Tournaments 2014

The Southend Shield, January 10-12, 2014

 

 

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The Winners

2014

Martin Barkwill

 

 

 

Main (37)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Martin Barkwill
Eric McAlpine
Lawrence Smyth
Peter Finnimore
Simon Morecroft
David Pritchard
Geoff Conn
Ann Pocknell

Consolation (34)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Robert Perry
Al Hogg
Peter Christmas
Ray Fard
David Pritchard
Ann Pocknell
Chris Ternel
Paul Plumptre

Last Chance (32)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Darryl Kirk
Paul Plumptre
John Wright
Ray Kershaw
Mick Vacarey
Bob Bruce
Alan Beckerson
Jon Barnes

Seaside Scramble (16)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Richard Biddle
Lawrence Smyth
Mick Vacarey
Jason Pack
Mark Calderbank
Geoff Conn
Bob Bruce
Helen Smyth

Friday 250 (16)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Richard Biddle
Paul Plumptre
John Wright
Mahmoud Jahanbani
Chris Ternel
George Miltiadou
Jon Barnes
Mick Vacarey

BBT Finals 2013

1

2

Robert Perry
Peter Bennet

Poker

1

2

Warwick Thompson
John Wright

Doubles (7)

1

2

Ray of Sunshine
Two Pints of Abbott

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Grand Prix points for this tournament
50.50
40.45
38.61
34.55
31.54
31.54
28.51
28.51
23.52
23.52
23.52
23.52
22.48
22.48
20.21
17.55
17.55
17.55
17.55
17.55
17.55
16.51
16.51
16.51
16.51
10.50
10.50
10.50
10.50
10.50
10.50
10.50
10.50
10.50
10.50
10.47
10.47
Martin Barkwill
Eric McAlpine
Robert Perry
Al Hogg
Lawrence Smyth
Peter Finnimore
Peter Christmas
Ray Fard
Ann Pocknell
David Pritchard
Geoff Conn
Simon Morecroft
Chris Ternel
Paul Plumptre
Darryl Kirk
Brian Metcalf
David Nathan
Jason Pack
Peter Chan
Ray Kershaw
Warwick Thompson
Jon Barnes
Julia Hayward
Mardi Ohannessian
Richard Biddle
Bob Bruce
George Miltiadou
Helen Smyth
John Wright
Mahmoud Jahanbani
Mark Calderbank
Mick Vacarey
Monica Beckerson
Peter Bennet
Sean Thomas
Alan Beckerson
Bijan Amanat

 

Biba Backgammon Tour points for this tournament

19.95
16.94
13.93
13.93
13.93
11.92
9.97
9.97
8.92
8.92
8.92
8.92
5.98
5.98
4.91
4.91
4.91
4.91
4.91
4.91
2.97
2.97
2.97
2.97

Martin Barkwill
Eric McAlpine
Lawrence Smyth
Peter Finnimore
Robert Perry
Al Hogg
Peter Christmas
Ray Fard
Ann Pocknell
David Pritchard
Geoff Conn
Simon Morecroft
Chris Ternel
Paul Plumptre
David Nathan
Jason Pack
Jon Barnes
Julia Hayward
Mardi Ohannessian
Richard Biddle
Brian Metcalf
Peter Chan
Ray Kershaw
Warwick Thompson

 

 

 

The Southend Shield, 10-12 January, 2014

Report by Michael Crane

Disappointing! I'm sorry to say it, but that's one word that springs to mind when describing the move to Southend and the new, Southend Shield. However; it's not what you might imagine. I am NOT disappointed with a superb hotel. It was far better than I expected. The bedrooms were light and airy and lacked the cold draughts that tore through the bedrooms at The Ship in Brighton. There was ample hot water and heating, almost the opposite of The Ship over the years. The food was delicious and service in the restaurant was first-class - and that's something I've never said about The Ship! The Ballroom in which we played was as good as (and in some respects, better than) the playing-rooms allocated at The Ship.

But the one thing that puts Southend above The Ship is the fact that not one player complained to me about their treatment, in fact, quite the contrary; I had several players coming up to me say what a great hotel and venue it was; and at a rate well below that set by The Ship in their failed bid to retain the January contract.

I AM disappointed that just over half the entrants of the 2013 Bright 'n' Breezy made the journey to Southend. Those that didn't bother to turn out missed an experience we haven't had in Brighton for a long time. One in which everyone had a warm welcome and without problems and complaints about the hotel. If this year's entrants go back to their clubs and tell their fellow players how much they enjoyed it I am confident we'll have a better turnout in 2015.

So .... Despite the lowish turnout the weekend's backgammon went very well. It began Friday evening when Richard Biddle beat Paul Plumptre in the Friday 250 and continued on the Saturday with Robert Perry triumphing over Peter Bennet in the 2013 Finals of the Biba Backgammon Tour sponsored by My Web Presenters.

The Main got off to a good start for Eric McAlpine and Martin Barkwill. Both took advantage of a 1st Round bye. Eric had a tough start: Peter Bennet followed by Jon Barnes. He then went through two new members, David Pritchard and then Lawrence Smyth to face Martin in the Final. Martin had a slightly easier start against Brian Metcalf but then went head-to-head against Jason Pack followed by Ann Pocknell and finally Peter Finnimore before sitting down opposite Eric.

