This year’s Classic Tetris® World Championship (CTWC) was filled with its usual excitement and unreal (to most) Tetris skill. Thousands of spectators witnessed one Los Angeles resident make history, once again, as the winner of a tournament that has found a special place in the heart of many Tetris fans.

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Qualifying rounds

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CTWC game faces

CTWC 2016 marked the seventh year of the annual competition, which reminds most of us of our earliest video gaming experiences, as competitors are tasked with outscoring their opponents in the 1989 Tetris NES version using the original NES controllers.

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No pressure. Only thousands of viewers onsite and online…

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Final match-up with the 1st place trophy up for grabs

The latest tournament drew 57 competitors to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. After two days of qualifying rounds, a final 32-player seeded bracket tournament took place, putting Tetris champions from around the world in head-to-head match-ups. In the end, it was

After two days of qualifying rounds, a final 32-player seeded bracket tournament took place, putting Tetris champions from around the world in head-to-head match-ups. In the end, it was Jonas Neubauer of Los Angeles, California, who took home the 1st place trophy and $1,000 in prize money. But this was definitely not uncharted territory for Jonas, who has now won SIX of the seven CTWC competitions.

Runner-up Jeff Moore from Las Vegas, Nevada, came away with the second place trophy and $500. The remainder of the top four competitors included the 2014 CTWC champion,

The remainder of the top four competitors included the 2014 CTWC champion, Harry Hong, and Tetris Grand Master Koryan from Japan.

 

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1st and 2nd place winners of CTWC 2016

 

Congrats to Jonas, Jeff, and all the competitors who took part in the tournament, and cheers to the CTWC crew who organized another awesome competition!

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Organizers of CTWC: Adam Cornelius, Vince Clemente, and Trey Harrison

Photos courtesy of James Rexroad.

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