Tournaments 2016

Bright 'n' Breezy January 15-17, 2016

 

 

 

The Winners

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2007

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2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

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

 

Steve Lee - 2016 Champion

 

 

 

Main (103)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Steve Lee
Eric McAlpine
Neil Davidson
Mike Murton
Christophe Guicheteau
Peter Ozanne
Mardi Ohannessian
Paul Gilbertson

Consolation (99)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Peter Ozanne
Gaz Owen
Antonio Sgambato
Phil Churton
Robert Perry
Richard Biddle
Mardi Ohannessian
Ana Mancino

Last Chance (64)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Chris Rogers
Neil Webb
Peter Christmas
Paul Barwick
Philippe Vouhe
Neil Smith
Paul Plumptre
Tariq Siddiqi

Doggy Paddle (32)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Richard Biddle
Cecilia Sparke
Rosey Bensley
Geoff Conn
Graham Read
Neil Davidson
Chris Purchase
Bob Young

Friday 150 (44)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Graham Reed
Paul Gilbertson
Dorothy Lee
Wayne Joseph
Brian Lever
Jon Barnes
Phillipe Vouhe
Richard McQuilla
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Rosey's Rollout

Joint Winners

Jon Barnes & Paul Gilbertson

Mick Vacarey Poker Tankard
Mark Calderbank
Doubles (24)

Joint 1st

Biddle & Bray / Jon & Romolo

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Grand Prix points for this tournament

Score Player
68.50 Steve Lee
57.00 Eric McAlpine
46.95 Peter Ozanne
46.79 Paul Gilbertson
40.45 Mike Murton
40.45 Neil Davidson
38.61 Gaz Owen
38.04 Mardi Ohannessian
37.76 Graham Read
35.01 Ana Mancino
35.01 Richard Biddle
35.01 Robert Perry
34.55 Antonio Sgambato
34.55 Phil Churton
31.73 Chris Rogers
31.54 Christophe Guicheteau
28.98 David Brown
28.52 Christophe Bernier
28.52 Kevin Jones
27.48 YanKit Chan
24.80 Brian Lever
24.05 Cecilia Sparke
24.05 David Pritchard
24.05 Mark Calderbank
23.76 Jon Barnes
23.52 Bob Bruce
23.52 Chris Bray
23.52 Simon Morecroft
23.52 Stuart Mann
23.52 Wayne Joseph
23.01 Richard Furborough
23.01 Tony Walters
22.48 Al Hogg
22.48 Anna Price
22.48 David Horner
21.75 Peter Christmas
21.51 Paul Plumptre
21.51 Tony Fawcett
20.74 Wayne Felton
20.71 Dorothy Lee
20.21 Neil Webb
17.75 Philippe Vouhe
17.72 Richard McQuillan
17.55 Edward Trinkwon
17.55 John Hurst
17.55 John Wright
17.55 Len Brown
17.55 Tariq Siddiqi
17.00 Arthur Wright
17.00 Geoff Conn
17.00 Lawrence Powell
17.00 Nicky Check
16.97 Anna Clarke
16.97 Jerry Limb
16.51 Paul Guy
16.51 Cato Fordham
16.51 Chris Purchase
16.51 Dan Rovira
16.51 David Tingey
16.51 Mike Williams
16.51 Peter Bennet
15.50 Paul Christmas
15.50 Rachael Garrett
15.50 Romolo Mudu
15.50 Tim Parfitt
15.25 Paul Barwick
13.75 Peter Farrer
13.00 Ann Pocknell
11.50 Matt Black
11.00 David Dennis
10.50 Malcolm Robertson
10.50 Andy Bell
10.50 Bob Young
10.50 Clive Martin-Ross
10.50 Crispin Duke
10.50 Dave McNair
10.50 David Collins
10.50 David Nathan
10.50 Donna Sherred
10.50 Maxim McDonald
10.50 Neil Smith
10.50 Nick Valley
10.50 Patricia Rey
10.50 Ray Fard
10.50 Sean Thomas
10.47 Alison van Loon
10.47 Colin Harrocks
10.47 Len Jones
10.47 Pam Wright
7.28 Rosey Bensley
7.25 Gary Brooker
7.25 Myke Wignall
6.50 Graham Smith
6.50 Jonas Henke
5.50 Alastair Woods
5.50 Alex Handley
5.50 Chris Ternel
5.50 James Anderson
5.50 Nick Goddard
5.50 Peter Finnimore
5.50 Sean Clennell
5.50 Steven Reddi
5.50 Tim Mooring

