Updated: Thursday, April 13, 2017 15:27

Added British Open

 

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2017 Season - Open to all players

Bright ‘n’ Breezy. Cork Open. The Lakes.
Manchester One-Day. British Open. Blackpool Imperial Cup.
English Open. Liverpool Open. Irish Open. Bognor. Coventry Open

 

 

11/04/17
08/03/17
28/07/16
11/10/11

 

Year
Winner Runner-up
2010
Tony Fawcett Mark Calderbank
2011
Dan Tutchings Brian Lever
2012
Mark Calderbank Jon Barnes
2013
Rob Perry Peter Bennet
2014
Richard Biddle
Brian Lever
2015
Anna Clarke
Anna Price
2016
Mardi Ohannessian Richard Biddle

 

(If you have any comments or questions regarding the BBT, please email and I will reply in Q & A)

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INFORMATION (updated 18/01/17)

Some of the organisers of the above events are not directly involved with the UK Tour, but if they want to assist they are welcome to do so. All that is required of them is to make available the names and positions of players in the Main and Consolation. This is purely a Biba project and any funding is via Biba and the event sponsor, My Web Presenters - - entrants pay nothing towards it, it is a totally free-entry element of each event.

 

Main
Pos
Cons
19.95
1st
13.93
16.94
2nd
11.92
13.93
3rd & 4th
9.97
8.92
5th to 8th
5.98
4.91
9th to 16th
2.97
Remaining Entrants 0.50 points

For the Last 8/16 of the Main and Consolation in each of the tour events, points are awarded as shown to the left. Event entrants gaining more than one award will only be awarded the higher score, they are not accrued. A running points total and leader board will be published on the Biba web site following each event, and in the Bibafax upon publication. After the final event the top 16 scorers will become the qualifiers. These 16 qualifiers will be invited to take part in the Grand Final to be held on the Saturday morning at 11:00 at the 2017 UK Finals 17-19 November.

The Finals will be a 3- or 5-point seeded Knockout with a winner-takes-all first prize of £150 minimum.

 

Qualifiers must confirm their attendance for the Final by 1 November, 2017. If any of the qualifiers cannot attend the Final then the 9th scorer will be invited, and thereafter, 10th, 11th etc. until such time as we have an 8 draw. Any vacant places that occur on the day of the Final will be decided in the same way. Entrants not present at the 11am start time will forfeit their place.

Remember. There are no fees to pay to enter the BBT - the only fees you incur are those to enter each event. The BBT is not an official part of the above events (excepting those organised and run by Biba) but it is hoped that its involvement will result in more entrants for each event.

If your club is staging a local tournament that is open to all and you would like to be part of the BBT, please email and let us know. It is also very likely that Biba Grand Prix Points can also be applied to your event.

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2017 BBT Dates
January 13-15: Bright 'n' Breezy (Biba event)
March 2-5: Cork Open
March: The Lakes .... tba
March 26: Manchester One-Day
April 7-9: British Open (Biba event)
June 9-11: Blackpool Imperial Cup
July 7-9: English Open (Biba event)
July: 15-16 Liverpool Open
October 6-8: Irish Open

October 14: Bognor
November: Coventry Open .... tba

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Latest News

28 July, 2016: Due to the Coventry Open being held after the UK Finals (at which the BBT Grand Finalé is played) we have had to withdraw Coventry from the BBT - however; this does not effect the Grand Prix points award.


 

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After the Bright 'n' Breezy ...

A good turnout at Brighton got us off to a cracking start. It’s very early to analyse what might or might not happen but the current Top 16 have a good start.

Cork, The Lakes, Manchester and the British Open should provide a good number of new entries and by the time of the next issue of Bibafax in May we will have a much better idea of where things are going and for whom.

Scroll down to see the following results and the latest listing ....

