Category: Cue Sports

Sports code must give primacy to athletes: Pankaj Advani

KOLKATA, January 3: In the backdrop of the developments surrounding cricket in India, sixteen-time world champion in cuesports Pankaj Advani feels that any sports code would only yield results if athletes and measures to support them are given primacy.

“The world’s sports policy needs to be centred on the athletes and their requirements. Only then will it be successful,” he said on the sidelines of the 3rd Kolkata Open National Invitation Snooker Championship 2017 organised by the West Bengal Billiards Association which kicked off today at the Bengal Rowing Club.

Talking about the country’s performance in the Olympics, Advani said: “In our country we give much greater importance to results in quadrennial events like the Olympics than to consistent performance at world events. Consistency is the hallmark of a champion in any sport.

“Ask Roger Federer how he compares his performances at the Olympics versus Wimbledon. He rates Wimbledon higher. And he has won seven times there”, he said.

Speaking about his 16th World Championship title, he said that he was looking forward to the 2017 season. “I enjoy my game and would like to keep playing as long as possible.”

Aditya Mehta, the country’s only professional snooker player and the current National Snooker Champion, said he was looking to improve on his world ranking in this year but rued that given the state of cuesports in the country, it would perhaps take 10-15 years to come up to international standards in the professional circuit.

Top cueists for Kolkata Open National Snooker

KOLKATA, JAN 2: Sixteen-time world champion in cuesports Pankaj Advani leads a star-studded lineup at the 3rd Kolkata Open National Invitation Snooker Championship 2017 organised by the West Bengal Billiards Association which will be held from January 3 to 8 at the Bengal Rowing Club. The country’s only professional snooker player and the current National Snooker Champion Aditya Mehta, Manan Chandra, Alok Kumar, Kamal Chawla and Dharminder Lilly are among the big names who will be seen in action in the tournament. Giving them competition will be Kolkata’s cueists, led by the city’s own Arjuna Awardee Sourav Kothari, and Asian Games Silver medallist Brijesh Damani, and the current Top Two from Bengal – Benay Agarwal and Shoiab Khan.

Sandeep Gulati, Pushpender Singh, Shahbaaz Khan, Lucky Vatnani, Sidharth Parikh, Faisal Khan, Laxman Rawat and Manish Jain are the other stars on show. Anil Poddar, Rajesh Tulsian, Ravi Goenka, Rohit Rajgharia, Mudit Poddar and Shreevardhan Poddar will be the players from the Bengal Rowing Club who will participate in the tournament.

The players will be divided into six groups of four players each and the top 16 will qualify for the knock-out stage.

KOLKATA OPEN PRO-AM MEET

A Pro-Am tournament will also be held concurrently in which stars like Pankaj Advani, Aditya Mehta, Manan Chandra, Sourav Kothari, Brijesh Damani, Kamal Chawla, Dharminder Lilly and Lucky Vatnani will team up with amateur players Rajesh Tulsian, Ravi Goenka, Pijush Bhagat, Sunil Saraogi, Manish Singhania, Kingshuk Saha, Rajeev Jhunjhunwala and Rohit Rajgharia to represent city-based corporate teams.

Snookin Shooters win Bengal Premier League title

KOLKATA: Snookin Shooters, led by its marquee player Siddharth Parikh, won the inaugural edition of the Bengal Premier League (Cue Sports) at the Bengal Rowing Club today, defeating The Rockets 3-1 in the finals.

Snookin Shooters won the first frame when marquee player Siddharth Parikh beat Sandeep Gulati of The Rockets 85-24. In the second frame, The Rockets restored parity when Akram Khan got the better of Debashish Mukhopadhyay with 100-61 scoreline. The DoubleS Frame was again won by Snookin Shooters with Siddharth Parikh and Wangchuk Bhutia beat the duo of Sandeep Gulati and Shakil Ahmed 61-36. Snookin Shooters kept up the momentum in the fourth frame when Neeraj Sharma beat Rishabh Dugar 36-03.

FRAME SCORES:

SNOOKIN SHOOTERS BEAT THE ROCKETS:: 3-1

15R Snooker: Siddharth Parikh beat Sandeep Gulati :: 85-24

100UP Billiards: Debashish Mukhopadhyay lost to Akram Khan :: 61-100

Doubles: Siddharth Parikh and Wangchuk Bhutia beat Sandeep Gulati and Shakil Ahmed :: 61-36

6Reds: Neeraj Sharma beat Rishabh Dugar :: 36-03

Sublime Sourav propels Cue Magicians to the top

KOLKATA: Cue Magicians, led by an in-form Sourav Kothari, Snookin Shooters with marquee player Siddharth Parikh, Pappu Penguins led by Kamal Chawla, and The Rockets led by Sundeep Gulati will vie for the top honours at the inaugural Bengal Premier League at the Bengal Rowing Club. The matches will be played on a knock-out basis with the top two teams – Cue Magicians and Snookin Shooters – vying for a place in the finals. The losing team will then play the winners of the match between Pappu Penguins and the Rockets to have another shot at the finals.

