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Tournaments 2013

(Swiss format ranking tournament 3 of 4)

SAC Trophy 2-4 August 2013

The Winners

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Thomas Connor
Paul Money
Crispin de Nys
Brian Lever
Tim Found
Stephen Turner
Geoff Oliver
Dave Gallagher
Ralph Eskinazi
Al Hogg
Richard Granville
Salvador Leong
Brian Lever
Tony Lee
Tony Lee

Lawrence Powell

Julian Minwalla

Stephen Drake

Raj Jansari

Tony Fawcett

Gerry Enslin

Mike Heard

Marcus Wrinch

David Startin

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Main
Pos
Players Name
wins
GP Pts

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2
3
4
5
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David Startin
Mark Calderbank
Paul Plumptre
Rachel Rhodes
Jeff Barber
Deana Fawcett
Jysen Qwt
Chris Ternel
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37.36
38.39
27.42
30.51
29.48
21.46
16.51
14.45

Consolation
Pos
Players Name

Con/Main

GP Pts

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2
3
4
5
6
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Gheorghe Filipas
Brian Lever
Colin Owen
Peter Finnimore
David Motley
Paul Barwick
Arthur Wright
Mick Vacarey
3 / 3
2 / 3
1 / 2
1 / 2
1 / 2
1 / 2
0 / 0
0 / 1

20.43
21.46
14.45
14.45
14.45
15.48
5.50
9.47

Friday 500

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3/4

3/4

5/8

5/8

Rachel Rhodes
Jysen Qwt
Colin Owen
Mick Vacarey
Michael Crane
CJ Uttley

Doubles

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2

The MCs
Hofbräuhaus House

Last Chance

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3/4

3/4

Michael Crane
Peter Finnimore
Jysen Qwt
Mick Vacarey

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SAC Trophy 2-4 August 2013

Report by Michael Crane

 

In Swiss format events there isn't a Final like in Knockouts; in Swiss we have a 6th Round. By Round 4, Sunday morning just two players were on 3-3, Mark Calderbank and Rachel Rhodes, an encounter from which Mark emerged victorious and cheered everyone else up as he wasn't in the Winner-Takes-All and thus ensured a tidy Rollover for the November Townharbour Trophy of £315!

In Round 5, looking to go 5-5, Mark was pitted against David Startin - a random 3-4 - and he was stopped in his tracks as David emerged the victor and also went 4-5, the same as Mark. Two other players came out of Round 5 with 4-5, Jeff Barber after beating Chris Ternel and Paul Plumptre after beating Rachel.

In Round 6 Jeff played Mark and David played Paul, guaranteeing two on 5-6. Both Mark and David prevailed and with two on 5-6 it was left to the tie-breaker to decide the overall winner and that went to David with Mark in second place.

I tried to video the two above fixtures but only managed to succeed with the David vs Paul match . . and it was a very short one. I had set them up in front of the video camera and gone about my business. Not long after I looked up from my desk to see them shaking hands, "Mmm," I thought, "they're a while getting started." I went over to see what was wrong only to discover it was all over after Paul was backgammoned holding a 4-cube in the 11 point match!

It went Paul's way to begin with as David danced twice in a row - once on a two-point board then on a three-point board, a result being that Paul (w) cubed in this position.

The Only Game!
Paul (w) 0---------------------David (b) 0


White cubes

Paul's cube was shipped across the instant David danced for the second time. David took some time to think about it and took.

It's an easy take for David with XG giving him 34.43% and Paul 65.57% - with almost 35% gammons for Paul . . which is ironic when you know the future! Double/Take.

Paul then rolls 33 and makes a blunder . .

White to play 33

He plays 13/1* and puts David's second checker onto the bar. In itself placing this checker on the bar is correct, but not in this manner. XG tells us it's better to do it 13/10(2), 4/1*(2). It doesn't leave a blot and the remaining open points are nicely covered by the outer board builders and the 6-point spare checker.

A few rolls later and David makes an error.

Black to play 66

He plays 11/5(2), 8/2*(2) putting Paul on the bar. I think it's let down by the poor chances of black making a useful point next roll. XG goes with a semi-prime move of 13/7(2), 11/5(2). However, error or not it worked well in David's favour as Paul rolled 66 and danced.

David then rolled 43: 16/9 and Paul comes in and makes a blunder.

White to play 51

The 5 proves troublesome here. Two choices 13/8 or 5/3. Paul went with the former and XG with the latter. I think it's vital that white keeps his mid-point for as long as he can and moving off now isn't very constructive or useful. Slotting the 3-point leaves a blot on but with black's two-point board being hit shouldn't mean the end of the world.

Black rolls 42 (which would have nicely hit the white 3-point blot): 8/4, 6/4. White replies with 52: 24/22, 13/8 and then . .

Black ships across a 4-cube

With winning chances close to the first cube (black 68.65%, white 31.35%) this is a Double/Take. Black is in a slightly better position but white has potential and dropping would be a mistake.

Black rolls 22: 13/7, 9/7 and seals off escaping 6s for white's 1-point checkers.

White to play 54

This looked an obvious one to me: Get as close to black as you can with 22/13. Paul made an error and played 22/17, 8/4. I see the 8/4 is a good builder but the extra shots on the 17-point blot can be crucial.

And it was. David rolled 53: 13/8*, 8/5 and is now looking for small dice to block off his 3-point. Paul dances with 52. David gets another builder onto his 4-point with 54: 13/4. Paul gets in with 21: 25/22 and is right back onto the bar with 31: 6/3*, 4/3 and he's got the six-prime with 6s and 2s to escape his back checker . . . which he neatly does next roll with 65.

David begins the bearoff and makes slight error here . ..

Black to play 42

He elects to play safeish with 6/4, 6/2 leaving 64, 54 and 33 as bad rolls. XG rates 4/0, 2/0 as better even though there's a danger of two blots being left on with a roll of 65 or 54. It is just one fewer than the actual play but the consequences of leaving two blots on obviously resonated with David.

From here although white has chances to escape his back checkers he plays correctly and remains on the black 1-point hoping for a hit and a possible gammon-saving chance. It comes down to this . . .

Black on roll #08

David rolls a cracking 55 and in response Paul replies with 32! Can't hit and can't escape. Backgammon!!!!

Not the longest match I've recorded but it was certainly an entertaining one. So, David Startin, thanks to this win, secured his SAC win and a seat in the Last 16 of the UK finals in December. You can download this match in the usual formats HERE.

Main: David Startin and Mark Calderbank

Meanwhile Gheorghe Filipas beat Brian Lever in the Consolation element and yours truly triumphed over Peter Finnimore in the Last Chance. I might also add here that I also secured a stunning win in the Doubles as part of the MCs with Mark Calderbank. We were trailing 4-0 against Hofbräuhaus House, Rachel Rhodes and CJ; we pulled it back to DMP and Mark rolled 66, 44 and 55 to escape their board during the bearoff to pinch it from them.

 

Consolation: Brian and Gheorghe
Last Chance: Michael and Peter

 

The Friday 500 was won by Rachel as she beat Jysen Qwt in the Final. This didn't have any effect on the Top 16 as they all remained more or less where they were last month.

Again the Poker Grand Prix didn't go ahead and I have now decided to not make it a feature for 2014 although poker will still be available on Saturday evenings for those who'd like to play.

Finally. It was good tournament, with a few surprises along the way and no problems whatsoever . .. I like that.