Sept. 27-28, 2014, Tournament Results & Photos

Open

Open

F: Zi Rui Zhao def. Jishan Liang (10, 3, 8)

SF: Jishan Liang def. Qing Feng Guang (10, 3, -10, -10, 8); Zi Rui Zhao def. Qing Liang Wang (7, 10, 8)

QF: Qing Feng Guang def. Ernesto Ebuen  (10, 9, 6); Jishan Liang def. Harold Baring (6, 7, 9); Qing Liang Wang def. Ahmed Amr Reda Hossny (-8, 10, 4, 8); Zi Rui Zhao def. Kai Zhang (-4, 11, -6, 6, 6)

 

Under 2500

2500

F: Tinglei Wu def. Harold Baring (-7, 4, 8, 6)

SF: Tinglei Wu def. Amy Wang (7, -8, 8, -8, 5); Harold Baring def. Matthew Khan (-7, -5, 9, 4, 3)

QF: Amy Wang def. Franz-Josef Huermann (-4, 8, -11, 7, 9); Tinglei Wu def. Sameh Awadallah (8, -8, 8, 9); Matthew Khan def. Alan Wang (8, -5, 7, -8, 6); Harold Baring def. Mishel Levinski (7, -10, 5, 6)

 

Under 2350

2350

F: John Mark Wetzler def. Kazuyuki Yokoyama (-10, 5, 9, 7)

SF: Kazuyuki Yokoyama def. Adnan Medunjanin (8, 5, 7); John Mark Wetzler def. Tianyi Wang (7, -8, -11, 8, 4)

QF: Kazuyuki Yokoyama, bye; Adnan Medunjanin, bye; Tianyi Wang def. Rich DeWitt (8, -8, 8, 9); John Mark Wetzler, bye

 

Under 2200

2200

F: Philippe Dassonval def. Joseph Kim (7, 4, 6)

SF: Philippe Dassonval def. Victor Krupinski (7, 7, 5); Joseph Kim def. Alan Chen (9, 6, 9)

QF: Victor Krupinski def. Shay Sinha (4, 6, 5); Philippe Dassonval def. Benjamin Zhang (6, 8, 1); Joseph Kim def. Nathan Wu (1, 7, -8, 6); Alan Chen def. Edmund Suen (-6, -6, 9, 9, 5)

 

Under 2050
2050

F: Shay Sinha def. Alex Levinski (-9, 8, 7, 7)

SF: Alex Levinski def. Kim Nguyen (3, 10, 7); Shay Sinha def. Asif ud-Doula (5, 3, -9, 7)

QF: Alex Levinski def. Samuel Modina (6, -8, 4, 9); Kim Nguyen def. Steven Chen (8, -9, 7, -9, 9); Asif ud-Doula def. Nathan Wu (5, 5, 1); Shay Sinha def. Benjamin Zhang (6, 11, 5)

 

Under 2000

2000

F: Stefan Corlette def. Charles Rodriguez (8, 4, -8, 4)

SF: Charles Rodriguez def. Bill McGimpsey (4, 8, 6); Stefan Corlette def. Ian Banfield (3, 5, 4)

 

Under 1900

1900

F: Alex Levinski def. Gabriel Riskevich (9, 1, 7)

SF: Alex Levinski def. Yuriy Shaykevich (4, 6, 7); Gabriel Riskevich def. Robert Spitzer (9, 6, 6)

QF: Alex Levinski def. Tynan Seltzer (5, 5, 5); Yuriy Shaykevich def. Eric Amstislavskiy (10, 4, -5, 7); Robert Spitzer def. Trevor Salmon (5, -6, 7, -6, 12); Gabriel Riskevich def. Ray Huang (5, 15, 7)

 

Under 1750

1750

F: Esslam Hassan def. Kohei Onishi (-6,-9, 10, 9, 7)

SF: Esslam Hassan def. Bill McGimpsey (4, 5, 10); Kohei Onishi def. Glen Randmer (5, 10, 7)

 

Under 1600

1600

1. Aziz Kommel (4-1)

2. Adeel Rajput (4-1)

3. Abe Gold (4-1)

 

Under 1450

1450

F: Abe Gold def. Adeel Rajput (5, -7, 8, -9, 8)

SF: Adeel Rajput def. John Wooden (-10, 6, 7, -7, 4); Abe Gold def. Franklin Zhu (7, 9, -9, 6)

 

Under 1150

1150

F: Steven Burka def. Arthur Dunn (5, -7, 8, 3)

SF: Steven Burka def. Franklin Zhu (-9, 9, -4, 9, 9); Arthur Dunn def. Franz Ritt (8, 5, -11, -11, 7)

