TALLINN, ESTONIA: Taking place 12th-15th April, this Grade 4 event attracts both locals and players from as far as Australia.
In addition to the singles age categories being offered in most events, doubles was also introduced to the tournament for the first time.
The men’s 35s saw reigning champion Bruno Loit return to defend his title. Unfortunately, he was unable to do this after meeting fellow Estonian Ivar Troost who was to take the title 63 61.
As a result of the increased level of players entering in 2012, the men’s 40s was to take place for the first time since 2005. Current world number 99 Aare Vahimets was to take the title and cause an upset by beating world number 44, Egils Valeinis 46 61 62.
Marko Moring was to progress to the men’s 45 final without dropping a set. He was to meet Gary Keens from Great Britain who current ranking is 245 places above Moring. After Moring dropped a tight first set 57, he was to fight back to take the title 62 61.
As with the men’s 40s, the tournament was to see the men’s 50s take place for the first time with the title being won by Latvian Maris Rozentals.
An all Estonian final between Reigo Anderson and Oleg Sevtsuk was to take place in the men’s 55s. Anderson had the perfect seniors record before taking part in this tournament winning all of his previous entered events. His progress to the final was a hard fought one after a tight 3 set match against Nils Espen Wold in the first round. Although his second round match was won in 2 sets, he was pushed all the way by Jaan Kree taking the match 62 75. He had the ideal start to the final taking the first set 63 but Sevtsuk was to fight back and take the second set with the same score. Anderson however was to keep his 100% record intact after taking the final set with a comfortable 61 score.
Harald Messel was to take the men’s 60s title with Petras Vozbutas taking the men’s 65s.
The final men’s singles event saw Pekka Olkkonen and Virgilijus Vaiciulionis progress to the final after each winning their round robin group. Olkkonen was to make up for his semi final loss in 2011 by taking the title with a 63 64 win.
The women’s 35s saw reigning champion and whose current world ranking stands at 32, Piret Ilves return to try to defend her title. After progressing as winner of her round robin group, she was to meet Marika Laane. She was to show her quality to take the title with a 62 60 win.
Mens 35s: Kristjan Pakk/Markko Sojonen d. Sixten Raikkerus/Aare Vahimets
Mens 45s: Hannes Raschinski/MAris Rozentals d. Sven Johannson/Jaanus Otsa
Mens 55s: Harald Messel/Nils Espen Wold d. Rein Iila/Tilt Lehtmets
Mens 65s: Kari Saarela/Hans Soderstrom d. Algirdas Gailius/SakalysVytautas