 

NB: See here for Championship listing

 

 

Biba Backgammon Tour points for this tournament

Pts. AP Player
19.95 1 Steve Lee
16.94 1 Eric McAlpine
13.93 1 Mike Murton
13.93 1 Neil Davidson
13.93 1 Peter Ozanne
11.92 1 Gaz Owen
9.97 1 Antonio Sgambato
9.97 1 Phil Churton
8.92 1 Christophe Guicheteau
8.92 1 Mardi Ohannessian
8.92 1 Paul Gilbertson
5.98 1 Ana Mancino
5.98 1 Richard Biddle
5.98 1 Robert Perry
4.91 1 Bob Bruce
4.91 1 Chris Bray
4.91 1 Christophe Bernier
4.91 1 Kevin Jones
4.91 1 Simon Morecroft
4.91 1 Stuart Mann
4.91 1 Wayne Joseph
2.97 1 Al Hogg
2.97 1 Anna Price
2.97 1 David Brown
2.97 1 David Horner
2.97 1 YanKit Chan
0.50 1 Alastair Woods
0.50 1 Alex Handley
0.50 1 Alison van Loon
0.50 1 Andy Bell
0.50 1 Ann Pocknell
0.50 1 Anna Clarke
0.50 1 Arthur Wright
0.50 1 Bob Young
0.50 1 Brian Lever
0.50 1 Cato Fordham
0.50 1 Cecilia Sparke
0.50 1 Chris Purchase
0.50 1 Chris Rogers
0.50 1 Chris Ternel
0.50 1 Clive Martin-Ross
0.50 1 Colin Harrocks
0.50 1 Crispin Duke
0.50 1 Dan Rovira
0.50 1 Dave McNair
0.50 1 David Collins
0.50 1 David Dennis
0.50 1 David Nathan
0.50 1 David Pritchard
0.50 1 David Tingey
0.50 1 Donna Sherred
0.50 1 Dorothy Lee
0.50 1 Edward Trinkwon
0.50 1 Gary Brooker
0.50 1 Geoff Conn
0.50 1 Graham Read
0.50 1 Graham Smith
0.50 1 James Anderson
0.50 1 Jerry Limb
0.50 1 John Hurst
0.50 1 John Wright
0.50 1 Jon Barnes
0.50 1 Jonas Henke
0.50 1 Lawrence Powell
0.50 1 Len Brown
0.50 1 Len Jones
0.50 1 Malcolm Robertson
0.50 1 Mark Calderbank
0.50 1 Matt Black
0.50 1 Maxim McDonald
0.50 1 Mike Williams
0.50 1 Myke Wignall
0.50 1 Neil Smith
0.50 1 Neil Webb
0.50 1 Nick Goddard
0.50 1 Nick Valley
0.50 1 Nicky Check
0.50 1 Pam Wright
0.50 1 Patricia Rey
0.50 1 Paul Barwick
0.50 1 Paul Christmas
0.50 1 Paul Guy
0.50 1 Paul Plumptre
0.50 1 Peter Bennet
0.50 0 Peter Christmas
0.50 1 Peter Farrer
0.50 1 Peter Finnimore
0.50 1 Philippe Vouhe
0.50 1 Rachael Garrett
0.50 1 Ray Fard
0.50 1 Richard Furborough
0.50 1 Richard McQuillan
0.50 1 Romolo Mudu
0.50 1 Rosey Bensley
0.50 1 Sean Clennell
0.50 1 Sean Thomas
0.50 1 Steven Reddi
0.50 1 Tariq Siddiqi
0.50 1 Tim Mooring
0.50 1 Tim Parfitt
0.50 1 Tony Fawcett
0.50 1 Tony Walters
0.50 1 Wayne Felton

 

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Bright 'n' Breezy January 2016

Report by Michael Crane

 

According to my reckoning I was expecting around 85 or 86 ..... 103 turned out! Not bad at all, but not a record, the highest turnout was 116 in 2002 when the late, Brian Busfield, won it. Getting so many non- Pre-Registered entrants might sound good . . . but it could have been very bad! More on this later . .
 