QF: Steven Burka def. Richard Logan (4, 7, 4): Franklin Zhu def. Jeffrey Li (12, 4, 5); Franz Ritt def. Ying Zhang (12, 11, -5, 8); Arthur Dunn, bye

 

Under 1000

1000

F: Stephen Kugler def. Arthur Dunn (8, 7, 8)

SF: Arthur Dunn def. Franz Ritt (5, -8, 5, 1); Stephen Kugler def. Jeffrey Li (8, 3, 13)

QF: Arthur Dunn def. Charlie JT Wang (5, 9, 6); Franz Ritt def. John McDermott (8, 5, 9); Jeffrey Li def. William Liu Sun (-9, 8, 5, -9, 11); Stephen Kugler def. Elie Kommel (6, 8, 3)

 

Under 850

850

F: John McDermott def. William Liu Sun (9, -8, 4, 12)

SF: William Liu Sun def. Alan Ji (7, 5, 6); John McDermott def. Jeffrey Li (6, -10, 8, 10)

QF: William Liu Sun def. Krishna Ramaswamy (6, 3, 5); Alan Ji def. Daniel Qi (-5, 6, -8, 4, 3); John McDermott def. Charlie Wang (12, -10, 3, 11); Jeffrey Li def. Marvin Puri (6, 4, 5)

 

40 Years & Over

40 and over

1. Franz-Josef Huermann (2-0)

2. Victor Krupinski (1-1)

 

Under 3500 Doubles

Doubles

F: Trevor Salmon/Adeel Rajput def. Sik-Kay Poon/Daniel Mak (-5, -8, 7, 7, 6)

SF: Trevor Salmon/Adeel Rajput def. Steven Burka/Wally Green (-7, 3, 7, -5, 6); Sik-Kay Poon/Daniel Mak def. Ian Banfield/Will Shortz (5, 9, -9, 9)

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sun., Dec. 15

The largest math puzzle competition in the world

Sat., Dec. 21 (10 am - 4 pm)

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of U.S.-Chinese diplomatic relations

Sat./Sun., Dec. 28-29

$6,000 in prizes • $2,000 first prize

Fri. & Mon., Dec. 27 & 30, 10am-3pm daily

For all ages • Intensive training with Rawle, Kokou, and company

Wed., Jan. 22 (6:30-10:00 pm)

To benefit the UJA-Federation of New York • The side room will remain open for regular play

Sat./Sun., Jan. 25-26

$6,000 in prizes • $2,000 first prize

Sat./Sun., Feb. 1-2

Collegiate table tennis championship for schools in New York City and environs • Spectators invited

Sat./Sun., Feb. 22-23

$6,000 in prizes • $2,000 first prize

Sat./Sun., March 28-29

$6,000 in prizes • $2,000 first prize

Sat./Sun., April 25-26

$6,000 in prizes • $2,000 first prize

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Westchester Win at the North American Teams Championship

The Westchester Warriors — Amoolya Menon, Carly Googel, Andrea Tang, and Levi Leder — won Division 14 at the North American Teams Championships in D.C. over Thanksgiving weekend. • Jay Chelur's photos of WTTC members and friends at the tournament.

November Open

154 players, including five rated over 2600. In the final of the open, Sharon Alguetti (2638) beat Kai Zhang (2677) (9,4,7). Results and winners' photos. • Video of the final • Action shots from Glen RandmerRich London • Spectator's program.

Kai Zhang Triumph

The WTTC's Kai Zhang helped the USA men reach the quarterfinal of the Team World Cup in Tokyo on Nov. 6-10. Leon Libin article (with photos) in MetroSports Magazine.

October Open

175 players, including a two-time Canadian champion, two leading players from Quebec, and a Nigerian (once ITTF-ranked #214) who now plays for a club in Portugal. In the final of the open, 42-year-old Yanjun Gao (rated 2502) beat Jiang Niu (2467) (13,8,3) to become the second-oldest Westchester Open champion ever. Results and winners' photosVideo of the final • Action shots from Glen Randmer • Jay ChelurRich London • Spectator's program.

World Parkinson's Championship

Westchester hosted the 1st ITTF World Parkinson's Table Tennis Championships on Oct. 11-13. Players and officials came from more than 20 countries. ITTF article #1#2 • Journal News articleMetroSports Magazine • KTVZ news feature • USATT article • Margie Alley article + link to film • Full results • Action shots from Glen Randmer • Jay Chelur • Leon Libin.

U.S. Youth National Ranking Tournament

Westchester hosted a USATT National Ranking Tournament for players 18 and under on Oct. 3-6. Almost 100 participated. Results. Photos by Jay Chelur.

