Defending champion Nodar Bakradze retained his title at the recent 2019 Georgian National Snooker Championship.
Organised by the Georgian Snooker Association and held at the Star Snooker Academy in the capital city of Tbilisi, this was the fourth annual edition of the most important event on their domestic circuit.
As last year’s winner, Bakradze was spared the preceding qualifying event and automatically featured in the main draw where he defeated Valeri Vadachkoria (3-0), Zurab Tushishvili (3-1) and Levan Rcheulishvili (4-0) to reach his fourth consecutive final.
In a repeat of the 2017 trophy decider, Bakradze’s opponent was Lekso Jangulashvili. The same winner emerged, with Bakradze constructing an effort of 74 – a new all-time high break for the event – during a 4-1 victory. It is his third successive triumph in the competition.
Although snooker is still during its infancy in Georgia, notable progress has been made with the sport in a relatively small amount of time. Competitively, since Sandro Kadagidze’s inaugural win in 2016, participation numbers in the national championship have risen each year, with a new record of 35 players taking part in 2019.
Giorgi Durglishvili from the Georgian Snooker Association said “Within the last 12 months three high quality tables have been installed in the academy. With coaching and teaching, knowledge and the standard has raised; this was visible in this year’s championship with several 40 plus breaks registered.
“Now that we have such a base and an experienced certified coach in Amir Younesi from Iran, we hope to attract more and more players, especially younger ages. It is a work in process, but we want to see people bringing their kids to try snooker. Our goal is to find talented youngsters, whilst also growing our base. In the near future we wish to add more tables.”
Further information and coverage on the event can be found via the Georgian Snooker Association Facebook page here.
Ivan Kakovskiy claimed his fifth Russian National Snooker Championship in the last six years earlier this week in Moscow.
A total of 57 players took to the tables at the Polygon Billiards Club for the five-day event. Kakovskiy, still only 20 years old, began his campaign by easing through Group A – qualifying top without losing a frame.
The defending champion continued his relentless progress in the subsequent knockout phase, winning his last 32 and 16 fixtures without reply. He did drop the first frame of his match – and the tournament – during a quarter-final tie against Andrey Karasov, but recovered with breaks of 42, 78 and 55 to advance 3-1. An effort of 58 then helped the St. Petersburg cueist defeat Aleksey Koren 3-0 in the last four.
His opponent in the final was Evgeniy Sozykin, who began the challenge well by taking the opening frame. Runs of 53 and 88 aided Kakovskiy to square and then gain the lead, although Sozykin levelled up with frame four. However, Kakovskiy wasn’t to be denied yet another title as he finished strongly with breaks of 52 and 58 to win 4-2.
Earlier in the year the promising youngster reached the quarter-finals of the European Under-21 Championship and the last 16 of the European Amateur Championship.
In the Russian Women’s Championship played at the same venue, Anastasia Nechaeva followed suit by retaining the title and securing her fifth overall success in the event.
Nechaeva finished second in her group to qualify for the knockouts before coming back from one frame down to eliminate Aleksandra Bogatyreva 2-1 in the last eight.
Further victories over Polina Astakhova (2-0) – the teammate whom she won the European Ladies Team Championship alongside in the summer – and Dasha Sirotina (3-1) in the final saw her triumph once again.
Thank you to Panov Alexey from the Moscow Billiard Federation for his assistance in compiling this article. You can follow Panov on Instagram via snooker_moscow.
The images are courtesy of the Polygon Billiards Club Facebook page.
Following the recent announcement that the World Snooker Federation (WSF) will return to Malta for two new competitions from 4-17 January 2020, we can today confirm that entries for both tournaments are now open.
Organised together with the Malta Billiards & Snooker Association (MBSA), the event will comprise two tournaments, the WSF Junior Open (4-9 January) and the WSF Open (10-17 January). The winner of each tournament will earn a two-year tour card to the professional World Snooker Tour from the start of the 2020/21 season.
The entry criteria for both events are as follows:
- Both events will be open to players of all nationalities and genders
- Players competing in the WSF Junior Open must be aged 17 and under up to and including 31 December 2019. Players of any age may enter the WSF Open.
- National federations may nominate up to two players for each competition.
- Both events are also open for direct entry by players who are a member of and in good standing with their national federation.
All entries must be received through the WPBSA Tournament Manager system at https://snookerscores.net/
National federation nomination
Representatives from each national federation will shortly receive two emails from us, containing entry instructions and a login to the entry system.
Players who have not been nominated by their national federation can enter directly as follows:
- Create an account HERE.
- Select the WSF event that you wish to enter HERE.
- Click ‘Enter tournament’ and complete the entry form.
- Select your payment method and complete payment of your entry fee.
The nomination/entry deadline for both events is 5:00pm GMT on Sunday 1 December 2019.
Payment of all entry fees must be made by 5:00pm GMT on Sunday 8 December 2019.
If you experience any difficulties or have any questions relating to event entry please contact us via our website or Facebook page.
The World Snooker Federation (WSF) and Malta Billiards & Snooker Association (MBSA) are today delighted to jointly announce the staging of two new WSF events as major amateur events providing qualification to the professional tour.
Two events will be held from 4-17 January 2020 at the Malta Snooker Academy and the San Antonio Hotel, the World Snooker Federation Junior Open (for players aged 17 and under) and the World Snooker Federation Open (All age groups). Both competitions will be open to players of all nationalities and both men and women equally, with the winner of each tournament to earn a two-year tour card to the World Snooker Tour from the start of the 2020/21 season.
