Tournaments 2015

The Gilbertson UK Finals. 27-29 November, 2015

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The Winners

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2015

John Broomfield
Sean Casey
Mardi Ohannessian
Brian Lever
Peter Bennet
Tony Lee

John Slattery

Julian Fetterlein

Mick Butterfield

Mick Butterfield

Tony Lee

Jon Barnes

Chris Ternel

Arthur Wright

Jysen Qwt

Mardi Ohannessian

Julian Minwalla

Paul Plumptre

 

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Main

1
2
3&4
3&4
5to8
5to8
5to8
5to8

Paul Plumptre
Graham Read
Eric McAlpine
Paul Christmas
Mardi Ohannessian
Bob Young
Nicky Check
Peter Christmas

Consolation

1
2
3&4
3&4
5to8
5to8
5to8
5to8

Peter Christmas
Anna Price
Mardi Ohannessian
Bob Young
Paul Gilbertson
Eric McAlpine
Bob Young
Richard Biddle

Last Chance

1

2

3/4

3/4

Tim Mooring
Craig Hale
Anna Clarke
Richard Biddle

The Gilbo

1

Richard Biddle

Friday 150 Finals Championship

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Mardi Ohannessian
Peter Christmas
Eric McAlpine
Nicky Check
Graham Read
Richard Biddle
Paul Christmas
Deana Fawcett
BBT Finals

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Anna Clarke
Anna Price
Paul Gilbertson
Nicky Check
Deana Fawcett
Eric McAlpine
Graham Read
Mardi Ohannessian

Doubles

1

2

Yorkshire Puddings
No Batteries For The Rabbit

Rosey's Rollout
Craig Hale

 

 

 

GP at this tournament

50.50
40.45
34.13
31.54
31.54
27.16
27.16
23.52
23.52
23.52
23.52
23.52
23.52
17.55
17.55
17.55
17.55
17.55
16.51
16.51
13.00

Paul Plumptre
Graham Read
Eric McAlpine
Anna Price
Paul Christmas
Bob Young
Mardi Ohannessian
Ali Rahbari
Nicky Check
Paul Gilbertson
Peter Christmas
Richard Biddle
Tim Mooring
Arthur Wright
Craig Hale
Gerry Enslin
Julia Thornton
Rob Daniel
Anna Clarke
Paul Barwick
Myke Wignall

NB: Already added to Championship Listing

 

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The Gilberton UK Finals. 27-29 November, 2015
Report by Michael Crane

Trophies and tournament sponsored by Paul Gilbertson

It all started with the Friday 150 Finals. Having won two of the three events so far (Richard Biddle won the third), Mardi Ohannessian was determined to with this one. On his way to the Final he defeated Deana Fawcett at DMP, then he knocked out Nicky Check to meet Paul Christmas in the Final. Paul had seen off Graham Read and Eric McAlpine and was looking to add his name to the Previous Winners for a second time. Mardi had other ideas and it was he that came out the victor.

Mardi Ohannessian

Friday 150 Winner

Then, on Saturday morning the Play-offs of the Biba Backgammon Tour got underway. Several of the Top 8 failed to make an appearance for the 11am start so we went down the listings for our Play-off entrants. The 1st Round saw Anna Clarke getting the better of Eric McAlpine (can't win 'em all, Eric), Nicky Check defeat Deana Fawcett, Paul Gilbertson knock out Mardi Ohannessian and Anna Price see off Graham Read.

Anna Clarke - BBT Winner 2015

In the semis both Annas prevailed and we had an all-Anna Final ... from which Anna Clarke emerged the 2015 Biba Backgammon Tour Champion. Well done, Anna; and hard luck, Anna. ;-)

The BBT had 271 players participate 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. Everyone is an entrant in the Play-off and as Anna Clarke showed, you don't necessarily need to be at the top to win it!

With that over we then went into the Main for the first round of the Double Elimination. Mardi Ohannessian and Eric McAlpine both missed out on the byes but each survived the 1st Round. Eric managed to survive the 2nd but Mardi didn't. In the 3rd Round we had Paul Christmas vs Bob Young, Eric vs Nicky Check, Paul Plumptre vs Peter Christmas and finally Graham Read vs event sponsor, Paul Gilbertson. From these encounters the first mentioned prevailed.

The last four saw Eric get the better of Paul Christmas, and Paul Plumptre getting the better of Graham. In the 4th Round Paul knocked Eric into the Fighters' bracket.

