Dick Jaspers

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Dick Jaspers
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Born (1965-07-23) 23 July 1965 (age 55)
Sint Willebrord
Sport countryFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Professional1986

Dingeman Jacobus Johannes "Dick" Jaspers (born 23 July 1965) is a Dutch professional carom billiards player who specializes in the three-cushion event. [1]

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Early life

Jaspers started playing billiards when he was three years old in the pub his parents ran in his home town. Between 1974 and 1980 he participated in the Dutch Youth Championships before making the move to the senior level. In this period he got lessons from Andre Gulickx and Tony Schrauwen

Professional career

Jaspers became a professional billiard player in 1986 after seeing Raymond Ceulemans and Nobuaki Kobayashi on live television during their World Cup final in Valkenburg. Jaspers won two silver medals in the Dutch Championships 1986. In 1987 and 1989 he won the National Championship, and participated three times at the European Youth Championship. He won the gold medal on all of those occasions.

Jaspers started playing in the West German division of the Billiards World Cup Association (BWA) which managed professional GrandPrix tournaments. Jaspers won several of these tournaments and was later suspended by the Confédération Européenne de Billard (CEB) for five years for his participation. Several other worldclass players received the same suspension. The Union Mondiale de Billard supported this decision and Jaspers and the other players were prohibited from participating in European and World Championships for five years. Following the suspension the players remained members of the BWA and played all their tournaments with them, which resulted in a longterm suspension. In 1989 and 1992 Jaspers became European Champion at the European Nation Championships, and in 1991 and 1992 he won the Finals of the Coupe d'Europe events. In 1998 the associations and their players came together to resolve their differences. From then on the players were able to play at the ECs and WCs again. Jaspers won the Three-Cushion World Cup in 1997 [2] and 1999, and received the Golden KNBB Pin in December 1999.

In October 2000, Jaspers dominated the UMB World Three-cushion Championship. Earlier that year he was honored by the BWA.[ clarification needed ] He was not able to defend his title the following year, but he won the silver medal at the 2001 World Games in Akita, Japan.

In Göynük, Turkey, he won the 2003 European Championships and he became UMB World Champion for the second time in 2004 when he overclassed his Greek opponent Filippos Kasidokostas in the final (159, 150, 155). The event was held in Jaspers' home country in Rotterdam. Jaspers would win that event again five years later by defeating Torbjörn Blomdahl.

In 2005, Jaspers won three Silver Medals (World Games, World Nations Championships and Euro Billiards). On 3 September 2006 Jaspers won his 13th Dutch National Championship event.

Jaspers defeated Blomdahl again to win the 2009 AGIPI Billiard Masters. A prize of €20,550 was awarded to him.

Titles

Reference of results [3]

World records

In the 2008 European Championship Final against Torbjorn Blomdahl, Jaspers averaged 5.625. [7] He ended Game One by going 13 and out in his second innings, ran 15 and out in his first innings of Game Two and ran six in his first innings of Game Three. Thus, he made 34 consecutive points.

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References

  1. Players profile at the 2013 World Games. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  2. "Billiard Games". Encyclopædia Britannica. 16 June 2008.
  3. Kozoom.com Personal page Dick Jaspers
  4. Jaspers raises the bar
  5. Dick Jaspers wins European Three Cushion Championship with recordbreaking play
  6. In a singleset match his best series is 26 (2001)
  7. Kozoom.com Personal page Dick Jaspers
Preceded by
Torbjörn Blomdahl
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
1997
Succeeded by
Torbjörn Blomdahl
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
1999
Preceded by
Torbjörn Blomdahl
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Frédéric Caudron
Preceded by
Frédéric Caudron
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
2010
Succeeded by
Torbjörn Blomdahl
Preceded by
Dani Sánchez
World Games – Three-cushion Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Incumbent