by Will Shortz
Below is a list of 192 U.S. table tennis clubs, in 47 states plus Puerto Rico, where I have played as of October 18, 2014, along with 70 more clubs in 26 foreign countries. To the best of my knowledge I hold the record for playing at more U.S. table tennis clubs, located in more U.S. states, than anyone else in history.
States not yet played in: Hawaii, Mississippi, Wyoming.
My rules as to what constitutes a club that may be counted:
In D.C. • Five teams will represent the WTTC
$5,400+ in prizes • $1,500 first prize
For kids and adults — 1 or 2 days
$5,400+ in prizes • $1,500 first prize
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. Winners' photos, action shots, and video coming shortly.
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.