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16-year-old beats seven-time winner to become new Tetris champ

By midian182 · 10 replies
Oct 22, 2018
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  1. Saelee had to qualify for the competition and had a difficult battle against Japanese grand master Koryan in the semi-finals. He faced reigning champ Jonas Neubauer in the final, who had won seven out of the last eight previous world championships. Neubauer missed out on the top spot in 2014 when he came second to Harry Kong, the first ever person to reach the maximum score of 999,999 in NES Tetris.

    Players used their own unmodified NES controllers during the tournament. Rather than holding down the D-pad like most people, Saelee uses a “hypertapping” technique that involves tapping the pad as quickly as possible.

    Neubauer fell behind 0-2 in the series, and although he was 110,000 points ahead in the third game, Saelee was able to surpass his lead and win the title.

    While Saelee is quite new to the competitive Tetris field, he reached level 31 in the game, hitting 311 lines, just weeks before the competition—an amazing feat that you can see below.

    Winning the championships is an incredible achievement for Saelee, who is 13 years younger than NES Tetris. He walked away with the $1000 top prize yesterday, and will likely be the one to beat for many years to come.

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    Last edited: Oct 22, 2018
  2. kombu

    kombu TS Booster Posts: 38   +85

    Come to tetrisbattle and I will destroy you, Samnang
     
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,307   +2,764

    Bravo for the former champion for a great show of good sportsmanship ..... God knows we could use a lot more of that now days .......
     
    Reehahs and ShagnWagn like this.
  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,657   +961

    I wasn't even aware people still played that one.
     
  5. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,071   +1,106

    I used to play Tetrinet - one of the first multiplayer Tetris games for the PC back in the 90s... Was ranked #1 for a few weeks.... but I haven't played in years and would probably get destroyed by this new breed of gamer!
     
  6. HyPeroxya

    HyPeroxya TS Enthusiast Posts: 63   +6

    Crazy thing is, He wants to be a brick-layer when he grows up ...(£1000 a day, if he keeps up his speed)
     
  7. Xallisto

    Xallisto TS Member

    If hes 16 then im Bob Hope.
     
  8. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 317   +134

    There are games that are so obsolete in graphic that they are not worth my interest anymore: tetris, minecraft, crysis 1.
     
  9. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,071   +1,106

    Hello Bob... thought he died years ago...
     
  10. Abraka

    Abraka TS Addict Posts: 176   +54

    Did you mean games that require brain?
     
  11. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 317   +134

    Games aren't work. you re not supposed to use braina lot when gaming or it becomes work
     

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