11/25/2006

  • RR results: (Click here for full result.)
    • Table 1: Sara Fu - a clean sweep winning all matches 3:0.
    • Table 2: Nelson Yu
    • Table 3: Kenny Tien
    • Table 4: Michael Hsing
    • Table 5: Qingmin Liu - the winner of U1550 and U1700 at Stanford also a clean sweep winning all matches 3:0. Be afraid that Q will play the higher table next week.
  • Congratulations to all winners. 4933 matches have been played since the League started in 2003.
  • There are still a few spots for the 12/2 RR but won't last long.:-) Let me know if you are interested.
  • Financial position:
    Contribution:
    $64: 11/25 RR(16 paid players)
    $15: 11/21 clinics
    $10: DVD's
    Expense:
    Balance: $6,634.28

11/18/2006

  • MSC will OPEN on 11/21 and 11/25 for table tennis.
  • Please keep your car keys in a safe place. It did not happen in our club but there was an incidence in Oakland that a teenager took someone's key and drove away.
  • RR results: (Click here for full result.)
    • Table 1: Voltaire Benedicto
    • Table 2: Bo Ding
    • Table 3: Gary Fang
    • Table 4: Rodulfo Lee
    • Table 5: Steven Li
  • Congratulations to all winners. 4873 matches have been played since the League started in 2003.
  • There are still a few spots for the 11/25 RR but won't last long.:-) Let me know if you are interested.
  • Financial position:
    Contribution:
    $64: 11/18 RR(16 paid players)
    $15: 11/14 clinics
    $54: 3 dozens of balls
    Expense:
    Balance: $6,545.28

USATT Election

I am pleased to know that my fellow alumnus Santos Shih is running for USATT treasurer. (Michael Hsing, aka Ariel's father, also went to the same school. However, they were both older than I was and still are.:-)) In addition, Santos and I both played in the school team!

USATT just lost the majority of its funding from the United States Olympic Committee. We, members, definitely need a strong leader in finance. I think Santos is the man not just because we are alumni but also his tracking record in both table tennis and business. In case you don't know yet, he personally contributed US $20,000 to USATT for junior program.

Some of you probably already received the ballot from USATT for the election. Please do not toss it! Your vote counts! All candidates' campaign statements are available here.

By the way, in case you are curious, we went to the Affiliated Senior High School of Taiwan Normal University. (師大附中)

11/11/2006

  • RR results: (Click here for full result.)
    • Table 1: Nelson Yu - the lowest seed went undefeated. Nelson was the only player in the group whose USATT rating was under 2200! Brilliant play!
    • Table 2: Henry Sit
    • Table 3: Ankur Patel
    • Table 4: Gary Barretto
    • Table 5: Jerome Poon
  • Congratulations to all winners. 4820 matches have been played since the League started in 2003.
  • There are still a few spots for the 11/18 RR but won't last long.:-) Let me know if you are interested.
  • Financial position:
    Contribution:
    $64: 11/11 RR(16 paid players)
    $15: 11/7 clinics
    Expense:
    $8.64: two timers, one for practice table, the other for clinic table. (the old one is broken)
    Balance: $6,412.28

Rating Jump After Stanford Tournament

  • Here is the list of MSC players who gained over 50 points from the Stanford Tournament.
  • Qingmin Liu - 371 points (number 2 in the whole tournament of 259 players)
  • Jun Zhang - 344 points
  • Armen Gabrielian - 265 points
  • Radu Licea - 254 points
  • Syed Jafarinejad - 219 points
  • Jayakrishnan Chathu - 201 points
  • Mark Johnson - 188 points
  • Danny Leung - 188 points
  • Frank Ho - 186 points
  • Henry Sit - 175 points
  • Wilson Tsao - 145 points
  • Moses Wang - 117 points
  • Eric Jiang - 98 points
  • Michael Hsing - 97 points
  • Amit Patel - 59 points

11/4/2006

  • RR results: (Click here for full result.)
    • Table 1: Joey Hu
    • Table 2: Bo Ding
    • Table 3: Brian Kim
    • Table 4: Kevin Zhou
    • Table 5: Ron Wallace
  • Congratulations to all winners. 4765 matches have been played since the League started in 2003.
  • Financial position:
    Contribution:
    $68: 11/4 RR(17 paid players)
    Expense:
    Balance: $6,341.91

10/28/2006

  • RR results: (Click here for full result.)
    • Table 1: Mankit Ma
    • Table 2: Jerome Poon
    • Table 3: Steven Li
  • Congratulations to all winners. 4711 matches have been played since the League started in 2003.
  • Financial position:
    Contribution:
    $15: 10/31 lessons
    $52: 10/28 RR(13 paid players)
    Expense:
    Balance: $6,273.91

10/21/2006

  • RR results: (Click here for full result.)
    • Table 1: James Nguyen
    • Table 2: Zhao Wang
  • Congratulations to all winners. 4678 matches have been played since the League started in 2003.
  • Financial position:
    Contribution:
    $15: 10/24 lessons
    $10: DVD's
    $6: USATT membership renewal (Barry Or)
    $12: cash contribution (leftover from meals)
    $0: 10/21 free RR
    $950: sales of one table (Hung-Jen Hung)
    Expense:
    Balance: $6,206.91

Sac Tourney Results - Updated


  • Congratulations to Dave and Gary's win the U4800 team event. They ran through their opponents in the event by losing only ONE match!
  • Hope I left out more results for other events - the more the merrier!:-)
  • U2200 Singles - semi-finalist Patrick Wu
  • U1900 Singles - 1st Mark Johnson, semi-finalist Ankur Patel
  • U4200 Team - 1st Qingmin Liu and friends
  • U4800 Team - 1st Dave Hanson/Gary Barretto/Jeromy Nau
  • U6000 Team - 1st Patrick Wu/Johnny Huang/Vincent Tai

A Star is Born

Who is this guy? Doesn't seem to have solid fundamental in table tennis at all! Occasionally won our weekly round robin for table 4. Guess what? With a USATT rating of 1303, he won U1550 and U1700 events in the 4-star tournament at Stanford on 10/21. Moreover, he could have won 3 events. He got defaulted in the U1400 event because he forgot the schedule. Yeah, he was there but forgot to report to the control desk!

Nah, it could have been a fluke - one would think. (Well, I have to confess that I thought so.) To my surprise, in the following week, 10/28, in Sacramento, Qingmin lead his team to win the U4200 team event. Again, it was a team event. Maybe he just joined the right team with the right teammates.

Last night, 10/31, the Halloween night, he showed up at MSC with his racket and beat Superman and Patrick Wu - both 3:0! (Refer to my previous post about Patrick winning the U6000 team event and the most noticeable player of the tournament.) Darn! I've been trying to beat Superman and Patrick without much success and Q beat them in one night! Wow! It must have been the evil spirits in the Halloween night!

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