2016 Edmonton Open: Our Sponsors

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Thank you to all the sponsors of the 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships!

UnWined, L. Ellefson, Yong Qiang, Triple Star Arts & Sports, Table Tennis Express, Iconoclast Coffee and NBT Group.

The 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships happened on September 3rd and 4th at the University of Alberta’s Saville Community Sports Centre.  The Edmonton Open is an annual tournament organized to Table Tennis Canada’s (TTCAN) 3-star standard and is hosted and run entirely by volunteers of the Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC).

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2016 Edmonton Open: Results

Junior Novice:  (A) Chester Lau  (B) Luke MAtthews  (C) Kaenen Roque

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Under 200:  Long Yin Fong (GOLD) and Chester Lau (SILVER)

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Under 300:  Chester Lau (GOLD) and Thomas Woo (SILVER)

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Under 500:  Amiel Mercado (GOLD) and Kevin Huang (SILVER)

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Under 600:  Rhett Gapoy (GOLD) and King Leong (SILVER)

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Under 900:  Edward Ramos (GOLD) and Robert Caretero (SILVER)

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Under 1200:  Edward Ramos (GOLD) and Zihan Wang (SILVER)

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Under 1800:  Edward Ramos (GOLD) and Nathaniel Motel (SILVER)

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Under 15 Years:  Zhaoyu Li (GOLD) and Kevin Huang (SILVER)

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Under 18 Years:  Amiel Mercado (GOLD) and Chester Lau (SILVER)

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Over 40 Years:  Henbard Ortalla (GOLD) and Ben Dy (SILVER)

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Over 50 Years:  Ben Dy (GOLD) and Fernando Puzon (SILVER)

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Over 60 Years:  Carton Lao (GOLD) and Kahar Hazanov (SILVER)

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Over 70 Years:  Cary Chan (GOLD) and Harold Ottosen (SILVER)

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Open Singles, Division C:  Zihan Wang (GOLD) and Matthew Chan (SILVER)

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Open Singles, Division B:  Sunny Zhang (GOLD) and Huan Huynh (SILVER)

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OPEN SINGLES, CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Yongjun Duan VS Bryan Ho

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Yongjun Duan (GOLD) and Bryan Ho (SILVER)

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The 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships happened on September 3rd and 4th at the University of Alberta’s Saville Community Sports Centre.  The Edmonton Open is an annual tournament organized to Table Tennis Canada’s (TTCAN) 3-star standard and is hosted and run entirely by volunteers of the Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC).

Photos Courtesy of Allan Yip and Deanna Eng

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2016 Edmonton Open: Officials

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2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships:  Officiating Crew

Left to Right:  Harry Parenteau (Referee – Nationally Certified), Jonathan Lau (Deputy Referee – Nationally Certified), Hope Xing (Umpire – Nationally Certified), Kam Kong (Umpire – Nationally Certified), Lai Chu Kong (Umpire, Internationally Certified), John Gunraj (Umpire – Nationally Certified), Moe Erbas (Chief Umpire – Internationally Certified), Don Chan (Umpire – Provincially Certified)

Duties of the Referee:  Decide any question of rule interpretation, on which he or she is the sole authority, and generally to ensure that the competition is conducted in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations.  Also is responsible for the appointment of match officials.

Duties of the Umpire:  Decide the result of each rally and from time to time exercise judgment in the application of the laws and regulations of table tennis.  Makes final decisions on all questions of fact that arise during a match and is responsible for timing the duration of play.

The 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships happened on September 3rd and 4th at the University of Alberta’s Saville Community Sports Centre.  The Edmonton Open is an annual tournament organized to Table Tennis Canada’s (TTCAN) 3-star standard and is hosted and run entirely by volunteers of the Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC).

Photo Courtesy of Allan Yip

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2016 Edmonton Open: Players

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Total Number of Players = 124

Average Age = 41 years

Oldest = 87 years

Youngest = 7 years

# Players Under 18 years = 23

Average Rating = 661

Highest Rating = 3540

# Players, Rating >1000 = 31

Our Players – Where They’re From

Edmonton = 102

Calgary = 13

Grande Prairie = 6

St. Albert = 1

Wetaskiwin (cars cost less) = 1

Sherwood Park = 1

The 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships happened on September 3rd and 4th at the University of Alberta’s Saville Community Sports Centre.  The Edmonton Open is an annual tournament organized to Table Tennis Canada’s (TTCAN) 3-star standard and is hosted and run entirely by volunteers of the Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC).