September Open

155 players. In the final of the open event, Juan Liu beat Yijun Feng (6,9,-6,9) for her third win in a row. Results and winners' photos. Video of the final • Action shots from Warren RosenbergGlen Randmer • Rich London • Spectator's program.

National Ranking Tournament

The WTTC hosted a National Ranking Tournament for adults on Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Among the men the players with the best records were Xin Zhou (7-0), Yijun Feng (5-2), and Nikhil Kumar (5-2). The best records among the women were by Juan Liu (6-0), Amy Wang (4-2), and Lily Zhang (4-2). Saturday action shots from Glen Randmer • Sunday shots from Jay Chelur • Friday-Sunday shots by Rich London • USATT photos and videos.

August Open

177 players, including five rated over 2600. In the final, Juan Liu (USATT-rated 2654) came from behind and repeated her July win by beating Poland's Daniel Gorak (2619; former ITTF world-ranked #52) in five games (9,-3,-10,9,11). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final (Liu vs. Gorak) • Semifinal #1 Liu vs. Jiwei Xu) • #2 Gorak vs. Yijun Feng • Action shots by Glen Randmer • Rich London • Spectator's program (featuring Jian Li).

Will's 2,500-Day Streak

On August 8 Will Shortz celebrated 2,500 consecutive days of playing table tennis. Channel 12 News storyVideo of the party • Photos by Glen Randmer.

July Open

A record 192 players, including six rated over 2600. All of Sunday's events were full. The total of prize money awarded at the Westchester Open since 2011 passed half a million dollars. The tournament had its first female champion — Juan Liu (rated 2617), who defeated Jiwei Xu (2701) (5,-7,7,7). Results and winners' photos • Video of the final • Semi #1Semi #2 • Action shots from Warren Rosenberg • Glen RandmerRich London • Spectator's program • MetroSports article • USATT article.

Andreas Levenko Visit

Austrian table tennis phenom Andreas Levenko — world #1 under 21 years (second from left in photo) — visited the WTTC (with friends) on July 15 for a party and friendly play.

 

June Open

129 players, with many regulars away for the U.S. Nationals. In a nail-biting final of the open, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (USATT-rated 2644) upset China's Jiwei Xu (2716) in five games (11,-10,-4,6,10). Results and winners' photos • Video of the finalZhang vs. Bochao Li semifinal • Action shots from Rich London • Spectator's program.

Antoine Hachard Clinic

Hachard Clinic

France's Antoine Hachard (far right) (world-ranked #153 by the ITTF) and Valeria Petrova (second from right) (Estonia #1 female) conducted two 90-minute training sessions at Westchester on June 12.

Interclub Competition

The Westchester TTC welcomed the Hot Shots Table Tennis club from Jersey City, N.J., on Friday, May 31, for a friendly competition and party. Results.

Hotshots group

May Open

168 players. In the final of the open, reigning U.S. Open champion Eugene Wang (USATT-rated 2758) defeated Nigeria's Makanjuola Kazeem (2662) (9,5,3). Great five-game semifinal between Kazeem and Jian Li (2603). Results and winners' photos • Video of the final • Semifinal Kazeem vs. Li • Wang vs. Levinski • Behind-the-back Levinski shot (starting at 10:12) • Action shots from Jay ChelurGlen RandmerRich London • Spectator's program.

Interclub Competition

The Westchester TTC welcomed the Madison (N.J.) 'Y' TTC on Saturday, May 18, for a friendly competition and party.

Madison

April Open

153 players. In the final of the open, Kaden Xu (USATT-rated 2722) defeated Sharon Alguetti (2629) (6,-10,6,7). Results and winners' photos. Action shots by Glen Randmer • Jay Chelur, Day 1Day 2Rich London • Video of the final by Ben Nisbet • Interview with Kaden (2:27) • Spectator's program.

Kai Zhang Interview

The WTTC's Kai Zhang was interviewed in April about his life and table tennis goals on Sinovision TV (in Chinese; 10:23).

March Open

149 players. In the final of the open, Kaden Xu (USATT-rated 2713) defeated Kai Zhang (2654) (2,6,5). Results and winners' photos. Video of semifinal Qin vs. ZhangLi vs. Xu • Final Xu vs. Zhang • Action shots from Rich London • Glen RandmerJay Chelur • Ashoke Tewari Day 1, Day 2.

NCTTA Northeast Regional Championships

The NCTTA Northeast Regional Championships were held at the WTTC on March 9-10. More than a dozen schools took part in singles and team competition. Results • Report with photos in MetroSports Magazine • Action shots from Glen Randmer • Warren Rosenberg • Nancy Zhou.

