Super Singles Championship

Super Singles Championship Handbook

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Block 1 2022-23 Dates:

Round 1
Friday 23rd September 2022: 7pm – 10pm
Saturday 24th September 2022: 10am – 1pm

Round 2
Friday 14th October 2022: 7pm – 10pm
Saturday 15th October 2022: 10am – 1pm

Round 3
Friday 18th November 2022: 7pm – 10pm
Saturday 19th November 2022: 10am – 1pm
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Super Singles Latest Rounds Summary and Report

Following Round 3 on Friday 15th and Saturday 17th July

General Report

A fine finish to what has been a bit of a bumpy year! It didn’t look too good at the beginning of the week, and then started to look worse as people began to pull out as the fine weather advanced – holiday season! And who could blame them after having been cooped up for so long under Covid... nervous moments for the organisers!

Then you all rallied, and we had a very respectable twenty-five players on Friday evening and thirty-one on Saturday, with thirteen people playing on both Friday and Saturday. We welcomed five new players, who enlivened mainly Table 1 on Friday – we do like to keep the competition fresh!

Thanks as always to everyone for mucking in and making it all work so enjoyably for us all, and with the air conditioning units working at full blast, we were all able to keep our cool in the heat wave, and compete flat out as usual.

You can see all the results and stats for the July Rounds in the below links: Consolidated Results for July, Summary for July Total Performance, and Final Ratings for the Block.

A dozen players won all three of their regulation matches and deserve a special mention for their achievements: Victor Ramirez Rioja, whom we welcomed back after the exam season, the indomitable Isabelle Lacorte, who hasn’t dropped a match all this quarter, our new performance squad coach, Hayden Gruby, and Liam Williams, Jose Moreno, Cesar Ramirez Molina, Steve King, Ezra Darley, Bradley Stavrou, Sonny Green, and Kamil Hussain.

One name stands out as the Player of the Month and t’s been threatening for some time, but this month, Ray Ong pulled it off. Playing both Friday and Saturday, which involves a lengthy round trip and an overnight hotel stay, Ray won six out of his seven matches he played, including another brave revenge challenge against Matthew Jones, which netted him a massive total of 55.1 Exchange Points and a substantial leg-up the ratings table. Very well done, Ray, and we will look forward to seeing you power your way further up the table in the coming months.

Well, that’s it for the Championship this year, except that sooner or later we will be having a little ceremony to award the trophies for the best performers in the last Block and also the prestigious Eric Todd Memorial Trophy for the Club Champion of the Year.

We will be having a break now, unless we can find a suitable date for a one-off tournament in August, but we will start all over again in September – so reserve the dates shown in the above section in your diary. Full details for the new series will follow well in time and we are looking forward already to another fine Championship with you all and many more too!

Andrew and Declan
Championship Co-ordinators

Trophy Winners from Block 2

We started each Round with a little ceremony to present the awards to the best performers in each of their Ratings bands in Block 2 (January, February, and March). You can see who they were and how they won HERE.

Congratulations to them all and remember, there will be more awards to collect at the end of this Block when it finishes in July.

Awards are presented to the top performer in each Ratings band, which means that there is more competition top to bottom and Juniors do not storm through and win them all!

“Performance” is defined as the highest “Points Exchange” which is the amount by which you win or lose against better or worse players with different Ratings. It is not your absolute position that counts – that is estimated and given to you when you first play and is not earned from a common starting point The further up the “ladder” you climb, the less variability there is in standards and consequently the Points Exchange tend to be more compact usually.

The winner of the 1500+ Ratings band was Piotr Nykiel with 51.3 points, winning ten out of the thirteen matches he played in Block 2.

The 1400 – 1499 Band featured three contenders. Aryan Vatsa nearly stole it. But the top honour was really a two-horse race between two Vets, Mike Smedley and Graham Playle. Both played fifteen matches, but maybe it was the ten that Graham won against Mike’s nine that clinched it for him. Ultimately, Graham scored 47.7 Rating Points and Mike, 37.7.

It was almost the same story in the 1300 – 1399 range. Sam Scott and Jose Moreno scored highly, but it was Steve Prince who ran away with the honours. Steve played in all of the Rounds and played extra matches as well: more than any other player with twenty-one matches in total. He won twelve on them giving him a net 25.0 Points Exchange.

The 1200 – 1299 was one of the largest groupings, mostly populated by Seniors but with a fair sprinkling of Juniors too. Vet Richard Hallinan and returnee Liam Williams came close with major points exchanges, but Junior Reuben Ling caused quite an upset winning five out of six games which gave him points haul of 40.2.

In the 1100 – 1199 it was that man Callum Heath again with a 100% record which earned him 49.9 points.

There was intense competition in the 1000 – 1099 range between a number of our Juniors, who were then aspiring Performance Squad members. Since then, they have graduated even further. Senior Chris Economides did his best to buck the trend against Ezra Darley (9/14 and 46.2 points), while Matthew Jones, seizing every opportunity he could to play a match against top opposition, won 8/12 matches and bagged 51.3 points. But Nikolas Filippas cleaned up with eight wins out of ten and massive points exchange of 55.9.—the highest of anyone in the Block.

The Bands below were more clear cut with Justin Bonini’s 100% record earning him the top place in the 800 – 999 Band with 44.0 points. The runaway winner in the “Beginners’” Group with Ratings below 800 was Bradley Stavrou with another 100% record and 53.6 Points Exchange.

See you all for the final two Rounds in July – Friday 15th and Saturday 16th – after which we will have a short break in August before starting off a brand-new Championship in September.

Enjoy the Summer!

Andrew – Super Singles Organiser w/ Declan.