Update with Results:

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, a band of LRTTC regulars faced off in a showdown highlighted by the club's first Handicap monthly tournament. Competitors included: Mark, Mike, Mohan, Imran, Jeff, Kedar, Siva, and Suresh.

The 8-player field was split into two groups of four players based on rating. Each group played a round robin format with each match consisting of one game to 31 points. The 31-point game format included point differential comparisons based on current USATT ratings to determine the number of points spotted by the higher rated player to the lower rated player.

Group 1: Mike, Imran, Jeff and Mark.
Group 2: Siva, Kedar, Mohan and Suresh

The top 2 finishers from each group advanced to a single elimination semifinal, while the 3rd and 4th place finishers from each group advanced to a single elimination consolation bracket.

The results from Group 1 saw the highest seed and lowest seed in the tournament advance to the next round. The results from Group 2 saw the third seed and sixth seeds advance. Even though the handicap format tends to give either player a fair chance to win the game, each group produced an “upset” with the lower rated player fending off the higher rated players. The winning numbers were 31-27: Mark (895) immobilized Imran (1711) by a score of 31-27 while Suresh (1090) stymied Siva (1782) by winning 31-27. Only two players went undefeated in the first round: Kedar and Mike.

Interestingly, both groups saw a clear winner and a 3-way tie for second place. The tie breaker came down to points scored. Mark and Mohan collected enough points to advance to the next round.

In the next round, the semifinals saw Mike hook horns with Mohan and Kedar exchange salvos with Mark. Kedar and Mike were successful in overcoming their respective deficits to reach the finals by using consistency and controlled offense. Mark started off with 21 points against Kedar, but Kedar's steady onslaught scored 31 points while Mark managed to score just 7 points. Mike faced a similar 21 point deficit against Mohan but rallied fiercely to score 31 points while holding Mohan to 6 points.

The final match showcased two of LRTTC's consistent monthly tournament performers, Mike and Kedar. The handicap point differentials required Mike to start with a 9 point deficit. Both players fought for every point in a very vocal and highly energized match. At the end of the day, Mike was able to tie the score and then slowly pull ahead for the win with a score of 31-20.

The consolation bracket consisted of a battles between Imran and Siva and Jeff and Suresh. Siva started with a 3-point deficit and Jeff faced a 15-point deficit. The lucky numbers were 31-27: both Siva and Jeff were able to wipe out the deficits and claim a win by identical scores of 31-27; Siva erased a 6-point deficit against Jeff to win the consolation bracket with a score of 31-27.

Congratulations to the winners and to all 8 players who agreed to experiment with new match format for our monthly tournament. The group of mathematically-challenged LRTTC subscribers used their collective expertise in engineering, medicine, public speaking, law, and real estate to interpret the USATT rating-based handicap point differentials to make this tournament a success. (It is unclear whether any of them had to use the calculator app on their phone.)

Because the tournament finished early at 11:00 a.m., a number of players teamed up for friendly and relaxed doubles matches. Doubles matches are always enjoyable at LRTTC. Although they present the most convenient atmosphere for friendly trash-talking, players are quick to congratulate teammates and opponents on great shots.

Absent having to exercise math skills during the tournament, everyone seemed to enjoy the day's activities.

PDF snapshots of all the draws are available here:
1. Group 1 Round Robin
2. Group 2 Round Robin
3. Winner's Semi-finals and Finals
4. Consolation Semi-finals and Finals

Our next monthly tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2015. At LRTTC, we have been working hard to be able to host another USATT-sanctioned tournament, which is tentatively set for May's monthly tournament on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Stay tuned for more details on this USATT-sanctioned tournament.

Welcome to the March 2015 monthly tournament hosted at LRTTC.

What:  LRTTC monthly Tournament

Where:  LRTTC playing facility at ICLR

When:  Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Format:  Handicap based on USATT rating as of tournament day, Single Elimination or Round Robin.  Each match is 1 game to 31.

Tournament web page: http://lrttc.org/play/monthly-lrttc-tournaments/261-monthly-tournament-march-21-2015

DEADLINE TO ENTER:  Deadline to register is Friday March 20, 7:00 p.m.  No guarantees for entries received after this time. However we will try to accommodate all entry requests. 

Current Player Entries:  (Entries are updated periodically as they are received.)

   Player Name Entry Fee RatingsCentral.com USATT
1.  Mike Lauro  $5.00  1811±71  1988
2.  Mark Taylor  $5.00  576±161  895
3.  Suresh Kannan  $5.00  948±87  1090
4.  Imran Waheed  $10.00  1511±100 (est.)   1711
5.  Kedar Jambhekar  $5.00  1440±72   1713
6.  Siva Soora  $5.00  1566±73  1782
7.  Jeff Pratt  $5.00  1074±66   1650
8.  Mohan Reddy  $5.00  892±63  1149
  Total Entry Fees  $40.00    


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Player eligibility:  Arkansas residents only.

Entry Fee:  Entry fee is $5 for LRTTC current subscribers, $10 for everyone else.

Schedule:  Registration and warm-up starts at 8:30 a.m.  Play will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end around 12:00 p.m.

Prizes: To be determined.

Official Tournament Balls:  Orange Nittaku 3-star Premium celluloid.  Players may play with other balls in a match if both payers agree.

Clothing:  Please wear shirts where the main color is not the color of the ball being used in a match. White shirts, orange shirts, and shirts with distracting designs are discouraged.

League/Club Ratings:  RatingsCentral.com ratings will be used for seedings.  These ratings will be updated after the tournament.

Games: Best 3 out of 5.

Rules:  All USATT rules apply.

Code of Conduct:  ICLR Code of Conduct applies to everyone using the facility. Please be familiar with these rules.

Certified Club Umpires:  Mike Lauro, William Hall

Tournament Director: Mike Lauro

Tournament Software:  Zermelo (results submitted to RatingsCentral.com).  Zermelo will not be used for this handicap tournament.  We will use pen and paper.

LRTTC RatingsCentral.com Tournament History:  Events Sponsored by LRTTC.

Post-Tournament Report:  Tournament report with results and photos, if available, will be posted online after the tournament.

Next LRTTC monthly tournament:  Saturday, April 11 or 18 , 2015 (depending on community center availability)

Next Arkansas USATT-Sanctioned tournament:  LRTTC is planning to hold a USATT-sanctioned tournament closed for only Arkansas residents in May 2015.  Details are forthcoming.