Tournaments 2010

The Sandy Osborne Trophy 1, 2, 3 October 2010

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Peter Bennet
Jim Johnson
John Clark
Nigel Briddon

Arthur Musgrove

David Startin

Rachel Rhodes

Tom Duggan

Julian Fetterlein

Adrian Jones

Mardi Ohannessian

 

 

Main (22)

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3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Mardi Ohannessian
Brian Lever
Neil Everitt
Peter Christmas
Lawrence Powell
Myke Wignall
Tony Fawcett
Uldis Lapikens

Consolation (18)

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2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Lawrence Powell
George Hall
Tony Fawcett
Uldis Lapikens
Phil Tutchings
Jeff Barber
Adrian Jones
Myke Wignall

Last Chance (16)

1

2

3/4

3/4

Arthur Wright
Rosey Bensley
Nicky Check
Adrian Jones

The Sandy (8)

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2

Andy Darby
Tony Fawcett
Team (4)

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2

Deana Fawcett
Peter Christmas

Friday 500 (11)

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

Paul Gilbertson
Jeff Barber
Nicky Check
George Hall
Andy Darby
Myke Wignall
Mardi Ohannessian
Jeff Bale

Poker  (9)

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#George Hall
Andy Darby
Mark Calderbank
Mick Harris
Rosey Bensley
Myke Wignall
Paul Gilbertson
Lawrence Powell

 

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Grand Prix Points from this tournament

Mardi Ohannessian
Brian Lever
Neil Everitt
Peter Christmas
Lawrence Powell
Tony Fawcett
George Hall
Arthur Wright
Myke Wignall
Uldis Lapikens
Chris Ternel
Mick Harris
Adrian Jones
Jeff Barber
Phil Tutchings
Rosey Bensley
Paul Barwick
Nicky Check
Paul Gilbertson
Andrew Darby
Peter Bennet

13.42
9.29
6.19
6.19
6.19
6.19
6.18
6.17
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.12
4.12
4.12
4.11
2.58
2.58
2.58
2.56
2.06

 

Biba Backgammon Tour Points

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Mardi Ohannessian
Brian Lever
Neil Everitt
Peter Christmas
Lawrence Powell
Myke Wignall
Tony Fawcett
Uldis Lapikens
Adrian Jones
Arthur Wright
Chris Ternel
George Hall
Jeff Barber
Mick Harris
Paul Barwick
Rosey Bensley

20
16
12
12
9
9
9
9
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5

 

 

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Sandy Osborne Trophy. 1, 2, 3 October, 2010

Report by Michael Crane

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Main (22)

I might have said this before, but despite having a relatively low entry, we more than made up for it with quality! Just so you know I'm not clutching at straws we had: Uldis Lapikens, winner of 14 Biba trophies; Brian Lever, winner of 13; Jeff Barber, winner of 12; Nicky Check, winner of 11; Mardi Ohannessian, winner of 10 . . . I can go on, but won't!

Two of our 'giants' sat down in the final Sunday afternoon, Mardi Ohannessian (winner of 7 Main titles) and Brian Lever (winner of 5 Main titles including British & English Opens). We were in for a humdinger of a final. Mardi (black) got off to an early lead as he played at his normal whip-lash pace, as Brian played at his normal, laid-back pace.


Black 3 : White 0


Already leading 3-0, Mardi now ships across a 2-cube. It takes Brian 1m 38s to see that Mardi has better distribution and that he (Brian) is very top heavy and in great danger of having a few points without any checkers on them very soon. He correctly drops.
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Black 7 : White 0


At the beginning of this game, when Nicky Check remarked about him trailing 7-0, Brian said, "The way Mardi's been playing I'm lucky to have the nil!" Here, Mardi has got Brian where he wants him - on his 1-point and needing a combination roll of 4 with 4, 5 or 6 to escape. So, why does he play 18/16(2), 3/1*(2)? This allows Brian to roll more escaping numbers.

XG much prefers 14/18(2), getting the runners nearer to safety. But, what happens next? Brian dances with 61 then Mardi rolls 63: 16/13, 16/10*. A few rolls later and it's looking dire for Brian.


Brian is in real danger now of being gammoned and he needs a cockshot to get back into the game. He rolls it, 62:25/17*! Mardi dances with 44 and Brian cubes him out to win his first point. However, it wasn't a cube and Mardi should have taken.

