1st Moscow Open

Semifinale

21-Point Match

Rasmus Nohr (19)
(Black needs 2)

1. 5-2:13/8 24/22

2. 5-1:Bar/24 13/8

Leonid Riskin (18)
(White needs 3)

3-3:2x(8/5)
      2x(6/3)*

White on roll. Cube action?!

Can a double three with the first roll be the end of a game? Impossible!

Black has a good double with two more points in his board, but White can´t pass this cube.

The race is almost even and White can´t get attacked further by Black because of his security of the anchor on the ace-point.

An incorrect pass costs Black about 2% of his match winning chances.

Correct cube action: Double - Take.

2.                      double to 2

3. Pass                   wins 1 point.

Rasmus Nohr (19)
(Black needs 2)

1.
2. 4-2:8/4* 6/4
3. double to 2
4. 1-1:2x(8/7) 2x(6/5)
5. 6-1: DMP - Black to play 6-1.

Leonid Riskin (19)
(White needs 2)

3-2: 24/21 13/11
6-3: Bar/16
       Take
6-2: 24/16

The race is almost even and Black has the better offensive structure. Still there is no white checker caught in Black´s position.

Black has to try to use contact in his favor without taking a high risk to lose by contact.

If Black jumps into the oppenent´s bar he gets direct control of the outfield, but risks getting hit on the bar and thus losing ground in the race.

In addition Black doesn´t really want to make the bar, because by doing this he loses control of an important part of the board, White´s infield. The little split guarantees Black good contol of the board without taking high risks and keeps his good structure in the offence.

24/23 13/7 wins about 1.5% more games than 24/18 7/6. Best play: 24/23 13/7.

5. 6-1:24/18 7/6 5-2:13/8 13/11
K: After slotting the bar Black has to make it. 24/18 is correct.
6. 6-2:24/18 6/4
7. 4-2:13/7
3-2:8/5 6/4
3-2: White to play 3-2.

K: White has to watch out reaching a stripped position. If White has no more free playable checker in the outfield he has less time to play odd sixes and with a 6-1 he has to leave a shot immediately.

White wins almost 2% more games with the alert 5/3 6/3 than with the strippage play 8/5 6/4.

Best play: 5/3 6/3.

7.
8. 5-3:13/5
3-2:8/5 6/4
6-5: White to play 6-5.

K: The problems in the outfield almost make leaving a voluntary shot by clearing an outfield point (16/10 16/11) the correct play. But only almost!

Because White is able to clear another outfield point he has to clear at some time or other without any risk, 11/6 11/5, clearing the 11-point is the better alternative.

Best play: 11/6 11/5.

8.
9.   5-2:13/8 5/3
10. 3-2:8/3
11. 5-1:7/2 4/3
12. 4-3:13/9 13/10
13. 3-1:10/7 3/2
14. 6-5:7/1 9/4
15. 6-2:7/1 4/2
16. 2-1:18/15
17. 5-2:18/11
18. 5-1:11/6 15/14
19. 6-3:14/5
20. 4-1:4/off 1/off
21. 3-3:6/off 2x(3/off)
22. 3-3:2x(6/off)
23. 6-6:3x(5/off) 4/off
6-5:16/10 16/11
6-1:10/3
5-1:11/5
4-2:6/2 5/3
6-5:11/5 11/6
4-1:5/1 2/1
5-5:2x(13/3)
5-4:8/3 8/4
5-4:5/off 4/off
5-2:5/off 6/4
3-2:3/off 4/2
3-3:4x(3/off)
5-1:6/off
5-4:6/1 4/off
6-4:4/off 2/off
K: After Rasmus Nohr´s double sixes there was whispering among the kibitzers and one kibitzer shouted: "Leonid you have to roll a double to win this game!" And Leonid rolled:
23. 5-5:3x(1/off)
wins 2 points and the semifinal match.

Final score:

Rasmus Nohr (19)   -    Leonid Riskin (21)


On Sunday Carsten Joh had to play Leonid Riskin in the finals.

video.jpg (7627 Byte) Left: The final between Carsten Joh and Leonid Riskin was televised on two screens and X-22 commented the action

As by now at every big tournament the match was played in a separate room and was televised to an audience room. The qualitiy of the pictures on both screens were exceptional. This was the first tournament where we could clearly recognize the numbers of the dice.

X-22, who also held a seminary in Moscow, commented the finals in his incompareably competent and emotional way.

The three and a half hours´ 23-point match was exciting and entertaining all of the time!


