Nordhorn Brettchen Open 2014 at 26./27.04.2014

Dear table tennis friends!

The table tennis club SV Vorwärts Nordhorn is planning the 14th international open hardbat tournament of Nordhorn for the weekend of April, 26th and 27th, 2014. Then, the tournament for the first time will have two days because on Sunday for the first time a clickball competition with standard sandpaper bats (Ping Pong) is offered. After the boom this variant of table tennis has taken in the recent months (with the World Championship of Ping Pong in London, which was about $ 100,000 in prize money), we decided to this expansion, with the Nordhorn Brettchen Open being now the first open tournament in Germany with a clickball class. Previously only World Championship Qualifiers and club internal tournaments with sandpaper rackets have taken place.

But even in our hardbat classes there are changes: We no longer offer separate classes for youth and cadet players but integrate them - according to their individual skill level - in the "normal" classes, being categorized just according to the Q-TTR-values of the JOOLA ranking list. Four hardbat classes are now offered - up to a Q-TTR-value of 1200, to 1400, to 1600 and open. Thus all players from lower divisions and all young players have - especially in the hardbat classes III and IV - a real chance to win. And who does not qualify on Saturday for the final round of its individual competition can still participate in the consolation round where all positions will be determined.

With "Nordhorn Brettchen Open" these two different kinds of table tennis which offered practically the same conditions for all players - in the USA and England well-known under the names hardbat and ping pong - shall be made more popular in Germany. So at Saturday just hardbat rackets with pimpled rubber coverings are to be used. In a general sense we play here with the materials which were used nearly by each table tennis player in the 1950's before the advent of sponge rackets.

Even further back in table tennis history we go on Sunday: Sandpaper rackets were played throughout the world until about 1920 and then gradually ousted from the pimpled rubber rackets. Here none is to win only because his opponent did not get along with his long pimples, his anti, his trick services or his turbo-loops. Here all are to play with almost same material (just hardbat or clickball) and at the end the best player is to win and not the best material.

While on Sunday two clickball bats are located on each table which must be used, on Saturday even own hardbat rackets may be used. We keep ready 50 loaner hardbat rackets of good quality for such players, who do not bring along an own racket accepted for this tournament.

The hardbat tournaments held so far in our region were very much fun for all participants and showed how attractive this kind of the table tennis game is. We can promise long rallies, that really earn this name, matches worth seeing with attack against defense, services, which just open the rally and do not terminate it at the same moment, and points, which one must fight very hard for. We request everybody not to let pass this pleasure without participation!