February Open

167 players in an extraordinarily strong field — 15 rated over 2500. In an all-foreign final, Austria's Robert Gardos (ranked #52 by the ITTF) beat Korea's Tae Hoon Kim (USATT-rated 2666) (9,6,6). In the semifinals, Gardos beat Kai Zhang (2654) in five games; Kim beat Kaden Xu (2722) in four. Results and winners' photos. Video of the finalGardos/Zhang semifinalKim/Xu semifinal • Audio interview (4:07) with Gardos. • Program • Action shots from Rich London • Jay Chelur Day 1, Day 2 • Glen Randmer.

Hopes Camp and Tournament

More than 30 players 12 and under took part in the USATT Hopes Training Camp and Tournament on Feb. 8-10, under the direction of national coach Pieke Franssen, Judy Hugh, and the WTTC's Rawle Alleyne and Kokou Fanny. In the final of the Boys event, the MDTTC's Stanley Hsu (USATT-rated 2144) defeated Aryan Jha (1926) (4,8,6). In the Girls event, the best records were compiled by Ava Sun (1848) and Amoolya Menon (1325). Photos from Warren Rosenberg • Glen Randmer • Jay Chelur.

Benji, 1952-2019

Missing our dear friend and table tennis companion, Lloyd (Benji) Benjamin.

January 2019 Open

180 players, including nine rated over 2500. In the final, Kaden Xu (USATT-rated 2696) upset the reigning U.S. Open champion Eugene Wang (2806) (9,5,6). Results and winners' photos • Videos of the Xu/Hazin semifinal • Wang/Alguetti semifinal  • Wang/Xu final  • Audio interview with Kaden (3:22) • Another (1:06) • Program • Action shots from Jay Chelur • Glen Randmer • Rich London.

December Open

186 players, one less than the record. Players came from Finland, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Guyana, Hong Kong, Canada, and coast to coast in the U.S. In the final, Kaden Xu (USATT-rated 2691) defeated Zhiwen He (2671) (14,10,-11,7). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. • Action shots from Glen Randmer • Rich London.

2018 Holiday Camp a Success

HolidayClinic 2018
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Almost 70 players -- young and old, of all skill levels -- took part in the WTTC's annual Holiday Camp Dec. 27-28.

November Open

142 players, including a nine-member team from South Korea. In an all-Westchester final, Kai Zhang (USATT-rated 2633) defeated Sharon Alguetti (2590) (7,-6,7,9). Results and winners' photosVideo of the final. • Ben Nisbet's interview with Kai (2:55) • Photos by Jay Chelur • Glen Randmer • Henry Lee • Rich London.

October Open

149 players, including nine rated over 2500. In the final, two-time Canadian champion Jeremy Hazin (2571) defeated Jian Li (2564) (10,8,-7,-15,12). Results and winners' photos. • Program • Video of the final • Jay Chelur's photos Day 1Day 2 • Photos from Glen Randmer • Rich London • Henry Lee

Egyptian Table Tennis Stars

El-Sayed Lashin, former #76 in the world, and Ibrahim Hamato, who learned to play table tennis without his arms after a train accident at age 10, visited the club on Oct. 21 and played exhbiition matches. • MetroSports report and photos • Photos by Jay Chelur.

September Open

139 players. In the final, Jishan Liang (USATT-rated 2626) beat Kai Zhang (2642) (13,9,-4,-7,4). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Interview with Jishan (:50). Action pics from Warren Rosenberg • Jay Chelur • Glen Randmer.

August Open

179 players, including 10 rated over 2500. In the final, the WTTC's Sharon Alguetti (2681) beat Japan's Akifumi Hamakawa (2683) (11,-7,10,-8,9). Results and winners' photos. • Video of the final. • Game 5 of the final only (edited) • Interview with Sharon Alguetti (1:23) • Tournament program. • USATT report • Glen Randmer's action shots.

July Open

187 players, a new WTTC record. In the final, the WTTC's Sharon Alguetti (rated 2648) beat Jishan Liang (also 2648) (-6,7,7,9). First prize was newly raised to $2,000. Taipei's De-Yang Chih won U2500; Slovakia's Peter Turcek won U2350, Ghana's Courage Nanevie won U2200, and Jamaica's Curtis Dehaney was on a winning doubles team. Results and winners' photos. • Video of the final. • Semifinal #1 Sharon vs. Akifumi Hamakawa • Semifinal #2 Jishan vs. Gal Alguetti • Ben Nisbet's interview with Sharon (1:54). • USATT article. • Sunday action shots from Glen Randmer.

