By defeating Kent Richter (Canada) in the final, Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) managed to win the 2018 ITHF STIGA NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP in Edmonton, Canada.
This was victory number 7 for Bjarne Axelsen in the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour in Edmonton.
Pat Genge (Canada) came third after winning the bronze match against Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada).
SENSATION IN NORWAY OPEN!
Magnus Klippen was victorious
Norway Open 2018 was won by Magnus Klippen (Norway) who nearly lost the Round of 16 to Mykhaylo Shalomayev (Ukraine) but subsequently managed to beat his brother Oystein, Hans Österman (Sweden) and in the final Joakim Lundin (Sweden).
Hans Österman won the bronze match against Patrick Hellström (Sweden).
30 players participated in Norway Open 2018, which was a part of the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour Super Series.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Minutes from the ITHF Extraordinary Delegates Conference 24 (September 2018)
The Extraordinary Delegates Conference ended Friday the 7th of September 2018.
All changes come into effect immediately.
Minutes can be found in the menu under ORGANIZATION called Minutes from the ITHF Extraordinary Delegates Conference 24 (September 2018)
Monday, September 10, 2018
Changes in the calendar of a season 2018/2019
ITHF has been asked by the Russian Table Hockey Federation to change the levels of the World Tours in Russia 2018/2019.
ITHF has decided to meet this wish.
This means that St. Petersburg Open 2018 - the 3rd of November 2018 - is upgraded to Super Series, while Kursk Cup 2019 is changed to Major and Moscow Open 2019 to ITHF WTHT.
The day after St. Petersburg Open 2018 the Team Championships will take place.
St. Petersburg Open is in 2018 celebrating 10 year anniversary.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Executive Committee of the ITHF
The ITHF is pleased to announce that Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) and Igor Saveljev (Estonia) have been elected to the Executive Committee effective immediately. This is Bjarne’s fifth time around as President. We are excited about Bjarne’s experience in table hockey and what he can bring to the ITHF. The ITHF is also delighted with Igor and his background in table hockey in joining our Executive Committee and assisting us and our Federation achieve continued success.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Russia is the active member of ITHF again
The Russian Table Hockey Federation has met the requirements that was needed in order to once again gain active status with the ITHF. The status of the active member of ITHF is returned to Russia. On 7/30/2018 Russia is given again the right to vote in Delegates Conference (DC) ITHF.
Monday, July 23, 2018
From 1st September to 7th September, 2018 there will take place the Extraordinary Delegates ITHF Conference
Extraordinary Delegates ITHF Conference Votes:
1. Change to the rule on goals scored after a face-off.
2. More players in women/junior/veteran individuals' competitions at championships.
3. Fourth day at European/World Championships.
4. Alternative play-off system on the World Tour.
5. Points limit for number-of-players-beaten method.
6. ITHF election.
Applications candidates of President ITHF and Member of Executive Committee ITHF are accepted till 23:59 on August 15, 2018 (email@example.com).
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Shabi wins Stiga U.S. Open
The 2018-19 ITHF World Tour kicked off in Chicago as Paul Shabi (USA) won the Stiga U.S. Open. He defeated Kevin Rafferty (USA) 4-2 in the finals. Taking bronze was Roman Nezhyba (CZE). Shabi is making a table hockey comeback. He won the U.S. Open in 2012 as a teen and started playing again earlier this year.
Friday, July 13, 2018
Thomas and Arenlind stand down
Simon Thomas and Martin Arenlind are both standing down from the ITHF Executive Committee with immediate effect. As of now, Simon Thomas is no longer president of the ITHF. Martin Arenlind will also be ending his work as administrator of the world ranking list, but is willing to continue doing the ranking updates for a month or two, until a replacement administrator is found.
Friday, June 22, 2018
2018/19 World Tour set to start in July
Now that the 2017/18 season has finished, the 2018/19 season is already almost upon us. The first event is the 2018 US Open in Lemont on the 21st of July. For the new season, the ITHF World Tour calendar is also available as a Google Calendar here.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Maxim Borisov is European Champion for the 3rd time
This weekend in Eskilstuna, Sweden, Maxim Borisov defeated defending champion Edgars Caics of Latvia in the 2018 European Championship final to become the 1st player ever to win 3 European Championships. Maria Saveljeva of Estonia became the new European Champion in the Women category, Nikita Zholobov of Russia is the new European Champion in Juniors, and Janne Kokko of Finland became European Champion in SuperVeterans. Alexey Titov of Russia and Evgeniy Matantsev of Ukraine successfully defended their titles as European Champions in the Veterans and Kids categories respectively. In the Team events, Russia managed to defend its titles in the Open and Junior categories, but lost its other two Team titles (Women and Veterans) to host nation Sweden. The very popular Stiga Open, an additional tournament provided at the venue for players who could not represent their countries in the main events, was won by Aleksandrs Zernovojs of Latvia.
Monday, June 4, 2018
Axelsen wins World Tour finale in Montreal
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark has won the final tournament on the 2017/18 World Tour. By defeating Carlo Bossio of Canada in the final, Axelsen emerged as the winner of Montreal 2018.
As stated on the ethc18.com website, national representatives must submit their player lists for the European Championships in Eskilstuna by the 6th of June. The only exception is the Stiga Open public tournament (here, the deadline is the 10th of June and players can register individually). Players will not be able to compete if these deadlines are missed. Most countries have not yet submitted their player lists. With very little expected to change in the World Tour standings, most national teams should be known by now. Please also note the ethc18.com website now has more info about the schedule and catering.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Slovenia Open rescheduled
The organisers of the 2018 Slovenia Open in Kranj have unfortunately had to change the date of this tournament. It will now be held on 27/10/2018. As this change has occurred after the calendar was published, clashes between national tournaments and the 2018 Slovenia Open are permitted, as per Tournament Rule 1.2.ii.e. The organisers sincerely regret any inconvenience caused.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Eskilstuna update: everyone can compete!
The organisers of the upcoming European Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden, have found a way to let everyone play: even players who do not qualify for their national teams, or do not come from European countries. On the Saturday (16th of June) in the main arena, where the Open and Open Teams championships will be taking place, a public tournament will also be held. This tournament, the Stiga Open, will be part of the Swedish Tour, which makes it a level-4 event. Anyone can take part, except for those competing in the other events being held on the Saturday. This means that everyone who wants to experience the atmosphere of the European Championships can now come and not only witness it, but be part of it as well. More details to come.
Friday, May 18, 2018
World Tour nears completion
Now that this month's two World Tour tournaments have been held, the 2018/19 World Tour is coming to an end. After impressive victories for former world champion Roni Nuttunen (Turku Open) and junior sensation Evgeniy Matantsev (Ukraine Cup), only Montreal remains.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
EU General Data Protection Regulation
As an organisation officially headquartered within the European Union, the ITHF recognises the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Any player who wishes their personal data to no longer be displayed or stored by the ITHF is asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The data will then be removed or anonymised as soon as possible. Anyone sending players' personal data to the ITHF must first obtain the players' consent.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The ITHF calendar for next season is complete!
(M) = Majors, (S) = Super Series
21/07/18 US Open 2018 – Lemont, USA
11/08/18 Shoder Cup 2018 – Shymkent, Kazakhstan
25/08/18 Denmark Open 2018 – Bronderslev, Denmark 08/09/18 Norway Open 2018 – Stavanger, Norway (S)
15/09/18 North American Championship 2018/19 – Edmonton, Canada
13/10/18 Latvia Open 2018/19 – Incukalns, Latvia
20/10/18 Swiss Open 2018 – Bern, Switzerland
27/10/18 Slovenia Open 2018 – Kranj, Slovenia 03-04/11/18 St Petersburg Open 2018 – St Petersburg, Russia (M)
10/11/18 Canada Cup 2018 – Toronto, Canada
24/11/18 Gothenburg Open 2018 – Gothenburg, Sweden 01-02/12/18 Riga Cup 2018 – Riga, Latvia (S)
12/01/19 Kursk Cup 2019 – Kursk, Russia
26/01/19 US Stiga Shootout 2019 – Anaheim, USA 09/02/19 Swedish Masters 2019 – Stockholm, Sweden (S)
23/02/19 Belarus Open 2019 – Minsk, Belarus
09/03/19 Nove Zamky Open 2019 – Nove Zamky, Slovakia 16-17/03/19 Moscow Open 2019 – Moscow, Russia (S)
23/03/19 Detroit 2019 – Detroit, USA 06/04/19 Tallinn Cup 2019 – Tallinn, Estonia (M) 27/04/19 Czech Open 2019 – Pilsen, Czech Republic (S) 04/05/19 Turku Open 2019 – Turku, Finland (M)
11/05/19 Ukraine Cup 2019 – Kiev, Ukraine
18/05/19 Berlin Open 2019 – Berlin, Germany 14-16/06/19 World Championships 2019 – Minsk, Belarus
Local organisers are kindly asked to remember tournament rule 1.2.ii, which says national tournaments (at levels 3 or 4) are not to be scheduled on dates that clash with the Super Series, and annual national championships (at level 3) are not to clash with any World Tour tournament within a 1000km radius of the venue. This is so international tournaments do not have to compete with tournaments that are important on a national level.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Eskilstuna update: Roni returns!
Finnish sensation Roni Nuttunen, winner of 2 World Championships and 3 World Tours, who spent a total of around 5 years as the highest-ranked player in the world, has been granted a wild card for the Open event at the upcoming European Championships in Eskilstuna. The ITHF welcomes the return of one of table hockey's greatest-ever players to top-level competition.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Patrik Petr wins Czech Open
Patrik Petr has won the Czech Open by beating Zdenek Matousek 4:2 in the final. Michal Hvizd took third place. Best foreign player was Imrich Blask on 8th place. There were 103 players from 10 countries in Prague. Results.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Michal Hvizd wins Berlin Open
The 2018 Berlin Open was held this weekend. Michal Hvizd from the Czech Republic took first place, repeating the feat he accomplished in 2015. Silver went to another Czech player, Michal Kobrle, who is growing steadily stronger in this competition, having finished third in 2017 and fourth in 2016. The tournament's top seed, Valts Smagars of Latvia, took the bronze.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Borisov wins Tallinn Cup for 2nd year in a row
Last weekend, the World Tour returned to Tallinn for another high-calibre table hockey event. Maxim Borisov of Russia was able to see off a strong challenge from his compatriot Nikita Zholobov in the final best-of-7 playoff, eventually winning in overtime after the 7th match. Latvia's hopes of reaching the podium were thwarted by Kevin Eriksson of Finland, who won the bronze match against Atis Silis after previously eliminating world champion Edgars Caics.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Norway Open added to 2018/19 Super Series
The EC has voted to add the Norway Open to the Super Series for the 2018/19 season. This means next season's Super Series already begins on the 8th of September 2018. The EC wishes to thank all organisers who applied. From 2019/20 onwards, the EC will be choosing all 5 Super Series tournaments each season, so this year's unsuccessful applicants will have a much better chance of joining the series at that time, especially considering they have shown ambition by expressing an interest in upgrading for 2018/19.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Nezhyba remains champion of North America
Roman Nezhyba of the Czech Republic has won the North American Championship for the 3rd season in a row. This year, his opponent in the final was Bruce Turner of Canada. Bronze went to Paul Shabi from the USA. Next season, the championship will be held in Canada for the first time.
Last weekend, the World Tour made its annual visit to Moscow for what has traditionally been one of the most important tournaments of the season. This year, the event had a new look, as the organiser had chosen an interesting new venue. Despite attracting fewer players than all previous editions of the Moscow Open / Moscow Cup since 2004, the 2018 Moscow Open was once again an exciting 2-day tournament. Local players dominated, with only Russian players reaching the quarter-finals. The victor was this season's World Tour winner Maxim Borisov, who beat Yanis Galuzo in the final.
Monday, March 12, 2018
National table hockey association for Russia
The ITHF Executive Committee (EC) has ascertained that Russia does not have a national table hockey association. The EC agrees that Russia therefore does not currently meet the requirements of active ITHF membership as defined in the ITHF Constitution (art. 5.1 "The member of the ITHF can only be national associations of STIGA tablehockey").
In order to retain its active member status, Russia must set up a national association. According to art. 18.104.22.168 of the ITHF Constitution, this national association must "either be officially registered by the national authorities as an organization connected with table hockey, or else have a clearly defined system for democratic decision-making and/or periodic democratic elections of a decision-maker".
The loss of active member status would mean that Russia would not be entitled to vote at the ITHF Delegates Conference (DC), but Russian players/teams would still be entitled to compete on the World Tour and at ITHF international championships, and Russian organisers would still be entitled to host ITHF tournaments.
The next DC is likely to be held towards the end of this season. If Russia fails to comply with the active membership requirements by then, Russia will not be entitled to vote at that DC and can at most be granted observer status.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Caics dominates double World Tour weekend
This weekend, world champion Edgars Caics from Latvia won both the Nove Zamky Open in Slovakia and the Budapest Trophy in Hungary. His compatriot Sandis Kristaps Lagzdins took silver in both events. This highly enjoyable double World Tour weekend was attended by players from 8 different countries and made possible by great cooperation between the organisers.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Double success for Russia in Jekabpils
Last weekend in Jekabpils, Maxim Borisov of Russia defeated his compatriot Veniamin Gerasimov in the final of the Latvia Open, thus reclaiming his former position as the world's highest-ranked player. Jekabpils also hosted the World Club Championships, in which clubs from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia and Ukraine took part. Once again, the winner was from Russia: THC Toros.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Antti Vuononsola 1995-2018
In memory of our great Finnish friend, who has sadly left us far too soon. Gone but not forgotten.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Super Series: 5th tournament
Organisers wishing to upgrade their tournament to the Super Series for the 2018/19 season have until the end of March to apply via email (email@example.com). In the 1st week of April, the EC will choose which tournament to add to the series. The 4 current Super Series events are all entitled to retain their status for 2018/19. Regardless of tournament level, all World Tour organisers who have not already done so are requested to confirm the date of their event for next season as soon as possible by replying to the email that they have received.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Jevgenijs Zaharovs conquers the field in Belarus
In a highly enjoyable tournament in Minsk, Jevgenijs Zaharovs of Latvia has defeated Dmitriy Petrov of Russia in the final of the 2018 Belarus Open. This is the 1st time that Zaharovs has even reached the podium at a World Tour event. A total of 40 players from 4 different countries took part. The most successful local player was Aliaksandr Bartosh, who finished 6th.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Borisov defeats Caics in Swedish Masters
In one of the best World Tour tournaments ever seen, Maxim Borisov of Russia has defeated world champion Edgars Caics of Latvia 4:1 in the final of the 2018 Swedish Masters in Gothenburg. The ITHF does not issue awards for best organisers, but if there was such an award, it would surely go to Fidde Hansson, Markus Bengtsson and the others who made this such an excellent event, attracting most of the world's best players (including the entire top 10) and providing free airport transfers, a great venue, very cheap meals and drinks on site, and a live band at the after party. Even the opening ceremony was made very special, as the organisers had put a lot of effort into producing a very professional-looking film with the participation of eventual winner, Maxim Borisov himself. The ITHF and table hockey players around the world can only hope that the excellent team in Gothenburg will have the energy to do it all again in the years to come.
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Change to Turku Open 2018
The main tournament will now be a one-day event on May 5th (open series only). As it is part of the Finnish national tournament schedule, the national juniors/women/veterans series will be played on the Friday night (May 4th). Foreign players can also participate in these if they wish. The tournament website should be up soon, with further details.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Pelkonen takes the top prize in California
This week, the World Tour returned to the USA for the 2018 US Stiga Shootout in Anaheim. Jan Pelkonen of Finland emerged victorious by defeating Roman Nezhyba in the final. Kevin Rafferty took the bronze.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Yanis Galuzo wins in Kursk
Last weekend in Russia, the 2018 Kursk Cup, the latest event on this season's World Tour, saw thrilling play-offs with some surprising results. The eventual winner was Yanis Galuzo of Russia. Best foreign player was Ukraine's Evgeniy Matantsev (born in 2006) who finished 4th.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Delegates approve new Game Rules
The January Extraordinary Delegates Conference has finished. Of the 2 proposals, only the 2nd was approved: a change to Game Rules 6.3 and 6.4, which comes into effect immediately. The English version of the Game Rules have now been updated here. Anyone able to help with updating the versions in other languages are asked to send their translations to the ITHF. Full results can be seen in the minutes.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Registration for World Club Championships
An invitation to all national federations has been sent by email. Clubs should contact their national federation about registration for the WCC.
Before Feb 1, 2018, the national federations of ITHF member nations must register the clubs from their nation that want to participate. If more than 1 club per nation is registered, they must list the clubs in the order that they will appear on the waiting list.
Non-member nations can also submit a list of clubs before Feb 1, 2018.
On Feb 2, 2018, organizers will announce a list of accepted teams.
Maxim Borisov of Russia has defeated world champion Edgars Caics of Latvia to win the 2017 Riga Cup. This result means that Borisov overtakes Caics to become the world's highest-ranked player once again.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Osterman wins in Stockholm
In this season's latest World Tour tournament, Hans Osterman of Sweden has won the Stockholm Open for the fourth time in a row. Sweden's Oscar Henriksson took silver, while bronze went to Valts Smagars of Latvia.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Borisov wins in St. Petersburg
Maxim Borisov of Russia has won the 2017 St. Petersburg Open by beating Nikita Zholobov in the final. In a tournament dominated by Russian players, the only non-Russian who proved strong enough to reach the quarter-finals was Maria Saveljeva of Estonia.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Bernie Kunzler wins Canada Cup for first time
Congratulations to Canada's Bernie Kunzler, who has won the latest event on the 2017/18 World Tour: the 2017 Canada Cup in Toronto. After reaching the final for the first time last season, Kunzler went one better this time around to take the title by beating Eric Krol from the USA. Players from four different countries took part.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Notice on future of Super Series
Due to excellent work by organisers worldwide, we now have more high-quality tournaments than ever before. This has compelled the ITHF EC to review the Super Series system. The Super Series will now have 5 tournaments every season. For 2018/19, the EC will select a 5th tournament to add to the 4 regular Super Series tournaments (Czech Open, Moscow Cup, Riga Cup and Swedish Masters). But for season 2019/20 onwards, the current 4 Super Series hosts will no longer be guaranteed a place on the series and all 5 Super Series tournaments will be chosen by the EC each year in accordance with Tournament Rule 2.4.ii. In seasons with a World Club Championship, the WCC host is always allowed a Super Series tournament, so the EC will then choose the other 4 tournaments. Alongside all standard requirements, the following will be the main points considered when the EC votes:
- Quality of Stiga games
- Quality and accessibility of venue
- Total number of players
- Adherence to all ITHF rules
- Personal impressions / videos / photos from anyone present at tournament
- Live updates of tournament (preferably whole tournament, video desirable)
- All info on website in English, well in advance of tournament (the earlier the better)
- Lunch available within walking distance
- Provisions for spectators (seating, ease of viewing etc.)
- Geographical spread (e.g. not all tournaments in one region)
- Quality tournaments that were not added last season have priority next season
- Additional criteria that members of the table hockey community can suggest
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Sladek wins in Bern
Kuba Sladek of Czechia has narrowly defeated Mykhaylo Shalomayev of Ukraine in the final of the 2017 Swiss Open, successfully defending his title. Both finalists had each won one World Tour tournament before and the final was full of twists and turns, but in the end it was Sladek who secured his second World Tour win. Best local player was Jean-Claude Klaus in 7th.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Shalomayev wins first World Tour tournament
Mykhaylo Shalomayev of Ukraine has won the 2017 Slovenia Open, his first ever World Tour tournament victory. Local sensation Jaka Skrlep took the silver, while bronze went to Martin Zenisek of the Czech Republic. This is the first time since 2012 that a non-Czech player has won the Slovenia Open.
