Updated: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:08

Added Game 1 to the report

Tournaments 2017

The English Open, 7-9 July, 2017

 

 

 

The Winners

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Peter Bennet

Brian Lever

Peter Chan

Julian Fetterlein

David Startin

Jon Barnes

Peter Christmas

Eric McAlpine

Julian Minwalla

Lawrence Powell

 

 

Lawrence Powell

2017 English Open Champion

 

 

Main

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Lawrence Powell
Paul Christmas
Tariq Siddiqi
Paul Barwick
Sean Clennell
Paul Plumptre
Emad Salib
Crispin Duke

Consolation

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Isaac Rye
Paul Plumptre
Rosey Bensley
Tariq Siddiqi
Anna Price
Mike Ireland
Emad Salib
Paul Barwick

Last Chance

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Richard Halvorsen
Peter Christmas
Andrew Selby
Richard Biddle
Oliver Smith
Sean Clennell
Graham Smith
Mardi Ohannessian

The Grammy

1

2

Sean Clennell
Myke Wignal

Friday Warm-up

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Michael Ireland
Richard Biddle
Michael Crane
Mardi Ohannessian
David Nathan
Paul Christmas
Peter Christmas
Crispin Duke

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Name SWISS KO Friday BBT Rank
Andrew Selby 9.72 9.25   0.50 1451
Anna Price 9.72 13.00   5.98 1437
Crispin Duke 20.23 20.05 7.25 8.92 1618
David Nathan 7.75 10.50 7.25 2.97 1699
Emad Salib 28.51 20.05   8.92 1487
Graham Smith 5.50 10.50   2.97 1388
Isaac Rye 8.50 23.52   13.93 1434
Lawrence Powell 15.30 31.54   19.95 1768
Mardi Ohannessian 8.50 10.5 10.24 2.97 1824
Michael Crane     10.24   1689
Michael Ireland 7.75 13 20.21 5.98 1404
Mike Rawlins 9.72      0.50 1565
Myke Wignall 8.97 6.5    0.50 1552
Nils Figenschou 16.80 9.25   0.50 1473
Oliver Smith 16.8 9.25   2.97 1476
Paul Barwick 17.55 23.52   13.93 1531
Paul Christmas 9.72 27.16 7.25 16.94 1675
Paul Plumptre 19.48 20.05   11.92 1826
Peter Christmas 16.3 10.24 7.25 0.5 1746
Richard Biddle 8.97 10.50 15.25 2.97 1544
Richard Halvorsen 8.97 15.25   2.97 1425
Rosey Bensley 5.50 16.51   9.97 1347
Sean Clennell 15.3 20.05   8.92 1627
Sharen Crane 5.50       1396
Tariq Siddiqi 22.48 23.52   13.93 1672

NB: The above will be added to the approiate listings asap.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

The English Open, 7-9 July 2017

Report by Michael Crane

Not the biggest turnout, probably due to the poor reception we had last November at this hotel. Thankfully this time we didn't have any such problems and it all went ahead without a hitch.

It got off to a good start for Michael Ireleand; he got the better of Richard Biddle in the Friday Warm-up to take 1st place. Richard still did OK and still tops the listing. As you should all know, the top 16 in the Warm-up get to play for a first prize of £340 at the UK Finals in November. Click here for full details.

Saturday saw the start of the Swiss element of 5 x 7 point matches with just one player getting a clean sweep - Emad Salib, after beating Tariq Siddiqi when both on 4-4. Tariq was joined by Emad, Paul Christmas, Paul Plumptre and Crispin Duke as qualifiers. This left a play-off for three places between six on 3-5 from which Paul Barwick, Lawrence Powell and Sean Clennell came through.

In the Sunday Main Lawrence saw off Sean and Paul Barwick; Paul Christmas saw off Emad and Tariq to meet in the Final. It looked to be going Paul's way then Lawrence began to fight back and in the end Lawrence triumphed to prevent Paul becoming the first player to win the title twice. The entire match is now available in Games.

The match had it's twists and turns and Game 1 set the tone for many of the games to come. In the positions below Lawrence is black.

Game 1

White 0
Black 0

 

It went Paul's way for 8 rolls each when he shipped across this cube ...

 

White cube action

 

Despite the vast differences in positions Paul is only 10 pips ahead. He's got a very good prime and he's just got to get two back checkers safe and he's OK. Lawrence thought about it for some time and then, correctly, took.

I think Paul was expecting a Pass so he was very pleased to see the Take. The game carries on until this from Paul ...

 

White to play 41

 

The race is very close with Lawrence being in front with -3. It's not a lot, but when he gets around to the bearoff he's not going to waste any pips. With this in mind Paul chooses not to play safe with 7/6, 7/3 and hits 6/2, 5/4*.  Lawrence comes in with his own 41: 25/21*, 14/13. Paul dances with 32 ...

 

Black recube action

 

Now Lawrence leads by 20 pips and Paul is slight favourite to re-enter (he was when he rolled 32).  Lawrence still has two checkers to get safe and Paul snatches up the recube. The equities are almost exactly reversed from the first cube, ergo, if it was correct then for Double/Take it's correct now. Paul gets in after a couple of rolls and then he gets this ...


White to play 61

Wallop! Lawrence is back on the bar ... and he's right back in with 43: 25/21*, 4/1 ... and Paul dances with 21. A 21 from Lawrence picks up his home board blot: 4/1. Then ...


White to play 52

Lawrence is back on the bar after 25/20, 6/4*... then he rolls 64: 25/21*, 21/15 and Paul's back on the bar! Then ...


White to play 62

Back comes Paul: 25/19, 12/10*. From here Lawrence dances for five consecutive rolls: 52; 65; 11; 52 and finally 62 - at which point ...


White recube action

With no chance now of a gammon Paul rightly recubes to 8 and Lawrence Passes. First blood to Paul 4-0.


Main: Paul and Lawrence

In the Progressive Consolation, newcomer, Isaak Rye fought his way through four rounds of 7 point matches of the non-prog side to get into the Final. Here he met Paul Plumptre who'd taken a shorter route via the prog side. Isaak kept his nerve and came out the winner. Not a bad effort in his first ever Biba tournament.

Consolation: Isaak and Paul

In the Last Chance semi-final Richard Halvorsen got the better of Andrew Selby, and Peter Christmas got the better of Richard Biddle. In the Final Richard kept up his winning streak to win his first Biba element.

Last Chance: Richard and Peter

Finally, we come to The Grammy. For those of you who don't know why it's called this - look here. It came down to two players: One, Myke Wignall who met Grahame many years ago, and Sean Clennell who had no idea who Grahame was. Myke would have liked to have won this for Grahame's sake ... but it was Sean who walked away with the trophy.

Sean .. with me wearing 'the' tee-shirt

To end. I'd like to thank all those who turned out, especially to the new players whose first Biba event it was. Feedback tells me you enjoyed it and I hope to see you all in November for the UK Finals .... where we have the Finals of the Warm-up, the Biba Backgammon Tour and the last of the Grand Prix awards after which the 2017 Grand Prix Champion will be announced. 

And really last of all .... it's not big, it's not clever - but it is a start ....

 

 

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