Tournaments 2013

(Swiss format ranking tournament 4 of 4)

Townharbour Trophy 8-10 November 2013

 

 

Jysen Qwt

2013 Townharbour Champion

 

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Alan Beckerson
Rick Janowski
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Mardi Ohannessian
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Jysen Qwt

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Main (14/28)
Pos
Players Name
wins
GP Pts

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2
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Jysen Qwt
Paul Plumptre
Jon Barnes
Tim Cross
Mardi Ohannessian
Peter Christmas
Mike Rawlins
David Motley
Myke Wignall
Colin Owen
Eric McAlpine
Chris Ternel
Paul Barwick
Phil Barnes

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40.45
37.36
39.42
30.51
27.42
29.48
28.45
23.52
21.46
22.49
21.46
20.43
14.45
15.48

Consolation (14/28)
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GP Pts

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Richard Biddle
Mark Calderbank
Rosey Bensley
Simon Morecroft
Jeff Barber
Paul Christmas
Bob Young
David Startin
Rachel Rhodes
Mick Vacarey
Brian Metcalf
Lawrence Powell
Gerry Enslin
Robert Brito
3 / 4
3 / 4
2 / 3
2 / 2
2 / 3
2 / 3
2 / 3
2 / 2
2 / 3
1 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 0
0 / 1
0 / 1

28.48
27.42
20.43
14.45
21.46
20.43
21.46
14.45
20.43
9.47
9.47
5.50
10.50
9.47

Friday 500 (12)

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5to8
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Rachel Rhodes
Eric McAlpine
Mick Vacarey
Peter Christmas
Michael Crane
Mardi Ohannessian
CJ Uttley
Richard Biddle
Poker Grand Prix (6)

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Mark Calderbank
Mick Vacarey
Lawrence Powell
Rosey Bensley
Myke Wignall
Paul Christmas

Doubles (4)

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Bim & Tob

London League

 

 

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Townharbour Trophy, 8-10 November, 2013
Report by Michael Crane

It was a decent turnout (up on last year) and by the Sunday morning we had four on 3-3. Event sponsor, Tim Cross vs Jysen Qwt and David Motley vs Jon Barnes. Jon and Jysen won and from that encounter Jysen emerged the sole player on 5-5. With just two on 4-5 to match Jysen against, Paul Plumptre was the only choice due to Tim Cross having played Jysen a round earlier.

It started well for Jysen as he went into a 3-0 lead; mind you, his first point was a tad lucky. In the positions below Paul is black and Jysen white.

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


White to play 33

This move comes down to one or two in the air? Jysen decided that two in the air was better with 25/22, 24/21*, 13/10, 7/4*. XG tells us this is wrong it preferring 25/22, 8/5(2), 7/4*.

Paul rolled 62: 25/23 and then Jysen makes up for his mistake when he rolls a second 33: 10/4, 8/5(2). All Paul can do in return is roll 43: 25/18 leaving a checker on the bar.

Jysen's second 33 was a market-loser, and when he now ships across the cube Paul drops immediately. Because it was such an easy drop for black, Jysen should have played on as suggested by XG's analysis of the position being too good to double.

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


Black cube action

Black, ahead in the race and with a superior board and Jysen on the bar, cubes. There's a lot of play still to come and Jysen takes.

Black then rolls 31 and, according to XG makes a big mistake with 24/23, 13/10. It agrees with the 13/10 by helping to cover the 5- and 4-points but it prefers splitting the anchor 21/20.

As it turned out white's roll of a cracking double-four: 25/17*, 6/2*(2) would have been a killer either way. Paul gets in with 41 and immediately white ships across the recube to four. Paul drops after a couple of minutes' of thinking; each player ignoring the XG advice of no redouble/take!

Jysen goes 2-0 and 3-0; and then Paul gets his first point as the score moves to 3-1. In the next game Paul takes a cube that XG says should have been passed . . .

 

White 3-----------------------Black 1

White cube action

Paul took just over a minute to take this cube. It looks to me that his only 'advantage' is the race; but is this really enough to offset white's better home board and distribution?

Later he's in this position:


Black to play 62

Two choices here. XG likes 8/6, 8/2 but Paul is all for hitting 24/16*! Quite a bold play considering the number of return shots off the bar with direct 5s and indirect 4s, 3s and 2s! Jysen rolls 61: 25/24, 11/5 and misses. Paul's next roll of 65: 16/5 is tremendous and from hereon on it goes well for him and he decides to recube to four here:


Black cube action

There's just two pips in the race, he's got one fewer cross-over before bearing off, and open 2- and 1-points - but it's not enough and this is an easy take for Jysen. However, the bearoff didn't go too well for white and, aided by a brace of double-fives (though one of them took only one checker off) black tucked away four nice points to go ahead 5-3.

In the next game 55 also featured - but not in a way you'd expect.

 

White 3-----------------------Black 5

White to play 55

Jysen played 20/5 but instead of moving the checker in sets of 5 he went straight off the bar to his 5-point and didn't hit the blot on his 10-point! Despite the 'legal moves only' rule neither player noticed (and if any onlookers did it wasn't reported to me - I only noticed it when I input the match into JellyFish that I realised the mistake).

White went onto the win with a correct double/pass.

The score goes 5-4; and it's on 4 that Jysen remains for the rest of the match: 6-4, 7-4, 8-4, 10-4. We re-join it here.

White 4-------.Crawford.-------Black 10

White to play 64

It starts off very well for Paul and Jysen is struggling until he rolls this 64: 20/10*. Paul's reply of 61: 25/24*, 17/11 could have been played a little better with XG's 25/24*, 24/18 but it wouldn't have made much difference. As he speeds towards the bearoff Paul picks up a clutch of white checkers and . . .


Black to play 61

. . . here he starts the bearoff with 6/0, 2/1.

Jysen gets just one chance to save the match . . .


White on roll

. . . . but his roll of 53 and Paul's roll of 43 is enough to finish off the match.

Despite this win Paul didn't win the tournament. With Jysen losing we had three on 5-6, these two and Jon Barnes who lost only to Jysen in Round 5. The tie-breaker was applied and Jysen came out 1st with Paul second and Jon 3rd. When available this match can be viewed or downloaded from Games.

 

Main: Paul and Jysen
Consolation: Mark and Richard

 

In the Consolation element Richard Biddle and Mark Calderbank were on level scores, with no head-to-head or shared opponents between them it was decided on the average ranking of their opponents - and this favoured Richard after both of them declined a playoff.

The Poker was won by Mark Calderbank with Mick Vacarey 2nd and Lawrence Powell 3rd. This was enough to place Mark at the top of the 2012 Grand Prix with Mick 2nd and Myke Wignall in 3rd place.

The Friday 500 was won (for the fourth consecutive time!) by Rachel Rhodes as she got the better of Eric McAlpine in the Final. Mind you, Eric protected his #1 slot and secured £100 payout which he shall collect at the UK Christmas Finals.

Finally. I'd like to thank Tim Cross for his sponsorship and the generous first prize of £200. It was good to see him returning to tournament play and I reckon we might see more of him in the future.

And, last but by no means least. Because we didn't have an outright winner on 6-6 the Winner-Takes-All is rolled over again for the Jarvis Trophy in February and will start at £645 and it is almost certain to be £1000 or more! If you fancy a go at it, make sure you enter and if you want accommodation book it as soon as you can.

All together now, "Thank you, Paul Plumptre."