Finale

23-Point Match

Game #26

Carsten Joh (20)
(Black needs 3)

1.  6-3:24/18 13/10
2.  4-3:Bar/21 13/10*

3.   6-4:Bar/21 24/18*
4.   6-3:13/7 10/7
5.   5-2:Bar/18*
6.   4-3:Bar/18*
7.   4-3:18/11

Leonid Riskin (19)
(White needs 4)

5-4: 24/15*
1-1: Bar/24 8/7*
       2x(6/5)
4-3: Bar/21 24/21
4-2: 13/7*
2-2: Bar/23 13/7*
4-2: Bar/23 24/20

K: Similarly strong but more active (fighting for the 5-point) is 18/14 8/5*.
7.
8.   6-5:13/7 13/8
9.   5-3:8/3 6/3
10. 3-2:8/5 7/5
11. 4-1:11/7 6/5
4-4: 20/16 3x(13/9)
4-4: 16/8 9/5 6/2
6-2: 23/15
3-2: 15/12 23/21
5-3: 21/16 5/2
K: White should refrain from making the 2-point. The hits on the 12-point are too costly. More alert is 12/9.
12. 6-2:21/13* 6-2: Bar/23 16/10

Black on roll. Cube action?!

K: Black threatens with the flight of his last checker and leads the race by 25 pips.

If Black doesn´t succeed in rolling one of the 16 flight numbers, White will have problems to keep Black´s checker off the flight and to leap the prime with his three checkers at the same time.

White already has a marginal pass after an offered double by Black. Therefore Black has to double now.

13.  6-1:21/15* 15/14              6-2: Bar/23 9/3

K: Again, Black should double!

14.  1-1:14/11 13/12               4-1: 8/3

K: Now it´s too late for Black to expect White taking an offered double.

15.    double to 2                 Pass

wins 1 point.

Game #27

Carsten Joh (21)
(Black needs 2)

1.
2.    4-1:24/20* 24/23
3.    5-2:Bar/20* 13/11
4.    5-3:Bar/22 23/18*
5.    6-1:Bar/18*
6.    2-1:Bar/24 13/11
7.    6-3: dancing
8.    6-4:Bar/15
9.    5-2:15/8
10.  3-3:2x(11/5)
11.  4-1:13/8
12.  6-6:4x(8/2)

Leonid Riskin (19)
(White needs 4)

2-1: 13/11 6/5
6-2: Bar/23 11/5*
1-1: Bar/24 8/7  2x(6/5)*
6-1: Bar/24 13/7*
2-2: Bar/23 13/7*
5-5: 2x(23/18) 2x(8/3)*
6-2: 13/7 24/22
6-4: 24/18 13/9
5-2: 18/13 24/22
6-1: 13/6
4-3: 9/5 24/21

White on roll. Cube action?!

K: The double sixes ruined Black´s position. Even if White misses the shot at the checker on the 8-point, Black will have problems to move his checkers in the future.

In a money game Black would have a tough decision after an offered double by White. At the actual match score, however, Black can´t take because he has no more redouble, gammon wins don´t count any more and White´s gammon wins win the match.

Correct cube action: Double - pass.

12.                     double to 2

13. Pass            wins 1 point.


Final score:

Carsten Joh (23)   -     Leonid Riskin (22)


Die Ergebnisse der 1. Moskau Open in Kürze:

Masters (49+6 Reentries)

Main:                 1. Carsten Joh (Germany)         2. Leonid Riskin (Germany/Ukraine), 3. Rasmus Nohr (Denmark), 3. Mario Sequeira (Portugal)
Consolation:      1. Dirk Schiemann (Germany)   2. Ronald Reinhardt (Germany), 3. Muradyan (Armenia), 3. Emzar Laitadze (Georgia)
Last Chance:     1. Harald Johanni (Germany)    2. Johannes Levermann (Germany)

Champions (16)

Main:                 1. Kalantaryan   2. Maibritt
Consolation:      1. Karagezyan   2. Kotov
Last Chance:     1. Luisa Sequeira (Portugal)

Intermediates (28)

Main:                 1. Gugulaschwili   2. Andreanov
Consolation:      1. Melia   2. Buchtyarov
Last Chance:     1. Ingeborg Wais (Austria)  2. Geuschev

Team Championship (10x3)

1. Jerevan (Muradyan,... /Armenia)
2. Fishcake (Emil Mortuk, Carsten Joh, Markus Michel/ USA/Germany)

Warm Up:

1. Petri Pietilä (Finland)
2. Kikalashvili (Georgia)

Sponsor Tournament:

1. X-22 / Paul Magriel (France / USA)

Doubles Tournament

1. Matthias Körner / Ronald Reinhardt (Germany)
2. Dirk Schiemann / Johannes Levermann (Germany)


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