Update with Results and Photos of LRTTC 2015 Spring Closed Giant Round Robin, May 9, 2015

Due to a last minute emergency cancellation, instead of the sanctioned event we held our regularly monthly tournament with an 8 player, 2 group round robin with the top 2 advancing to the Division A semifinals and the bottom 2 advancing to Division B semifinals.

In Division A, Jeff Pratt took 4th place, Kedar Jambhekar 3rd place, Don Jackson 2nd place, and Mike Lauro 1st place.

In Division B, Mark Taylor's emotional exhaustion led to his default to Charlie Brooks for 3rd place. Jim Miller took 1st place by defeating Mohan Ready in the final.

After the singles tournament ended, a number of players teamed up for several competitive and fun doubles matches. We also managed to get some really good group photos to commemorate the festivities of the day.

LRTTC offers congratulations and thanks to everyone who showed up today to support the club even though the sanctioned event was postponed.

Here are links to the items from today:

1.  PDFs with completed draws and results

2.  Photos on the LRTTC Google+ Page

3.  RatingsCentral.com Summary Report and Detailed Report with Scores


Read more: Update with Results and Photos of LRTTC 2015 Spring Closed Giant Round Robin, May 9, 2015

Update with Results - Monthly Tournament - April 11, 2015

This Saturday's tournament was LRTTC's 19th monthly tournament since we started hosting them in June 2013. The field of 8 players participated in a giant round robin format guaranteeing 7 matches for everyone. In preparation for next month's USATT-sanctioned tournament, we set up only 4 tables in our normal space with larger than usual court sizes. The layout included full barriers around all the courts, an aisle down the middle, and plenty of seating on either side of the space.

You can view the individual player results online at RatingsCentral.com by following this link: LRTTC Monthly Tournament - April 11, 2015.

The top 3 finishers are:

  • Champion: Mike Lauro
  • Finalist:  Scott Barone
  • 3rd Place:  Kedar Jambhekar

Click the "Read More" link below to access the full write-up, an image of the final draw with scores and result, the original tournament announcement, and the final player list.

Read more: Update with Results - Monthly Tournament - April 11, 2015

Updated with Results - Monthly Tournament - March 21, 2015

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.

Click the "Read More" button below to access the tournament webpage.

Read more: Updated with Results - Monthly Tournament - March 21, 2015

Results of LRTTC Valentine's Day 2015 Extravaganza

Results have been posted at RatingsCentral.com:  LRTTC Monthly Tournament - February 14, 2015.

This Valentine's Day, 6 LRTTC members showed their adoration for table tennis and the club by competing in the Red Roses Round Robin team event.

3 teams squared off:

  1. Top Seed = Siva and Suresh (2440)
  2. Second Seed = Mike and Mark (2412)
  3. Third Seed = Kedar and Mohan (2365)

Teams were randomly named in honor of Valentine's Day:

Siva and Suresh: Team Snuggles Hot Stuff
Mike and Mark: Team Silly Angel Cheeks
Kedar and Mohan: Team Baby Heart Breaker

The team-versus-team format followed 2 singles, 1 doubles, 2 singles, with the teams playing a round robin.

Team Snuggles Hot Stuff emerged victorious due to Suresh "Teen Angel's" triumph over Mohan, and the team's crushing defeat of Mike and Mark in the 5th and final game of doubles.

Team Silly Angel Cheeks tried to maintain the number 2 spot but were no match for the doubles onslaught of Team Baby Heart Breaker, led by "Doubles Champion Hearthrob" Kedar, and steadied by "Me Loves the Highball!" Mohan.

Last place was convincingly confirmed by Team Silly Angel Cheeks when they ran out of cheeks to turn. On display for all to see and hear was Mark the "Chatty Cherub" and his awesome ability to utter complete phrases during points. As he pointed out "there is no kill switch on awesome." Mike "Coach Spanks-A-Lot's" adoration for optimal health was unrequited, leading him to withdraw due to injury in the match against an also suffering Siva "Hurts So Good."

It was special to be able to share the holiday with clubmates and enjoy the company of friends.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Monthly Tournament - February 14, 2015

Welcome to the February 2015 monthly tournament hosted at LRTTC.

What:  LRTTC monthly Tournament

Where:  LRTTC playing facility at ICLR

When:  Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Format:  Undecided.  Possibly a team format.

Tournament web page: http://lrttc.org/play/monthly-lrttc-tournaments/258-monthly-tournament-february-14-2015

DEADLINE TO ENTER:  Deadline to register is Friday February 13, 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
1.  Mike Lauro  $5.00  1810±68
2.  Suresh Kannan  $5.00  890±100 (est.)
3.  Kedar Jambhekar  $5.00  1456±73
4.  Siva Soora  $5.00  1550±74 
5.  Mohan Reddy  $5.00  909±62
6.  Mark Taylor  $5.00  602±168
  Total Entry Fees  $15.00  


HOW TO ENTER: send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you are reading this in an email from LRTTC, you may reply to this email with your entry request.  Alternatively, to enter the tournament you may contact any of the LRTTC board:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Entry fee must be paid prior to or on the day of tournament prior to play.  Only cash or check will be accepted.  No debit/credit cards.  

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)

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, March 21, 2015 (Third Saturday due to community center availability)

Next Arkansas USATT-Sanctioned tournament:  LRTTC may hold a tournament in the Spring or Summer but currently no plans have been been made.


Sanctioned Tournaments

The Arkansas Open and the Arkansas Closed are two opportunities for USATT sanctioned tournaments in Arkansas.  The Open takes place in the month of September and the Closed takes place in February.  The Closed tournament is the Arkansas State Championships and is limited to Arkansas residents.  The Open tournament has no residency requirement and is open to in-state and out-of-state players.


Information about opportunities to play in local leagues.