Wedneday, September 20, 2017
Denmark withdraws from World Tour
The main organiser of the 2018 Denmark Open, Bjarne Axelsen, has informed the ITHF that this tournament, scheduled for the 19th of May, will not be taking place after all. This tournament is now cancelled and Denmark will no longer be hosting a tournament on this season's World Tour.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Axelsen wins in Edmonton
The 2017 Edmonton Centennial Challenge has been won by Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark, who finished ahead of Canada's Kent Richter. Kevin Rafferty from the USA took bronze.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Oscar Henriksson victorious in Stavanger
Sweden dominated the 2017 Norway Open, taking all four places in the semi-finals. Henriksson took the main prize by defeating Hans Österman in a thrilling final. Joakim Lundin somehow managed to overcome the mighty Martin Arenlind to take the bronze.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Bayjurenov takes Apple Cup in Kazakhstan
The 2017 Apple Cup in Shymkent has been won by Azamat Bayjurenov of Sayram. He beat last year's winner Timur Lagodzinski in the final.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Nezhyba wins Stiga U.S. Open in Chicago
Roman Nezhyba, from Laguna Hills, CA by way of the Czech Republic, won the Stiga U.S. Open tournament outside Chicago, IL on Saturday. He swept Buster Barton of Byron, IL 4-0 in the finals. The 2017-18 ITHF World Tour has begun.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Martin Arenlind returns as world ranking administrator
After spending a little over 3 years administrating the world ranking list, Simon Thomas has passed the torch back to the list's inventor, Martin Arenlind of Sweden. The ITHF would like to thank Martin for taking on this task again in addition to his duties as a member of the Executive Committee. With Martin as administrator, the world ranking list is in the safest possible hands.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
New World Tour results feature this season
Martin Arenlind is setting up a new feature on this website, with group tables and play-off results from all World Tour tournaments in the upcoming 2017/18 season and onwards. For this purpose, organisers of all tournaments on the 2017/18 World Tour are asked to send in group tables showing each player's points, wins, draws, losses, goals for, goals against and goal difference, along with match results from play-offs. The format should be as close as possible to the format shown in the Championships Archive (e.g. here), preferably in electronic form, e.g. in Excel, but any format is fine. These results are to be sent to the same email address as the standard results for the world ranking list: firstname.lastname@example.org. Any organisers wanting info or help should please send a query to the same address.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Tournament Rules updated
The results of the May Delegates Conference have now been incorporated into the Tournament Rules. The changes apply immediately. They affect rule 1.2.ii (about clashes between national tournaments and the World Tour) and rule 2.3.ii (banning shared bronze on the World Tour).
Monday, June 26, 2017
Vilnius Open cancelled
Unfortunately, the organisers of the Vilnius Open have decided they do not have sufficient resources to host a World Tour tournament in Lithuania this coming season after all. The Vilnius Open 2017 is therefore cancelled. The organisers apologise for the inconvenience and hope to bring Lithuania onto the World Tour in the near future.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Edgars Caics is the new world champion
In Liberec, Caics (LAT) won the open category, which also made him rise to number 1 in the world ranking list. The juniors world championship was won by Oscar Henriksson (SWE). Alexey Titov (RUS) took the veterans title.
Bjarne Axelsen (DEN) defeated Kevin Rafferty (USA) to win the 2017 tournament in Montreal. Simon Harvey (CAN) took third over Michael Toft Nielsen (DEN). Next up are the World Championships in Liberec.
38 players competed in the 2017 Denmark Open, where an alternative playing system was used in the play-offs. The tournament spanned two days. Bjarne Axelsen defeated Nico Pedersen in the final.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
ITHF statement on qualification rounds/tournaments
Due to a recent misunderstanding involving a World Tour tournament, the Executive
Committee has decided to issue these general guidelines for tournament organisers:
(1) World Tour tournaments must be open for everyone to compete in.
(2) It must not be possible for a beginner to play in a tournament, lose every match
and still obtain world ranking points due to having been excused from a preceding
(3) Organisers unsure of whether a qualification competition counts as part of their
main tournament, or as a separate tournament, are requested to ask the ITHF
Executive Committee in advance.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Berlin Open 2018 rescheduled
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the organisers of the Berlin Open have had to reschedule the tournament. Next season's Berlin Open will now take place on the 14th of April 2018.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Delegates Conference results
The May Delegates Conference is finished. All proposals were accepted and the new Executive and Legal Committees for the next 2 seasons were elected. Full results can be found here.
Sunday, May 13, 2017
Petr Tmej wins Berlin Open
Three members of Czech club Stiga Elites dominated the 2017 Berlin Open. Petr Tmej beat Patrick Petr in the final. Michal Kobrle was third. This result puts Tmej on course to represent the Czech Republic at the World Championships, qualifying through the World Tour.
Monday, May 8, 2017
Kevin Eriksson wins Turku Open
Despite Yanis Galuzo of Russia getting through both group rounds without dropping a point, despite him advancing through the play-offs to the final without losing a single match, and despite it being his birthday, he had no answer to local favourite Kevin Eriksson, who defeated Galuzo 4:0 in the best-of-7 series to take the title. This result means that Edgars Caics of Latvia is the overall winner of the 2016/17 World Tour.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Edgars Caics wins Czech Open
Edgars Caics (LAT) has won the Czech Open by beating Yevhen Levdansky (UKR) 4:3 in the final. Sandis Kristaps Lagzdins (LAT) took third place. Results.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
ITHF calendar for 2017/18
The ITHF calendar for next season is complete!
(M) = Majors, (S) = Super Series
22/07/17 US Open 2017 – Lemont, USA
12/08/17 Apple Cup 2017 – Shymkent, Kazakhstan 09/09/17 Norway Open 2017 – Stavanger, Norway (M)
16/09/17 Centennial Challenge 2017 – Edmonton, Canada
07/10/17 Slovenia Open 2017 – Kranj, Slovenia
21/10/17 Swiss Open 2017 – Bern, Switzerland
04/11/17 Canada Cup 2017 – Toronto, Canada 11-12/11/17 St. Petersburg Open 2017 – St. Petersburg, Russia (M)
18/11/17 Stockholm Open 2017 – Stockholm, Sweden 02-03/12/17 Riga Cup 2017 – Riga, Latvia (S)
13/01/18 Kursk Cup 2018 – Kursk, Russia
27/01/18 US Stiga Shootout 2018 – Anaheim, USA 10/02/18 Swedish Masters 2018 – Gothenburg, Sweden (S)
24/02/18 Belarus Open 2018 – Minsk, Belarus 03-04/03/18 WCC & Latvia Open 2018 – Jekabpils, Latvia (S)
10/03/18 Nove Zamky Open 2018 – Nove Zamky, Slovakia
11/03/18 Budapest Trophy 2018 – Budapest, Hungary 17-18/03/18 Moscow Open 2018 – Moscow, Russia (S)
24/03/18 North American Champs 2018 – Detroit, USA 07/04/18 Tallinn Cup 2018 – Tallinn, Estonia (M)
14/04/18 Berlin Open 2018 – Berlin, Germany 21/04/18 Czech Open 2018 – Prague, Czech Republic (S) 05-06/05/18 Turku Open 2018 – Turku, Finland (M)
12/05/18 Ukraine Cup 2018 – Kiev, Ukraine
02/06/18 Montreal Stiga 2018 – Montreal, Canada 15-17/06/18 European Championships 2018 – Eskilstuna, Sweden
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Young Matantsev wins Ukraine Cup
Evgeniy Matantsev (UKR), who was born in 2006, won the Ukraine Cup, defeating Roman Ignatenko (UKR). Mykhaylo Shalomayev (UKR) took third. The Kiev tournament had 39 players from 5 different countries. Results here.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Borisov gets the win in Tallinn
The Tallinn Cup has made a welcome return to the World Tour, with world champion Maxim Borisov (RUS) taking the prize by beating Atis Silis (LAT) in the final.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Roman Nezhyba wins North American Championship in Detroit
Nezhyba (USA) defeated Bernie Kunzler (CAN) in the 7th match of the final for the second time this season on the World Tour, having done the same in January at the US Stiga Shootout.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Galuzo wins in Moscow
Yanis Galuzo (RUS) defeated defending champion Veniamin Gerasimov (RUS) 4-3 in the finals of the 2017 Moscow Open. Maxim Borisov (RUS) was third in the World Tour Super Series tournament. There were 155 players.
Michal Hvizd (CZE) has won 2 World Tour tournaments on the same weekend by taking the Slovakian Open on Saturday, followed by the Budapest Trophy on Sunday.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Galuzo wins again, this time in Minsk, Belarus
Yanis Galuzo (RUS) defeated Evgenij Matantsev (UKR, born in 2006) 4-1 in the final of the Belarus Open 2017. Andrey Chaplygin (RUS), who turns 15 this year, took the bronze medal by defeating Alexey Titov (Russia) 3-2. The tournament had 68 players from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kasakhstan, Latvia and Israel. Results here.
Galuzo won his second consecutive tournament on the World Tour after taking the Swedish Masters in Malmo earlier this month.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Galuzo takes Swedish Masters
Yanis Galuzo (RUS) defeated Edgars Caics (LAT) 4:2 in the finals of the 2017 Swedish Masters in Malmo. Kevin Eriksson (FIN) and Alexey Titov (RUS) shared bronze. The long-running tournament drew 100 players.
Results are here.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Nezhyba wins Stiga Shootout
Roman Nezhyba (USA) defeated Bernie Kunzler (CAN) 4 games to 3 to win the U.S. Stiga Shootout tournament in Southern California. Game 7 video can be found here.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Borisov victorious at Kursk
Maxim Borisov (RUS) won the Kursk Cup tournament. He defeated Yanis Galuzo (RUS) 4-2 in the finals. Third was Alexey Zakharov (RUS) 3-1 against Sergey Ivanov (RUS).
Monday, December 5, 2016
Silis wins big Riga tournament
In a thrilling, seven-game, all-Latvian final, Atis Silis defeated Edgars Caics to win in Riga. There were 221 players in the open event. Results here.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Turku Open 2017 is now a 2-day event
This tournament will now be played over 2 days, the 6th and 7th of May 2017. The organisers' announcement about this change and the extended play-off format can be read here. Special events for women, veterans and juniors will also be held.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Osterman triumphant in Stockholm
Hans Osterman (SWE) won the Stockholm Open, defeating Kevin Eriksson (FIN) 4-3 in the finals. Jan Pelkonen (FIN) and Oscar Henriksson (SWE) shared the bronze. The tournament had 68 players.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Russian sweep at St. Petersburg
The top 31 players at the St. Petersburg tournament were Russian, led by Alexey Zaharov in 1st, Maxim Borisov in 2nd and Nikita Zholobov in third. There were 106 players. Results.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Pelkonen wins Toronto
Jan Pelkonen (FIN) defeated Bernie Kunzler (CAN) 4-2 in the finals of the Stiga Canada Cup tournament into Toronto. Taking third was Bruce Turner (CAN) over Kent Richter (CAN).
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Jakub Sladek wins 10th Swiss Open
Jakub Sladek wins the pure Czech final at Swiss Open 2016 in Bern against Vaclav Pikl with 4:0. Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark took third. Results you find here.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Notice from the World Championships 2017 Organizers
Organizers of the upcoming WCh in Liberec have prepared a short survey
for all national federations. All delegates are invited to respond on behalf of their federation by October 28th.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Leos Hvizd wins in Kranj
The winner of the 2016 Slovenia Open is Leos Hvizd of the Czech Republic, who defeated fellow Czech Vaclav Pikl in the final. Bronze went to local favourite Uros Matanovic.
Edgars Caics (LAT) has won the Latvia Open by beating Atis Silis (LAT) 4:3 in the final. Mikhail Shashkov (RUS) took third place.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Axelsen wins Edmonton
Bjarne Axelsen (DEN) defeated Bernie Kunzler (CAN) 4-1 in the finals of the Centennial Challenge Cup tournament in Edmonton, Canada. Tournament organizer Reggie Stefaniszyn (CAN) was third.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Hosts for next European Championships and WCC
The ITHF is now accepting bids to host the 2018 European Championships, to be held from the 15th to 17th of June 2018. Bids to host the next World Club Championships, to be held any time after the 10th of January 2018, are also welcome. The deadline for bids is the 1st of April 2017. The hosts will be chosen in the Delegates Conference to be held in the week beginning on Monday the 1st of May 2017. Bids can be submitted to email@example.com.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Constitution and Tournament Rules updated
The results of the recent Delegates Conference have now been incorporated into the Tournament Rules (sections 2.5 iv & v) and the Constitution (section 22.214.171.124). As always, the most recently changed passages are highlighted in yellow.
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Pelkonen wins in Stavanger
Jan Pelkonen (FIN) won the Norway Open by defeating Joakim Lundin (SWE) in the finals. Kevin Eriksson (FIN) and Vegard Klippen (NOR) shared the bronze medal. There were 49 players in the tournament.
Monday, August 8, 2016
Lagodzinski wins in Shymkent
Timur Lagodzinski has won the first ever World Tour tournament to be held in Kazakhstan. The 2016 Apple Cup was held in Shymkent and 42 players competed.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Jonsson wins U.S. Open
Karl Jonsson (SWE) defeated Bernie Kunzler (CAN) 4:0 in the finals to win the 2016 Stiga U.S. Open, the first tournament on the 2016-17 ITHF World Tour. Taking third was Roman Nezhyba (CZE).
Monday, June 20, 2016
Caics wins Euro 2016
Congrats to Edgars Caics of Latvia, who wins the open event at the 2016 European Championships. He defeated Alexey Zaharov of Russia in the finals, 4:2. Results for the open tournament here.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Axelsen wins Montreal
Bjarne Axelsen (DEN) defeated Janis Zalite (LAT) 4-1 in the finals to win the Canadian Masters of Stiga tournament in Montreal, Canada. Taking third was Simon Harvey (CAN).
This tournament will now be extended, with the semi-finals and final held in the morning of the second day (Sunday, 13th of November). All players are also invited to take part in the St. Petersburg Team Championship on the Sunday afternoon. For more details, visit the tournament website. (soon also available in English).
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
New animated "Tricks" page available
As part of ongoing efforts to improve the ITHF website, we have added animated explanations of table hockey tricks to learn and master. Just follow the "Tricks" link on the left. Thanks to Anton Gladkoborodov for kindly giving us permission to use his animations.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Caics wins Berlin Open
The 2016 Berlin Open was won by Edgars Caics (LAT). Second place went to Zdenek Matousek (CZE) and third to Filip Hamacek (CZE). Complete results are available here.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Lampi wins in Turku
Ahti Lampi (FIN) defeated Jan Pelkonen (FIN) in the finals of the Turku Open in Finland. Kevin Eriksson (FIN) was third. The tournament had 68 players from eight countries.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Litvinyuk wins Ukraine Cup
Dmytro Litvinyuk (UKR) defeated Anton Umansky (UKR) in the finals of the 2016 Ukraine Cup. Full results here.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
ITHF calendar for 2016/17
The ITHF calendar for next season is complete!
30/07/16 US Open 2016 – Lemont, Illinois, USA
06/08/16 Apple Cup 2016 – Shymkent, Kazakhstan 03/09/16 Norway Open 2016 – Stavanger, Norway (M)
17/09/16 Centennial Challenge 2016 – Edmonton, Canada
24/09/16 Latvia Open 2016 – Incukalns, Latvia
08/10/16 Slovenia Open 2016 – Kranj, Slovenia
22/10/16 Swiss Open 2016 – Bern, Switzerland
05/11/16 Canada Cup 2016 – Toronto, Canada 12-13/11/16 St. Petersburg Open 2016 – Russia (M)
19/11/16 Stockholm Open 2016 – Sweden 03-04/12/16 Riga Cup 2016 – Latvia (S)
07/01/17 Kursk Cup 2017 – Russia
28/01/17 US Stiga Shootout 2017 – Anaheim, California, USA 11/02/17 Swedish Masters 2017 – Malmö, Sweden (S)
25/02/17 Belarus Open 2017 – Minsk, Belarus
11/03/17 Nove Zamky Open 2017 – Slovakia
12/03/17 Budapest Trophy 2017 – Hungary 18-19/03/17 Moscow Open 2017 – Russia (S)
25/03/17 North American Championships 2017 – Detroit, Michigan, USA
01/04/17 Tallinn Cup 2017 – Estonia
08/04/17 Ukraine Cup 2017 – Kiev, Ukraine 22/04/17 Czech Open 2017 – Prague, Czech Republic (S) 06/05/17 Turku Open 2017 – Finland (M)
13/05/17 Berlin Open 2017 – Germany
16/05/17 Qualification for 2017 World Championships via WT top ten ends!
20/05/17 Denmark Open 2017 – Bronderslev, Denmark
03/06/17 Montreal 2017 – Canada 16-18/06/17 World Championships 2017 – Liberec, Czech Republic
Local organisers are kindly asked to remember tournament rule 1.2.ii, which says national tournaments should be scheduled on dates that do not clash with international tournaments. This is so our international tournaments do not have to compete with tournaments that are important on a national level. Of course, this is sometimes difficult, especially as we now have more countries hosting World Tour tournaments. If a clash is unavoidable, organisers can ask the ITHF for an exception. A clash with a standard World Tour tournament far away from the respective country is likely to be allowed if there are good reasons, but clashes with tournaments in the Majors (M) or Super Series (S) will only be approved in extreme cases.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Ahti Lampi wins Czech Open
123 players from 13 table hockey countries took part in the last Super Series tournament of the season. Ahti Lampi (FIN) defeated Patrik Petr (CZE) 4-1 in the finals, Zdenek Matousek came third. Adding his third victory to the ones of 2007 and 2009, Lampi became the most successful player of the tournament's history. Complete results.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Nezhyba wins Detroit
Roman Nezhyba (CZE) defeated Eric Davis (USA) 4:1 in the finals to win the Stiga North American Championships in Detroit. Taking third was Steve Bernstein (USA).
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Changes to ITHF rules approved
The national delegates have voted to make some changes to ITHF rules, all of which come into effect immediately. In the Game Rules, there is a new 5-second rule, a new timer malfunction rule and a ban on the pass from defender to keeper to defender. In the Tournament Rules, referees are now mandatory from semi-finals onwards in some tournaments, several team-competition rules were changed, all players at World & European Championships now have to wear a national team shirt, 2 new countries were admitted to European Championships and a new rule about international tournament websites was introduced. The Constitution was also amended, making it easier for new countries to become active ITHF members.
The full results of the vote can be seen in the minutes published here.
The changes (marked in yellow) have been added in sections 4.5, 8.3, 10.5 &
11 of the Game Rules,
sections 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 3.1 & 4.1 of the Tournament
Rules and article 126.96.36.199 of the Constitution.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Levdansky wins Slovakia Open
Yevhen Levdansky (UKR) won the the Slovakian Open in Nove Zamky. He defeated Zdenek Matousek (CZE) 4-3 in the Best of 7 finals. Taking third place was Filip Hamacek (CZE). Full results here.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Gerasimov wins Moscow Open
Veniamin Gerasimov (RUS) has defeated Atis Silis (LAT) in the finals 4-0. Silis had defeated World #1 Maxim Borisov in the quarterfinals. Nikita Zholobov was third. Playoff results here.
In an exciting final in Malmö, former world champion Hans Osterman has beaten Ahti Lampi 4:3 to win the 2016 Swedish Masters.
