Posts Tagged ‘table tennis’

WSJ: Warren Buffett Makes an Olympic Discovery

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

The Wall Street Journal has a great article today on Ariel Hsing and her special relationships with “Uncle Warren” and “Uncle Bill”.

That would be Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. She has played – and beat – both of them in her Olympic sport, table tennis.

Read the piece for some insight into their relationship and what makes them all so special.

Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway Makes an Olympic Discovery: Ariel Hsing – WSJ.com.

Playing Warren Buffett’s Games at Borsheims

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

They really are Warren Buffett’s games. Everyone knows Mr. Buffett loves bridge and invites two of his buddies and bridge experts back year after year to take on shareholders. He thinks Patrick Wolff is a chess genius. Magician Norman Beck always entertains the crowd. And who else would invite a 16-year-old Olympian to play him in table tennis.

So you want in on the action, too? Here’s what you need to know to participate in the games this Sunday (May 6) at Borsheims.

BRIDGE
Bridge has been moved upstairs this year to the second floor of Regency Court. Anyone is welcome to play as long as they know how to play bridge. It helps if you already have your foursome put together, but if you’re solo come upstairs and sign up and we’ll try to get a group together for you. Bridge usually begins at 1pm, but a few people have been known to start playing earlier. I say get there by noon at the latest if you definitely want a seat. The experts, Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamann usually arrive between noon and 1pm.

CHESS
This is really amazing to watch. Patrick Wolff is a two-time U.S. Chess Champion and Grandmaster. He will play six people at the same time while blindfolded. It’s incredible to see. If you want to be one of the six people to try to beat Patrick, you can sign up at the Media/Info kiosk in the center of Regency Court starting at noon. At 1pm, we will take the list over to the chess area and draw the names of the six people who will play. You must be there at 1pm when your name is called in order to have a seat.

TABLE TENNIS
We expect Mr. Buffett to be the first person to play Olympian Ariel Hsing in table tennis, and we anticipate that will be around 1pm. After that, shareholders can form a queue to try their table tennis skills against the young champ. We will provide paddles and balls, but if you are partial to one you are welcome to bring it. She usually stays for a few hours and rarely gets beat, but you’re welcome to try!

MAGICIAN
Norman Beck is an excellent magician and will do tricks in front of (and to) any shareholder near where he’s performing. He is usually located near Williams Sonoma, so be camped out there if you’re hoping to catch his show.

It’s Official: Warren Buffett will play an Olympian

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Table tennis phenom Ariel Hsing qualified for the Olympics yesterday.

That means Warren Buffett will be playing an Olympian when Hsing arrives in Omaha in two weeks for the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting.

Read about her Olympic berth here:

U.S. teen Ariel Hsing claims table tennis spot in Olympics – USATODAY.com.

Buffett to Play Possible Olympian during Berkshire Weekend

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

He’s played her before and now, Warren Buffett wants a rematch! Mr. Buffett has invited table tennis champ Ariel Hsing back to Borsheims during Berkshire Hathaway weekend. The 16-year-old is expected to play Mr. Buffett as well as shareholders who want to try and best her Sunday afternoon, May 6.

 

Ariel Hsing plays table tennis at Borsheims in 2010

Ariel Hsing plays table tennis at Borsheims in 2010

 
Ariel Hsing has been to Borsheims a few times in the past during the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. Each time, she has put on an amazing show of her talents. Hsing is the 2010 and 2011 National Champion of table tennis, and is trying to make the U.S. Olympic team in the next two weeks.
 

During the 2010 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting, Mr. Buffett brought a giant paddle to play with Ms. Hsing. Who knows what he’ll bring this time!

 
You can catch all the action in the mall’s center court area (just outside the mall entrance to Borsheims) starting at 1pm on Sunday, May 6. We’ll provide the paddles and balls.

Warren Buffett Pictures

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Warren plays BridgeHello Berkshire Weekenders,

We were lucky enough to have Warren stop by Borsheims again this year for a little Sunday afternoon fun. Warren dropped in and watched a few table tennis matches. Ariel Hsing, top-ranked US table tennis player, took on competitors from about 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. She also brought Warren an extra large chocolate bar as a treat.

Warren then went upstairs to play a little bridge with one of his old friends and partners, Sharon Warren enjoys a cherry cokeOsberg. He was never without his trademark smile and a can of cherry coke. Thank you Warren for stopping by and thank you to all the shareholders who make this weekend the exciting event that it is.

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Hope you had a great time this year. I know I did,
Bill, the blogger

Berkshire Sunday Brunch

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Berkshire Brunch BuffetGood Morning Berkshire Shareholders,

And what a beautiful morning it is. Sunny and not a cloud in the sky, we are expecting a high of 73 degrees today. I hope that you are enjoying your stay in Omaha, and that you will stop by Borsheims today for the final day of the shareholder’s weekend. We have many exciting activities going on this morning and this afternoon. Right now, a delicious brunch of is being served both in the courtyard and in the party tent. The party tent is also enjoying the musical stylings of Notes of the Round Table, a Jazz Combo from local Party Tent for BrunchWestside High School. And, of course, we will be offering deep shareholder discounts on thousands of jewelry and watches in the Borsheims store all day.

The crowds are beginning to build inside the Regency Courtyard in anticipation of the afternoon’s activities and a visit from the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett. This year we have a lot of exciting entertainment. It all begins at 1 p.m. In the courtyard of Regency Court, two-time U.S. chess Champion Patrick Wolff will be playing against several opponents at once, probably blindfolded. We plan to project the games on a large screen to make it easier for everyone to see.

Jazz GuitarWe have also invited magician Norman Beck back this year to befuddle and astound the crowd. One big change this year is the addition of top-ranked junior table tennis player Ariel Hsing. She joined us in 2007 and we are happy to welcome her back again! And of course anxious to watch her challenge Mr. Buffett. Table tennis matches will be held in the courtyard, where bridge was held last year.

See at the brunch,
Bill, the blogger

Berkshire Hathaway Bridge Game and More

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Hello Weekenders,

Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder’s weekend is famous for great deals, good advice and Warren Buffett playing bridge. The Bridge games are usually held in the open courtyard of Regency Court right after Sunday brunch during the Borsheims shopping day of the Berkshire weekend. This final day of the Patrick WolffBerkshire Shareholder’s Weekend oNorman Beckffers many fun activities including a chess champion, a magician, a table tennis champion and, of course, bridge.

There will be a few changes to the activity line-up this year. In the courtyard of Regency Court, starting at 1pm on Sunday, two-time U.S. chess Champion Patrick Wolff will be playing against several opponents at once, probably blindfolded. We plan to project the games on a large screen to make it easier for everyone to see. We have also invited magician Norman Beck back this year to befuddle and astound the crowd.

One big change this year is the addition of top-ranked junior table tennis player Ariel Hsing. She joined us in 2007 and we are happy to welcome her back again! And of course anxious to watch her challenge Mr. Buffett. Table tennis matches will be held in the courtyard, where bridge was held last year. Warren Buffett Plays Bridge

Bridge will be played upstairs this year in the upper atrium of Regency Court. The stairs to get to the atrium level are located on the north side of the building near the restrooms. So, just bring your four-person team upstairs to sign up and play, or create a foursome with new friends! Sadly, we are not expecting the bridge champs or VIPs to be playing bridge this year.

See you soon,

Bill, the blogger