Stefan Kanfer, 1933-2018

Co-founder of the Rivertowns Table Tennis Club, the predecessor of the Westchester TTC, Stefan Kanfer was a longtime writer/editor for Time magazine and the author of best-selling biographies of Marlon Brando, Lucille Ball, Groucho Marx, and other celebrities. A wit, a raconteur, a good friend, and member #1 of the Westchester TTC. We miss him.

June Open

138 players, including 12 rated over 2500. In the final, Poland's Lucjan Blaszczyk (2758; former ITTF top 20 in the world) defeated Jishan Liang (2634) (7,5,-5,11). In a semifinal match, chopper/smasher Jian Li (2640) forced Lucjan to five games. Results and winners' photos. Video of the final • Blaszczyk/Li semfinal. Action shots from Jay Chelur • Henry Lee • Joel Hoffman • Glen Randmer.

May Open

A record 174 players, including four rated over 2600. In the final, Kaden Xu (2686) defeated Jishan Liang (2650) (7,5,6). The most spectacular match was the five-game semifinal Xu vs. Jian Li. Results and winners' photos. Video of the final • semifinal #1 (Xu vs. Jian Li). Jay Chelur's photos Day 1Day 2. Glen Randmer's Day 2 photos.

April Open

140 players. In the final, Marco Navas (2478) of the Venezuelan table tennis team fell to Sharon Alguetti (2639), defaulting while down 4-0 in the fourth game. In the semis, Marco beat Jian Li (2638) (-11,10,10,7), and Sharon beat Kai Zhang (2646) (11,7,11). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Glen Randmer's photos • Jay Chelur's photos Day 1Day 2.

March Open

147 players. In the final, Jian Li (2624) defaulted to Kai Zhang (2610) with a leg cramp, after being down (-10,10,4, and 4-2 in fourth). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Jay Chelur (Day 1, Day 2), Glen RandmerVideo of the final.

NCTTA Regional Championship

Twelve schools — Brandeis, Brooklyn, Brown, Columbia, FIT, MIT, Northeastern, NYU, Rutgers, SUNY Stonybrook, Tufts, and Yale — competed in the Northeast NCTTA Championship on March 10-11. As a team, NYU took first place. NYU's Adar Alguetti won men's singles. Erica Wu won women's singles. Photos from Glen Randmer. MetroSports Magazine writeup.

Interclub Competition

On Sunday, March 4, eight members of the Madison (NJ) 'Y' TTC came to Westchester for a friendly interclub competition. All players were rated 1700-2050. Each player played everyone on the opposing team -- 64 matches in all. Westchester won 33-31. Pizza, snacks, and soft drinks were served. Photos and More photos by Joe Wu.

February Open

169 players, including 10 rated over 2500. In the final, Junhan Wu (2698) defeated Jian Li (2614) (2,5,6). Nigeria's Hammed Adeyinka (world-ranked #577 by the ITTF) reached the quarterfinals. Results and winners' photos. Sunday action shots from Warren Rosenberg, Glen Randmer. Video of the final.

1st Parkinson's Table Tennis Championship

The world's first Parkinson's Table Tennis Championship was held at the club on Saturday, Feb. 17. The players included one from Denmark and six from the WTTC. Photo-essay by Bruce Ballard. Glen Randmer's photos. Channel 12 news piece (:53).

January 2018 Open

163 players. In the final, the WTTC's Sharon Alguetti (2615) defeated China's Nuo Xu (2533) (-8,4,10,3). Sharon is only the second U.S.-trained player to win the tournament, and Nuo is only the third female player to reach the final. Results and winners' photos. Glen Randmer's action shotsVideo of the final.

Club Featured on Voice of America

More publicity for the WTTC's Ping Pong for Parkinson's program ran on the Mandarin channel of Voice of America (3 minutes 26 seconds). Video.

December Open

152 players, including 10 rated over 2500. In the final, Croatia's Tomislav Pucar (2820; world-ranked #84 by the ITTF) defeated the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2606) (7,9,4). The tournament's highlight was Pucar's narrow semifinal win over chopper/smasher Jian Li (6,8,-5,-10,5). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Action shots from Jay Chelur (day 1) (day 2), Glen Randmer.

Club Featured on CBS News

The WTTC's innovative Ping Pong for Parkinson's program was featured on the CBS Evening News on Dec. 30. Video.

Book Launch Party

Rob Bernstein Book Launch Party
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Around 20 people attended a party for the launch of Rob Bernstein's new book, "Uniquely Normal." Rob discussed several of the book's 27 case studies on treating autism.

