Pankaj Advani looks determined to clinch his 13th world title. The 29 year-old Bangalorean eased past Austria’s Paul Schopf with a 4-0 win in his third league game of the ongoing IBSF world snooker championship at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. The 12 time world champion scored breaks of 71, 52 and 84 enroute to a third straight win. Tagged as favourite to win the title, Pankaj Advani had a chance to experiment by playing more aggressively before entering the knockout stage.
Kamal Chawla impresses
Apart from Pankaj Advani, Kamal Chawla is another Indian cueist who has been in sublime form, winning all his three league games. He outplayed Belgium’s Jurgen Van Roy 4-1 with a break of 57 in the third frame. Chawla is currently nursing a ligament injury to his right thumb but that has not deterred the Indian from displaying his good form.
Performance of Other Indian Cueists
Playing at home, the Indian snooker players have an advantage over their competitors. Some of them have managed to cash in on these advantages while a few missed out:
1. Sandeep Gulati bt Tomasz Skalski (Belgium) 4-0
2. Sourav Kothari bt Michael Mengorio 4-0
3.Brijesh Damani bt Mohammed Mubeen Mansoor (Sri Lanka) 4-0
4. Rahul Ajay Sachdev lost to Yan Bingtao (China) 1-4.
1. Kamaraj SH lost to Phisit Chandsri (Thailand) 0-3
2. Varun Madan bt Vinicius Da Silva (Brazil) 4-0
1. Divya Sharma lost to Gareth Allen (Wales) 2-4
2. R Umadevi lost to IP Wan (Hong Kong) 1-3
3. Neeta Sanghvi lost to two time champion Ng On Yee 0-3
About IBSF World snooker championship:
The IBSF world snooker championship is an annual snooker tournament for amateur snooker players held in various cities across the world. Conducted by the International Billiards and Snooker Federation, the event stages cueists from all over the world.