Updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:09

Tournaments 2014

British Doubles Championship, 10-12 October, 2014

 

 

 

 

The Winners

2012

2013

2014

Paul Plumptre & Chris Humphries

Rachel Rhodes & Mike Murton

Deana Fawcett & Paul Barwick

 

 

 

Main

1

2

3

4

Deana Fawcett & Paul Barwick
Peter & Paul Christmas
Michael & Sharen Crane
Arthur & Valerie Wright

Consolation

1

2

Peter & Paul Christmas
Deana Fawcett & Paul Barwick

Last Chance

1

2

Michael & Sharen Crane
Arthur & Valerie Wright

Friday 500

1

2

3/4

3/4

Michael Crane
Deana Fawcett
Peter Christmas
Paul Christmas

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Grand Prix & BBT points for this tournament

34.55
34.55
28.51
28.51
22.48
22.48
17.55
17.55

19.95

19.95

16.94

16.94

13.93

13.93

8.92

8.92

Deana Fawcett
Paul Barwick

Peter Christmas
Paul Christmas

Michael Crane

Sharen Crane

Arthur Wright

Valerie Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Doubles Championship, 10-12, 2014

Report by Michael Crane

Well, despite the lowest turnout ever the weekend went very well and those that entered had a lot of backgammon to play. The Main was a Round Robin affair and the outcome was as easy as 1 2 3 . . . or to be more exact, 1 2 3 4 in that the results gave us a 1 to 4 finishing order. Deana Fawcett and Paul Barwick went all the way through undefeated with Peter and Paul Christmas in 2nd place losing only to Deana and Paul. Myself and Sharen came 3rd and Arthur and Valerie Wright 4th.

With the Main completed on the Saturday we all entered the Double Elimination Consolation on Sunday morning. Deana and Paul got off to a great start and were soon in the Final waiting for an opponent from the Fighters' bracket - Peter and Paul or Arthur and Valerie. Looking for revenge after being defeated in Round 2, Peter and Paul made it to sit opposite Deana and Paul in the final having to win two matches to emerge victorious.

Because there wasn't 'final' in the Round Robin I decided to record the Consolation instead. In the positions below Peter and Paul are playing as black in a 5-point match. NB: I only transcribed the 5-point match.

Game 1
White 0---------------------------Black 0


Black to play 11

They got it down to three candidates . . . 6/4(2); 6/5(2) 6/4*; 6/5(2) 24/22

After a bit of looking and talking they went with #2 and made a blunder. Hitting on the 4-point was correct but not with 6/5(2), 6/4.

They are missed when Deana and Paul roll 51: 25/24, 16/11; and it's here that Peter and Paul very quickly decide to throw across a 2-cube.


Black cube action

XG Roller++ tells us this is not a double. The race is just 1 pip apart; only 4s and 9s cover the blot (which has to be covered else it goes back with 3s) so threat is small and although the position is good for black it's only good if the blot is covered. D&P correctly take.


Black to play 53

Not a good roll, in fact both P&P say it's a "tragedy" as they make an error and play 13/10, 13/8. They've gained a 6 but lost the mid-point.


White rolls 41

Just why D&P play 11/6 and stack a 6th checker on their 6-point is a mystery. The words, "safe" and "can't hit us" are heard but just how unsafe was the blot? Only three rolls hit: 44 and 64 . . . the very same numbers (6s and 4s) that covered the black 4-point blot!

P&P roll a nice 31: 8/4 and complete the 5-prime. Looks as if the 'miscube' is well in their favour now.

White to play 42

Playing 24/22, 6/2 with the strategy "if we get hit on the 2-point we might be able to make the anchor" is wrong here. If you're going to leave a shot then making the 4-point is much better. At least you've improved your board and kept your points in a row. Black doesn't care if you slot his 3-point, he'll hit it loose if he can't point on it . . and 43 does exactly that.

D&P get back in immediately with 42: 25/23, 6/2 and then . . .


Black to play 66

Clearly 8/2*(2) is correct and so P&P play that and then look at the options for the remaining two 6s. They toy with 7/1(2) closing off the 1-point and 22/10 giving 7s to help make the 6-prime. XG goes with the former and P&P go with the latter . . .

D&P dance with 52 and a 52 from P&P nicely completes the 6-prime.


White to play 32

A few rolls later D&P make an error which has severe repercussions. Hitting is correct in this position but they went with 13/10, 6/4* leaving on four blots, three of which are yet to be hoovered up instead of playing safe with 11/8, 6/4*.

It caused a fair bit of discussion from both sides of the table. P&P, "I think when you analyse it you shouldn't have hit us." D&P, "But you were going to gammon us that's why we had to do something."

Hitting was a correct. Paul (of D&P) was so sure of it being correct he stated he'd be happy to play it as a proposition; and Paul of P&P was happy to take it on. Who do you fancy?

It might have been correct to hit but just how many times can you expect to win? I didn't do anything too scientific to see how it might turn out. All I did was play it out ten times in Snowie on Expert level (using random dice following the actual play) and from the ten games D&P won just one single game. P&P came out well on top with three singles, five gammons and one backgammon!


White to play 43

Unless P&P roll a double this is white's penultimate roll and they have to give themselves as many chances as possible to save the gammon. Doing it 16/9 and relying upon doubles is a massive blunder returning just five rolls to save it. It was 40% better to have played 16/12, 7/4 leaving seven rolls: a 6 with 6, 5, 4 or 2. In the end it was a mute point when 53 failed to anything in either scenario.

Game 2 - Crawford
White 0---------------------------Black 4


It looked as if it was going to be a whitewash when D&P rolled a lifesaving 63: 25/22* in this position. P&Ps next roll was 63, dancing instead of make a very tidy home board 6-prime. This roll of 63 for D&P saw them through the rest of the game to win the point.

Game 3 - Post Crawford
White 1---------------------------Black 4


Despite being in this pretty good position D&P didn't manage to win from here and lost the Final 2-0. At least Peter and Paul had some satisfaction after losing out in the Round Robin Main.

 

Paul & Deana

Main 1st; Consolation 2nd

Peter & Paul

Consolation 1st; Main 2nd

 

Following the Consolation the Final of the Last Chance went to Michael & Sharen when they got the better of Arthur and Valerie.

 

Michael & Sharen - Last Chance 1st

 

 

 

Valerie & Arthur - Last Chance 2nd--

 

 

As usual the weekend began with the Friday 250 and once again it was won by me!

I'd like to thank the entrants for turning out and although the number of entries was disappointing everyone had a good weekend and there was plenty of backgammon to play. And . . .  one good thing to give you something to think about if undecided about entering the Townharbour Trophy next month . . . . there's a Winner-Takes-All Rollover of £105.