Monday, February 8, 2016
5-second timer app
In the upcoming Delegates Conference, delegates will be voting on a possible way to make the 5-second rule more precise. Part of that proposal is that referees could have the option of using a simple 5-second timer app. The referee would reset the timer by pressing the button every time the puck is passed. If the timer reaches 5 seconds, a sound is heard. If it reaches 6 seconds, another sound is heard and the referee can allow a face-off. The referee can stop the timer by pressing and holding the button. If you want to try this app, it can be downloaded here. Currently, the app is only available for use on Android phones. Here are instructions on how to install an APK file on your Android phone.
Monday, January 11, 2016
BJC Laimite wins WCC
Congratulations to BJC Laimite on winning the World Club Championships for the third time in a row. The members of the winning team were Edgars Caics, Atis Silis, Yanis Galuzo, Sandis Kristaps Lagzdins, and Eduards Blumentals. Second place went to Northern Lights, who did very well to finish ahead of Legion and Bagira. Results here.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Borisov wins Kursk Cup
Maxim Borisov (RUS) defeated Ivan Zaharov (RUS) to win the 2016 Kursk Cup. The tournament drew 144 players. Results can be found here.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
World Club Championship 2016
Now that the Riga Cup is behind us, the next step on the World Tour is an incredible event in Kursk. On the weekend of the 9th and 10th of January 2016, this city hosts not only the World Club Championship, but also a Super Series tournament. The organisational team in Kursk has often been described as the best in the world. And many of the best players in the world will be there. To get an impression of the incredible quality that this event offers, check out the photos from the 2015 Kursk Cup here
There is also comprehensive video footage here
This is an opportunity not to be missed! If you want any information on transport and accommodation, or if there is anything else you want to know about this action-packed weekend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Borisov wins in Riga
Maxim Borisov (RUS) defeated Edgars Caics (LAT) to win the 17th Riga Cup in Latvia. Atis Silis (LAT) was third. Results here.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Borisov wins in St. Petersburg
Maxim Borisov of Russia defeated German Fokin of Russia 4:1 in the finals to win the St. Petersburg Open. Venjamin Gerasimov and Alexey Titov shared third place. There were 97 players. Results here.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Nils Jonsson wins Toronto
Nils Jonsson of Sweden defeated his older brother Karl Jonsson of Sweden 4-0 to win the Stiga Canada Cup in Toronto, CAN. Taking third was Bernie Kunzler of Canada.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
New list of local table hockey contacts now available
Table hockey players travelling in other parts of the world can now use the ITHF's list of local contacts provided on this website. Just click on the "Local Table Hockey" link on the left of this page to connect with the local table hockey scene at your destination.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Axelsen wins Swiss Open
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark defeated Jakub Sladek of the Czech Republic to win the 2015 Swiss Open tournament in Bern. Vaclav Pikl of the Czech Republic was third.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Michal Hvizd wins Slovenia Open
Michal Hvizd of the Czech Republic defeated Leos Hvizd 4-0 in the finals to win the 2015 Slovenia Open. Results can be found here.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Axelsen wins Edmonton
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark defeated Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton to win the Centennial Challenge Cup tournament in Edmonton, Canada. Kent Richter of Edmonton took third.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Caics wins exciting finals at Latvia Open
Edgars Caics won an exciting finals at the Latvia Open 4:3 against Atis Silis. Caics captured Game 7 by a 6:5 score. Each game of the final series was decided by one goal, except for the first game.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
O. Henriksson wins Norway Open in Stavanger
Oscar Henriksson (SWE) defeated Joakim Lundin (SWE) 4:2 in the finals of the 2015 Norway Open in Stavanger.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Changes to the World Tour
The national delegates have voted to make the following changes to the World Tour, which will apply immediately: No country can now host more than two Super-Series/Majors tournaments in a single season, except if hosting the World Club Championships. The WCC host can now always host a Super Series tournament on the same weekend as the WCC if desired. Also, the points system has been changed, increasing the World Tour points in the Majors and standard World Tour tournaments.
The full results of the vote can be seen in the minutes published here. The changes have been added to sections 2.4 ii and 2.4 v of the Tournament Rules here.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Davis wins Stiga U.S. Open in Chicago
The 2015-16 ITHF World Tour year kicked off in suburban Chicago. Eric Davis won the 2015 Stiga U.S. Open, sweeping his opponent in the finals. The next event is on Sept. 5 in Stavanger, Norway.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Borisov wins World Championships in St. Petersburg
Maxim Borisov (RUS) defeated Atis Silis (LAT) 4:0 in the finals of the 2015 World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia. Edgars Caics (LAT) took third place over 15-year-old Dmytro Litvinyuk (UKR). Michail Shaskov (RUS) won the Juniors tournament. Viktoria Laricheva (RUS) won the Ladies tournament. Stanislav Lutay (RUS) won the Veterans tournament. Russia won the open team tournament. Results can be found here.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Harvey wins Canadian Masters
Simon Harvey (CAN) defeated Denis Maille (CAN) in five games to win the Canadian Masters of Stiga in Montreal. Third place went to Steve Bernstein (USA).
Michal Hvizd from the Czech Republic has won the 2015 Berlin Open, beating Sweden's Markus Nilsson in the final. Eleven countries were represented and one group of players even travelled 2000 km by car from Ukraine to attend.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Ukraine Cup 2015
Dmytro Litvinyuk defeated Vitaliy Sapozhnikov 4-3 in the finals of the Ukraine Cup 2015. Mykhaylo Spivakovskyy was third. Results.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Mikhail Shashkov won the Czech Open
Mikhail Shashkov from Russia won the Czech Open 2015 held in Prague. Second place came to Lukas Turon, third was Andrey Voskoboynikov (RUS). There were 115 participants from 11 countries. Complete results.
Saturday, March 29, 2015
Jonsson wins Stiga North American Championships
Karl Jonsson of Sweden defeated Roman Nezhyba of the Czech Republic to win the Stiga North American Championships tournament in Detroit, MI, USA. Bruce Turner of Canada was third over Eric Davis of the the USA. Some playoff video can be found here.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Maxim Borisov wins Moscow Open
Maxim Borisov defeated Yanis Galuzo 4-2 in the finals of the Moscow Open. Edgars Caics of Latvia was third over Alexey Zaharov of Russia. Playoff results here.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Yanis Galuzo won Swedish Masters 2015
With the score 4-0 Yanis Galuzo (Russia) managed to beat Atis Silis (Latvia) in the final of Swedish Masters 2015.
Lars Henriksson (Sweden) and Kevin Eriksson (Finland) shared the bronze medal.
The tournament was organized in Malmo.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Borisov victorious in Kursk
Congratulations to Maxim Borisov of Russia, who defeat Atis Silis of Latvia 4-0 in the finals of the Kursk Open. Yanis Galuzo of Russia was third. Results and placements here.
Monday, December 9, 2014
Silis takes Riga Cup in Latvia
Atis Silis of Latvia won the finals of the Riga Cup 4:2 over Yanis Galuzo of Russia. Taking third was Edgars Caics of Latvia over Jan Dryak of the Czech Republic. There were 186 players. Final placements here.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Borisov victorious in St. Petersburg
Maxim Borisov won the St. Petersburg Open. He defeated Ivan Zaharov in the finals. Yanis Galuzo was third. There were 88 players. Placements (in Russian) here.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Václav Pikl won Slovenia Open 2014
Václav Pikl (Czech Republic) won Slovenia Open 2014 by beating Kristijan Curkovic (Croatia) 4-3 in the final.
Simon Thomas (Great Britain) won the bronze match against Anze Bozic (Slovenia).
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Stefaniszyn wins in Toronto
Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton, CAN defeated Alain Gamache of Gatineau, CAN 4:1 in the finals of the Stiga Canada Cup in Toronto. Third place went to Kent Richter of Edmonton.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Bjarne Axelsen won Swiss Open 2014
24 players from 6 different nations participated at Swiss Open 2014 in Zollikofen. Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) won the tournament by beating Jean-Claude Klaus (Switzerland) 4-0 in the final series. Jakub Sladek (Czech Republic) won the bronze match 3-2 against Vaclav Pikl (Czech Republic).
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Maxim Borisov won Helsinki Open 2014
By beating Mikhail Shashkov 4-0 in the final Maxim Borisov (Russia) won Helsinki Open for the 3rd year in a row.
Mikhail Shashkov (Russia) got the silver medal.
Kevin Eriksson (Finland) won the bronze match against Jan Pelkonen (Finland).
Helsinki Open 2014 was the second tournament belonging to ITHF WTHT Majors.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
All proposed rule changes accepted
The national delegates have voted to accept all the rule changes that
the ITHF Executive Committee proposed in August. These changes will
come into effect on the 1st of November.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Caics wins Latvia Open
Edgars Caics defeated Maxim Borisov 4:3 to win the 2014 Latvia Open. Atis Silis was third over Jevgenijs Zaharovs. Results here.
Friday, September 19, 2014
WC and EC historical results
Sweden's Martin Arenlind has put together a web page with nearly all of the World Championship and European Championship results. Check it out here.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Axelsen victorious in Edmonton
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark won the 11th annual Centennial Challenge Cup tournament in Edmonton, Canada. He defeated tournament organizer Reggie Stefaniszyn 4:0 in the finals. Edmonton's Dwayne Pankiw took third over Dominic Froome of Vancouver, Canada.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Oscar Henriksson won Norway Open 2014
Oscar Henriksson (Sweden) won Norway Open 2014 by beating Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) in the final.
Espen Eidsnes (Norway) and Jimmy Maardell (Sweden) shared the bronze medal.
53 players participated in the ITHF WTHT Major-tournament which was organized in Bergen, Norway.
Friday, August 1, 2014
ITHF publishes proposed rule changes
The ITHF Executive Committee was asked to review the ITHF Game Rules and Tournament Rules. Many of you have told us that specific rules are unclear or need to be adjusted. In response, we have put together this list of 14 proposed changes for each nation to vote on. The national associations have a copy of the rules, and member nations will vote on the proposals Oct. 6-13. Only those proposed changes that receive a majority of YES votes will be put into effect. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Executive Committee. You can also discuss these proposals on the ITHF Tablehockey News and Debate page on Facebook. These proposals do not cover all the issues that some of you have raised. We are aware of other areas that need to be addressed carefully, and it will take some time before solutions to all problems can be found. We see these proposals as a step in the right direction, but not the final step.
Reggie Stefaniszyn of Canada won the Stiga U.S. Open tournament, defeating Eric Davis of the USA in the finals. Jerry Wikstrom of Sweden finished 3rd, defeating his wife, Sissie Wikstrom. This was the first tournament of the 2014-15 ITHF World Tour.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Maxim Borisov wins ITHF World Tour 2013/2014
Maxim Borisov (Russia) repeated his victory from 2012/2013 and is also the overall winner of the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour 2013/2014.
More than 800 players joined the 20 tournaments in 13 countries throughout the world.
Maxim Borisov participated in 5 tournaments and managed to win 4 of them:
Czech Open, Moscow Open, Riga Cup and Helsinki Open.
In this way he ended up with the maximum score 450 points.
The finalists from World Championships 2013 Edgars Caics and Atis Silis (both Latvia) came 2nd and 3rd.
In the season 2014/2015 the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour will consist of three levels with a new points system:
ITHF Super Series, ITHF Majors and ITHF WTHT.
ITHF welcomes you to the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour 2014/2015.
You can also visit ITHF World Table Hockey Tour in Facebook and learn more about the different tournaments and cities in ITHF World Table Hockey Tour.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Reggie Stefaniszyn won Canadian Masters
Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) won Canadian Masters 2014 by defeating Eric Desjardins (Canada) in the final.
Kent Richter (Canada) came third.
The tournament took place in Montreal.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Zdenek Matousek wins Berlin Open
For the second time, Zdenek Matousek from the Czech Republic has won the Berlin Open. Jan Dryak was runner-up, and 3rd place went to Matousek's club-mate Filip Hamacek. The competition was dominated by Czech players, with all four semi-finalists coming from Prague clubs. A total of 48 players from 11 different countries took part.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Mykhaylo Spivakovskyy won Ukraine Cup 2014
Like in 2011 and 2013 Mykhaylo Spivakovskyy (Ukraine) also won Ukraine Cup 2014.
In the final he defeated Vitaliy Sapozhnikov (Ukraine) 4-0.
Sergii Tsyba (Ukraine) won the bronze medal match against Anatoliy Sapozhnikov (Ukraine) with 4-1.
28 players from Ukraine participated in the tournament in Kiev.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Simon Thomas is new world ranking list administrator
The inventor of the ITHF world ranking list, Martin Arenlind, has handed over the administration of the list to Simon Thomas of Great Britain. Simon would like to thank Martin for providing the necessary training and support, as well as Intars Zubeckis and Stanislav Kraus for their technical assistance. Please note: the procedure for adding results to the world ranking list remains the same, and will not be affected by this change. Messages for the world ranking list administrator should still be sent to the same email address: email@example.com.
Monday, April 14, 2014
BJC Laimite won World Club Championship
Latvian club BJC Laimite (Edgars Caics, Atis Silis, Yanis Galuzo, Carl Bindekrans, Arturs Vercins) won the World Club Championship 2014 held in Letovice, Czech Republic. Second place was won by Russian team AII Citrus-Art, while third place came to Czech team THC Stiga Elites. There were 31 teams playing in the tournament, which means new record for the World club championship!
Monday, April 14, 2014
Maxim Borisov won Czech Open
Maxim Borisov (RUS) won the last Big Six World Tour tournament of the season 13/14 - Czech Open. Borisov won the final against Ahti Lampi (FIN), third place for Atis Silis (LAT). There were 146 participants from 15 countries in Letovice. Already before Czech Open 2014 it was clear that Maxim Borisov was going to be the overall winner of the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour 2013/2014.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Bruce Turner won his first World Tour
Bruce Turner (Canada) won his first World Tour by defeating Eric Davis (USA) 4-1 in the final of STIGA North American Championships 2014 in Detroit area, Michigan, USA.
The silver medal was the third silver medal to Eric Davis in the World Table Hockey Tour.
Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) came third by winning the bronze match 2-0 against Kent Richter (Canada).
In the semifinal Bruce Turner defeated Kent Richter with 4-3 after winning game 7 in overtime.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Maxim Borisov won Moscow Open 2014
Maxim Borisov (Russia) won Moscow Open 2014 in tablehockey by beating Alexey Zakharov (Russia) in the final.
Edgars Caics (Latvia) came third.
179 players participated in Moscow Open 2014 that presented for the world a 2nd day of the tournament with play off for 64 players which is an all-time world record in play off.
Several medias visited the tournament.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Euro 2014 will be held in Latvia
European Championships 2014 will be organized in Riga, Latvia from the 6th to the 8th of June 2014.
The Executive Committee of ITHF is happy that the Latvian Table Hockey Federation is ready to take over the organization of this main table hockey event.
Because of the political situation in Ukraine the Table Hockey Federation of Ukraine informed ITHF that they were not able to organize this event as planned in Kharkiv in June 2014.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Euro 2014 in Ukraine cancelled
The Executive Committee of ITHF and the Table Hockey Federation of Ukraine have decided to cancel the European Championships 2014 in Kharkiv, Ukraine because of the political situation in Ukraine.
The Executive Committee of ITHF has published this information:
ITHF has been in close contact with the Table Hockey Federation of Ukraine the last weeks and together we have agreed that European Championships 2014 cannot take place in Ukraine.
We feel very sorry about the situation and our thoughts are in Ukraine these days.
The Executive Committee of ITHF wants the European Championships 2014 to be organized according to schedule planned in Spring 2013 and therefore we ask every possible organizer of European Championships 2014 to express their interest now.
An interested organizer can contact the Executive Committee of ITHF through firstname.lastname@example.org and the President Bjarne Axelsen through email@example.com
ITHF would like to thank especially the President of the Table Hockey Federation of Ukraine, Mykhaylo Shalomayev, for excellent communication the last weeks.
Ukraine has done everything they could to prepare a great event.
We hope that Ukraine will get the chance to organize an international championship another time.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Reggie Stefaniszyn won Las Vegas 2014
Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) won Las Vegas Championships 2014 by beating Jean Claude Klaus (Switzerland) in the final.
Roman Nezhyba (Czech Republic) came third.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Amazing comeback from Caics in Swedish Masters
Edgars Caics (Latvia) made an amazing comeback in the final of Swedish Masters 2014 - belonging to ITHF World Table Hockey Tour Big6.
Atis Silis (Latvia) was leading 3-1 with sudden victory in game 5 but Caics managed to turn it over and win the final which was played in the Fan Zone of the Ice Hockey World Junior Championships 2014.
Andrey Voskoboynikov (Russia) and Peter Östlund (Sweden) came 3rd.
Swedish Masters 2014 introduced a real chance for spectators to sit down and enjoy the final which should be the way to go for future organizers of tournaments belonging to ITHF WTHT Big6.
With the victory Edgars Caics is now having 1 gold and 2 silver in the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour Big6 2013/2014 with Big6 coming up in March in Russia and in April in Czech Republic.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Maxim Borisov won Riga Cup 2013
For the 2nd year in a row Maxim Borisov (Russia) won Riga Cup in the capital of Latvia.
Riga Cup is the most prestigious table hockey tournament in Latvia and moreover belonging to the Big 6 of the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour.
In the final of Riga Cup 2013 Maxim Borisov defeated Edgars Caics (Latvia) just like in Riga Cup 2012.
This time Maxim Borisov won the final with 4 sets to 3.
Ahti Lampi (Finland) won the bronze medal by beating Yevhen Levdansky (Ukraine) 3 sets to 2.
In this way the winners of gold, silver and bronze were exactly the same players like in Riga Cup 2012.
169 players participated at the tournament.
You can also watch photos and read articles about ITHF World Table Hockey Tour by finding ITHF World Table Hockey Tour in Facebook.
The President of ITHF, Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark), has also published the New Years Speech 2013.
You can watch it here.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Alexey Zakharov won St. Petersburg Open 2013
Alexey Zakharov (Russia) won his first World Table Hockey Tour since Czech Open 2010 by beating Ahti Lampi (Finland) in the final of St. Petersburg Open 2013.
Ahti Lampi was leading 3-1 but Alexey Zakharov managed to make a great comeback in the final series.
Alexander Miloradov (Russia) won the bronze medal.
Nearly 100 players from Russia, Finland, Latvia and Ukraine participated in the tournament.
The tournament introduced the Swiss Tournament System to the world of table hockey.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Vaclav Pikl won Slovenia Open 2013
Vaclav Pikl (Czech Republic) won Slovenia Open 2013 by beating Tim Weisseisen (Slovenia) in the final.
Anze Bozic (Slovenia) came 3rd by beating Nejc Skrlep (Slovenia) in the bronze match.
22 players from Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovenia participated in the tournament.
With the victory Vaclav Pikl is now having 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze in the overall World Tour-statistic.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Bjarne Axelsen won Canada Cup 2013 in Toronto
By beating Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) 4-1 in the final series Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) won Canada Cup 2013 in tablehockey in Newmarket near by Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Anette Engel (Denmark) won the bronze match 4-0 against Alain Gamache (Canada).
41 players from Canada, USA, Great Britain and Denmark participated in the tournament.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Maxim Borisov won Helsinki Open 2013
Maxim Borisov (Russia) won his first ITHF World Tour Big 6 since Riga Cup 2012 when he Saturday the 19th of October 2013 managed to win Helsinki Open in Finland by beating Lars Henriksson (Sweden) in the final with 4-2.
It was the 2nd year in a row that Maxim Borisov won Helsinki Open and the 3rd year in a row that the tournament was won by a player from Russia.
