2010 Dec ICC Cal Open

(Open final Jitendra Gidla vs Zaman Molla. Commentated by Carl Danner.)

Number of entries are limited to ensure quality. Absolutely no more than 250 players. (Individual event cap also applies.) Do not miss the party! Free hotel for out-of-town players over 2350! (Advanced approval required.)
  • Photos from the previous tournament in May

ICC Pre-Nationals Tournament (Dec 3 - 5, 2010)

(Jitendra Gidla - Winner of the last ICC tournament and the only player who won twice)

The registration is officially closed. Unless it is our mistake, no more entries even with a late fee. Once we verify all info in the database, we'll post the draw. Please email me any error ASAP.

  • 229 players - only the 4th largest USATT-sanctioned tournament this year so far. Rajul is very upset about not being able to get 240 as he projected. On the other hand, I'm happy that we have so "few" players so that we can maintain a higher quality tournament.
  • I've been asked many times. So here it is. The defending champion, Jitendra Gidla, won't defend his title because he will be in India for a couple of months. Hope he won't get mad at me by announcing this in public. He will come back with a wife! Congratulations Jitu.
  • Things you can help:
    • Arrive ICC ahead of time for your event. The event time is starting time - as well as default time. You will need to allocate some extra time to park, check in, warmup, changing, and etc... We'll have to default people at match time. Can't afford to wait for late players. It will be like punishing all other players who are punctual.
    • The first thing you arrive at the venue is check in with the control desk. You only have to do it once a day so that we know your presence. If you don't check in, we won't know you've arrived and may default you at the match time by mistake.
    • Two-minute warmup
    • Return the score sheet and clipboard right after you finish the match. You can always chat with your admirers later.:-)
Oh, BTW, we'll have a world-class chopper in the tournament. Wei Wang, the top seed of the tournament and former Chinese team member, was undefeated in the North America Team Championships last week in Baltimore. I heard he competed head-to-head with world top-100 players in the Europe League. Have your camcorder ready!

I'm sure we'll have a fantastic tournament. Free popcorn for everyone while available. Let's have fun this weekend.

Pings and Pongs


In addition to being a writer, Larry Hodges is also a world-renowned clip player.


2010 ICC Junior Team Trials

What a treat! In a sunny Saturday afternoon on October 16 while Giants were playing their first playoff in eight years, the ICC Junior team trials still drew a big crowd. The kids did not disappoint them.

Four boys and four girls entered the trials. All of them will represent ICC Junior teams at the 2010 US Nationals. However, the trials would determine which team they will play in. In boys side, the top three finishers will form ICC Team 1 and the fourth will team with Aashay Patel and David Gong who couldn't make it to the trials in Team 2. (Aashay had a previous engagement while David lives in Atlanta.) In the girls side, the winner of the round robin will join Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang to form the ICC Junior Team 1. Ariel and Lily are pre-qualified because of their world ranking. The rest of the girls will form Team 2.

Two barriered tables on ITTF approved red mat were used. The kids in the trials took turns to keep the score on the official score tables. ICC coach Maggie Tian was taking notes throughout the trials. Several camcorders from the parents were on the court side. Photos were taken professionally. It was no kid stuff. It was serious business!

In the boys round robin, there was only one upset, Krish (2175) who will turn 11 years old in December, lost to Shivi (2003) who just celebrated his 11th birthday in October. Shivi, apparently happy, almost seemed sorry to pull the upset from his buddy Krish. Both possess great touch and mid-distance rally capability. They wooed and wowed the spectators from the start to the end. They will rival with each other for a long long time.

In the girls side, it was kind of messy. Some girls just did not respect the holy rating and made the result very interesting. Although Hannah's 1738 USATT rating is comparable to Diane's 1716, her club rating is 122 points lower. (1594 vs 1716) She came back from down 1:2 to win the match 11:9 in the fifth. However, that was not the story of the trials. Ishana whose obvious out-dated USATT rating is merely 629. She turned around beat a much higher rated Hannah in a dominating fashion.

The last match of the trials was cliff-hanging. The winner will team with Ariel and Lily in Team 1 - a lot was on the line. The top seed Isabel and the 2nd seed Diane looked very serious and their parents looked beyond serious. The boys' round robin had finished by then. Most players in the club stopped playing and gathered around the court to watch the match. Both girls played a fast-paced game. They kept smashing at each other. Diane couldn't miss in the first game. Isabel matched Diane very well in the second game but still lost in deuce. Just when people thought it was over, Isabel refused to let go and won the 3rd and 4th game easily. So, it all came down to one game. Diane took the early lead but the score was still within reach. She kept the lead to 9:7 near the end. All of a sudden, not sure what happened, Isabel pulled another rabbit out of her magic hat. She won 4 points in a row to snatch the victory. What a match!

