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Double Gold For Super Russia

Alexandra Guleikova and Kristina Tkach

Russia swept the two gold medals in the team events at the Dynamic Billiards European Championships taking place in Antalya, Turkey. First Russia’s strong men’s team beat Denmark without losing a match in the final and then the ladies’ team sealed a double gold as they beat Germany 2-0.

The Russian ladies’ team consisted of the minimum two players in the shape of the stellar Kristina Tkach and 20 year-old Alexandra Guleikova and they lost just a single match as they went undefeated through the field in the format that involves an 8-ball and 9-ball match followed by a shoot-out if it’s tied at 1-1. There were nine countries in total represented in the event.

After seeing off a strong-looking Polish team 2-0 in the semi-final, they emphatically beat Germany 2-0 for the gold. Earlier, Poland had defeated Germany 2-0 in the last four to relegate the Germans to a bronze.

For Kristina Tkach it was her third team medal at the European Pool Championships while her playing partner, Alexandra Guleikova opened her medal account with a gold.

Commented Tkach, “I think it was a team effort completely. I know Alexandra tried her best and I also tried mine and I was counting on her a lot. It was great to win the team gold and I have further chances in the individual events.

Guleikova added, “It’s a big honour for me. I tried really hard and wanted to play my best and I’m so excited about this!”

Medals – Ladies

Gold –          Russia (K. Tkach, A. Guleikova)
Silver –        Germany (V. Ivanovskaia, I. Kaplan, M. Sussenguth,
Bronze –        Poland (O. Zalewska, M. Zabek)
Sweden (L. Furberg, M. Nguyen, M. Margeta)

Andrey Seroshtan, Konstantin Stepanov, Sergey Lutsker and Fedor Gorst

In the men’s division, there was more dominance from Russia as they won gold in a strong 22 nation field. The team of EC straight pool champ, Fedor Gorst, experienced veteran Konstantin Stepanov, big-breaking Sergey Lutsker and back-up man Andriy Seroshtan was just too strong despite an unexpected snag on the road to gold.

After beating Switzerland in their opening match, they found themselves on the one-loss side of the bracket after an upset win by Portugal in the winner’s qualification round. However, they battled back with a win over Norway before they faced a good-looking Dutch team in the last eight.

Armed with a 2-0 win, Russia then scrapped a 2-1 win over Poland to reach the final where they faced Denmark.

The format features teams with a maximum of five players with only three playing in any one match. The games are 8-ball, 9-ball and 10-ball with the final match not played in the event of a 2-0 win.

The Danes had themselves been dumped into the one-loss side courtesy of a terrific performance from Northern Cyprus. Wins over Croatia, Finland and Turkey saw them through to the quarters where they dispatched Portugal 2-1 before overcoming Germany by a similar scoreline to guarantee silver.

It was the Russians who prevailed though, needing just two wins to get their collective hands on the trophy and secure their first team gold in the history of the championship.

Fedor Gorst, who won his second gold medal of the championships said, “It feels great! Winning the first medal in the team division is always something special. In my opinion it’s always more pressure when you play in a team.

“Even when the last match is there and you’re tied 1-1 and you have to go and win the decider. Much more pressure than individual matches. We’re all happy though, and we’ll celebrate tonight”

For veteran Konstantin Stepanov it was a proud moment: “We’ve been close to the gold in the team division but we’ve never won it. I don’t play that much anymore but I have experience and I still play some good 8 ball and I’m so happy for the younger generation because we won this gold medal altogether with experience and their power. They wanted it so much.”

Finally, Sergey Lutsker added; “I think we won because we have a really good atmosphere in the team. We know each other a lot and practice with each other and Kosta (Stepanov) teaches us a lot.”

Medals – Men

Gold –          Russia – (K.Stepanov, S. Lutsker, F. Gorst, A. Seroshtan)
Silver –        Denmark (A. Madsen, M. Krause, C. Lentz, J. Thyde)
Bronze –        Germany (R. Souquet, T. Hohmann, L. Kukherm)
Poland (W. Szewczyk, M. Fortunski, D. Maciol, T. Kaplan, M. Skoneczny)

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Surprising Triumph for Lindloff Over Gorst

Thomas Lindloff

At the Dynamic Billard Portuguese Open in Salgados Palace Hotel in Albufeira, Portugal, total underdog Thomas Lindloff (GER) upset Fedor Gorst (RUS) in winner’s round one with 9:8.


