Tournaments 2014

(Swiss Knockout: 1 of 4)

The Jarvis Trophy 7-9 February 2014

 

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Bob Parmley
Paul Turnbull
Steve Bibby
Derek Matheson
Stuart Milbourne
Stephen Turner
Paul Lamford
Tim Wilkins
John Clark
Rob Dean
Jeff Ellis
Paul Lamford
David Startin
Bob Young
Stuart Mann
Uldis Lapikens
Martin Hemming
Giorgio Castellano
John Hedge
Michael Bennett
Andy Darby

Julian Minwalla

Gerry Enslin

Mardi Ohannessian

Julian Minwalla

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Main

1
2
3&4

3&4

5to8

5to8

5to8

5to8

Julian Minwalla
Mardi Ohannessian
John Batty
Paul Gilbertson
Tim Mooring
Paul Barwick
Brian Lever
Craig Hale

Consolation

1
2
3&4

3&4

5to8

5to8

5to8

5to8

Bob Young
Paul Barwick
Mark Calderbank
Craig Hale
Richard Biddle
Tom Duggan
Tim Mooring
Brian Lever

Last Chance

1
2
3&4

3&4

5to8

5to8

5to8

5to8

Gheorghe Filipas
Paul Plumptre
Paul Gilbertson
Gerry Enslin
Eric McAlpine
Jeff Barber
Jon Barnes
Peter Chan
Friday 250

1
2
3&4
3&4
5to8
5to8

5to8
5to8

Eric McAlpine
Peter Chan
Paul Gilbertson
Max Jacklin
Mardi Ohannessian
Michael Crane
Richard Biddle
Deana Fawcett
Poker

1

2

Max Jacklin
Mick Butterfield
Pig Rollout
Peter Chan

 

Grand Prix Points @ Jarvis Trophy
Player
Total GP
Swiss + Main/Con
Julian Minwalla
Mardi Ohannessian
Paul Barwick
Bob Young
Craig Hale
John Batty
Paul Gilbertson
Eric McAlpine
Brian Lever
Tim Mooring
Mark Calderbank
Myke Wignall
Chris Ternel
Ron Havenhand
Paul Plumptre
Peter Chan
Tom Duggan
Richard Biddle
Gheorghe Filipas
Jon Barnes
Jeff Barber
Max Jacklin
Robert Brito
Mick Butterfield
Gerry Enslin
Rosey Bensley
54.32
36.41
33.91
30.98
30.55
29.99
29.36
28.55
27.46
27.46
26.80
21.50
20.87
20.87
20.24
20.24
19.72
18.97
18.74
18.50
17.87
17.24
14.75
14.00
12.00
5.50
27.16 + 27.16
20.05 + 16.36
17.55 + 16.36
22.48 + 8.50
17.55 + 13.00
13.00 + 16.99
13.00 + 16.36
8.50 + 20.05
10.47 + 16.99
10.47 + 16.99
17.55 + 9.25
8.50 + 13.00
8.50 + 12.37
8.50 + 12.37
8.50 + 11.74
8.50 + 11.74
10.47 + 9.25
10.47 + 8.50
10.24 + 8.50
5.50 + 13.00
5.50 + 12.37
5.50 + 11.74
5.50 + 9.25
8.50 + 5.50
6.50 + 5.50
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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The Jarvis Trophy. 7-9 February 2014

Sponsored by me to celebrate my 65th birthday
Report by Michael Crane

The new Swiss 4 x 9 point matches went well and from the fixtures just one entrant was on 4-4, Julian Minwalla. With him we had eight on 3-4 and Eric McAlpine and Mardi Ohannessian were randomly drawn (by an disinterested third party) to play a pre-lim round to get into the Main 8-draw. From this an eventual finalist emerged: Mardi. He beat Eric and then played his way through to the final as did Julian. On their way to the final Julian triumphed over John Batty (it came down to big doubles in the bearoff) and Mardi saw off Paul Gilbertson.

So, here we are, Julian on a clean-sweep so far and it was Mardi’s task to stop him in his tracks and thus save the £1000 WTA Rollover for another day. It was a match fraught with errors (Roller++) with both players being evenly matched on checker play with 21(8) for Julian (playing as black) and 22(7) for Mardi.

It's funny (some would say, annoying) when the wrong action turns against you. In this position . . .

Game 1
Mardi 0-----------------------Julian 0


White cube action

. . . XG++ tells us this is not a cube and it's an easy take for Julian. With two runners in each of the home boards and the race only 7 pips apart the only advantage Mardi has is his four-prime; and seeing that Julian has anchored and can escape with 6s it's a slim advantage. There's plenty of play left in this first game.


White to play 66

Mardi goes with 24/18, 22/10, 13/7, the correct play.


Black to play 64

Clearly 13/7* is correct coupled with 13/9. Julian sends the white runner onto the bar.


White to play 53

Mardi plays 25/22, 10/5 which wasn't too good. He really should play closer to escaping his back checker with 25/20, 8/5. The runner is slightly under the gun but he's got much better chances of escaping. Mardi's play came back to haunt him . . .


Black to play 54

Julian points with 8/3*, 7/3. If Mardi had come in on the 20-point it's unlikely Julian's 53 would have been used to hit loose. Mardi's reply? 63: Dance.


Black to play 62

Julian makes his bar-point leaving just seven rolls to hit his mid-point blot. Mardi's reply? 63: Dance - again!


Black to play 22

Joker! Julian makes the most of this cracking double-two and makes his 5- and 4-points. Mardi is up against it now; his only saving grace is his four-prime is difficult for Julian to leap over. Mardi's reply? We're you expecting another 63? Well, it didn't happen this time - but it does later! Nope, this time he rolls 42: 25/23, 6/2.


