Tournaments 2016

The Rosey Bensley UK Finals. 18-20 November, 2016

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The Winners

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2016

John Broomfield
Sean Casey
Mardi Ohannessian
Brian Lever
Peter Bennet
Tony Lee

John Slattery

Julian Fetterlein

Mick Butterfield

Mick Butterfield

Tony Lee

Jon Barnes

Chris Ternel

Arthur Wright

Jysen Qwt

Mardi Ohannessian

Julian Minwalla

Paul Plumptre

David Nathan

 

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Main

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

David Nathan
Jon Barnes
Ron Slattery
Mike Rawlins
Julian Minwalla
Richard Biddle
Anna Price
Mardi Ohannessian

Consolation

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

Chris Rogers
Roland Herrera
Neil Young
Julian Minwalla
Paul Plumptre
Rosey Bensley
Bob Young
Mardi Ohannessian

Last Chance

1

2

3/4

3/4

5to8
5to8
5to8
5to8

Simonetta Herrera
Rosey Bensley
Steve Allott
Eric McAlpine
Cecilia Sparke
Paul Christmas
Simon Morecroft
Anna Clarke

Friday Warm-up 2016 Championship Finals

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2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Richard Biddle
Jon Barnes
Michael Crane
Simon Morecroft
Steve Allott
Peter Christmas
Paul Christmas
Graham Reed
Biba Backgammon Tour 2016 Finals

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Mardi Ohannessian
Richard Biddle
Jon Barnes
Peter Christmas
Anna Price
Simon Morecroft
Eric McAlpine
Julian Minwalla

Doubles

1

Simon Morecroft & Anna Clarke

Rosey's Rollout
Graham Read
Beginners

1

2

Tanya Slattery

Valerie Wright

 

 

 

GP at this tournament

54.36
48.34
48.14
46.06
43.21
41.78
40.03
39.29
37.63
37.60
36.85
33.60
33.60
32.85
32.85
32.85
29.02
29.02
27.80
27.27
27.27
26.52
26.52
26.52
25.30
22.72
20.75
18.50
18.50
18.50
15.30
8.97
5.50

David Nathan
Jon Barnes
Ron Slattery
Simonetta Herrera
Roland Herrera
Julian Minwalla
Cecilia Sparke
Chris Rogers
Neil Davidson
Richard Biddle
Mike Rawlins
Eric McAlpine
Wayne Felton
Bob Young
Mardi Ohannessian
Peter Christmas
Anna Price
Neil Young
Lawrence Powell
Anna Clarke
Steve Allott
Paul Plumptre
Simon Morecroft
Tim Parfitt
Rosey Bensley
Richard Furborough
John Horton
Graham Read
Paul Barwick
Paul Christmas
Arthur Wright
Crispin Duke
Robert Nel

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The Rosey Bensley UK Finals. 18-20 November, 2016
Report by Michael Crane

 

 

Things didn't get off to a good start for me. After storing my equipment in the staff-only 'secure' luggage room overnight it was returned to me in the morning with two bottles of red wine missing! Those that know me well know I don't always trust things that are out of my control so I took the precaution of taking a few photos of the equipment before leaving it behind. Any doubts the Manager had about the 'missing wine were soon dispelled upon showing him the 'before' and 'after' photos. Suffice to say, he replaced them.

Friday night saw the Grand Final of the Warm-up tournaments and we had to trawl quite a way down the lists to get our 8 entrants. Jon Barnes was the last entrant to ‘qualify’ and he went from ‘bottom’ to ‘top’ when he met Richard Biddle in the Final - a fixture from which Biddle came out the victor. Jon’s entry just goes to show …. You never know who’s going to finally sit down to play at the UK Finals.

On Saturday morning we started on time with just one entrant missing; Paul Barwick. His TomTom broke down and he had to leave the motorway to find a shop that sold sat navs, replace it, and return to his journey ... he arrived two hours late! Luckily for him he'd only missed Round One of five.

During some exciting 5 x 7pt matches seven players came through on 4/5 with one on 5/5; Simonetta Herrera. Not only on 100% but the only player remaining undefeated in the Winner-Takes-All Rollover that stood at £1365! She was in for a challenging Sunday.

Sunday the Main kicked off at 1030 and poor Simonetta fell in the first round to Richard Biddle who in turn got no further than Ron Slattery in the next Round. The four semi-finalists were: David Nathan vs Ron Slattery and Jon Barnes vs Mike Rawlins; fixtures from which David and Jon prevailed.

The Final was a bit of an anti-climax. It was a short 11pt match and David came out on top having whitewashed Jon 11-0! The cube was thrown around like a rag doll in a hurricane. The first one came after Jon danced with a 53. David is playing as black.