The writing for the match was on the wall. Lindloff, an amateur player from Germany who participates in his second Euro-Tour versus Gorst, a young, hungry and talented two-time European Champion in the Under 17 division. Nobody really expected the match to become thrilling or even exciting at least. All odds were in favour of Gorst. But, as often, life has surprises. One of them happened today. Lindloff managed to win the first two racks and drew first blood against the Russian who took his time-out already when the scoreboard displayed 2:1 in favour of Lindloff. When he came back, he won the next rack and levelled the match at 2:2. But again Lindloff managed to escape with a two-point-lead, making it 4:2. It took ten racks before Gorst was all square with Lindloff and tied the match at 5:5. Now again the odds were all in favour of Gorst. But to the astonishment of the audience Lindloff continued his strong performance and even got to the hill with an 8:6 lead after 14 racks. Rack number 15 was opened by Thomas Lindloff. He executed a nice break-shot, had two balls down and everything speed out nicely in front of him to clear the table for is possible victory. He played a good safety shot on the 4-ball and forced Gorst to commit a foul. With ball in hand, Lindloff approached the table and had all the chances in the World to finish the match. But his nerves left him and he scratched while pocketing the 5-ball which now brought Gorst to the table. The Russian used his chance and pulled the rack back from Lindloff. 8:7 was the small lead which was left for Lindloff. Then Gorst showed nerves of steel and ran the next rack with his own break shot to tie the match at 8:8. What a dramatic finish. Again, the odds were in favour of the Russian since the pressure on Lindloff went through the roof. The German again had two balls down and a nice layout in front of him. Would his nerves let him down again or would he be able to stand the heat? This time, Lindloff took the chance and ran the rack, clearing the table for an amazing 9:8 victory over favoured Fedor Gorst. „It was a tactical victory for me“ stated Linloff after the match, „and Lady Luck was more on my side than his.“ „Gorst was probably not shooting at his best level“, Lindloff added, „so I think routine defeated class today“. This victory was his second today already since he defeated Avelino Madeira (POR) in the first round with 9:8. Lindloff will be up in winner’s round two tomorrow at 09:00 GMT against Vitaliy Patsura (UKR), last year’s European Champion 8-ball men’s division.


Today, the featured match on the EPBF Facebook page was the clash between Quang Trung Le (VIE) and Sebastian Staab (GER). Both players played on an equal level with Staab being a bit more on the lucky side in the end, winning the match with 9:7 over Le.


Other remarkable results from today include Nr. 1 seeded player David Alcaide (ESP) winning his opening match by a whisker over unheralded Kenneth Rognstad (NOR) with 9:8 only. Former World 9-Ball Champion Daryl Peach (GBR) had the same problems and sneaked through past Andrey Seroshtan (RUS) with 9:8, having trailed 1:5 and 5:8 in the match already. Eklent Kaci (ALB) once again took down Oliver Ortmann (GER) 9:6 in winner’s round one. Ralf Souquet (GER), winner of the recent Euro-Tour in Treviso, Italy, wasted no time with Polish top player Tomasz Kaplan (POL) smashing him 9:1.


In the women’s event, Monika Zabek (POL) outplayed Sara Rocha (POR) 7:5 and proceeded to the next winner’s round while Rocha needs to seek her fortune on the loser’s side. Marta Tavares (POR) overmastered Kristina Grim (GER) 7:6 and handed her an unexpected defeat in winner’s round one. European flagship of women’s pool, Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) won both her matches today without bigger efforts. She took down Tamara Peeters-Rademakers (NED) 7:2 and then Yini Gaspar (SUI) even 7:1.


The Dynamic Billard Portuguese Open in Salgados Palace Hotel in Albufeira, Portugal will continue tomorrow at 09:00 GMT with matches from winner’s round 2 in the open event and matches from loser’s round 1 in the women’s event.