At the end of the Round Robin phase which ended at the BRC today, Cue Magicians topped the table after winning all their eight matches. Snookin Shooters won six of their eight matches while Pappu Penguins won five and The Rockets won four out of their eight matches.

Continuing his sublime form in the tournament, Sourav Kothari once again displayed fine skills beating Suniti Damani 101-32, before pairing with Kingshuk Saha to beat the Shahbaaz-Dhirendra duo 68-33. Shoaib Khan rallied to beat Shivam Saraf to take his team through. However Saif Khan lost Manish Jain in the opening frame.

FRAME SCORES :

CUE MAGICIANS BEAT ELVY 147 :: 3-1

15R Snooker: Saif Khan lost to Manish Jain :: 44-55

100UP Billiards: Sourav Kothari beat SunitiDamani :: 101-32

Doubles: Sourav / Kingshuk beatShahbaaz / Dhirendra :: 68-33

6Reds: Shoaib Khan beat ShivamSaraf :: 40-09

15R Snooker:  Not Required

THE ROCKETS BEAT BLACK PANTHERS :: 3-0

15R Snooker: Sandip Gulatibeat Arshad Zama :: 78-22

100UP Billiards: Akram Khan beat Ramesh Jaiswal :: 100-93

Doubles: Sandip /Shakil beat Manan/Rohit :: 54-08

6Reds: Not Required

15R Snooker: Not Required

SHOOTING STARS BEAT BLACK PANTHERS :: 3-2

15R Snooker:NeerajKhemkabeat Manan Chandra :: 64-27

100UP Billiards: Jyotirmoy Das beat Ramesh Jaiswal :: 101-98

Doubles:Rupesh /Sunil lost to Manan/Rohit :: 18-60

6Reds: Benay Agarwal lost to Arshad Zama :: 26-47

15R Snooker:Rupesh Shah beat MuditPoddar :: 57-42

PAPPU PENGUINS BEAT SNOOKIN SHOOTERS :: 3-2

15R Snooker: Aamer Hussain beat Neeraj Sharma  :: 69-56

100UP Billiards: Anil Poddar  lost to Siddharth Parekh :: 68-101

Doubles: Siddharth / Kamal beat Wangchuk/Siddharth :: 62-19

6Reds: Kamal Chawla lost to Vikram Gupta:: 20-32

15R Snooker: Sumit Jhunjhunwala beat Sushil Sarda :: 72-46

Manish, Shahbaaz outclass Rupesh Shah in Billiards Bengal Premier League

KOLKATA: The second day of the Bengal Premier League at The Bengal Rowing Club saw a big upset when two Kolkata players – Manish Jain and Shahbaaz Khan – outclassed Arjuna Awardee and triple world billiards champion Rupesh Shah, helping their team ELVY 147 beat SHOOTING STARS 3-2. Shahbaaz Khan had laid the foundation when he won the first frame beating Neeraj Khemka 71-42. He later teamed up with Dhruv Agarwal to beat Rupesh Shah and Sunil Saraogi in the Doubles. Shooting Stars’ Benay Agarwal and Chandan Balmiki restored parity, beating Shivam Sharaf and Dhirendra Baid in their respective frames. Manish Jain then stepped up to win the decider 89-09.

The day saw another upset when Brijesh Damani-led Satrangi Squad was handed a shock defeat by The Rockets who crushed them 4-1. The game started on a positive note with Damani leading at a point of time but Gulati made a strong comeback to beat him 65-51 on the first frame. From there on, Damani’s team completely lost their momentum and went on to lose their next three frames 100-48, 75-05, 32-16 before grabbing the consolation last frame 65-70.

In other matches of the day, Snookin Shooters, ELVY 147 and City Knights got the better of Black Panthers, Shooting Stars and Pappu Penguins respectively.

