Every Thursday night at the Westchester Table Tennis Center is League Night.
For those who participate, here's how it works:
On League Night, each participant can challenge any player up to 500 rating points above him or her. When the match is done, the winner reports the result to the director. (For example, Player A over B, 3 games to 1.) The score in points doesn't matter, just the score in games.
A club ladder is maintained, and players move up and down based on the results of their matches. Anyone with a USATT rating will start with that. For anyone without a USATT rating, the club manager will estimate one to start off.
The league uses a system developed by Peter Ritmeester in the Netherlands, in which the result in games is important — not just who wins or loses. The statistics behind the system are as follows (borrowed from FIDE, which uses this chart for international chess ratings):
To take an example ... Let's say Player A is rated 200 points over Player B. According to the chart, Player A has a 76% chance of winning. Now say Player A does in fact win by a score of 3 games to 2. For Player A, that's a 60% ratio of games won to lost — which does not meet his expected performance of 76% wins. Consequently, even though Player A won, he will still lose a few rating points and Player B will gain accordingly.
A full explanation of the system can be found at pzzl.com/ping/pong_usa/explanation.html.
This league system has proved to be popular in Holland, because it makes every game of a match important. Even a loser can pick up rating points, if the player beats his or her expected performance.
The scores and results are posted each week on this site.
A few details:
First NY State table tennis championship in almost a decade • Men's Open, Women's Open, and nine age and skill categories • More than $4,000 in prizes
$5,400+ in prizes • $1,500 first prize
$5,400+ in prizes • $1,500 first prize
$5,400+ in prizes • $1,500 first prize
$5,400+ in prizes • $1,500 first prize
On April 25 the WTTC was the site of filming for a prospective weekly TV series in which people settle disputes and rivalries over a ping-pong table. Photos of the evening from Glen Randmer, Joel Hoffman.
136 players, including 14 rated over 2500. In the open final, Bohan Zhang (2714) outlasted Zi Rui Zhao (2681) (7,-8,9.-9,7). Cédric Oba of Côte d'Ivoire won the U2500. Table Tennis Hall-of-Famer Dell Sweeris won the U2050, U2000, and 60 & Over. Results and winner's photos. Video coming shortly. Sunday action shots from Glen Randmer, Henry Lee.
The club's side room will serve as a polling station for the New York State Republican and Democratic primaries on Tuesday, April 19 -- 6 am to 9 pm. The main room will be open for play all day.
123 players. In the open final, Zi Rui Zhao (2580) beat a jet-lagged and sick Bohan Zhang (2710) (9,6,12), in what was still a fine match. Results and winners' photos. Sunday action shots from Glen Randmer. Video of the finals.
Congratulations to the winners of the NCTTA's Northeast regional championship, held at the WTTC on Feb. 27-28: Coed team — 1st Baruch, 2nd NYU, 3rd Columbia. Women's team — NYU. Men's singles — Mishel Levinski, Baruch. Women's singles — Mandy Liu, NYU. Results. Round-by-round scores (click on Northeast Regional Championships "Results"). Photos and video. MetroSports magazine all about the tournament.
Will Shortz was interviewed about the upcoming NCTTA regional championship taking place at the WTTC on Feb. 27-28. 11 minutes. You can watch it here.
Congratulations to the WTTC's Sharon Alguetti, 14, who won a spot on the U.S. Olympic table tennis team at the recent Olympic trials. He is the youngest male ever to make the team. The club celebrated his victory with a party on Feb. 13. Photos from Glen Randmer.
93 players — 12 rated over 2500 — in a rescheduled tournament from the snowed-out previous weekend. In a razor-tight final in the open playoffs, Kaden Xu (2699) beat Zi Rui Zhao (2587) (10,-9,6,-7,11). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Henry Lee, Glen Randmer. Video of the final by Ben Nisbet.