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2017 Joy Billiards World Chinese 8-Ball Masters Day Two Review

Albin Oushcan

Only 24 of the original starting field of 64 remain after the second day's play in the fifth JOY World Chinese 8 Ball Masters.
There were a number of big names departing the scene in Qinhuangdao including reigning two time champion Yang Fan, current World Champion Shi Hanqing and 5 times US Open 9 Ball Champion Shane Van Boening.
Just 8 players are undefeated (3 out of 3 wins) and therefore still have both lives intact. These are Chinese players Xi Hongyu, Gong Haifeng, Dai Yong, Zhang Kunpeng, Fan Zhisong, Zhao Yunbiao, Shen ChonYang and Spain's Francisco Diaz Pizarro.
The others left are all now on their final lives. This is where you find 2013 & 2014 winner Gareth Potts and China's Number 1 ranked player Zheng Yubo.
In terms of British participation (besides Potts), despite brave displays, both Jack Whelan and Liam Dunster are now out. However Wales' Zak Shepherd has bounced back with 3 straight victories to stay in the event.
In a similar position is current World 9 Ball Champion Albin Ouschan (pictured above), who had a brace of victories today, starting off by beating the Philippines' Jeffrey Ignacio on the TV table.
***ALL MATCHES are first to 13, or whoever is winning at the 140 minute time limit***
Waleed Majid 2-13 Zheng Yubo
Andrey Seroshtan 12-11 Liam Dunster
Phone Myint Kyaw 13-5 Abdulla Alameri
Shi Hanqing 12-13 Dong Yi
Shane Van Boening 7-13 Zhang Guanghao
Wang Yun 13-3 Mohammadli Pordel
Jimmy Jusman 7-13 Jack Whelan
Liu Yang 11-13 Zhao Ruliang 
Zak Shepherd 13-12 Li Xiaopeng 
Lv Xin 11-13 Liu Xin
Stephen Holem 11-12 Wang Peng
Wu Hao 13-6 Xi Shouxin
Christophe Lambert 11-13 Chen Qiang
Li Bo 8-13 Xie Zhaohui
Yang Fan 13-6 Xia Hongyan
Albin Ouschan 13-6 Jeffrey Ignacio
Gareth Potts 10-11 Xi Hongyu
Corey Dueul 4-13 Francisco Diaz Pizarro
Wu Zhenyu 11-13 Gong Haifeng
Dai Yong 13-8 Yu Ting
Li Hui 9-13 Zhang Kunpeng
Fan Zhisong 11-10 Justin Campbell
Zhao Yunbiao 13-9 Denis Grabe
Wan Tongle 7-13 Shen ChongYang
Andrey Seroshtan 9-13 Zheng Yubo
Dong Yi 9-10 Phone Myint Kyaw
Wang Yun 12-13 Zhang Guanghao
Zhao Ruliang 13-6 Jack Whelan
Liu Xin 6-13 Zak Shepherd
Wu Hao 10-13 Wang Peng
Yang Fan 6-13 Xie Zhaohui
Albin Ouschan 13-7 Chen Qiang