 

Pts. AP Player
19.95 1 Sean Clennell
16.94 1 Crispin Duke
13.93 1 Antonio Sgambato
13.93 1 Sidi Shatku
13.93 1 Tariq Siddiqi
11.92 1 Chris Bray
9.97 1 Lawrence Powell
9.97 1 Tim Mooring
8.92 1 Jon Barnes
8.92 1 Neil Webb
8.92 1 Tim Parfitt
5.98 1 Anna Price
5.98 1 Chris Hamilton
5.98 1 Mardi Ohannessian
4.91 1 Ana Mancino
4.91 1 Ann Pocknell
4.91 1 Colin Beattie
4.91 1 Len Jones
4.91 1 Richard McQuillan
4.91 1 Robert Perry
4.91 1 Sean Thomas
2.97 1 Christophe Guicheteau
2.97 1 Michael Levi
2.97 1 Romolo Mudu
2.97 1 Simon Morecroft
2.97 1 Steve Bibby
0.50 1 Adam Taylor
0.50 1 Alex Handley
0.50 1 Alison van Loon
0.50 1 Andy Bell
0.50 1 Anna Clarke
0.50 1 Aref Alipour
0.50 1 Arthur Wright
0.50 1 Bob Bruce
0.50 1 Bob Young
0.50 1 Cato Fordham
0.50 1 Cedric Lytton
0.50 1 Cohava Zenou
0.50 1 Dale Taylor
0.50 1 David Brown
0.50 1 David Hicks
0.50 1 David Nathan
0.50 1 David Pritchard
0.50 1 David Tingey
0.50 1 Derek Cooper
0.50 1 Emad Salib
0.50 1 Eric Maillebiau
0.50 1 Eric McAlpine
0.50 1 Frederic Bonard
0.50 1 Garry Jones
0.50 1 Gary Brooker
0.50 1 Gaz Owen
0.50 1 Graham Read
0.50 1 Graham Smith
0.50 1 Harold Forster
0.50 1 John Hurst
0.50 1 Lewis Potter
0.50 1 Mahmoud Jahanbani
0.50 1 Malcolm Robertson
0.50 1 Mark Calderbank
0.50 1 Mike Murton
0.50 1 Myke Wignall
0.50 1 Neil Davidson
0.50 1 Nick Goddard
0.50 1 Nick Valley
0.50 1 Nicky Check
0.50 1 Paul Barwick
0.50 1 Paul Callaway
0.50 1 Paul Christmas
0.50 1 Paul Gilbertson
0.50 1 Paul Plumptre
0.50 1 Peter Bennet
0.50 1 Peter Christmas
0.50 1 Peter Finnimore
0.50 1 Peter Ozanne
0.50 1 Ray Fard
0.50 1 Richard Biddle
0.50 1 Richard Furborough
0.50 1 Richard Halvorsen
0.50 1 Ron Slattery
0.50 1 Sabrina Gaboriau
0.50 1 Sean Jones
0.50 1 Sebastian Wilkinson
0.50 1 Stephen Carder
0.50 1 Steve Allott
0.50 1 Steve Lee
0.50 1 Stuart Mann
0.50 1 Tony Walters
0.50 1 Trudi Seely
0.50 1 Vic Sprake
0.50 1 Wayne Felton
0.50 1 Wayne Joseph

 


 

After Cork, The Lakes and Manchester One-Day, March 2017

Now things are a little different. The three results from the March non-Biba events have given us a better idea of where entrants are. Scroll down to see the latest listings ....

 