National Over-40 Tour Championship

Fifty players from as far away as Seattle, Austin, San Antonio, and Minneapolis took part in the championship of the National Over-40 Table Tennis Tour on Dec. 2-3. In the final, New York's Yanjun Gao (2619) beat Yu Shao (2528) (11,7,-8,8,12) to take home $3,000. Four-time U.S. men's singles champion Jimmy Butler finished third. Almost $12,000 was awarded altogether. The event was the culmination of 14 over-40 tournaments (the "Tour") held across the U.S. in 2016-17, as a prelude to the World Veterans Championship coming to Las Vegas in June 2018. Results and winners' photosMetroSports magazine writeup. Action shots from Warren Rosenberg, Jay Chelur, Glen Randmer.

November Open

137 players, including visitors from Indonesia, New Zealand, the U.K., Nigeria, Canada, and China. Five players were rated over 2600. In the final, China's Wei Wang (2754) defeated Jian Li (2671) (5,5,-12,9). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Jay Chelur, Glen Randmer, TJ Braley. Video of the final.

NCTTA Divisional Championship

More than 60 athletes from eight NYC-area colleges competed at the Westchester TTC on Saturday, Nov. 4, for their NCTTA divisional championship. The top finishers were NYU and Yale. Warren Rosenberg's photos and wrapup.

October Open

132 players, including seven rated over 2600. In the final, Jian Li (2682) beat Canada's Jeremy Hazin (2531) (8,7,7). Results and winners' photos. Glen Randmer's action shots. Video of the final.

Will Shortz's Five-Year Streak

On October 3 Will celebrated five years -- 1,826 days -- of playing table tennis every day. More than 75 players attended. Jayadas Chelur's photos.

September Open

158 players, including six rated over 2600. In the final, Slovenia's Bojan Tokic, world-ranked #62 by the ITTF, beat Jishan Liang (2686) (3,-5,4,1). In the final of Puzzle Pong, in which players answered brainteasers and trivia questions for points while playing, Rahul Acharya beat brother Rohan 21-19. Results and winners' photos. Sunday action and personality shots from Glen Randmer • Jayadas Chelur • Henry Lee • Joel Hoffman. Video of the finals.

2nd Over-40 Open — Sept. 2017

65 players from as far away as Ecuador, Alaska, and Montreal. In the final of the open event, Yanjun Gao (2632) defeated Yu Shao (2530) (3,7,8). Former World Veterans champion Yuxiang Li swept three age events — 50+, 55+, and 60+ — without losing a game. Results and winners' photos. Glen Randmer's action shots from 9/10.

Parkinson's Night Celebration

The Westchester TTC celebrated six months of its Parkinson's Night program, for players diagnosed with Parkinson's, on Wednesday, Sept. 6, with speeches, refreshments, a song by Nenad Bach, and lots of play. Warren Rosenberg's photos and writeup in MetroSports Magazine.

Party for Rahul and Amel

Over 100 people bid farewell to the college-bound Rahul Acharya and Amel Medunjanin. Adnan Medunjanin roasted a lamb, and the Acharyas provided Indian food. Photos from Glen Randmer.

August Open

134 players, including seven rated over 2600. In the final, Junhan Wu beat Jishan Liang (-2,8,-8,7,4). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen Randmer. Semifinal #1: Wu vs. Yanjun Gao. Semifinal #2: Liang vs. Jian Li. Final: Wu vs. Liang.

July Open

157 players, including visitors from Canada, France, Spain, Pakistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and Dominican Republic. In the final, Junhan Wu (2777) defeated Jian Li (2650) (8,-8,7,9). Table tennis legend Zhiwen He, four-time Olympian, 2016 world champion for 50+, once ranked 10th in the world, lost in a semifinal match to Wu. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Warren RosenbergGlen Randmer, Joel Hoffman. MetroSports magazine writeup and photos. Video of the final. Semifinal video #1 He vs. Wu. Semifinal #2 Gao vs. Li.

June Open

140 players, including 12 rated over 2500. In the final, Junhan Wu (2754) defeated Kaden Xu (2690) (3,5,9). Nigeria's Kazeem Makanjuola, formerly world-ranked #346, lost in a quarterfinal match to Kaden. In the final of Puzzle Pong, an experimental event in which players answered word, logic, and trivia teasers while playing, Tom Lackaff (1606) defeated Rahul Acharya (2365) 21-18. Results and winners' photos. Glen Randmer's action shotsVideo of the finals • Semifinal.

