Kananen Wins Nordic Snooker Championship

Kananen Wins Nordic Snooker Championship

Finland’s Jani Kananen claimed his maiden Nordic Snooker Championship title last weekend at the Copenhagen Pool and Snooker House.

This annual five-day event brought together top players from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Organised by the Nordic Billiard Council, countries take it in turns to host the championship; this year that honour was with the Danish Billiards Union.

The 40 cueists who entered the tournament were initially split into eight round-robin groups of five, with the top two from each group qualifying for the last 16 knockouts. A player from each nation was put in every group.

Kananen – who is the also the current Finnish national champion – came top of Group G after recording four wins from four. In the knockout phase the 44-year-old defeated Martin Søndergaard (Denmark) 4-0, Chi Voong (Sweden) 4-0 and then Audun Risan Heimsjø (Norway) 4-3 to secure a spot in his first Nordic final.

Sharing the title match with Kananen was reigning champion and home star Daniel Kandi. Also the current and seven-times Danish national champion, Kandi reached his third consecutive final in this event following a 4-2 semi-final victory over Swedish national champion Simon Lindblom. However, in a topsy-turvy final where there was never more than a frame in it, Kananen was not to be denied the glory as he coolly sank the final blue and pink in the deciding frame to triumph.

Norway will host the championship in 2021.

2020 Nordic Snooker Championship

Results from the quarter-finals onwards

Audun Risan Heimsjø 4-1 Suleman Kukka-Salam

Chi Voong 0-4 Jani Kananen

Daniel Kandi 4-1 Esa Kaikumaa

Jim Johansen 2-4 Lindblom

Semi-Finals

Heimsjø 3-4 Kananen

Kandi 4-2 Lindblom

Final

Kananen 5-4 Kandi

Highest Break: Daniel Kandi (105)

 

Teenager Nuessle Defends Austrian Championship

Teenager Nuessle Defends Austrian Championship

Austria prepares to host its first world professional ranking event in Dornbirn over the coming days, but on the domestic front, the country crowned its latest national snooker champion last weekend.

Held at the KÖÖ 7 Snooker Club in Vienna, 18-year-old Florian Nuessle once again underlined his potential as he claimed the title for a fourth consecutive year; dropping just one frame in the process. 

Nuessle began his trophy defence by making breaks of 97 and 50 whilst defeating Andre Strojnik 4-0 in the last 16, he then notched up a quartet of half-centuries when eliminating Mario Bodlas 4-1 in the quarter-finals. 

Returning for finals day, the teenager registered runs of 72 and 57 to dispatch Thomas Janzso 4-0 before requiring less than 80 minutes to deny maiden finalist Jerome Liedtke 5-0 in the final, where he produced an incredible performance that saw him rack up breaks of 55, 64, 61, 86, 60 and 67. 

A potentially exciting prospect for the future, Nuessle had recently returned home after reaching the knockout phase of the World Snooker Federation Open in Malta earlier in the week.  

Runner-up at the 2018 European Under-18 Championship where he lost to Jackson Page 5-3 in the final, Nuessle also made the last eight of last year’s European Amateur Championship. Alongside playing partner Andreas Ploner, Nuessle represented Austria at the Beverly World Cup in China last summer. 

2019/20 Austrian National Snooker Championship

Results from the quarter-finals onwards: 

Florian Nuessle 4-1 Mario Bodlas 

Manuel Pomwenger 2-4 Thomas Janzso 

Jerome Liedtke 4-3 Elias Kapitany 

Vladislav Arion 2-4 Philipp Koch 

Semi-Finals 

Nuessle 4-0 Janzso 

Liedtke 4-2 Koch 

Final 

Nuessle 5-0 Liedtke 

Top Amateurs To Contest Knockout Rounds In Malta

Top Amateurs To Contest Knockout Rounds In Malta

The WSF Open is now down to the knockout stages following the conclusion of the group stages in Malta yesterday evening.

The prestigious event which has seen over 150 of the world’s best amateur snooker players compete across 38 groups during the past four days is now down to just 76, with the champion set to be crowned on Friday evening.

Many of the most established names have won their way through to the last 76, including local hero and former world number 10 Tony Drago, who will take on former Ruhr Open champion Rory McLeod in a mouth-watering clash this evening (Wednesday).

The highest break of the competition so far has been made by former World Championship quarter-finalist Jamie Jones, the Welshman having compiled a 132 clearance en route to topping his group to set up a match with fellow former professional Steven Hallworth in the last 64.

Other players to have broken the century barrier include Brian Ochoiski of France, home favourite Brian Cini, Ukraine’s Sergey Isaenko, Belgian junior Ben Mertens and English quartet Ashley Hugill, Sanderson Lam, Jamie Curtis-Barrett and Mark Lloyd.

The tournament continues with the last 76 and last 64 rounds on Wednesday, followed by the last 32, last 16 and quarter-finals on Thursday before the semi-finals and final are completed on Friday as this year’s champion is crowned.

