Gorst is Banks Champion at Derby

Fedor Gorst (David Thomson – Medium Pool)

Diamond Derby City Classic XXIII, January 21-29, 2022

Caesars Southern Indiana, Elizabeth, IN

David Thomson

LIVE from the Accu-Stats TV Arena


Format: Race to 3, short rack, single-elimination, alternate break, foul on all balls. Mosconi Cup captains Jeremy Jones and Mark Wilson are in the Accu-Stats’ commentary booth: Enjoy and learn.

From 457 to 4

It has to be confessed, we were subjected to fake news in yesterday’s report; Fedor Gorst still had the comfort of a buy-back.

Ok, Now to Tuesday’s action.

Two Americans were left in the fray: Tony Chohan and Evan Lunda. 

Unfortunately, for Evan, they drew each other.

Fedor, still with a buy-back, sent Poland’s Mieszko Fortunski packing.

Lithuanian Pijus Labutis’ tour was canceled by Canada’s John Morra.

John then fell to Shaw, who’s display of firepower left Morra compelled to compliment.

Gorst then drew the charismatic–until he opposed you on a pool table–Tony Chohan.

Fedor had no fear. He soon found his rhythm and rode to a 2 game, 4 ball to zero, lead. Then, belted the potentially winning orb into the rail.

Remember we mentioned Fedor’s buyback? He was going to need it.

Tony, awake now, ran that rack…and the next one; 2-2.  Alive now, Chohan took total control and closed it out at 3-2.

A deflated, and saddened Fedor visited the buy-back booth. The good news; as there were now 3 competitors remaining, he was in the finals.

Tony was pumped; What a comeback.

He was having a great day, He’d taken out Louis Demarco earlier in 12 minutes. He’d won a One-Pocket match tn 14 minutes.

And, he was in the semis with Jayson Shaw.

After the dinner break, Tony was ready.

The swashbuckling Scot swaggered into the arena.

It took them both a few balls to get the feel of the table. 

Shaw found it first and was off to a 2 zip lead.

He was on fire. It looked over for Tony. But you know Tony, it’s never over. In fact, he soon tied it at two.

In the fifth and deciding game, resourcing some of the most dynamic short rail accuracy, and defense, Shaw pulled ahead needing one ball. Tony needed 3.

Too late, Jayson bounced one off the rail and, nothing but net, he was in the Finals.


Gorst looked very composed: Jayson, maybe, a little lackluster.

Fedor had the first clean kill. His banks were finding the gaping jaws of the pocket.

Jayson was jamming them in there only to have the balls block the pocket. A safety game ensued.

A slower pace favors Fedor. He took his time and found that rhythm that he has related is his most important asset.

That led to him being first to score.

Jayson seemed lulled into submission. Motivation evaded him. He wouldn’t win a game.

Fedor was jubilant. Any Derby Championship is an accolade worth celebrating. 

He wished that his girlfriend, Kristina Tkach, was with him to share in the joy. 

The Banks’ title is when the All-Around Championship points start adding up.

Tho’, his second in BIG Foot doesn’t count as only the Banks, One-Pocket and, 9-Ball finishes are eligible, he’s well on his way.

Jayson, too.

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Race to 3.

370 specialists compete in pool’s most cerebral discipline: Chess with balls.

Today, upsets abound.

The most surprising, altho’ no disrespect to Mr. Oi, was his win over back-to-back, ’15 and ’16, DCC One Pocket Champion Alex Pagulayan.

Then, Estonian Denis Grabe gave Evan Lunda a rude awakening. ”I spent too much time catching up with sleep last night: Not good for me. Anyway, who can play pool this time of day?” he mused at the buy-back booth.

Austria’s Mario He continued the onslaught and gave Billy Thorpe, the 2019 Bank Pool winner, a thumping.

Bad Boys” player rep Mike Deitchman dealt the death blow to Latvian Pijus Labutis.

The question is, how have these newbies, to pool’s most secret and protected discipline, picked it up so quickly? It must be the FREE Accu-Stats YouTube Channel.

Hopefully, this loss is the motivation needed to get Alex, Billy, and Evan better prepared for the grind that lies ahead.

9-Ball starts tomorrow.

Diamond Derby City Classic ONE-POCKET Championship: Sun Jan. 23 -Wed. Jan. 26. Semis and Finals  in the Accu-Stats TV Arena, Thursday evening, Jan 27.

Diamond Derby City Classic 9-BALL Championship: Wed. Jan 26 – Sat. 29.

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