124 players — 11 rated over 2500. In the open playoffs, Jianho Sun (2545) dispatched Zi Rui Zhao (2668) in a quarterfinal, Kai Zhang (2692) in a semi, and Hao Li (2607) in the final (-14,9,9,5). In the U2500, Rajat Hubli defeated Togo champion Kokou Fanny and U.S. Nationals semifinalist Allen Wang to take first prize. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Warren Rosenberg, Glen Randmer, Richard Getler. Video of the final.
142 players, in the strongest Westchester field ever — 16 players rated over 2500, including five over 2700. In the final of the open event, Chinese chopper/smasher Wei Wang (2810) defeated Korea's Ojin Kwon (9,3,10). Complete round robin scores, playoffs, and summary compiled by Tej Singh. Winners' photos. Action shots from Henry Lee, Glen Randmer. Semifinal video Ruichao Chen vs. Wei Wang. Final Wang vs. Kwon.
Congratulations to the WTTC's Kai Zhang for winning the Portuguese Junior Table Tennis Open, Nov. 18-19. He is now qualified to compete at the World Junior Circuit Finals in Indore, India, in January.
108 players, with 14 rated over 2500. In the final of the open, Kai Zhang defeated Jishan Liang (8,9,-8,6) to win the $2,500 first prize. The nail-biter of the weekend was Kai's stunning comeback in a quarterfinal over newcomer Hao Li, a player in China's elite Second League (11,-6,-11,13,8). Results and winners' photos. Henry Lee's action shots. Video of the final. Article, partly about the tournament, in The New Yorker.
A record 164 players — 14 rated over 2500. New players included Ange-Cédric Oba, table tennis champion of Côte d'Ivoire; Neha Aggarwal, 2012 table tennis Olympian from India; and Timothy Wang, 2015 North American Champion. In the final of the open event, Kai Zhang (rated 2707) defeated Zi Rui Zhao (2590) (-9,9,8,8). Results and winners' photos. Photos from Henry Lee, Glen Randmer. Video of the finals with Ben Nisbet.
The NA Championships were held at the WTTC on Sept. 5-7 -- men's and women's singles and teams, and the same for boys and girls. The U.S. took gold in every event. In the women's singles' final, the U.S.'s Lily Zhang came back from a 0-3 game deficit against Canada's Mo Zhang to win 4-3. Congratulations to men's singles champion Timothy Wang, who defeated Canada's Pierre-Luc Theriault 4-1 in the final. Results and videos. Highlights. Photos from Warren Rosenberg (click "Sports Events," then event name), Joel Hoffman, Glen Randmer, Henry Lee.
155 players — 10 rated over 2500. The final of the open event was a rematch of July's final between Kai Zhang (rated 2682) and Ruichao Chen (2676) This time Ruichao won (4,11,-7,9). Results and winners' photos. Video of the finals.
159 players, the second-biggest WTTC tournament ever. Players came from Bosnia, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Canada, and across the U.S. In the final of the open event, Kai Zhang (rated 2661) defeated Ruichao Chen (2664) (4,4,6). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Henry Lee / Glen Randmer. Video of the finals with Ben Nisbet.
Thirty-three kids, including 12 from Trinidad & Tobago, participated in Week 2 of the WTTC's summer camp, with coaches Rawle Alleyne, Paul David, Kai Zhang, and Hanwei Wang.
Will Shortz celebrated playing table tennis for his 1,000th consecutive day on June 30. The filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman ("Catfish," "Paranormal Activity 3" and "4") presented a video on Will. Journal News article + video on the party. Vulture article + interview. MetroSports Magazine article (pp. 22-26). Photos from Warren Rosenberg / Glen Randmer / Joel Hoffman / Laurel Gollo.
134 players, including 12 rated over 2500. In the final of the open event, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (rated 2689) defeated Poland's Filip Szymanski (2700) (-11,9,4,10). Besides Poland, players came from Idaho, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, and all over the Northeast. Results and winners' photos. Action photos from Joel Hoffman ... and Glen Randmer. Video of the finals by Ben Nisbet.
142 players, including 12 rated over 2500. In the final of the open event, chopper/smasher Qing Feng Guang (rated 2689) defeated Jishan Liang (2665) (8,-10,8,6). Newcomer Rajat Hubli from France won the U-2500. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Henry Lee, Joel Hoffman. Video of the finals from Ben Nisbet.
