Tournaments 2018

The UK Finals. 17-18 November, 2018

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The Winners

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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

David Nathan

Brian Lever

Paul Christmas

 

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Paul Christmas

UK Finals Champion 2018

 

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Main

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3&4
3&4
5to8
5to8
5to8
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Paul Christmas
Simon Morecroft
Graham Read
Paul Christmas
Michael Crane
Paul Plumptre
Gerry Enslin
Chris Ternel

Consolation

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Paul Plumptre
Peter Christmas
Gerry Enslin
Graham Read
Michael Crane

Friday Warm-up 2018 Championship Finals

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Paul Christmas
Peter Christmas
Michael Crane
Graham Read
Biba Backgammon Tour 2018 Finals

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3/4

3/4

Gerry Enslin
Paul Christmas

Michael Crane
Graham Read

Gang

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Graham Read & Michael Crane

 

 

Player GP Ranking
Chris Ternel 11.75 1619
Gerry Enslin 11.75 1670
Graham Read 30.26 1599
Michael Crane 21.99 1659
Paul Christmas 56.03 1733
Paul Plumptre 20.02 1723
Peter Christmas 43.49 1736
Simon Morecroft 26.99 1739

 

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THE UK FINALS

Report by Michael Crane

Well, it wasn’t such a great turnout; however, the show must go on - and on it did.

It got off on the Friday night with the Warm-up Playoffs. Although only six players entered the prize money was £100 and in the Final Peter and Paul Christmas battled it out to see which of them took home a nice little Christmas present. Paul got the better of his brother and took the £100 - some of which I’m sure he shared with Peter.

Saturday came and we got on with the BBT Play-offs. Gerry Enslin, whom arrived on time was pleasantly surprised to find he was able to enter; and he was even more pleasantly surprised by the £100 prize money when he beat Paul Christmas in the Final.

At 1 o’clock the Main went into action. With only eight entrants it was decided that a Double Elimination of 11 point matches was the best format. To make it worthwhile the overall prize money for the tournament was topped up to £600, £100 of which went to the Consolation. Not too bad for such a small field - a total of £800 up for grabs including the BBT and Warm-up!

The only player to win 3-3 on the Saturday was Simon Morecroft after he saw off Paul Plumptre, Graham Read and Paul Christmas. Each of his defeated opponents went into the Fighter’s bracket. In the ‘Fighter’s Final, between Paul Christmas and Paul Plumptre, Mr. Christmas prevailed - going back into the Main to face Simon for a second (or even a third) time.

The first match, an 11 pointer, went Paul’s way very quickly as he took an early lead of 9-1. Simon determined to win this match and to avoid a second one gritted his teeth and fought bravely back to take the score to 9-9.
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White 9 ---- Black 9

Paul (black) ships across a two cube

Paul is well ahead in the race (65 pips) and he’s got a decent position; but Simon is occupying two very strong anchors and it could prove troublesome for Paul to bear-in. It’s a clear double/take, and Simon takes.

As it turned out it did prove troublesome and in this position ….

White 9 ---- Black 9

Paul rolls 64 and leaves a shot. Simon rolls 62 and Paul wins the first match.

The second match was to 7 points. It wasn’t long before a 4-cube sat Paul’s side of the board. Simon was cruising towards an easy gammon and the match when …

White 0 ---- Black 0

… he rolled 61: 6/0, 2/1.

He had initially played 6/0, 1/0 but changed his mind. It was a good job he changed his mind, it would have been a massive blunder... Paul rolled 11, 21/20*, 5/3. Had Paul been able to hit all three (or even two) checkers back he might have won the four points. Simon won the game and went 4-0 up.

Paul buckled down and took the match to 6-4 Crawford in his favour. Simon has one shot to save the match, he misses and Paul becomes the 2018 UK Champion.

NB: This deciding 7 pointer will be transcribed into XG and will appear online in Games when ready.

 

Main: Simon and Paul

 

Coupled with the Double Elimination was a full Progressive Consolation into which went everyone except the two Main finalists. In the semi-final Paul Plumptre beat Gerry Enslin, and Peter Christmas beat Graham Read. Peter was hoping to match his brother’s success and take home the winner’s trophy, but Paul P soon put paid to that as he took the match and the trophy for himself.

 

Consolation: Paul and Peter

 

Saturday evening we ran a small Gang KO from which Graham Read and I came out the winners splitting the pot between us.

With the UK Finals being the last of the Grand Prix tournaments we now have our winners. Full details here (when formatted)

Finally. I’d like to think those players who turned out. I’m sorry that there weren’t more of you. Hopefully the added prize money helped to make it a worthwhile tournament.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all