Tournaments 2014

The Christmas UK Finals. 5-7 December, 2014

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The Winners

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2014

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

 

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Main

1

2

3/4

3/4

Julian Minwalla
Peter Christmas
Jon Barnes
Paul Gilbertson

Cons

1

2

3/4

3/4

Chris Ternel
Paul Gilbertson
Martin Barkwill
Mardi Ohannessian

Last Chance

1

2

3/4

3/4

Julia Hayward
Myke Wignal
Craig Hale
Arthur Wright

Snowball

1

2

3/4

3/4

Arthur Wright
Myke Wignall
Mardi Ohannessian
Paul Christmas

Champion of Champions
Martin Barkwill

Friday 250 Finals Championship

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2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Eric McAlpine
Michael Crane
Richard Biddle
Mardi Ohannessian
Paul Christmas
Deana Fawcett
Julian Minwalla
Jon Barnes

Doubles

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2

Single & Singular
Snorbans

Rosey's Rollout
Paul Christmas
Pass The Pigs
Deana Fawcett

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The Christmas UK Finals. 5-7 December 2014
Report by Michael Crane

It all started Friday night in the Finals of the Friday 250. Starting with a seeded 16-Draw and I, being #1 made it to the final to face Eric McAlpine. My stay in the final was a short one as Eric quickly pulled ahead and relegated me into 2nd place. Well done, Eric, another new name for the records.

Saturday morning and we started the Qualifiers from which we only took three entrants: Paul Gilbertson from the 7-pointer; Julia Hayward from the 5-pointer and Arthur Wright from the Snowball - an element in which Arthur beat Myke Wignall in the Final. These three joined Jon Barnes, Gerry Enslin, Julian Minwalla, Peter Christmas and Martin Barkwill for the Sunday Finals.

Making it into the semi-finals were Peter vs Jon and Julian vs Paul with the former going into the 11-point final and the rest of the field dropping into the Progressive Consolation giving everyone good chances of winning one of the trophies from our sponsors Paul and Peter Christmas.

In the final match Julian emerged the winner . . . but it might have been different if both players had been more vigilant! During the match there were a good few doubles and many of them proved problematic for both players - Double Trouble! Here we look at Game 11 in which Julian is playing as black.

Game 11
Peter (W) 6--------------------Julian (B) 7


White to play 55

The actual play looks OK: 25/20*, 8/3(2) 6/1; one on the bar and two points made. XG disagrees making it a blunder. XG prefers - by a large margin - to keep running after the hit to the 10-point and to cover the 1-point with the final 5. It gets the runner away from a bunch of black threats and duplicates 5s off the bar.

XG was correct . . .


Black to play 22

Julian comes in and hits: 25/23, 11/5*. Peter rolls an awful 62: 25/23, 13/7; no choice at all. Then ...


Black cube action

Black is 36 behind in the race (but it's not yet a true race) and he has threats of hitting and of making his 5-point but it's a very volatile position and there's plenty of play yet in this game; Peter correctly takes. XG: No double/Take.

A dozen rolls later . . .


Black to play 33

Three 3s are quite clear: 25/22*, 8/5(2) - it's the final 3 that's the issue. Julian went with 6/3* and XG preferred 20/17. Putting two on the bar looks OK but there's only 55 and 64 to cover the blot whereas white has all the 3s to hit. If black's 17-point is hit it'll be a combination shot thus giving black a good few re-entry rolls that hit back.

The reply ...


White to play 22

Some might be tempted to to play 13/11(2) but they'd be wrong to do so. 6/4(2) is much better and this is what Peter did.


Black to play 55


Black's second roll later and instead of the correct 20/10(2) decides to make his 8-point blocking off white 6s: 20/15(2), 13/8(2). This leaves an unnecessary blot - and the reverse is true ... he's blocking black 6s too.

Just to confirm he could have done better the reply of 65: 23/12* puts him onto the bar.


White to play 11

It's a couple of rolls later and white goes with 25/23*, 2/1(2). It's much better here to ignore the home board blot and go with 13/10*. The 10-point blot is only in danger from 55 and 53 and if hit white will have 2s and 1s as a return.


White to play 32

Here we deviate from "Double Trouble" because despite legal moves only Peter played 16/10. Neither player noticed (but a bystander did but couldn't say anything) and then Julian rolled 54: 20/15*, 8/4 after which Peter dances twice in a row and ultimately he loses the game and two points after getting off the gammon on his last roll. Had the illegal move been spotted Peter wouldn't have been hit and the outcome might have been totally different.

This put Julian at 2-away, 5-away and after a cube was offered by Julian and accepted by Peter it went Julian's way and he became the 2014 UK Champion. NB: This match will appear HERE soon.

Meanwhile in the Non-prog side of the Consolation Mardi Ohannessian and Chris Ternel battled it out for a place in the final - an encounter that saw Chris the winner. He waited in the final for the semi-final on the prog-side to conclude between Paul Gilbertson vs Martin Barkwill with Paul coming out to face Chris .... a match that Chris emerged the victor.

In the Last Chance semi-final Julia Hayward beat Craig Hale and Myke Wignall beat Arthur Wright. In the final Julia came out on top to win her first trophy since 1999's Hilton Trophy, Consolation!

Other stuff that happened over the weekend. The Doubles was won by Single & Singular who beat Snorbans to take 1st place. Paul Christmas won Rosey's Rollout and a bottle of champagne after a roll off (video on the Facebook Page) and Deana Fawcett won the Pig Rollout. Martin Barkwill won the Champion of Champions round robin after a tie-break match with Gerry Enslin.

 

Main: Peter and Julian
Consolation: Paul and Chris
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Last Chance: Myke and Julia
Snowball: Myke and Arthur
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Rosey's Rollout: Paul
Champion of Champions: Martin Barkwill
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Friday 250: Eric and Michael
Doubles: Single & Singular, Snorbans

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Finally. I'd like to thank Paul and Peter for sponsoring the tournament allowing me to provide some great trophies (video on Facebook). Also thanks to all the entrants that turned out to make it a great weekend. And to Santa's little helpers, Sharen Crane and Deana for helping me out - without them it'd be a more difficult job.

Before I go just a final plug for Brighton. If you want to reserve accommodation on the Biba Rate you must do so before 23 December after which I cannot guarantee the rate or availability. See HERE for booking details - no deposite required.

Merry Christmas to all my friends and members, and may the dice be with you in 2015 ..... unless you're playing against me in which case, may they favour me. ;-)

 

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all