Tuesday, October 6, 2015 9:08

Tournaments 2014

The Robin Hood Trophy, 7-9 March, 2014

 

Jon Barnes - 2014

 

The Winners

2013

2014

Peter Christmas

Jon Barnes

 

 

 

Main

1
2
3&4
3&4
5to8
5to8
5to8
5to8

Jon Barnes
Gerry Enslin
Rachel Rhodes
Tom Duggan
Peter Chan
Craig Hale
Chris Ternel
Mark Calderbank

Consolation

1
2
3
4to6
4to6
4to6
7&8
7&8

Tom Duggan
David Pritchard
Simon Morecroft
Peter Chan
Rachel Rhodes
Mark Calderbank
Paul Barwick
Craig Hale

Last Chance

1

2

3/4

3/4

Zouhair Adas
Richard Biddle
Adrian Jones
Robert Perry

Friday 250

1

2

3/4

3/4

Jon Barnes

Chris Ternel

Tom Duggan

Richard Biddle

Team

1

2

Michael Crane

Gerry Enslin

Pigs

1

Michael Crane

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Grand Prix points for this tournament

40.45
31.54
28.51
23.52
22.48
20.05
17.55
17.55
17.55
16.51
16.51
13.00
10.50
10.50
10.50
10.50

Jon Barnes
Gerry Enslin
Tom Duggan
Rachel Rhodes
David Pritchard
Simon Morecroft
Mark Calderbank
Peter Chan
Zouhair Adas
Chris Ternel
Craig Hale
Paul Barwick
Adrian Jones
Paul Plumptre
Richard Biddle
Robert Perry

The scores above will be added to here

 

 

 

The Robin Hood Trophy, 7-9 March, 2014

Report by Michael Crane to follow

 

 

It wasn't as big a turnout as I'd expected, but at 16 it was perfect for the Double Elimination format. Everyone was allowed to lose once and still remain in contention for the 1st prize (although if you lost any match at all you forfeited the Winner-Takes-All pool). And, everyone did take advantage of their second chance.

In the 'final' round of the Main, Gerry Enslin got the better of Jon Barnes. Jon dropped into the 'second-chance' bracket to play Tom Duggan, a match he won and he popped right back to play Gerry in the Final. Gerry had the advantage of having to just win one game whereas Jon had to win two. The first match went with Jon and they then faced each other at one more match to go.

In the positions below Jon is black and Gerry is white.

White 0---------------------------Black 0

White cube action

This is quite an early cube from Gerry. The pip count is close (9 pips) and he has a small 3-prime straddling his bar with Jon on the bar and on the white 1-point. There's a lot of play left in the game and Jon takes.

After Jon tucks the cube away Gerry rolls 41 and makes a sizeable blunder when, instead of making his very valuable 5-point, 9/5, 6/5 he goes for a second checker with 21/16*. He doesn't get to make his 5-point until eight rolls later. He went on to win a gammon and four points.

White 4---------------------------Black 7

White to play 43

It's not a good roll for Gerry as he correctly plays 7/3, 5/2.


Black to play 63

Jon, seeing two blots decides to run out with his roll of 63: 21/15, 4/1 and walks into a massive blunder. It would have been far better - and safer - to simply play 13/4.


White to play 43

Another 43 for Gerry. Sadly this time he makes a big blunder with 5/2, 5/1, tidying up his two blots at the expense of hitting. XG++ tells us that 13/10*, 10/6 is far better ... but had Gerry gone along that route, Jon's roll of 51 would have seen Gerry on the bar.

As it went, the 51 was played 21/15. A few rolls later and we see another 43 for Gerry


White to play 43

Three candidates here: 20/13; 6/3, 6/2; 13/6. Gerry goes for the middle one, another biggie. There's not much to be gained waiting for a hit if you don't have the home board to contain it. Playing 20/13 puts pressure on black's 8-point checkers, gives a spare mid-point checker and keeps the broken 4-prime.

Gerry eventually gains the upper hand and cubes Jon out.

Of all the Games (9 in total), Game 8 with the score at 7-5 to Jon was the ‘best' game in that only one single error was made. It was a great game for Gerry. He quickly constructed a home board 4-prime (6 to 3) and kept it (and Jon behind it) for a long time . . . until . . .


Black to play 66

This is a massive roll for black as he gallops out 23/11(2), The race is now very close but Gerry pulls away with 65: 18/12, 16/11 and the race is on. Two consecutive double-fives see Gerry take the lead by 37 pips and Jon is unable to keep up and he resigns to take the score to 7-all.

At 7-7 it was an exciting, scrappy game with men on the bar galore from both sides as each jockeyed for a winning position. Towards the end it went with Jon as Gerry's home board crumbled and he eventually had to move out his back checker to give Jon the match.

Overall, Jon faired well with a PR of 5.54 compared to Gerry's 11.00. When available this match can be viewed and/or download from here. One outcome of Jon's victory is that the WTA has a Rollover of £165 for the upcoming British Open.

Main: Jon and Gerry

I was going to apologise for the longish wait in some elements of the Progressive Consolation but, in the format I use for Double Elimination matches not only does everyone get two chances in the Main but all but the Main finalists get into the Consolation. This might mean waiting now and then but it does give all but two players a chance to play in both elements.

David Pritchard was a victim of 'the wait' as he entered Round 1 of the Consolation. Mind you, who minds waiting in the Final? Tom Duggan, courtesy of Jon Barnes, ended up facing David and it was Tom who prevailed to take home the Consolation winner's trophy.

 

Consolation: David and Tom
Last Chance: Zou and Richard

 

In the Last Chance, Richard Biddle took second place to new member (and local player) Zouhair Adas. Not a bad start, Zouhair: 1 tournament, 1 trophy.


The Beginner's tournament was a Swiss format event this time and we had one outright winner on 4-4, Suleman with Elijah 2nd (Main, 1st and 2nd); and Daniel 3rd and Patrycja 4th (Consolation 1st and 2nd). It was a great little event and they all had a fantastic time, even getting to play with some of the 'big' players including a game against two-times British Champion, Rachel Rhodes, and local player, Craig Hale. And to top it all, I was elevated to an Honorary Member and in being so I got my very own tee-shirt!

From left to right: Suleman, Elijah, Daniel and Patrycja

 

Craig and Patrycja
The tee-shirt

Back to other stuff . . . Jon Barnes (getting off to a good start) won the Friday 250 after beating Chris Ternel in the final. I won the Team event with Gerry Enslin in 2nd place (a portent of what was to come?); and I also won the Pig Rollout which meant I not only didn't have to put in my tenner added, but I also took out a fair bit of money - most of it contributed by Tom Duggan. :-)

So, finally. The tournament was, like myself, small but perfectly formed. I don't expect next month's British Open to be as small but I intend to remain perfectly formed. And lastly, thanks to Sharen Crane for standing in for an absent Deana Fawcett.

 

 

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