Tournaments 2012

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The Playwsob.com Jarvis Trophy 3-5 February 2012

 

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Bob Parmley
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Paul Lamford
Tim Wilkins
John Clark
Rob Dean
Jeff Ellis
Paul Lamford
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Michael Bennett
Andy Darby

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Main (11/20)
Pos
Players Name
wins
GP Pts

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Gerry Enslin
Jeff Barber
Andy Bell
Chris Evans
Peter Christmas
Brian Lever
Chris Ternel
Mark Calderbank

Simon Morecroft
Uldis Lapikens
Anabel Carrington

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5
4
4
4
4
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2

35.30
39.42
30.51
29.48
29.48
28.45
29.48
21.46

20.43
21.46
15.48

Consolation (11/20)
Pos
Players Name

Con/Main

GP Pts

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Myke Wignall
Mick Vacarey
Bob Young
Mardi Ohannessian
Mike Curtis
Brian Metcalf
Ann Pocknell
YanKit Chan
Tim Vasiljevic
3 / 3
2 / 3
2 / 3
2 / 3
1 / 2
1 / 2
1 / 1
1 / 2
0 / 0

20.43
20.43
21.46
20.43
14.45
15.48
9.47
14.45
5.50

 

 

Friday 500 (6)

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Peter Christmas
Mardi Ohannessian
Brian Lever
Myke Wignall
Anabel Carrington
Mick Vacarey

Poker (7)

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Anabel Carrington
Myke Wignall
Mark Calderbank
Mick Vacarey
Yan Kit Chan
Mardi Ohannessian
Andy Bell

Doubles (4)

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Ann's Team

 

 

 

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The Playwsob.com Jarvis Trophy. 3-5 February 2012
Report by Michael Crane

The poor turnout of just twenty players was partially down to the weather forecast and the fact that a casino in Bradford is running backgammon events the first Saturday of every month - dates that clash a lot with Biba events that have been (mostly) the first weekend of the month for the last 20 years!

With such a small entry we had just two players on 3-3 for the Sunday, Jeff Barber and Andy Bell, an encounter that Jeff walked away the victor. He then was pitched against Peter Christmas (3-4) but Peter was unable to stop Jeff's winning streak as he moved up to 5-5. Of the two players on 4-5 Gerry Enslin was drawn to play Jeff in the 11 point Round Six.

In a match containing seventy-one errors, thirty-two of which were blunders, it was a surprise to see that one game was not only blunder-free (but did contain six errors) but that XG rated them as World Champ and World Class! It was the Crawford game and Gerry (black) was leading 10-6.
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24/18, 13/8

When I am on my PC and watching the video recording as I transpose it into XG I don't need to know what side Gerry or Jeff is sat, I can tell from seeing an opening 65 played 24/18, 13/8. It is Jeff on roll! I can't remember seeing anyone else not run - but that's Jeff's style. For a very quiet player (except for the loud 'tuts' now and again) he's very aggressive over the board.


13/8, 13/7

Another 65 and this time Jeff unnecessarily teases Gerry with a shot; and Gerry actually obliges with 31: 21/18*, 6/5. Jeff should have just played 13/2 and kept away from leaving a blot.

Following Gerry's 31 we now have a sequence of three errors in a row.


25/21, 8/3

It's not a good idea to play over any of your opponent's checkers unless there's no choice. Here the straightforward 25/16 would have been better.


18/8

It's Gerry's turn to make an error, and playing safe is an error. With the blot on Jeff's 3-point it would be better to play 21/15, 18/14. It might leave two blots on but white will be hard-pressed to hit and make his many blots safe.


21/13

Ironic, isn't it? If Gerry had played the 'better' move with his 64 Jeff would have have hit 13/10 and covered 8/3 - but then Gerry's 64 off the bar would have put Jeff onto the bar! But, all that didn't happen, what did happen was that Jeff ran out when he should have secured his 3-point and ran out from the back: 8/3, 21/18.

Much later in the game we get to the final error.


6/2, 5/1

The race is level so there's no need to not take advantage of getting in three cross-overs with 13/11, 13/9, 7/5; readying for the bearin and bearoff. Mind you, a cracking 33:13/10, 13/4 from Gerry, followed by a dismal 21:13/12, 13/11 from Jeff, saw Gerry take the lead. Later a 66 and then a bit after that, a 55 saw Gerry bearoff to win the Crawford and the match. NB: This match is now available in the usual formats.

 

Click HERE to see Gerry's tee-shirt
Gerry - Main Winner
Jeff - Runner-up

 

The good news is that there will be a Rollover of £150 at the next tournament, the British Doubles Championship, 2-4 March - an event open to everyone including non-Biba members.

Meanwhile, in the Consolation element, Myke Wignall and Mick Vacarey sat down, each on 2-3, to battle it out for the trophy. In the end Myke got the better of Mick and he took the trophy and the pool money, he being the only player on 3-3 on the Sunday.

Consolation: Mick and Myke

Of course, it all began with the Friday 500, and it looks as if Peter Christmas is making this his own event. He won in Brighton and now, after beating Mardi Ohannessian twice (he lost in the first round to him, bought back in and beat him in the final) he's top of the list with a maximum 20 points.

On the Saturday night we had the Doubles, a Round-Robin tourney that saw Ann's Team (Ann Pocknell and Bob Young) winning 3-3 and Cottagewebs (Peter Christmas and me) winning nil, zilch, zero, nada, bugger all! We were unlucky!

The Poker went ahead, its numbers boosted by the entry of Yan Kit Chan; an entry that surprised a few players - Yan is blind. But, that didn't stop him; they played with his braille cards and he managed to see off two players before going out in 5th place. Had he been allowed to deal he says he'd have come out in first place! As it was this went to Anabel Carrington with Myke Wignall 2nd and Mark Calderbank 3rd.

Finally, I have already had one comment from a player (not at the event) pointing out the 'unfairness' of Peter getting 20 points in the Friday 500 with a field considerably smaller than that in Brighton. I pointed out that this is the benefit of turning out on weekends when the number of entrants are low and quoted from the web site, "Just how many entrants each event will attract is unknown - so it might well be worthwhile entering just in case the number of entrants is fewer than 16! Can you afford not to enter?"

And really finally, I'd like to thank Andy Bell of www.playwsob.com for sponsoring the tournament and for Sharen for stepping in for an absent Deana Fawcett and helping out.

And before I go, don't let the fact that you can't find a doubles partner for next month deter you from entering - I guarantee we will find you one on the day.

Gerry Enslin with his unique Keep Calm tee shirt