Decide.coms's Ian Ma easily swept GeekWire's John Cook

Silicon Valley Bank’s Minh Le has been engaged in private training sessions at the Washington Table Tennis Center. Madrona Venture Group’s Greg Gottesman has been challenging his startup CEOs to ping-pong duels. And, for me, I’ve started to make the rounds at Seattle area tech companies where I’ve dusted off the ping-pong skills I learned growing up in my Ohio basement.

If it’s not obvious, we’re getting excited for the big GeekWire Summer Bash and Ping Pong/Foosball tournament, taking place June 21st at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle.

Slots for the tournament are filling fast, and with early-bird pricing ending today, we’re expecting a huge turnout. [Get your tickets here]

However, some have been asking us what bracket they should enter, expert or intermediate. To give you a clue, below you’ll see a point from my match earlier this week against Ian Ma of

Ma easily beat me, sweeping all three matches. So, here’s what I’d say as a rule of thumb: Ma is an expert, and I — even though I was the runner-up in my college tournament — would be an intermediate. Looking forward to seeing everyone on June 21st for some great food, fun and geeky sports action.

And don’t forget the early-bird rates end today, so don’t snooze.

UPDATE: Since we had some folks wonder about the skill levels, here’s the full match. The action starts around 2:30. What do you think? Where do we rank?

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  • Nate Schmidt

    Greg Gottesman is a very frustrating ping pong opponent. He has a game that seems easily beatable, yet never seems to lose. 

    • johnhcook

      Agreed with that. Gottesman is super consistent on the pong table, and waits for players — like me — to get frustrated and unleash a wild forehand or stupid drop shot. I know I can take @greggottesman  though. The challenge has been made. 

      • Greg Gottesman

        To borrow a phrase from an old Ivan Lendl poster, “Forehands speak louder than words.”

  • Udi Wieder

    The rating system of usatt could be used as a guide. It’ hard to tell from one point but it seems to me  that you would be rated at roughly 1400

  • Shauna Causey

    I’m looking forward to seeing the Greg and John match up. We’d be happy to host it at the Decide office and livestream the action! 

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