Stanley@70 Table Tennis Tournament
June 25, 2014
(photo: courtesy of Xiaomei Chen)
Professor Richard Stanley's 70th Birthday Ping-Pong Tournament is a fun and exciting event open to all registered attendees of the Stanley@70 Conference. Yes, our honoree, Richard Stanley, will indeed be playing, so you may be lucky (or unlucky) enough to compete against him! See Stanley in action.

Registration required to play. Even if you cannot commit to the entire time slot, participation is still encouraged, but please indicate the time that you are available to play in the comments section of the registration form. Spectators are welcome to watch.

Tournament Results   
Registration: Sign up to play here 
Cost: Free for all conference attendees of Stanley@70 Math Conference.
Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
Time: 1:30-6:00 PM
Venue: MIT Dupont Gym and T-Club lounge (both inside the Zesiger Sports Center). 
Eligibility: All conference registrants can participate and all levels of play are welcome and encouraged. (from novice to competitive).
NOTE: For both players and spectators, conference badges are required at the entrance of the gym during the tournament time frame.
Requirements: Please bring your own table tennis paddle and any extras. If you don't have a paddle, we have a few loaners.
Competition format: There will be a round-robin pool play followed by an elimination bracket with possible repachage. Pools will be posted on tournament website, conference website, and at the venue. Brackets will be posted at the venue after pool play. Tournament director has final say in all disagreements.
Awards: Top 4 finishers in the open divison will receive the coveted "Stanley@70 Cup" prize. In addition, the top Stanley@70 Conference competitor will receive a grand prize from Elsevier, a hardback copy of "Alan Turing: His work and his impact." There may also be possible awards for other categories.
Practice times: Registered players can practice with the MIT Table Tennis club on Tuesday, June 24, from 7-9 PM. Limited to 20 people. e-mail: hoho(at) for availability.
The MIT Department of mathematics has one ping-pong table on the 4th floor, which participants are free to use.
Schedule: A very rough estimate: 1:30-3:00 round robin pool, 3:00-3:30 break, 3:30-5:00 elimation play, 5:00 semi-finals and finals plus award presentation.

We are trying to avoid conflict with the other 2 conference activities as best much as possible.
Peter Winkler's mathematical puzzles lecture will will be held in 54-100 from 1:00-1:30 PM. Competitors please leave immediately after Peter's lecture and make your way to the gym. Peter will bring the puzzles over to the gym later, so there will be plenty of time to try them.
Juggling will run concurrently in the gym with the tournament. Participants will have plenty of time during rest and breaks to try this activity. Allen's juggling lecture will occur during the 3:00-3:30 break in the tournament.
Contact: Shan-Yuan Ho (hoho(at)
Some related links:
If you are missing some equipment or an opposing player, you can always practice with the computer.  
For Bruce Lee and/or nunchaku fans, play is possible without equipment other than ping-pong paddles. 
For those without hands or fancy playing with no hands. 
Do not lose your racket. especially at the Olympic Games.
Chih-Yuan vs Jean-Michel Saive: true play.