Tournaments 2013

(Swiss format ranking tournament 2 of 4)

County Cups Trophy, 3-4 May, 2013

 

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Tom Breheny
Graham Powell
Roger Porter
Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson
Derek Matheson
Mardi Ohannessian
Ralph Eskinazi
Emmanuel Di Bona
Dod Davies
Dod Davies
Dod Davies
Julian Fetterlein
John Slattery
Tony Lee
John Slattery
Paul Gilbertson
Nicky Check
John Reddington

Rachel Rhodes

Gerry Enslin

Julian Minwalla

Myke Wignall

Colin Owen

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Main (6/12)
Pos
Players Name
wins
GP Pts

1
2
3
4
5
6

Colin Owen
Mark Calderbank
Paul Plumptre
Richard Biddle
Eric McAlpine
Chris Ternel

5
5
4
3
3
2

39.42
37.36
27.42
21.46
22.49
15.48

Consolation (6/12)
Pos
Players Name

Con/Wins

GP Pts

1
2
3
4
5
6

Mardi Ohannessian
Jeff Barber
Bob Young
Martin Blindell
Deana Fawcett
Paul Barwick

2 / 3
2 / 3
1 / 2
1 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 1

21.46
20.43
15.48
9.47
10.50
9.47

 

 

Friday 500 (6)

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2
3&4
3&4
5to8
5to8

Colin Owen
Mardi Ohannessian
Eric McAlpine
Richard Biddle
Deana Fawcett
Michael Crane

Rotating Doubles (4)

Joint 1st

Richard Biddle
Bob Young
Mark Calderbank

 

 

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County Cups Trophy
Report by Michael Crane

It doesn't matter how small the field is, if you have more than seven each player gets six different opponents in a Swiss tournament. Only one player made it through to Round 4 on 3-3, Colin Owen. Eric McAlpine was tasked with stopping Colin's onward thrash towards the title and the Winner-Takes-All pot - he couldn't do it. Next Paul Plumptre had a go - he did it. The WTA was being rolled over to the SAC in August, Yippee!

Into Round 6 and two players each on 4-5 were able to get 5-6, Colin and Mark Calderbank. They had met in Round 3 earlier so a 3-5, Jeff Barber was drafted in to play Colin. It wasn't the 'final' (there are no finals in a Swiss) it was the 6th Round.  Mark was pitched against Eric McAlpine.

It was a bit of a hit & miss 11 point match . . . with lots of hitting (and a bit of missing). Both players not at their best in my opinion.

In Game 1, Colin (b) ships across a 2-cube. Jeff, being Jeff, snaps it up immediately. He should have taken a little more time and dropped according to XG.

White 0---------------------------Black 0


Black cube action

He's attempting a 3-4 backgame but his timing is restricted by Colin's 5-prime directly in front of Jeff's back checkers. Colin is big favourite to win this game (70%) and has very good gammon chances (25%). Jeff would do well to drop and cut his losses. He took.

But . . . it went from above to . . .

Colin was hit during the bearoff and Jeff ships across a 4-cube after a dancing 42 from Colin. With Jeff bearing down with 6s this is a good cube and as expected, Colin drops,

In Game 2 Colin ships across an early cube after Jeff did a Fred Astaire with The Girls . . .

White 2---------------------------Black 0


Black cube action

It is too soon and there's a lot of play here. The race is just four pips apart, neither player has a much better position than the other. The only thing going for Colin is Jeff's on the bar and he has a couple of blots on . . and his roll of 64: 13/9, 13/7* starts off well for him.

Jeff never manages to get his two checkers in off the bar and is soon facing a closed board. He does eventually get one shot with a 5 but misses and he loses a doubled-gammon. So much for an early cube being 'no double/take' from Mr XG!

Game 3 and more cube action.

White 2---------------------------Black 4


White cube action

Messy. Jeff doesn't have anything here that could prompt a cube, he's even behind in the race. Admittedly Colin doesn't have much in the home-board points department, but he does have two, as does Jeff. Colin, quite correctly, takes.

From hereon it all goes Jeff's way, so much in fact that Colin is in real danger of being gammoned . .

Black on roll

Colin needs 66, 55 or 44 to save the gammon . . . he rolls 42! No double/take, my arse, Mr XG!

We now get to the last game of the match and it is a messier one that the previous one! Just look at this position:

White 6---------------------------Black 4


Black cube action

He's on the bar with two checkers and he cubes; and why not? He's ahead in the race, he's got a better home board and he's got shots at two of Jeff's blots. This should be a drop for Jeff . . . but, Jeff being Jeff, takes; and he falls straight into Colin's cracking Snake Eyes: 25/24*(2), 2/1*(2)!

It gets messier before it gets tidier and Jeff, having hit Colin during the bearoff (again) with his last possible chance, is cubing again.


White cube action

Over comes the 4-cube. This is a blunder and Colin snaps it up. He's already got five checkers off and a speed board to boot. XG was shouting at Jeff, no redouble/take . . . but he wasn't listening.

And now were at an 8-cube!


Black cube action

Jeff, being Jeff, takes what is a clear drop. He rolls 61 and drops a checker and Colin rolls out The Girls (55) to rob Jeff of any chance of winning.

NB: This match is now availabe in the usual formats (normally rolled out in XG, but this will not be available until 15 May, however the unrolled version is available now).

Mark Calderbank got the better of Eric and he and Colin were both on 5-6. The initial head-to-head tiebreaker was used to determine the eventual winner, Colin who triumphed over Mark in Round 3.

Main: Mark and Colin

The Consolation was also decided by the same tiebreak mechanism, an outcome that saw Mardi Ohannessian coming 1st with Jeff Barber 2nd.

Consolation: Mardi and Jeff

As you all know by now the weekend starts with the Friday 500, and it was Colin that came out on top after he defeated Mardi in the final.

On Saturday evening, in the absence of poker we held a Rotating Doubles event from which a deciding Single-Doubles playoff failed to produce an outright winner so the top three, Mark Calderbank, Richard Biddle and Bob Young (in that order below) shared the pot.

Rotating Doubles, Single-Double Playoffs

Overall it was a good little tournament, (almost) everyone got in six 11 point matches and it went along very smoothly indeed. Don't forget that for the SAC in August we'll have a WTA Rollover of £120.