Tournaments 2018

Bright 'n' Breezy January 11-13, 2018

 

 

The Winners

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2015

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2018

Willy Stanton
Jim Johnson
David Levi
Helen Helm-Sagar
Brian Busfield
Edwin Turner

Mark Heidenfeld

Mike Grabsky

John Hurst

John Hurst

Mark Heidenfeld

John Hurst

John Hurst

Bob Young

Marcus Wrinch

Geoff Conn

No event in 2014

Jerry Limb

Steve Lee

Sean Clennell

Uli Koch

 

Uli Koch - 2018 Champion

 

 

Main (58)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Uli Koch
Jon Barnes
Eric McAlpine
John Hurst
Richard Biddle
Gaz Owen
George Miltiadou
Walter Busato

Consolation (54)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Walter Busato
Stephen Carder
Nicky Check
Radu Ciortan
Emad Salib
Paul Plumptre
Gaz Owen
Frederic Bonard

Last Chance (38)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Andy Darby

Crispin Duke

David Dennis

Simon Morecroft

Sean Thomas

Richard McQuillan

Oliver Crooks Smith

Peter Bennet

Tidal Wave (32)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Richard Halvorsen
Frederic Bonard
Larry Smyth
Christophe Guicheteau
Wayne Joseph
Sue Perks
Peter Christmas
Graham Read

Friday Warm-up (26)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Uli Koch
Nicky Check
Stephen Carder
Wayne Joseph
Richard Biddle
Zenou
Frederick Bonard

Jon Barnes

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GP, BBT & Ranking this tournament

Name KO Friday BBT Rank
Andy Bell 10.47   0.50 1595
Andy Darby 25.23   4.91 1689
Anna Clarke 10.47 5.50 0.50 1529
Anna Price 10.50   0.50 1437
Arthur Wright 5.50   0.50 1460
Bob Bruce 10.50   0.50 1312
Bob Young 10.50   0.50 1605
Charles Conrad 10.50 6.50 0.50 1515
Chris Harper 10.47   0.50 1497
Christophe Guicheteau 17.55 5.50 2.97 1580
Cohava Bonard 6.50 7.25 0.50 1405
Crispin Duke 20.21 6.50 0.50 1586
Daniel Rovira 10.50   0.50 1479
David Dennis 15.25 6.50 0.50 1508
David Hicks 17.55   2.97 1454
David Nathan 10.47 5.50 0.50 1690
David Pritchard 10.47   0.50 1573
David Sampson 10.47   0.50 1496
Emad Salib 22.48   5.98 1526
Eric McAlpine 31.54   13.93 1934
Frederic Bonard 22.48 7.25 5.98 1469
Gary Young 10.47   0.50 1467
Gaz Owen 23.52   8.92 1650
George Miltiadou 23.52 6.50 8.92 1591
Graham Read 17.55 5.50 2.97 1581
Graham Smith 10.47   0.50 1373
Isaac Rye 10.47   0.50 1419
John Hurst 31.54   13.93 1913
Jon Barnes 40.45 7.25 16.94 1956
Larry Smyth 10.50   0.50 1586
Lawrence Powell 16.51   4.91 1762
Malcolm Robertson 10.50   0.50 1614
Mardi Ohannessian 16.51 6.50 4.91 1827
Myke Wignall 10.50   0.50 1546
Neil Webb 10.50   0.50 1785
Nicky Check 28.51 15.25 9.97 1729
Oliver Crooks Smith 10.50   0.50 1465
Paul Barwick 10.50   0.50 1552
Paul Christmas 17.55 5.50 4.91 1674
Paul Plumptre 22.48   5.98 1753
Peter Bennet 17.55   2.97 1952
Peter Christmas 10.47 5.50 0.50 1738
Peter Finnimore 10.47   0.50 1501
Radu Ciortan 28.51 6.50 9.97 1473
Ray Fard 10.50   0.50 1457
Richard Biddle 23.52 7.25 8.92 1604
Richard Halvorsen 13.22   0.50 1430
Richard McQuillan 10.50 6.50 0.50 1565
Robert Perry 10.50 6.50 0.50 1613
Sabrina Gaboriau 10.47 5.50 0.50 1401
Sean Thomas 10.50   0.50 1498
Sidi Shatku 17.55   4.91 1543
Simon Morecroft 16.51 5.50 4.91 1726
Stephen Carder 30.24 10.24 11.92 1526
Sue Perks 10.50 5.50 0.50 1332
Uli Koch 50.50 20.21 19.95 1686
Walter Busato 31.54 5.50 13.93 1569
Wayne Joseph 10.47 10.24 0.50 1528

NB: The above have been added to the approiate listings

Click here for Championship listing - Click here for BBT listing

 

 

 

Bright 'n' Breezy 11-13 January 2018

Report by Michael Crane

 

Whenever we move to a new hotel attendance drops down. It's a shame this happened because we had one of the best weekend's we've ever had. Great playing rooms, good food served buffet-style so no waiting to be served, helpful and friendly staff; and pay upon checkout, no deposit needed.

The weekend got off well for new member, Uli Koch, who got the better of Nicky Check in the Final of the Friday Warm-up. He currently leads the listing but that might change after the British Open in April.

On Saturday morning the Main got off with 58 entrants (a bit disappointing for Brighton, but I expect this to increase upon our return next year). Only one of the previous winners made it into the last 8, John Hurst looking for his fourth title. Sadly, for John, Uli overcame him in the semi-final match to guarantee a new name on the list. In the the other semi-final Jon Barnes triumphed over Eric McAlpine.

