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A tournament for foosball in Chennai

All on you The tournament only allows single players, not teams

All on you The tournament only allows single players, not teams  

Think you know the game? Test your mettle against dozens of other players in the city

There is more to foosball than just twisting little wooden men on metal rods. The game, synonymous with the most laidback of crowds in hostel common rooms, bars and cafes, has a language and rule book of its own. Do you know what jarring is? Or spinning, or a dead ball? Well, you will have to learn if you want to participate in the one-on-one foosball tournament being organised by the Ashok Nagar branch of Drunken Monkey this weekend.

“The winner gets ₹5,000, and we are checking to see if we can give a second prize as well,” says Praveen Kumar, manager of the branch and organiser of the tournament. “We just got a new table, and thought this would be a fun way of kicking it off,” he adds. His patrons clearly agree with him: about 20 people have registered for the tournament so far, and more are trickling in. “If the participants goes up to 40 or 50, we will make it a two-day tournament. Otherwise, we will complete the matches on November 2,” he says.

There are no partners or teams in this maiden edition: a player will be managing all the rods of their side alone. Each player has to be well-versed with the rules, which include a number of manoeuvres that are not permissible. For instance, during service, a pinned ball on the five-man rod cannot be directly advanced to goal — it must touch at least one player to be considered a goal. Spinning — a move wherein the rod completes a 360-degree rotation without touching the ball — is deemed an illegal move in the rules of foosball in general. Jarring is when a player slams his or her rods against the wall of the foosball table in an attempt to distract or get the foosball loose from another player’s possession: this is also a strict no.

A dead ball is a different matter. It is not a foul, just an inevitable situation that crops up from time to time during a match: the foosball stops in the middle of two opposing teams’ rods, at a spot (usually called a gray zone) where no one can reach it. The rule in such a situation is to pick up the ball and serve it again.

Other rules are more specific to this particular tournament. For instance, a coin flip decides who serves the foosball to start the game. The team who scored last gets to serve the next ball. After the first five goals by any team, the side needs to be changed by teams. And so on, till someone wins. And how do we know who wins? “Whoever has the highest score at the end of 15 minutes; that is how long each match will be,” says Praveen.

If you do win enough games to reach the semi-finals, you will be playing matches on best-of-three basis from that point. Entries for the tournament close on November 1.

The foosball tournament will be held on November 2 at Drunken Monkey, Ashok Nagar. Registration fee is ₹100 per person, payable via cash, card, GooglePay or PhonePe. Contact 9944806746.

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