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Frost-Wilmot Team Blitz - 2008-09

Held 6th May 2009 at Goldman Sachs, 120 Fleet Street

Controller: Ian Hunnable

Format: Team Blitz, 10 minutes per player per game, 7 rounds all-play-all, Berger pairing.

Score Basis: Game Points, Tie Break: Match Points.

There were eight entries for the Frost-Wilmot, missing two teams who have entered in the past two years: Legal & General, and the affinity team Wanstead & Woodford. However, it was a good quality entry:

Teams (alphabetical):

ABI/Zurich:

Brian Valentine, Martin Page, Tony Paish, Garry Callan

Athenaeum A:

Tim Chesters, Paul McKeown, Philip Tozer, Geoff Hermes

Athenaeum B:

John Quinn, Steven Walsh, Charles McAleenan, Martin Leanse

Goldman Sachs A:

Ryad Belabdelouahab, Alex Lewis, Igal Amzallag, Chi Ann Gan

Goldman Sachs B:

Andrew Medworth, Vali Irimia, Yevgen Nikulin, Niraj Alok, Patrick de Nonneville

JTW/Cornhill:

Mark Rich, Neville Chan, Anthony Kent, William Diffey

Odds & Sods:

Brendan Whitworth, Mike Jones, Terry Skippen, Dave Chambers

RBS/Americans:

Steve Crowdy, Ian Heppell, Angus James, David Tidmarsh


Finishing positions with Progressive Scores

 

Team

Progressive Scores

Total

MP

1

Athenaeum A

2

6

9

13

14

17

21

6

2

JTW/Cornhill

4

6

7

9

13

16

19

5

3

RBS/Americans

3

5

7

9

12

14

18

4

4

Goldman Sachs A

3

6

8

10

13

17

17

4

5

Athenaeum B

1

5

7

10

11

12

16

3

6

ABI/Zurich

1

3

5

7

8

9

2

7

Odds & Sods

0

4

6

6

6

6

1

8

Goldman Sachs B

1

1

1

1

1

4

4

1

Progressive Scores Key:   

13

Lead score (e.g.)

10

Second place score

Competition was keen from the start, with JTW/Cornhill and Goldman Sachs A contesting the early lead. Athenaeum A assumed the top spot after Round 3. Although remaining under constant pressure from the two early leadersand they stayed there - if only on tie-break with one round to go! Goldman Sachs, with a late surge, caught Athenaeum A on 17/24 after Round 6, Athenaeum A retaining the the lead on tie-break (Ath A 5 MP, GS A 4 MP). As chance would have it, the two leaders met in the last round. Athenaeum A, needing 2-2 or better, to win, were in uncompromising mood and closed out the tournament with a 4-0 victory. Many congratulations to them. The finishing table with Progressive Scores is given below and, further down the page, the cross table and round-by-round scores and commentary.

Thanks are due to Goldman Sachs for again hosting the event and providing excellent facilities, to Andrew Medworth for arranging everything to do with the venue and to Tony Paish and Martin Page for coordinating arrangements, transporting equipment, etc.


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Frost-Wilmot Cross Table and Round-by-Round Results and Commentary

Pairing system: Berger Pairings

Team numbers were drawn by lot before Round 1. Athenaeum A and B were seeded to meet in the first round, as were Goldman Sachs A and B.

Cross table and pairings in draw order

No

Name

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Total

MP

1

Odds & Sods

 

3

2

0

0

0

6

1

2

Athenaeum A

3

 

4

1

2

4

2

3

21

6

3

Goldman Sachs B

0

 

3

0

1

0

0

4

1

4

ABI/Zurich

2

2

1

 

2

1

9

2

5

RBS/Americans

3

1

4

3

 

2

1

2

18

4

6

Goldman Sachs A

4

0

3

3

2

 

3

1

17

4

7

Athenaeum B

4

1

4

2

2

1

 

1

16

3

8

JTW/Cornhill

4

1

4

3

2

2

2

 

19

5

In the following round-by-round scores, each team's progressive score after the previous round, is given in brackets from round two onwards. (Links to individual match tables, will follow.)

MP

Round 1

MP

0

Odds & Sods

0

4

JTW/Cornhill

1

1

Athenaeum A

2

1

Athenaeum B

0

0

Goldman Sachs B

1

3

Goldman Sachs A

1

0

ABI/Zurich

3

RBS/Americans

1

 

No shocks here.