Cork
Brian Lever
19.95
Sean Jones
16.94
Garry Jones
13.93
Jay O'Sullivan
13.93
Richard Biddle
13.93
Wayne Felton
11.92
Cato Fordham
9.97
Robert Perry
9.97
Mark Calderbank
8.92
Shea Mulhall
8.92
Simon Hopper
8.92
Vic Sprake
8.92
Andy Marshall
5.98
Jamie Degabriele
5.98
Pim van Haastert
5.98
Sean Casey
5.98
Claudia Geohnert
4.91
John Broomfield
4.91
John Huggins
4.91
Simon Morecroft
4.91
Brendan Brgess
2.97
Felix Vink
2.97
Martin Barkwill
2.97
Rachel Rhodes
2.97
Radu Ciortan
2.97
Stuart Mann
2.97
Walter Busato
2.97
Ann Maher
0.50
Ariadne Caracoli
0.50
Bernardo Viana
0.50
Brian Woods
0.50
Chris Humble
0.50
CJ Uttley
0.50
Cynthia Roberts
0.50
David Pritchard
0.50
Derek Cooper
0.50
Drew Caudwell
0.50
Garry Thompson
0.50
Gary Brooker
0.50
Gavin Aherne
0.50
Geoff Laurence
0.50
Gill Misrahi
0.50
Ian McFarlane
0.50
Jackie Murphy
0.50
Jeff Misrahi
0.50
Joe Dooley
0.50
Karen Jones
0.50
Keith Gill
0.50
Mark Woods
0.50
Martha Littlehailes
0.50
Nick Hornyack
0.50
Phil Newton
0.50
Phil Redden
0.50
Richard Furburough
0.50
Sean Deasy
0.50
Stephen Little
0.50
Stephen Tyler
0.50
Steve Lee
0.50
Vicky Chandler
0.50
 
The Lakes
Steve Lee 19.95
Paul Lapidakis 16.94
Michael Levi 13.93
Paul Galley 13.93
Don Urvin 8.92
Andrew Hunter 8.92
David Gallagher 8.92
Jol Wardle 8.92
Zohrab Yoncali 13.93
Sam Wilkinson 11.92
Greame Turner 9.97
Ian Hesketh 9.97
Barry Teece 5.98
Monty Hunter 5.98
Martin Barkwill 5.98
Keith Gill 5.98

 

 
Manchester
Mark Calderbank 19.95
Kevin Jones 16.94
Ana Mancino 13.93
Rachel Rhodes 13.93
Tim Brown 13.93
John Ross 11.92
Alex Polden 9.97
David Phillips 9.97
Andreas Sophocleus 8.92
Martyn Hamer 8.92
Richard Coburn 8.92
Simon Jones 8.92
Abdollah Ahmadi 5.98
Ian Shimwell 5.98
Peter Snape 5.98
Steve Lee 5.98
Andy Marshall 4.91
Brian Lever 4.91
David Pritchard 4.91
Fak Laight 4.91
Fanika Petkovska 4.91
Ian Turner 4.91
Mark Manley 4.91
Steve Fowles 4.91
David Motley 2.97
Dorothy Lee 2.97
Eli Nixey 2.97
Gill Misrahi 2.97
Ken O'Halloran-Brown 2.97
Maurice Ekpenyong 2.97
Radu Ciortan 2.97
Simon Cocking 2.97
Anna Clarke 0.50
Aysel Nayim 0.50
Christian Cozos 0.50
CJ Uttley 0.50
Emily Shimwell 0.50
Frank Fleming 0.50
George Hall 0.50
Ian Gray 0.50
Ian Vaughan 0.50
Irving Czechowicz 0.50
Jon Barnes 0.50
Len Nixey 0.50
Michelle Ford 0.50
Mike Wood 0.50
Paul Barwick 0.50
Peter Chan 0.50
Phil Tutchings 0.50
Richard Biddle 0.50
Richard Carter 0.50
Robert Perry 0.50
Rodney Lighton 0.50
Samya Abdullah 0.50
Saul Brody 0.50
         

 

After the British Open, April 2017

Now things are moving along after five events.

We have lost Garry Jones, Richard Biddle, Antonio Sgambato and a slew of 13.93s. We have six new entries: Mardi Ohannessian, Kevin Jones, Anna Price, Jon Barnes and Peter Bennet. Sean Clennell goes up three places to 1st as Mark Calderbank drops into 2nd place. Robert Perry goes up 6, Crispin Duke down 1, Ana Mancino down 5, Sean Jones down 6 and Paul Lapidakis down 5.