Alexey Titov (Russia) won the bronze medal.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Bjarne Axelsen won Swiss Open 2013
23 players from 6 different nations participated in Swiss Open 2013.
The players came from Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Great Britain and Estonia.
Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) won the tournament by beating Vaclav Pikl (Czech Republic 4-0 in the final series.
Martin Zenisek (Czech Republic) won the bronze match 3-2 against Jean Claude Klaus (Switzerland).
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Alexey Titov won Azov Masters 2013
Alexey Titov (Russia) won Azov Masters 2013 in tablehockey by beating Mykhaylo Spyvakovskyy (Ukraine) in the final.
Roman Ignatenko (Ukraine) took the bronze medal.
The tournament was organized in Mariupol, Ukraine
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Edgars Caics won Latvia Open 2013
Edgars Caics (Latvia) got his revenche against Atis Silis (Latvia) who both won against Caics in the final of the World Championships 2013 in Stavanger, Norway but also two weeks ago managed to win the final is Norway Open 2013 in Bergen.
This time Edgars Caics won the final in Latvia Open 2013 in Incukalns by 4-3 after Silis leading 3-2.
Dmitriy Koshman (Russia) won the bronze match 3-0 against Raivis Pukinskis (Latvia).
96 players participated in the tournament who also brought both live update of results and broadcasting from Latvia to tablehockey fans in the entire world.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Reggie Stefaniszyn won Centennial in Edmonton
For the third year in a row Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) won the World Tour in Edmonton - also known as Centennial Challenge.
In the final he defeated Kent Richter (Canada) while Warren Klotz (Canada) got the bronze medal.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Atis Silis won Norway Open 2013
The reigning World Champion - Atis Silis (Latvia) - also won Norway Open 2013 by beating Edgars Caics (Latvia) in the final just like in the final of the World Championships 2013 in Stavanger, Norway.
Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) and Yngve Aasheim (Norway) shared the bronze medal.
The tournament was organized in Bergen, Norway by the local tablehockey environment and attracted players from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Great Britain and Norway + players living in Norway but representing The Netherlands and Serbia.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Bjarne Axelsen won Trophy of Denmark 2013
In a thrilling final in Trophy of Denmark 2013 Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) managed to beat Vaclav Pikl (Czech Republic) with 9-8, 9-8, 7-9, 8-9 and 9-6.
Arne Johannes Holmin (Norway) won the bronze medal match against Anders Dodensig (Denmark).
In Play Off all matches were played to 9 goals instead of playing 5 minute matches.
The final was almost like a tennis match - lasting around 90 minutes.
20 players from Great Britain, Germany, Czech Republic, Norway and Denmark participated in the tournament.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Bjarne Axelsen won U.S. Open 2013
The ITHF World Table Hockey Tour 2013/2014 began with U.S. Open 2013 in Lemont, Illinois, USA where Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) won the final against Eric Davis (USA) with 4-1, 5-2, 9-3 and 5-3.
Anette Engel (Denmark) won the bronze medal by beating Kevin Rafferty (USA) with 2-1 and 3-2.
The ITHF World Table Hockey Tour 2013/2014 continues with Trophy of Denmark 2013 Saturday the 31st of August in Bronderslev, Denmark.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
World Championships 2013
The new World Champion in the Open Individual Competition is Atis Silis (Latvia).
In the final he won against Edgars Caics (Latvia) while Maxim Borisov (Russia) took the bronze medal.
In this way Latvia got their first World Champion ever in the Open Individual Competition.
Russia won the final in the Open Team Competition by beating Latvia while Finland got the bronze medal.
In the Ladies Individual Competition Maria Miloradova (Russia) won the gold medal.
Maria Yalbacheva (Russia) took the silver and Baiba Dace Ozolina (Latvia) the bronze medal.
Russia won the Ladies Team Competition in front of Latvia and Czech Republic.
The Junior Individual Competition was won by Maxim Borisov (Russia) with the silver medal to German Fokin (Russia) while Kevin Eriksson (Finland) won the bronze medal.
The Junior Team Competition was won by Russia, with Latvia finishing 2nd and Finland 3rd.
The World Champion in Veterans Individual Competition is now Alexey Titov (Russia) who managed to beat Lars Henriksson (Sweden) in an exciting final.
The bronze medal was won by Joakim Lundin (Sweden).
The Veterans Team Competition was won by Sweden in front of Russia and Norway.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Maxim Borisov won ITHF World Tour 2012/2013
After 20 tournaments in 14 different countries Maxim Borisov (Russia) ended as the overall winner of the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour 2012/2013.
During World Championships 2013 in Stavanger, Norway Maxim Borisov was given the ITHF WTHT Trophy.
He ended up 1st with 430 points in front of Ahti Lampi (Finland) with 380 and Yevhen Levdansky (Ukraine) with 374 points.
The other players in the overall top 10 was Michal Hvizd and Petr Tmej (both Czech Republic), Peter Ostlund (Sweden), Yanis Galuzo (Russia), Santtu Sainio (Finland), Atis Silis (Latvia) and Carl Bindekrans (Sweden).
A total amount of 803 players participated in the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour 2012/2013.
Alain Gamache (Canada) won Canadian Masters 2013 in Montreal by beating Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) in the final.
Eric Desjardins (Canada) came third.
By Alain Gamache winning this tournament it can be concluded that there has been 19 different winners of 20 tournaments in the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour this season.
The overall winner of the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour 2012/2013 is Maxim Borisov (Russia) - World Tour standings.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Leos Hvizd won Berlin Open 2013
Leos Hvizd won Berlin Open 2013 by beating Michal Hvizd in the final.
Vesa Huotelin (Finland) got the 3rd place.
It was the first gold medal ever to Leos Hvizd in the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour which means he is now having 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Mykhaylo Spivakovskyy won Ukraine Cup 2013
38 players from 2 countries (Ukraine and Russia) participated in Ukraine Cup 2013 and all three medals stayed in Ukraine.
Mykhaylo Spivakovskyy won the tournament by beating Dmytro Kudrytsky 4-1 in the final.
Serhiy Tsyba got the bronze medal.
By winning the tournament Mykhaylo Spivakovskyy now has 2 gold and 2 bronze in the overall WTHT statistics.
Sunday, April 13, 2013
Lukas Turon won Czech Open
Last Big Six World Tour tournament was held in the Czech Republic. There were 114 participants. The winner was Lukas Turon who beat Yevhen Levdansky (UKR) in the final. Bronze medal for Petr Tmej.
In an exiting final in the World Tour in Detroit, Michigan, USA - also called Stiga North American Championships 2013 - Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) won against Kenny Dubois (USA) with 2-1, 5-3, 3-1 and 3-2.
Nearly all the best players from USA and Canada and two players from Denmark participated in a very well organized tournament with excellent games prepared by John Medema.
Anette Engel (Denmark) won the bronze match with 5-0, 1-3 and 7-1 against Bernie Kunzler (Canada).
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Alexandr Miloradov won Moscow Open 2013
In spite of his great level of playing the winner of Moscow Open 2013 was a sensation. Alexandr Miloradov (Russia) won his first World Tour ever by beating the defending World Champion Oleg Dmitrichenko (Russia) in the final while the defending European Champion Maxim Borisov (Russia) ended up 3rd.
In the first 4 rounds of play off Alexandr Miloradov managed to beat Petr Tmej (Czech Republic) in the semifinal, Atis Silis (Latvia) in the quarterfinal, Vesa Huotelin (Finland) in the Round of 16 and Grigoriy Dubinin (Russia) in the Round of 32.
Moscow Open 2013 was the first World Tour ever who decided to develope the play off stages with 32 players in play off.
With the 3rd position in Moscow Open 2013 Maxim Borisov also won the overall ITHF World Table Hockey Tour 2012/2013.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Finally Yanis Galuzo won an ITHF WTHT Big 6
Yanis Galuzo (Russia) won Swedish Masters 2013 by beating Michal Hvizd (Czech Republic) in the final.
The bronze medal was shared between Finn Fries (Sweden) and Jan Dryák (Czech Republic).
The tournament was arranged in Malmo in the southern part of Sweden.
According to news from the Swedish Table Hockey Federation the tournament will also be organized in Malmo in 2014 - probably the first weekend of January in connection with World Junior Championships in icehockey.
By winning the tournament Yanis Galuzo is having 2 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze in the overall World Tour statistics.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
New Year´s Speech from the ITHF President
The President of ITHF, Bjarne Axelsen, has published a New Year´s Speech.
Among other things he is talking about WTHT Big6, the possibility of introducing play off for a larger group of players, payment to ITHF in future and the evaluation of tournaments belonging to World Table Hockey Tour.
Riga Open was won by the young star from Russia - Maxim Borisov - who in this way ended the statistic in the season 2012/2013 of the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour where 12 different players won the first 12 tournaments.
In a tremendous final Maxim Borisov won against Edgars Caics (Latvia).
Ahti Lampi (Finland) took the bronze medal in a battle with Atis Silis (Latvia).
The tournament was extremely well organized and players from 10 different countries competed in a friendly and professional atmosphere.
Maxim Borisov is now having 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in the World Tour-statistics.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Swedish Masters 2013 - it's happening!
On February 2nd 2013, for the 31st time since 1982, the world gathers to play one of the most prestigious tournaments of all. Welcome to the Swedish Masters in Malmö, Sweden, one of this season's Big Six tournaments in the World Table Hockey Tour.
Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city by population after Stockholm and Göteborg, and is one of the largest cities in Scandinavia. Malmö is located in the vibrant Oresund Region, 20 minutes by train from the Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, the main international airport serving a large part of southern Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark. The tournament venue is conference and sports centre, Kockum Fritid, less than ten minutes by bus from the Malmö Central Station.
The Swedish Masters 2013 is a one-day event were all non-Swedes participate for free. Spread the word, invite your friends, get engaged, be a part of something fun. Everyone’s invited!
We hope to see you in Malmö,
SBHF through Karl Jönsson & Martin Lundén & BHK Möllan Rouge
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Ahti Lampi won St. Petersburg Open 2012
Ahti Lampi (Finland) got his revenche from Helsinki Open this year even though he didn´t get the chance to beat Maxim Borisov (Russia) who was beaten by Edgars Caics (Latvia) in the quarterfinals.
Ahti Lampi - however - managed to beat Edgars Caics in the final with 4-1.
Atis Silis (Latvia) and Alexey Zakharov (Russia) shared 3rd place.
With the victory to Ahti Lampi 12 different players have won the 12 different World Tours so far this season.
Perhaps this will be changed in Riga at the beginning of December.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Kristijan Curkovic won Slovenia Open 2012
Kristijan Curkovic from Croatia won Slovenia Open 2012 by beating Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark with 4:1 in the final.
Bronze medal went to Anze Bozic, in the match for the 3rd place he defeated Bernard Rjavec (both from Slovenia).
Anze was very close to win the semifinal against Kristijan by leading 3:1 and then having an active result in the last two matches.
But Kristijan was unstoppable with his center moves and he finally won with 4:3.
The tournament was held in Kranj, Slovenia. There wewe 38 players from Slovenia, Croatia, Denmark and Italy.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Bjarne Axelsen won Canada Cup 2012
The tablehockey environment in Toronto (Canada) organized for the first time a tournament belonging to World Table Hockey Tour.
33 players from 3 countries - USA, Canada and Denmark - participated in the tournament.
The tournament was won by Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark.
In play off he defeated Dave Kraehling (Canada), Mike Hubbard (USA), Paul Shabi (USA) and in the final Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) who won the silver medal.
Anette Engel (Denmark) won the bronze by beating Paul Shabi (USA) in the bronze match.
There were play off both in division A, B, C and D and trophies for the three best players in each division.
Monday, October 29, 2012
IV Saint-Petersburg Open
IV Saint-Petersburg Open
Saint-Petersburg Open 2013 - the new, progressive stage of the World Tour. Modern technologies, geographical convenience, bright atmosphere, strong participants do this tournament one of the most attractive stages of the World Tour in the world. Come to Saint-Petersburg and struggle for prizes of Saint-Petersburg Open 2013!
XVI Saint-Petersburg Team Championship
In a very convincing way Maxim Borisov (Russia) won Helsinki Open.
In the final he defeated Ahti Lampi (Finland) who ended the match by saying "I will try to give you a tougher match in Riga."
In the previous rounds of play off Maxim Borisov won against Mykhaylo Spyvakovskyy (Ukraine), Petr Tmej (Czech Republic) and Santtu Sainio (Finland)
However, Santtu Sainio was leading 2-0 in the semifinal before Maxim Borisov started to play in a real Maxim-style with a lot of beautiful goals.
Kalle Bindekrans (Sweden) won the bronze match against Santtu Sainio (Finland)
The tournament was arranged in the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Imrich Blasko won Kosice Open 2012
The best tablehockey player in Slovakia - Imrich Blasko - managed to win Kosice Open 2012.
He played in a very convincing way the whole day and ended up winning the final with 4-2.
Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) got the silver medal.
In the bronze match Tomas Zamutovsky (Slovakia) won against Miroslav Ramsak (Slovakia).
With the victory Imrich Blasko has 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in the overall World Tour statistic.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Atis Silis won Ventspils Cup 2012
Atis Silis and Edgars Caics (both from Latvia) who have had so many interesting play offs against each other were in the middle of another fight when they played the final of Ventspils Cup 2012.
After Edgars Caics leading 3-1 Atis Silis made a terrific comeback and won the final 4-3.
In other words Atis Silis won Ventspils Cup 2012.
Yevhen Levdansky (Ukraine) won the bronze match against Karl Bindekrans (Sweden).
Atis Silis is now having 4 gold and 4 silver in the overall World Tour statistics.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Michal Hvizd won Swiss Open 2012
Michal Hvizd from the Czech Republic won Swiss Open 2012 by beating Ladislav Tmej (Czech Republic) in the final of the tournament.
Petr Tmej (Czech Republic) won the bronze medal.
23 players from Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Great Britain and Canada participated in the tournament in Ittigen near by the swiss capital, Bern.
After winning the tournament Michal Hvizd has 7 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze as no. 5 in the World Tour statistics.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Reggie Stefaniszyn won Edmonton Centennial 2012
Reggie Stefaniszyn from Canada repeated his victory in Edmonton Centennial Challenge from 2011 by winning the edition of 2012 in West Edmonton Mall.
In the final of the tournament he defeated Kent Richter - also from Canada.
Match about third position was between Eric Krol (USA) and Dwayne Pankiw (Canada).
Also here the canadian player won and in this way all three medals stayed in Canada.
By winning the tournament Reggie Stefaniszyn is now no. 12 in the World Tour statistics with 2 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze medals.
Friday, September 28, 2012
ITHF has published a statement - among other things telling about changes in final divisions and play off in the future World Championships and European Championships and about payment to ITHF for having a tournament belonging to ITHF WTHT.
ITHF is moreover asking every organizer of a tournament belonging to ITHF WTHT to publish a webpage about the tournament at least one month before the tournament.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Yevhen Levdansky won Azov Masters 2012
The no. 1 in Ukraine - Yevhen Levdansky - managed to handle the situation as the favourite in the World Tour in Mariupol, Ukraine by winning Azov Masters 2012.
In a very exiting final he defeated Alexey Titov (Russia) with 4-3.
The bronze medal was won by Mykhaylo Spivakovskyy (Ukraine), who won 3-1 against Dmytro Kudrytsky (Ukraine).
51 players from Ukraine and Russia participated in the tournament.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Matiss Saulitis won Norway Open 2012
The player from Latvia - Matiss Saulitis - won Norway Open 2012 in Bergen.
After beating his brother Mikus Saulitis in the first round of play off he won against Yngve Aasheim (Norway) in the quarterfinal, managed to beat the great surprise Espen Moe (Norway) in the semifinal and then afterwards took the biggest trophy by winning the final 4-2 against Thomas Petersson (Sweden).
The bronze was - according to the norwegian tradition - shared between the two players losing the semifinals - this time Jimmy Mardell (Sweden) and Espen Moe (Norway).
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
European Championships 2012
Maxim Borisov from Russia won the European Championships 2012.
In the final he defeated Atis Silis from Latvia.
Ahti Lampi (Finland) won the bronze match against Peter Ostlund (Sweden)
The Open team competition was won by Russia.
They won the final with 13-7 against Latvia.
Czech Republic won the bronze medal.
Viktoria Laricheva won the ladies competition by beating Maria Saveljeva in the final.
Marie Vargova (Czech Republic) took the bronze medal.
Ladies team competition was won by Russia
Jan Dryak (Czech Republic) went directly into the veterans scene in an amazing way by winning every match in play off and took the title by beating the defending champion Janne Kokko (Finland) in the final.
Veteran team was also won by the great team from Czech Republic.
As well as in the open single competition Maxim Borisov (Russia) also won the juniors single competition.
Junior team was won by Russia who defeated Ukraine 7-2 in the final.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Oleg Dmitrichenko won the ITHF World Tour
One of the young stars from Russia, Oleg Dmitrichenko, won the entire ITHF World Table Hockey Tour 2011/2012 with 450 points.
Edgars Caics (Latvia) finished 2nd with 415 points while Yanis Galuzo (Russia) gained the 3rd position with 410 points.
An overall number of 738 players participated in the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour this season.
The last tournament of this season - Canadian Masters 2012 - was won by Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) who managed to win the final against Eric Desjardins (Canada).
Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) finished 3rd and won the bronze medal in Canadian Masters 2012 in Montreal.
It went to sudden death in the 7th match, but Janne Kokko eventually
beat Bjarne Axelsen in an exciting final with many twists and turns.
Michal Zunka claimed 3rd place in the tournament, in which players from
8 countries took part. At the banquet afterwards, Kokko celebrated in
style, filling the trophy with champagne and passing it around for the
less successful players to drown their sorrows.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
BJC Laimite is the new World Club Champion 2012
In the final of World Club Championships 2012 played in St. Petersburg BJC Laimite from Latvia won 7-6 against Galaktika from Russia.
Yanis Galuzo (Russia), Arturs Vercins (Latvia), Atis Silis (Latvia) and Carl Bindekrans (Sweden) played for BJC Laimite in the final while Oleg Dmitrichenko (Russia), Ahti Lampi (Finland), Alexey Titov (Russia) and Santtu Sainio (Finland) played for Galaktika.
Bagira from Russia won the bronze match 11-3 against THC Stiga Elites (Czech Republic)
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Denmark vs. Germany in Trophy of Denmark
The winners of the two play off groups for the 8 best players, Gerrit Janssen from Germany and Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark, also played the final in Trophy of Denmark 2012. Bjarne Axelsen won the final with 4-2 in matches.
Anders Dodensig (Denmark) took the bronze medal beating Anette Engel (Denmark) 4-3 in matches.
Mads Bodilsen (Denmark) won the B play off by beating Jacob Gade (Denmark) in the B-final.
22 players participated in the tournament.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Edgars Caics won Czech Open
Last Big Six World Tour tournament of the season 2011/2012 was held in Prague, Czech Republic. There were 109 participants from 12 countries. The winner is Edgars Caics (Latvia) who beat the best Czech player Lukas Turon 4-3 in the final series. Bronze medal came to another Czech player Zdenek Matousek ml. Complete results.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Martin Arenlind is collecting play off results
The man who gave birth to the ITHF World Ranking is now working on another project that is collecting all results from play off in ITHF World Tours.
Martin Arenlind has already found a lot of results from Play Off in tournaments belonging to ITHF World Table Hockey Tour but would like to make the statistics complete.
