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Tournaments 2012

Biba Olympic Challenge, 7-9 September, 2012

 

The Winners

2012

Julian Fetterlein

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Gold Element
1
2
3&4
3&4
5to8
Julian Fetterlein
Rachel Rhodes
Mark Calderbank
Paul Barwick
Paul Plumptre
31.54
23.52
20.21
16.51
13.00
Silver Element

1
2
3&4
3&4
5to8

5to8

Marcus Wrinch
Peter Christmas
Deana Fawcett
Chris Ternel
Myke Wignall
Paul Christmas
23.52
20.05
13.00
13.00
15.25
10.50
Bronze Element

1

2

3&4

3&4

5to8

Mick Vacarey
CJ Uttley
Michael Ireland
Alex Hodge
Michael Crane
20.05
17.55
10.50
10.47
10.50
Consolation

1

2

3&4

3&4

5to8

5to8

5to8

5to8

Mark Calderbank
Myke Wignall
Paul Barwick
Paul Plumptre
Chris Ternel
Paul Christmas
Michael Ireland
Deana Fawcett
Last Chance

1

2

3&4

3&4

Myke Wignall
CJ Uttley
Michael Ireland
Mick Vacarey
Friday 500
1
2
3&4
3&4
5to8
5to8
5to8
5to8
Michael Ireland
Paul Christmas
Peter Christmas
Rachel Rhodes
Marcus Wrinch
Michael Crane
Mick Vacarey
C J Uttley
Poker

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2

3

4

5

Myke Wignall
Mark Calderbank
Mick Vacarey
Marcus Wrinch
Paul Christmas

 

 

 

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Biba Olympic Challenge

Report by Michael Crane

OK, so there were more entrants at the 'proper' Olympic games, but this was a new format and, despite the low turnout it worked well enough. Starting off on the Saturday with players in groups of four each playing a 2-round 7- and 5-point match followed by a 3-point Round-Robin, elements from which players gained points from 4 to 1 depending upon their positions in each element.

So, on the Sunday we had three elements: Gold, Silver and Bronze based upon score from the Saturday, the Gold being the Main. All were played to 9 points and the final of the Gold saw Julian Fetterlein pitched against Rachel Rhodes.

The match got off to a win for Julian (playing as black) and with the score at 1-0 to him we have this roll:

Black to play 43
White 0 - Black 1

Julian thought about it for a while and then went with the hit: 13/9, 6/3*. Whilst on the bar Rachel cubes to 2 and Julian takes. Rachel comes in with 62:25/23, 137 and makes a very tasty bar-point and a decent little four-prime. Julian soon bounced back . . . .

Black rolls 11

. . . with the killer Snake Eyes: 8/7*(2), 6/5(2). BUT . . . XG says this is a blunder and he should have gone with 13/12*, 8/7*, 6/5(2). It would be interesting to get Julian's comments on this.

The benefit of recording a match on video is that I get to hear the comments made by each player. In this next position Rachel rolled 33.

White to play 33
White 0 - Black 3

A toss-up between 13/7(2) and 13/10(2), 9/6(2), and Rachel went with the correct play, the latter. This prompted Julian to come out with, "Ah, she cunningly blocked my double-fives" as he rolled double-five!

The bearing in position (after the 33 play) is similar to the final position with the match poised at DMP. The final outcome came down to one error - an error that cost Rachel the Gold medal.

Rachel to play 52
Double Match Point

She thought about 6/1, 4/2 for a short while then opted for 8/3, 6/3. This leaves 6s with 4, 3, 2 or 1, 8 rolls that'll leave a blot, whereas playing from the home board would leave just one roll, 61. Julian's reply was 21: 6/5, 4/2

Then Rachel rolls one of her blot-leaving numbers; 62: 11/9, 11/5 . . . As you might expect, Julian hit with a roll of 21: 18/16*. 16/15. Had Rachel played the better move, 6/1, 4/2 her sequence of subsequent rolls would have meant she'd have cleared her last four checkers safely and would most likely have won the bearoff; but that didn't happen!

Gold: Rachel and Julian

Silver: Marcus and Peter

In the Silver, Marcus Wrinch prevailed over Peter Christmas; and in the Bronze, Mick Vacarey got the better of CJ Uttley and Michael Ireland came 3rd.

Bronze: Michael, Mick and CJ

The Consolation was won by Mark Calderbank after he beat Myke Wignall in the final. Not to be outdone, Myke then went on to win the Last Chance when he triumphed over CJ in their second final each. Myke was a multi-medal medal winner and the images below feature him quite a bit!

 

Consolation; Myke and Mark
With Deana Fawcett, Bronze
Last Chance: Myke and CJ

 

As usual we started off with the Friday 500 and Michael Ireland reprised his role of winning player when he did it again, this time against Paul Christmas. In the Poker Grand Prix, Myke came 1st with organiser, Mark Calderbank 2nd.

Finally. I haven't let the turnout deter me from trying this format again; however, next time I intend to redraw the groups after each element so that (as far as possible) you never get to play the same player twice. This will give a variety of match lengths and a good mix of opponents.

NB: The 9point Gold match will be available in the usual format via email from Friday, 14 September.