Tournaments 2013

Biba World Championship 31 May, 2 June 2013

 

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The Winners

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Chris Ternel

George Hall

Peter Bennet

Eric McAlpine

Paul Plumptre

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Paul Plumptre

Biba World Champion 2013

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Main

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Paul Plumptre
Antonio Sgambato
Peter Christmas
Simon Morecroft
David Startin
Chris Ternel
Eric McAlpine
Colin Owen

Consolation

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

David Motley
Peter Christmas
Eric McAlpine
Simon Morecroft
Colin Owen
David Startin
Paul Barwick

Last Chance

1

2

3/4

3/4

David Startin
Colin Owen
Simon Morecroft
Eric McAlpine

The Whiz

1

2

3/4

3/4

Paul Plumptre
David Startin
Eric McAlpine
Simon Morecroft

Friday 500 (8)

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2

3/4

3/4

Michael Crane
Eric McAlpine
Colin Owen
Sharen Crane

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Grand Prix points for this tournament
40.45
31.54
31.54
23.52
20.05
17.55
16.51
16.51
13.00
10.50
9.25
9.25
Paul Plumptre
Antonio Sgambato
David Motley
Peter Christmas
Simon Morecroft
Eric McAlpine
Chris Ternel
David Startin
Colin Owen
Jon Barnes
Eric Westbrook
Paul Barwick

 

 

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Biba World Championship, 2013

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Report by Michael Crane

It would have been appropriate for Michael Bentine to have hosted this weekend's tournament; and if you don't understand the reference then you're probably too young to. Having said that the Main was hard-fought with previous winners, Chris Ternel and Eric McAlpine failing to make any impression on the event, leaving it too semi-finalists Peter Christmas vs Paul Plumptre (KO#1) and Simon Morecroft vs Antonio Sgambato (KO#2) to battle it out into the Final.

Why KO#1 and KO#2? This event is a Double Knockout - simply put: If you lose your 1st Round match you get a second chance via KO#2 to make it into the Final where you'll play the winner of KO#1 who will start the match at 3-0 up.

Paul and Antonio made it through to face each other and Paul sat down already at 3-0. The match went thus (Paul first): 3-0, 3-1, 5-1, 5-3, 6-3, 7-3, 7-4, 9-4 and it is here where it got messy, interesting, exciting.

In the positions Paul is playing as black to 11 points. In the first six rolls of the game there was a blot-hitting fest, with black hitting on each roll with white hitting four times:

 

White 4      
Black 9
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21: 13/11, 6/5
43: 24/20*, 13/10
  53: 25/20, 8/5*
52: 25/20*, 10/8
         
 
32: 25/23, 8/5*
42: 25/23, 24/20*
## 22: 25/23, 11/5*
52: 25/20*, 23/21
         
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54: 25/20, 8/4*
31: 25/21*
  54: 25/16
22: 13/9*, 6/4(2)
         

. . . leaving it in this position (white on roll) . . .

 

From hereon it gets worse (white on roll) , . . . . .
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. . . so bad that eventually white has all but four of his checkers in black's home board!

From here he rolls 65: 20/9, black rolls 21: 7/4 and then . . .


White cubes saying, "It is a gammon anyway," to which Paul replies, "Maybe so but it is a blunder to cube", as he picks up the 2-cube.

Eventually white gets a shot . . .

White to play 62

. . . and he hits 23/17*, 14/12. It is just too soon to hit and this is a mistake; however, black's reply off the bar of 31: 25/21 is a blunder and would have better played 25/22, 9/8*.

The lone black blot isn't hit on its return to its home board. Although it's safety to the 4-point was short-lived when black is forced to leave a shot with 21 and the blot is hit back.

This lone blot is toyed with for sometime until it too gets to safety here:


Black plays 51: 10/4

Things look a little bit tricky a few rolls later for black . . .


42: 4/2*, 4/0

. . . . and white has a tasty double-shot. White rolls 51: 25/20, 22/21*. Black dances with 42 but before black can get round to leave a shot on his 1-point black rolls Snake Eyes, comes in off the bar and safeties his 2-point blot and white is left with a lone black checker to control. It eventually escapes and, aided by a great double-six puts the game firmly out of white's reach who then concedes the match.

 

 
Main: Paul and Antonio
Semi-Finalists: Peter and Simon

 

Meanwhile in the Consolation Final David Motley and Peter Christmas went head-to-head and it was David from the non-progressive draw that came out on top. In the Last Chance David Startin got the better of Colin Owen; and the World Whiz, a 3-pointer on the clock at speed was won by Paul Plumptre when he triumphed over David Startin in the fast and furious Final.

 

 
Consolation: David and Peter
Last Chance: Colin and David
     
 
World Whiz: Paul and David
Antonio's Cube

 

As usual we started off with the Friday 500 and it was yours truly who came 1st beating Eric McAlpine in an exciting Final. The results of this is that Eric overtook Mardi at the top and I pushed Mardi down one more slot into 3rd as I moved up to 2nd! Colin Owen moved Mick Vacarey from 5th to 6th and Sharen Crane went from the bottom to 10th place leaving a trio of 12s clinging on to the Top 16.

With a small entry there wasn't any poker and instead of Doubles on Saturday night a chouette was formed and the overall winner of that was Colin Owen.

Finally. The weekend went along very well indeed and all those who turned out had a good weekend's backgammon. I have transcribed the match into the usual formats and they are available on request. NB: The XG file is yet to be rolled out fully and won't be available as such until Friday, 7 June.

 

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