Tournaments 2012

(Swiss format ranking tournament 2 of 4)

County Cups Trophy, 4-6 May, 2012

 

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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

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Main (6/12)
Pos
Players Name
wins
GP Pts

1
2
3
4
5
6

Myke Wignall
Jyesn Qwt
Jeff Barber
Bob Young
Rachel Rhodes
Chris Ternel

6
4
3
3
3
3

50.50
27.42
22.49
22.49
21.46
20.43

Consolation (6/12)
Pos
Players Name

Con/Wins

GP Pts

1
2
3
4
5
6

Eric McAlpine
Mardi Ohannessian
Mark Calderbank
Tim Vasiljevic
Deana Fawcett
Paul Plumptre

3 / 4
2 / 3
1 / 2
1 / 2
1 / 1
1 / 2

27.42
20.43
15.48
15.48
9.47
14.45

 

 

Friday 500 (2)

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2

Rachel Rhodes
Mardi Ohannessian

Team (2)

1

Sweet & Sour

 

 

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County Cups Trophy (12)
Report by Michael Crane to follow

Well, we hit an all-time low with an entry of just twelve! To say I was disappointed is an understatement. After thirty years of dedicating a huge chunk of my life to backgammon I feel like it's all been a waste of time and effort. Without the support of its members Biba cannot survive - and I make a (very modest) living from backgammon which is entry-based, and unless there's an improvement I won't be able to afford to continue in the current format - I will have to rethink if Biba has a future and in what form.

OK, gripe over, back to the tournament. With such a small entry it was quite likely that a 5-6 or even a 4-6 could win; but no one told Myke Wignall this! He sped through the Swiss with a 5-5 into the 6th Round. No one else could match him. The only 4-5, Jysen Qwt, was matched against him for the 6th Round, but to no avail; Myke triumphed to end up with 6-6, a victory marred (slightly) by the fact that he wasn't in the Winner-Takes-All; and so we shall have a Rollover at the next Swiss in August. Yep, you read that correctly. After consultation with a few members it has been decided to separate the WTA rollovers into Swiss and Knockout.

This left Myke the Main winner and Jysen the runner-up. In the Consolation, Eric McAlpine had to get the better of Deana Fawcett in the final round to be the sole entrant on 3-3; a task far harder than he anticipated. However, he managed it and he came out the Consolation winner with Mardi Ohannessian in second place.

 

Main: Myke Wignall
Consolation: Eric McAlpine

 

On Saturday evening there was a small Doubles KO, from which Sweet & Sour emerged the victors. Due to the small turnout and lack of Biba-rate accommodation the Poker didn't take place. The Friday 500 was a head-to-head affair, one from which Rachel Rhodes emerged to take top points and Mardi Ohannessian second top.

Over the weekend, sponsor, Paul Plumptre ran a backgammon quiz. It consisted of twenty-two positions and the overall winner was Chris Ternel - who pocketed a twenty-quid note courtesy of Paul's wallet. It is hoped that one day it will be reproduced in the Bibafax.

Finally. Thanks to Deana and Sharen for helping out (not that I needed a lot) and to Paul for the trophies; but most of all to those entrants who turned out to play.

NB: Up-coming holiday and hospital appointments make it difficult to input the Round 6 match into XG. I shall get around to it sometime and will post it when done.