Thursday, 1 September 2011

The news of the week (11)

Hello everyone, here are the news of the week.

Darren Bezzina wins the "Joseph M. Debono Cup" - 16 players competed in this wednesday's tournament in Attard (Malta). Darren Bezzina, who now plays for the italian team of SPQR Roma, was the winner of the competition. He came on top of his group before beating Nicholas Sciberras in the semi-final (1-0). In the final, he beat Daniele Spadaro (5-3). Gordon Caruana was the other semi-finalist.
From left to right: Darren Bezzina (winner), Daniele Spadaro (runner-up), Nicholas Sciberras (3rd), Gordon Caruana (4th).

New leader in the WASPA ranking - After his victory in Attard, Darren Bezzina becomes the new number 1 in the WASPA ranking. The full table will be published as soon as we get the full results of the Singapore tournament.

One more tournament in Malta - After the Attard tournament, Joe Debono announced the club of Attard will hold a third tournament on September 25, which will be called the "Independance Cup".

Results of the survey - 20 people answered to the questions about the structure of the WASPA circuit. The question was "Do you think we should have 2 types of tournaments already next season if we keep "regional" tournaments as they are and "national tournaments with the possibility for each club to host one tournament per season?"
12 answered that "Yes but National events would need to have better organisation standards than regional events" (60%)
2 answered that "National events can give more ranking points but it's not a priority" (10%)
4 answered "I'd better keep things as they are now" (20%)
2 had no opinion
Conclusion: there will be some proposals to make some bigger tournaments in the future. As we are not sure it will be a very good thing to make different types of tournaments, the circuit wil remain as it is at least till January. If there are good proposals and ideas to make sure "national tournaments" are something special, this will be discussed through another survey.

Status update from Stockholm Tournament at O´Learys Gamla Stan - The event to be held on October 8 is being prepared and the following players will problably participate in the tournament: Robert Green, Yupa Kaewwongsa. Peter Elio, Jesper Willaume, Lars Löfgren, Ari Kainu, Anders Virtala. Players have a 15 % discount at Collectors Hotels that lies in Gamla Stan in Stockholm. Feel free to contact Lars Löfgren for more details.

A growing circuit - With new events added in the agenda (in Malta, Sweden, Japan, South Africa, Belgium, Australia), the circuit is growing quickly. There is interest also from Spain, Greece and the UK so hopefully there will be many more tournaments in the next few months.

New project in Malaysia - CK Au (jack208@boardgamecafe.net) is trying to start a new project at Boardgamecafe.net, which is moving to a new place that will allow him to set up a subbuteo table. CK and his partners are planning to give another shot at reviving this game in Malaysia and once they have settled into their new centre, the will get back on details. This might be an important step to develop connections with players from Singapore in the future!

Postponed tournament in the US - The tournament planned for last week-end in Connecticut has been postponed. More details on the new date will be announced soon.

Forthcoming events - Here is a list of the forthcoming WASPA tournaments. We hope many more will be added in the near future.
- September 4 - Tournament in Yokohama (Japan)
- September 9 - Tournament in Johannesburg (South Africa)
- September 25 - Tournament in Attard (Malta)
- September 27 - Tournament in Templeuve (Belgium) - to be confirmed
- October 1 - Tournament in Sylvania (Australia)
- October 8 - Tournament in Stockholm (Sweden)

Top 10 nations this week on the blog - This week the bigger number of visitors were from the UK, Finland, Russia (!), Greece, Malta, Sweden, Canada, the US, Germany and Italy. We also had visitors from Indonesia!

Subbuteo in Russia - The blog has had a lot of visitors from Russia over the last few days. If there are some players over there, don't hesitate to drop us a line at vincent.cop@rsca.com. We are here to help you!

Keep on flicking,
Vincent