Photos Courtesy of Allan Yip

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2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships: Skills Levels

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We’re just a few days away from the kick off of the 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships.  If you’re a returning player, you’re likely familiar with the various skill levels at our tournament.  Everyone from novice to nationally ranked compete annually at the Edmonton Open.  Here’s a refresher on what the ratings system is all about or have a look at theses highlight videos from the 2015 Edmonton Open:

U300, U600, Over 40 & U1800

U500, U900, Over 70 & Women’s Masters

U200 & U1200

U15, U18, Over 50 & Over 60

Junior Novice

Open Singles – Round Robins to Quarterfinals

Open Singles – Semi-Finals

Open Singles – Championship Finals

Best of the Rest

One, Two and Three Hit Wonders

Top Ten

The 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships takes place September 3rd and 4th at the University of Alberta’s Saville Community Sports Centre.  The Edmonton Open is an annual tournament organized to Table Tennis Canada’s (TTCAN) 3-star standard and is hosted and run entirely by volunteers of the Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC).

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The 2016 Edmonton Open: A Message From Mayor Don Iveson

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The 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships takes place September 3rd and 4th at the University of Alberta’s Saville Community Sports Centre.  The Edmonton Open is an annual tournament organized to Table Tennis Canada’s (TTCAN) 3-star standard and is hosted and run entirely by volunteers of the Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC).

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#2016EdmontonOpen Table Tennis Championships: Social Media

 

Smart PhoneIf you’ve played with us at the Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC) or have competed in our annual Edmonton Open, you might have noticed that we have a presence on various social media platforms.  For the upcoming 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships, you can see what our club and tournament are all about and communicate with us.  Here a run down of what we have and what it does:

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1.  Twitter (@yegtabletennis) For this year’s tournament, use the hashtag #2016EdmontonOpen.  We’ll post event results here and other witty thoughts and observations.

2.  WordPress:  The official blog of Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC) – hint…this article is on our blog.  Find out all about last year’s tournament here.

3.  Facebook:  Our club’s official page is a closed group, so please visit Facebook and request to join and we’ll add you to the group.  Talk about table tennis.  We have lots of members who are experts on technique, rules, equipment, etc.  Or just post a funny video clip, or whatever.

4.  Youtube:  Our club’s video library!  See how the media covered us!  Or watch previous year’s Edmonton Open highlights and much more.

5.  Instagram (@yegtabletennis) Also use hashtag #2016EdmontonOpen.  Take some pics or video, jazz it up with some filters and look cool by sharing it with everyone!

6.  Flickr:  This is our club’s official photo album.  You’ll find all our photos from events throughout the years.

The 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships takes place September 3rd and 4th at the University of Alberta’s Saville Community Sports Centre.  The Edmonton Open is an annual tournament organized to Table Tennis Canada’s (TTCAN) 3-star standard and is hosted and run entirely by volunteers of the Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC).

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2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships: Equipment

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Every Edmonton Open article ends with the standard blurb that you see in the very last paragraph.  We tell you that the Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships, one of Western Canada’s longest running athletic events, is organized to Table Tennis Canada’s 3-star standard, making our competition one of only a handful of table tennis tournaments in Canada that can claim this standard.  So what is it about this tournament that has such a high standard?  A lot of it has to do with the equipment.  The flooring, lighting, tables, balls and size of the play area are among many of the factors considered.  Here’s what we got at the 2016 Edmonton Open.

The Ball:  Xushaofa, White, 3-Star, Seamless, Poly, 40+

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The casual ping pong player may not be familiar with this brand but it is a hit among our players at the Edmonton Table Tennis Club.  A couple of years ago when the ITTF announced that they would make the switch to a plastic ball, players scrambled to find the ball that suited them the best.  Over time, this particular ball, the Xushaofa seamless 40+ poly ball seemed (no pun intended) to do the trick.  Over the past few years more and more of our club members have switched to this ball over more well known brands such as Butterfly, DHS and Nittaku.  There is an inherent quality in the roundness of the ball along with no seam which make for a true bounce and relatively fast play.  Also, it seems (again, no pun intended) that this ball is indestructible with players telling me that balls have lasted for 6 months or more.  Xushaofa balls has been used in tournaments throughout Alberta and you’ll see it in play at the Edmonton Open for the first time.