FRAME SCORES:

ELVY 147 BEAT SHOOTING STARS :: 3-2

15R Snooker: Shahbaaz Khan beat Neeraj Khemka  :: 71-42

100UP Billiards: Shivam Sharaf  lost to Benay Agarwal :: 54-101

Doubles: Shahbaaz / Dhruv beat Rupesh /Sunil :: 67-50

6Reds: Deerendra Baid lost to Chandan Balmiki :: 06-31

15R Snooker: Manish Jain beat Rupesh Shah :: 89-09

THE ROCKETS BEAT SATRANGI SQUAD :: 4-1

15R Snooker: Sundeep Gulati beat Brijesh Damani :: 65-51

100UP Billiards: Akram Khan beat Sagar Malhotra:: 100-48

Doubles :Sundeep/Shakeel beat to Brijesh/Rohit :: 75-05

6Reds : Abhishek Kedia beat Rahul Berlia :: 32-16

15R Snooker: S.K. Sarfaraz lost to ShreevardhanPoddar :: 65-70

SNOOKIN SHOOTERS BEAT BLACK PANTHERS :: 3-2

15R Snooker: Siddharth Parekh beat Mudit Poddar:: 61-20

100UP Billiards: D. Mukhopadhyay beat Piyush Bhagar:: 101-16

Doubles: Siddharth/Wangchuk lost to Manan/Rohit :: 27-60

6Reds: Neeraj Sharma beat Arshad Zama :: 38-31

15R Snooker: Vikrant Gupta lost to Manan Chandra :: 42-52

CITY KNIGHTS BEAT PAPPU PENGUINS :: 3-2

15R Snooker: Rajesh Tulsian lost to Kamal Chawla :: 20-82

100UP Billiards: DhvajHaria beat Nilangshu Haldar :: 100-83

Doubles :Dhvaj/Miraz lost to Kamak/Siddharth :: 15-62

6Reds : Terence Mak beat SumitJhunjhunwala ::36-26

15R Snooker: Ankit Kariwala beat AamerHussain :: 60-52

Sourav Kothari wins it for Cue Magicians in Bengal premier League

KOLKATA: A flawless performance by current World No. 3 in Billiards Sourav Kothari helped Cue Magicians beat Black Panthers on the first day of the inaugural edition of the Bengal Premier League (Cue Sports) held at The Bengal Rowing Club.

 

Black Panthers, led by their marquee player and Asian Games gold medalist Manan Chandra, clinched the first two frames 94-27, 102-20. Cue Magicians struck back strongly with Kothari winning the next two frames on the trot 70-33 (doubles with Kingshuk Saha), 38-01. With both the teams winning two frames each, it was left to Arshad Zama to win the decider 69-01.

 

In the other matches of the day, Snookin Stars, Satrangi Squad and The Rockets won their matches comprehensively by beating Shooting Stars, Pappu Penguins and City Knights respectively.

 

FRAME SCORES:

 

CUE MAGICIANS BEAT BLACK PANTHERS :: 3-2

15R Snooker: Mohd. Saif lost to Manan Chandra :: 27-94,

100UP Billiards: Gautam Khanwani lost to Ramesh Jaiswal :: 20-102

Doubles: Sourav / Kingshuk beat Manan / Mudit :: 70-38

6Reds: Sourav Kothari beat Rohit Malhotra :: 38-01

15R Snooker: Mohd. Shoaib lost to Arshad Zama :: 69-01

 

SATRANGI SQUAD BEAT PAPPU PENGUINS :: 4-1

15R Snooker: Brijesh Damani beat Kamal Chawla :: 59-07,

100UP Billiards: Aditya Goenka beat Nilangshu Haldar :: 100-55

Doubles: Brijesh / Shreevardhan beat Kamal / Sumit :: 73-42

6Reds: Rohit Rajgharia lost to Siddharth Casyab :: 30-42

15R Snooker: Rahul Berlia beat Aamer Hussain :: 79-27

 

THE ROCKETS BEAT CITY KNIGHTS :: 3-2

15R Snooker: Sundeep Gulati beat Abdul Miraz :: 65-26,

100UP Billiards: Shakil Ahmed lost to Dhvaj Haria :: 42-100

Doubles: Sundeep / Abhishek beat Dhvaj / Ravi :: 64-29

6Reds: Sarfaraz beat Terence Mack :: 37-23

15R Snooker: Akram Khan lost to Ankit Kariwala :: 32-67

 

SNOOKIN SHOOTERS BEAT SHOOTING STARS :: 3-2

15R Snooker: W.T. Bhutia lost to Rupesh Shah :: 19-107

100UP Billiards: Siddharth Parekh beat Jyotirmoy Das :: 101-16

Doubles: Siddharth Parekh / Debu Mukherjee lost to Rupesh Shah / Sunil Saraogi :: 42-67

6Reds: Neeraj Sharma beat Neeraj Khemka :: 38-05

15R Snooker: Vikrant Gupta beat Benay Agarwal :: 59-20