 

Main: Uli and Jon
Main semifinalists: John and Eric

 

From the start of the match between Uli and Jon it looked as if Jon was going to romp home when by Game 5 he led 6-0. Uli then decided to do something about it and eventually the score went to DMP; and as we all know, Uli pulled it off after his bad start. I have featured Game 9 for two reasons; it was a short one and it swung back to the underdog as in the match.

The match is to 11 points and Uli is playing as black.

 

Game 9
White 7
Black 5
   
White to play 42

 

8/4, 6/4: This is a very good opening roll. It's as far down the board as you want to go, it uses a spare checker from the 6-point, and it's a point for 'life' ... or until you decide to shift points.

 

Black to play 62

24/18, 13/11: This has become one of the 'standard' 6 opening moves; slotting the 18-point and playing off the mid-point. Others include (though they are flexible) 63 and 64. The remaining 6s are 61: 13/7, 8/7 and 65: 24/13 .. when able.

Status: White 56.15% (G:19.79%)

 

White to play 55

 

8/3(2), 6/1*(2): What a cracking roll this is. Black's only consolation is he didn't roll 32 instead of his 62.

 

Black to play 42

25/23, 18/14: In off the bar first roll and by playing to the 14-point black keeps shots down to a minimum; 2s and 65 (and perhaps shifters 22 and 11).

Status: White 60.80% (G: 28.88%)

 

White to play 63

 

24/18, 13/10: White could play out all the way with 24/15 but it's an awful move. As with the actual play it leaves a triple shot but, if missed (who knows?) the likelihood of a reentry hit off the bar is very slim. The actual play is much better than the alternatives and it at least puts pressure on black - albeit a Chinese burn.

 

Black to play 44

 

14/10, 11/7*, 6/2(2): As expected, black is hit, but he wasn't expecting a double, I'm sure. The 2-point is a tad low but to make the 4-point instead leaves black's outer board strewn with three blots.

Status: White 54.91% (G: 24.10%)

 

White to play 31

 

25/22, 10/9: White had the option to play 25/24, 13/10 (XG's choice) but chose instead to put pressure (by being 'under the gun') on the outer board. Given black's potential I'd go with white on this one. There's a real danger of being blocked and at the moment the 10-point isn't doing much but blocking escaping 8s - 62 and 53.

 

Black to play 31

 

13/10, 8/7: Black's 31 is a much better 31 than white's. Two points made, one of which is the bar-point forming a mini 3-prime. Since playing his double-five white hasn't done much at all. He needs to anchor on black’s 3-point (or 4- or 5-) as soon as possible.

Status: Black 54.76% (G: 12.83%) ... for the first time in the game black is favourite after even rolls.

 

White to play 54

 

13/4: White's play is E:0.15 better than XG's play of 13/9, 13/8! White toyed with XG's play but decided against it. There might be some merit in leaving a blot 6-away: if hit it could prove useful in making a better anchor; if missed it could block escaping 6s (but it still leaves some 5s and 4s). White's play puts pressure on black's runner. This is black's weakest link at the moment so white doesn't want it to escape.

 

Black to play 61

 

23/16*: Oh dear. If white had gone with XG black would have had an awkward 1 to play. What a stupid game backgammon this is.

Status: Black 67.79% (G: 12.55%)

 

White to play 54

 

25/20, 13/9*: As tempting as the 20-point anchor is it's a huge blunder to make it. White needs to stop the escaping white runner; holding the 20-point won't win anything unless 66 rolls out soon. Good play by white.

 

Black to play 55

 

25/15, 10/5*(2): Cracking roll from black. However; XG goes with the slightly better gammon-play of 25/20, 13/8, 10/5*(2) leaving a checker back to pick up white's outer board blot and in the process increase his gammon chances by an extra 4.39%.

Status: Black 76.92% (G: 22.53%)

 

White to play 42

 

25/21, 24/22: White anchors but it's to no avail. He started this game with an excellent 42 and now it ends with this 42.

 

Black cube action

 

Let's look at PRAT: Position, Race and Threat. Position-wise black is better off; no back checkers stuck in white's home board; three white checkers, one of which is a blot, in black's home board. Tick.

The race favours black 116-132 (roughly a couple of rolls ... three if you count the roll he's on). Tick.

Black is very threatening and clearly has the upper hand. Tick.

So, isn't it too good to double? Not really. Despite being in dire straits white could turn this around if he gets lucky and the old adage, "a bird in the hand ..." comes to black's aid. Black went on to win at DMP. When ready this match will be posted in Games.

Saturday evening saw twelve teams taking part in the Doubles. The Directors (guess who was in that team?) were beaten in the Final by Graham and Simon.

In the Progressive Consolation Stephen Carder beat Nicky Check in the semi-final from the non-prog side; and Walter Busato beat Radu Ciortan in the progressive semi. In the Final Walter emerged the victor. The Last Chance Crispin Duke beat David Dennis in the semi; and Andy Darby beat Simon Morecroft in his semi. In the Final Andy's game prevailed and he got the better of Crispin.

 

Consolation: Stephen and Walter
Last Chance: Andy and Crispin

 

 

The Tidal Wave was the final element of the day and it was tad rushed towards the end when the French contingent had to hurry off to catch their plane. In the semis Richard Halvorsen beat Larry Smyth and Frediric Bonard beat fellow Frenchman, Christophe Guicheteau. In the Final Frederic lost to Richard.

Tidal Wave: Frederic and Richard
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Finally. It was a very good weekend and to a man (and woman) the players want to return next year to the Jurys Inn. I am pleased to announce we shall. Let's hope a few more join us. The hotel has the room to make this a full 128 event.

Really finally. Thank you to those who travelled from overseas to join us; it's much appreciated. I'd like to thank Deana and Sharen for assisting and I send a big kiss to my two girlfriends of the weekend: Valerie Wright and Deana's mum,