Tournaments 2017

Bright 'n' Breezy January 13-15, 2017

 

 

 

The Winners

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Willy Stanton
Jim Johnson
David Levi
Helen Helm-Sagar
Brian Busfield
Edwin Turner

Mark Heidenfeld

Mike Grabsky

John Hurst

John Hurst

Mark Heidenfeld

John Hurst

John Hurst

Bob Young

Marcus Wrinch

Geoff Conn

No event in 2014

Jerry Limb

Steve Lee

Sean Clennell

 

 

 

 

 

Main (92)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Sean Clennell
Crispin Duke
Tariq Siddiqi
Sidi Shatku
Neil Webb
Tim Mooring
Jon Barnes
Tim Parfitt

Consolation (88)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Antonio Sgambato
Chris Bray
Tim Mooring
Lawrence Powell
Chris Hamilton
Mardi Ohannessian
Anna Price
Tim Parfitt

Last Chance (64)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Gaz Owen
Mike Murton
Nicky Check
Aref Alipour
David Tingey
Sean Jones
Robert Perry
Peter Bennet

Doggy Paddle (32)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Peter Ozanne
Graham Read
Steve Allott
Dale Taylor
Richard Furborough
Ron Slattery
Wayne Joseph
Richard Biddle

Friday 150 (48)

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Anna Clarke
David Nathan
Frederick Bonard
Paul Plumptre
Malcolm Robertson
Romolo Mudo
Steve Alloptt
Chris Hamilton

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Grand Prix points for this tournament

62.00 Sean Clennell
50.50 Crispin Duke
40.45 Antonio Sgambato
40.45 Sidi Shatku
40.45 Tariq Siddiqi
38.61 Chris Bray
38.04 Jon Barnes
36.72 Anna Clarke
35.76 Chris Hamilton
34.55 Gaz Owen
34.55 Lawrence Powell
34.55 Tim Mooring
34.01 Mardi Ohannessian
34.01 Steve Bibby
32.80 David Nathan
31.54 Neil Webb
31.54 Tim Parfitt
30.02 Ann Pocknell
29.73 Romolo Mudu
29.02 Ana Mancino
29.02 Colin Beattie
29.02 Richard McQuillan
29.02 Robert Perry
28.98 Christophe Guicheteau
28.98 Nicky Check
28.51 Anna Price
28.51 Mike Murton
27.98 Simon Morecroft
27.79 Paul Plumptre
23.52 Len Jones
23.52 Sean Thomas
23.05 Graham Read
23.05 Peter Bennet
23.05 Sean Jones
22.48 Adam Taylor
22.48 Aref Alipour
22.48 Michael Levi
22.01 Garry Jones
22.01 Mahmoud Jahanbani
22.01 Tony Walters
22.01 Wayne Joseph
20.74 Frederic Bonard
17.55 Bob Young
17.55 David Tingey
17.55 Emad Salib
17.55 Graham Smith
17.55 John Hurst
17.55 Peter Finnimore
17.55 Peter Ozanne
17.55 Stuart Mann
17.00 Cato Fordham
17.00 Cedric Lytton
17.00 Neil Davidson
16.51 Andy Bell
16.51 Eric McAlpine
16.51 Myke Wignall
16.51 Paul Barwick
16.51 Ron Slattery
16.51 Sebastian Wilkinson
16.51 Steve Allott
16.00 Cohava Zenou
16.00 Eric Maillebiau
16.00 Mark Calderbank
16.00 Paul Christmas
16.00 Paul Gilbertson
16.00 Peter Christmas
16.00 Ray Fard
16.00 Sabrina Gaboriau
16.00 Stephen Carder
15.97 David Pritchard
15.97 Harold Forster
15.97 Paul Callaway
15.97 Richard Biddle
15.97 Vic Sprake
12.78 Richard Furborough
12.75 Malcolm Robertson
11.00 Lewis Potter
10.50 Alison van Loon
10.50 Arthur Wright
10.50 Dale Taylor
10.50 David Hicks
10.50 Derek Cooper
10.50 Nick Valley
10.50 Richard Halvorsen
10.50 Steve Lee
10.50 Trudi Seely
10.50 Wayne Felton
10.47 Alex Handley
10.47 Bob Bruce
10.47 David Brown
10.47 Gary Broker
8.50 Nick Goddard