 

 

Round 2

 

JTW/Cornhill (4)

2

2

RBS/Americans (3)

1

Goldman Sachs A (3)

3

ABI/Zurich ()

0

0

Odds & Sods (0)

3

Athenaeum A (2)

1

1

Athenaeum B (1)

4

0

Goldman Sachs B (1)

0

 

Goldman Sachs A moved into the early lead with 3- against ABI/Zurich, while Athenaeum A recorded the same score against Odds & Sods, which might be regarded as a slip-up that would come back to haunt them.

Goldman Sachs A, 6, Athenaeum A, JTW/Cornhill, 6.

 

 

Round 3

 

RBS/Americans (5)

2

2

Goldman Sachs A (6)

1

Athenaeum A (6)

3

1

JTW/Cornhill (6)

0

ABI/Zurich (1)

2

2

Athenaeum B (5)

0

Goldman Sachs B (1)

3

Odds & Sods ()

1

 

RBS/Americans recorded a respectable score, drawing with Goldman Sachs A, allowing Athenaeum A to assume a narrow lead with a sound 3-1 win over JTW/Cornhill.

Athenaeum A, 9; Goldman Sachs A, 8; Athenaeum B, RBS/Amernicans, 7.

 

 

Round 4

 

1

Athenaeum A (9)

4

0

Goldman Sachs B (1)

0

1

JTW/Cornhill (7)

2

1

Goldman Sachs A (8)

0

1

Athenaeum B (7)

2

1

RBS/Americans (7)

0

Odds & Sods (4)

2

2

ABI/Zurich (3)

 

Athenaeum A stretched their lead with 4-0 against back-markers GS B, while GS A could score only 1 against JTW/Cornhill and were joined in second by Athenaeum B, narrow winners against RBS/Americans.

The table had by now developed a large gap between the leading teams and the lower teams.

Athenaeum A 13; Goldman Sachs A, Athenaeum B, 10.

 

 

Round 5

 

1

ABI/Zurich (5)

2

1

Athenaeum A (13)

0

1

Goldman Sachs A (10)

3

1

Athenaeum B (10)

0

0

Goldman Sachs B (1)

0

4

JTW/Cornhill (9)

1

1

RBS/Americans (9)

3

Odds & Sods (6)

0

 

Athenaeum A, with a three point lead, had a shock in Round 5 when they were defeated 2-1 by lowly ABI/Zurch. JTW/Cornhill moved into second spot with 4-0 against Goldman Sachs B, while Goldman Sachs A to close up with a 3-1 win over Athenaeum B.

Athenaeum A, 14; JTW/Cornhill, 13; Goldman Sachs A, 13.

 

 

Round 6

 

1

Athenaeum A (14)

2

1

RBS/Americans (12)

0

1

JTW/Cornhill (13)

2

1

Athenaeum B (11)

0

0

Odds & Sods (6)

0

4

Goldman Sachs A (13)

1

1

Goldman Sachs B (1)

3

1

ABI/Zurich (7)

0

 

Athenaeum A were held to 2 points by RBS/Americans, while Goldman Sachs A took full advantage of Odds & Sods, to leave a tie for first place going into the last round. ABI/Zurich, having scaled the heights with a win over the leaders in the last round, now plumbed the depths with a loss to the back-markers.

Athenaeum A, Goldman Sachs A, 17; JTW/Cornhill, 16

 

 

Round 7

 

0

Goldman Sachs A (17)

0

4

Athenaeum A (17)

1

0

ABI/Zurich (8)

1

3

JTW/Cornhill (16)

1

1

RBS/Americans (14)

4

0

Goldman Sachs B (4)

0

1

Athenaeum B (12)

4

0

Odds & Sods (6)

0

 

The teams drew lots before the first round for their pairing numbers, the round-by-round pairings being indicated by the use of the standard Berger pairing tables. So it was quite by chance that the two leaders should be paired together for the final round.

Goldman Sachs A were behind on tie-break (Match Points) so needed to ensure a win on points; Athenaeum A needed 2-2 or better, but took no chances and won all four games. In fact it was a particularly bloodthirsty last round, with two other 4-0s and a 3-1. JTW/Cornhill did just enough to finish second.

 

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