Zoran Primorac Clinic & Party

Seven-time table tennis Olympian Zoran Primorac, from Croatia, led two 90-minute training clinics at the club on Sunday, June 18. Altogether 37 players took part, with many additional guests for a party. Croatian rock star and club member Nenad Bach arranged the visit. Report by Leon Libin. Photos from Glen Randmer, Joel HoffmanVideo highlights.

May Open

127 players, including 10 rated over 2500. In an all-WTTC final, Kai Zhang (2641) defeated Sharon Alguetti (2621) (7,5,4). The real action was in the semfinals. In a stunning upset Sharon defeated China's Junhan Wu (2787) (-7,9,11,-4,9), and Kai edged past Sharon's brother Adar (2640) (15,14,-6,11). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Action shots from Joel Hoffman, Glen Randmer.

April Open

122 players. The open final featured two recent arrivals from China -- Junhan Wu defeating Deng Pan (-9,6,-8,8,9). Results and winners' photos. Writeup and photos from MetroSports magazine. Action shots from Warren Rosenberg, Glen Randmer, and Joel Hoffman. Video of the final. Semifinal between Nigeria's Azeez Jamiu and Junhan Wu.

ChipandGus

The Westchester TTC hosted the ping-pong play "ChipandGus," written and performed by John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen, on Friday, April 28, to rave reviews. 75 people attended.

March Open

115 players. In the open final, Jishan Liang (USATT-rated 2669) defeated Kaden Xu (2700). Results and winners' photos. Sunday action shots from Glen Randmer, Henry LeeVideo of the final.

Northeast NCTTA Champions

Congratulations to all the winners of the NE Championships of the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association, held at the WTTC on March 4-5. Schools competing were Baruch, Brown, Columbia, UConn, UMass, MIT, NJ Institute of Technology, NY Institute of Technology, NYU, Northeastern, Princeton, Rutgers, SUNY Stonybrook, Tufts, Worcester Polytechnic, and Yale. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen RandmerAriel Chen.

Parkinson's Night

The Westchester TTC launched Parkinson's Night, for people with Parkinson's disease, on March 1. Channel 12 News covered it here. It continues every Wednesday at 7:30. The first night for anyone with Parkinson's is free.

February Open

153 players, including visitors from Russia, Nigeria, California, and Quebec. In the open final, Russia's Sergey Bratchenko defeated Zirui Zhao (2618) (-7,2,4,7). Results and winners' photos. Action shots by Henry Lee and Glen RandmerVideo of the final.

January 2017 Open

A record 170 players, with 11 rated over 2500. In the open final, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2659) overcame a severe leg cramp to defeat Sharon Alguetti (2631) (8,8,-11,9). In the semis, Sharon defeated the tournament's #1 seed, Jian Li (2661), and Kai sneaked past Nigeria's Azeez Jamiu (ITTF world-ranked #370). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Sunday action shots from Henry Lee, Glen Randmer.

December Open

116 players. In the open final, Junhan Wu, from China (2758), defeated the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2688) (2,-10,9,5). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen RandmerVideo of the final.

November Open

117 players, including 14 rated over 2500. In the open final, Junhan Wu, newly arrived from China (estimated 2800), defeated Bohan Zhang (2728) (4,-9,6,8). In the semis, Bohan defeated Wei Wang (2815), and Junhan defeated Sharon Alguetti (2619) in hard-fought matches. Results and winners' photosAction shots from Glen Randmer. Video of the final.

October Open

134 players, including 13 rated over 2500. In the open final, Kaden Xu (2649) defeated Jishan Liang (2660) (6,1,10). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Saturday action shots from Warren Rosenberg; Sunday shots from Glen Randmer.

September Open

115 players. In the open final, Croatia's Andrej Gacina, ITTF-ranked #20 in the world, defeated the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2648) (8,-9,1,-11,5). Results and winners' photos. Semifinal video Andrej Gacina vs. Ye TianJian Li vs. Kai Zhang. Final Andrej Gacina vs. Kai Zhang. Action shots from Glen Randmer, Joel Hoffman/Eldin Medunjanin.

1st Over-40 Open

Over 40 Women
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50 players over two days. In the final of the giant snake ladder event, Westchester TTC's Robert Roberts (2520) defeated Anthony Valerio (2372) 12-10 in the fifth. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen Randmer, Warren Rosenberg. Writeup and photos in MetroSports Magazine. Women players shown above.

August Open

128 players, including 10 rated over 2500. In the open final, chopper/ smasher Jian Li (2661) defeated Nigeria's Olajide Omotayo (2566) (4,-9,6,9). Results and winners' photos. Ben Nisbet's video of the final. Action shots from Glen Randmer, Joel Hoffman/Eldin Medunjanin.