2017 Joy Billiards World Chinese 8-Ball Masters Day One Review

Gareth Potts

There were mixed fortunes for the big names taking part during Day 1 of the fifth annual Joy Billiards World Chinese 8 Ball Masters.
Reigning two time champion Yang Fan (China) was immediately pushed to the Losers Bracket when he was ousted 13-9 by fellow countryman Wan Tongle. He did however keep himself in the event with a comfortable 13-2 win over Canadian Shannon Ducharme afterwards.
Also on the chase for a hat-trick of titles is 2013 & 2014 champion Gareth Potts (England, pictured above) who came through both his matches with change to spare.
Overall, it was a fine day for the British players as Jack Whelan (England), Liam Dunster (Scotland) and Zak Shepherd (Wales) all got wins on the board.
Some of the world's greatest 9 Ball players are on show in Qinhuangdao, but for 5 times US Open Champion Shane Van Boening and reigning World Champion Albin Ouschan, Tuesday offered up problems for the pair in the form of Chinese opposition.
SVB was comprehensively put away 13-4 by Yu Ting, whilst Ouschan went down 13-8 to Zhao YunBiao.
Despite this slow start, though, both made amends in their following games, therefore keeping hopes alive of another big tournament victory.
Current Chinese 8 Ball World Champion Shi Hanqing and national ranked number 1 Zheng Yubo began their quests successfully with First Round wins; although then lost their first lives when beaten by Gong Haifeng and Corey Deuel respectively in the next round.
It is double elimination all the way through until the Grand Final, which will then be a one-off Championship match. 
In total, after just Day 1 of the event, 16 of the 64 starting field are out.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS – First to 13 with a 140 minute time limit
Yang Fan (China) 9-13 Wan Tongle (China)
Shannon Ducharme (Canada) 2-13 Xie Zhaohui (China)
Xia Hongyan (China) 13-8 Hayato Hijikata (Japan)
Li Bo (China) 11-13 Shen Chongyang (China)
Albin Ouschan (Austria) 8-13 Zhao YunBiao (China)
Marc Bijsterbosch (Holland) 5-13 Chen Qiang (China)
Christophe Lambert (France) 4-13 Jeffrey Ignacio (Philippines) 
Denis Grabe (Estonia) 13-9 Richard Halliday (South Africa)
Wu Hao (China) 9-13 Gareth Potts (England)
Wang Peng (China) 13-6 Li Heng (China)
Xi Hongyu (China) 11-10 Fabio Petroni (Italy)*TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Xi Shouxin (China) 13-10 Stephen Holem (Canada)
Fan Zhisong (China) 13-9 Aoki Ryoii (Japan)
Lv Xin (China) 6-13 Li Xiaopeng (China)
Velly Diamond (South Africa) 10-12 Justin Campbell (Australia) *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Liu Yin (China) 13-7 Zak Shepherd (Wales)
Jack Whelan (England) 13-9 Yin Hongxing (China)
Liu Yang (China) 10-13 Li Hui (China)
Zhang Kunpeng (China) 13-5 Dharminder Singh Lilly (India)
Zhao Ruliang (China) 13-4 Jimmy Jusman (Indonesia)
Zhang Guanghao (China) 13-6 Young Hwa Jeong (South Korea)
Dai Yong (China) 13-12 Wang Yun (China)
Jorge Llanos (Argentina) 12-13 Mohammadli Pordel (Iran)
Yu Ting (China) 13-4 Shane Van Boening (USA)
Abdulla Alameri (Saudi Arabia) 13-8 Mohamed Essaid (Morocco)
Dong Yi (China) 7-13 Wu Zhenyu (China)
Zhang Daowei (China) 9-13 Gong Haifeng (China)
Phone Myint Kyaw (Myanmar) 10-12 Shi Hanqing (China) *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Zheng Yubo (China) 13-6 Andrey Seroshtan (Russia)
Alejandro Carvajal (Chile) 5-13 Corey Deuel (USA)
Joao Silva (Portugal) 5-13 Liam Dunster (Scotland)
Waleed Majid (Qatar) 5-13 Francisco Jose Diaz Pizarro (Spain)
LOSERS SIDE RESULTS (losers in this round are eliminated from the competition)
Velly Diamond 7-13 Zak Shepherd
Aoki Ryoii 3-13 Lv Xin
Fabio Petroni 9-11 Stephen Holem
Wu Hao 13-12 Li Heng
Christophe Lambert 12-9 Richard Halliday *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Albin Ouschan 13-4 Marc Bijsterbosch
Hayato Hijikata 6-13 Li Bo
Yang Fan 13-2 Shannon Ducharme
Joao Silva 9-13 Waleed Majid
Andrey Seroshtan 13-8 Alejandro Carvajal
Zhang Daowei 10-11 Phone Myint Kyaw  *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Mohamed Essaid 3-13 Dong Yi
Jorge Llanos 6-13 Shane Van Boening
Young Hwa Jeong 6-13 Wang Yun
Dharminder Singh Lilly 11-12 Jimmy Jusman *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Yin Hongxing 9-13 Liu Yang
Justin Campbell 11-10 Liu Xin *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Fan Zhisong 13-7 Li Xiaopeng
Xi Hongyu 13-8 Xi Shouxin
Gareth Potts 13-8 Wang Peng
Jeffrey Ignacio 11-12 Denis Grabe *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Zhao Yunbiao 13-10 Chen Qiang 
Xia Hongyan 6-13 ShenChongyang
Wan Tongle 13-7 Xie Zhaohui
Liam Dunster 7-13 Francisco Jose Diaz Pizarro 
Zheng Yubo 11-12 Corey Deuel *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Gong Haifeng 13-7 Shi Hanqing
Abdulla Alameri 3-13 Wu Zhenyu
Mohammadli Pordel 2-13 Yu Ting
Zhang Guanghao 10-13 Dai Yong
Zhang Kunpeng 13-2 Zhao Ruliang
Jack Whelan 5-13 Li Hui