... for winning the 2015 Canadian Junior Open on May 13-14! He went undefeated, including beating Kanak Jha, the defending champion from California.
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Thank you to Westchester TTC members for donating $6,395 to help Trevor Salmon (above center) after his stroke. Robert and Will delivered a check on May 10.
139 players, including nine rated over 2500, four rated over 2700. In the final of the open event, 2014 NA Cup champion Eugene Wang (rated 2816) defeated Jishan Liang (2645) (5,4,3). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen Randmer, Henry Lee. Video of the finals from Ben Nisbet.
132 players. In the final of the open, Kai Zhang (rated 2706) defeated Bochao Li (2666) (6,10,4). In a semifinal, Kai defeated his longtime rival Jishan Liang, after being down 2 games to 1. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen Randmer, Henry Lee. Video of the final.
125 players, including four rated over 2600. In the final of the open, Jishan Liang (rated 2646) was defeated by his friend and nemesis Kai Zhang (2664) (10,9,-8,10). In the U2500 final, Nigeria's Yinka Olasoji defeated Kun Yang (2479) (7,9,-8,8). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen Randmer, Henry Lee. Video of the final.
In short ... wow! In the final, Canada's Eugene Wang (rated 2799) defeated California's Bob Chen (2730) in a sensational seven-game match (8,-5,7,-9,9,-4,3). Tournament wrap-up. Videos. Slide shows by Warren Rosenberg, Glen Randmer, Serge Migdal. Wang/Chen slow-mo point. Journal News article. Pre-tournament press release.
113 players. In a thrilling open final, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (rated 2664) defeated Gaoxiang Zhao (2679) (9,-10,7,-5,11). Results and winners' photos. Fantastic slo-mo point from the final (1:40) courtesy of Bob Mankoff. Full video. Sunday action shots from Glen Randmer.
About 25 kids competed in four age categories in the WTTC's Winter 2015 Kids' Tournament. Results and photos.
141 players, including an unusual number of out-of-towners. In the final of the open, Ruichao Chen (rated 2606) defeated former U.S. Nationals champion Michael Landers (2512) (7,9,7). Results and winners' photos. Video of the finals. Action shots from Warren Rosenberg (under "Sports Events") Henry Lee, and Glen Randmer.
New rubberized flooring was installed throughout the main hall on Dec. 22-23. Players will now need to wear proper athletic shoes when playing on the surface.
127 players, with six of the top eight coming from China. Seven players rated 2600+. In the final of the open, Wei Wang defeated Jie Te Zhang 5, 7, -11, 7. Results and winners' photos. Henry Lee's action shots. Glen Randmer's. Video of the Inclusion event. Video of the semifinal Jie Te Zhang vs Qing Feng Guang. Also Wei Wang vs. Jin Ze Cao. Final Wei Wang vs. Jie Te Zhang.
138 players, including five rated 2600+. In the final of the open, chopper Qing Feng Guang beat Kai Zhang 8, -10, 4, 9. Results and winners' photos. Quarterfinal video (Damien Provost vs. Bochao Li), semifinal (Provost vs. Qing Feng Guang), final (Guang vs. Kai Zhang). Saturday action shots from Warren Rosenberg. Sunday action shots from Henry Lee.
Marco Santini demonstrated his cool table tennis variation, Inclusion, at the WTTC on Oct. 4. Video.
129 players, including eight rated 2500+, In the final of the open event, teenaged Zi Rui Zhao, newly arrived from China, defeated Jishan Liang 10, 3, 8. Defending champion Qing Feng Guang lost to Jishan in a thrilling semifinal 10, 3, -10, -10, 8. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Warren Rosenberg / Henry Lee. Video of the finals / semifinal.
112 players, including the #1 player in the country, Qing Feng Guang (rated 2776). In the finals of the open, Guang beat the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2666) 1, 4, -7, 8. Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Warren Rosenberg's action shots from Sunday (click "Sports Events").