Black cube action

Should black play on for the gammon? According to XG he's got a 35% of getting one but there's a long way to go and it could go all Pete Tong. He cubes, and XG tells us it’s a pass.... and white takes! There are 28 rolls that cover the blot for black and if he manages to roll one (odds are he shall) white will be up against it. Black rolled 43: 24/20, 7/4 and closed off his 4-point. White danced for three rolls before coming in. A few rolls later things changed quite a bit and black was forced to leave a shot here ...


Black plays 21/14

 


White cube action

Black's closed home board is a big factor here. White can't afford to hit loose and he's currently 13 pips behind in the race. Gammon chances aren't high and nor is white's gwc (game winning chances) at 61.72%. Black takes hoping his 38.28% gwc come through. XG agrees strongly with the Take but rates it a No Redouble. White can point on his 4-point around 44% of the time - which means black is favourite to be missed.

White rolls 64 and runs 13/3 and black moves up a tad below 64% as he plays 62: 21/15, 14/12 and the race is on. White leads for most of the bearoff but black rolls 55 and 44 and correctly recubes white out to take the score to 4-0 in his favour.

The second game is ended by a cube in this position.


Black cube action

Black got hit during the bearoff after white rolled six consecutive dancing rolls and then hit on the 5-point after a forced play by black. Black quickly re-entered and shipped across the cube. He's got to do a lot of work here to win his 55% gammons and it's agreed all round that Double/Pass is correct.

Game Three sees the cube shift about a bit.


White cube action

White thinks a long time over this before shipping it over and black took as long to take ... which was contrary to XG's advice of Double/Pass. Black is 10 pips down in the race (18 when considering an average roll of 8); he's got two checkers in white's home board and he's facing a 3-prime straddling the bar.

The game moves on a good bit and now white is on the bar after black vastly improved his position and white rolled snake-eyes and danced.


White cube action

The race is almost even and white takes - and XG agrees with him, but not with black. The black runners are isolated, white's favourite to re-enter if black fails to better his board.

Black does indeed better his board with 66: 20/14(2), 8/2(2) and white comes in with a stonking 63: 25/16*! Not to be out-rolled black comes in with 11: 25/24, 11/9*, 6/5. White dances for a while and this position comes up


White cube action

Across comes an 8-cube! White has just over 30% to hit, and if he does it might be a market loser. But, that 30% translates into 70% for black so it's a correct Redouble/Take. White rolls 66.

Black closes the board with 62: 20/14, 5/3 and thus begins the bearoff. As black's board got small and smaller so did white's rolls until here ...


White rolls 53 and concedes and David Nathan becomes the 2016 UK Finals Champion

 

Main: David, Rosey, Jon
Semis: Ron, Rosey, Mike

 

Meanwhile, the Consolation also got underway at 1030. From the non-Prog side Chris Rogers got the better of Neil Young in the semi and in the Prog side Roland Herrera got the better of Julian Minwalla. Roland's winning streak them came to a halt as Chris emerged the winner.

 

Consolation: Roland, Rosey, Chris
Last Chance: Rosey, Simonetta

 

The Last Chance saw a slew of 3pt matches culminating in tournament sponsor, Rosey Bensley, meeting and beating Eric McAlpine in the semis; and Simonetta meeting and beating Steve Allott in her semi. Happy to win one of her own trophies, Rosey took home the Runner-up and Simonetta the Winner.

 

Beginner's:
Rosey's Rollout: Graham

 

And - throughout the day the Beginner's £20 1st prize was won by Tanya Slattery with Valerie Wright getting a tenner from me for being the Runner-up. Rosey's Rollout bottle of champagne was won by Graham Read. Unfortunately we had to cancel Rosey's Rules due to time constraints; however, £20 was collected (from entrants) and Rosey added the £50 prize money to it and is going to donate it to her favourite charity. Nice gesture.

The Doubles - played with clocks - went to Simon Morecroft and Anna Clarke; and the Poker went to Paul Christmas.

Finally. This was the first time at Wokefield Park. Things could have been better: Running out of orange juice and then food at breakfast on Sunday morning didn't go down too well. Changing dining options for Saturday night miffed a few players. Bedrooms being too hot or too cold made some sweat and some shiver. House-keeping failing to clear away broken glass after two hours wasn't a good thing.

We're back twice next year ... I have been promised things will be better.

And, big thanks to Deana and Sharen for helping out. It's a team effort and we work well together. Thank you to Rosey for the sponsorship and thank you to all the players that made it to Reading.

But, perhaps the biggest thanks should go to Richard Biddle for ensuring we have a whopping WTA for Brighton.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all