Tournaments 2015

Bright 'n' Breezy January 16-18, 2015

 

 

 

The Winners

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2001
2002
2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

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

 

Jerry Limb - 2015 Champion

Main (68)

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2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Jerry Limb
Stuart Mann
Mark Calderbank
Paul Christmas
Neil Webb
Graham Read
Robert Perry
Eric McAlpine

Consolation (64)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Chris Bray
Ray Kershaw
Tony Fawcett
Brian Lever
Nicky Check
John Hurst
Neil Smith
Chris Ternel

Last Chance (64)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Sean Williams
Andrew Fotiadis
Alastair Woods
Phil Churton
Simon Morecroft
Lawrence Powell
Mardi Ohannessian
Peter Bennet

Tidal Wave (16)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Sean Thomas
Stephen Carder
Eric McAlpine
Jon Barnes
Richard Biddle
Wayne Joseph
Bob Bruce
Mick Vacarey

Friday 150 (tba)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Mardi Ohannessian
David Motley
Nicky Check
Stephen Carder
Eric McAlpine
Paul Plumptre
Peter Bennet
Peter Christmas

BBT Finals 2014 (8)

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2

Richard Biddle
Brian Lever

Doubles (12)

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2

3/4

3/4

Hit & Run
Ebony & Ivory
Lucky Luciano
It's All About The Points

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Grand Prix points for this tournament

Score Player
67.50 Jerry Limb
50.50 Stuart Mann
46.95 Paul Christmas
40.45 Chris Bray
40.45 Mark Calderbank
40.05 Brian Lever
38.79 Eric McAlpine
38.75 Nicky Check
38.61 Ray Kershaw
37.04 Graham Read
37.04 Robert Perry
36.72 Mardi Ohannessian
34.55 Tony Fawcett
34.01 Chris Ternel
32.80 David Motley
31.54 Neil Webb
30.77 Peter Bennet
30.77 Peter Christmas
29.02 Anna Price
29.02 Richard Biddle
28.98 Lawrence Powell
28.51 John Hurst
28.51 Neil Smith
27.98 Jon Barnes
25.23 Sean Williams
24.05 Anna Clarke
23.76 Paul Plumptre
23.52 Chris Purchase
23.52 Fak Laight
23.05 Tim Parfitt
23.01 YanKit Chan
22.48 Andrew Fotiadis
22.48 Ray Fard
22.01 Paul Gilbertson
22.01 Wayne Joseph
20.71 Stephen Carder
17.55 Bob Bruce
17.55 Crispin Duke
17.55 David Horner
17.55 Gill Bray
17.55 John Thomas
17.55 Phil Churton
16.51 Alastair Woods
16.51 Geoff Conn
16.51 Larry Smyth
16.51 Paul Barwick
16.51 Simon Morecroft
16.51 Tariq Siddiqi
16.51 Tony Walters
16.00 David Nathan
16.00 Jysen Qwt
16.00 Mahmoud Jahanbani
16.00 Mick Vacarey
10.50 Andy Marshall
10.50 Antonio Sgambato
10.50 Bob Young
10.50 David Pritchard
10.50 George Miltiadou
10.50 Myke Wignall
10.50 Nick Goddard
10.50 Peter Finnimore
10.50 Rachael Garrett
10.50 Sean Clennell
10.50 Sidi Shatku
10.50 Steven Reddi
8.50 Mike Murton
7.25 Sean Thomas
5.50 Dan Rovira
5.50 Deana Fawcett
5.50 Luke Christmas

NB: See here for Championship listing

 

Biba Backgammon Tour points for this tournament

Pts. Player
19.95 Jerry Limb
16.94 Stuart Mann
13.93 Chris Bray
13.93 Mark Calderbank
13.93 Paul Christmas
11.92 Ray Kershaw
9.97 Tony Fawcett
8.92 Eric McAlpine
8.92 Graham Read
8.92 Neil Webb
8.92 Robert Perry
5.98 Chris Ternel
5.98 John Hurst
5.98 Neil Smith
5.98 Nicky Check
4.91 Anna Price
4.91 Brian Lever
4.91 Chris Purchase
4.91 Fak Laight
4.91 Peter Bennet
4.91 Peter Christmas
4.91 Richard Biddle
2.97 Andrew Fotiadis
2.97 Anna Clarke
2.97 Jon Barnes
2.97 Lawrence Powell
2.97 Ray Fard

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Bright 'n' Breezy January 2015

Report by Michael Crane

 

Over the years the Bright 'n' Breezy has often been both bright and very breezy. In fact on one memorable breezy day a moped rider heading into the wind along Kings Road was seen to come to a complete halt when the wind speed became greater than his moped could manage! This weekend he'd have soared down Kings Road in either direction faster than Barry Sheen completely unwind-assisted.

