Kolpačenko Claims Lithuanian Snooker Championship

Kolpačenko Claims Lithuanian Snooker Championship

Teenager Nikita Kolpačenko won his maiden Lithuanian National Snooker Championship last weekend in Vilnius.

Originally due to take place in May, the event was rescheduled because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. With safety measures in place, the tournament was staged across the weekend at two venues in the capital city – the Cue Club and the KN Billiard Club.

Exciting prospect Kolpačenko – who turns 17 later this month – dished out some payback on his way to lifting the trophy. He came through his opening two rounds without dropping a frame – making a 96 break during his last 16 victory – before eliminating Mindaugas Maisiejus 4-2 in the quarter-finals.

In the last four the youngster faced defending and three-time champion Vilius Schulte in a repeat of the 2018 final. Schulte had constructed the competition’s all-time highest break of 110 in the previous round, but it was Kolpačenko booking a place in the title match following a narrow 4-2 win. 

Joining Kolpačenko was Tadas Andrejavas who reached the final for the second year in a row after surviving a deciding frame finish against Konstantin Afanasjev in the other last four affair. 

Andrejavas – chasing the title for the first time too – had defeated his rival during the semi-finals in 2019, and he was on his way to denying him again when taking the opening frame this time around. However, it was his only impact of the match as Kolpačenko – aided by two breaks of 59 – strung together four consecutive frames to triumph 4-1 and become the youngest ever champion. 

The championship was organised by the Lithuanian Billiards Federation, a member of the World Snooker Federation. 

2020 Lithuanian National Snooker Championship

Results from the quarter-finals onwards: 

Vilius Schulte 4-0 Sergej Korolkov 

Mindaugas Maisiejus 2-4 Nikita Kolpačenko 

Konstantin Afanasjev 4-1 Mindaugas Eimutis 

Tomas Vilmanas 0-4 Tadas Andrejavas 

Semi-finals 

Schulte 2-4 Kolpačenko 

Afanasjev 3-4 Andrejavas 

Final 

Kolpačenko 4-1 Andrejavas 

Schulte Secures Lithuanian Snooker Hat-Trick

Schulte Secures Lithuanian Snooker Hat-Trick

Vilius Schulte successfully defended the Lithuanian National Snooker Championship last weekend to complete a career hat-trick of victories at his country’s most prestigious snooker championship.

Held at the KN Club in the capital city of Vilnius, the tournament was organised by the national governing body – the Lithuanian Billiard Federation – which holds a series of ranking tournaments during their domestic season. Nearly 40 competitors from across the Baltic state entered.

Schulte dropped just one frame in his opening two rounds before making breaks of 67 and 45 in a 4-0 quarter-final win against Simonas Dragūnas. He then eliminated Tomas Puodziunas, 4-1, to secure another final appearance.

Tadas Andrejevas was his opponent in the title match; Andrejevas had seen off last year’s runner-up, teenager Nikita Kolpacenko, in the other last four tie. However, Schulte continued his dominance in retaining the title, wrapping up a 4-0 triumph with a run of 62 in the last frame.

Lithuanian champion for the first time in 2015, 24-year-old Schulte took part in the European Amateur Championship earlier this year where he qualified top from his group before bowing out in the last 64.

2019 Lithunian National Snooker Championship

Results (from the quarter-finals onwards)

Vilius Schulte 4-0 Simonas Dragūnas

Andrej Maksimov 3-4 Tomas Puodziunas

Tadas Andrejevas 4-1 Maisiejus Mindaugas

Artur Judickij 3-4 Nikita Kolpacenko

Semi-Finals

Schulte 4-1 Puodziunas

Andrejevas 4-2 Kolpacenko

Final

Schulte 4-0 Andrejevas