142 players. In the finals of the open, China's Qing Feng Guang (rated 2770) defeated four-time WTTC champion Damien Provost (2622) 9, 12, 9. Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Another video, with different angles and slow-motion replays. Warren Rosenberg's action shots from Saturday (click "Sports Events").
115 players in the tournament's most competitive field ever -- 12 rated over 2500, seven over 2600. Players came from seven foreign countries and coast to coast in the U.S. to compete. In the final of the open, Slovenia's Bojan Tokic (ranked #46 in the world) beat Chinese chopper Qing Feng Guang -9, 5, 2, 6. Results and winners' photos. Warren Rosenberg's action shots (click "Sports Events"). Video of the finals.
Sixteen players from California to New York took training from Bojan Tokic (ITTF-ranked #46 in the world) on June 27. Members of the second training session are pictured above. Bojan is in the blue shirt in the second row.
149 players (six 2550+) -- our second-biggest tournament ever. In the final of the open, China's Bob Chen (2735) beat Kai Zhang (2704) 4, 8, -8, 4. They won $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. Results and Photos. Video of the finals.
Starting April 24 the club will have bonus hours of 10am-3pm for players 50 years and over (and anyone else who wants to come). Cost: $5. (No charge for WTTC members.)
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Former #2 female player from India, Moonmoon Mukherjee -- now a coach for the Indian Railway team -- played at the club on April 19. She hopes to send young Indian players here for training.
22 players. Congratulations to Johannes Kantorczyk (10 & Under), Henry Nicklin (11 & 12) and Noah Landgarten (13 & 14). More results, winners' photos.
… is here. The WTTC scene starts at about 11:45.
122 players. In the final of the open event, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2685) upset China's Bob Chen (2740) 5, 9, -9, -8, 6. Bob had beaten Kai in straight games only the week before at F.I.T. Results and photos. Video of the finals.
142 players, 12 rated 2475+. Eugene Wang (2815), reigning U.S. Open champion, defeated Kai Zhang (2670) -11, 10, 3, 8 in the final. Results and photos. Also: Video of the finals. (The fourth game contained the most amazing rally of the weekend.)
Congratulations to the winners of the WTTC's Winter Kids' Tournament: 10 & Under -- Shaye Kirman, 11-12 -- Abe Gold; 13-14 -- Amel Medunjanin. Winners' photos.
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An average of 25-30 players a day, representing all ages and skill levels, took part in the WTTC's four-day Holiday Clinic, Dec. 27-30. Robert and Rawle did drills and led games. The Dec. 28 group appears above.
55 players -- a low turnout due to a snowstorm and the holidays. In the finals of the open, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (ranked 10th in the country) upset Damien Provost (ranked 6th) and Kewei Li (ranked 2nd) to take home the $1,500 grand prize. Warren Rosenberg's action shots. Results and winners' photos.
Congratulations to the winners of the Pleasantville HS table tennis tournament, held at the WTTC on Dec. 6: 1. Adam Bucheister 2. Josh Wallen 3. Paul French. Also to the winners of Horace Greeley HS: 1. Robbie Laidlaw 2. Richard Ma 3. Robert Sterian.
109 players, including 10 rated over 2500. In the final of the open event, Atlanta's Kewei Li (rated 2686) won for the second month in a row, defeating Wen Guo of China (3,15,12). Photos and Results. Video will be posted shortly.
143 players -- the highest number since Oct. 2011. Five of the country's top 11 players competed. In the final of the open event, chopper Kewei Li (rated 2662) defeated Kai Zhang (2661) (3,9,6). Results + winners' photos. Warren Rosenberg's action shots. Video of the finals. Best semifinal.
108 players this month. In the final of the open event, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (rated 2648) won in a mild upset over France's Damien Provost (2670). Photos and results.
109 players. The WTTC's Kai Zhang (rated 2644) defeated his onetime training partner Jing Yi Zhao (2461) in the final of the open event. Results and photos here.