It all kicked off Friday night when 44 sat down to play. It might have been 45 but one entrant refused to enter having not read the information sent out via the Bibafax, the web site and Facebook and didn't want to pay to enter. What more can I do to ensure all relevant information gets out there? Knock on your door and tell you face-to-face?
 
The 44 were whittled down to the semis between Graham Read vs Dorothy Lee and Paul Gilbertson vs Wayne Joseph; fixtures from which Graham and Paul emerged into the Final. Graham prevailed and he took top points (BBT and GP).
 
Saturday morning saw the draw slowly creep past the 86 mark and there then followed a rush to find more seating! By 1 o'clock we'd got the extra chairs and tables sorted and the draw was made. Defending Champion, Jerry Limb fell in his match to Cecelia Sparke. Former winners; Bob Young fell to Ana Mancino in Round 2, as did John Hurst to Paul Plumptre and Geoff Conn to Kevin Jones - so a new name was going to be added to the list.
 
In the semis pitched against each other were Steve Lee vs Neil Davidson and Eric McAlpine vs Mike Murton - and Steve and Eric came out to face each other in the Final.
 
The match began with Steve (black) winning two points in the first game and by Game 7 they were tied at 5-5. By Game 10 Steve had dropped to 6-8 and Eric took the next game to 6-10 Crawford; the score starts to move in Steve's favour 7-10, 8-10 and it's here it all happens ...
 
It all starts off OK, Steve starts with 63: 24/18, 13/10. Quite correct for today's play making the 'old' play of running a back checker 24/15 an error.
 

 

41: 24/20, 8/7*  

 

Eric's reply turned out to be a big mistake (a 1296 rollout didn't really cover it attributing it as an error @ -0.024). As expected, Steve cubed and Eric took.
 
Steve then rolled . . .
33: 25/22, 24/18*, 8/5*
 
. . . which, in itself looks good but it is a blunder according to XG. Preference is given to 25/22, 8/5*(3) avoiding a direct blot on the 5-point. Considering that Steve's looking for a gammon and the match leaving a 5-point blot on isn't the right way to go about it. He needs to make inner points and to make them quickly. Eric came in with 64: 25/21.
 
 
42: 22/18, 10/8

 

Steve misses a great opportunity here to put Eric back on the bar with 8/4*, 6/4; instead he chooses to make his 18-point and lift the 2. As mentioned above his priority is a gammon and this play almost halves his gammon chances (GC).

 

31: 25/22, 21/20*
  62: 25/23, 8/2

 

Eric comes in and hits further reducing Steve's GC into the bargain. Steve comes in followed by Eric with 63: 22/13.

 

 
44: 13/5*, 6/2, 5/1*

 

Eric's two blots are back on the bar but Steve still hasn't made his very important 5-point. Slightly better (according to XG) is the simple 13/5*(2).
 
52: 25/20
53: 8/5*, 6/1

 

A great roll for Steve as he keeps on hitting.

 

61: Dances
 
Eric dances on Steve's two-point board.
 
 
54: 23/18, 13/9
 

A much better play here is shipping across two checkers from the mid-point, 13/9, 13/8. It blocks off escaping 44 while giving the same covering rolls for the 5-point or other.

 

11: Dances 
32:18/16, 8/5
 

At last, the 5-point is made. Eric is now in real trouble; with around 19% game winning chances (GWC) and with Steve on 60% GC it looks very likely that Steve will prevail. All he has to do is close off his remaining open points, bearoff safely and take the match.

 

53: 25/22
51:9/3*
42: 25/21  

 

One more 4 from Eric and he's back in the game.

 

 
53: 16/11, 6/3

 

Steve has to stop Eric anchoring and this play isn't going to help that plan. He needs to have a direct shot at his 4-point and the only play to do that is 13/8.  Eric dances with 65.
 