2017 Joy Billiards World Chinese 8 Ball Masters – The Big Preview

Yang Fan

The fifth annual Joy Billiards World Chinese 8 Ball Masters is set to be the most cosmopolitan and competitive edition yet.
64 players from 28 different countries spread across all six continents will travel to the North East Chinese city of Qinhuangdao aiming for a slice of the $110,000USD (approx just under £90,000) total prize fund.
2017's final line up has been determined after months of qualifying in the host nation and beyond, as well as a selection process by the tournament organisers for the chosen wildcards.
The history of this event has been dominated by two players. England's Gareth Potts, a four time World Champion in the English Pool discipline, won the inaugural championship in 2013 and then successfully defended it the following year.
Potts' streak was ended in 2015 when home cueist Yang Fan (pictured above) beat him in the Last 4 before then completing the job in the final. Yang proved it was no fluke by retaining the title in 2016.
However, as the popularity and profile of Chinese 8 Ball increases globally, the standard, and the potential possibility of a different champion has risen too.
Potts and Yang will indeed be back in their attempts to claim a hat-trick, but both will face fierce opposition from a number of multi-discipline Cuesports stars with significant career accolades.
5 times US Open 9 Ball Champion Shane Van Boening, recently signed up by Joy Billiards, has shown his commitment and dedication to Chinese 8 Ball by having a table installed at his home venue in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Van Boening's fellow countryman, Corey Deuel, will also be representing the USA after coming through a qualifier held in New Jersey at the back end of last year. The former Mosconi Cup winner is familiar to playing snooker (competed in Q-School and has been a national champion), and makes a return to China having appeared here 12 months ago.
In fact, a number of well known names from the international American Pool circuit will feature, but the highlight entry will surely be reigning WPA World 9 Ball Champion Albin Ouschan of Austria, who is fresh from becoming the Mosconi Cup MVP before Christmas. 
It will be Ouschan's debut in this tournament, but he has history of success in the country after winning the prestigious China Open 9 Ball in 2015.
The world of English 8 Ball Pool will also be handsomely represented. 
Reigning BI World Champion Liam Dunster (Scotland) will try his hand, whilst 2015 IPA World Champion Jack Whelan (England) – who has some previous Chinese 8 Ball experience, advanced as the UK qualifier. French small table legend Christophe Lambert has also been invited to make his debut. 
India's Dharminder Singh Lilly has a wealth of experience in different formats; only a couple of months ago he became the IBSF World Seniors Snooker Champion in Qatar.
Of these 32 'Overseas' entries, 19 will be making their debut in the venue stages of this competition. Such is the expansion of this cuesport into new territories, qualification events were held in Argentina, Canada, England, Morocco, South Africa and the USA. To read up on some of these events, please visit our 'Professional Pool' column here.
The other half of the field is made up of players from the host nation.
Shi Hanqing, the reigning World Chinese 8 Ball Champion, will be looking to go one better than his runners-up place in 2014 and take his first Masters trophy. Shi is the only Chinese player to have featured in every edition.
The national ranked Number 1, Zheng Yubo, (beaten finalist in 2015 to Yang) is also likely to be one of the pre-tournament favourites.
Chinese 8 Ball is somewhat a hybrid of a number of different Cuesports rules and equipment. Around 80 million people play in China, with table manufacturer Joy Billiards having 3000 clubs in the country alone.
For more information on the sport, and how to buy equipment, please visit Joy Billiards' new English language website here.
The Cue View aim to keep you updated throughout the event. Please like our Facebook page, where we hope to post live stream links and scores.
Li Xiaopeng, Dong Yi, Shen Chongyang, Dai Yong, Wu Hao, Wang Peng, Li Hui, Yang Fan, Liu Yang
Xie Zhaohui, Liu Xin, Wan Tongle, Xi Hongyu, Zhang Guanghao, Xi Shouxin, Zhang Daowei, Zhao 
Ruliang, Yin Hongxing, Wu Zhenyu, Xia Hongyan, Shi Hanqing, Wang Yun, Lu Xin, Fan Zhisong, 
Zhang Kunpeng, Gong Haifeng, Chen Qiang, Li Bo, Zhao Yunbiao, Yu Ting, Zheng Yubo, Li Heng
AFRICA – Velly Diamond (South Africa), Richard Halliday (South Africa), Mohamed Essaid (Morocco)
ASIA – Dharminder Singh Lilly (India), Abdulrahman Alammar (Saudi Arabia), Jimmy Jusman (Indonesia), Jeffrey Ignacio (Philippines), Mohammadali Pordel (Iran), Ryojo Aoki (Japan),  Hayato Hijikarta (Japan), Waleed Majid (Qatar), Phone Myint Khaw (Myanmar), Jeong Young-Hwa (Korea)
EUROPE – Gareth Potts (England), Jack Whelan (England), Liam Dunster (Scotland), Zak Shepherd (Wales), Denis Grabe (Estonia), Albin Ouschan (Austria), Marc Bijsterbosch (Netherlands), Andrey Seroshtan (Russia), Fabio Petroni (Italy), Christophe Lambert (France), Joao Silva (Portugal), Francisco Diaz Pizarro (Spain)
NORTH AMERICA – Shane Van Boening (USA), Corey Deuel (USA), Stephen Holem (Canada), Shannon Ducharme (Canada)
OCEANIA – Justin Campbell (Australia)
SOUTH AMERICA – Jorge Llanos (Argentina),  Alejandro Carvajal Ossandon (Chile)

