Tournaments 2012

The Barcelo Cup, 5-7 October, 2012

 

 

 

This is a Biba Backgammon Tour Event

 

The Winners

2010

2012

Nicky Check

Peter Bennet

 

 

 

 

Main

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Peter Bennet
Paul Christmas
Mardi Ohannessian
David Nathan
Peter Christmas
Mark Calderbank
Eric McAlpine
Myke Wignall

Consolation

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Mark Calderbank
Paul Barwick
Phil Tutchings
Myke Wignall
Gerry Enslin
Arthur Wright
Peter Christmas
Eric McAlpine

Last Chance

1

2

3/4

3/4

Colin Owen
Brian Metcalf
Mick Vacarey
Simon Morecroft

The Triumph

1

2

3/4

3/4

Paul Plumptre
Peter Christmas
Mardi Ohannessian
Gerry Enslin

Friday 500

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

David Nathan
Peter Christmas
Paul Christmas
Mardi Ohannessian
Mick Vacarey
Deana Fawcett
Poker

1

2

3

4

5

6

Myke Wignall
Paul Christmas
Marcus Wrinch
Eric McAlpine
Mick Vacarey
Mark Calderbank
Mardi Ohannessian
Doubles

1

Norfolk 'n' Chance

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Grand Prix points for this tournament

For latest Championship table click here

50.50
34.13
34.13
31.54
28.51
27.16
23.52
22.48
22.48
20.05
17.55
17.55
16.51
16.51
13.00
13.00
10.50
10.50
10.50
10.50
Peter Bennet
Mark Calderbank
Paul Christmas
Mardi Ohannessian
Paul Barwick
David Nathan
Peter Christmas
Myke Wignall
Phil Tutchings
Eric McAlpine
Arthur Wright
Gerry Enslin
Chris Evans
Paul Plumptre
Brian Metcalf
Colin Owen
Chris Ternel
Marcus Wrinch
Mick Vacarey
Simon Morecroft

 

 

 

 

Biba Backgammon Tour Points

These points are included in the main list HERE

19.95
16.94
13.93
13.93
13.93
11.92
9.97
9.97
8.92
8.92
5.98
5.98
4.91
4.91
4.91
4.91
2.97
2.97
2.97
2.97
Peter Bennet
Paul Christmas
David Nathan
Mardi Ohannessian
Mark Calderbank
Paul Barwick
Myke Wignall
Phil Tutchings
Eric McAlpine
Peter Christmas
Arthur Wright
Gerry Enslin
Brian Metcalf
Chris Evans
Colin Owen
Paul Plumptre
Chris Ternel
Marcus Wrinch
Mick Vacarey
Simon Morecroft

 

 

 

 

 

The Barcelo Cup, 5-7 October, 2012

Report by Michael Crane

 

It would appear that the addition of BBT points in lieu of the cancelled Coventry Open wasn't that big a draw with just Phil Tutchings and Paul Plumptre making the journey to Daventry. Never mind, the thought was there.

I used this event to trial the Double Entry Knockout (you know, that 'complicated' format used in Huddersfield) and it was very well received . . . especially by all those who were 'knocked out' in the 1st Round!

One of these 'unlucky' players was Paul Christmas. Undeterred by his defeat by Mardi Ohannessian he went on to play himself into the final and a shot at the £250 1st prize. His opponent, Peter Bennet, had gone all the way from the 1st Round and his reward for doing so was a 3-0 lead in the 11-point match.

Now, under normal circumstances no player in his right mind would give Peter Bennet a 3-0 start, after all, Peter has five previous titles under his belt including the 2008 English Open and the 2011 Biba World Championship! Mind you, Paul was just happy to be in the final.

Paul immediately closed the gap to 3-2, Peter pulled it away to 5-2 and Paul responded with 5-4 and it was here that Paul remained as the score climbed 7-4, 9-4, 10-4 Crawford, a match that Peter won taking the title and leaving Paul as Runner-up. Mardi Ohannessian and David Nathan were the losing semi-finalists.

 

Main: Peter and Paul

Over the years since the arrival of internet backgammon and bots that play better than we do I have heard moans and groans about rigged dice - well take a look at this lot and tell me if you think the dice were rigged here. Peter is playing as black and white's roll is to be played first:

 

White: 13/7, 13/9
Black: 11/6, 8/4
 
White: 9/3, 7/3
Black: 10/6, 10/8
 
White: 13/7, 13/9
Black: 13/5
 
White: 9/5, 7/1
Black: 13/3
 
White: 7/1, 5/1
Black: 13/3
 

Wow! Seven 64s out of ten rolls, five of them consecutive for white!. Hands up all those that would have shouted out, "RIGGED DICE" if playing online or against a bot. A lot, eh? For those that are interested the match file is available in the usual formats via email.

 

Main Semi-Finalists: David and Mardi
Consolation: Mark and Paul

 

In the Progressive Consolation Paul Barwick got into the final from the non-prog side to meet Mark Calderbank who shunted in on the prog side. No doubt exhausted by his long haul, Paul was defeated and Mark took first place.

In the Last Chance, Colin Owen beat Brian Metcalf after they each defeated Simon Morecroft and Mick Vacarey respectively in the semi-final. Just on a separate note: Colin played a lot of his matches using a baffle-box. A neat piece of kit that produces as good a random roll that you'll ever get - and for this reason, if asked to play with a baffle-box a player cannot refuse but will be allowed to roll for choice - box or lipped cups - and before you ask -- they both use a cup for that initial roll!

The Triumph (3-pointer) was exactly that for Paul Plumptre as he triumphed over Peter Christmas in the Final.

 

Last Chance: Colin and Brian
Triumph: Paul and Peter

 

As you all know by now, everything kicked off Friday night with the 500, and this weekend's winner was David Nathan who defeated Paul Christmas in the final. And on the Saturday evening, Myke Wignall won the poker and nosed just one point ahead of Marcus Wrinch in the listing with one more event to go. The Doubles was won by Norfolk 'n' Chance after they beat Not Again in the final.

One last element: Free Money! Paul Christmas became the first winner and the first entrant into a final eight draw for £300 . . . and it cost him nothing to enter - he got his fiver entry fee back. If you'd like to win £300 free money, look out for the Free Money pools and Jackpots at all Biba events.

Finally. Thank you to everyone who took part and to Deana and Sharen for helping out. Without you lot I would be on my own.

 


 

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