Tournaments 2016

British Open, 15-17 April. 2016

 

 

 

The Winners

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2016

Rick Janowski
Nigel Merrigan
Barry Williams
Graham Seivers
Stephen Turner
Dave McNair
John Broomfield
Neil Kazaross
Rachel Rhodes
Steve Hallet
Murat Imamoglu
Ian Shaw
Mike Greenleaf

Rachel Rhodes

Nigel Merrigan

Brian Lever

Ann Pocknell

Jon Barnes

Sean Casey

Julian Minwalla

Andy Bell

Jason Pack

Martin Barkwill

Eric McAlpine

Neil Webb

 

 

Neil Webb

British Open Champion 2016

 

 

Main

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Neil Webb
Jon Barnes
Mike Rawlins
Peter Snape
Sean Casey
Steve Bibby
Mark Calderbank
Paul Barwick

Consolation

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

Robert Perry
Simon K Jones
Dorothy Lee
Mark Calderbank
Martin Barkwill
Stephen Drake
Simon K Jones
Sean Casey

Last Chance

1

2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

David Pritchard
Simon Morecroft
Alan Dye
Adam Stocks
Jimmi Wong
Graham Read
Darren O'Shaughnessy
Richard Biddle

Friday 150

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2

3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

5/8

5/8

David McNamara
David Motley
Martyn Hamar
Martin Barkwill
Graham Reed
Peter Bennett
Simon Morecroft
Mark Radley
Doubles

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Deana & Paul / Biddle & Morecroft

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Grand Prix Awards this tournament

Name Points
Adam Stocks 27.27
Alan Dye 39.28
Andy Marshall 8.97
Arthur Wright 25.30
Brendan Burgess 9.27
Darren O'Shaughnessy 21.97
David McNamara 37.03
David Motley 34.35
David Pritchard 38.53
Derek Cooper 15.97
Dorothy Lee 27.80
Gary Bratton 25.30
Graham Read 18.22
Jimmi Wong 15.97
Jon Barnes 47.59
Lawrence Powell 20.19
Mark Calderbank 36.85
Mark Radley 32.85
Martin Barkwill 26.05
Martyn Hamar 22.72
Mike Rawlins 42.46
Neil Webb 49.43
Paul A Taylor 20.75
Paul Barwick 40.28
Paul Christmas 28.30
Peter Bennet 29.80
Peter Christmas 33.60
Peter Snape 43.21
Richard Biddle 27.27
Robert Perry 37.04
Sean Casey 36.10
Simon K Jones 55.67
Simon Morecroft 27.27
Stephen Drake 25.30
Steve Allott 39.28
Steve Bibby 41.03
Steve Lee 25.30
Tim Cross 39.28

Plus Friday Warm-up GP Awards

David McNamara 20.21
David Motley 15.25
Martyn Hamar 10.24
Martin Barkwill 10.24
Graham Reed 7.25
Peter Bennett 7.25
Simon Morecroft 7.25
Mark Radley 7.25
Paul Christmas 6.50
Peter Christmas 6.50
Richard Biddle 6.50
Tony Fawcett 6.50
Steve Allott 6.50
Derek Cooper 6.50

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BBT awards this tournament

Name  Pts
Neil Webb 19.95
Jon Barnes 16.94
Mike Rawlins 13.93
Peter Snape 13.93
Robert Perry 13.93
Simon K Jones 11.92
Dorothy Lee 9.97
Mark Calderbank 9.97
Paul Barwick 8.92
Sean Casey 8.92
Steve Bibby 8.92
Martin Barkwill 5.98
Peter Christmas 5.98
Stephen Drake 5.98
Alan Dye 4.91
David McNamara 4.91
David Motley 4.91
Mark Radley 4.91
Steve Allot 4.91
Tim Cross 4.91
Arthur Wright 2.97
Gary Bratton 2.97
Richard Biddle 2.97
Steve Lee 2.97
Adam Stocks 0.50
Andy Marshall 0.50
Brendan Burgess 0.50
Darren O'Shaughnessy 0.50
David Pritchard 0.50
Derek Cooper 0.50
Graham Read 0.50
Jimmi Wong 0.50
Lawrence Powell 0.50
Martyn Hamar 0.50
Paul A Taylor 0.50
Paul Christmas 0.50
Peter Bennet 0.50
Simon Morecroft 0.50
Tim Mooring 0.50
Tony Fawcett 0.50

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British Open, 2016
Report by Michael Crane

 

It's a shame more players didn't turn out for this years, Open; the hotel was by far the best the tournament has ever been held in and, despite a 'misunderstanding' over dining arrangements it was a superb weekend. The food was excellent and the outlook from the playing room was one of rolling countryside and green fields. But, even that and a WTA Rollover of £570 and £1000 added prize money failed to garner more than 40 entrants.