There are a few on 16.90 clinging onto '16th' but they'll soon be elbowed out after the Blackpool Imperial Cup in June. Watch this space!

 

BRITISH OPEN
Mardi Ohannessian 19.95
Peter Bennet 16.94
Anna Price 13.93
Brendan Burgess 13.93
Steve Bibby 13.93
Sean Clennell 11.92
Jysen Qwt 9.97
Paul Barwick 9.97
Jon Barnes 8.92
Radu Ciortan 8.92
Robert Perry 8.92
Graham Read 5.98
Kevin Jones 5.98
Paul Gilbertson 5.98
Crispin Duke 4.91
Emad Salib 4.91
Gaz Owen 4.91
Martin Barkwill 4.91
Paul Plumptre 4.91
Tim Parfitt 4.91
Brian Lever 2.97
Dave McNamara 2.97
Tim Cross 2.97
Trudi Seely 2.97
Danny Cohen 0.50
David Motley 0.50
David Pritchard 0.50
David Startin 0.50
Eric McAlpine 0.50
Garry Jones 0.50
Gerry Enslin 0.50
Gheorghe Filipas 0.50
Graham Smith 0.50
Howard Morris 0.50
Ian Blackmore 0.50
Johanna Wade 0.50
John Wright 0.50
Julian Minwalla 0.50
Mike Murton 0.50
Myke Wignall 0.50
Neil Davidson 0.50
Paul Christmas 0.50
Peter Christmas 0.50
Richard Biddle 0.50
Richard Carter 0.50
Richard McQuillan 0.50
Ron Slattery 0.50
Rosey Bensley 0.50
Sean Jones 0.50
Tim Line 0.50
Vic Sprake 0.50
Wayne Felton 0.50

 


