Tournaments 2014

Biba World Championship 6-8 June 2014

 

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The Winners

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Chris Ternel

George Hall

Peter Bennet

Eric McAlpine

Paul Plumptre

Adrian Jones

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Adrian Jones

Biba World Champion 2014

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Main

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2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Adrian Jones
Kyriacos Andreou
Jon Barnes
Richard Biddle
Chris March
Paul Plumptre
Mardi Ohannessian
Stavros Elia

Consolation

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2

3/4

3/4

Paul Plumptre
Jon Barnes
Richard Biddle
Chris March

Last Chance

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2

Michael Crane
Mardi Ohannessian

World's End

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2

Richard Biddle
Chris March

Friday 250

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Jon Barnes
Mardi Ohannessian

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Grand Prix points for this tournament
40.45
31.54
28.51
28.51
23.52
20.05
10.50
10.50
Adrian Jones
Kyriacos Andreou
Jon Barnes
Paul Plumptre
Richard Biddle
Chris March
Mardi Ohannessian
Stavros Elia

 

 

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Biba World Championship, 2014

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Report by Michael Crane

Thanks to the hotel being arsey a good few players were refused the Biba rate accommodation and were asked to pay a good bit more for their room - and as a consequence of this they didn't turn out. I know of at least eight who didn't attend and there were more likely others who didn't get in touch with me to let me know what was going on.

Just to remind you all: You must reserve your accommodation at least three weeks prior to the event if you want the Biba rate. After this my allocation is rescinded and you take pot luck in getting the lower rate that I have negotiated with Park Inn, Nottingham. It is far better to book well in advance and, if you are unable to attend, call and cancel. This way you're assured of getting the accommodation at a good rate and if you can't take it up for whatever reason you just have to give them a couple of days' notice.

So, let's get on with it, shall we?

Due to the above the turnout was very low; however this didn't detract from the amount of backgammon played or the guaranteed £250 prize money - both were there for everyone after I made up the shortfall in the prize money.

It was, as advertised, a Double Elimination event and, by Sunday morning Adrian Jones and Kyriacos Andreou were both undefeated. From their match together Adrian emerged the victor and Kyriacos dropped into the 2nd Chance bracket where he met with Jon Barnes. Kyriacos went back into the Main Final and Jon dropped into the Consolation Final thanks to the Progressive Consolation. In Biba D.E events it is progressive from the Main into the Consolation. The better you do the further you go into the next element.

The match between Adrian (black) and Kyriacos (white) was a bit of a scrappy one with both players making a lot of errors and blunders between them: White 49(15), Black 18(7). But, sometimes errors can work in your favour. Here's an instance where the correct play went very wrong (NB: Using XG Roller++). . .

Game 5
White 2----------------------------------Black 4


Black to play 51

How many of you would have gone with 25/20, 7/6? If you did you've have made a big blunder . . . yet black goes with the correct play: 25/20, 4/3* and it costs him a gammon! He's hit right away with 43: 25/22*, 12/8. He dances with 21 and white rolls a blistering double-three and closes both checkers out!

Eventually black saves the backgammon after white rolls 44 here . . .

The next game was short and sweet (much like me) and perfect (again, much like me!).
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Game 6

White 4----------------------------------Black 4


Black to play 31: 8/5, 6/5

No comment. If you played anything else . . . sell your board, now!


White to play 22: 24/22(2), 6/4(2)

Some players might be tempted here to play the 'usual' second-move double-two, 13/11(2), 6/4(2). The better players aren't. White's play is perfectly correct. It's insurance against the black bar-point being made and it dominates the white outer board.


Black to play 66

Well, white's play of 24/22(2) has paid off as black rolls a great Joker. I reckon had white cubed prior to this roll it'd be an easy take for white . . . now he'd have to think about it.


White to play 64: 13/3

Is 13/3 better than making the 2-point? Yes, it is. This play gets a spare 13-point checker onto the better point (3-point) and gives good 5s and 3s next roll.