Several Favourites Struggle in Early Rounds in Treviso

Alexander Kazakis

Alexander Kazakis (GRE) has had a good day „at the office“ today. After having won the 10-ball Kremlin Cup earlier this month, Kazakis came here to Treviso with a lot of wind underneath his wings to play the Dynamic Billard Treviso Open, the final event of the Euro-Tour in 2016. He seems to be on a streak. In his first winner’s round match, Kazakis wasted no time with Guilherme Sousa (POR) and defeated him 9:4. In the next round, the opponent was punished even harder. Ryan Pisany (MLT) fell to the sharp blade of Kazakis and received the maximum penalty. 9:0 was the final result that put Kazakis in the winner’s qualification round where he will be up against Arjan Matrizi (ALB).


Former World 9-ball Champion Daryl Peach (GBR) did not catch that good of a day as Kazakis. He won his first match 9:4 over Adam Mscisz (POL) but then met Sascha Trautmann (GER). The German prove to be too strong for Peach today and showed no mercy for him. 9:3 was the final result that put Peach on the loser’s side of the draw.


Joining the list of the fallen heroes from today is Albin Ouschan (AUT), current 9-ball World Champion. He started with an easy prey in winner’s round one with a comfortable 9:4 victory over Mariusz Skoneczny (POL). In the next round, Ouschan stood against Andrey Seroshtan (RUS). That match went completely against the World Champion. Seroshtan dominated the table and in the end handed Ouschan a tough and painful 9:4 debacle. Seroshtan, who earlier today overpowered Andreas Madsen (DEN) 9:5 now will go against Jose Alberto Delgado (ESP) in the winner’s qualification round.


Another interesting encounter took place in winner’s round one between Konstantin Stepanov (RUS) and newbie Aleksa Pecelj (SRB). The 16-year-old kid from Serbia came here to Treviso for his first Euro-Tour experience and he came up with some impressive performances. In round one, he defeated Jorge Garcia-Fonseca (ESP) with 9:0. Then he met Stepanov who is constantly ranked in the top 32 in Europe since years. However, Pecelj did not show too much respect and tried to live for the moment. He used his chances whenever he got them and Stepanov committed some unnecessary mistakes. This combination lead to a score of 8:8 with Pecelj having the final break shot. He could not make a ball off the break but left no shot for Stepanov. The cue ball was hiding partly behind the 8-ball and he could not see the whole of the 1-ball. He played a push-out and left a tough position for Pecelj. The young Serbian decided to go for a combination shot that was very hard to make. Playing that shot in that situation would have probably not been the choice of many players. But Pecelj went for it and made it. He then used his chance and ran the rack to win with 9:8 over a disappointed Stepanov. In his next match in winner’s round two, Pecelj lost to Olivier Mortier (BEL) 7:9.


This year’s Mosconi Cup Captain for Team EUROPE, Marcus Chamat (SWE). received a painful whipping today from Hubert Lopotko (POL). In winner’s round one, Lopotko destroyed Chamat on table 1 and handed him a clear 9:5 defeat. Thereafter, Chamat went to the loser’s side and ousted Tom Bjerke (NOR) 9:6. Having received a walk-over in the next round, Chamat will be up next against Thomas Poeschl (GER) on Friday morning at 10:30 local time. On the other hand, Lopotko has made his way through to the winner’s qualification round by taking down Kristjan Kuusik (EST) 9:5 after the destruction of Chamat. At 13:30tomorrow, he will face Stephan Cohen (FRA) for a spot in the single elimination of the event.