Latest Listings

Pos. Pts. AP Player
1 31.87 2 Sean Clennell
2 29.37 3 Mark Calderbank
3 27.83 3 Brian Lever
4 26.93 4 Steve Lee
5 25.93 2 Mardi Ohannessian
6 24.30 4 Robert Perry
7 22.92 2 Kevin Jones
8 21.85 2 Crispin Duke
9 19.91 2 Anna Price
10 18.84 2 Ana Mancino
11 18.34 3 Jon Barnes
12 17.94 3 Sean Jones
13 17.44 2 Peter Bennet
14 16.94 1 Paul Lapidakis
15 16.90 2 Brendan Burgess
. . 16.90 2 Michael Levi
. . 16.90 2 Rachel Rhodes
. . 16.90 2 Steve Bibby
  15.43 4 Richard Biddle
  14.93 3 Garry Jones
  14.86 3 Radu Ciortan
  13.93 1 Antonio Sgambato
  13.93 1 Jay O'Sullivan
  13.93 1 Paul Galley
  13.93 1 Sidi Shatku
  13.93 1 Tariq Siddiqi
  13.93 1 Tim Brown
  13.93 1 Zohrab Yoncali
  13.86 3 Martin Barkwill
  13.83 2 Tim Parfitt
  12.92 3 Wayne Felton
  11.92 1 Chris Bray
  11.92 1 John Ross
  11.92 1 Sam Wilkinson
  10.97 3 Paul Barwick
  10.89 2 Andy Marshall
  10.47 2 Cato Fordham
  9.97 1 Alex Polden
  9.97 1 David Phillips
  9.97 1 Greame Turner
  9.97 1 Ian Hesketh
  9.97 1 Jysen Qwt
  9.97 1 Lawrence Powell
  9.97 1 Tim Mooring
  9.92 3 Vic Sprake
  8.92 1 Andreas Sophocleus
  8.92 1 Andrew Hunter
  8.92 1 David Gallagher
  8.92 1 Don Urvin
  8.92 1 Jol Wardle
  8.92 1 Martyn Hamer
  8.92 1 Neil Webb
  8.92 1 Richard Coburn
  8.92 1 Shea Mulhall
  8.92 1 Simon Hopper
  8.92 1 Simon Jones
  7.88 2 Simon Morecroft
  6.48 2 Graham Read
  6.48 2 Keith Gill
  6.48 2 Paul Gilbertson
  6.41 4 David Pritchard
  5.98 1 Abdollah Ahmadi
  5.98 1 Barry Teece
  5.98 1 Chris Hamilton
  5.98 1 Ian Shimwell
  5.98 1 Jamie Degabriele
  5.98 1 Monty Hunter
  5.98 1 Peter Snape
  5.98 1 Pim van Haastert
  5.98 1 Sean Casey
  5.41 2 Emad Salib
  5.41 2 Gaz Owen
  5.41 2 Paul Plumptre
  5.41 2 Richard McQuillan
  4.91 1 Ann Pocknell
  4.91 1 Claudia Geohnert
  4.91 1 Colin Beattie
  4.91 1 Fak Laight
  4.91 1 Fanika Petkovska
  4.91 1 Ian Turner
  4.91 1 John Broomfield
  4.91 1 John Huggins
  4.91 1 Len Jones
  4.91 1 Mark Manley
  4.91 1 Sean Thomas
  4.91 1 Steve Fowles
  3.47 2 David Motley
  3.47 2 Gill Misrahi
  3.47 2 Stuart Mann
  3.47 2 Trudi Seely
  2.97 1 Christophe Guicheteau
  2.97 1 Dave McNamara
  2.97 1 Dorothy Lee
  2.97 1 Eli Nixey
  2.97 1 Felix Vink
  2.97 1 Ken O'Halloran-Brown
  2.97 1 Maurice Ekpenyong
  2.97 1 Romolo Mudu
  2.97 1 Simon Cocking
  2.97 1 Tim Cross
  2.97 1 Walter Busato
  1.00 2 Anna Clarke
  1.00 2 CJ Uttley
  1.00 2 Derek Cooper
  1.00 2 Eric Maillebiau
  1.00 2 Gary Brooker
  1.00 2 Graham Smith
  1.00 2 Mike Murton
  1.00 2 Myke Wignall
  1.00 2 Neil Davidson
  1.00 2 Paul Christmas
  1.00 2 Peter Christmas
  1.00 2 Richard Carter
  1.00 2 Richard Furborough
  1.00 2 Ron Slattery
  0.50 1 Adam Taylor
  0.50 1 Alex Handley
  0.50 1 Alison van Loon
  0.50 1 Andy Bell
  0.50 1 Ann Maher
  0.50 1 Aref Alipour
  0.50 1 Ariadne Caracoli
  0.50 1 Arthur Wright
  0.50 1 Aysel Nayim
  0.50 1 Bernardo Viana
  0.50 1 Bob Bruce
  0.50 1 Bob Young
  0.50 1 Brian Woods
  0.50 1 Cedric Lytton
  0.50 1 Chris Humble
  0.50 1 Christian Cozos
  0.50 1 Cohava Zenou
  0.50 1 Cynthia Roberts
  0.50 1 Dale Taylor
  0.50 1 Danny Cohen
  0.50 1 David Brown
  0.50 1 David Hicks
  0.50 1 David Nathan
  0.50 1 David Startin
  0.50 1 David Tingey
  0.50 1 Drew Caudwell
  0.50 1 Emily Shimwell
  0.50 1 Eric McAlpine
  0.50 1 Frank Fleming
  0.50 1 Frederic Bonard
  0.50 1 Garry Thompson
  0.50 1 Gavin Aherne
  0.50 1 Geoff Laurence
  0.50 1 George Hall
  0.50 1 Gerry Enslin
  0.50 1 Gheorghe Filipas
  0.50 1 Harold Forster
  0.50 1 Howard Morris
  0.50 1 Ian Blackmore
  0.50 1 Ian Gray
  0.50 1 Ian McFarlane
  0.50 1 Ian Vaughan
  0.50 1 Irving Czechowicz
  0.50 1 Jackie Murphy
  0.50 1 Jeff Misrahi
  0.50 1 Joe Dooley
  0.50 1 Johanna Wade
  0.50 1 John Hurst
  0.50 1 John Wright
  0.50 1 Julian Minwalla
  0.50 1 Karen Jones
  0.50 1 Len Nixey
  0.50 1 Lewis Potter
  0.50 1 Mahmoud Jahanbani
  0.50 1 Malcolm Robertson
  0.50 1 Mark Woods
  0.50 1 Martha Littlehailes
  0.50 1 Michelle Ford
  0.50 1 Mike Wood
  0.50 1 Nick Goddard
  0.50 1 Nick Hornyack
  0.50 1 Nick Valley
  0.50 1 Nicky Check
  0.50 1 Paul Callaway
  0.50 1 Peter Chan
  0.50 1 Peter Finnimore
  0.50 1 Peter Ozanne
  0.50 1 Phil Newton
  0.50 1 Phil Redden
  0.50 1 Phil Tutchings
  0.50 1 Ray Fard
  0.50 1 Richard Halvorsen
  0.50 1 Rodney Lighton
  0.50 1 Rosey Bensley
  0.50 1 Sabrina Gaboriau
  0.50 1 Samya Abdullah
  0.50 1 Saul Brody
  0.50 1 Sean Deasy
  0.50 1 Sebastian Wilkinson
  0.50 1 Stephen Carder
  0.50 1 Stephen Little
  0.50 1 Stephen Tyler
  0.50 1 Steve Allott
  0.50 1 Tim Line
  0.50 1 Tony Walters
  0.50 1 Vicky Chandler
  0.50 1 Wayne Joseph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Biba Backgammon Tour Final 2016