And, in the Fighters' bracket . . . Mardi beat Paul Christmas and then fell to Graham; and then Eric (the last player to enter the Fighters' fell to Graham. Thus Graham got back into the Main Final to face Paul for the second time.

Paul had to win one of two matches (currently undefeated) whereas Graham had to win both of them ... and he got off to a good start after winning the first one. He was leading 3-2 to 5 in the second match when Paul (black) shipped across this 2-cube.

The race is close with just 2 pips in it; Paul has a very good position but he is very flat and he'll soon have to vacate one of his points if he doesn't get his spare going - and even then he can't play much without vacating a point. Although Graham is on the bar Paul doesn't have any threats and Graham is favourite to re-enter.

Graham took around a minute to think about it and finally took. According to XG Rollout this is a Double/Pass. Paul rolled 64 and played to his mid-point; and Graham rolled a hellish 51. He can only come in with the 1: 25/24 and he goes with 18/13 as opposed to 6/5 with the 5. Paul rolls 63: 21/12* and now has 6s and 5s (spares) with 1s and 2s to put a second checker on the bar. Graham: 21: 25/22. Paul picks up the blot on his bar-point and it's all downhill from hereon for Graham as Paul eventually bears off for a comfortable win and the UK title.

NB: Due to time constraints it isn't possible to do a full match analysis at the moment. One will be rolled out in the next week or two and posted when ready in Games.

Main: Paul and Graham

Meanwhile, in the Progressive Consolation. Anna Price plays into the the non-Prog Final where she has an extended wait for the Prog 'finalist' to join her. Despite what some players might think, no player had to play more than four matches to reach the Consolation Final.

From the Progressive side Bob Young (3 rounds) waited for Peter Christmas (4 rounds) to come through to the Prog semi-final. Peter prevailed and he went on to face Anna in the Final. It was close and Anna fell foul of a couple of 54 rolls that gave Peter the edge and it was he that came out the winner.

Consolation: Anna and Peter

By the time we got to mid-afternoon only a handful of players were available for The Gilbo, a 1-point Round Robin that saw Richard Biddle come the winner on top points.

 

The Gilbo: Richard
Rosey's Rollout: Craig

 

Rosey's Rollout went ahead without Rosey (she Facebook PM'd her dice roll) and the only person to match her roll of 12 was local player, Craig Hale ... who was very pleased with his bottle of champagne.

The Doubles saw Yorkshire Puddings see off I Don't Know Yet; and No Batteries For The Rabbit see off Easy Breezy to get into the Final; here the Puddings pulled the plug on the Rabbit and took first place.

To finish off. The UK Finals is the last Grand Prix event of the year and I can now announce the finished results: Eric McAlpine tops the list. He has made 2015 the 'Year of Eric'. Not only has he topped the Biba Championship all year he's also done remarkably well everywhere else including coming close to winning the Monte Carlo World Championship where he came 3rd; he came 2nd in the 21st Japan Open and was voted British Player of the Year. Well done, Eric.

 

Eric
Graham

 

Graham Read came second to Eric after his Runner-up position in the Gilbertson UK Finals. Graham seems to be making a career out of being second during 2015: British Open, Consolation; English Open, Main and now UK Finals, Main. Let's hope he gets that elusive 1st place next year.

Finally. Just a word or two regarding delays: No matches took longer to play than expected. The delays came from players dropping from the Main to the Fighter's bracket and from the Fighters' to the Consolation.

From the Main, 20 players fell into the Fighters' in ever decreasing numbers; each one had to be matched up and the first 19 had to be whittled down to one to play the 20th (Eric) who dropped in from the Main 'Final'.

Then . . . from the Fighters', 19 players dropped into the Full Progressive Consolation; again, in ever decreasing numbers, and each had to be matched up to get them all down to two. The delays are caused by Progressive entrants who come in after each round of the Fighters' and it can only be completed after the 20th player's match is concluded (Eric)... having already played as far as the last two in the Main – so you can see, it takes time to get them into the Consolation.

To my knowledge I am the only TD to offer a full Double Elimination with a full Progressive Consolation. It's a bugger to run but I do it so that every single player has a chance to play in the Main or Consolation Final.

If anyone would like to run one in my stead, let me know. ;-)

And last, but ny no means least . . . . we have a Winner-Takes-All Rollover of £135 for Brighton due to every entrant being defeated at least once. Get booked in now!

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all