Black to play 61

The six-prime is complete. Since offering a "no double/take" cube it's all gone very well for Julian - all he needs now is a couple of 6s. Mardi's reply? A very good 31: 7/4, 5/4 and he now has a five-prime.


Six-prime vs five-prime

Julian must roll a 6 now or his prime is going to fall apart. He rolls 32: 6/1. At least he's kept the prime intact - but for how long? Mardi rolls 62: 13/7, 8/6 leaving just 64 as a very good roll for Julian, who rolls 61 instead and runs 22/15.


White to play 43

A couple of plays here. 7/3*, 6/3 or 13/10*, 10/6. Julian played the former. It is better to keep the blots down with the later and at the same time take away the 10-point blot's timing advantage. The six-prime looks good but if it crumbles first ...

Julian rolls 62: 25/23*, 15/9. Mardi's reply? Yep, 63: Dances.


Black to play 62

This is a tricky one to play. Julian chose the 4th best: 9/1, a move that XG called a blunder. The strategy here is to give white more options to come in and to this end any of the alternative moves are better; 9/3, 8/6; 9/7, 8/2* and 8/6, 8/2*. The latter was XG's choice. Now that the prime has broken it's important to get an anchor on the opposite side of the board and hope for a collapse of the six-prime.

But ... this didn't happen. The 9/1 play left only 2s to re-enter. Mardi's reply? 63!


Black to play 21

Julian might have been able to keep his six-prime but he has to break it up now. He's not sure how to play this and he goes with: 8/7, 8/6. It's now clear that white is unlikely to crunch so it's better now to play to keep as many home board points as possible by playing 7/6, 7/5 so that 4s and 5s don't crunch it.

The game continues and, as expected black is the first to lose the home board battle and soon it totally goes Mardi's way ...


White to play 66

In off the bar: 25/13, 7/1*(2); and now it's just a job of bearing off safely; which is just what Mardi does to take the first Game to lead 0-2. The score then goes (Julian first): 1-2, 2-2, 3-2, 3-4, 4-4, 6-4, 7-4.

Game 9
White 4-----------------------Black 7

Julian shipped across an early cube (no double/take) and it was returned not long after and taken by Julian (redouble/take).


White on roll

So, here we are, Mardi is the overwhelming favourite to win this game (99.24%) but this isn't only about winning - it's about the gammon, which is currently at 73.15% for the match. But, Mardi rolls 31 and Julian wallops him with double-two! On the bar Mardi dances with 33 - a roll that would have won him the match if the 22 hadn't got to him first!

Once he was sure to save the gammon, Julian resigned. 7-8, 8-8, 9-8.

Game 12
White 8----------------------------------Black 9


Black cube action

Seven rolls each into the game and Julian ships across a cube at 2-away, 3-away. Mardi takes this cube - he doesn't recube for the match on his next roll, nor his next, nor his next, nor his next. In fact he doesn't recube at all ... he forgot!

The match was eventually won by Julian here:


White rolls 54: 13/4

On his previous roll Julian closed out his home board so the 54 from Mardi couldn't have come at a better time for Julian. In reply Julian rolled 53: 20/12* and Mardi resigned on his first re-entry roll when Julian only had seven checkers on his 1- and 2-points.

So, Julian went all the way through the Swiss Qualifier and the Main Knockout without losing a match and he got to take home £1000 (plus £65 from me) from the WTA fund (made up to £1000 by me). What an achievement. Well done. Julian and hard luck, Mardi. The match can be seen here.

Main: Mardi and Julian

In the remaining elements Bob Young emerged victorious over Paul Barwick in the Consolation (another £65 from me for the winner) and Gheorghe Filipas got the better of Paul Plumptre in the Last Chance.

 

Consolation: Bob and Paul
Lastg Chance: Paul and Gheorghe

 

In the Friday 250 final , Eric McAlpine beat Peter Chan; and in the Poker, Max Jacklin out-pokered Mick Butterfield to come out on top. And in the Pig Rolling, to which I had added my last £65, Peter Chan took home the bacon (£102) on his one and only Free Roll. The lucky bugger!

Pig Rolling Champion: Peter Chan


The Beginners' Knockout got off to a good start and the 3-point Main format with a Progressive Consolation went along very well indeed. In total fourteen children from Christ The King Catholic Voluntary Academy turned out, under the guidance of Benia Kuczynska, Head of Sixth Form, and Backgammon Club Organiser.

Each of the entrants (ranging in age from 11 to 17 years) were in the Club tee-shirts and they made an impressive sight all sat together facing their little boards. In the Main Final, Daniel Bartley (Club President) triumphed over Phoom Pukdee; and in the Consolation Finals, sisters, Patrycja and Magda Stencel faced each other, an encounter from which a very excited Patrycja came out the winner.

 

Beginners' Main: 1st. Daniel
Beginners' Main: 2nd. Phoom
     
 
Beginners' Consolation: Patrycja
The sisters

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The only disappointment associated with the Beginners' was the non-arrival of the reporter/photographer from the Nottingham Post. Despite at one time being just a five minute drive away they failed to turn up. It's a pity because the children had been looking forward to seeing their smiling faces in the newspaper.


And finally.
Well, it was a very successful weekend. The hotel was very good and we had no problems. The Beginners' was very successful and the CTK Club are gearing up for Round Two next month.

And last but not least. Thank you to everyone who gave me a birthday card and/or present. It was very kind of you and I did appreciate it . . . . even Mick Butterfield's card! ;-)


Before we go, who says hi-tech has to be high?

This is Jon Barnes's new camera rig. :-)