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Tournaments 2014

(Swiss format ranking tournament 3 of 4)

SAC Trophy 8-10 August 2014

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Thomas Connor
Paul Money
Crispin de Nys
Brian Lever
Tim Found
Stephen Turner
Geoff Oliver
Dave Gallagher
Ralph Eskinazi
Al Hogg
Richard Granville
Salvador Leong
Brian Lever
Tony Lee
Tony Lee

Lawrence Powell

Julian Minwalla

Stephen Drake

Raj Jansari

Tony Fawcett

Gerry Enslin

Mike Heard

Marcus Wrinch

David Startin

Phil Tutchings

 

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Main

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3&4

3&4

Phil Tutchings
Michael Crane
Richard Biddle
Craig Hale

Consolation

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3&4

3&4

5to8

5to8

Richard Biddle
Jimmi Wong
Sharen Crane
Craig Hale
Paul Plumptre
Deana Fawcett

Last Chance

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3&4

3&4

Deana Fawcett
Sharen Crane
Craig Hale
Paul Plumptre
Friday 250

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Richard Biddle
Michael Crane

 

 

Grand Prix Points @ SAC Trophy
Player
Total GP
Swiss + Main/Con
Phil Tutchings
Michael Crane
Richard Biddle
Jimmi Wong
Craig Hale
Sharen Crane
Paul Plumptre
Deana Fawcett
44.15
40.10
38.07
25.76
23.50
19.00
17.24
14.00
16.99 + 27.16
20.05 + 20.05
18.02 + 20.05
9.25 + 16.51
13.00 + 10.50
8.50 + 10.50
11.74 + 5.50
8.50 + 5.50

NB: These awards will be added to the Grand Prix listing.

 

IMPORTANT

Following communications from some members I have decided that Grand Prix points awarded in the Swiss Qualifier will NOT be at the 11-point range but at a new, 9-point range (see here). Also, the Win% listing will NOT include 9-point matches and will continue with 11-point matches.

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SAC Trophy 8-10 August 2014

Report by Michael Crane

I have come to conclusion that August isn't a good month. I came to this after the very low turnout. But, as ever, I'm there to provide a weekend's backgammon and I delivered. The format slightly changed to a Swiss 4 x 9 points on the Saturday to a double-elimination on the Sunday. Everyone was in agreement and there was plenty to keep everyone happy.

From the Swiss four were entered into the Main: Me, Phil Tutchings, Richard Biddle and Craig Hale (Craig had qualified after a play-off against Paul Plumptre). Phil went all the way to the final without a defeat and I got to play him after winning the Second Chance bracket with defeats over Craig and Richard (who beat me in Round One!).

Phil had a great advantage over me. I had to beat him twice, he had to beat me once. The first match was a tight one and I just made it to leave the match drawn on 1-1. It was now sudden death!

I didn't really get into the match until Game 7. Phil is leading 6-2 and is playing as black.

White 2-------------------        --Black 6


White cube action


So far, so good. For the first time in this game I was feeling confident and I offered Phil an early cube. I figured it wasn't a strong cube but I wanted Phil to take. I have a decent pip lead (29) and better distribution and wanted to maximise my wins. Phil took.


White to play 41

I hate having to give up my 6-point: 6/2, 3/2, and I did I look at 8/4, 3/2 before playing it. Best of a bad roll, I suppose. Phil rolls 64: 13/7, 13/9 and I get away with it. But, my 65: 20/15, 20/14 still leaves it on. It's here that Phil makes a blunder.


Black to play 64

I was expecting to be hit 20/10* and was surprised (and relieved) to see him play 9/5, 8/2! Even though he hasn't a decent home board hitting would have left me with blots on that could prove hard to safety. Having been missed thanks to Phil's blunder I decided to play a blunder of my own!


White to play 61

I had considered remaking my 6-point with 13/6 but the thought of leaving three blots on to rolls of 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 just didn't look good even when considering Phil's poor home board. I was wrong; 13/6 was much better!

Phil rolled 22: 8/4, 7/5, 6/4 and made a much better home board - so I decided to keep things as tight as I could. I kept it tight for a few rolls - I even managed to remake my 6-point - then I went back to my blundering about.


White to play 41

Not wanting to give Phil good 6s I decided to once again vacate my 6-point: 6/1. XG told me leaving a direct 6 plus 44 and 53 was better. It mattered not, his reply of 61: 20/19*, 19/13 hit either way.

Then, another blunder . . .


White to play 53

At least I got the 5 right! I didn't even look at 8/5* going for the double-hit. It looked too messy and I didn't fancy leaving four blots on. Instead I went with 4/1. One home board blot with minimum hits looked a lot better than two even if there were two black checkers vying to get in. He rolled 41 and hit (I'd have been hit regardless). A couple of rolls later I make a slight error ....


White to 52

Again, excellent play with the 5. I stay on the 20-point thinking that Phil has bad 6s and if I were to play 20/18 65 would be a good 6 for him. So, I remained where I was totally covering the outer board and played 3/1.


Black to play 42

Phil then makes a slightly bigger error when he plays 20/16, 18/16. He should have left just one blot on with 20/18, 20/16 - mainly because my next roll 21: 8/7*, 7/5* put two in the air! He rolled 32 and danced and then I went all out to try and remake a point or two and blundered yet again.


White to play 44

My first play was to cover my 5-point blot and Phil pointed out 13/5 was blocked! I then decide to leave maximum builders on in a bid to keep him dancing so I played 20/12, 11/7, 5/1. This left him with just two doubles to re-enter and hit, 66 and 44. I was happy with that.

He rolls a single 4 (phew!) and I reply with a cracking 61: 12/6, 7/6 and get my 6-point back! Yippee! He dances with 21.


White to play 62

Here XG goes with 20/14, 13/11. I glanced at this but didn't like to leave so many blots on - but I had miscounted and my actual play 20/14, 8/6 left one more. He danced and . . . I blunder again!


White to play 31

Playing 14/13, 11/8 I decide to keep shots off the bar to just 54 and 44. XG played 13/10, 11/10. This time XG left more (but was more likely to be safer next roll). Phil danced three times in a row and a good bit later he resigned the two points.

In the next game, Phil leading 6-4 he cubes me out in this position.


Black cube action

A series of good rolls and good moves (all in agreement with XG), puts Phil into a great cubing position. He's got good gammon chances and I decide to drop. Correct action on both sides of the table. Phil goes 7-4 ahead.

With hindsight I wish I had taken and turned! After just six rolls in the next game this was the position I found myself in:


White on roll

Two on the bar facing a broken 5-prime! He's got massive gammon chances (78%!) and even if I get in and anchor I'm going to need a miracle to turn this around. I reckoned the only way I was going to get a miracle was to let Phil roll for me! I danced.


White on roll

I ended up with three on the bar, two of which had made the 5-point, but it was a bit late. I had one chance to make a difference. All I needed was a direct 6 or 51. I rolled 52. I crossed my fingers hoping for Snake Eyes but they never came and Phil took the game, the match and the title. Well done, Phil. It was a great Final - albeit not the best played but we enjoyed it.

As usual this match will be available for viewing and/or download from Games.

Main: Phil and Michael . . .  who is actually standing on a box!

In all Biba D-E tournaments everyone gets to lose twice in the Main (if needed) and everyone except the two finalists get into the Progressive Consolation. Thanks to their advancement in the Main Craig and Richard slipped into the Semi-final, an encounter from Richard emerged the victor. Waiting for him was Jimmi Wong making a welcome return to Biba. Mind you, Richard didn't make him too welcome as he triumphed over Jimmi in the 7-point Final.

Consolation: Jimmi and Richard . . .  neither of which is standing on a box!

Meanwhile, whilst the Consolation and Main finals were underway the Last Chance kicked off and needed in an all-girl final between Deana Fawcett and Sharen Crane. Despite Sharen leading 2-0 to 3, Deana rallied and managed to come out the winner. Both were happy with the outcome . . . they each got a trophy.

Last Chance: Sharen and Deana . . .  I stood on a box to take this!

The Friday 250 was won by Richard after he beat me to take the weekend voucher for next month's English Open. And, here's where I remind you: You must book your accommodation for the English Open prior to the three-week cut-off date if you want a guaranteed room at the hotel. It is very likely that any closer to the event than three weeks and you'll be refused.

Finally. I am disappointed by the turn out but it still went ahead and the full prize money was paid out even though entry fees fell far short of the sum paid out. I am looking at 2015's calendar and will be announcing a few changes subject to negotiations. Watch this space.