Rating Results and Short Report
The Annual Open Table Tennis Tournament in Rochester organized by the Genesee Valley Table Tennis Club, sponsored by Joola USA and Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzaria, was fun-filled and exciting and proved to be a good testing ground for veterans who wanted a sterner examination of their seasoned game as well as for young and upcoming players in the region. The three-day tournament began with a fun-fest of age limited junior events and adult-junior doubles on Fri, Mar 27. This was followed by an intense Sat line up of events featuring enthusiastic young talent as well as the wiliest of veteran tournament players from the Upstate New York region, Pennsylvania Ohio and Ontario Canada. Sunday was match-filled with large round robin groups competing in a socially engaging as well as physically challenging test of the tournament credentials of new and experienced tournament players.
The $500 Open Singles prize was claimed by Samson Dubina (2442) of Akron, OH. Samson is the #1 player in OH and a decorated Table Tennis athlete and coach. Samson overcame the resistance of Yong Ren (2375) of Williamsville, NY in the final (7,12,8). Video of the final available on YouTube:
The two semi-finalists of the Open Event were both young players from OH: Alex Averin (2184) and Shreyans Bafna (2057) who each had a great tournament with many excellent wins. In particular Alex won against Yong Ren (6,9,7) in the finals of the U2400 event to claim the top prize of $250, before losing to the same player in the Open semis at the end of a long day. In the U2200 Shreyans won against Alex in the QF enroute to the final before losing to Zedplin Law (2163) of Ontario, Canada in five hard fought games (8,-3,5,-10,9). Zedplin is a veteran Table Tennis player and coach returning to tournament competition after a lengthy break. Yong Ren also won the highly competitive O50 event against Craig Bensch (2163) of the GVTTC (4,6,10) to add to a hugely successful tournament for him.
In the U2000 event Qingyue Pan (1905) of the GVTTC, the top seed by rating, duly won against a game but exhausted Wayne Carney (1901) also from the GVTTC in five (-9,9,-9,8,6). In the U1400 the youth of the region showed their potential and young Sam Stuhlman (1371) of Whitesboro, NY and the MVTTC (Mohawk Valley Table Tennis Club) won against Ariel Chen (1319) of Syracuse, NY.
The U1800 event final was a familiar all GVTTC battle won by Dan Emord (1605) over Koen Kron (1665). Not to be outdone Kalina Kron (1348) played great to win the U1600 final over a sporting Gary Sherwood (1486). The U1200 event final was contested by long-time tournament competitors, and Mary Litavsky (1031) reversed an ealier RR loss to Doug Kleinhammer (1123) in another familiar GVTTC matchup. In the other U1200 RR group the top two contestants were Samantha Law of Missisauga, ON and Joseph DeBenedictis of Buffalo, NY who were prevented from advancing due to their unrated status. The U1000 event prizes went to Chris Kron (704) and Bob Swarthout (717), however it must be recognized that the best record in the group event was posted by young and unrated Kartik Kishore of Glenmont, NY who went unbeaten through the round robin. We will all be on the lookout for Joseph, Samantha and Kartik in the future!
The Unrated event on Sat morning was one of the most heavily attended events of the kind in this tournament over the years, and was heatedly contested at the RR stage; however it was won handily in the end by Soichiro Ishita of Cornell University over fellow Cornell grad student Sunny Shah. The tournament committee agrees that Ishita is an excellent player who can compete at a high level in regional tournaments.
The 51 pt. Handicap event prize money went to the third Kron sibling Kort Kron (1302) who won against Diogenes De Los Santos (1764). Dio was unable to overcome the 27 point handicap Kort had on him and went down by 10 points. The U4000 doubles event and cash ($100) went to the dynamic Maronian brothers of GVTTC Andre (1794) and Marc (1811) with an unbeaten 4-0 record including two wins over higher rated opponents. In second place, winning $50, were Shreyans Bafna (2057) and Gideon Teitel (1885) of Cornell University. The U3000 doubles were won by another all brother team from the GVTTC: the Kron brothers Koen and Kort won over their sister Kalina who teamed up with Kdan Kron (aka Dan Emord).
The Junior events were duly won by the Kron clan with Koen taking U18, Kalina taking the U15 and Kort taking the U12. Completing the Kron junior medal sweep was Kort who teamed up with coach Ray Mack to take the Adult/Junior doubles over Marc Maronian and Ishaq Kothari.
As always this tournament provided an intense and fun weekend of table tennis, with great competition and even better people who came out to compete. Looking forward to an even better tournament next year. Hope to see you all then! Check out the full photo album on facebook: