The IBSF World Billiards Championship (previously known as the World Amateur Billiards Championship) is the premier, international, non-professional tournament for the game of English billiards. Dating to some form to 1951, the event has been sanctioned by the International Billiards and Snooker Federation since 1973.
English billiards, called simply billiards in the United Kingdom, where it originated, and in many former British colonies such as Australia, is a cue sport that combines the aspects of carom billiards and pocket billiards. Two and a red are used. Each player or team uses a different cue ball. It is played on a billiards table with the same dimensions as a snooker table and points are scored for and pocketing the balls. English billiards has also, but less frequently, been referred to as "the English game", "the all-in game" and (formerly) "the common game".
The International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF) is the organisation that governs non-professional snooker and English billiards around the world. As of 7 May 2013, the organisation is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Prior to 1951, when the first "world amateur" championship was held under the auspices of the Billiards Association and Control Council (based in London),this event was called the [British] Empire Billiards Championship.
In 1971, after many years' discussion,the World Billiards & Snooker Council was formed, changing its name in 1973 to the International Billiards & Snooker Federation. The name change came about because of the disquiet of many overseas national associations that the same body should oversee both the English domestic game and the game at international level. Consequently, the IBSF took control of the organisation of the non-professional championships of both snooker and billiards. The first winner from outside the British Commonwealth did not occur until 1999.
As of 2012, the IBSF World Billiards Championship was merged with the former World Professional Billiards Championship. Under the name World Billiards Championship, tournaments were held in both points and timed format.
|2011||Carlow (points)||6–3 (150up)|
|2010||Maharashtra (points)||6–0 (150up)|
|2008||Bangalore (points)||6–1 (150up)|
|2007||Singapore (points)||6–4 (150up)|
|2005||Malta (points)||6–2 (150up)|
|2002||Australia (points)||11–9 (50up)|
Pankaj Arjan Advani is an Indian billiards and snooker player. He is a 22-time World Champion and has achieved a hat-trick of hat-tricks in English billiards, holding the World, Asian, and Indian National Championship titles simultaneously, in five different years: 2005, 2008, 2012, 2017 and recently in 2019.
Geet Siriram Sethi of India is a professional player of English billiards who dominated the sport throughout much of the 1990s, and a notable amateur (ex-pro) snooker player. He is a six-time winner of the professional-level and a three-time winner of the amateur World Championships, and holder of two world records, in English billiards. He, along with Prakash Padukone, has co-founded Olympic Gold Quest, a Foundation for the Promotion of Sports in India.
The United States Snooker Association (USSA) is the internationally recognized governing body of the sport of snooker in the United States, with its current headquarters registered in Berkeley, California.
Mike Russell, is a twelve-time WPBSA World Champion in the game of English billiards. He also has six IBSF World Billiards Championship titles standing to his name.
The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), founded in 1968 and based in Bristol, the United Kingdom, is the governing body of men's professional snooker and English billiards. It owns and sets the official rules of the two sports and engages in promotional activities on behalf of the sports.
The World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS) is the international umbrella organization encompassing the major cue sports, including carom billiards, pool games of several varieties, and snooker.
The WPBSA World Billiards Championships are a pair of international, professional cue sports tournaments in the discipline of English billiards. The formerly singular championship has been divided, since 2010, into separate timed and points divisions, like the amateur world championships. In its various forms, and usually as a single World Billiards Championship, the title is one of the oldest sporting world championships, dating in earnest to 1869.
The IBSF World Snooker Championship is the premier non-professional snooker tournament in the world. The event series is sanctioned by the International Billiards and Snooker Federation. A number of IBSF champions have gone on to successful careers in the Pro ranks, notably Jimmy White (1980), James Wattana (1988), Ken Doherty (1989), Stuart Bingham (1996), Marco Fu (1997), Stephen Maguire (2000) and Mark Allen (2004). Both Ken Doherty and Stuart Bingham have gone on to win the professional World Snooker Championship.
Northern Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association or NIBSA is the national governing body for Snooker and Billiards in Northern Ireland, appointed by the Sports Council for Northern Ireland, Sport NI. The aims of the association are to develop and promote the sport at grass roots level in Northern Ireland through events and competitions, while providing a platform for talented snooker players to compete in national and international events.
Hossein Vafaei Ayouri is an Iranian professional snooker player. He was the first Iranian professional snooker player in the history of the game. His attempts to travel to the United Kingdom to qualify for the major tournaments on the snooker calendar were denied due to visa problems, but he gained a UK visa in February 2015.
The 2012/2013 snooker season was a series of snooker tournaments played during 2012 and 2013. The season featured two new ranking events; the Wuxi Classic and the International Championship. The tour had a record five ranking events in China, and three new PTC events in Asia. The tour also visited Bulgaria for the first time in its history, and returned to Poland, Belgium and Australia. Before the start of the season World Snooker requested every player to sign a players contract, that would allow players to choose which events they want to enter – no player was forced to play in any event. At the end of the season Mark Selby was named the World Snooker Player of the Year, the Snooker Writers' Player of the Year and the Fans' Player of the Year and Ian Burns the Rookie of the Year. Ronnie O'Sullivan received the "Performance of the Year" for winning his fifth World title after playing just one competitive match during the season. Jimmy Robertson's 57 break in just 130 seconds at the Snooker Shoot-Out received the "Magic Moment of the Year" award. Terry Griffiths, Joe Johnson, Peter Ebdon, Ken Doherty, Graeme Dott, Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship is the premier non-professional junior snooker tournament in the world. The event series is sanctioned by the International Billiards and Snooker Federation and started from 1987.
The IBSF World Under-18 Snooker Championship is a high-ranking non-professional junior snooker tournament. The event series is sanctioned by the International Billiards and Snooker Federation and started from 2015. The inaugural tournament was won by Ka Wai Cheung who defeated fellow countryman Ming Tung Chan 5–2 in the final. Yana Shut won the inaugural women's championship.
The 2015 IBSF World Snooker Championship is an amateur snooker tournament that took place from 9 November to 21 November 2015 in Hurghada, Egypt. It was the 41st edition of the IBSF World Snooker Championship and also doubled as a qualification event for the World Snooker Tour.
World Billiards (Limited) was founded in November 2011 as a subsidiary of the World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association. It includes former members of EBOS and WPBSA, and is the governing body for English billiards.
The 2016 IBSF World Snooker Championship was an amateur snooker tournament that took place from 19 November to 29 November 2016 in Doha, Qatar. It was the 42nd edition of the IBSF World Snooker Championship and also doubled as a qualification event for the World Snooker Tour.
The World Open Under-16 Snooker Championships is a non-professional junior snooker tournament, held for the first time in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in October 2017. The event is organised by the Federation of Billiard Sports of Russia (FBSR), and endorsed by the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF).
The Women's Billiards Association, founded in 1931 and based in London, United Kingdom, was the governing body for women's English billiards and snooker, and organised the Women's Professional Billiards Championship and Women's Professional Snooker Championship.
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