Intense competition on both Swedish coastlines

Jimmy Andersson winner of Men's Singles 40 Years (Photo: Lars Lanhed, Masonit Design) by Ian Marshall, Editor In Stockholm China’s Fan Zhendong and Japan’s Mima Ito were displaying their skills, winning the respective men’s Singles and women’s Singles titles at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open. On the same day, Sunday 4th November, on the opposite coast of the country in Gothenburg, there was equally intense competition; play was concluding in what has become the biggest veteran tournament in Northern Europe, the 40th edition of the Idrottsforengingen Ifo. Venue for the proceedings was the Exercishusets Sporthall, the destination for no less than 114 players; in addition to the host nation players travelled from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Norway, Poland and Russia. Play

Notable names secure Santiago podium places

Augusto Morales won men's singles 50 to 54 years (Photo: Cristian Larrain) by Ian Marshall, Editor Concluding on Saturday 10th November, six days of intense action came to an end at the 2018 Latin American Masters Championships in Santiago, Chile; a tournament in which several most notable names from the host nation competed. Augusto Morales and Juan Papic were in action as were their female counterparts Berta Rodriguez and Sofia Tepez, a significant feature of the tournament being the high number of pen-hold grip players; once the popular grip in the continent, nowadays ever more in the minority. Impressively Augusto Morales continued to employ the pen-hold grip to good effect; winner of the Men’s Singles title at the Latin American Championships in 2001 in