At the link below you can see a lot of statistic already - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITHF_table_hockey#World_Table_Hockey_Tour
Sunday, March 25, 2012
48 players participated in World Tour in Detroit
Players from Canada, USA, Denmark, Norway and someone with their roots in Slovakia participated in a well-organized World Table Hockey Tour in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) won the final by beating Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) 8-0, 6-0, 0-2, 7-1, 3-4 and 4-1 while Tron Omland from Norway won the bronze match by beating Bernie Kunzler (Canada)
Best player from USA this time was Kevin Rafferty who finished 5th.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Oleg Dmitrichenko won Moscow Cup 2012
The biggest star of international tablehockey right now - Oleg Dmitrichenko from Russia - did it again and won both Moscow Cup 2012 and therefore also the overall ITHF World Table Hockey Tour 2011/2012.
In the final he defeated Edgars Caics from Latvia while Yanis Galuzo (Russia) won the bronze medal match against Alexei Zakharov (Russia).
By winning the tournament Oleg Dmitrichenko has within the last 12 months won the World Championship 2011 and the World Tours in Helsinki, Riga, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
235 players participated in the tournament which is a new world record while the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour has existed.
The tournament was extremely well organized in the great Arena Mytischi in Moscow Region where the icehockey club Atlant is also playing their home matches.
The ITHF representative made an evaluation of the tournament afterwards which you can see in the link.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Kalle Bindekrans: “Don't worry, be happy”
Little bit unexpected for people and maybe even for himself, Kalle Bindekrans shows the best results in big tournaments among all other Swedes. We tried to understood why Kalle improve his results the same time as most of Swedish players lose the interest to the tablehockey. So today Kalle, being as always cheerful and communicable, answer on our questions about his work, passions and about the place of tablehockey in his life.
Read the whole interview of Yanis Galuzo with Kalle Bindekrans on the site of Saint-Petersburg Federation.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Maxim Borisov won Swedish Masters
Maxim Borisov from Russia (Saint-Petersburg) won Swedish Masters by
beating Yanis Galuzo (Russia) at final match (4:2). Third place shared
between Andrey Voskoboynikov (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) and Edgars
Friday, January 13, 2012
Letter to member federations of ITHF
The president of ITHF, Bjarne Axelsen, has published that he will resign as the president of ITHF after September 12, 2012 so the member federations of ITHF are going to find a new president in 2012.
Read more in this letter.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Information from ITHF Executive Committee
A majority of the members of ITHF Executive Committee has decided to allow the organizers of Berlin Open 2012 to remove the tournament so it will now be organized Saturday the 26th of May 2012.
The president of ITHF Bjarne Axelsen is asking the national federations and organizers of tournaments belonging to ITHF World Tablehockey Tour to be aware of this:
"Every time a tournament is removed in the middle of a season it is harming the federations and players who in decent time have planned their tablehockey season and their trips to and accomodation at the certain venues.
I will kindly ask every organizer who this spring will apply for a tournament belonging to ITHF World Tablehockey Tour 2012/2013 to plan every detail before asking ITHF to sanction this tournament.
With this I mean finding a playing venue, being totally sure about the date of the tournament, informing ITHF about the exact city of the tournament and - as much as possible - informing about the planned playing system and time schedule.
If a national federation has already planned a national tournament the 26th of May 2012 they are not expected to remove this because of this change."
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Welcome to Moscow Region Cup Atlant 2012!
12th Moscow Cup opens registration and welcomes all table
hockey players to compete for the biggest ever prize fund in table
hockey history - 12 000 USD!
This year tournament has got mighty partner - popular Ice Hockey club
of KHL (Continental Hockey League) "Atlant" from Moscow region.
For more information, please visit Moscow Region
Cup Atlant 2012 website.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Oleg Dmitrichenko did it again
The current World Champion - Oleg Dmitrichenko from Russia - did it for the 3rd time in this season of the ITHF World Tablehockey Tour.
Earlier in season 2011/2012 he won Helsinki Open in Finland and St. Petersburg Open in Russia.
This time he succeeded winning Riga Open in Latvia by defeating Yanis Galuzo (Russia) with 4-3 in a very exciting final.
Petr Tmej (Czech Republic) won the bronze match with 2-1 against Alexey Titov (Russia)
The victory to Oleg Dmitrichenko was his 3rd medal in the World Tour ever - and the 3rd one of gold.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Petr Tmej won Hungarian Open
Petr Tmej (Czech Republic) won his 7th gold medal ever in the ITHF World Tablehockey Tour when he in Hungarian Open in Budapest defeated his brother Ladislav Tmej in the final.
Also the 3rd medal went to the Czech Republic since Vaclav Pikl won the bronze medal by defeating the local Gergely Regula (Hungary) in the bronze match.
20 players from Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland participated in the tournament.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Oleg Dmitrichenko won St. Petersburg Open 2011
The current star of international tablehockey - Oleg Dmitrichenko from Russia - did it again.
In St. Petersburg Open 2011 he won the tournament by beating Matiss Saulitis from Latvia in the final.
The bronze was won by Maxim Borisov (Russia).
In the quarterfinal the audience saw a repeat of the final in the World Championships 2011 where Oleg Dmitrichenko defeated Roni Nuttunen (Finland) with 4-0.
The tournament was extremely strong.
As examples Yanis Galuzo finished as no. 4, Ahti Lampi 5th, Roni Nuttunen 6th and Edgars Caics 12th.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Danish player won Slovenia Open 2011
Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark won Slovenia Open for the 2nd year in a row.
In the final he defeated Michal Zunka from the Czech Republic.
Kristijan Curkuvic (Croatia) won the bronze match against Uros Matanovic (Slovenia)
Though Uros Matanovic was very close to the final since the semifinal against Bjarne Axelsen was lost after sudden victory in the 7th and deciding match.
The tournament was arranged in Kranj, Slovenia
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Oleg Dmitrichenko won Helsinki Open
In Finland the 2nd ITHF World Tour Big6 this season was played at the Olympic Stadium.
Oleg Dmitrichenko (Russia) - the World Champion in the open cathegory from Turku, Finland 2011 - and Juha Eralaukko (Finland) both won their first medal ever in the ITHF World Tablehockey Tour.
In the final Oleg Dmitrichenko (Russia) defeated Ahti Lampi (Finland) with 4-2 in matches.
The result of the final was 3-2, 2-4, 2-4, 5-4ot, 3-0 and 4-0.
Andrey Voskoboynikov (Russia) who lost the bronze match to Juha Eralaukko is now leading the total standings of the ITHF World Tablehockey Tour after 6 out of 18 tournaments with Alexey Titov (Russia) as the current no. 2 in the overall standings.
Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) is no. 3 in the current standings.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Riga, Latvia assigned the European Championships 2012
The Executive Committee of ITHF has assigned Riga, Latvia the European Championships 2012.
The tournaments will be arranged by LGHF which is the national tablehockey federation of Latvia.
"We are very satisfied that LGHF who is well-known for their good organisation of the biggest international championships has decided to apply for and in this way help ITHF with the organisation of the European Championships 2012 after the abdication from Croatia", says Bjarne Axelsen, the president of ITHF.
"Many of the players and international tablehockey leaders being present to Euro 2008 and many editions of Riga Cup will feel safe after this decision - now knowing that these championships are in good hands", says Bjarne Axelsen.
The European Championships 2012 will be arranged from the 8th to the 10th of June 2012.
Sunday, October 8, 2011
David Smid won Swiss Open 2011
David Smid (Czech Republic) won Swiss Open 2011 by beating his club mate Michal Zunka (Czech Republic) in the final.
Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) won the bronze by beating David Brdicek (Czech Republic).
Players from Czech Republic, Denmark, Canada and Switzerland participated.
Best player from the homeland Switzerland was Etienne Flore on place number 6.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Message from ITHF Executive Committee
European Championships 2012 in Croatia is cancelled.
The decision is made after communication between the organizer and the Executive Committee of ITHF.
The Executive Committee of ITHF is planning an Extraordinary Delegates Conference in November where the member federations are going to vote about some present topics.
If a federation is interested in organizing European Championships 2012 then please contact ITHF before Sunday the 16th of October 2011.
The president of The Executive Committee of ITHF Bjarne Axelsen can be contacted directly through the mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and questions.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
New tablehockey videos have been published
Alexey Titov from Russia has again been active with the camera to the biggest and most prestigious tournaments in 2011.
If using the links below you are able to watch the final from Swedish Masters 2011 between Roni Nuttunen (Finland) and Yanis Galuzo (Russia) and moreover you can watch the most important matches in the play off stage from World Championships 2011 in Turku, Finland.
Hans Osterman from Sweden is the commentator.
The World Tour in Edmonton, Canada was won by the local favourite Reggie Stefaniszyn but not before he managed to win the exciting final with 4-3 against Kent Richter, also from Canada.
The 3rd place also went to Canada since Philippe Majerech defeated Kevin Rafferty (USA)
The tournament was placed in West Edmonton Mall in the state of Alberta, Canada.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Petr Tmej won Oslo Open
In Oslo, Norway the first World Tablehockey Tour BIG6 of the season 2011/2012 took place and here Petr Tmej from the Czech Republic got his revanche after loosing to Alexey Titov (Russia) in 2010.
Even though Andrey Voskoboynikov (Russia) won the first two matches in the final Petr Tmej was able to come back and ended up winning the final with 4-2.
According to the norwegian tradition the bronze medal was shared between the loosers of the semifinals which this time was Pavel Plesak (Czech Republic) and Ladislav Tmej (Czech Republic).
After winning Oslo Open Petr Tmej is leading the World Tablehockey Tour 2011/2012 after 2 tournaments.
The next tournament is the 17th of September in Edmonton, Canada.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
U. S. Open 2011 started the new World Tour-season
With U. S. Open 2011 in Lemont, Illinois nearby Chicago the new season of ITHF World Tablehockey Tour has begun.
The first final was between USA and Denmark and hear Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) won with 4-0 in the final against Ron Marsik (USA) who - by the way - won the 1st edition of U. S. Open back in 2002.
In this 10th edition Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) managed to win the bronze medal.
35 players from USA, Canada and Denmark participated in the tournament.
Monday, June 13, 2011
World Championships 2011
For the first time ever a player from Russia is the World Champion in the open competition.
Oleg Dmitrichenko from Russia won the final with 4-2 in matches against the World Champion from 2007 and 2009 - Roni Nuttunen from Finland.
Yanis Galuzo took the bronze medal.
Open Team was won by Russia with silver to Finland and bronze to Latvia.
Maria Yalbacheva (Russia) won ladies championship by beating Maria Saveljeva (Estonia) in the final.
Bronze to Minerva Martiskainen (Finland).
Finland won the ladies team competition with silver to Russia and bronze to Latvia.
In the junior competition Max Borisov (Russia) won the final against Oleg Dmitrichenko with bronze to a third player from Russia - Pavel Gorotnitskij.
Russia won junior team in front of Finland and Estonia.
Dmitriy Petrov (Russia) is the new World Champion for veterans while Janne Kokko took the silver medal with bronze to Alexander Kosyrev (Russia).
Veteran team was won by Russia in front of Sweden and Finland.
Congratulations to all the winners and participants in Turku, Finland.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Zdenek Matousek won Berlin Open 2011
Zdenek Matousek (Czech Republic) won Berlin Open 2011 by beating Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) in the final while Alexander Kukushkin (Russia) achieved the 3rd position.
The defending champion Juho Rautio (Finland) ended as number 4.
40 players from Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Latvia, Switzerland, Austria, Canada and Great Britain participated in the tournament.
After a silver and a bronze Andrey Voskoboynikov took the last step to the top in a tournament belonging to the ITHF World Tablehockey Tour and won St. Petersburg Open 2011 by beating the young talent Maxim Borisov in the final.
Edgars Caics from Latvia came 3rd.
85 players from Russia, Latvia, Finland and Ukraine participated in the tournament in Russia.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
ITHF Calendar 2011/2012
The ITHF has already published World Tour calendar of the season 2011/2012. The same system with Big Six and World Table Hockey Tour tournaments will be used as in previous seasons.
Michal Hvizd won Czech Open 2011 after dramatic battle against Alexey Titov (RUS) in final. Bronze medal was won by Lukas Turon. 126 players from 11 countries participated at the last Big 6 World Tour tournament of this season. Complete results.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Trophy of Denmark 2011
Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark won Trophy of Denmark 2011 by beating Michal Zunka from Czech Republic in the final.
David Smid from Czech Republic won the bronze match against David Brdicek - also Czech Republic.
Gerrit Janssen from Germany won the B-final against Anette Engel from Denmark.
26 players from Czech Republic, Germany, Norway and Denmark participated in the tournament.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Roni Nuttunen made Moscow hat-trick
March 26-27, 2011 in a modern Palace of sport “Dynamo” was held 11th
Moscow Cup – ITHF World Table Hockey Tour’s Big 6 tournament.
185 players from 6 countries, including top 8 of the current World
Rank. After winning 4-2 in the final series against Edgars Caics
(Latvia) the winner is the current World Champion Roni Nuttunen
(Finland). Bronze won by Yanis Galuzo (Russia) as he managed to win
4-3 very hard series against Oleg Dmitrichenko (Russia).
Ronni Nuttunen now is the only one who managed to win Moscow Cup 3
times. At prize ceremony main organizer of Moscow Cup Mihail Margolis
awarder the best 8 players with different money prizes. Total prize
fund of 11th Moscow Cup was 10200 USD.
Moscow Cup website
Monday, March 21, 2011
Moscow Cup Prize Money
As announced before by organizers of "Moscow Cup", the upcoming 11th
Moscow Cup will have increased prize money funds. That will be a new
record in the history of the ITHF World Tour - 10200 USD.
1st place - $3300, 2nd place - $2200, 3rd place - $1500, 4th place - $1000.
Participants of 1/4 finals (5th - 8th places) will receive $550.
In the ITHF World Tour in Detroit, Michigan, USA Bjarne Axelsen won for the 2nd year in a row.
In the final he defeated Kent Richter from Canada with 5-2, 4-1, 8-2, 1-2 and 9-1.
Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) won the bronze medal by beating the young Paul Shabi (USA)
Jean-Claude Klaus (Switzerland) is the first Swiss World Tour Tournament
winner ever. At Swiss Winter Trophy 2011 he defeated the big tournament
favourite Vaclav Pikl (Czech Republic) (over 380 positions better in ITHF
World Ranking) with 4-2 in matches. The 3rd place took David Hasler
(Switzerland), who won the Bronze Medal game with 3-2 against Rolf Locher
Roni Nuttunen (Finland) did it again and won Swedish Masters 2011 and showed an excellent playing level before World Championships 2011 in his backyard in Turku, Finland.
In the final he defeated Yanis Galuzo (Russia) - though three times in sudden victory - and with 4-1 in matches.
In spite of Edgars Caics (Latvia) leading 2-0 in the semifinal Roni Nuttunen also handled this and won it 4-2.
Yanis Galuzo took the other semifinal with 4-0 against Maxim Borisov from Russia.
Edgars Caics and Maxim Borisov shared the bronzed medal due to the normal swedish tradition.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Videos from World Tour 2010/2011
Are you interested in watching the deciding matches from Helsinki Open?
Now it is possible and the matches are with the former World Champion Hans Österman as the commentator.
The videos are made by Alexey Titov from Russia and soon also videos from the World Tour in Riga, Latvia in - December 2010 will be possible to watch.
Bjarne Axelsen of Bronderslev Denmark is the Champion of the Let's Play Hockey
International Table Hockey Championships in Las Vegas Nevada! Bjarne defeated
Anette Engel in the finals to claim the crown. Reggie Stefaniszyn was the third
place finisher. This event was played in conjunction with the Let's Play Hockey
International Expo at the Paris Casino Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada
www.letsplayhockey.com. This was the sixth straight year this event has been
held. Bjarne Axelsen is the first repeat winner of this Las Vegas event. Past
Champions are - 2006 Jacob Lindahl - 2007 Kenny Dubois - 2008 Rob Chargo - 2009
Bjarne Axelsen - 2010 Lars Fridell - 2011 Bjarne Axelsen.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Moscow Cup – it is two days fiesta of table hockey with
friendly after party for all lovers of this beautiful game. Moscow
Cup – one of the highest ranking tournaments on ITHF calendar and
it is every players dream to win this trophy. Through the years there
is only one player who managed to win MC twice – existing World
Champion Roni Nuttunen (FIN). Will someone be able to prevent him from
making golden hat-trick on Moscow Cup 2011 we will see in
March. Register on website!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Edgars Caics got his victory number 4 in Riga Open
Edgars Caics (Latvia) won the 12th edition of the World Tablehockey Tour Big6 in Riga, Latvia a.k.a. Riga Open. This was his victory number 4 in Riga Open (2004, 2005, 2009, 2010).
No big surprise since he was also one of the favourites to win this tournament.
Though for many it was a surprise that his opponent in the final was Matiss Saulitis (also Latvia).
In the semifinals Edgars Caics won against Yanis Galuzo (Russia) while Matiss Saulitis surprisingly took home the other semifinal by beating Petr Tmej (Czech Republic) with 4-3 in matches.
Petr Tmej took the bronze medal by beating Yanis Galuzo 2-1 in matches.
Already in the quarterfinals Edgars Caics defeated the favourite and defending European Champion Ahti Lampi (Finland) while Matiss Saulitis in the Round of 16 defeated the veteran Thomas Pettersson from Sweden in a very interesting battle.
165 players from 12 countries participated in the tournament.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Slovenia Open 2010
Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark won Slovenia Open 2010 by beating the defending champion Kristijan Curkovic from Croatia in the final.
Vjekoslav Kufrin - also from Croatia - was the big surprise in the tournament when he took the bronze medal by defeating Uros Matanovic from Slovenia in the bronze match.
Slovenia Open has now been arranged 5 times with 5 different winners from 5 different nations.
2006 Magor Papp (Hungary), 2007 Bernard Rjavec (Slovenia), 2008 Vaclav Pikl (Czech Republic), 2009 Kristijan Curkovic (Croatia) and 2010 Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark).
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Roni Nuttunen won Helsinki Open for the 5th time
The World Champion 2007 and 2009 - Roni Nuttunen from Finland - won Helsinki Open for the 5th time when winning the final of Helsinki Open 2011 with 4-0 against the European Champion 2008 and 2010 - Ahti Lampi, also from Finland.
Earlier Roni Nuttunen has won Helsinki Open 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
The defending champion from Helsinki Open 2010 - Petr Tmej from Czech Republic - won the bronze medal by beating the biggest surprise in the tournament and the Junior European Champion 2010, Matiss Saulitis from Latvia.
Players from Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Russia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary and Denmark participated in the tournament.
By winning the tournament Roni Nuttunen takes back the 1st place at the ITHF World Ranking.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Imrich Blasko also won Kosice Open in Slovakia
Imrich Blasko from Slovakia ended his best weekend ever in ITHF World Tablehockey Tour by winning a tournament the 2nd day in a row when he took the 1st position in Kosice Open in his homeland Slovakia.
In the final he defeated Miroslav Ramsak - also from Slovakia while a third slovakian player - Karol Hudec - took the bronze medal.
25 players from Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary participated in the tournament.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Imrich Blasko won Hungarian Open 2011
Imrich Blasko from Slovakia won Hungarian Open 2011 when he defeated Kristijan Curkovic from Croatia in the final.
Adam Zielinsky from Czech Republic won the bronze match against Gergely Regula from Hungary.
28 players from Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic and Finland participated in the tournament in Budapest.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Videos of important tablehockey matches
Now a video is available from Moscow Cup 2010 - the final of Moscow Cup 2010 between Atis Silis and Roni Nuttunen can be found at youtube.com and you can also watch it at Russian web page.
Alexei Titov and Russian Tablehockey Federation is now working on a video with the semifinals of Oslo Open 2011
The first match Alexei Titov - Petr Tmej can already be seen.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Edmonton Centennial Challenge 2010.
Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark defended the title when winning the canadian world tour Edmonton Centennial Challenge 2010 in Edmonton, Canada by beating Reggie Stefaniszyn from Canada in the final.
The results of the final was 6-2, 5-0, 1-7, 1-2, 4-3pp and 2-1.
Dwayne Pankiw (Canada) came 3rd after winning the bronze match against Philippe Majerech (Canada).
In the semifinals Bjarne Axelsen defeated Dwayne Pankiw while Reggie Stefaniszyn won against Philippe Majerech - both semifinals with 4-0 in matches.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Oslo Open 2010.
Alexey Titov from Russia won his second victory on ITHF World Tour when he beated the big surprise Daniel Remmem from Norway in the final of Oslo Open 2010.
The bronze medal was shared between the defending champion - Petr Tmej from Czech Republic - and Peter Östlund from Sweden.
53 players participated in the tournament in Oslo, Norway.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Edgars Caics won U.S Open 2010.
The latvian player and no. 3 at the current ITHF World Ranking Edgars Caics won without troubles the U.S. Open 2010 in tablehockey in Lemont, Illinois, USA.
In the final he defeated Jeff Puopolo from USA.
Kent Richter (Canada) won the bronze match against another canadian Dany LeClerc.
U.S. Open 2010 was also the beginning of ITHF World Tablehockey Tour 2010/2011.
Players from Latvia, USA, Canada and Germany participated in the tournament.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Ahti Lampi defends ECh title.
The winner of European Championships 2006 in Skalica, Slovakia Alexei Zakharov from Russia and the winner of 2008 in Riga, Latvia Ahti Lampi from Finland was the two competitors in the final in 2010 in Överum, Sweden.
Ahti Lampi showed great skills and won the final 4-0 in matches.
In the semifinal he defeated Hans Österman from Sweden who won the bronze medal match against Ivan Zakharov from Russia.
The Open Team competition was won by Sweden who in a thrilling final won against Russia.
Latvia got the bronze.
Maria Yalbacheva from Russia won the ladies final while Mariya Miloradova got the silver and Elina Nikitina the bronze medal.
Ladies team was won by Russia who defeated Latvia in the final while Sweden took the bronze.
The gold in Junior individual went to Latvia since Matiss Saulitis in a very entertaining final defeated Dmitriy Koshman from Russia.
Alexei Shikirin from Russia won the bronze medal.
Junior team was won by Russia who won against Latvia in the final.
The title as European Champion 2010 in veteran individual was won by Janne Kokko from Finland.
The silver and bronze was won by Alexander Zaytsev and Dmitriy Petrov from Russia.
Denmark, Canada and Norway got the three medals in the canadian world tour Rose Bowl Classic 2010 in Montreal.
In the final Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark defeated Denis Maillé from Canada with 4-2 in matches.
Denis Maillé though had to win the semifinal with 3-2 in overtime in the 7th and deciding match against Bernie Kunzler from Canada who has been participating in all 9 editions of Rose Bowl Classic.
Arne Johannes Holmin from Norway came 3rd by beating Bernie Kunzler in the bronze match.
The tournament attracted players from USA, Canada, Norway and Denmark.
Juho Rautio of Finland won a battle between German Old hands and Finnish newcomers. And one Finnish old hand: Jari Sahlgren came 2nd. Rene "Box" Albers was the best German on 3rd place and took Germany's 2nd WTHT medal this season.
On May 15 and 16, the Table Hockey Federation of Saint-Petersburg is
holding two dimensioned events: the first stage of the World Tour of
table hockey - Saint-Petersburg Open 2010 and the open team
championship of Saint-Petersburg – Saint-Petersburg Team Cup. Around
120 table hockey players and 17 teams of Russia and other states are
expected to participate in it.
145 participants came into the ice-hockey arena in Liberec, Czech Republic to play at the Czech Open, the final Big6 tournament of the WTHT 2009/2010.
The winner was: Aleksey Zakharov from Russia who got second title in two days after winning also the World Club Trophy on Saturday. Aleksey beat Michal Hvizd (CZE) 4:3 in the final series although he was losing the series 1:3 already. Third best player was Raivis Pukinskis from Latvia.
26 clubs participated in Liberec, Czech Republic, at the World Club Championship 2010.
The club world champion is: RTHF UT from Russia (Zakharov Alexey, Zakharov Ivan, Titov Alexey, Petrov Dmitriy). Second best team is: BJC Laimite from Latvia (Edgars Caics, Atis Silis, Raivis Pukinskis, Arturs Vercins, Yanis Galuzo). Third place got the home Czech team THC Stiga Elites (Michal Hvižď, Jakub Sládek, Jan Suchý, Miloš Ševr, Ladislav Tměj, Petr Tměj, Antonín Šrajer).
Czech Republic got a chance to organize international championship after nine years. You may remember World Championship held in 2001 in Pilsen, now you have a chance to enjoy World Club Championship in Liberec! The best club of the season 2009/2010 will be crowned on Saturday 1st May in Tipsport arena in Liberec. Your club can also participate - just send us name of your club and squad list with at least 4 and at max 8 players!
Since we would like to decide in Liberec not only which club is the best, but also which player is the best, we decided to organize international individual tournament one day after the club championship - therefore Czech Open 2010 will be held on Sunday 2nd May. It will be the seventh edition of the Czech Open and quite sure it will be one of the best tournaments of the World Tour 2009/2010. Czech Open will decide the final standings of the Czech Cup 2009/2010 as well.
Come and play with the best table hockey players from all over the world in modern ice-hockey arena in Liberec! You may become part of the best table hockey tournament ever held in the Czech Republic!
In the ITHF World Tour in Detroit, Michigan, USA the final was Denmark vs. Canada.
Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark won the tournament by beating the defending champion Bernie Kunzler from Canada 4-0 in the finals.
3rd place went to Kent Richter from Canada who in the bronze match won against Steven Bernstein from USA.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in the tournament was the 13-year-old Paul Shabi from USA who qualified to play off and ended up as no. 8 in the tournament.
Perhaps the future of North American tablehockey.
36 players from USA, Canada, Norway and Denmark participated in the tournament.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Moscow Cup 2010
The 10th edition of Moscow Cup 2010 was held in Fittness Center Republika in Moscow, Russia.
After an exciting final Atis Silis from Latvia won the 7th and deciding match against the reigning world champion Roni Nuttunen from Finland.
The 3rd place was won by Edgars Caics (Latvia) who defeated Alexei Zakharov (Russia) in the bronze match.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Swiss Open 2010
Timo Toivonen from Finland won his first World Tour victory by beating the
Danish player Bjarne Axelsen in the final of Swiss Open 2010 in Bern. In
the Bronze Medal game Erik Slechta won against Martin Zenisek (both Czech
Republic). 24 players from 5 different countries participated in the tournament.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Swedish Masters 2010
Roni Nuttunen came back to the world scene in tablehockey after the successful winning of his second open world championship 2009 in Budapest, Hungary and won the Swedish Masters 2010 in a secure way.
In the final he won against Petr Tmej from Czech Republic who with his 2nd position came very close to the overall winning of the ITHF World Tablehockey Tour 2009/2010.
According to the swedish tradition the 3rd place was shared, this time between the two finnish club mates Konsta Jukka and the reigning European Champion Ahti Lampi.
The best Swedish players were both defeated in the quarterfinals where both Peter Östlund and Lars Fridell lost their matches.
This year the most well-known and prestigious international table
hockey tournament in Russia – Moscow Cup – celebrates its 10th
anniversary. This year money prize fund is significantly increased- it
will be $10.000!
Bet on Swedish masters - and watch it live on web-tv
Swedish Masters next weekend will not only be the biggest and best tournament since the World Cup.
It will also be the first tablehockey competition where you can bet on the results.
The international company Unibet offers several bets:
Winner in open class, best Swede in open class and winners of veteran and ladies categories.
Place your bets on Unibet.
Choose your language and search for "tablehockey".
Also note that maximum payout is 1000 SEK (about 98 euro).
Swedish masters will also be broadcasted live via internet.
On Bambuser.com you can follow the opening ceremony and selected play off games in all categories throughout the weekend.
Hopefully we can also make live interwievs with the players during the tournament.
The SM channel on Bambuser can be found at http://bambuser.com/channel/swedishmasters.
Welcome to a historical tablehockey weekend in Sweden!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Las Vegas Championships 2010
Lars Fridell from Sweden won the final in the World Tablehockey Tour in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
In the last second of the 7th match in the final series he made the deciding goal to 3-2 against Pontus Eriksson (also Sweden) and by this won 4-3 in matches.
Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) came 3rd while Juri Artamonov (Estonia) was number 4.
Next part of ITHF World Tablehockey Tour 2009/2010 is the 13th and 14th of February where Swedish Masters 2010 will take place in Stockholm.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Ukraine Cup 2009
Dmytro Kudrytsky got his first World Tour victory when beating the Russian player Alexei Titov in the final of Ukraine Cup 2010 in Kiev.
The 3rd place went to the defending champion Yevhen Levdansky from Ukraine who won against Dmitriy Petrov from Russia in the battle about the 3rd position.
40 players participated in the tournament that belongs to ITHF World Tour 2009/2010.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Riga Open 2009
137 players from 8 nations played for 11th Riga Open cup. Edgars Caics
(LAT) beat 4-1 Ahti Lampi (FIN) in the final. Andrey Voskoboynikov
in the overtime won bronze against Yanis Galuzo (both RUS). Top3
players received prizes from LTHF.
Kristijan Curkovic from Croatia won against Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark in the final of Slovenia Open 2009 4-3 in matches and got the gold.
The tournament was played in Kranj Saturday the 14th of November 2009.
Vaclav Pikl from Czech Republic got the bronze medal.
In the bronze match he managed to beat the best slovenian player this day - Armin Čamdžic - 4-0 in matches.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Tmej continues his ITHF World Tour campaign
Petr Tmej from Czech Republic showed that he means it for real when he Saturday the 24th of October managed to get his 3rd victory out of 5 tournaments this season at ITHF World Tablehockey Tour.
Earlier this season he defeated Petter Bengtsson from Sweden and David Smid from Czech Republic in the finals in Oslo and Budapest and this time he got his revenche from the finals in Helsinki Open in 2008 against the reigning European Champion Ahti Lampi from Finland.
Petr Tmej won with 4 games to 3 after Lampi leading 3-1.
Yanis Galuzo won the bronze match against the finnish surprise Juha Eralaukko.
In quarterfinals the biggest surprise was Mikhaylo Spivakovsky from Ukraine
76 players participated in Helsinki Open in Finland.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Czech Republic dominated Hungarian Open
The players from Czech Republic had a great party in Hungarian Open where they took the first 4 placements.
Petr Tmej cruised through the tournament with only one draw against his brother Ladislav Tmej in the whole tournament while David Smid took the 2nd position.
In the bronze match Michal Zunka won against Vaclav Pikl.
29 players from Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia participated in the tournament.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Oslo Open 2009
Petr Tmej from Czech Republic won the World Tour Oslo Open in Norway.
In the first World Tablehockey Tour Big6 this season he managed to beat Petter Bengtsson (Sweden) - one of the former winners of Oslo Open - in the final.
The 3rd position was - as the tradition says in Norway - shared by Martin Arenlind from Sweden and Stian Ostrem from Norway.
To the ITHF World Tablehockey Tour in Edmonton, Canada 28 players from Canada, USA and Denmark joined. The tournament was won by Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark who defeated Reggie Stefaniszyn from Canada in the final.
The bronze medal was won by Kent Richter (Canada)
He defeated Dwayne Pankiw (Canada) in the match about the 3rd position.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
World Tablehockey Tour 2009/2010 began the 1st of August in Lemont, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark took US Open 2009 by winning against Bernie Kunzler from Canada in the final.
Dany LeClerc - also Canada - came 3rd.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
World Championship 2009
Roni Nuttunen protects his World champion title and is the World champion 2009
Russia is the World team champions 2009
Ahti Lampi from Finland is the World champion of juniors 2009
Maria Yalbacheva from Russia is the World champion of ladies 2009
Pontus Eriksson from Sweden is the World champion of veterans 2009
Sweden is the World team champions of veterans 2009
Canadian Tablehockey Federation and Pierre Chastenais arranged the last stage of ITHF World Tour 2008/2009.
This was won by Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) by defeating Steve Bernstein (USA) 4-0 in the final.
The bronze was won by Hugues Dery (Canada) who beated Alain Gamache (Canada).
Latvia got a new triumph when Mikus Saulitis won the World Tour Berlin Open 2009.
In the final he defeated Zdenek Matousek from Czech Republic.
Mika Myllykangas from Finland ended 3rd and won the bronze medal. Complete tournament results
Monday, May 11, 2009
Ukraine Cup 2009
Yevhen Levdansky became the first player from Ukraine to win a stage of ITHF World Tablehockey Your when beating Maria Yalbachava (Russia) in the final of Ukraine Cup 2009.
With the final Maria Yalbacheva became the 2nd woman to play a final of ITHF World Tablehockey Tour.
Yan Zaripov from Russia won the bronze match against Alexei Titov - also from Russia.
With the victory in Ukraine Cup 2009 Yevhen Levdansky also became the first player from Ukraine to enter TOP 50 of ITHF World Ranking.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Czech Open 2009 Exhibition Game
Before the opening ceremony of Czech Open,
an exhibition game had been played between Ahti Lampi
and Milan Zeman, a Czech player with hands handicap.
Zeman's unique way of playing fascinated a lot of
international participants who saw him playing for the first
time. The video of the match is now available on YouTube.
Zeman is a regular participant of Czech Cup tournaments
and brought some other players with physical disability
to them, too, showing that table hockey is a sport
The Executive Committee of ITHF has decided to include the tournament the 30th of May 2009 in Montreal, Canada in ITHF World Tour 2008/2009.
The reason is the cancellation of another North American part of ITHF World Tablehockey Tour - New York Challenge 2009.
At the same time ITHF Executive Committee wants to make clear that pointing out tournaments belonging to ITHF World Tablehockey Tour in the middle of the season will indeed be an exception.
Therefore every member federation is also asked to apply for tournaments belonging to ITHF World Tablehockey Tour 2009/2010 no later than Friday the 1st of May 2009.
Wednesday, the 22nd of April 2009
ITHF Executive Committee
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Czech Open 2009
The Czech Open 2009 will take place on 25th April in Prague. The organizers booked the venue in the historical centre of this beautiful city. The tournament venue is in walking distance (600 meters) from the main Prague square - Wenceslas square.
Don't miss this great opportunity to play the best table hockey right at the centre of Prague. Your opponents will be the Czech players: all the youngsters as well as all the old foxes. You will have a chance to play also against seven players from the current World Ranking TOP TEN!
Edgars Caics (Latvia) won the ITHF World Tour Big Six Moscow Cup 2009. Edgars beat Ahti Lampi (Finland) at final. Also E. Caics did not lose any game during the play-off series. Ivan Zaharov (Russia) came third after winning in the bronze final against Petr Tmej (Czech Republic).
157 players have participated at the Moscow Cup 2009.
The tournament was held in the famous Sports Center "Dinamo".
Last summer 8 players from the Czech Republic created World Record in longest playing Stiga tablehockey.
Martin Zenisek, Vaclav Pikl, Hynek Nechutny, Lukas Vacek, Jakub Sladek, Josef Kurka, Zdenek Lopaur and Zdenek Matousek junior. They played table hockey 26 hours and 16 minutes. Record was controlled by 2 referees from the Czech record agency "Dobry den". The Guinness World Record agency from London has approved that this is a world record too.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Swiss Open 2009
The brothers from Pribram in the Czech Republic Michal and Leos Hvizd were in a special cathegory when the 3rd Swiss Open was played. Michal Hvizd - who also won in 2008 - got a new victory with 4-3 in the final against Leos Hvizd. The winner from Swiss Open 2007 Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark got the 3rd place. Vaclav Pikl from the Czech Republic came 4th.
30 players from Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Russia and Denmark participated in the tournament.
We kindly invite you to the World Championships of Table Hockey, which takes place in Budapest, 12-14th June, 2009. The most acknowledged table hockey event in the world makes its way back to Central Europe. We hope to see many players from many nations behind the rods, new flags on the pole, and it will be a pleasure to meet the stars, champs, old foxes and youngsters among the competitors.
This year´s World Championships has become special not only because of the growing interests, but also due to the difficulties encountered in organizing the event. In the autumn of 2008 our organizing team applied to the ITHF and the member nations for financial help alternatively to transfer the honour of officiating as host. Players from different nations offered their help, sent encouraging words and finally we were inspirited by the ITHF to continue the organization. We received indispensable help from Intars Zubeckis, Bjarne Axelsen, Vladimir Kraus and the representatives of Swedish, Czech and Latvian Stiga distributors. This year´s World Championships has become more than the issue of one national federation, it´s the product of an international collaboration.
We hope you will enjoy the play and the city, and travel home with unforgettable experience. See you in Budapest!
Swiss Tablehockey Federation welcome all players to Swiss Open 2009.
According to participants from the 2008 a very well organized tablehockey tournament.
Combine playing here with visiting Bern - the beatiful capital of Switzerland.
Play World Tablehockey Tour in the land with the winner of the European Icehockey Champions League.
Hans Österman once again managed to win Swedish Masters.
In the final he beated Ivan Zakharov from Russia.
Lars Fridell though managed to give Hans Österman an exciting semifinal but in spite of 0-3 Hans Österman managed to turn the match around and at the end won 4-3 in matches.
Lars Fridell shared the bronze medal with Stefan Edwall - both from Sweden.
World Tour 2008/2009 Stiga Play-off Big Six tournament.
March, 21-22, 2009, "Dynamo" Sports Palace, Moscow, Russia.
Moscow Cup, the oldest and the most famous Russian table hockey tournament included into the World Tour Big Six, uses the principle "new year - new place". Although 2008 Moscow Cup took place at "Dynamo" Sports Palace (Lavochkin st., Moscow, Russia), it was not the main hall of the Palace. Now the plastic puck past masters will compete at the central "Dynamo" SP hall where volleyball "Dynamo" teams play their Euro Cup games.
2009 Moscow Cup can beat a few records. For the first time in history we wait more than 200 players and it will probably be the best 2008/2009 World Tour index.
Moscow Cup 2008/2009 games will be reported not only in TV news blogs, but will be presented by the "7 TV" sports channel in the full size. Traditionally, we wait many European table hockey stars and all the Russian top players.
Unfortunately, the global financial crisis will not let us make the prize fund of the tournament much more significant, as it was planned. But paying no attention to it, Moscow Cup is the only World Tour tournament that has prize fund (~5000$). Also, the tournament laureates will get original rewards, diplomas, shirts and gifts from the tournament partners.
The table hockey debutants can play at Moscow Cup. Everybody can compete with the World best players. Foreign players can make claims for living at Russian players' homes.
ITHF World Tour in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA was won by Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark.
In final he defeated Anette Engel - also from Denmark.
Third place was taken by Denis Maillé from Canada - beating Kevin Rafferty from USA in the bronzematch.
Matt Di Domizio from USA won the B-group and Pierre Chastenais from Canada the C-group.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Tallinn Cup 2009
Edgars Caics from Latvia once again managed to win Tallinn Cup.
In the final he - as in 2008 - beated Atis Silis - also from Latvia.
Bronze winner was Didzis Ziemelis from Latvia after beating Alexander Zaytsev from Russia.
Veteran class - however - was won by Alexander Zaytsev after a very exciting final against Ilgvars Pavlovskis from Latvia.
Baiba Dace Ozolina won the women competition and Matiss Saulitis the juniors title.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Swedish Masters 2009
Website of the Swedish Masters 2009 is already open and everybody is welcome to register and come to Overum!
