Nordhorn Brettchen Open 2013 at 25.05.2013

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Dear table tennis friends!

The table tennis club SV Vorwärts Nordhorn is planning the 13th open hardbat tournament of Nordhorn for Saturday, May 25th, 2013. After the end of the large Nordhorn EUREGIO tournament which included the hardbat competitions of Nordhorn Brettchen Open in 2008 and 2009 we have returned in 2010 to the formula of the first seven tournaments with a stand-alone hardbat tournament. The venue will be the gymn of Frensdorf School known from the first hardbat tournaments where our club also plays its team competition matches.

The tournament, having been organized in the last years by TTC Eintracht Nordhorn, is now performed by SV Vorwärts Nordhorn. All Nordhorn table tennis players have moved to this sport club in summer of 2012, that has not owned a table tennis department before. So organization and venue are still the same, just the name of the performing club has changed.

This time again five tournament events are offered. For the adults we have three events, so that also the players of lower level will get a true chance to win. As all open German tournaments since last year use the Q-TTR-values of the JOOLA ranking list for the categorization of the events they are also used for our tournament. In the event "Men III" all players with a Q-TTR-value of 1450 and lower are eligible. For all players with a Q-TTR-value of 1600 and lower the event "Men II" is offered. All other players with a Q-TTR-value of more than 1600 are only eligible in the "Men I" event, especially the players of international and national level. Women also may take part at "Nordhorn Brettchen Open". Due to their playing level they will be categorized to the suitable men's event.

The fourth and fifth event is offered just for the young players. At the last tournaments some juniors and cadets took part with great fun, and so they again will get the chance to find their winner under players of the same age in own events for juniors and cadets. Here also girls and cadet girls may start.

With "Nordhorn Brettchen Open" this different kind of table tennis - in the USA well-known under the name hardbat - shall be made more popular in Germany. So 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 and which thus offered practically the same conditions for all players. Here none is to win only because his opponents 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) and at the end the best player is to win and not the best covering.

The two ITTF rules A 4.6 (demand for a red and a black covering) and B 2.1.3 (demand for the ITTF permission of the coverings) are not considered with this tournament. That happens, so that also completely simple hardbat rackets for 2,90 € from the department store or such which are already decades old can be used. At our tournament all kinds of pimpled rubber are permitted, the classical ones with the playing characteristics of the 30's and 40's as well as such ones being developed after 1952. Crucial is only that it is a hardbat (with short pimples out without sponge).

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!