
8.92 Gerry Enslin
8.92 Steve Lee
5.98 Jason Pack
5.98 Raj Jansari
4.91 Dave McNamara
4.91 Ginge Fullen
4.91 John Slattery
4.91 John Wright
4.91 Lewis Potter
4.91 Mardi Ohannessian
4.91 Mark Dixon
4.91 Paul Barwick
4.91 Peter Christmas
4.91 Phil Tutchings
2.97 Paul Plumptre
2.97 Rosey Bensley

 

 

 

 

 

British Open, 2015 - It did exactly what it says on the tin
Report by Michael Crane

 

At the tournament I went out of my way to fully explain the format; both in printed form and verbally. I then asked for "any questions" to eliminate any confusion and fully answered them all before everyone sat down to play. So far as I was aware everyone understood the format - and if they didn't then they had ample opportunity to speak up. In addition to the printed and verbal explanation on the day the format was also explained months before on the Biba web and in the Bibafax. It was an ambitious format that did exactly what was promised - a Double Elimination to the Top 8 players (4 undefeated + 4 fighters) all of whom went into a straight Knockout with the single undefeated player needing to win one of two possible matches.

It should also be noted that the event also featured a full Progressive Consolation into which every player except the two Main finalists dropped into. So far as I am aware this is the only event in which all players but those already mentioned get a Fighters' chance to get back into the Main and entry into the Consolation if they don't make it to the Main final. What more can a player want?

Although a few players didn't fully grasp the format (despite all my efforts to explain it) it was a great success and although I got a few gripes about match length (I did warn them!) no one complained about not getting enough backgammon to play.

Due to illness the turnout was slightly down on the 64 limit but that didn't detract from the tournament and by Saturday evening we were down to our eight. The four from the undefeated bracket: Dorothy Lee vs Wayne Felton; Steve Lee vs Peter Bennet. The fighters: Mark Calderbank vs Nicky Check, Gerry Enslin vs Eric McAlpine.

The next round saw Wayne vs Peter and Eric vs Nicky leading to a Wayne vs Eric final; a final in which Wayne had to win one of a possible two rounds. Everyone else fell into the Progressive Consolation.



Blunderbusses

What's are blunderbuses? They are just like buses in that you don't see any for ages then suddenly two or more show up at once. Here's a few that occurred in the first match in the Final in which Eric McAlpine is playing as black and Wayne Felton as white to 9 points.


White 0
Game 2
Black 2
Black to play 42

 

The correct play here is 24/18. There's nothing to be gained by playing 11/5*; well, nothing according to XG. From hereon white dances with 31. Black rolls a second 42: 11/5 and the blot is covered and Wayne faces a 4-board. He rolls The Girls (55) and dances again. Eric rolls 52:18/11 and in comes Wayne 62:25/17. Then . . .


Black to play 33

Another 'mistake' from Eric as he plays 21/18(2), 13/10, 11/8* leaving 64, 62 and 44 off the bar to hit. It would have been better to have played 13/10(3), 11/8*; it's two shots fewer but gives 66 as an extra 4-point maker.

Wayne rolled The Girls again and was correctly doubled out by Eric.

 

White 0
Game 3
Black 3
White to play 63

 

The two blots back in black's home board are a tad vulnerable and therefore XG++ plays 24/15; Wayne goes with 18/12, 8/5 and now has three blots on. Black's reply 31: 22/21, 8/5. Then . . .


White to play 62

The better play here is to run (which should have been played last roll) 24/16 but Wayne goes with 12/6, 5/3. This is bad in at least two ways: It leaves the back checkers in even greater danger now that black has increased his attacking checkers; and it plays a dead checker behind white's back checkers. Eric rolls a great 63: 8/2*, 5/2, pointing out Wayne and making a fourth home board point.

Wayne then rolls 65 and obligingly dances after which . . .
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. . . Eric jumps in with a 2-cube. XG tells us double/pass .... Wayne takes.

Eric now rolls 62: 21/15, 6/4, nicely duplicating 3s to enter, 3s to hit and 3s to cover for Wayne! Eric goes on to win the game . . . and eventually the match needing one more win for the title.

