Tournaments 2012

British Doubles Championship, March 2-4, 2012

 

 

 

 

The Winners

2012

Paul Plumptre & Chris Humphries

 

 

 

Main (10 pairs)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Paul Plumptre & Chris Humphries
Paul Christmas & Peter Christmas
Andy Darby & Chris Ternel
Julian Fetterlein & Marcus Wrinch
Myke Wignall & Anabel Carrington
Jerry Limb & Tina Mullins
Gerry Enslin & Innes Enslin
Arthur Wright & Paul Barwick

Consolation (8 pairs)

1

2

3/4

3/4

Andy Darby & Chris Ternel
Mick Vacarey & Ginge Fullen
Myke Wignall & Anabel Carrington
Mark Calderbank & Mardi Ohannessian

Last Chance (8 pairs)

1

2

3/4

3/4

Deana Fawcett & Michael Crane
Gerry Enslin & Innes Enslin
Jerry Limb & Tina Mullins
Paul Plumptre & Chris Humphries

Friday 500 (9)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Mardi Ohannessian
Jerry Limb
Mick Vacarey
Myke Wignall
Anabel Carrington
Paul Christmas
Peter Christmas
Rosey Bensley

Poker (8)

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Mark Calderbank
Mardi Ohannessian
Mick Vacarey
Andy Darby
Anabel Carrington
Paul Christmas
Myke Wignall
Jerry Limb
Doubles (3)

1

Joint 2

Pickled Players
Cottagewebs & Desparate Pair

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Grand Prix points for this tournament
Players in red below are Temporary members and their points do not count towards the Grand Prix Championship

31.54
31.54
28.51
28.51
23.52
23.52
22.48
17.55
17.55
17.55
17.55
17.55
17.55
16.51
16.51
10.50
10.50
10.50
10.50


22.48

10.50
10.50

Chris Humphries
Paul Plumptre
Andy Darby
Chris Ternel
Paul Christmas
Peter Christmas
Mick Vacarey
Anabel Carrington
Deana Fawcett
Mardi Ohannessian
Mark Calderbank
Michael Crane
Myke Wignall
Julian Fetterlein
Marcus Wrinch
Arthur Wright
Gerry Enslin
Jerry Limb
Paul Barwick


Ginge Fullen

Innes Enslin
Tina Mullins

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Doubles Championship, March, 2012

Report by Michael Crane

 

Trying something new is always a bit of a unknown quantity and to be honest I wasn't certain how main pairs we'd have entering; so, when ten pairs turned up to play in the Main I was quite happy to see we'd reached double figures!

What we lacked in quantity, however, we made up for in quality, the two 'most fancied' pairs being: Julian Fetterlein & Marcus Wrinch (9 Main titles) and Andy Darby & Chris Ternel (5 Main titles). Mind you, being 'most fancied' only took both pairs to the semi-finals. Here Julian & Marcus were beaten by Peter & Paul Christmas; and Andy and Chris were beaten by Paul Plumptre & Chris Humphries (new-member); giving us a 'not so fancied - but quite good' final.

In the match to 7 points, Peter & Paul (white in the positions below) got off to a cracking start as they went ahead 4-0. Thanks in part to this Take blunder;

Game 1


White 0   Black 0
White cube action

On roll and just 10 pips ahead, Peter & Paul decide to cube. The race is negligible but they do have two black checkers trapped on their 1- and 2-points, each requiring a combination shot to escape the 4-prime straddling the bar; whereas their single blot in black's home board is fronting a 4-prime and has a good choice of escaping rolls. Paul & Chris take . . . XG wouldn't and rated it Double/Pass and a blunder.

The score moves (Peter & Paul first): 4-0 and then in the next game Paul and Chris ship across a cube in this position:

Game 2


White 4   Black 0
Black cube action

Just 5 pips behind in the race but positionally black are looking good; they have a double-shot with 3s and 1s (58%) and every chance of being safe after their roll if they fail to hit. XG rated this a blunder as Double/Pass but after almost two minutes of debate, Peter & Paul take! Black's 44 misses them but it gets three in and one off. The race is still close and black eventually rolls out to win by just one roll.

Game 3


White 4   Black 2
White cube action

There's too much contact to think about a race, and although is favourite they've got a lot to do still and black's two anchors can cause mischief. However, this is Double/Take as XG will gladly confirm.

Some time later we arrive at the recube:

Having been hit early in the bearoff, white is now on the bar and Paul and Chris ship across a perfectly good recube to 4. XG rates the game winning chances as approx. 66% to 34% in black's favour - and 34% should be enough to take, but Peter and Paul drop and the score moves to 4-4.

In Game 4, white just manages to save a backgammon and Paul & Chris go into the Crawford, leading 6-4; a game that goes well for them as both sides got to a three-checker finish with black on roll (they'd had a bit of help from two consecutive double-threes) - 64: 2/0, 1/0. Peter & Paul needed a double-two or greater to save the match and they rolled 41 leaving a single checker on their 1-point as the match and the new, Doubles title slipped from their grasp. NB: This match is available in Jelly, Snowie and XG formats.

 

 
Main 1st: Paul and Chris
Main 2nd: Peter and Paul

 

Meanwhile, in the Progressive Consolation, room had been set aside for the Main semi losers to drop in (playing each other in the 8 draw). The semi-finals saw Andy & Chris (from the Main) vs Myke Wignall & Anabel Carrington; and Mick Vacarey & Ginge Fullen vs Mark Calderbank & Mardi Ohannessian. Andy & Chris triumphed, as did Mick and Ginge; and in the final it was Andy & Chris who came out on top.

 

 
Consolation 1st: Chris and Andy
Consolation 2nd: Mick and Ginge

 

In the Last Chance we had to inject a 'scratch' pair because a pair that was scheduled to play didn't want to. So, in steps yours truly and my faithful Assistant, Deana Fawcett. It proved to be winning combination as we played into the final where we beat Gerry Enslin and his son, Innes, and I got to take home one of my own trophies!

 

 
Last Chance 1st: Michael and Deana
Last Chance 2nd: Gerry and Innes

 

As usual over the weekend we began with the Friday 500, an element from which Mardi Ohannessian prevailed over Jerry Limb. And on Saturday evening we had another Doubles KO, from which Pickled Players emerged the winners on 2-2, leaving Cottagewebs and Desperate Pair joint 2nd on 1-2 each. In the Poker only entrants with names beginning with M were allowed to win: 1st, Mark Calderbank; 2nd, Mardi Ohannessian; 3rd, Mick Vacarey.

Finally, before I go I'd just like to ask you one question. Take a look at the image below and tell me: Is it a handbag or a birthday cake?

If you picked birthday cake then go to the top of the class. This magnificent cake-replica of a Radley bag was created for the 50th birthday party of Tina Mullins, Jerry Limbs' girlfriend. The photos don't do it justice - it really was a work of art; so much so that poor Tina couldn't bring herself to eat it and so it went home uneaten. This wonderful cake was created by 'Celebration Cakes by Lisa' on whose web site www.celebrationcakesbylisa.com a whole feast of fantastic cake creations can be found.

Party People

Standing: Mardi, Rosey, Anabel, Myke, Ginge, Peter, Mick

Seated: Tina, Jerry, Sharen, Michael

 

And really finally. Thank you to everyone who turned out for the first foray into Doubles KOs. It might have been small but it was perfectly formed and a success - so you can expect to see it back next year. Also, thanks to Mark Calderbank for the Poker, Deana and Sharen for helping out, and to Tina and Jerry who made Friday night's dinner a magical experience.