Tournaments 2014

(Swiss knockout 2 of 4)

County Cups Trophy, 2-4 May, 2014

 

The Winners

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2014

Tom Breheny
Graham Powell
Roger Porter
Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson
Derek Matheson
Mardi Ohannessian
Ralph Eskinazi
Emmanuel Di Bona
Dod Davies
Dod Davies
Dod Davies
Julian Fetterlein
John Slattery
Tony Lee
John Slattery
Paul Gilbertson
Nicky Check
John Reddington

Rachel Rhodes

Gerry Enslin

Julian Minwalla

Myke Wignall

Colin Owen

Jon Barnes

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Main

1
2
3&4

3&4

5to8

5to8

5to8

5to8

Jon Barnes
Phil Tutchings
Kryiacos
Adrian Jones
Craig Hale
Mardi Ohannessian
Brian Lever
Paul Plumptre

Consolation

1
2
3&4

3&4

5to8

5to8

5to8

5to8

Stavros Elia
Craig Hale
Deana Fawcett
Brian Lever
Zou Adas
Peter Chan
Mardi Ohannessian
Paul Plumptre

Last Chance

1
2
3&4

3&4

5to8

5to8

5to8

5to8

Richard Biddle
Matthew Rogers
Denise Devonport
Mardi Ohannessian
Paul Plumptre
Kryiacos
Zou Adas
Bob Young
Friday 250

1
2
3&4
3&4

Jon Barnes
Deana Fawcett
Mardi Ohannessian
Michael Crane
Doubles

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2

Mat&Phil
Rebels

 

Grand Prix Points @ County Cup
Player
Total GP
Swiss + Main/Con
Jon Barnes
Phil Tutchings
Brian Lever
Craig Hale
Richard Biddle
Stavros Elia
Kyriacos Andreou
Adrian Jones
Matthew Rogers
Peter Chan
Deana Fawcett
Mardi Ohannessian
Paul Plumptre
Paul Barwick
Mark Calderbank
Bob Young
Denise Devonport
Zouhair Adas
54.32
38.07
37.60
37.60
34.54
34.22
29.99
29.36
25.01
23.47
23.05
22.24
20.99
20.87
20.24
17.00
16.00
15.97
27.16 + 27.16
18.02 + 20.05
20.05 + 17.55
20.05 + 17.55
16.99 + 17.55
11.74 + 22.48
16.99 + 13.00
16.36 + 13.00
8.50 + 16.51
13.00 + 10.47
5.50 + 17.55
11.74 + 10.50
11.74 + 9.25
12.37 + 8.50
11.74 + 8.50
8.50 + 8.50
5.50 + 10.50
5.50 + 10.47

NB: These awards will be added to the Grand Prix listing.

 

IMPORTANT

Following communications from some members I have decided that Grand Prix points awarded in the Swiss Qualifier will NOT be at the 11-point range but at a new, 9-point range (see here). Also, the Win% listing will NOT include 9-point matches and will continue with 11-point matches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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County Cups Trophy
Report by Michael Crane

We had six full qualifiers and we had a 2-point playoff to find the other two from the Saturday Swiss. Out of the 8 only Jon Barnes was on 4-4. It went well for him in the Main and before long the semi-final was between Jon (the only clean sweep so far) vs Kyriacos Andreou and Phil Tutchings vs Adrian Jones. Jon and Phil prevailed and sat down to contest the Final. If Phil wins we’d have a WTA Rollover.

It was a very short final inasmuch as it was only three games long. In the positions below Jon is playing as black and the match is to 9 points. It got off to a decent start and then we get consecutive blunders from Phil.


White to play 63

Phil is blinded here by the hit, 20/14*, 8/5. Certainly 8/5 is correct but the hit is very wrong. It's going to be very hard for Jon to miss the 7-point blot . . . and he doesn't as he rolls 43: 25/18*. Phil should have gone with 13/7, 8/5. Much better and little danger.


White to play 55

Following Jon's hit off the bar Phil now has to play 55. Going 25/5 is a waste of a decent roll and it would have been more effective played 25/20, 13/8(3) and putting some of the spare mid-point checkers to good use.

Some time later Jon has a go . .