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Biba Backgammon Tour points for this tournament

Pts. AP Player
19.95 1 Sean Clennell
16.94 1 Crispin Duke
13.93 1 Antonio Sgambato
13.93 1 Sidi Shatku
13.93 1 Tariq Siddiqi
11.92 1 Chris Bray
9.97 1 Lawrence Powell
9.97 1 Tim Mooring
8.92 1 Jon Barnes
8.92 1 Neil Webb
8.92 1 Tim Parfitt
5.98 1 Anna Price
5.98 1 Chris Hamilton
5.98 1 Mardi Ohannessian
4.91 1 Ana Mancino
4.91 1 Ann Pocknell
4.91 1 Colin Beattie
4.91 1 Len Jones
4.91 1 Richard McQuillan
4.91 1 Robert Perry
4.91 1 Sean Thomas
2.97 1 Christophe Guicheteau
2.97 1 Michael Levi
2.97 1 Romolo Mudu
2.97 1 Simon Morecroft
2.97 1 Steve Bibby
0.50 1 Adam Taylor
0.50 1 Alex Handley
0.50 1 Alison van Loon
0.50 1 Andy Bell
0.50 1 Anna Clarke
0.50 1 Aref Alipour
0.50 1 Arthur Wright
0.50 1 Bob Bruce
0.50 1 Bob Young
0.50 1 Cato Fordham
0.50 1 Cedric Lytton
0.50 1 Cohava Zenou
0.50 1 Dale Taylor
0.50 1 David Brown
0.50 1 David Hicks
0.50 1 David Nathan
0.50 1 David Pritchard
0.50 1 David Tingey
0.50 1 Derek Cooper
0.50 1 Emad Salib
0.50 1 Eric Maillebiau
0.50 1 Eric McAlpine
0.50 1 Frederic Bonard
0.50 1 Garry Jones
0.50 1 Gary Brooker
0.50 1 Gaz Owen
0.50 1 Graham Read
0.50 1 Graham Smith
0.50 1 Harold Forster
0.50 1 John Hurst
0.50 1 Lewis Potter
0.50 1 Mahmoud Jahanbani
0.50 1 Malcolm Robertson
0.50 1 Mark Calderbank
0.50 1 Mike Murton
0.50 1 Myke Wignall
0.50 1 Neil Davidson
0.50 1 Nick Goddard
0.50 1 Nick Valley
0.50 1 Nicky Check
0.50 1 Paul Barwick
0.50 1 Paul Callaway
0.50 1 Paul Christmas
0.50 1 Paul Gilbertson
0.50 1 Paul Plumptre
0.50 1 Peter Bennet
0.50 1 Peter Christmas
0.50 1 Peter Finnimore
0.50 1 Peter Ozanne
0.50 1 Ray Fard
0.50 1 Richard Biddle
0.50 1 Richard Furborough
0.50 1 Richard Halvorsen
0.50 1 Ron Slattery
0.50 1 Sabrina Gaboriau
0.50 1 Sean Jones
0.50 1 Sebastian Wilkinson
0.50 1 Stephen Carder
0.50 1 Steve Allott
0.50 1 Steve Lee
0.50 1 Stuart Mann
0.50 1 Tony Walters
0.50 1 Trudi Seely
0.50 1 Vic Sprake
0.50 1 Wayne Felton
0.50 1 Wayne Joseph

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Bright 'n' Breezy January 2017

Report by Michael Crane

 

 

Having moved from the Old Ship (again) we returned to the Holiday Inn and they did us proud with a great playing room. Ninety-two entrants sat down to set about becoming the 2017 Bright 'n' Breezy Champion and only one of them would make it. But, before we get there let's nip over to the Friday Warm-up.

Forty-eight sat down Friday night and in the semis David Nathan beat Frederic Bonard, and Anna Clark beat Paul Plumptre. In the Final (played on Sunday) Anna came out on top and took the lead in the three-event series. It is too soon to draw any conclusions. Mind you, with just two more to come in (the British and English Opens) those at the top have a good chance of qualifying.