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Kremlin Cup trophy goes to Athens

Alex Kazakis

The opening round of single elimination play at this year's Kremlin Cup hardly offered any big guns colliding, as those who qualified from the B side were drawn against undefeated qualifiers. Even with that, the first round of play still held some notable results, as Corey Deuel found himself up against rising Russian player Fedor Gorst. That match didn't last long, with Gorst eliminating Deuel by and 8-2 scoreline. Andrey Seroshtan ran into Thorsten Hohmann for the second year in a row, and for the second year in a row he pushed The Hitman all the way to hill-hill game. Unfortunately for the young Russian, he made a couple of errors which cost him the match again. Evgeny Stalev, trailing multiple European snooker and female champion Daria Sirotina 2-1, decided to withdraw from the tournament due to background noise, for the second year in a row.
The round of 16 was where the greats started to fall. Maksim Dudanets eliminated Mika Immonen, while Ruslan Chinakhov dealt with David Alcaide and Hohmann made quick work of Francisco Sanchez Ruiz allowing him only 3 racks. Ralf Souquet had a narrow escape from Denis Grabe winning by the smallest of margins, 8-7.
After all the dust settled there were last two men standing. The semifinals featured Alexandros Kazakis vs Dmitry Chuprou of Belarus and an all-German clash Hohmann vs Souquet. The Kaiser could have been on the edge in the quarterfinal against Dudanets but survived. In the semi he had a comfortable lead of 6-2 and all of a sudden he went cold and couldn't win a single rack from there. Hohmann managed to come up with a comeback and proceed edto the finals. Alex Kazakis disposed of Chinakhov earlier and Chuprou wasn't a match for the Greek as the latter advanced with 8-3.
In the end it was Kazakis who finished the 2016 Kremlin Cup 10-Ball without tasting defeat. The final match vs Hohmann went in favor of The Hitman early but at 6-6 the Greek – who carries a 10-Ball European championship under his belt from last year – won a vital rack. He extended his lead in the next and never looked back from there and on the match 9-6.

Kremlin Cup Final 32

Konstantin Stepanov

Day three at the Olympic Stadium venue will be all about single elimination for those remaining in the Kremlin Cup. Top players are through almost unscathed, with the one exception being Konstantin Stepanov. Despite some high finishes and a runner-up finish back in the 2013 Kremlin Cup, the Russian star failed to make it to the last 48 this year. Edmond Zaja (Albania) eliminated Stepanov double-hill today. 
Francisco Sanchez Ruiz was going strong again on day two, holding his nerve against Corey Deuel and sending the American to the one loss side. With alternate break format, first it was Deuel coming from behind and winning five racks in a row, and then trailing 3-6 it was Sanchez Ruiz has returned the favor.
Mika Immonen prevailed over Ralf Souquet, who was not precise enough with his safeties and also got a couple of bad rolls, with an 8-4 scoreline. The Kaiser still managed to qualify for the single elimination stage though. So did Deuel, who will finds himself facing one of Russia's aspiring youngsters, Andrey Seroshtan
David Alcaide, Ruslan Chinakhov, Thorsten Hohmann, Alex Kazakis, Maksim Dudanets and Evgeny Stalev all qualified for the next stage undefeated. Now it is do or die. Day 3 sees four rounds of play, and at the end of the day, we will know who the final two contenders will be for the main prize. In addition to the link posted before, live stream from the TV table can be found at , there are also cameras running over some of the remaining Diamond tables at  Play continues at 11 am (Moscow time).

Dynamic Dutch Open – Gorst Wins Terrific Comeback Match Over van den Berg

Fedor Gorst

Fedor Gorst, 15-year-old player from Moscow, Russia, just came up with a magnificent comeback against Nick Van Den Berg (NED), winning the match with 9:8.


In the beginning everything looked like business as usual. Nick van den Berg, multiple European Champion and winner of 3 Euro-Tour stops, Mosconi Cup team player, was definitely favored over young talent Fedor Gorst. He took a quick 8:3 lead and went on the hill without any hiccups. It looked like the match would be over after a short time with an expected victor. But after rack eleven, the tide has turned in the match. Van den Berg’s break did not come anymore and Gorst hung in there, not accepting the threat of losing. To the contrary, it looked like Gorst grew stronger and stronger with every chance he could get. The match was really very entertaining to watch and after 16 racks played, the scoreboard suddenly displayed a tie at 8:8. The match had turned into a one-rack-decider. What a drama! In rack 17, van den Berg was definitely the better player. He played a good safety shot and left nothing for Gorst who could only hit the colored ball but left a shot for van den Berg. The Dutch however ran out of position for the 6-ball and had to play another safety shot which he did with all of his experience. The cue ball was hiding behind the 9-ball and the 6-ball was some 30 centimeters away, completely blocked. But Gorst went for it and flukes it in over two rails first, sinking the 6-ball in the side pocket. He then ran the remaining balls on the table to win the match with 9:8 and send Nick van den Berg to the loser’s side.