Sixty-eight players turned out for the return to Brighton, all happy to be back and all vying to get their names on the record of winners. The semi-finals saw Jerry Limb vs Mark Calderbank and Stuart Mann vs Paul Christmas. Jerry prevailed after trailing to Mark by quite a margin and Stuart prevailed thanks to a backgammon against Paul!

In the final Jerry once again fell right behind trailing 2-8 and once again he pulled it back post-Crawford to emerge triumphant and a new name was added to the winners' list.

It was a long match and like the curate's egg, good and bad in parts. Here are some of the parts, a mixture of both. In all positions the match is to 11 points and Jerry (L)is playing as black.

Game 1
White 0..................................Black 0

Black to play 62

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Jerry had shipped across an early cube (correct double/take action on both sides) and he now has to play a tricky 62. Stuart has just rolled a great 66: 24/18, 13/7(3) and Jerry replies with this 62: 13/7*, 9/7. The alternative of clearing the 10-point isn't as good and at the moment Jerry is favourite at around 75.60%. Then ...


White to play 42


Jerry plays his 62 correctly and this is what he gets when Stuart plays 25/23, 20/16*. Then ...


Black to play 62


Another 62 for Jerry and this time he plays it badly (or is that 'bravely'?) He plays 25/23, 8/2*! He'd have been much better off playing 13/7 instead of hitting. Then ...


White to play 62


Another great roll for Stuart and he plays it well: 25/23, 23/17* and Jerry is back on the bar and instead of being favourite he's dropped to around 41%!


White re-cube action


Jerry never recovers from the 62s and later he is easily cubed out in this position as XG screams, Too good to double/Pass. Stuart is already up 28 pips in the race, has a better position and many threats. XG calculates he's got around 77% with almost a 38% chance of a gammon. He could have played on to see how it panned out, especially with a potential four points up for grabs.

Game 2
White 2..................................Black 0


Black on roll

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Stuart deliberately played into this backgame and his board has crunched and it looks like he's facing a gammon loss (around 48%) as Jerry starts to bear in.


Black on roll


It's here that Jerry's gammon is 'lost' as he rolls 51: 5/0, 3/1* and Stuart rolls 52: 25/23*, 23/18.


Black to play 54


Almost there until this 10/1* and the 21 reply 25/24*, 14/12! Stuart finally makes it home ....


White saves the gammon!
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Game 3
White 2..................................Black 2

Black to play 62


Earlier when Jerry hit loose on his 2-point it wasn't a good idea, here not hitting isn't a good idea as he plays 25/23, 10/4. He can't afford to let the lone white checker get away; Stuart has a one-point home board and a couple of blots on his 11- and 10-points with a stripped mid-point. This 62 is screaming out for a hit!

Stuart replied with 61 and made his 5-point and he eventually went on to double Jerry out.

Game 5
White 4..................................Black 2

White on roll


Jerry is looking good for a win here but 65 and 64 for Stuart sees him scurrying around the board as Jerry fails to stop him and is then further hampered by 22: 8/6(2) 87/5(2) stacking 11 of his checkers on the 6- and 5-points. A second 22 seals Jerry's fate

Stuart is further helped with a double-six and Jerry gets help (finally) from double-three but it's not enough and he's cubed out.

Game 6
White 6..................................Black 2

Black to play 31


Stuart can only fail with 21 so it looks very poor for Jerry; but, that's no reason not to to be hopeful - after all, this is backgammon and these things happen from time to time. With this slight possibility in mind it's always good to know the best positions for bearing off two checkers. Jerry went with leaving them on the 5- and 1-points. But it didn't matter what he did because 4- and 2- was exactly the same!

You might wonder why I mention this when nothing better could be done. I mention it to remind you it's crucial you know which positions give you the most chances of winning on your last roll when you have to bearoff two checkers. Stuart almost rolled 21 . . . he rolled 31.

Game 7
White 8.................................Black 2

Black to play 31


Jerry goes mad here and plays 13/12*, 6/3! Stuart is unlucky with 66 and dances. From hereon another checker on either side is hit and Jerry eventually cubes Stuart out for a single.