Back to the Main. By Sunday morning (after some very late matches had finished (see end of report) we had the last eight: Crispin Duke vs Neil Webb; Tariq Siddiqi vs Tim Mooring; Sean Clennell vs Jon Barnes; and Sidi Shatku vs Tim Parfitt. From each of the fixtures the first mentioned prevailed. In the semi-final Crispin beat Tariq and Sean beat Sidi.

Crispin and Sean sat down to battle it out. Sean got off to a cracking start as the score climbed up to 7-0 in his favour. Then: 7-1, 8-1, 8-2, 9-2, 10-2 Crawford. It’s here we take a look at some of the match. Sean is playing as black.

White starts off with a decent 63: 24/18, 13/10

Black to play 42

Looking for a non-contentious game with the minimum of hits black should have gone with making his 4-point: 8/4, 6/4. Instead he hits: 13/7*. Not a lot to be gained with this. All 6s (apart from 66) and 7s hit back. And ... white comes in with 64: 25/21, 24/18*. Black rolls 61: 25/24, 13/1* and he too hits back off the bar. Another 61: 25/18* from white and suddenly black has four checkers in white's home board!

Then it settles down a bit ...


Black to play 43

Black anchors on the white 4-point.


White to play 33

White goes with 21/18, 13/7, 10/7 and makes his bar-point. It looks good but now that white has attached himself to black's bar-point he's going to find it difficult to get them off there safely unless it's with a double. This 33 was a great opportunity to move away from the bar-point with 21/15, 18/15, 13/10. It nicely blocks off 6s for black's 4-point anchor and gets the back runners a little closer to potential safety.


Black to play 33

Certainly shifting off the heavy 6-point: 6/3(2) is correct but is offering up a blot with 8/5(2)? Yes, it is. Hitting with a 1 could leave two white blots in the outer board - not a 'bad' gain for leaving the blot ...


White to play 11

... and the 'gain' appears. What a roll! White could have played a tad better than his 18/17*, 17/16, 6/5(2). Instead of leaving two outer board blots on he could have played 18/17*(2). Tidier and no danger. Black then rolled 52: 25/23, 13/8. It's a shame white didn't have that particular 5 blocked off; if he had black would have had to bury a checker 6/5.


Black to play 63

Black begins to lose it a bit here. Playing 24/15 is wrong - but not by much. There's not much to gain in leaving on a double shot, 1s and 3s plus 44. What he needs to do here is get a runner moving 24/21 and hitting 13/7*. At the very least (excluding doubles) white will have to use half his roll to re-enter. But ... he's not on the bar for this roll ....


White to play 33

Three across: 13/10*(3) is fine; but then going with 8/5 leaves the back checker facing a double hit 1s and 6s should black re-enter. Playing 18/15 cuts down the chances of being hit and makes it easier for white to get to relative safety in his outer board. Black comes in with 43: 25/22, 8/4 and gets his own blot safe.


White to play 32

Great roll and play from white: 6/3*, 5/3. Black dances with 55, then ...


White to play 54

It's important that black doesn't make a 2- or 1-point anchor, so hitting is correct. However; it's not correct to play 10/5, 7/3 giving black the chance to anchor and make it difficult for white to bear in safely. 10/6, 7/2* is how white should have played it. Black comes in with 44: 25/21, 13/9(2), 6/2 but he's now in desperate need of a few 6s to keep his home board from crunching.


White to play 21

White decides to go with duplication: 5/2*. There's hardly anything in it but if black's going to anchor he'd prefer the 1-point to the 2-point. With this in mind it's better to hit 3/1*, still duplicating but but this time it's 1s. As it turned out black danced with 53 ...


White to play 44

Again black leaves on the possibility of a black 1-point anchor when he plays 18/14, 10/6, 10/2. He missed a great chance here to remove the 1-point anchor for good: 10/2, 5/1*(2). With two black checkers on the bar opening the 5-point isn't that bad. Black could well dance for a couple of rolls giving white the chance to get his checkers into a more comfortable position. He's currently big favourite to win the Crawford and as an added bonus he's got decent gammon chances too. Black danced with 32.