136 players from 8 nations played for 10th Riga Open cup. Like year
ago three players of top4 were from Latvia and only one from abroad-
in the bronze final Edgars Caics won Edgars Saulitis, but in the gold
final Atis Silis beat Ivan Zaharov from Russia.
Vaclav Pikl from Czech Republic got his first World Tour triumph when winning Slovenia Open 2008.
In the final he defeated Kristijan Curkovic from Croatia with 4-3ot, 4-2, 6-5 and 8-1.
Armin Camdzic from Slovenia won the bronze match by beating Uros Matanovic - also from Slovenia.
Ahti Lampi from Finland won the ITHF World Tour Helsinki Open by
beating Petr Tmej from the Czech Republic in the final. Magnus Ahlberg
(Finland) came third after winning in the bronze final against Edgars Caics
Maria Yalbacheva from Russia won the women competition.
In the final she defeated Minerva Martiskainen from Finland.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Welcome to Riga Open
The biggest international table hockey tournament in Latvia - the Riga
Open, will be held in Riga on December 6th. It is organized by the
Latvian Table Hockey Federation and it is one of the Big Six
tournaments of the World Table Hockey Tour and also one of the Latvian
Ranking Tournaments. The best players of the tournament will receive
prizes from Xnet.lv.
Petr Tmej from the Czech Republic was the big favourite in the Budapest Open in Hungary and he managed to show the world that he this day also was the best player.
He won against Imrich Blasko from Slovakia 4-1 in the final matches.
Imrich Blasko beat Vaclav Pikl from Czech Republic while Petr Tmej defeated Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark in the semifinals.
Bjarne Axelsen won the bronze match against Vaclav Pikl.
Pontus Eriksson from Umea and Sweden won his first BIG6 in Olso Open.
In the final he managed to win 4-3 against Stefan Edwall after beatening Kalle Bindekrans with 4-2 in the semifinal. In the other semifinal the best Norwegian Yngve Aasheim was defeated by Stefan Edwall.
The veteran series was won by Jari Eskelinen from Finland and the junior series by Nicolai Dahl Jeppesen from Denmark.
Kalle Bindekrans from BHK Möllan Rouge and Sweden won Oresund Cup in
Copenhagen. In the final he played against Martin Arenlind from Fremad Eagles and Sweden
and won 4-0 in matches.
Though Kalle Bindekrans had some difficulties in the three other round of
play off where he only won 4-3 against Dan Engdahl, Rickard Sjöstedt and
22 players from 4 countries participated in the tournament.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Welcome to Oresund Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark!
Oresund Cup – is one of the oldest and most prestigeous table hockey tournaments in the world. The tournament was played for the first time in 1985 and has since been a part of the national Swedish table hockey league (SBL). Today OC is also one of the events in the World Table Hockey Tour, authorized by ITHF.
Oresund Cup 2008 will take place at Osterbrohuset in Copenhagen the 13th of September.
All additional information you will find at the tournament webpage.
Registration: Send an e-mail to carl.bindekrans(at)gmail.com.
Do not forget to specify if you also want to attend the banquet held afterwards. The last day of admission is
Tuesday 9th of September!
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Chargo wins Chicago
Rob Chargo of Gurnee, IL won the 7th annual U.S. Open in Lemont near Chicago, beating Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton, AB in five games. This is Chargo's second U.S. Open title. He also won the Las Vegas tournament in January. Taking third in the top group was Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, ONT over Bruce Turner of Peru. The second group was won by Tim Walker of the Detroit, MI area and the third group was won by 15-year-old Sean Rafferty of Laguna Hills, CA
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
European Championship Results
Open: 1. A. Lampi (FIN), 2. R. Nuttunen (FIN), 3. Atis Silis (LAT) Juniors: 1. A. Lampi (FIN), 2. A. Miloradov (RUS), 3. P. Tmej (CZE) Veterans: 1. P. Plesak (CZE), 2. D. Petrov (RUS), 3. A. Kosyrev (RUS) Ladies: 1. M. Yalbacheva (RUS), 2. M. Martiskainen (FIN), 3. M. Miloradova (RUS)
Roni Nuttunen (Finland) has won the World Table Hockey Tour 2007/2008. Roni won the Big6 tournaments in Helsinki and Moscow. He got the second place at the Swedish Masters.
832 players from 22 nations participated at the WTHT 2007/2008. The new WTHT season will start on 26th July at Lemont, USA
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
Questions to Top Players
Some of the top players in tablehockey were asked 10 questions.
Not only about tablehockey but also about their own thoughts and opinions about things.
Here you can read about their greatest memories, their favourite opponents and what they think shall be done in order to develope tablehockey as a sport.
David Smid (Czech Republic) took his second victory in the Berlin Open history after 2005. David defeated Andreas Andersson from Sweden in the final. Andreas together with Martin Arenlind who came third leaded a strong Swedish squad which fought against David Smid's fellow countrymen a kind of international match. The Swedes and Czechs reached 10 of the first 14 places.
Roni Nuttunen (Finland) wins the whole World Tour season, 2nd is Ivan Zaharov and 3rd Alexey Zaharov (both Russia). Congratulation! Final World Tour standings.
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
WTHT 2008/2009 Schedule
The schedule of the World Table Hockey Tour 2008/2009 was released:
USA Lemont 26.7.2008
DEN Oresund Cup, Copenhagen 13.9.2008
NOR Oslo Open 27.9.2008, Big6
HUN Budapest Open 11.10.2008
FIN Helsinki Open 8.11.2008, Big6
SLO ? Slovenia Open 22.11.2008
LAT Riga Open 6.12.2008, Big6
EST Tallinn 10.1.2009
USA Las Vegas 26.1.2009
SWE SM, Överum 14-15.2.2009, Big6
SUI Bern 7.3.2009
RUS Moscow Cup 21-22.3.2009, Big6
USA NYC 18.4.2009
CZE Plzen / Prague 25.4.2009, Big6
UKR Ukraine Cup, Kiev 9.5.2009
GER Berlin, 16.5.2009
SLO ? - not a member of ITHF yet. The tournament will be confirmed till 24th August.
Sunday, May 4th, 2008
Edgars Caics wins Tallinn Cup
73 players from 7 countries participated at the first World Tour tournament in Estonia. Edgars Caics won Atis Silis (both Latvia) in the finals. The biggest surprise was Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) who lost to Edgars Caics with 3-4 in the semifinal, but managed to win the bronze series over Karlis Balodis (Latvia).
Edgars Caics also received the main prize: the SonyEricsson mobile phone.
110 players from 8 countries participated at the last Big Six World Tour tournament of this season - the Czech Open 2008 held in Pilsen. Ivan Zakharov (Russia) beat in the play-off both best Czech players Lukas Turon and Petr Tmej and won the whole tournament. 2nd was Petr Tmej and 3rd Alexey Zakharov.
Results of the tournament.
27 participants enjoyed a fun-filled day of table hockey competition at this year’s edition of the Boston Challenge 2008. Lars Fridell (Sweden) won the prestigious trophy beating Kenny Dubois (USA), 4-1 in a very competitive and entertaining finals series. Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) and Matt Rogers (USA) were the semifinalists. Russ Guertin (USA) won the B Group finals over Dana Rogers (USA) and 8 years old Luke Kiballa (USA) wins the C Group over Derek Koplin (USA).
This year’s tournament also featured some other very good and developing junior talent in the names of Cameron and Max Bernstein, Andrew Caponetti, Zak Kiballa (finished 14th in the Elite group! And brother of Luke) and Alexander Sobrinski.
Sunday, April 13th, 2008
Czech Open 2008
The final Big Six tournament of the World Table Hockey Tour 2007/2008 will be held in Plzen, Czech Republic on 26th April. You are welcome to join this tournament with all the best Czech table hockey players. The top Russian players including Alexey Zakharov are registered for this tournament as well.
The nice trophies are ready for the winners of all divisions and categories at the tournament. The winner will get 77 cm height trophy. Twenty eight Skoda cars also wait for their new owners.
Welcome to Plzen! The after party is also something you can be also interested in. The very cheap accommodation right at the tournament venue is still available for you.
There were 86 participants in both Danube tournaments. In Budapest the medallists were: 1st Michal Hvizd (CZE), 2nd Miroslav Ramsak (SVK) and 3rd Imrich Blasko (SVK). Complete results of Budapest Open 2008.
In Bratislava all medallists were from the Czech Republic: 1st Michal Hvizd, 2nd David Smid and 3rd Leos Hvizd. Complete results of Slovak Open 2008.
192 players have participated at the Moscow Cup 2008. Roni Nuttunen (Finland) has repeated his victory from the last season of this tournament. Roni beat Atis Silis (Latvia) at finals. Ahti Lampi (Finland) has finished at the third place.
Short description about all known champions of the year 2007 is available! Find out how for example Edgars Caics won the Latvian championship or read description of the Croatian championship written by Kristijan Curkovic - see more....
March 1st, 2008
Michal Hvizd won Swiss Open
Michal Hvizd - the big favourite from the Czech Republic won the first World Tour in
Switzerland ever. He beated Bjarne Axelsen from Denmark in the final and the
local Jean-Claude Klaus in the semifinal. Vaclav Pikl who lost the semifinal
against Bjarne Axelsen won the bronze medal match against Jean-Claude Klaus.
21 Players from 3 different countries participated in a very well organised
tournament in Hotel Novotel near the famous Wankdorf Stadium in Bern.
After the World Championships 2003 in Zurich Switzerland now also has its own tournament of the World Table Hockey Tour. The Swiss Table Hockey Association invites you to the first Swiss Open, which will be held on March 1st close to the famous Wankdorf Football Stadium in the capital Bern.
For more information, please visit Swiss Open homepage.
See you soon in Bern!
February 18th, 2008
The world of table hockey reached new frontiers in the fall of 2007 when the
first Antarctic Open tournament registered to world ranking was played in
the Finnish Antarctic Research Station called Aboa (73°03'S, 13°25'W) at
western Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. While the nearest permanent
settlements are thousands of kilometres away, Antarctic Open was presumably
also the first table hockey tournament, which included all the people in the
radius of 300 kilometres. Second tournament was also organized during the
spring 2008. PÖLY association, which is responsible for organizing the
famous Helsinki Open tournament in Finland annually, donated the table used
in the tournaments. Organizers apologize that they didn't inform rest of the
world about the tournament beforehand, but due to unstable weather
conditions and other logistical limitations, possible long-distance
travellers would have been more than disappointed if the games would have
had to be cancelled.
There were 11 attendants in both tournaments consisting of Finnish (9) and
Swedish (2) scientists and logistic personnel. Everybody had had some
experience with table hockey before the expedition took place. First
unofficial Antarctic champion was geologist Jussi Heinonen, who is a member
of PÖLY and has, at his best, competed at the final series of Finnish
national ranking tournaments. Silver medal was won by the expedition cook
Teppo Mäkelä, who has practiced with Kristian Iso-Tryykäri when he was still
a little boy (long ago). Third place went to mechanical engineer Jari
Pitkänen. Same three contestants were successful also in the 2nd tournament.
This time the weather was so good that the finals were played outside on
Basen nunatak, in a temperature of -5 C and under clear sunny sky.
February 12th, 2008
Hans Österman comments his SM victory
Hans Österman comments his victory at the Swedish Masters:
"I thought I was too old to win titles nowadays, but apparently I was mistaken. It seems that this was my lucky day. The turnover against Alexey in the semis was almost too much for my heart. When 3-1 turns 3-3 and your opponent is 2-0 up in the 7th game it is really hard to keep faith. But somehow I managed to focus on the effort, rather than the standings. That, and a good piece of luck, was the key to my win. Then beating wonder kid Roni in the final was really special. Maybe my age and experience turned out to be an advantage. It actually seemed like Roni was a bit nervous.
Finally: big hand for the organizers. SM 2008 belongs to best tournaments ever."
February 11th, 2008
Hans Österman Wins Swedish Masters!
Hans Österman managed what nobody else during last two years - he won play-off series against Roni Nuttunen. They met in the final of the Swedish Masters held this weekend in Göteborg. Third place was shared by Edgars Caics and Alexey Zaharov.
Now it’s time for the Swedish Masters. 184 players representing 14 different nations have registered for the open category, among them 12 of the top 15 players of the world. The Swedes will do their absolute best to win back the SM trophy from Finland, but it will be a tough battle.
If you cannot go to the arena in Göteborg, you can follow the tournament on the web: www.bordshockey.net. All results will be published within 5 minutes, and in the play-offs every goal will be reported instantly. So welcome to Swedish Masters 2008 in Göteborg, Sweden, or at your computer!
February 2nd, 2008
Rob Chargo wins Stiga Las Vegas!
Rob Chargo from the northern suburbs of Chicago won
the Let's Play Hockey International Table Hockey
Championships. He defeated Kent Richter of Edmonton
4-1 in the finals. Jeff Thill of South Holland, IL
upended Bernie Kunzler to take third place. The B Pool
featured tournament organizer Jim Rzonca of Lemont, IL
over Len Mecca of Cherry Hill, NJ. And in the C Pool,
Jay Petrick of Las Vegas defeated Rich Thill, the
father of Jeff Thill.
Next years event is set for
January 26th 2009!
December 8th, 2007
Riga Open for Atis Silis!
9th Riga Open, the third of Big Six tournaments of World Table Hockey
Tour this season is finished. 122 participants from 8 countries were
trying to win 32" SONY LCD TV.
The second Big Six World Tour tournament of WTHT season 2007/2008 took part in Helsinki today. 107 participants tried to stop the World Champion Roni Nuttunen. The biggest opponents were the Russian players: 3 of them took places among best five players of the tournament.
The biggest international table hockey tournament in Ukraine — the first Ukrainian Cup, will be held in Kyiv on October 13th. It is organized by the Board Hockey Federation of Ukraine and it is one of the tournaments of the World Table Hockey Tour and also one of the Ukrainian Ranking Tournaments.
The first World Club Championship (WCC) in table hockey was organized on 23rd September 2007 in Oslo. Twenty clubs from seven nations have participated at this tournament. The World Club Champion became: Enköpings HSC (Sweden). The second place was taken by BHK Möllan Rouge (Sweden), third place by TK Tigers (Sweden). Complete results.
Oslo Open 2007 took place at the Norwegian capitol this Saturday. 101 players have arrived to Oslo to play at the first Big6 WTHT tournament of the new season 2007/2008. Hans Österman (Sweden) won the first place. He beat Edgars Caics (Latvia) in the finals. Bronze medal was divided between Edgars Saulitis (Latvia) and Petr Tmej (Czech Republic). Complete results.
The first World Club Championship (WCC) in table hockey will be organized on 23rd September 2007 in Oslo. The prior day, Saturday 22nd September will belong to the Oslo Open. 32 teams with 4 players and up to 2 substitutors can participate at WCC.
Each nation represented in the ITHF is invited to send its best team. The registrations of the teams should be send to the mail email@example.com till 30th June. Starting 1st July the registration will be open also for the other teams (not registered by the ITHF members). Please find more information about the great table hockey weekend in Oslo at: www.spjass.com.
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
World Championship 2007 is over
156 players from 19 nations have participated at 10th Table Hockey World Championship. The tournament was held at a beautiful skating arena Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia.
Winners of all WCh categories:
Open category: 1st Roni Nuttunen (FIN), 2nd Aleksey Zakharov (RUS), 3rd Hans Osterman (SWE).
Team category: 1st Sweden, 2nd Finland, 3rd Russia.
The next World Championship will be organized in Budapest, Hungary in 2009. The European Championship 2008 will be held in Latvia.
May 16th, 2007; updated on 25th
World Championship 2007 Update
The invitations needed for getting the visa to Russia will be send by the Russian organizers as they will receive the invitations from the Russian authorities. The first invitations will be send today, the others tomorrow and the final part on 21st May.
See you soon in Moscow at the biggest World Championship ever!
Thursday, May 10th, 2007
Table Hockey Anniversary
May 10th is an important date in table hockey history. On this day in 1987, the first table hockey federation ever, SBHF, was founded in Goteborg, Sweden. Lars-Erik Svensson from Umea in north Sweden was elected as the first, historical chairman. One of the most important tasks for the newly founded federation was to make table hockey international. Already in 1986, Swedish Masters had its first foreign participant, Shigeru Kamegaya from Tokyo, Japan. In 1989, SBHF organized the first World Championship ever, in the Globe Arena, Stockholm. That tournament was the start of international table hockey.
Sunday, May 6th, 2007
Ahti Lampi wins Czech Open
Ahti Lampi (Finland) won the last stage of the World Tour 2006/2007 - Czech Open. Second was Atis Silis (Latvia) and third was Lukas Turon (Czech Republic). Tough battle was held for getting a direct nomination to the World Championship - Michal Hvizd beat Alexandr Miloradov by a single point! Complete results and pictures from the Czech Open. 117 participants from 9 countries came to Plzen which means that 797 players played at least one World Tour tournament this season! Roni Nuttunen (Finland) is the winner of the World Tour after winning each from four World Tour tournaments he played during this season. Daniel Wallen (Sweden) is the second thanks to three second places. Ivan Zaharov (Russia) is the third. You can take a look at the final standings of the World tour 2006/2007.
Congratulation to all and hope to see you at the World Tour tournaments during next season!
Monday, April 23rd, 2007
World Table Hockey Tour 2007/2008
The Executive Committee of the ITHF announces the schedule for the World Table Hockey Tour 2007/2008:
28th July ... Stiga US Open, Lemont
22nd + 23rd September ... Oslo Open + World Club Championship
13th October ... Kiev
20th October ... Canada Challenge, Gatineau
27th October ... Oresund Cup, Copenhagen
10th November ... Helsinki Open
1st December ... New York
8th December ... Riga Open
28th January ... International Table Hockey Championships, Las Vegas
9th + 10th February ... Swedish Masters, GOTHENBURG
1st March ... Bern
22nd + 23rd March ... Moscow Cup
5th + 6th April ...Danube
19th April ... Czech Open, Prague / Plzen / Pribram
3rd May ... Tallinn Cup
17th May ... Berlin Open
13th-15th June - European Championship
Monday, April 23rd, 2007
Lukas Turon wins in Berlin
60 players from 14 countries participated at the Berlin Open 2007. The best were the young Czech players: Lukas Turon, Petr Tmej and Michal Hvizd. Turon has proved once again that he is ready to win the international tournaments. Complete results, WTHT ranking after the Berlin Open.
The last tournament of the World Table Hockey Tour 2006/2007 will be held in Plzen on 5th May: Czech Open.
Thursday, April 19th, 2007
World Championship 2007 News - Hotel
The Organizing Committee of the World Championships recommends you to contact "Monomax Congresses and Incentives Llc" concerning the hotel Salut reservation.
Please, contact Rybalov Alexey tel./fax +7-495-726-51-35, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for hotel booking and making payment for the accommodation is 21 May, 2007. The price for a person is 55 EUR for a night. The Russian organizers will refund 5 EUR to each person to get the previously announcement price 50 EUR. Detail information.
In one of the most exciting Elites finals to date, Herman Steen (Sweden) bested Kenny Dubois (USA) 4 games to 3, to win the 2007 Boston Challenge Stiga Table Hockey Championships. To reach the finals, Steen beat fellow Swedish countryman and 2005 Boston champion, Pontus Eriksson. That series also went the distance, with game 7 going into overtime. Kenny Dubois beat 2003 Boston Challenge winner, Junior Gelinas of Canada, 4 games to 1.
Moscow is going to be ready for the Table Hockey World Championship 2007 soon. The hotel Salut is pre-reserved for the participants of the tournament. The final reservation will be accessible through the WCh webpage from 11th April
The schedule of the competitions at the World Championships is planned to be announced on 16th April.