Black to play 44: 18/10(2)

Another great Joker from black. But is this the best play?

What about blocking 6s with 13/9(3), 6/2? Poor. It might block off white's 6s but it isolates the black runners on the 18-point, and it makes it harder for black to bear in when 6s are blocked.

What about 18/14(2), 13/5? Not as poor but not as good as the actual play. Although all black's checkers are in communication it's a very flat, inflexible position and black could find it difficult to clear his 13- and 14-points from here.


White to play 42: 13/11, 13/9

It doesn't really matter what's played here. The cube is going to come across regardless - which it does and black takes an easy point.

A couple of games later we get to a position wherein sportsmanship plays a big part.

Game 8
White 4----------------------------------Black 6


White rolls 21

Although white rolled 21 he actually played 6/5, 3/0. Dropping 6/5 is a big advantage. I was called across after black questioned the play but because I or anyone else didn't actually saw what happened it was impossible to adjudicate with any degree of accuracy. One player said 31 the other 21. After a bit of discussion between the two players Adrian allowed it stand. Each player was 'certain' their play was the correct one but both were happy to accept the position as finally played. When inputting the match into XG is was clearly a 21,

As the Game nears its end, white rolls a Joker 33 . . .


6/0, 3/0, 5/2

. . . . and black finishes off with 55! Very sportingly, Kyriacos is heard to say, "I'm glad you won because of the dispute."

During Game 10 Kyriacos asks Adrian, "Have I had an opening roll yet?" to which Adrian replies, "No." This wasn't strictly true, white had started twice so far: Game 1 and Game 3; however, they were the only two he did start. After Game 3 he didn't start for eleven consecutive Games!

The match went to Crawford 10-7 in black's favour and it was black that came out the victor . . . but he managed to get away with a couple of blunders in doing so.


Black to play 11

Slightly ahead in the race there's no need to take any chances here yet instead of playing the 11/10, 7/6, 3/2*(2) he goes with hitting loose: 11/10, 7/6, 4/2*! He gets away with it as white dances with 65 and then he chances his arm again next roll . .


Black to 61

I expected him to cover his 1-point: 7/1, 2/1 leaving an indirect 52. Nope, he left the 2-point blot on a second time and went with 10/4, 6/5. He got away with it again as white danced 53. He finally covers it next roll. Not long later we get to a prime vs prime position where it could go either way ...


Black on roll

White has timing here, but it counts for nothing if black doesn't roll an ace. Black doesn't roll an ace and white crunches . .


Black on roll

Yep, you've guessed it, Double-six: 25/13, 7/1*(2)! White doesn't have a chance and upon finally entering resigns the game and the match - and Adrian does it in one! When ready this match will appear for viewing or download in Games.

 

Main Winner: Adrian
Main Runner-up: Kyriacos

 

Meanwhile in the Consolation Final Jon is pitched against Paul Plumptre who slogged his way to the final from Round 1. Not to be stopped, Paul emerged the winner at DMP.

Consolation: Paul & Jon

The Last Chance saw Mardi Ohannessian battling against yours truly. It was one hell of a match with Mardi looking to win it until I hit him in the bearoff and he got trapped behind my very unconventional 6-prime, 7- to 12-point! I managed to get two more of his checkers back and eventually got the upper hand and the winner's trophy! He was not a happy bunny. Winking smile

 

Aplogies for image sizes.

Each taken on different cameras

Last Chance: Michael & Mardi
World's End: Richard & Chris

 

In the World's End, Richard Biddle and Chris March fought it out with Richard relegating Chris into 2nd place.

As usual the weekend began with the Friday 250 and for the third time this year, Jon beat everyone and has another free weekend at next month's UK Giant of Backgammon. If you want to join him . . . BOOK NOW!

Finally
Not the biggest turnout but there was plenty of backgammon (17-point matches) and everyone seemed to have a good time. I hope we have a bigger entry next month . . . . I don't think we can get much lower!

 

 


 

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