Other interesting results from today include Kasper Kristoffersen (DEN) winning 9:8 over Jim Chawki (SWE) in a match that was characterized by many errors from both players. IN an all-Polish clash, young Wiktor Zielinski defeated grandmaster Mateusz Sniegocki with 9:8. Alexander Kazakis (GRE) showed no mercy with Juan Carlos Exposito (ESP), creaming him with 9:1. Imran Majid (GBR) took down Francisco Sanchez Ruiz (ESP) with 9:7. After a long time of absence, Artem Koshovyi (UKR) is entering the European pool stage again. Today, his victim was Ralph Eckert (GER) with 9:4. „The Tornado“ Tony Drago (MLT) was already trailing 2:5 to Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) when he seemed to shift into overdrive and started playing unbelievably strong. He allowed one more rack for Ekonomopoulos to take, winning the match with 9:6.


Joshua Filler (GER) turned 18 years old today and made himself a nice gift, winning with 9:2 over Wojciech Szewczyk (POL). Unheralded Roy Stolk (NED) powered past Andrey Seroshtan (RUS) with 9:3 and also proceeds to the winner’s qualification round. Mark Gray (GBR) defeated Steve Leisen (LUX) with a clear and unchallenged victory of 9:3.


Matches will continue tomorrow at 09:00 with the third loser’s round.


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Brother and Sister Duel in the Euro-Tour

The Dynamic Billard Slovenian Open had a novelty today: For the first time, brother and sister met in the second winner’s round. We are talking about Jasmin and Albin Ouschan from Austria.


They both had a walk-over in the first round. Then, in the first winner’s round, Jasmin defeated Andrey Seroshtan (RUS) 9:5 while Albin overcame Michael Lichodziejewski (POL) 9:7. This brought the two together in winner’s round two. They started out quite equally. Then, Jasmin committed two mistakes which was enough for her brother to snatch the needed points off her, winning the match with 9:4. „When we saw we had to play each other, we had to laugh“, stated Albin after the match. „Jasmin and I have played each other in competition six or seven years ago for the last time“. When asked whether they would now have a tense time, Albin added: „No, I think all is good. After the match we talked about what we are going to eat for dinner tonight“. Albin Ouschan will continue in the winner’s qualification round tomorrow while Jasmin needs to seek her luck in the loser’s round.


Other remarkable results include Ralf Souquet (GER) losing to Karl Boyes (GBR) with 3:9 in the first winner’s round. This match was exactly the final match of this year’s Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open in April. Then, Souquet had the better end and won the tournament with a victory over Boyes. Today, the Brit prove to be the stronger player and advanced to the next winner’s round where he made short work of Adam Mscisz (POL) with 9:1.


Reigning World 9-Ball Champion Niels „The Terminator“ Feijen (NED) lost three racks today in total! He defeated Antonio Neves (POR) with 9:2, then Anthony Brabin (CYP) with 9:1. Strong performance as usual from the Dutch superstar.


His fellow countryman Nick Van Den Berg (NED) was not so lucky today. He lost his first match to Carlos Cabello Ariza (ESP) 8:9 and now has to make his way all through the loser’s side. This happened to van den Berg before, and he actually won the tournament so maybe this first round defeat was kind of a wake-up-call for the Dutch.


It can be viewed here that many players from the younger generation give the experienced players a hard time. Joshua Filler (GER) defeated Serge Das (BEL) with 9:6. Daniel Tangudd (SWE) remained victorious over former World Champion Oliver Ortmann (GER) by a hair’s breadth with 9:8.


Another player who should be taken a close look at is Marcus Chamat (SWE). After a break of one year for personal reasons, he shows his face back on the tour and seems to be as dangerous as always. He defeated Ivo Aarts (NED) with 9:4 and then Harald Stolka (GER) also with 9:4.


More information about participants, schedules, achievements, rankings, etc can be found on the event website


The event is hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion Foundation IBPF.