Each recognised National Snooker Federation will be given the opportunity to nominate two players to each event for their national champions and top ranked players. This respects the valuable contribution many National and Regional Federations make to the development of talented players. In addition to these nominations, direct entries will then be accepted from players online, making this a truly open event for all players around the world who have aspirations to carve out a career in our sport.
Jason Ferguson, WSF President said: “This groundbreaking new open format for world level amateur events is a significant step forward to ensure we are a sport for all. The WSF are thrilled that this season’s tour qualifying events will be open to all, regardless of nationality, age or gender. Only the best in the world will make it to the World Snooker Tour.
“I am particularly proud that the WSF is developing a focus on junior talent. It is fundamental to the future of our sport that the next generation of talented players are presented with playing opportunities at world level with the unlimited prize of full graduation to the professional sport.
“I would like to extend my thanks to our friends at the MBSA who have once again shown us fantastic support during the planning of this tournament. Our inaugural Championships held in Malta back in 2018 were a real success and it is testament to the quality of the team in Malta that when the opportunity arose to return there for this tournament that we did not hesitate to say yes.”
Frans Bugeja, MBSA President said: “We are delighted to welcome the WSF back to Malta for these prestigious events. We look forward to building upon the success of last year’s great Championships and to see who will follow in the footsteps of 2018 champion Luo Honghao by lifting the open title.”
How to enter
It is anticipated that entry for both events will open during the week commencing 21st October. Confirmation of the entry process will be distributed to all national federations and posted on our website and social media platforms as soon as possible.
Entry for the WSF International Junior Open will be open to players 17 or under up to and including 31 December 2019.
The entry deadline for each event will be 1 December 2019 at 5:00pm.
Marcus Ng won his fourth consecutive Papua New Guinea National Snooker Championship last month in the capital city of Port Moresby.
Held over six days and initially across multiple venues, 40 players featured in the main draw of the most prestigious tournament on the Papua New Guinea Billiards and Snooker Association calendar. Split into eight round robin groups of five, the top three from each pool qualified for the knockouts with the winners advancing straight through into the last 16.
Defending champion Ng topped Group A without dropping a frame and subsequently progressed as the number one seed. In the knockouts he defeated Ikupu Ovia 3-0, Djorne Fong 3-1, Nathan Fong 4-0 and then Miria Rima 5-0 in the final at the Lamana Q-Club to retain the title.
In the preceding Papua New Guinea National Women’s Snooker Championship, Geua Welsby also continued to keep possession of the trophy.
An event starting off with 32 hopefuls, Welsby finished first in her group with the loss of only one frame. She then dominated the knockout stages, relinquishing no frames on her route to the championship which concluded with a 4-0 victory over Damita Bray in the final. It is an incredible 13th time that Welsby has triumphed in this competition.
Both events were title sponsored by Bank South Pacific.
The photos above were taken by tournament sponsors Video Worx
2019 Papua New Guinea National Snooker Championship
Results from the quarter-finals onwards
Marcus Ng 3-1 Djorne Fong
Ong Beng Huat 1-3 Nathan Fong
Roger Ng 3-2 Jackson Ng
Kelly Yambi 1-3 Miria Rima
M. Ng 4-0 Fong
R. Ng 1-4 Rima
Ng 5-0 Rima
Highest break – Djorne Fong (74)
Exciting young prospect Anton Kazakov dropped only a frame throughout the entire event as he won the Ukrainian National Snooker Championship for the first time earlier this week.
Held at the Snooker Lviv Billiard Club, 35 players contested the mixed-gender tournament, yet it was 14-year-old Kazakov who bettered his semi-final finish from twelve months previously.
The Dnipro based cueist topped his round robin after winning all four group matches 2-0. In the ensuing knockout phase he lost the opening frame of his last 16 match with record seven-time winner Sergey Isayenko, but assisted by a break of 77 he recovered to advance 3-1. Kazakov subsequently eliminated Stepan Delyatinskij 3-0 in the quarter-finals and then two-time champion Sergey Petrash 3-0 in the semi-finals.
Kazakov’s opponent in the final was defending champion 21-year-old Vladislav Vishnevskij, who had ended the hopes of another teenage hot property in Iulian Boiko in the other last four affair. However, Kazakov was not to be denied the title as he recorded a 4-0 victory.
No stranger to big amateur events, Kazakov played at the EBSA European Championships earlier in the year, reaching the last 32 of the Under-21 and the quarter-finals of the Under-18 events. Kazakov also paired up alongside Vishnevskij to represent Ukraine at last summer’s EBSA European Team Championship where they got through to the semi-finals before losing to eventual winners Malta.
In the preceding Ukrainian Masters Championship for competitors over 40 at the same venue, national coach Alan Trigg claimed the honours following a 3-0 triumph over Alexander Kasyanov in the final.
Photos courtesy of Angelina Baidala.
2019 Ukrainian National Snooker Championship
Results (from the quarter-finals onwards)
Anton Kazakov 3-0 Stepan Delyatinskij
Yuriy Semko 1-3 Sergey Petrash
Vladislav Vishnevskij 3-1 Arsen Petrosov
Alan Trigg 1-3 Iulian Boiko
Kazakov 3-0 Petrash
Vishnevskij 3-0 Boiko
Kazakov 4-0 Vishnevskij