On Aug. 15 Marco Santini demonstrated his new table tennis invention, Inclusion, with side walls added to the table for a new dimension of play. More info here.
Quarterly results are here. Note: A new Team League Night will start in September.
113 players. In the final of the open event, Kai Zhang (2639) defeated Damien Provost (2686) (9,5,7). Best match of the weekend was a ferocious semifinal pitting Kai against Michael Landers (2567). Kai won (-9,8,-8,9,9). Results and photos.
The Westchester TTC is prominent in the ITTF's wrap-up of April events.
123 players -- 11 rated 2500+. In the final of the open event, Canada's Eugene Wang (2806) rallied from a two-game deficit to beat France's Damien Provost in a nail-biting deuce-in-the-fifth set (-10,-12,10,5,11). A big contingent from Florida's Broward TTC (above) took part. Results and photos.
Canada's Andre Ho upset the U.S.'s Timothy Wang in the men's final of the 2013 ITTF North America Cup, held April 20-21 at the WTTC. Lily Zhang beat fellow American Ariel Hsing in the women's final. Videos of the top matches can be found on the ITTF YouTube channel. Still shots can be found on Warren Rosenberg's site. The Journal News has an article and a slide show. Also: Newsday slide show. Newsday video. ITTF stories. Bruce Liu photos.
Quarterly results are here. Congratulations to Victor Krupinski and all the winners!
115 players. In the final of the open event, France's Damien Provost (2667) upset Taiwan's Chia-sheng Lee (ITTF-ranked #194 in the world) in straight games (9,10,5). Results and photos.
108 players -- seven of them over 2400, four over 2500. In the open event, Kai Zhang (2603) upset Damien Provost (2670) in an exciting five-game final (1,11,-9,-10,6). The Costa Rican national table tennis team captured seven prizes over the weekend. Mexico's Yadira Silva made it to the quarters of the open and the semis of the U-2500. The Handicap event drew a record 29 players. Results and winners' photos are here. Warren Rosenberg's action shots are here; digital downloads and prints may be ordered from him.
111 players, five rated over 2500. In the open event Kai Zhang (2583) defeated YanJun Gao (2574) in a furious final (13,10,14). Results and photos.
Twenty-three players competed in our Beer Pong tournament on Jan. 19. Results and photos are here. Newsday pre-story and photo here and slide show of the event here. Journal News photos of the event (not looking our best!) here.
14 competed. Results and photos.
France's Damien Provost defeated Brooklyn's Mishel Levinski (6,6,-10,4) in the final of our December Open. Results and photos. Warren Rosenberg's action shots are here; digital downloads and prints may be ordered from him.
15-year-old Kai Zhang defeated Max Wang in the final of our November Open, which was part of New York Table Tennis Weekend. Results and photos.
Eugene Wang (USATT-rated 2783) of the Canadian national table tennis team defeated 15-year-old Chinese phenom Kai Zhang (2557) in straight games to win $2,500 in the finals of the WTTC's October Open. Results and photos.
Two recent arrivals from China battled it out in the finals of the WTTC's September Open. Kewei Li (USATT-rated 2418) upset Kai Zhang (2560)
7, -9, 6, 10. Altogether 123 players competed, including six rated over 2500. Results and photos here.
France's Damien Provost (USATT-rated 2695) defeated chopper Qing Liang Wang (2641) 10, 7, 6 in the final of our August Open. Altogether 136 players competed. Results and photos. Freelance photographer Warren Rosenberg's action shots appear here.
Kevin Wang (USATT-rated 2476) dispatched Max Wang (2556) 3-0 in the finals of the WTTC's July Open. It was the semifinal matches -- Kevin beating YanJun Gao and Max beating Peng Yin -- that were nail-biters. Each went to five games. Altogether 123 players competed. Photos and Results.
For the first time at one of our Opens, YanJun Gao wasn't the champion or runner-up. France's Damien Provost (2651) beat Peng Yin (2544) in a hard-fought, four-game match. Photos and results.
36 teams competed in five events for $2,500 in prizes in our first Doubles tournament on May 5. Photos and results.