After Dublin we had our 8 Qualifiers - many of which didn’t turn out for the Play-offs for the UK Finals. This meant players from 9th downwards were lucky enough to enter.

We had 285 players participate (6 more than 2015) from a wide variety of tournaments. Along the way there were a good few changes in positions and the fact that there were some absent at the 11am start showed the value of not only taking part but of being present for the draw.

Mardi Ohhannessian (one of the entrants that took advantage of the absentees) met Richard Biddle in the final, a fixture from which Mardi came out on top.

 

Play-off Results
1 Mardi Ohannessian
2 Richard Biddle
3&4 Jon Barnes
3&4 Peter Christmas
5to8 Anna Price
5to8 Simon Morecroft
5to8 Eric McAlpine
5to8 Julian Minwalla

 

Mardi Ohannessian - 2016 Backgammon Tour Champion

Everyone is an entrant in the Play-offs and as Mardi showed, you don't necessarily need to be at the top to win it!

 


Questions & Answers (latest at the top)

Q: According to table shown above points are given to the top 16 in the Main and the Consolation. With this in mind why do some events show a lot less than 32 awards?

A: Well spotted! I think the events you refer to are events in which there is a Progressive Consolation (i.e. some Main losers go into the Consolation at higher rounds than Round 1). These entrants in effect will have gained two awards; however, because BBT points aren't accumulated only the higher of the two awards is retained.

Q: Do the qualifiers have to be Biba members?

A: No. The Tour is open to any backgammon player. It is designed to promote regional backgammon and (hopefully) increase entry levels for them. Of course, if any of the finalists in January are not members of Biba they could join if they wanted to.  To get the Tour going this year Biba has added a few 'extra' events which will be replaced next year with more local ones.

Q: It is possible that two or more of those topping the chart at year end could share the same number of points thus giving a greater field of qualifiers. How would you decide who is in the Final?

A: Good point! I have decided to add 'attendance points' (AP) as a tie-breaker. All event entrants will get 1 AP for each event they enter. Those that support the tour the most will have more AP than those that enter only one or two events. Of course, if any entrants are not in the top 16 (or top 8) of any event then I might not have a record of their attendance, therefore it is incumbent upon such entrants to ensure the event TD informs Biba of their attendance or to notify me themselves.

 


 

 

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