July Open

138 players, including ones from 10 foreign countries. In the open final, Ruichao Chen (2689) defeated Yutian Wang (2541) (-8,3,8,2). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen RandmerVideo of the final.

June Open

131 players, including Yadira Silva, the #1 female player in Mexico, and Olajide Omotayo, from Nigeria, ITTF-ranked #635 in the world. In the open final, Zi Rui Zhao (2643) defeated Kaden Xu (2659) (9,-6,-11,4,2). Results and winners' photos. Video of the finals. Action shots from Glen Randmer.

May Open

149 players, including five rated over 2600. In the open final, Jian Li (2630) defeated Kai Zhang (2629) (9,8,7). ESPN filmed Kai for a "SportsCenter" feature to air in June. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Joel HoffmanHenry LeeGlen Randmer. Video of semifinal Kai Zhang vs. Julian Mohr. Final Jian Li vs. Kai Zhang.

New York State Championships

86 players. The WTTC's Kai Zhang won both the Men's Open and 18 & Under. Results and winner's photos. Photos from Warren Rosenberg, Joel Hoffman, Glen RandmerVideo of the final. MetroSports magazine about the event.

"American Pong Challenge"

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.

April Open

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 of the final. Sunday action shots from Glen Randmer, Henry Lee.

March Open

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.

NCTTA NE Championships

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.

February Open

116 players. In the open final, Zi Rui Zhao (2617) beat Jian Li (2637) (6,9,9). Results and winners' photos. Video of the finals. Action shots from Glen Randmer (Sunday), Warren Rosenberg (Saturday).

TV Interview

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.

U.S. Olympic Trials

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.

January 2016 Open

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 RandmerVideo of the final by Ben Nisbet.

December Open

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.

November Open

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.

Portuguese Junior Open

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.

October Open

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.

September Open

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.

North American Championships

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.

August Open

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.

July Open

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 RandmerVideo of the finals with Ben Nisbet.

Day 1,000 Celebration

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 RosenbergGlen Randmer / Joel Hoffman / Laurel Gollo.

June Open

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.

May Open

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 HoffmanVideo of the finals from Ben Nisbet.

Congratulations to Kai Zhang

... for winning the 2015 Canadian Junior Open on May 13-14! He went undefeated, including beating Kanak Jha, the defending champion from California.

Aid for Trevor Salmon

Trevor Salmon
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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.

April Open

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 LeeVideo of the finals from Ben Nisbet.

March Open

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 RandmerHenry LeeVideo of the final.

February Open

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 LeeVideo of the final.

NA Tour Grand 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.

January 2015 Open

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.

Winter Kids' Tournament

About 25 kids competed in four age categories in the WTTC's Winter 2015 Kids' Tournament. Results and photos.

December Open

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' photosVideo of the finals. Action shots from Warren Rosenberg (under "Sports Events") Henry Lee, and Glen Randmer.

November Open

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.

October Open

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.

Inclusion

Marco Santini demonstrated his cool table tennis variation, Inclusion, at the WTTC on Oct. 4. Video.

September Open

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.

August Open

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 finalWarren Rosenberg's action shots from Sunday (click "Sports Events").

July Open

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").

June Open

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.

Training with Bojan Tokic

 Class with Tokic
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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.

May Open

123 players. In the final of the open, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2699) beat longtime rival Jishan Liang (2581) 3, -10, 5, 7. Results and Photos. Video of the finals.

April Open

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.

Indian Champion Here

Moonmoon
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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.

Spring Kids' Tournament

22 players. Congratulations to Johannes Kantorczyk (10 & Under), Henry Nicklin (11 & 12) and Noah Landgarten (13 & 14). More results, winners' photos.

"60 Minutes" on Bob Mankoff

… is here. The WTTC scene starts at about 11:45.

March Open

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.

February Open

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.)

"60 Minutes" at the Club

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Morley Safer and a film crew from "60 Minutes" were at the club on Feb. 19 to film Bob Mankoff and Will Shortz playing TT.

January 2014 Open

118 players. The WTTC's own Kai Zhang (2670, ranked #5 in the country) defeated XinXu Zhao (2535) -13, 5, 7, 9 -- for his 8th win at a WTTC Open. Results and photosVideo.

Winter Kids' Tournament

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.

Holiday Clinic a Success

Holiday Clinic 2013
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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, 2013. Robert and Rawle led drills and games. The Dec. 28 group appears above.

Inclusion Demo

On Aug. 15, 2013, 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.

ITTF Video on the NA Cup

The Westchester TTC is prominent in the ITTF's wrap-up of April 2013 events.

Note ...

For tournament summaries from before January 2014, see here.