Tournaments 2012

The XIII Scottish Open 16-18 March, 2012

 

 

 

The Winners

2012

2011

2010

2007

2006

2005

2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998

Alastair Woods

Neil Webb

Stewart Pemberton

Adrian Jones

Tim Line

Peter Christmas

Rachel Rhodes
Peter Chan
Ray Tannen
Wayne Auty
Lawrence Powell
Sean Casey
Neil Webb

 

Alastair Woods - 2012 Champion

 

Main

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Alastair Woods
Neil Webb
Paul Gillan
Gareth Timms
Stuart Thomson
James Richardson
Crispin Duke
Uldis Lapikens

Consolation

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Uldis Lapikens
Hazel Brown
James Richardson
Mark Calderbank
Stuart Thomson
Jeff Barber
Crispin Duke
Ed Perry

Last Chance

1

2

3/4

3/4

Jeff Barber
Crispin Duke
Carol Cheam
Barry Teece

Haggis

1

2

3/4

3/4

Paul Gillan
Mark Calderbank
Hazel Brown
Gareth Timms

Friday 500

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

James Richardson
Crispin Duke
Michael Crane
Hazel Brown
Jeff Barber
Paul Gillan
Carol Cheam
Gareth Timms

Team

1

2

Michael Crane

Uldis Lapikens

Beginners (6)

1

2

Angie Balston

Susan Douglas

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GP Points from this event
Players in red below are Temporary members and their points do not count towards the Grand Prix Championship

31.54
23.52
22.48
16.51
10.5
10.47
10.24


17.55
16.51
10.5
10.5
8.5
6.5
6.5
5.5

Alastair Woods
Neil Webb
Uldis Lapikens
Gareth Timms
Crispin Duke
Mark Calderbank
Jeff Barber


Hazel Brown
Paul Gillan
James Richardson
Stuart Thomson
Ed Perry
Barry Teece
Carol Cheam
Ash Dalvi

 

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It has been brought to my attention that BBT points should count for ALL entrants, Biba and non-Biba members in tournaments that allow Temporary Biba membership on the grounds that the BBT is designed to encourage attendance. Therefore the listing now reflects this change and all entrants are now equal. However, the Ranking and Grand Prix Championship and the Friday 500 awards are solely for Full Biba members and any Temporary members who wish to opt-in to Full membership to take advantage of any awards must do so prior to 1 April, 2012.

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Pts.
Player
19.95
16.94
13.93
13.93
13.93
11.92
9.97
9.97
8.92
8.92
5.98
5.98
4.91
2.97

Alastair Woods
Neil Webb
Gareth Timms
Paul Gillan
Uldis Lapikens
Hazel Brown
James Richardson
Mark Calderbank
Crispin Duke
Stuart Thomson
Ed Perry
Jeff Barber
Ash Dalvi
Barry Teece

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The Scottish Open 16-18, March, 2012

Report by Michael Crane

Where else can you can you enter a tournament in which there's almost as many trophies as there are entrants other than the Scottish Open? This was the situation despite the fact that I took on board last year all the comments about the cost and reduced it to a level I thought reasonable - and one at which I lost a good amount of cash staging it. It doesn't auger well for next year, not if I want to cover my costs, that is.

So, fourteen turned out to help themselves to my ten trophies, my ten bottles of wine, my paid-for entry to the Main, my two-for-one weekend break, my £350, and my £50. In the Main it all went very well for two-times winner and defending Champion, Neil Webb as he fought past Hazel Brown, Crispin Duke and Gareth Timms to sit for the third time at the Finals table. There to face him was Alastair Woods who got past Mark Calderbank, James Richardson and Paul Gillan.

During what turned out to be the final game in their 11 point match, Neil made a couple of errors that might have had an impact on the outcome. Each of them involved The Girls (55). In the positions, Neil is playing as white.