Good luck to all players all around the world to get the national nomination for the tournament on 8th - 10th June 2007!
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
Additional WTHT nominations for World Championship
The tenth World Table Hockey Championships will be held in Moscow 8th - 10th June 2007. More information at the official webpage. The participanting nations are asked to send the number of their players going to Moscow till the end of March 2007!
The Executive Committee has agreed on awarding additional nominations places for those nations which have their players among top 10 at the WTHT 2006/2007 final ranking. This rule was set before the beginning of the current season. This rule says that up to THREE players from a nation can get the direct WCh nomination. The rule also says that the champion from the last WCh is not counted among top 10 for awarding the direct nominations.
As we can see from the current WTHT ranking the direct nomination would be awarded to: Finland (2 players ... also thanks to 11th place), Sweden (3 players + Hans Österman as the reigning World Champion), Latvia (2 players), Russia (2 players) and the Czech Republic (1 player). Three more WTHT tournaments are scheduled for this WTHT season which means the final ranking can be changed and awarded additional WCh nominations as well. The scheduled tournaments are: Boston Challenge on 14th April, Berlin Open on 21st April and the Big6 tournament Czech Open in PLZEN on 5th May.
Good luck to everybody at the final 3 WTHT 2006/2007 tournaments!
Sunday, March 18th, 2007
Roni Nuttunen wins again, Moscow this time!
Roni Nuttunen (Finland) has won his fourth Big6 WTHT tournament this season. After winning in Helsinki, Riga and Göteborg he won also in Moscow! Daniel Wallén (Sweden) was at 2nd place and Lukas Turon (Czech Republic) was third.
Ukraine has became the 17th member of ITHF. It was decided during the current ITHF extraordinary Delegate‘s Conference.
Monday, February 19th, 2007
Danube Weekend 2007
The Danube Weekend was won by Michal Hvizd, although he did not win either of the tournaments. There were 104 participants in Bratislava, the winner was Lukas Turon, Michal Hvizd was 2nd and Jakub Sladek 3rd. 82 players came to Budapest on Sunday. Turon did not participate though neither of the medallists from Bratislava was able to gain the gold medal - Jan Dryak won Budapest Open, 2nd was Michal Hvizd and 3rd Jakub Sladek. More information can be found at tournaments web pages - Bratislava Open and Budapest open.
Update of questions on 21st February! The Executive Committee of the ITHF has released an important document setting the list of questions for the forthcoming Delegates' Conference. All the ITHF members are asked to study this document.
The Extraordinary Delegates' Conference is scheduled for 5th – 11th March 2007.
Monday, February 19th, 2007
Danube Weekend 2007
The Danube Weekend 2007 will take place in Bratislava and Budapest this week. The trophy for the best player of this event will be awarded. The hottest candidates for the trophy are the Czech players Jakub Sládek, Michal Hvižď, David Šmíd and Jan Dryák and Janne Kokko from Finland. If you are interested to achieve the title you still have the possibility to register for both tournaments. You can watch the live results from the Bratislava Open 2007 at the tournament web pages. Be with us!
Sunday, February 4th, 2007
Roni Nuttunen won Swedish Championships!
Roni Nuttunen (17 years old, Finland) won one of the best tournament in last years - Swedish Championships 2007. 2nd was Finn Fries (Sweden) and third place was shared by Edgars Caics (Latvia) and Ivan Zaharov (Russia). It was Roni's third Big 6 tournament victory in a row and he is very close to become the first winner of Göran Agdur Table Hockey Trophy! Complete results can be found at the tournaments webpage.
Thursday, February 1st, 2007
Göran Agdur Table Hockey Trophy
ITHF proudly presents the Göran Agdur Table Hockey Trophy, the prestigous
award for the winner of the World Tour.
With this prestigious trophy, ITHF
wishes to honour not only the World Tour winner, but also Göran Agdur, known
as “the first emperor” of table hockey. The very first, historical Göran
Agdur Table Hockey Trophy will be presented during the World Championships
in Moscow, June 2007. Hopefully, Mr. Agdur will be present at the ceremony.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
Kenny Dubois wins in Las Vegas
The World Table Hockey Tour tournament was organized in Las Vegas. Kenny Dubois won and proved once again that he is the best U.S. Stiga table hockey player. Rob Chargo was 2nd and Reggie Stefaniszyn third.
The Executive Committee of the ITHF has released an important statement. The Extraordinary Delegates' Conference is called. There are also a lot of suggestions / impulses for discussion in the ITHF. The discussion has already started at the Discussion Board on these pages - so please, publish you comments too!
Of course, this is only the beginning. www.youtube.com is a great
possibility for any table hockey federation or club to reach new, young
table hockey players. Join the web revolution and become youtubers!
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
Swedish Masters 2007
Modern competitive table hockey started with the Swedish Championships in 1982. Now it's time to celebrate the sport's 25th anniversary, and nothing could be more suitable than doing it by playing the 25th edition of the world's most prestigous tournament - nowadays internationally more known as the Swedish Masters.
And where would be more appropriate to party than in the city where the world's oldest table hockey organization will celebrate it's 20th anniversary? The Swedish table hockey association SBHF was established in 1987 in Göteborg, the second city of Sweden, which will be the centre of the whole table hockey world the first weekend of February.
The Swedish table hockey association and Atletico Göteborg welcomes the table hockey world to party! For more information, please visit tournaments webpage.
Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
Roni Nuttunen makes two Big Six in row!
Roni Nuttunen (Finland) won the strongest ever Riga Open beating
Daniel Wallen (Sweden) 4-1. 3rd place award also went to Finland as
Janne Ollila gained victory over host Edgars Caics.
132 players from 9 countries participated at 8th Riga Open.
The Executive Committee of the ITHF has released a new statement concerning the Tournament Rules Document. The updated version of the draft was released. The Executive Committee asks all table hockey players to send their comments for this document.
Sunday November 12th, 2006
Welcome to Riga Open
The biggest international table hockey tournament in Latvia - the Riga
Open, will be held in Riga on December 2nd. It is organized by the Latvian
Table Hockey Federation and it is one of the Big Six tournaments of the World
Table Hockey Tour and also one of the Latvian Ranking Tournaments. The
best players of the tournament will receive prizes from SONY.
The official multilingual forum of the World Championship 2007, the best place for all discussions connected with the tournament, has been opened. Welcome!
The Organizing Committee of the 2007 World Championships asks all national table hockey federations to confirm the number of the players in their respective teams by 30th March 2007 and to send the official applications giving the names of their team members and the breakdown of the players by categories of competitions by 15 May 2007.
Sunday October 29th, 2006
Roni Nuttunen won Helsinki Open
Roni Nuttunen took his third consecutive title in Helsinki Open beating
Ivan Zaharov (Russia) 4-0 in the finals. Bronze medal was won by Konsta Jukka. There were 116 participants in the tournament, which is a new Finnish
There was a short report in the Finnish television - take a look. Moreover you can get a magazine (pdf) which was made by the organizers of this tournament.
Pontus Eriksson from Sweden won Canada Challenge 2006 which was held this Saturday in Gatineau. There were 50 participants. Pontus lost only two matches during the whole tournament and approve position of the big favourite of the tournament. Silver medal was won by Junior Gelinas from Canada and third was Kenny Dubois from the USA.
On this Saturday two Swiss players set an unofficial world
record in playing seven hours nonstop tablehockey. Rolf Locher and Beat
Wildi from Switzerland played seven hours nonstop against passers-by in
a toy store in Bern. Maybe this world record spurs on some other
countries to beat it. These two crazy Swiss players will repeat that record on the 28th of
Thursday October 19th, 2006
Helsinki has already 100 participants
On October 28th there will be most likely played the biggest and
toughest table hockey tournament ever organized in Finland. Helsinki
Open 2006 has already 100 players registered. Vafa Hamdamov from Estonia
got the honor to be 100th pre-registered player. If Helsinki Open
reaches 117 players it will be the biggest ever tournament organized in
So far the name list for Helsinki Open looks impressive. Five out of ten
best players in the world will be present at Helsinki. Among the 100 so
far registered players there are combined 24 world championships. Six
out of nine Finnish World Team Champions are present.
In last three Helsinki Opens there has always been a Finnish champion.
Will there be one this time? Daniel Wallén, Alexey Zaharov, Stefan
Edwall and Edgars Caics will do their best to beat previous winners Roni
Nuttunen and Kristian Iso-Tryykäri.
101 players from 10 countries took part in the 11th edition of Oslo
Open, the first WTHT Big Six tournament this season. Last two World Champions met in the final - Hans Österman beat Daniel Wallén in six games. Third place was shared by Lars Fridell and Pontus Eriksson, who was beaten by Wallén in semifinal after sudden death in the 7th match. The winning goal was scored on a new move - named Mupp. Interestingly this was the first time in WTHT that a player wins two consecutive tournaments, even the first time a player wins two tournaments in one season.
Details can be found at the tournament web page.
Next WTHT tournament will be held in Gatineau on 21st October.
Thursday September 21st, 2006
Tournament Rules Document
The Executive Committee of the ITHF has released the statement concerning the Tournament Rules Document and the candidatures for the next World Championship and the European Championship. The statement also announces that the Czech Open 2007, a part of the WTHT 2006/2007 will be held in Plzen, Czech Republic.
Tuesday September 19th, 2006
Hans Österman won Öresund Cup
Just like 2005 Hans Österman, BHK Mollan Rouge, won Öresund Cup, this year for the first time ever played in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Österman relativly easy (4-1) defeated his club rival Finn Fries in the final. The legendary Thomas Peterson, probably the fastest player in the world, almost beat Osterman in the semifinal, forcing the reigning champion to a tight seventh match. Together with Pontus Eriksson, another veteran, Petersson ended up as bronze medalist. Jonas Bergstrom and Kalle Bindekrans, both former Swedish junior champions, made strong come backs. Especially Bergstrom impressed with massive attack play; he quite sensational ended up as number five after scoring more goals than all other particapants. 53 players from 8 countries participated in the 23rd edition of Oresund Cup, the biggest tournament ever played in Denmark.
The new season of the World Table Hockey Tour started with the Stiga U.S. Open in Lemont, USA last week. Kenny Dubois won this tournament for the third time in last 4 years. Bernie Kunzler was second and Rob Chargo was third. 42 players participated at the opening WTHT event for the 2006/2007 season.
The second WTHT 2006/2007 tournament will be held on 16th September in Copenhagen, DEN. 50 players from 8 nations are already registered for the Öresund Cup.
The Official Table Hockey World Ranking was changed! A new algorithm is used for the distribution of the points for the particular tournaments now. The points will be distributed with respect to the quality of the players who are placed behind you. Therefore, if you are not placed before anybody better than you (with respect to this ranking), you will get only a few ranking points. Also other less important changes were made.
Monday June 26th, 2006; updated on July 24th
New season of the WTHT
The new season of the World Table Hockey Tour will start in few weeks. Even if outside is hot weather, table hockey has not a long break...
The World Table Hockey Tour 2005/2006 is over!798 players have participated at 13 tournaments in 12 countries during the first season of the WTHT. There were 13 different players who won a WTHT tournament this season. It means no player has won at two tournaments!
The winner of WTHT 2005/2006 is Stefan Edwall (SWE). Second is Edgars Caics (LAT) and third Roni Nuttunen (FIN). All of them have won one Big 6 Tournament (6 biggest tournaments in the WTHT season).
Final WTHT standings.
The schedule of WTHT 2006/2007 was announced by the Executive Committee:
29th July, Lemont, USA
16th September (changed from 2nd Sep!), Copenhagen, DEN
30th September, Oslo, NOR
21st October, Gatineau, CAN
28th October, Helsinki, FIN
2nd December (changed from 9th Dec!), Riga, LAT
29th January, Las Vegas, USA
3rd – 4th February, Göteborg or Eskilstuna, SWE
24th February, Bratislava, SVK
25th February, Budapest, HUN
17th – 18th March, Moscow, RUS
14TH APRIL (changed from 7th April!), Boston, USA
21st April, Berlin, GER
5th May, Prague, CZE
51 players from 6 nations participated in Berlin Open 2006, the last tournament of this season's World Table Hockey Tour. Norway's Øyvind Hansen defeated Sweden's Björn Söderström in an even and well-played final. In the semi-finals, Hansen defeated Pål Bakken, while Berlin's Soderstrom outplayed favourite Tore Lie.
An opportunity to play table hockey for all accredited journalists at the IIHF World Championship 2006 in Riga. This will be a restoration of previously traditional table hockey tournaments sponsored by Skoda Auto. This time Skoda Auto + Philips + Stiga Games will participate at this event. The tournament will be organized by the Latvian Table Hockey Federation and the International Table Hockey Federation. Information about the tournament.
Tuesday May 2nd, 2006
Table Hockey Visited Its Big Brother
There was held the IIHF World Championship 2006 Division 1 in Tallinn, Estonia. National ice hockey teams from six nations participated at this tournament played at the largest complex in Estonia – at the arena Saku Suurhall in April 2006. Thousands of hockey fans had an opportunity not to only watch ice hockey but also to get know Stiga table hockey. More details.
Monday May 1st, 2006
Juniors succeded during Danube weekend
Another two parts of the World Table Hockey Tour were held this weekend - Budapest Open and Bratislava Open. Juniors won five of six medals available during the weekend! Petr Tmej (CZE) won in Budapest and Ivan Zaharov (RUS) in Bratislava. Two medals gained Jakub Sladek (CZE) who was 2nd in Budapest and 3rd in Bratislava. Silver medal in Bratislava was won by Lukas Turon (CZE), and bronze medal from Budapest belongs to David Smid (CZE) - the only medallist older than 18 years of age. Details can be found at tournament pages - Budapest Open and Bratislava Open.
Last WTHT tournament in this season will be held on 20th May in Berlin.
Thursday April 13th, 2006
Press release from LTHF
The Latvian Table Hockey Federation (LTHF) published the information that they have obtained the certificate of recognized sport federation from National Sport Council, The Office of Sport of the Ministry of Education and Science. The details can be found in the press release (pdf).
Sunday April 9th, 2006
Jan Suchy won Czech Open 2006
117 participants from 10 nations came to Prague to play at the Czech Open, the final Big Six tournament of 2005/2006 season of WTHT. Jan Suchy proved who the best player in the Czech Republic right now is as he won at second Czech Cup tournament in a row. He also beat the winner from Moscow Cup Michal Hvizd 4:0 in quarterfinals. Stanislav Kraus took 2nd place and Lukas Turon (a leader of Czech Cup 2005/2006) was third in Prague. An interesting fact is that 5 Czech juniors finished among the best 8 players.
Details can be found at the tournament web page.
There was a thrilling conclusion to an awesome event on Saturday. 66 players battled and many new faces lit up with the thrill of North American tournament table hockey. A smooth, calculating and precise Kristian Iso-Tryykari beat Americas best Kenny Dubois in 6 games to once again bring the Boston Challenge Trophy home to Finland. Two years ago it was Markus Laakso. Lars Fridell from Sweden finished third.
Details can be found at the tournament web page.
The next World Tour tournament is held on 8th April in Prague.
Sunday March 19th, 2006
Michal Hvizd won Moscow Cup
Quite a surprising final was played at the end of another Big Six Tournament - the Moscow Cup. Michal Hvizd played against Yanis Galuzo. Hvizd beat both the winners of the last two Big Six Tournaments - Alexey Zaharov and Stefan Edwall - during the play-off. He also succeeded in the final after that. The medallists were: 1st Michal Hvizd, 2nd Yanis Galuzo and 3rd Stefan Edwall. The complete results can be found at the tournament web page.
The next World Tour tournament is held on 1st April in Boston.
Monday February 27th, 2006
Stefan Edwall won Oslo Open
Stefan Edwall won Big Six Tournament held in Oslo. Other medals remained at Norway thanks to Tore Lie and Daniel Remmem. 72 players from eight countries participated. Complete results can be found at tournament web page.
Next World Tour tournament will be held on 18th March in Moscow.
Monday February 27th, 2006
European Championship 2006
Organizers of the European Championship 2006 published new information about this event - take a look at pdf file to find more about participants and schedule. Moreover advertising poster is available.
Detail information about the championship can be found at tournament web page.
Wednesday February 1st, 2006
Alexey Zaharov won the Swedish Masters
Alexey Zaharov became the first non-swedish player who won the Swedish Masters. Alexey beat in the play-off four of the favorites of the whole tournament - Roni Nuttunen, Edgars Caics, Hans Osterman and in the final Stefan Edwall. Bronze medal is shared by Hans Osterman and Finn Fries. Complete results can be found at tournament web page.
Next World Tour tournament will be held on 25th February in Oslo.
Wednesday January 11th, 2006
Jacob Lindahl won at Las Vegas
Jacob Lindahl won World Table Hockey Tour Tournament held at Las Vegas. The second was Peter Ostlund and the third Pontus Eriksson. Complete results can be found at tournament page.
Next World Tour tournament will be held on 28th January at Eskilstuna. It is highly probably the most prestigious Wolrd Tour tournament - Swedish Masters.
Sunday December 11th, 2005
Edgars Caics won at Riga
Edgars Caics won the Riga Open - the second Big Six World Tour tournament. The second was Pontus Eriksson and the third Kristian Iso-Tryykari. 104 players participated at Riga! Photo of medallists. Complete results can be found at tournament web page.
Next World Tour tournament will be held on 9th January at Las Vegas.
Monday December 5th, 2005
Switzerland has a new home page!
The youngest member of the ITHF has a new home page. All information about table hockey events in the Switzerland can be found at www.sthv.ch.
Friday October 28th, 2005
Steve Bernstein won at Gatineau
Steve Bernstein won the Gatineau Challenge. 41 players participated.
Complete results can be found at tournament web page. Also a lot of photos is availabe.
Next (2nd Big Six) World Tour tournament will be held on 10th December at Riga.
Monday September 26th, 2005
Hans Osterman won at Helsingor
Hans Osterman won the Oresund Cup - the second stage of the World Table Hockey Tour. The second was Petter Bengtsson and the third Peter Ostlund. 45 players from 6 countries arrived to Helsingor.
Complete results can be found at tournament web page.
Next World Tour tournament will be held on 22nd October at Gatineau.
Sunday September 18th, 2005
Roni Nuttunen won at Helsinki
Roni Nuttunen won the first World Table Hockey Tour Big Six Tournament ever played. He beat Kristian Iso-Tryykari at final of Helsinki Open although he lost the first three final games! Bronze medal came to Russia thanks to Ivan Zakharov. 86 players from 7 countries arrived to Helsinki.
Complete results can be found at tournament web page.
Next World Tour tournament will be held on Saturday at Helsingor.
Monday August 22nd, 2005
New season is behind the doors
New season will start with two tournaments of the World Table Hockey Tour scheduled on September. First Finland - country of current world champions - will welcome the first World Table Hockey Tour Big Six Tournament played ever. And Denmark will host World Table Hockey Tour Tournament only one week after. Complete schedule of World Tour can be found at Tournaments page.
Final tournament of this international season will be European Championship. It will be held at Slovakia, at Skalica on 2nd - 4th June 2006. Detail information will be published soon.
Monday August 22nd, 2005
Switzerland new member of ITHF!
Switzerland became the 16th member of ITHF. It was decided during summer extraordinary Delegate‘s Conference.
Monday July 11th, 2005
Welcome to the new ITHF site!
The site is under construction - we ask you to apology only brief information stated at particular sections so far.
Friday June 3rd, 2005
ITHF was founded!
ITHF was founded at Riga. Constitution was signed by 15 nations.