Danish XG Masters 2015 - Tournament Report
Posted By: Rick Janowski
Date: Saturday, 21 November 2015, at 8:11 p.m.
BACKGAMMON MASTERS SERIES (DK) RANKING TOURNAMENT #1: XG MASTERS 2015, COPENHAGEN, 2 APRIL - 18 OCTOBER 2015 -- TOURNAMENT REPORT
The annual XG Masters tournament is a splendid and prestigious event, which has run very successfully for several years, due both to the excellent organisational and directional skills of Jan Jefta Larsen, and the enthusiasm and high skill level of the participants. The format comprises three stages: Preliminary groups from which the top performing players qualify to second stage groups, from which the top performing players qualify for the Final playoffs. Generally, the matches are to 17 points and players earn points from (1) winning, (2) having superior PR, and (3) having superior MWC Cost. All matches are clocked, recorded live and typically played out over a six month period with over 30 participants.
The XG Masters tournament this year was fully endorsed as a BMAB ranking tournament by mutual agreement with the XG Masters Organisers. The format is perfect for BMAB ranking purposes as all players will generally achieve 68 experience points, sufficient to obtain full grades. Moreover, first stage qualifiers and second stage qualifiers will typically achieve experience points of over 100 and over 150, respectively, allowing possible access to the higher grades.
Watching the Final....
In the XG Masters event this year there were 33 participants who together played 99 matches all of which were recorded and transcribed. After more than six months of play, Thomas Myhr and Steen Grønbech qualified for the final, where Thomas was the eventual winner and Steen the runner-up.
(Photographs: (1) Steen Grønbech and Thomas Myhr the two finalists, and (2) Karsten Bredahl awarding Thomas Myhr with the XG Masters Champion's Trophy)
The matches from the tournament have since been analysed in detail by BMAB with the results in terms of overall average PR and grading achieved being incorporated into the statistics database. The results from this tournament are shown in detail in the pdf file attached to a following post. The most notable PR results are listed below:
Steen Grønbech 3.11
Thomas Myhr 3.64
Freddie Noer 3.71
Thomas Kristensen 3.91
Michael Larsen 4.13
Karsten Bredahl 4.14
Steen with his fantastic score of 3.11 over 139 experience points takes his aggregate BMAB PR score to 3.44, using the Rolling 300 EP average PR, and achieves the prestigious title of Grandmaster (Class 2) joining Thomas Kristensen as the top ranked European players. Both Thomas Myhr and Michael Larsen, narrowly missed obtaining Grandmaster (Class 3) titles with 300 EP rolling average PRs of 4.06 and 4.01 respectively, but this could change easily change in future applications.
The finalist's post match analysis.......
Twenty-six of the participants of the tournament enter the lists of BMAB for the first time. The most notable performances from the newcomers were:
Master (Class 1) titles: Mads Peter Andersen, Jess Danielsen and Michael Weile
Master (Class 2) titles: Peter Michael Bosse
Master (Class 3) titles: Simon Coban, Thomas Fuglheim and Clement Lessél
Provisional Master (Class 3) grades: Morten Hessner, Steffen Lundstrøm, Jens Christian Pedersen, Klaus Switon and Kim Vestergaard
Congratulations to all participants and especially to the organisers for making this a very successful tournament with superlative performances in skill, determination and enthusiasm, Bravo!
BMAB Tournament PR and Grading Table…...
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