Full tournament information is available via https://snookerscores.net/tournament-manager/2020-wsf-open

Glory For Gao at WSF Junior Open

Glory For Gao at WSF Junior Open

Gao Yang has defeated Sean Maddocks 5-2 to claim the inaugural WSF Junior Open title earlier this afternoon in Malta.

The15-year-old Chinese talent becomes the first winner of the prestigious new junior event and will earn a two-year main tour ticket to the World Snooker Tour from the start of the 2020/21 season. The competition saw 55 of the best young snooker players in the world aged 17 or under compete over six days to become champion.

Gao, who previously competed at the WSF Championship in 2018 and recently appeared as a wildcard at the 2019 World Open in Yushan, qualified from a tough group in second place before surviving deciding-frame encounters against Scotland’s Dean Young and later his compatriot Yi Ze Wu to progress to the final.

Awaiting him in the final was England’s Maddocks, who starred in the groups dropping just one frame before reaching the title match with victories against Bradley Tyson, Antoni Kowalski, Jovan Todorovic and Irish prospect Aaron Hill.

It was Maddocks who made the stronger start to the final, taking two of the opening three frames to lead 2-1 as he looked to go one better his performance at Q School last year which saw him narrowly miss out on joining the professional ranks.

The fourth frame would however prove to be a key turning point as trailing 54-26, Gao cleared the table in two visits to draw level at the mid-session interval. This would prove to be the start of a four-frame winning run as he hit the front for the first time with a match-high break of 72 on the resumption of play, before adding the next two to secure victory.

The snooker continues in Malta with the start of the WSF Open from tomorrow (10th January), with over 150 players set to battle for the second professional tour card on offer this week. View more information online HERE.

Malta 2020: Event Information

Malta 2020: Event Information

The WSF Junior Open and WSF Junior Open tournaments run from 4-17 January 2020 and important event information can be found below.

Venue Information

Both tournaments will be played on eight tables across the following two venues:

  • db San Antonio Hotel + Spa: Triq it-Turisti Saint Paul’s Bay, SPB 1024 (1 table)
  • Malta Snooker Academy, Marija Assunta Complex, Hamrun (7 tables)

A shuttle bus service will run between the San Antonio Hotel and the Academy in accordance with the timetable HERE. Please note that it remains the responsibility of the players to be at their table in time for the start of their match.

WSF Junior Open – 4-9 January 2020

Tournament Format and Progression

The format for the Junior competition is as follows:

  • All group matches will be the best of 5 frames.
  • The top three players in each group will progress to the knockout rounds
  • All knockout rounds up to and including the last 16 will be the best of 5 frames
  • The quarter-finals and semi-finals will be the best of 7 frames.
  • The final will be the best of 9 frames.

WSF Open – 10-17 January 2020

Tournament Format and Progression

The format for the Open competition is as follows:

  • All group matches will be the best of 5 frames.
  • The top two players in each group will progress to the knockout rounds
  • All knockout rounds up to and including the last 16 will be the best of 5 frames
  • The quarter-finals and semi-finals will be the best of 7 frames.
  • The final will be the best of 9 frames.

Contact us

Should you require any further information us please contact us through our website HERE or via social media.

We look forward to seeing you soon in Malta and hope that you enjoy the tournament.

WSF Junior Open / WSF Open 2020 – Draws Released

WSF Junior Open / WSF Open 2020 – Draws Released

The group stage draws have today been released for the WSF Junior Open and WSF Open tournaments to be played in Malta from 4-17 January 2020.

Organised by the World Snooker Federation (WSF), together with the Malta Billiards and Snooker Federation (MBSA), the prestigious tournaments have attracted over 200 entries from players of 40 nationalities.

To be staged across two venues, the db San Antonio Hotel and the Malta Snooker Academy, each open competition has a diverse field including former professionals, future stars, players with disabilities and female players.

As well as the honour of becoming champion for 2020, the winner of each competition will also earn a coveted two-year card to the professional World Snooker Tour from the start of the 2020/21 season.

Jason Ferguson, WSF President said: “I am delighted by the level of entries that we have received from players across the globe for our upcoming tournaments in Malta.

“In the junior competition we see young players who are the future of our sport and it is crucial that we are able to provide opportunities such as this to allow them to qualify for the professional circuit and achieve their dream. Several of these players have already begun to make a name for themselves in important tournaments and I am excited to see who will emerge victorious.

“The Open tournament also as an equally intriguing field which includes a mix of familiar and new faces. Whether it is a former professional hoping to earn another chance at the main tour, or a new winner such as our previous champion Luo Honghao, who has since gone on to make an impact at the highest level, this year’s winner in Malta will have fully earned their opportunity.

“I would like to wish all of the players competing the best of luck in Malta and also to thank our wonderful hosts at the MBSA for all of their hard work and support so far.”

Further information, including the full match schedule will be sent to players over the next few days.