The weekend got of to a good start with the Friday Warm-up and one of our overseas players, David ‘Cracker’ McNamara found himself in the final against David Motley – an encounter from which Cracker emerged the victor. They shared the prize money but David Motley came out 75 pence better off after winning the 5p pool – don’t ask!

Saturday morning forty players sat down to five, 7-point matches from which my ‘Swiss Round Generator’ predicted 1 x 5, 6 x 4 and 13 x 3; more than by luck than judgement! Simon K Jones was the one on 5/5 and he was a last minute entry after returning from a holiday. From the 13 on three wins we had a 16-player draw, three byes qualified automatically, five qualified by winning their 5-point match and of the five losers Sean Casey scraped in after a four-dice rollout.

Sunday. As you all should know by now the WTA winner has to be undefeated within the tournament and with this in mind Simon faced Peter Snape in Round 1. I rated Simon the better player but he was also going to have to face some very strong players, Tim Cross or Jon Barnes ... but he didn’t get past Peter – and we now have a WTA Rollover of £825 going into the English Open in Harrogate in July! Thank you, Peter.

 

Main: Jon and Neil
Main Semis: Peter and Mike

 

The match is yet to be transcribed and will appear in Games in full on the Biba web site and the August issue of Bibafax will feature an article based upon the action.

By the semi finals we had Peter Snape vs Jon Barnes and Mike Rawlins vs Neil Webb. The latter players prevailed for a Neil vs Jon final. Going on current rankings (before the tournament) Jon on 1843 was well ahead of Neil’s 1711 and Neil had his work cut out to stop Jon winning the title for the second time (2009). However; the match went Neil’s way helped by a bit of luck, skill and determination and he emerged the 2016 British Open Champion. Well done, Neil and hard luck, Jon.

 

Con: Robert and Simon
Last Chance: David and Simon

 

The Progressive Consolation saw Robert Perry get the better of Dorothy Lee in the semi-final from the non-prog side and Simon K Jones overcame Mark Calderbank in the progressive semi-final. Robert kept the momentum going and came out the winner. In the Last Chance semis David Pritchard beat Alan Dye and Simon Morecroft beat Adam Stocks. The Final went David’s way at DMP and he emerged the victor. On Saturday evening the Doubles were shared by Biddle & Morecroft and Deana & Paul.

There was one sour note of the weekend, unfortunately. One player with three checkers on the bar facing two open points (it was nowhere near the bearoff) resigned the game halfway through and walked out! Even the chance of taking home £2000 wasn’t enough to keep him interested in a game that had a long way to go and could quite literally change on the roll of the dice. This behaviour is against 4.9 Game Completion: “Games must be rolled to completion unless ended by a pass of a double or redouble, or conceded as single game, gammon or backgammon losses where it is mathematically impossible for an opponent to win or save a gammon or backgammon.” Players are not allowed to keep playing when they’re winning and walk away when they’re not.

Finally. Thank you to all that turned out and made it a great event. Thank you to Deana for her invaluable assistance; and a BIG thank you to the generous sponsor who added £1000 to the prize money – my only regret is that it didn’t bring in more players.

Before I go ... I am considering altering the timings over the weekend for 2017. I’d like comments on a proposed Saturday Event Desk 09:30 to 11:15 with play starting at 11:45 - this is to ensure that dinner doesn’t interfere with the last matches of the day and frees us all up for post-21:00 activities. Also, proposed is a Sunday starting time of 09:30 to allow for an early finish so that players who have travelled far get home at a reasonable hour. Email comments to info@backgammon-biba.co.uk.

 

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