 

White 7
Black 9
 
White to play 55

 

Certainly making the 3-point is part of the correct play, but playing 13/3(2) as Neil does leaves black able to anchor on the 1-point and from thereon cause a problem or two. It would have been much better to have played 13/3, 8/3 and then 6/1*. Two on the bar and only 11 return shots - well worth the 'risk'.

Seven rolls later and Neil gets a cracking double-five that looks to be the answer to his prayers.

This is the ideal roll to move both rear anchors out together with 23/18(2), 21/16(2), giving him complete cover of the outer boards and black's checkers that will soon be venturing into them. But, Neil only moves one anchor, 23/18(2) and then moves from the mid, 13/8(2). His cover in the outer boards is now reduced and black's reply of 41: 20/15 is left alone when Neil rolls 54.

Eventually Neil ends up with two on the bar . . .

. . . and only re-enters both later when Alastair clears his top three points.

Neil resigns the gammon and Alastair takes his crown. NB: This match is now available in JF, Snowie and XF match files, via email.

So, we have a new name on the trophy, Alastair Woods, and he's the first Scot to make it for Neil is in fact English but has lived in Scotland a long while.

 

Main: Alastair and Neil Main: Gareth and Paul

 

Hazel Brown made it into the final of the Consolation where she had to get the better of Uldis Lapikens; something she was unable to achieve. This meant that Uldis took home another Biba tournament trophy making a grand, record-breaking total of sixteen vying for space on his mantelpiece back in St Albans.

 

Consolation: Hazel and Uldis Last Chance: Jeff (Crispin had gone walkabout!)

 

The Last Chance was small but perfectly formed with Jeff Barber triumphing over Crispin Duke; and the Haggis saw Scot, Paul Gillan beating Sassenach, Mark Calderbank in the final.

 

Haggis: Mark and Paul Beginner's: Angie and Susan

 

Over the weekend I ran a Beginner's Round Robin which went on for hours and hours. In fact it went on so long (not due to slow play but to the fact that the Round Robin failed to provide an outright winner) that it was decided on a tie-break that the absolute final was to be played between Angie Balston and Susan Douglas. It was Angie who won the final 3-pointer to take home a lovely trophy and £30 of my lovely English pounds, and Susan took home the remaining £20.

On Saturday night we had a small Team event in which I managed to regain a small sum of cash as I beat Uldis Lapikens in the final round. It was just enough to buy a drink at the bar!

Although there was a small poker tournament it wasn't Biba rated and I never actually learned who won - but I am sure to be informed by whomever it was, I'm certain.

Of course, like all Biba weekends, it got off to a start with the Friday 500. This was won by James Richardson who got the 1st prize of Registration, Entry and Membership for the Main - something his opponent, Crispin Duke was hoping for. Mind you, Crispin did walk away with a two-for-one stay at the Biba World Championships in July - not a bad return for a tenner.

Overall, despite the low turnout, I enjoyed the weekend and I was delighted to see old friends and to make a few new ones. The Beginners were fun to watch and direct and all of them played well without incident. One in particular really impressed me, Jackie Nisbet. She had to negotiate a very steep ramp in her wheelchair to get to and from the playing-room, and ran the risk of her batteries going flat as she remained playing until after 9pm on the Saturday. At one attempt to mount the ramp I was holding the back of her chair acting as a brake when the drive wheels engaged the ramp's surface and she shot upwards dragging me like a flag behind her! It was a scary moment - but one which made us both laugh.

 

Despite not winning an actual trophy, Jackie remained cheerful throughout the weekend. At the trophy presentations she admired the trophies won by her friends and is seen here posing with an empty box! :-)

This attitude was typical of the fun weekend we all had, and it was a pity there weren't more there to enjoy it.

 

So, will there be a Biba Scottish Open in 2013? I really don't know. If I was sure to cover my costs then I'd say without a doubt, Yes; however we need to increase attendance to something like twenty-five to thirty for that to happen. Looking at the recent attendance that looks a tall order - which is a pity for it's a fun weekend and the Scots are wonderful people.

More images can be seen on here at the Edinburgh Backgammon Club web site.

 

 

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