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EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : May 2001

The Amateur Billiard Player : May 2001

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Indian National Billiards Championship

Photo of Devendra Joshi (4k)

Devendra Joshi wins the Indian
National Billiards Championship.

Devendra Joshi made it fourth time lucky when he reversed the result
of last year’s final to beat Ashok Shandilya and add his name to the elite
list of players who have won both the National billiards and snooker
titles. Joshi had appeared in the

billiards final on three previous
occasions, losing to Subhash Agrawal
in Calcutta (1991), Alok Kumar in
Delhi (1999) and Shandilya in
Bangalore (2000).

The Indian championships (both
billiards and snooker) were sponsored
by Khel.com, an Internet sports portal,
and hosted by the Tamil Nadu Billiards
and Snooker Association. Preliminary
qualifying matches for the men’s
billiards commenced on 10th February
with the main competition being
played from 17th February at Wild
West Parlour in Spencer Plaza,
Chennai, on five specially erected
tables.

Despite having lost to Shandilya last year, Joshi made a confident start
to the four-hour final, consecutive breaks of 97 and 91 immediately
putting the pressure on his opponent. By the half-way stage, his
consistent scoring had opened up a 679-340 advantage which always
looked to be more than Shandilya could make up. However, a break of
189 soon after the resumption gave the defending champion some
hope, only for Joshi to reply with a fluent 144 to restore his advantage.
A break of 180 by Joshi a little later, made sure of the title, and he
finished in style with another run of 194, the highest of the
championships. This passed the previous best of 191 which had been
made by Shandilya in the semi-finals. Joshi collected prize money of
Rs 11,000 (£163) which included Rs 1,000 for his high break. Manoj
Kothari won the third place play-off against Alok Kumar by 855 (55,
165, 86, 51, 62) to 744 (174, 46, 70).

Last 16
Arun Agrawal (67, 65, 45) 555 Prem Prakash (48, 44) 440; Rupesh Shah (96, 95, 88, 75,
61, 57) 743 Varun Taneja 330; Ashok Shandilya (184, 98, 96, 93, 85, 66, 53, 42) 955 Rafath Habib
313; Alok Kumar (87, 80, 73, 59, 57, 51) 634 Md. Asim (96, 92, 83, 51) 526; Devendra Joshi (188,
82, 79, 59, 57) 685 Mukesh Rehani (46) 389; Shyam Jagtiani (129, 52, 45) 576 Dharminder Lilly
(51) 381; Manoj Kothari (110, 96, 89, 52) 644 Jai Ganesh (69, 51) 405; B Bhaskar (114, 104, 59,
57) 541 Antim Singhi (64, 47) 435.
Quarter-final
Ashok Shandilya (162, 156, 89, 63, 52, 49) 1,126 Arun Agrawal (107, 105, 81) 658;
Alok Kumar (165, 52, 47, 46) 712 Rupesh Shah (92, 67, 63) 572; Manoj Kothari (121, 84, 65, 59,
45, 41) 881 B Bhaskar (89, 61, 52, 41) 704; Devendra Joshi (162, 152, 144, 107, 110, 99, 91, 92,
89, 75) 1,504 Shyam Jagtiani (48, 44) 459.
Semi-finals
Ashok Shandilya (191, 155, 126, 99, 89, 88, 80, 51) 1,294 Alok Kumar (129, 107, 81,
69, 57, 56, 44, 40) 966. Devendra Joshi (153, 105, 53, 50, 47, 44) 1,196 Manoj Kothari (87, 68, 53,
48) 1,030.
Final (4 hrs)
Devendra Joshi (194, 180, 144, 117, 105, 101, 98, 97, 91, 82, 80, 66) 1,653 Ashok
Shandilya (189, 114, 72, 65, 58, 54, 49, 43, 43) 972.

Junior (under-21) Billiards Championship

The Indian Junior Championship commenced of 7th February with 41
competitors. Matches were initially played as knock-out rounds, but
at the semi-final stage the format changed to a round-robin group, the
four survivors meeting each other to decide which would become the
champion.

Pankaj Advani, from Bangalore, started as hot favourite to retain his
title and he lived up to these expectations on 16th February when he
completed all his matches with easy victories. His best performance
came in the second round of this final group where Advani recorded
two century breaks, the highest being 158, in a massive 1,140-622 win
over Jaswinder Singh. In the last and deciding game of the round-robin
group against Jai Ganesh he seemed to be in danger of losing his unbeaten
record as he led by only 444-329 at the half-way stage. However, he
picked up his game to dominate the second session with breaks of 94,
87, 53, 111, 81 and 51, winning 1,081-589 and taking his second
consecutive Junior title.

Quarter-finals
Jai Ganesh bt. Manan Chandra 579-460, Jaswinder Singh bt. Rishab Thakur
400-366, Vishal Madan bt. Harit D. Parik 535-493, Pankaj Advani bt. Pamin K. Shah 767-349.
Final League
Pankaj Advani bt. Vishal Madan 943-612; Pankaj Advani bt. Jaswinder Singh
1,140-622; Pankaj Advani bt. Jai Ganesh 1,081-589; Vishal Madan bt. Jai Ganesh 874-472;
Vishal Madan bt. Jaswinder Singh 739-481; Jai Ganesh bt. Jaswinder Singh 787- 511;
Final positions
1) Pankaj Advani, 2) Vishal Madan, 3) Jai Ganesh, 4) Jaswinder Singh

Women’s Billiards Championship

Anuja Thakur won her first women’s billiards title on 10th February,
beating Pooja Galundia of Rajasthan 3-2 in the final which was contested
over the best-of-five 30 minute games. She had previously appeared in
the final on her debut to the competition in 1997 when she lost to Farah
Khan. Anuja, who was coached by the former World Champion Wilson
Jones for three months in the early stages of her career, made a break of
34 in the deciding game of the final, which was the highest of the match.
Uma Devi made the best break of the competition with a 54 in the
earlier rounds.

Quarter-finals
Pooja Galundia bt. Lakshmi Suryanarayana 3-2 (98-42, 59-69, 82-96, 86-41, 82-
47); Anuja Thakur bt. Meenal Thakur 3-0 (77-76, 109-102, 145-14); Amritha Mohapatra bt. M.
Chitra 3-0 (96-63, 126-56, 106-65); Uma Devi bt. Judy Walia 3-1 (70-64, 77-97, 87-66, 87-84).
Semi-finals
Anuja Thakur bt. Amritha Mohapatra 3-1 (106-56, 92-75, 59-107, 109-73); Pooja
Galundia bt. Uma Devi 3-1 (57-97, 63-47, 77-40, 81-52).
Final
Anuja Thakur bt. Pooja Galundia 3-2 (70-65, 66-86, 121-55, 92-95, 137-45).

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