We join it in Game 2 of the deciding 5 points match at a point where we have a brace of double blunderbusses.

 

White 1
Game 2
Black 0
Black to play 41

 

Eric plays 25/24 (correct) but goes wrong; with the 4: 6/2. Not much to gain here by playing behind. It would have been better to play off the laden mid-point 13/10 to tease Wayne off his anchor. Before rolling, Wayne shipped across a 2-cube: double/take. Then . . .


White to play 44

Two of Wayne's moves are OK: 8/4(2) but it's the remain two 4s that result in a blunder: 21/17(2) running off the anchor. It was far better to have hit: 9/1* placing Eric on the bar facing a 4-prime and needing just a 5 to leave just the 2-point open. As it went, Wayne rolled 62: 24/16* and it was Eric who ended up on the bar! It then went . .

 

White
Black
43: 25/21, 11/8  
51: 7/6, 7/2

32: 8/3 ....

   

 


Black to play 54

Eric went with 16/7 leaving a direct 3 to turn the game around whereas XG++ went with 13/4* duplicating 4s.

I thought this a bit too bold for my liking and I would have gone with Eric's play (yeah, I know, it would have been a blunder!) but . . .


White to play 54

Yep, 54! We (Eric and I) would have been on the bar. Wayne goes safe with 21/17, 6/1, which I thought was OK but XG++ rates this a BIG blunder and goes with playing off the mid-point: 13/9, 13/8. Admittedly this puts pressure on the black blot but it also puts a tad on the white blot too. What happened next?


Black cube action

XG++ tells us it's redouble/take . . . but no one told Wayne and Eric goes 2-1 up. He then goes on to win the title after some great rolls and plays when he gets a gammoned 2-cube after rolling 33 here . . .


Black takes off four checkers. This leaves Wayne to roll one of three doubles, 66, 55 or 44 and he rolls Snake Eyes and Eric takes the title.

Congratulations to Eric and commiserations to Wayne. It was the culmination of a great weekend's backgammon. This match can be downloaded of viewed in Games.

Main: Wayne and Eric

Main: Semi-finalists: Peter and Nicky

 


Meanwhile, in the Consolation the non-prog side saw Graham Read beat Paul Gilbertson and in the prog side Peter beat Mark. In the final Peter kept up the momentum and emerged the victor.

Consolation: Peter and Graham

In the Last Chance semis Bob Young beat Mark Dixon and Myke Wignall beat Lawrence Powell. Bob then got the better of Myke in the final.

Last Chance: Bob and Myke

The Time Trial saw new-comer, Holly Lee (our third Lee of the weekend, none of which are related!) triumph over giants Paul Plumptre, Jon Barnes and John Slattery - only to end up Runner-up by default after leaving before facing re-entried, Paul Plumptre in the final who was declared the winner.

Time Trial: Paul and Holly

As usual the weekend started at the Friday 150 and - as usual - Mardi Ohannessian came out the winner to Martin Barkwill's 2nd place. In the Listing we lose Stephen Carder, Paul Plumptre and Peter Bennet; all being replaced by Paul Christmas, Paul Gilbertson and Martin Barkwill. Nicky Check moves to 2nd behind Mardi as David Motley falls to joint 5th with three others. Eric McAlpine stays in (joint) 5th and Peter Christmas goes up to 4th.

With the English Open being the last Friday 150 before the November UK Finals, Mardi is unassailable; however, with 20 points up for grabs everyone else can be replaced to have a shot at the £150 first prize.

Saturday night the Doubles was won by Friends of Dorothy who saw off Nanna in the final. And, Myke Wignall won the Poker . . . which I was asked to mention . . . by Myke. ;-)

Finally
It was a very good weekend and despite a few hiccups with timing and a few dead cells in the spreadsheet it went along without a hitch. Just before I go you might like to hear that prior to play starting we remembered those players who have died this year, Mick Vacarey, Alan Greenwood and Brian Busfield. There's a video of our appreciation on the Biba Facebook page - scroll down to see it.

 

 

 

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