A sidebar - Isabel and Diane had a busy week. Isabel burned some mid-night oil this week for her pre-SAT test and had to cancel her group training on Saturday. Diane finished first in a 5-K race in her school in her grade one day before the trials. She finished the race in 30 minutes!

  • Krish Avvari over Howard Tong 3-0 (11:6, 11:5, 11:5)
  • Shivansh Kumar over Victor Liu 3-0 (11:8, 11:6, 11:7)
  • Krish over Victor 3-1 (11:9, 12:10, 5:11, 11:5)
  • Shivansh over Howard 3-0 (11:1, 12:10, 11:6)
  • Victor over Howard 3-0 (11:6, 11:8, 15:13)
  • Krish lost to Shivansh 1-3 (9:11, 12:14, 11:7, 10:12)
Final standings:
  1. Shivansh Kumar 3:0
  2. Krish Avvari 2:1
  3. Vcitor Liu 1:2
  4. Howard Tong 0:3
  • Isabel Chu over Ishana Deb 3-0 (11:1, 11:5, 11:1)
  • Diane Jiang lost to Hannah Tong 2-3 (8:11, 11:8, 11:2, 8:11, 9:11)
  • Isabel over Hannah 3-1 (8:11, 11:5, 11:4, 11:9)
  • Diane over Ishana 3-0 (11:5, 11:0, 11:7)
  • Hannah lost to Ishana 0-3 (6:11, 7:11, 7:11)
  • Isabel over Diane 3-2 (7:11, 12:14, 11:4, 11:3, 11:9)
Final standings:
  1. Isabel Chu 3:0
  2. Diane Jiang 1:2 (+2)
  3. Ishana Deb 1:2 (0)
  4. Hannah Tong 1:2 (-2)

ICC California State Open

(Open final Jitendra Gidla vs Zaman Molla. Commentated by Carl Danner.)

Number of entries are limited to ensure quality. Absolutely no more than 250 players. (Individual event cap also applies.) Do not miss the party! Free hotel for out-of-town players over 2350! (Advanced approval required.)
  • Photos from the previous tournament in May

Liha Exhibition in Bay Area

(Liha presentation at the US Open)

After a successful Liha event at the U.S. Open in Grand Rapids, Peter Cua is taking the Liha tour through California, with stops at Balboa Park, El Monte, and ending up in the Bay Area. San Francisco is his last stop before heading back to Manila.

The plan is for Peter and fellow Lihador Andy Abad to demonstrate Liha and its rules to us, and then we will all have plenty of time to experience Liha in its true traditional and cultural form.

Peter also has a video that he hopes to show us which assembles a mix of liha topics with rare modern training footage that is sure to interest both classic and modern table tennis players.

If you like hardbat, you'll love Liha!

For questions or directions, please contact me:
Scott Gordon, 916-978-0117, sgordon@hardbat.com

  • Where: ICC, 1453 N. Milpitas Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035
  • When: 7PM 7/30/2010
  • Who: Peter and Lihador Andy Abad
  • Cost: free of charge

2010 US Open Team ICC Winners

Gold Medal:

  • Tian Meng: U 21 Women's singles
  • Krish Avvari: U 11 Boys singles
  • Chu Isabel: U 2100 Women's singles
  • Zhang Lily: NAC Junior Girls Singles
  • Hsing Ariel: NAC Cadet Girls singles

Silver Medal:
  • Ariel Hsing: U 21 Women's singles
  • Chodri Kunal: U 13 Boys singles
  • Sung Jia Yu (Trinity): U 9 Girls singles
  • Lily Zhang: NAC Women's singles
  • Chodri Kunal: U 11 Boys singles
  • Ariel Hsing: NAC Junior Girls singles
  • Kashyap Anal: U 2600 rating
Bronze Medal:
  • Lily Zhang: U 21 Women's singles
  • Aashay Patel: U 13 Boys singles
  • Lily Zhang: NAC Cadet Girls singles

ICC California State Open Videos/Slideshows

Chen Longcan and Xiao Wei Footage