The Flooring and Lighting:  Hardwood/1000 lux

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The hardwood part is pretty straightforward.  The floor is made of wood, but not just any old wood.  If you know a thing or two about the sports scene in Alberta’s capital city you’ll recognize this to be the floor of the Saville Community Sports Centre’s competition gymnasium.  Collegiate, national and international basketball and volleyball competitions have been hosted right here .  If it’s good enough for them, it’s certainly good enough for the 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships.  Now on to the harder part of explaining the lighting, or more specifically the illuminance.  Let’s get the obvious out of the way:  you need to be able to see to play table tennis.  In order to see, you need light, but how much light?  Section 3.02.03.04 of the ITTF Handbook states that “In World, Olympic and Paralympic title competitions the light intensity measured at the height of the playing surface shall be at least 1000 lux uniformly over the whole of the playing surface…

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So what do we have for illuminance in the competition gymnasium?  1000 lux, the same that is required in World and Olympic tournaments.  Illuminance is the measure of the intensity of light on a surface and it contributes to a better viewing experience for the spectator and is one of the main reasons why this is a 3-star rated tournament.  The illuminance in a typical TV studio is 1000 lux.  To get an idea of the flooring and lighting conditions at the competition gymnasium, check out this video and these photos:

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The Table:  Donic Persson 25, Green

You can check out the many reviews out there about this particular table.  Donic, a German table tennis equipment manufacturer wouldn’t name this after the great Swedish player Jorgen Persson if it didn’t live up to the quality befitting of a World Champion and seven time Olympian.  You can see our Donic Persson 25 tables in their tournament environment in the above photos.  One of the characteristics of this table that separates it from your everyday rec room table is the thickness and uniformity of the playing surface.  At a thickness of 25 millimeters it is nearly double the thickness of cheaper models.  The added thickness and uniformity make for a truer bounce, better contact and enhanced spin.  Edmonton Table Tennis Club uses only Donic Persson 25 tables for their regular club practices and league nights as well as the Edmonton Open.  If you want to buy one of these tables for your small club or your home, you can contact Table Tennis Express right here in Edmonton.  They are one of only two authorized Donic dealers in Canada.

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The 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships takes place September 3rd and 4th at the University of Alberta’s Saville Community Sports Centre.  The Edmonton Open is an annual tournament organized to Table Tennis Canada’s (TTCAN) 3-star standard and is hosted and run entirely by volunteers of the Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC).

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2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships: Rules, Eligibility & Formats

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In life and in table tennis, it’s good to know the rules.  So my advice to you is to know the rules as the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) sees them because that’s the system of rules that will be in effect at the 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships.  If you’re not into reading the minutiae then at least learn to serve properly.  If you’re in a reading mood, or adventuresome, or, let’s face it, afflicted with intense boredom, check out some of our featured ‘Ask The Ump‘ articles.  One of my favourites is the ‘Bounceback Ball‘.  Truly a fascinating read on an otherwise obscure topic.

Rules, Eligibility, Format

One more thing on obscure table tennis rules – did you know that there is a specific case when a double hit is permissible?  Do you know what it is?  If you do, tell us in the comments section.  And you don’t need to be a certified umpire to know this.

The 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships takes place September 3rd and 4th at the University of Alberta’s Saville Community Sports Centre.  The Edmonton Open is an annual tournament organized to Table Tennis Canada’s (TTCAN) 3-star standard and is hosted and run entirely by volunteers of the Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC).

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2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships: Prize Money and Schedule

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Table tennis enthusiasts from all over Alberta gather annually in Edmonton to celebrate one of Western Canada’s longest running athletic events.  Like minded ping pongers gravitate to the Saville Centre’s competition gymnasium to engage in the thrill of competition.  An added benefit of competing is of course the prize money…$2,245 to be exact.  For all you players, please take note of the start time for your event.  Our tournament adheres to a strict policy of default if you do not show up to your match within 5 minutes of the posted start time.  We have to do this so that our tournament runs smoothly and you’re not playing until midnight.  Also, on Saturday, we want to get you all to our banquet at a reasonable time, so showing up for matches on time is a must.  For more information, please visit our website.

Schedule & Prize Money

 

The 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships takes place September 3rd and 4th at the University of Alberta’s Saville Community Sports Centre.  The Edmonton Open is an annual tournament organized to Table Tennis Canada’s (TTCAN) 3-star standard and is hosted and run entirely by volunteers of the Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC).

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