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Tournaments 2012

(Swiss format ranking tournament 3 of 4)

SAC Trophy 3-5 August 2012

The Winners

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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

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Main (10/20)
Pos
Players Name
wins
GP Pts

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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Marcus Wrinch
Arthur Wright
Peter Christmas
Paul Barwick
Jeff Barber
Mark Calderbank
Paul Plumptre
Chris Ternel
Rosey Bensley
Mike Heard
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5
4
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4
3
2
2
2

40.45
35.30
36.33
30.51
29.48
30.51
22.49
15.48
14.45
14.45

Consolation (10/20)
Pos
Players Name

Con/Main

GP Pts

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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Kevin Stebbing
Cedric Lytton
Crispin Duke
Eric McAlpine
Myke Wignall
Danny Hoskins
Deana Fawcett
Martin Blindell
Mike Ireland
Brian Metcalf
3 / 4
2 / 2
2 / 3
2 / 2
2 / 2
1 / 2
1 / 2
1 / 2
1 / 2
0 / 1

28.45
14.45
20.43
14.45
14.45
10.5
14.45
15.48
14.45
9.47

Friday Warm-up (8)

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3/4

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5/8

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5/8

Michael Ireland
Deana Fawcett
Tony Fawcett
Cedric Lytton
Brian Metcalf
Crispin Duke
Kevin Stebbing
Danny Hoskins

Doubles (4)

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Mummy & Daddy

Norfolk Nits

Poker (7)

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Mark Calderbank
Marcus Wrinch
Rosey Bensley
Kevin Stebbing
Danny Hoskins
Myke Wignall
Crispin Duke

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SAC Trophy 3-5 August 2012

Report by Michael Crane

Considering the amount of competition around at the moment, twenty entries was a welcome total. It got off to a good start and by Sunday morning we had three on 3-3; Paul Barwick, Mark Calderbank and Marcus Wrinch. Just one of them made it to 5-5.

In the 6th Round we had Marcus Wrinch on 5/5, out on his own. A 4/5, Peter Christmas, was drawn to play against him. A lot was at stake on this game. Marcus had to win it to be certain of winning the SAC trophy and the all-important, Winner-Takes-All Rollover, it needing 6-6 to take it. If Peter won there would be a Double Rollover for the Townharbour Trophy in November . . . and it would leave three players on 5-5: Marcus, Peter and Arthur Wright.

Marcus got off to a good start and at 0-2 to him, playing as white, we get to this position with Marcus on roll.

White to play 33

Marcus took a good deal of time over this between 15/12(2), 13/10(2) and 15/9(2). I was a tad surprised it took so long to eventually decide on two crossovers, but he got there in the end.

A short while later Peter made a blunder with this roll:

Black to play 63

He didn't pay much time to this move and went almost within his 12 seconds for 18/9! It would have been much better to have played safe with 8/2, 6/3. But; it mattered not for Marcus rolled 66 and cubed him out next roll.

With the score at 0-3 to Marcus, Peter had a difficult play in this position:

Black to play 61

For a long time he was torn between 10/9*, 9/3, hitting and leaving a double-shot - 3s and 6s or safe with 7/1, 6/5. He eventually went with the hit . . . and XG agrees. If white is allowed to freely move his checker on black's 9-point he'll have a great advantage; therefore you have to hit.

Unfortunately Marcus rolled 32: 25/22*, 9/7; but Peter's cracking reply of 55: 25/20, 10/5, 8/3*(2) put him back in control. Marcus danced and Peter cubed him out to move the score 2-3.

As the score reaches 8-3 to Peter he fails to find the correct play in this position:

Black to play 55

It's not his best roll and he has to come up with something special to take the initiative. That would have been 7/2(2), 6/1*(2) shifting points off the 6-point to put white on the bar. Instead he played 10/5, 8/3, 7/2(2) letting Marcus have the freedom to play what he wanted . . . and he wanted to cube! He did, and Peter dropped.

In the next game there was a crucial move that let Peter down; one that might have seen him winning the match, or at the least going 10-4 up. It all began here after Marcus rolled a fantastic 11 which closed out his home board:

Black to play 62

Quite correctly Peter plays 9/7, 9/3; and Marcus quite correctly cubes and Peter takes. Then Marcus missed the 2-shot with 65: 20/9.

Black to play 22

What a killer roll from Peter as he plays the perfect 11/9(2), 7/5*, 5/3; a lovely hit and cover which made him big favourite to win the game and take it to Crawford, 10-4. But . . .

Marcus dances with 63 and then Peter does the right thing . . . and it bites him on the arse!

Black to play 43

So it's a toss-up between 9/2 and 6/2, 4/1. No contest . . . if you know what you're doing! Anything but 9/2 is a blunder and so Peter goes with 9/2. Marcus rolls 54: hits the blot and goes on to win the points. There then followed some discussion in which Peter asked Marcus if he should have re-cubed prior to his 43 roll and Marcus said he thought it a re-cube and he'd drop arguing that Peter's gammon chances were quite low and therefore he should have cashed in. XG rated it No redouble/Take!

Eventually the matched moved to 10-7 Crawford in Peter's favour and the game went mostly Peter's way from the start. During the bearoff Peter outplayed XG in this position:

Black to play 22

Peter went with 6/4, 2/0(3) no doubt thinking of 66 or 55 next roll. XG went with 3/1, 2/0(3). There wasn't much in it, admittedly, but XG deferred to Peter's play and awarded him an Outplay! From hereon Peter rolled out to win the match.

NB: This match will be available in the usual formats from 9 August onwards via email from info@backgammon-biba.co.uk.

OK, that was the easy bit - now for the who-finishes-where part! With no outright winner I was left with three on 5-6 (as mentioned above). Head-to-heads and shared opponents couldn't broker a solution so it went to the inevitable opponents' average ranking scores and from that we got Marcus in 1st place and Arthur Wright 2nd with Peter 3rd.

Added 13 September. 2012: Click for details of proposals on tie-breaks via pdf

Main: Marcus and Arthur

In the Consolation element we had an outright winner, Kevin Stebbing but no outright 2nd. We had four players vying for the position is was left again to the average ranking and Cedric Lytton was a clear 2nd. Unfortunately by the time we got to this decision he had returned to Norfolk, hence the sans trophy, 'library' image.

 

Consolation: Cedric and Kevin

 

As usual we got off to a good start with the Friday 500. This was won by a returning Michael Ireland who beat Deana Fawcett in the final.  (see here for listing)

On the Saturday the Poker was won by Mark Calderbank with Marcus 2nd and Rosey Bensley 3rd. A consequence of this weekend's poker is that Mark moves up 3rd to 1st, Marcus, 4th to 2nd; and Myke Wignall is knocked down, 1st to 3rd; and Mick Vacarey 2nd to 4th. (see here for listing)

Also on the Saturday night we had the Doubles, a small event in which Mummy & Daddy beat the Norfolk Nits.

Before I go I think I'd better share the good news with you. Because Marcus failed to win 6-6 the Winner-Takes-All will be a Double-Rollover for November with a starting sum of £285 which is likely to reach somewhere around the £500 mark. Don't miss out, book your accommodation now!