Tournaments 2014

(Swiss format ranking tournament 4 of 4)

Townharbour Trophy 7-9 November 2014

 

 

 

 

 

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Alan Beckerson
Rick Janowski
Nev Hyde
Brendan Burgess
Barry Williams
Paul Lamford
Rick Janowski
Paul Lamford
Simon Gasquoine
Roy Hollands
Erik Sorensen
Mardi Ohannessian
John Clark
Mardi Ohannessian

Connor Dickinson

Eddie Barker

Mark Dixon

Jerry Limb

David Motley

Mardi Ohannessian

Neil Everitt

Mardi Ohannesian

Colin Owen

Jysen Qwt

Gerry Enslin

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Main

1
2
3&4

3&4

Gerry Enslin
Mardi Ohannessian
Mark Calderbank
Phil Tutchings
Consolation

1
2
3&4

3&4

5to8

5to8

Robert Perry
Mark Calderbank
Phil Tutchings
David Pritchard
Craig Hale
Paul Plumptre
Last Chance

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2

3&4

3&4

5to8

5to8

Deana Fawcett
Mardi Ohannessian
Paul Plumptre
Craig Hale
David Pritchard

Gerry Enslin

Friday 250

1

2

3&4

3&4

Michael Crane

Mardi Ohannessian

Deana Fawcett

Sharen Crane

Jackpot

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2

Gerry Enslin

Michael Crane

 

Grand Prix Points @ Townharbour
Player
Total GP
Swiss + Main/Con
Craig Hale
David Pritchard
Deana Fawcett
Gerry Enslin
Mardi Ohannessian
Mark Calderbank
Paul Plumptre
Phil Tutchings
Robert Perry
14.75
9.25
10.24
44.15
31.79
40.16
14.00
26.00
28.55
9.25 + 5.50
0.0 + 9.25
0.0 + 10.24
16.99 + 27.16
11.74 + 20.05
27.16 + 13.00
8.50 + 5.50
13.00 + 13.00
8.50 + 20.05

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

 

 

 

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Townharbour Trophy, 7-9 November, 2014
Report by Michael Crane

If any fewer entrants turn up I'll end up play Deana in the Final. Just eight this time (very disappointing) but at least they all had a full weekend's backgammon.

On the Saturday they all played 4 x 9-point Swiss to get down to four for the Main and four for the Consolation on the Sunday. Mark Calderbank got 4-4 and he was joined by Mardi Ohannessian, Gerry Enslin and Phil Tutchings. Mardi beat Mark and Gerry beat Phil and the 11-point Final was played out between these two.

It wasn't the best match I've ever recorded, rife with errors and blunders 18(9) and 34(16) Gerry and Mardi respectively. The resulting PRs were Gerry 8.30 and Mardi 13.63! Not one of Mardi's best performances.

Here's a few pivotal moments. The match is to 11 points and Gerry is playing as black.

Game 1
White 0------------------------Black 0

Black cube action

Mmm, XG Roller++ tells us this isn't a cube and Mardi takes . . . which turned out to be a bad decision!

The race is level at 155 each - so a long way to go still. Both players have yet to move their runners and although Gerry has started forming a good home board Mardi is looking decent to make his bar or 5-point soon.

Gerry then roll 61: 13/7, 8/7 and makes the important bar-point. From hereon it goes back a forth a bit but at no time can or does Mardi move his back checkers until this opportunity presents itself...

Mardi (w) on roll

Slim chance of turning the game around here with 43. The race is close but if he doesn't get the hit it's going to be hard to win from here. He rolls 51 and has to peal off his 6-point: 6/1, 2/1. Gerry shows no mercy as he rolls a cracking 44: 16/4, 8/4 and completes a six-prime! Two rolls later and Gerry has to make a decision . . .

Black to play 43

There a few ways to play this with only one of them leaving a shot: 7/4, 7/3. This is correct ensuring no bad rolls next throw; and this is Gerry's move. Mardi replies with 61: 24/17*! It might have been a game-winner but for Gerry's stonking reply 41: 25/20*. A second 41 from Gerry hits the 1-point blot and soon Mardi is on the bar and closed out. By the time Mardi gets in he is 78 pips behind with three checkers scrambling for home. They get within a double of saving the gammon here . . .

White on roll

. . . needing 66 or 55 .... he rolls 53.

The game and score moves on and we now join it in Game 4 for (almost) four consecutive blunders!

White 1-----------------------Black 5

Black to play 66

Certainly 13/7(3) is part of it, it's the final 6 that Gerry makes the blunder. He goes with 11/5 giving Mardi a double shot! All he had to do was keep it safeish with 13/7(4).


White to play 32

Despite rolling a hitting number Mardi doesn't hit! Instead he goes with 24/22, 24/21 and makes an advanced anchor. This roll is crying out for a hit despite his weak home board and that was best done with 24/21, 22/20* giving him good escaping high rolls and small advanced anchoring small ones.


Black to play 33

Having gotten away with being hit Gerry now misplays this excellent double-three: 8/5(2) 7/4*(2). One of the 3s has to be used to move the back checker 24/21, then complete the move with 8/5, 7/4*(2). It leaves an extra blot on but it gives great 6s for black.

Mardi dances with 62 and then . . .


Black cube action

Even without the threat of a 6 escaping/hitting this is just too good to double . . . and Mardi drops! Although behind in the race Gerry has to get his runner out very soon and Mardi already has a good anchor in the black home board and is favourite to enter next roll.

The rest of the matches go along favouring Gerry as he eventually comes out triumphant 11-4. This victory finally completed the 'set' for Gerry. Now he has won each of the four Swiss tournaments: Jarvis, County Cups, SAC and finally Townharbour. Well done, Gerry, it's nice to finish on the full set. NB: This match appear in Games shortly.

Main: Mardi and Gerry

In the Progressive Consolation David Pritchard beat Paul Plumptre and Robert Perry beat Craig Hale. David and Robert fought it out for a place in the Final as did Mark and Phil. Robert and Mark came out on top and in the Final Robert came out top again.

 

Consolation: Robert and Mark
Last Chance: Mardi and Deana

 

In the Last Chance Deana Fawcett got the better of Mardi (still smarting after his Main defeat), after she beat Paul in the semi-final. Two good scalps there for Deana.

As usual we began Friday night . . . and the lucky winner was me (it was Mardi who told me I was lucky after he lost to me in the Final after leading 4-0 to 5!). And on Saturday night Gerry beat me in the Jackpot Final ... and no, he wasn't lucky he just got better rolls. ;-)

So that concludes the year's Ranking events (the Grand Prix want conclude until after the Coventry Open - at which there are still a few spaces left if you hurry); and I can now announce that the 2015 Ranking Champions is Mardi as he topples Jon Barnes into 2nd place. Well done, Mardi.

Finally, some good news for the Christmas UK Finals . ..  there's £180 Winner-Takes-All Rollover!

And . . . if you want to book accommodation you'll have to do it before our Biba rate allocation goes on 14 November! BOOK IT NOW!