White to play 21

And again, white does nothing to stop black aiming at the 1-point anchor as he goes with 14/11. This is a big mistake. He's got to hit 3/1*; he can't afford to let black have his 1-point. and if played with 2/1 he increases his chances of covering the blot with 6s, 5s and 4s; whereas if he played 14/13, 3/1* only 6s and 5s with 43 would cover. But, by playing the way he did white escaped being planted onto the bar when black rolled 32 and danced instead of the hit.


White to play 64

Another chance to stop black but he goes with 11/5, 6/2. As expected another big mistake. He ought to have hit: 11/1*. Black misses again and dances with 52.


White to play 22

At last! He covers 7/1*, 3/1; which was just as well because black rolled the 1, 41: 25/21!


White to play 63

Once more, white gives away chances of winning the Crawford when he plays 7/1, 5/2. A couple of bad rolls for white now; 61 and 64. Playing 8/5, 7/1 duplicates 4s for black (very small risk) but it now means that there is only one bad roll for white, 44 ... which is a very small risk. Black rolled a double-five, and danced. The game moves on and we get to here ...


White to play 21

He doesn't have to take any chances now, the gammon is very likely and is in the bag bar 'mistakes'. Playing 2/0, 2/1 would leave three doubles that could leave a shot, 6s, 5s and 4s. We move further on to here ...


Black to play 64

It might be a slim chance but the backgammon is on for white. Playing 18/12, 16/12 could lead to a big double from white and a 1 or 2 from black. It didn't happen; but, as we all know, it does - and when it does we always remember it.

White took the two points for a gammon and the score moved to 10-4. It then moved to 10-8; a game that Sean finally won and took the trophy ... and left behind another WTA Rollover! When ready this match will appear in Games.

 

Main: Sean and Crispin
Semi-finalists: Tariq and Sidi

 

Meanwhile, in the Consolation from the non-Prog side Chris Bray triumphed over Anna Price then Chris Hamilton to get a chance at the Final; and Lawrence Powell got past Cato Fordham and then Steve Lee (2016 Main winner) to sit down opposite Chris for a place in the Final against the Prog side. Chris prevailed. From the Prog side Antonio Sgambato beat Steve Bibby, then Tim Mooring to face off against Chris; an encounter from which he came out the winner.

 

Consolation: Antonio and Chris
Last Chance: Mike and Gaz

 

The Last Chance saw 64 players whittled down to the semis: Mike Murton beat Nicky Check and Gaz Owen beat Aref Alipour. In the Final Gaz got the better of Mike.

 

Doggy Paddle: Peter and Graham
Doggy: Dexter

 

With dwindling numbers the Doggy Paddle was limited to a 32-draw. The semis saw Peter Ozanne beat Steve Allott and Graham Read beat Dale Taylor. In the Final Peter’s winning streak carried on and he emerged victorious.

Saturday night, those not embroiled in waiting up to two hours for a burger meal (yeah, I know, it’s a burger, not a roast dinner!) were able to play in the Super Jackpot, or the Doubles or the Poker. I wasn’t involved in these side-action events (didn’t get my dinner until 1015!) and I do not have the results to report.

Overall, apart from one major incident, it went well and the timings were spot on (thanks to variable match lengths in the Consolation with 5 or 7 point matches) and all Finals ended within a 30 minute period.

Thanks go to Dexter Gilbertson for sponsoring the tournament and for bringing along his owner, Paul, for a nice walkies; to Deana Fawcett without whom I’d be lost; and to the ninety-two entrants without whom it wouldn’t have taken place.

Finally. Too many players are not completing their matches on time (not even on the day they ought to be completed). Outstanding non-element matches must not interfere with event elements. Players are expected to keep to the published schedule. The event elements (Main. Consolation. Last Chance etc.) have priority. All Main elements on Saturday must be completed on the day if possible. Players must not rearrange to play outstanding matches without the permission/knowledge of the Tournament Director. Should any player be unable to play to the schedule they must inform the TD immediately. Failure to do this will result in penalties to all parties involved.

Also, I spent too much time looking around for players when a match was due. I draw everyone’s attention to Rule 2.1 Place: All matches to be played in areas agreed by the Director. Any player missing from the main playing room when called out in the draw shall incur the first penalty point after an absence of 5 minutes from the start of the match unless they are absent with the Director's permission.