Tournaments 2018

British Open, 13-15 April. 2018

 

 

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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

Neil Foston

 

 

 

 

 

Main

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2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Neil Foston
Paul Christmas
Peter Christmas
Isaac Rye
Oliver Crooks Smith
Andy Darby
Paul Barwick
Brian Lever

Consolation

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2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Brian Lever
Lawrence Powell
Graham Read
Peter Christmas
Chris Harper
Simon Morecroft
Oliver Crooks Smith
Isaac Rye

Last Chance

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2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Jacques Ravier
Chris Harper
Jim Shoesmith
Richard Halvorsen
Richard Biddle
Richard Coles
Anna Price
Martin Barkwill

Friday Warm-up

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3/4

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5/8

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5/8

Lawrence Powell
Graham Read
Brian Lever
Richard Biddle
Richard Coles
Crispin Duke
Jacques Ravier
Martin Barkwill

Doubles

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2

MC & PC

AP & SM

Poker

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Steve Makepiece

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GP, BBT & Ranking this tournament

Name Swiss KO Friday BBT Rank
Andy Darby 20.23 16.51   8.92 1705
Anna Price 15.30 5.50   0.50 1465
Brian Lever 15.30 31.54 10.24 13.93 1885
Chris Harper 9.72 13.00   5.98 1539
Crispin Duke 20.98 5.5 7.25 0.50 1597
Graham Read 10.47 20.05 15.25 9.97 1562
Graham Smith 5.50 5.50   0.50 1318
Isaac Rye 21.73 23.52   13.93 1490
Jacques Ravier 8.97 15.25 7.25 2.97 1518
Jim Shoesmith 8.50 9.25   2.97 1490
Lawrence Powell 7.75 27.16 20.21 11.92 1719
Liz Makepeace 5.50 5.50   0.50 1313
Martin Barkwill 16.05 5.50 7.25 2.97 1921
Neil Foston 17.55 40.45   19.95 1543
Oliver Crooks Smith 15.30 16.51   8.92 1480
Paul Barwick 15.30 16.51   8.92 1565
Paul Christmas 20.98 31.54 6.5 16.94 1721
Paul Plumptre 16.05 9.25   2.97 1762
Peter Christmas 21.73 23.52 6.5 13.93 1794
Richard Biddle 8.97 5.50 10.24 2.97 1586
Richard Coles 8.97 5.50 7.25 0.50 1463
Richard Halvorsen 8.97 7.25   0.50 1419
Simon Morecroft 5.50 13.00   5.98 1665
Wai Mun Yoon 16.05 9.25   2.97 1460

 

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British Open, 2018

Report by Michael Crane


 

The weekend began Friday evening with the Warm-up. In the semis Lawrence Powell beat Richard Biddle and Graham Read beat Brian Lever. In the Final Lawrence prevailed and as a consequence he enters the Listing in third place behind Richard and Graham.

Saturday saw the Swiss Qualifier get underway. No one got 5-5 simply because all the 4-4s were out of the Winner-Takes -All and had qualified without having to play a 5th match. Once all the results were in we needed five of the ten 3s to make up the eight for the Main. We achieved this via a 2pts, 10-draw knockout.

The Main on Sunday was thus ...

Brian Lever vs Peter Christmas
Paul Barwick vs Paul Christmas
Andy Darby vs Neil Foston
Isaac Rye vs Oliver Crooks Smith

.. with the Playoffs in red.

Peter and Paul played each other in the semi (guaranteeing a Christmas in the Final) with Paul going through. Isaac and Neil (both from the Playoffs) saw Neil going through to meet Paul.

Due to a misunderstanding I was unable to record the entire match. I started recording at 3-0 to Neil (black). Throughout the match cube decisions were discussed by both players. Here's the first with Neil playing as black to 11 points.

 

White 0
Game 1
Black 3
Black cube action

 

Although clearly in the lead race-wise this is the only area in which black is 'ahead' enough to warrant a double; but this is a lot more than a race. His position is OK but he has to contend with a couple of white anchors which could prove troublesome. He's quite low on threats - his best (perhaps his only one) is the threat of making his bar-point; even then white will be fronting the prime.

Black snatched up the cube. Correct decision .... No Double/Take

Four rolls later ...

 

White cube action

 

Wow, things have really changed in such a short time! White's GWC (game winning chances) have doubled and he ships cross the 4-cube. Black thought about this for a very long time. Although white is well behind in the race this still isn't a race. His position is very good; a five-prime holding back two black checkers, a good many escaping numbers for his back checkers and a very real threat of sending back a third checker. This should have been a quick and easy drop - eventually black took!

Correct decision ... Redouble/Pass

Some time later...

White on roll

As you can see black has kept in the game somewhat and if white doesn't roll a 6 he'll have to break his prime. It went...

 

53: 6/3, 6/1
64: 25/19, 5/1*
63: Dances
then ....
   
Black cube action

 

Should white take a chance on 11/36? Unless it's accompanied by a 6 he's going to break his board and quite likely leave a return shot. Correctly, he passes.

Correct decision... Redouble/Pass

 

White 2
Game 3
Black 7
Black cube action

 

Three rolls each into the game and across comes a 2-cube. Black is firmly in control here; he leads in the race, he out-boards white by three points to one, he's got a white checker on the bar and a white blot 8 pips away. This is far too good to double. Black was almost 78% GWC including nearly 46% gammons. Black dropped it with relief.

Correct decision... Too good to double/Pass

 

White 2
Game 4
Black 8
White cube action

 

This is clearly a cube from white: he's got black on the bar, he's threatening to prime him out with a 6; the only 'drawback' is the three back checkers which at the moment account for him being 27 pips behind in the race. Even if he closes his board with 51 or 42 he needs to roll a 6 or 5 next roll else he crunches. He won't close with a 6 unless it's 65 (or 66) because in doing so he'll open it immediately. Once closed black's prime will stay intact reducing escaping rolls for white. Black drops.

Correct decision... Double/Take

 

White 3
Game 5
Black 8
White cube action

 

After five rolls all black has managed to do is make his 1-point and send a third checker back! White, on the other hand, has three good home board points and is threatening to put black on the bar. This is a good cube from white. Because of his poor position thus far black has an easy drop. He takes.

Correct decision... Double/Pass

Later, just prior to taking off his first checker white is hit off the bar and black rolls out to take the two points and takes the match to Crawford. The Crawford game goes well for black and this is white's only chance to save the match....

... he rolls 62 and black bears in safely and bears off to become the latest British Open Backgammon Champion.

 

Main - Neil Foston and Paul Christmas
Main Semi-finalists - Issac Rye and Peter Christmas
   
Consolation - Brian Lever and Lawrence Powell Last Chance - Jacques Ravier and Chris Harper

 

Meanwhile, in the Consolation, Lawrence Powell beat Graham Read in the Non-Prog semi; and Brian Lever beat Peter Christmas in the Prog semi. Lawrence’s run of four wins came to a halt as Brian came out the winner.

In the Last Chance two new members fought it out for the trophy; Jacques Ravier and Chris Harper, an encounter from which Jacques emerged the victor.

Saturday evening saw the Doubles being won by MC & PC over AP & SM after a very very close fought match. In the Poker Steve Makepeace came out on top to take the £150 prize from its sponsor, LIVECASINO.COM. Well done, Steve.

Finally. It wasn't the biggest turnout we've ever had (it was the smallest) but that didn't detract from the quality of players and overall it was a successful weekend. I'd like to thank Sharen and Deana for assisting and all the players that turned out ... and congratulations to Neil Foston - a new name on the trophy.

 

 

 

 

 

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