LEWISTON – The Maine Table Tennis League held a handicap tournament Monday in its weekly competition at Lewiston Armory. In the unique format, similar to golf, the lowest-rated player is able to compete with the highest-rated player with the help of a sizable point differential.

More than 40 players competed in a 51-point game. In one instance, a novice player started the game with a 45-point edge, meaning that he needed inly six points to win the match. The game becomes very stressful and testy for the higher rated player.

The eventual winner was John Simpson, who overcame the obstacle by edging out John Booker in a match involving the last two remaining unbeaten players.

The League welcomed a new player, Eric Hattoy, who is affiliated with Brunswick Naval Air Station.


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