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      Quote Originally Posted by NextLevel View Post
      ... I want to coach...
      This is more of an understatement than the name DecentLevel. After NL played his first five minutes of TT he was probably telling somebody what he learned in minutes three and four. You have always been coaching. Keep it up NL, your coaching skills are reaching a DecentLevel.

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      From the results it looks like William was playing at a legit 2100 level .. he beat two players 2000 + ... hopefully the ratings will reflect it soon .. congrats william !
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      First things first... NO TROPHY, NO MEDAL in NOTHING... no success there, but it certainly was one of the strongest tourney performances I have ever had, if not the strongest.

      ... but what the heck, this is the LA Freekin' Open where there is a 30 strong local contingent who drop 4 levels of rating points prior to the tourney so they can be 3 levels better than the top players in the division... so they can win prize money that is 2-4 times better than the other LA tourneys.

      These guys do this regularly and it is a big game of sport to them. Some do it for singles, many do it for doubles.

      There is no way you are going to compete on an equal level in those conditions. You would need to play so out of your mind to even lose 2-3 to those types.

      Still, you be realistic and compete your best, support your friends to the best of your abilities, and do your best to have a royal blast. I did all that.

      What I would look for in determining if I had a strong tourney? I would ask a few questions.

      - Did I win vs approx. equal players with a high percentage?

      - Did I give no chance to lower rated players?

      - Did I play better in close scores?

      - In a huge tourney, did I perform way better than expected? Was I able to compete under pressure?

      - Did I pressure or win better players?

      - Did I win my division if there are no ringers or sandbaggers?

      - Was I able to make in game adjustments?

      - Did I play better opponents I have previously lost to significantly better?

      - Was I intuitive and/or efficient?

      - Did I make less errors?

      I didn't give any chance to lower players and I won vs a much higher player (2095 rated). The win vs Tran (2195), let's not get too happy about it, he had a very sore ankle.

      The win vs the 2095 was a good match for me. I received his serve well enough, and after a few misses, he passed on attacking. I say THANK YOU when that happens and attacked away with spin or fast loops. This is my first tourney using the Nexy Batos 92 gram (last tourney was an 84 gram model)

      I think the ratings will come out and Der_Echte gets adjusted to 2030s range and final rating in mid 2050s. I guess I can start charging an additional $5 an hour for lessons now that I am 2000 haha. Who believes that noise? I care about helping adults see/know/grow stuff, not looking flashy to attract kid's parents.
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      Pics... My Korea Foreign TTC friend Greg Bartz made it to finals of O40 division (Defeated B. Reed and others) only to face WR#2 of O40 (2700+ rated). AKUL advanced in his divisions, his Mom to - she gunna be 1800+, Scoobie-Doo Tsos recovered from back injury a portion and went 7W 2L in the tourney.

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      Oh, my other Kore Foreign TTC friend Ming Curran (not in the pics) made it to the finals of the U4500 doubles to lose in 5 sets. That team defeated 2 of the ringer/sandbagging teams. One of that team was rated in 2000 range, but is a near 2400 level player... that guy lost to a better sandbagger in the U2050 final, and that sandbagger Ming faced EASILY won the O2250 event.

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      Ratings came out.

      Der_Echte is rated 2072 or around 1750-1800 TTR.

      AKUL lost a dozen or so points, but his mom is almost AKUL's rating now.

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      Congrats, DE. Long overdue and well deserved.

