Tournaments 2013

(Swiss format ranking tournament 1 of 4)

The Jarvis Trophy 1-3 February 2013

 

The Winners

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Bob Parmley
Paul Turnbull
Steve Bibby
Derek Matheson
Stuart Milbourne
Stephen Turner
Paul Lamford
Tim Wilkins
John Clark
Rob Dean
Jeff Ellis
Paul Lamford
David Startin
Bob Young
Stuart Mann
Uldis Lapikens
Martin Hemming
Giorgio Castellano
John Hedge
Michael Bennett
Andy Darby

Julian Minwalla

Gerry Enslin

Mardi Ohannessian

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Main
Pos
Players Name
wins
GP Pts

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2
3
4
5
6
7
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10

Mardi Ohannessian
Brian Lever
Jysen Qwt
Rachel Rhodes
Jeff Barber
Bob Young
Myke Wignall
Lawrence Powell
Peter Christmas

Paul Barwick

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2

50.50
30.51
29.48
28.45
29.48
30.51
20.43
21.46
20.43

15.48
Consolation
Pos
Players Name

Con/Main

GP Pts

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2
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Mark Calderbank
Eric McAlpine
Gerry Enslin
Richard Biddle
Brian Metcalf
Robert Brito
Deana Fawcett
Linda Taylor
Marcus Wrinch
Chris Ternel
Jon Barnes
Julian Fetterlein
3 / 4
2 / 3
2 / 3
1 / 2
1 / 2
1 / 2
1 / 2
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 0

27.42
20.43
20.43
15.48
14.45
15.48
9.47
9.47
9.47
9.47
9.47
5.50

....* Did not enter

 

 

Friday 500

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2
3&4
3&4
5to8
5to8

5to8
5to8

Lawrence Powell
Brian Lever
Mardi Ohannessian
Sharen Crane
Deana Fawcett
Eric McAlpine
Jysen Qwt
Michael Crane

Poker

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4

Myke Wignall
Marcus Wrinch
Lawrence Powell
Mark Calderbank

Doubles

1

Old Chesham Ale

 

 

 

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The Jarvis Trophy. 1-3 February 2013
Report by Michael Crane

In the hotel this weekend Tesco were hosting a charity function for Cancer Research, calling it Tesco's Got Talent and as a consequence they took up a big share of our allocation which meant that a lot of backgammon players couldn't get accommodation. Tesco's Got Talent, my arse; it was Tesco's Got Our Rooms! The Biba allocation is only reserved until about 10 to 14 days prior to the event, but some players were told there were no rooms available and then a week later others were booking rooms without a problem.

To the fifteen players who contacted me about the lack of accommodation and therefore never turned out: I have time and time again entreated players to book early but to no avail. Please read this and you won't have a problem in the future.

OK, to the Jarvis Trophy. With a £795 Winner-Takes-All pot the odds of some of the lower ranked players winning it were somewhat increased when four of the better-chance contenders were knocked out on the Saturday: Chris Ternel, Julian Fetterlein, Marcus Wrinch and Jon Barnes. This left the field wide open, and three players took full advantage with 3-3 on the Saturday: Bob Young, Mardi Ohannessian and Brian Lever. Sunday morning Mardi despatched Bob and Jysen Qwt (a random-drawn 2-3) despatched Brian; thus leaving Mardi the sole player on 4-4.

In the next round Mardi was pitched against Brian; an encounter wherein Brian failed to stop Mardi's run of wins and into the 6th Round only one player on 4-5, Rachel Rhodes, was pitted against him. Could she do it?

In a match fraught with errors and blunders, during their Round 6 match Rachel had a couple of 2s to play that both looked to me (and others watching, to be a bit iffy). Here's the first one with Rachel playing as white.

Game 3


White 3..................................Black 0
White to play 32

From what I could see the 2 looked very obvious, 17/15*, thus leaving an equally obvious 3, 11/8 to tidy up the blots. But, Rachel (after looking at this 2 decided to leave the blot alone and played 17/14, leaving it alone completely, with 10/8, picking up the blot six-away from Mardi's anchor on her 4-point.

XG rated this a fair-sized blunder. The six-away blot is in danger of being hit, but on the plus side Mardi has to vacate a very useful anchor to hit it (unless he rolls 63 or 54). As it turned out Mardi's roll of 63 would have made a mockery of the 'correct' play but instead was played to make his 7-point.

Game 5


White 4..................................Black 2
White to play 42

This time, Rachel goes the other way - instead of playing a blunder she plays a blinder and gets an 'outplay' from XG! Those watching the match were shocked when she dismissed playing 25/21, 3/1 (XG) and instead went for 25/21, 6/4*! It was inspirational. She's got an advanced anchor and she is very flat in her outer board so if she is hit back it'll improve her timing.

Mardi replied with 21, hitting back with 25/22*. She then rolls another 42, this time coming from the bar and making her 4-point; however, she is soon back onto the bar and eventually concedes an undoubled gammon.

There were a few cubes in the match but this one took the longest to decide the take or pass.

Game 7


White 4....................................Black 5
White to play 41

Rachel had just danced three times in a row, time during which Mardi had escaped a back checker and brought the remaining checkers into his outer and home boards. The second Rachel entered with this 41: 25/24, 7/3, Mardi shipped across the cube; and when I say, immediately I mean within a nano-second of her entering he'd shipped it across.

Rachel took a long time over this cube, Mardi has a few bad rolls and Rachel has a little timing left with two 6s (and two 5s if needed) to play from her 7- and 6-points, not forgetting the blot on the black 1-point; but she is trailing 27 pips in the race which equates to around 35 if Mardi gets the average roll.

She takes and XG rated it a massive blunder @ -0.457. For six rolls each neither of them moves off their respective anchors, not until Rachel rolls 66 and and gets both back checkers onto her 6-point. However, her good luck soon ran out as she rolled a good few dice that corresponded with gaps in her board whilst Mardi didn't roll a single one and eventually Rachel admitted defeat and resigned the two points. Mardi then went on to win the tournament and the £795. Well done, Mardi.

Overall, it was not a match to write home about, each of them making a significant number of errors and blunders for which they both received an 'Advanced' rating from XG. For those of you who'd like to have a copy in is available in the usual formats via email: jarvis@backgammon-biba.co.uk.

The Runner-up in the tournament was Brian Lever, one of the five players on 4-6 (there were no 5s) after the tie-breaker was applied. Unfortunately by this time brian had left for home.

Mark - Mardi - Eric

The Consolation element saw two players on 2-2, Mark Calderbank and Eric McAlpine, and it was Mark who came out on top. We didn't have a Last Chance element, all entrants were quite happy to continue playing their 6 x 11 point Swiss matches, which surprised and pleased me. That's how a Swiss should be.

To round off: The Friday 500 was won for the second time in a row by Lawrence Powell placing him firmly at the top of the list. His nearest rivals are more than 20 points behind. This is a good start for Lawrence. It'll be interesting to see how long he stays there. Certainly next month he'll be on top, but what about the months after? In the Poker Myke Wignall came out the winner, the result being in the listing that Clive Martin-Ross has started his descent as expected. The 'usual suspects' have now taken over the top slots. As we get further into the year will they still be this well placed? And, in the Doubles, 'Chesham Ale' had a clean sweep in the Round Robin.

I'd like to thank all those that entered for doing so, and to those that failed to enter due to accommodation problems to follow the advice here . . . you know it makes sense.