Game 8 was was a great game on both sides of the board during which in 19 moves each not a single checker was hit and only one error was made! The PRs were impressive @ 1.67 for Stuart and 0.81 for Jerry!

Game 9
White 8.................................Black 5

Black cube action


It's Jerry second roll and he ships across an incredibly early cube! It's far too soon to cube and Stuart snaps it up.


White rolls an anti-joker,66 and leaves a shot

Facing realistic backgammon losses (around 38%) Jerry is lucky to roll 21: 22/21*, 15/13. He actually manages to get all three remaining white checkers but it's not enough and eventually he's cubed out for just two points.

Game 10 Crawford
White 10.................................Black 5

Black on roll


It's been a scrappy game so far with hits galore from both sides. It's close with neither player having much of an advantage. Two rolls later Stuart is forced to leave a blot on his 14-point and Jerry hits it.


Black on roll


The blot never makes it home and eventually ends up closed out. From hereon it all goes Jerry's way and he takes the point and stays in the match.

Game 11
White 10................................Black 6

Black to play 52


It's Jerry's second roll of the game and he goes for the jugular: 6/4*, 6/1*! A risky play which he gets away with as Stuart rolls 63: 25/22. Not long after Stuart settles down on the black 5-point.


White on roll


Much later on they try to escape but keep getting hit back and eventually both end up on the bar. Jerry comes in safely and bears off to take two points.

Game 12
White 10.................................Black 8


Black on roll


This game doesn't go well for Stuart and after just 12 rolls each he's on the bar and Jerry has closed him out and has a checker off. Although Stuart gets in fairly quickly he's unable to save the gammon and Jerry comes out the 2015 Bright 'n' Breezy champion after a great match by both players. NB: As usual, this match will be availble for download or viewing here.

 

Main: Jerry and Stuart
Main Semi-Finalist: Mark Calderbank

 

In the non-prog side of the Consolation draw sheet Ray Kershaw got the better of Tony Fawcett and from the progress side Chris Bray got the better of Brian Lever to face each other. Chris came out victorious with not just a winner's trophy but no doubt a great deal of copy for his backgammon column in The Independent.

 

Consolation: Chris and Ray
Last Chance: Sean and Andrew

 

Tidal Wave: Stephen and Sean
Biba Backgammon Tour 2014: Richard and Brian

 

In the Last Chance Sean Willams beat Andrew Fotiadis; and in the Tidal Wave Sean Thomas emerged the victor against Stephen Carder.

Saturday morning saw the Finals of the 2014 Biba Backgammon Tour. All but one of the eight qualifiers made it to the Finals, Rachel Rhodes whose place was taken (again) by Simon Morecroft .... who knocked out last year's winner, Rob Perry, in the first round. Simon in turn was beaten by Brian Lever taking him into his second BBT final (2nd in 2011). Richard Biddle overcame Jon Barnes in the semi-final and in the dis-jointed and late finishing Final Richard overcame Brian despite trailing 5-2 to 7 points. Well done, Richard, and it's 'bridesmaid' for Brian a second time.

As usual the weekend began Friday evening but the final wasn't played until Sunday afternoon when Mardi Ohannessian sat down to battle it out against David Motley. A good start for Mardi .... as usual.

Saturday evening saw 12 teams battle it out to leave four to vie for the pot. Lucky Luciano wasn't so lucky being hit by Hit & Run; and It's All About The Points were pointed out by Ebony & Ivory. However, things weren't so black and white in the final for Ebony & Ivory as they were hit badly by Hit & Run who ran off with the pot.

Overall it was a great return to Brighton and for the most part without hitch or hindrance. However, I did have one negative episode from a player unable to find the starting time online for Sunday despite the fact the link to the information they sought was on at least four web pages in addition to a couple on Facebook. They should have gone to Specsavers! ;-)

Finally. It was good to be back at the Old Ship and I must say it was perhaps the best weekend we've had there for a long time. The service and attitude of the staff was first class and the dinners in the restaurant were spot on (well, all except the apple crumble). I'd like to thank Deana Fawcett for all her help in keeping it all going and the sixty-eight players who turned out for a great display. And, a big thank you to Anthony Cleckner and Staff at Guaranteed Events for getting us back in at the Old Ship ... and at rates players were willing to pay!

See you all next January? I hope so.