English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : May 1998

The Amateur Billiard Player : May 1998

Professional Scene

New Chairman

A new chapter, a new Chairman, a new atmosphere, and
A still smiling at the end of what must surely be the most
hectic week of his life. Peter Gilchrist withstood all the pressure
heaped upon him from the worlds finest Cuemen then
producing not only his finest breaks but all the varying tactical
play mat can be conjured up in match-play billiards. Prior to
this tournament at Ashover the Professional Billiards players
held a meeting in Liverpool and requested the existing Chairman
Clive Everton to resign from the Billiards Section of the
WPBSA. Further requests to resign from the Main Board of
the WPBSA, under the Chairmanship of Rex Williams, was
refused by Mr. Everton. Despite all the unrest within the
Association at this time Peter, the elected new Chairman of the
Billiards Section, travelled to the most beautiful village of
Ashover in the Derby Dales to perform in the Strachan British
Open in a manner that can only be described as magnificent.
This beanpole of a man, 6ft. 5in. tall, simply deserves to succeed
in leading Billiards up the ladder of popularity.

Baulk-line Rule

The World Matchplay at Liverpool and the British Open at
Ashover, both sponsored by Strachan, have produced a team
of billiard players more concentrated on attacking top of the
table play than in previous years. Greater knowledge is being
displayed bringing greater confidence in match-play which
promises excellent entertainment for the future. Surely now is
the time for a change in the rules to revert back to the old baulk
line rule of crossing baulk in every 200 points (between 180 –
200). Too few Professionals at the moment are threatening
1,000 breaks, they should be encouraged to display breaks of
this magnitude, this in turn would encourage the Amateurs to
follow.

Increase the Hazard Limit

Making the game more difficult widens the Pro-Am gap
tremendously so where are the new set of professional players
coming from? To learn Billiards correctly the Amateur rule for
losing hazards should be raised to the old limit of 25, keeping
the pro’s to 15. This way shorter games by points and time
would be encouraging for Amateurs competing against Pro’s
in Pro-Am tournaments.

Pro-Am Tournaments

Competition is essential for improvement and in my opinion
Sunday Pro-Am tournaments with the different rules applying
to Amateurs and Professionals would become more acceptable
to Amateurs and would help to narrow the gap for this kind of
tournament.

Safety Miss

Also, I think the old safety miss rule, would be beneficial to the
game and should be re-instated forthwith. In my opinion also,
the touching ball rule is not fair as it gives advantage to a
player having played a bad shot. I believe the striker should
play away as in Snooker. I can not also see the benefit of
cannon limitations which should be thrown open unless a
mini Lindrum comes along, this would be a time to re-address
the problem.

Jack Karnehm

The Way Forward

Having recently turned 30 years of age, I hope I have not
yet reached my peak at the game so people anticipating a
decline in my dedication to the table because I have taken
over as Chairman of the Billiards can think again. Having some
young blood on the Committee is a step in the right direction
for Billiards. I may be a little young for such a role but all the
advice I need is only a phone call away—namely to Rex
Williams. I have also realised over my years in the game that
Billiard players and lovers of the greatest table game are very
close knit so I know that I am going to get all the support that
I need. Thank you.

Peter Gilchrist

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