In the next game Brian makes two very bad decisions. The first is a big blunder.


Black 7 : White 1

Brian takes a long time over this (4m 48s) as he tries out a few combinations, 13/7, 13/12*; 18/17, 18/12*; 23/17, 13/12*; but is always worried about return shots. Eventually he settles for 23/17, 6/5*, which is wrong. It leaves all direct 5s plus 32 and 41, a total of 15 rolls, but it would have been far better to have double-hit with 18/12*, 6/5*. Four fewer rolls that hit (no 32 or 41) and two on the bar. However, 22 and 11 also hit from the bar, yet the double-hit is still better. As it turned out, Mardi rolled 63: Dances, and then Brian re-cubed him out - another bad decision!

 

Brian re-cubes


This is too good to double and Mardi, recognising a good thing when he sees it, drops. Brian, soon realises his haste in re-cubing and is heard to say, "I took long enough over the 61, and then I rush the cube decision. Perhaps I should have looked at it a bit longer." Yes - you should have, Brian!

Mardi is famous for being an aggressive player, and normally he shows no mercy. If he see a jugular, he goes for it, so it was uncharacteristic of him to play safe in this position:


Black 7 : White 3

Mardi didn't even look at playing 7/6, 7/1*, placing Brian on the bar and threatening the white blot on Brian's bar-point. Instead he went straight in with 10/3. Not the Mardi we all know and love! Mind you, he goes on to win two points. The match progresses with Mardi eventually avoiding being hit by a 1 here ....


Black 10 : White 6
Post-Crawford

... as he plays 2/0(2). Brian rolls 44 and it's Mardi that takes home the winner's trophy. I might add here that in Game 10, with the score 9-4 to Mardi, Brian remarks to Mardi, on the clocks, "I see you have 21 minutes left and I have just 10." By the end of the match Brian had fewer than 8 minutes left and Mardi still had 21! Throughout the entire match Mardi used less than 1 minute of his reserve time, moving almost every time within his 12 second delay. Fast or what? Click here for match stats.

 

Main: Mardi & Brian
Main Semi-Finalists: Neil & Peter

 

Consolation (18)

In the semi-finals, George Hall beat Uldis Lapikens, and Lawrence Powell (progressive entrant) beat Tony Fawcett. Despite George's best efforts, it was Lawrence who took home the winner's trophy. Last Chance (16): The two finalists, Arthur Wright and Rosey Bensley both had tough draws, Arthur faced Paul Gilbertson, Andy Darby and Nicky Check, Rosey faced Mark Calderbank, Peter Bennet and Adrian Jones. In the final, Arthur made it a 'double' when he beat Rosey (nee Gilbertson!) in the final. The Sandy (8): Not many players left to make this a bigger entry, but this suited Andy Darby as he beat Tony Fawcett in the final.

 

Consolation: Lawrence & George
Last Chance; Rosey & Arthur
The Sandy: Tony & Andy

 

Of course, this was just the 'main attraction'. Also over the weekend we had the Friday 500 (11) in which Paul Gilbertson beat Jeff Barber in the final. The '500' listing is getting hotter. With a score of 125 points, Andy Darby will take home the £100 for being #1. Nicky Check can get 128 points, but Andy will automatically get 4 points for entering next time! It's been a close race between these two all year and an exciting one to watch. Mind you, the bottom 1/4 of the table can be beaten and there are still some positions that could alter in November.

Poker (9): George Hall came out on top as he left Andy Darby and Mark Calderbank in 2nd and 3rd place. The Poker Grand Prix didn't change much. None of the Top Five moved, and remarkably, Vicki Pemberton is still (joint) #2! With two more Poker Grand Prix events remaining (Nov & Dec), will she be there at the finish? We'll have a better idea after November's event. The entrant with the greatest potential is Simon Jones, with an 8 to replace he's got the best chance of a good improvement . . . if he enters next month or in December and does well.

And now we get to the Team (4): History was made in this element, of the four entrants, Peter Christmas and Deana Fawcett sat down to fight it out in the final, a final from which Deana emerged victorious! Go Deana! Go Deana!

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Finally

Over the weekend we had a collection for Help Lewis Walk, an appeal that Biba (through Sharen and I) is supporting. I won't go into who Lewis is here, just click on the side bar for full details, but suffice to say we raised £54.10. Help Lewis Walk will be a feature of future Biba events in one form or another and I hope that members will support him and the appeal.

 

 

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