 
33: 13/4*, 4/1

 

Hitting is correct but not as a pick&pass. By far the better play here is 13/10, 13/4*. The 13/10 gives a direct 6 added to the 7 from the 11-point to complete the prime and almost certainly seal Eric's fate. Eric dances again, 51. From here, for several moves, Eric keeps dancing with both checkers and Steve comes around and in but never manages to complete the six-prime. He then rolls this ...
 
 
66: 14/2, 6/0(2)

 

Just one bad roll between Steve and a 95% GC to win the match – he doesn’t roll it. Eric remains static until ...
 
66: 25/19, 25/7

 

It's impossible for Eric to win the game but if he saves the gammon he's in with a chance of the match; however, with Steve on 99.95% GC it's in the laps of the Dice Gods. Sadly, for Eric, it was their day off and Steve bore off to be the 2016 Bright 'n' Breezy Champion. Well done, Steve, and hard luck, Eric. This match can be viewed (when available) and/or downloaded from Games.

 

Main: Eric and Steve Main: Mike and Neil

 

And now the good news .....

 

 

From the Main the Consolation went on with ninety-nine entering, many of them at different stages thanks to the Progressive side. From the non-Prog side the last four were Gaz Owen vs Robert Perry and Antonio Sgambato vs Richard Biddle with the two first mentioned fighting it out for a place in the Final, an encounter that saw Gaz get the better of Antonio. From the Prog side Peter Ozanne saw off Mardi Ohannessian and Phil Churton to sit opposite Gaz; and it was he that came out the Consolation winner.

 

Consolation: Peter and Gaz Last Chance: Chris and Neil

 

The Last Chance, an open 64 draw of 5-point matches had Chris Rogers beat Peter Christmas and Neil Webb beat Paul Barwick in the semis and then Chris carried on to take 1st place.
 
Doggy Paddle: Richard and Cecelia Mick Vacarey Tankard: Mark Calderbank

 

The 3-point Doggy Paddle saw Richard Biddle beat Cecelia Spark in the Final. Also, over the weekend: Mark Calderbank won the inaugural Mick Vacarey Poker Tankard and Jon & Romolo and Biddle & Bray shared 1st place in the Doubles. Rosie's Rollout had two winners - the highest dice rolled and the lowest dice rolled: Jon Barnes and Rosie’s brother, Paul Gilbertson.
 
Rosie's Rollout: Jon, A Rose, Paul

 

It was a hectic but rewarding weekend with lots of backgammon played and just a couple of 'contentions'. One was a 'shaking and rolling' issue - "Give 'em a good shake and throw 'em onto the board," was my advice; the other was an allegation of 'dice manipulation' - not about someone I'd ever suspect of such a thing but using two hands to move the checkers is against the rules!
 
Finally, the 103 'too many entrants' issue. Over the weekend I was asked by many entrants who hadn't bothered to pre-pay their Registration Fee "what's the point if it's unlimited entry?" The point is a very serious one. Event venues are governed by strict Health & Safety Regulations relating to the number of persons a room can hold - and that number is partly dictated by the amount of 'obstacles' (tables and chairs to you and I) in the room. At 86 we were OK, at 103 we were close to having to turn some entrants away from the playing room! If we hadn't been able to secure an extra playing room we could have been in breach of H&S Regulations .... which would not be good for the The Ship.
 
Therefore, we need to know who is entering in all future unlimited entry events to be absolutely certain that we have a playing room or rooms to take that number. If we exceed it there's a possibility that the venue hosts will bar some entrants from the room(s) provided.
 

Finally. I’d like to say “woof, woof woof, woof,” to Dexter for sponsoring the event and to thank him for brining Paul Gilbertson with him. Deana Fawcett worked extremely hard over the weekend and I couldn’t have managed without her; Sharen did her bit and helped us keep going. I’d also like to thank everyone who turned out and a special ‘thank you’ to our friends from Monte Carlo – it was nice to meet you all. When I win the Lotto ......

Lastly, thank you to Simon Kelly from BridgeOverseas who arranged and managed the accommodation. It all went without a hitch.