It was a long match (14 games) and although Martin pulled away to begin with, Eric kept up but was always lagging behind. In the position below Martin is playing as black.

NB: Play started before I was able to set the video camera running but it was just a couple of moves or so and both Martin and Eric were able to re-play their moves and allow me to catch up.

Oh dear!

But ... as you can see above, they restarted with four checkers on the white 8-point and four on the white mid-point! No one - Martin, Eric, me or at least two others, noticed! Eric then moved 24/20, 13/8. Unfortunately, JellyFish and Snowie could not start with the wrong board set-up and therefore I was unable to create either match file.

Click HERE to see a Youtube video of the board set-up.

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


Black to play 61

This early blunder from Martin was one of the re-played moves: 24/23, 24/18. During the re-play he asked if it was possible to play it differently ... he knew what roll was coming up next! Even without the gift of hindsight this was a poor move with 13/7, 6/5 or 13/6 or 24/23, 13/7 being a lot better.

Black to play 33

For a good while Martin looked at 25/22, 21/18, 13/10(2) going with the six-prime. After looking at it for ages he decide upon 25/22, 9/3*, 6/3, a broken five-prime with few options to turn it into a six-prime. Eric came in easily with 61: 25/24, 8/2.

Black to play 65

No doubt seduced by the two white blots on the opposite side of the board Martin goes with 14/8, 6/1*. Pointing on the 1-point would have been better. He already has four white checkers back - another one won't make it any better. Eric's home board is already crunching up and he's got more to gain by having a fifth checker back to help his timing. He's already facing a high gammon-loss, one more checker back actually decrease his gammon losses. However, from here it gets worse for white and Martin scrapes a gammoned 2-cube win.

Eric took a point in the next game and a good bit into the following game we come to this position.

Game 3
White 1---------------------------Black 4


Black to play 63

Martin went with 13/7, 10/7, tidying up his 10-point blot and making his bar-point; but, a better play here is the hit, 23/14*. The bar-point isn't much use now that white has got a grip on black's 5-point.

The game continues with a few errors from both sides. Martin attempts a 4-2 backgame but he runs out of time and his home board crunches. He scrambles home fairly well but eventually loses a 2-cube single game.

We don't get to see any big mistakes from Eric until the next game.

Game 4
White 3---------------------------Black 4


White to play 52

With just a single black runner in his home board Eric can't afford to let it escape. His play of 13/11, 13/8 does little to stop it getting away. Hitting 8/3* with either 13/11 or 8/6 is better than leaving it alone. It doesn't escape and is soon hit (and then re-enters) with no harm.

At the end of the match, Martin went on the win in the bear-off at DMP with the score at 9-8 to him after taking an easy cube from Eric. Mind you, Eric was very close to winning it but was thwarted by a cracking double-six from Martin, leaving Eric to roll any double to go 10-8 up - he rolled 42.

It's here I must leave this short analysis. Time and deadlines dictate that from hereon we leave this match. Later a more detailed account of how Martin won the first Southend Shield will be published in the Bibafax. In the meantime the entire match is available to view or download (XG only) from Games (available shortly).

However before we move on here's a couple of "too good to double" (XG Roller++) positions, one from each player.


Game 4
White 3---------------------------Black 4


Black cubes, White drops.

Even though white has just anchored he's not favourite to get in next roll (although 44 would be a blow for black) it's too good to double. Black can at least roll one more time to see what occurs.

Game 7

White 4---------------------------Black 6


White cubes. Black drops.

There is some small peril in this position but black only has 4s off the bar to hit else 5 with 1, 2 or 3 all hitting loose. White is 38 pips ahead and has a very good chance to make his 4-point next roll or pick up his blot or escape his runner. An easy drop for black.

 

Main: Martin and Eric

Semi-finalists: Peter Finnimore

and Lawrence Smyth

   
Consolation: Robert and Al
Last Chance: Paul and Darryl

 

Meanwhile in the Progressive Consolation, Robert Perry (without the benefit of a bye - he was one of 10 to miss out) tore through everyone sat in front of him, finally beating Ray Fard for a seat in the Final. From the Prog side, Al Hogg followed Robert's example and eventually sat down opposite to battle it out in the 7-point match - an encounter from which Robert came out on top.

In the Last Chance semi-final Darryl Kirk beat John Wright and Paul Plumptre beat Ray Kershaw. In the Final, Darryl emerged the victor . . . and later he also won the Pass The Pigs Rollout and got over fifty quid for doing so! This little diversion is proving to be very popular.

 

Seaside Scramble: Richard & Lawrence

BBT Finals: Peter and Robert

   

 

In the Seaside Scramble (speed-gammon with clocks in the semi and Final) Richard Biddle saw off Mick Vacarey in the one semi whilst Lawrence Smyth saw off Jason Pack in the other. In the Final Richard proved unbeatable and took the winner's trophy leaving Lawrence the runner-up.

Darryl Kirk: Pig Rolloing Champion

To round off the weekend the Doubles was won by ‘A Ray of Sunshine’ who defeated a re-buy, ‘Two Pints of Abbott’; and the Poker was won by Warwick Thompson with John Wright 2nd. Jason Pack won the Super Jackpot after beating Jon Barnes in the Final.

So; there it is. The end of a perfect weekend's backgammon in Southend. I'm just a little disappointed more didn't turn out . . . . perhaps next year?

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The view from my balcony . . .

 

 

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