Black to play 42

The video recording clearly shows Jon toying with the correct play, 18/16, 17/13 but he finally settles on 18/14, 13/11. Although the number of shots is similar, XG's play has just the one blot and doesn't strip the mid-point. Phil gets the hit with 22: 13/11*(2), 11/9(2) an excellent roll and good play. Jon dances with 65 and it's cube time.


White cube action

This isn't a good cube from Phil. He is ahead in the race by 42 pips, and he does have a slightly better position and a minor threat on the 14-point blot. But, it's the race that's against him, this game has a long way to go and its an easy take for Jon. Despite a few more mistakes on both sides from here it goes Phil's way and Jon saves the gammon thanks to a timely double-four.

The next game is a very short one in which there's not a single error, including the cube that finished it . .


White cube action

This time he is 26 pips ahead in the race and Phil has a good positional advantage and some threats in that the 1-point blot could soon be on the bar. Jon took a good minute or two mulling this one over before dropping but his timing is out a tad with just his two mid-point checkers able to move safely.

Phil goes 3-0 and here he stops! The next game starts off well for Phil - and then he gets to this position


White cube action

This time he's only 9 pips ahead. He's even got a decent positional advantage but with four open points and a 1-point blot this is an easy take for Jon as he recognises a 'no double/take' position. Phil then rolls 53: 24/21, 13/8; and Jon replies with 44: 25/21(2), 6/2*(2) . . .


White to play 21

Sometimes it's the smallest of numbers that trip a player up. This tripped Phil up when he went with 25/24, 8/6. It's the 8/6 that lets him down. He doesn't need to concentrate on more home-board points for the moment - he needs to get his back checkers round as soon and as safely as he can. With this in mind the simple 25/22 is better.

Not long later . . .


Black cube action

Jon took his time with this one. The race is even, he's on the bar and if anything you could say that Phil has a slightly better position but he's let down by his three back checkers; however Jon has some threats with 1s and 5s. It's a "too good to double/pass" . . . but, Jon recubes and Phil takes!

Apart from a few early hiccups it soon goes Jon's way and Phil is now facing some serious gammon losses.


White on roll

His board is crumbling and he's got five back checkers hogging the black 1-point. It's looking very grim for Phil: Jon has around 66% gammon chances and a good 22% backgammon chances. Phil would dearly like to save the gammon. From the position above he rolls 65: 24/13 and he's on his way. He gets a good few of his runners running and he even gets a shot here to change the outcome . . .

White on roll

Hoping for a hit Phil rolls 64: 24/18, 8/4. XG prefers to stay for at least one more roll - perhaps hoping 33 comes out for Jon? It doesn't but the 63: 4/0, 3/0 was close. Another 64 from Phil and he decides to at least escape the backgammon: 18/14, 12/6.


Black on roll

Unfortunately for Phil. Jon rolls 55: 3/0(2), 2/0(2) and Phil then rolls a nightmare 32! Backgammon and match to Jon!

I think Jon's 'turn' to the camera says it all (see it on the Biba Facebook Group or click here for YouTube). When ready this match will be uploaded to Games for your viewing and downloading.

Main: Jon, Paul, Phil

From Friday night onwards, Jon's winning streak began when he got the better of Deana Fawcett in the Final. Just so you all know, Deana saw off both Richard Biddle and Mardi Ohannessian to get to sit opposite Jon. Well done, Deana.

 

3-Pointer: Phil, Paul and Jon
Consolation: Stavros and Craig

 

Jon then went through the Swiss qualifier undefeated then the Main - and then he went on to win the 3-pointer SpeedGammon final wherein he beat Phil for a second time! The consolation was won by Stavros Elia having beaten Deana Fawcett in the non-prog-'final' and Craig Hale in the Final after Craig saw off Brian Lever in the prog 'final'.

Last Chance: Richard, Paul and Matthew

The Last Chance was won by Richard Biddle after he defeated new member and local player, Matthew Rogers in the Final. The Doubles was won by Mat&Phil (bet you can't guess who they were!) after they got very lucky and fantastic dice and beat Rebels (bet you can guess who one of them was!).

Overall it was a very good weekend and I'd like to thank Paul Plumptre for sponsoring the trophies; to Deana for assisting (when not playing) and to Sharen for assisting when Deana was playing.