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      i am back after a 8 months hiatus due to physical and financial situations. I am playing 1 to 2 times per week for the past 3 weeks depending on how much attitude my wife gives me. I have switched to a Gambler Fire Dragon Touch Carbon blade because i feel as i a get older i should not try to muscle everything and let the blade do more of the work. It was easy to adjust the new setup since its like a innerforce blade and still retains a lot of the wood feel with a carbon kick. i have decided to do as much as my body can do without hurting my back and playing shoulder. So i am taking things slowly, trying to get as much touch/feel and being smart as not to overwork myself. At least i can still beat Oldschoolpenholder....lol
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      Quote Originally Posted by 42andbackpains View Post
      i am back after a 8 months hiatus due to physical and financial situations. I am playing 1 to 2 times per week for the past 3 weeks depending on how much attitude my wife gives me. I have switched to a Gambler Fire Dragon Touch Carbon blade because i feel as i a get older i should not try to muscle everything and let the blade do more of the work. It was easy to adjust the new setup since its like a innerforce blade and still retains a lot of the wood feel with a carbon kick. i have decided to do as much as my body can do without hurting my back and playing shoulder. So i am taking things slowly, trying to get as much touch/feel and being smart as not to overwork myself. At least i can still beat Oldschoolpenholder....lol
      Be careful, OSPH may start expecting you to spot him points.

      This post makes me realize how good my wife was to me. She never stopped me from playing; always was happy for me to come home in a good mood after playing; and didn't seem to worry on those nights when I got in at 2am after playing.

      Now I have to go home to cook for the kiddo.
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      Ratings came out.

      Der_Echte is rated 2072 or around 1750-1800 TTR.

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      Congrats, DE. Long overdue and well deserved.
      Fully agree.

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      Quote Originally Posted by UpSideDownCarl View Post
      Be careful, OSPH may start expecting you to spot him points.

      This post makes me realize how good my wife was to me. She never stopped me from playing; always was happy for me to come home in a good mood after playing; and didn't seem to worry on those nights when I got in at 2am after playing.

      Now I have to go home to cook for the kiddo.
      Ur kiddo can borrow some of my DNA and love to cook/bake for YOU and herself. So many stuff to make... I am glad I loved cooking and baking at an early age.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Der_Echte View Post
      Ur kiddo can borrow some of my DNA and love to cook/bake for YOU and herself. So many stuff to make... I am glad I loved cooking and baking at an early age.
      The truth is, my kid spent a lot of time taking care of mom while my wife was sick. I don't want my kid to feel she has to do that for her pop as well. It is not whether she can or not. I just don't want that. Me being around is good for both of us. Table tennis can happen when it is okay for it to happen.

      And my sister has gotten enough better that I can do a little training with her and schedule a family dinner to go with a little TT. My sister has a table in her home.

      It is not the same thing as the goon squad adventures, and causing a riot at a club. But....I take what I can get. And I am good with things. Next year....college.

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      Quote Originally Posted by UpSideDownCarl View Post
      The truth is, my kid spent a lot of time taking care of mom while my wife was sick. I don't want my kid to feel she has to do that for her pop as well. It is not whether she can or not. I just don't want that. Me being around is good for both of us. Table tennis can happen when it is okay for it to happen.

      And my sister has gotten enough better that I can do a little training with her and schedule a family dinner to go with a little TT. My sister has a table in her home.

      It is not the same thing as the goon squad adventures, and causing a riot at a club. But....I take what I can get. And I am good with things. Next year....college.
      Hopefully we can get a meetup with Carl and the Squad next year. Look forward to it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by 42andbackpains View Post
      Hopefully we can get a meetup with Carl and the Squad next year. Look forward to it.
      These days I have carved out a Saturday day off. Amazing. A day off. One day we will get William over here from the left coast, Laj to come up from Philly to NYC and have a full blown Friday, Saturday goon squad ruckus. I can house one of them at my home and the other can stay at UpSideDownGranny's. William stayed there once and my mom absolutely loved him.

      He is a charmer despite the intimidating 2072 rating.

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      Quote Originally Posted by UpSideDownCarl View Post
      These days I have carved out a Saturday day off. Amazing. A day off. One day we will get William over here from the left coast, Laj to come up from Philly to NYC and have a full blown Friday, Saturday goon squad ruckus. I can house one of them at my home and the other can stay at UpSideDownGranny's. William stayed there once and my mom absolutely loved him.

      He is a charmer despite the intimidating 2072 rating.
      It helped that at the time, I was driving a shiny black Audi with leather heated seats and could talk on way to grocery mart.

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