IBSF World Billiards Championship

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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.



Prior to 1951, when the first "world amateur" championship was held under the auspices of the Billiards Association and Control Council (based in London), [1] this event was called the [British] Empire Billiards Championship. [2]

In 1971, after many years' discussion, [3] 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.


2018Yangon (150-Up) India Pankaj Advani Myanmar Nay Thway Oo 6–2
2018Yangon (Long-Up) India Pankaj Advani India Bhaskar Balachandra 1500–299
2017Doha (150-Up) India Pankaj Advani England Mike Russell 6–2
2017Doha (Long-Up) England Mike Russell England Robert Hall1500–1284
2016India (150-Up) India Pankaj Advani Singapore Peter Gilchrist 6–3
2016India (Long-Up) Singapore Peter Gilchrist India Sourav Kothari1500–617
2015Adelaide (timed) India Pankaj Advani Singapore Peter Gilchrist 2408–1240
2015Adelaide (150-Up) Singapore Peter Gilchrist India Pankaj Advani 6–4
2014England (timed) India Pankaj Advani England Rob Hall1928–893
2014England (150-up) India Pankaj Advani Singapore Peter Gilchrist 6–2
2013England (Long-Up) Singapore Peter Gilchrist England David Causier1500–1085
2013England (150-Up) England David Causier India Alok Kumar6–1
2012England (timed) India Pankaj Advani England Mike Russell1895–1216
2012England (points) India Rupesh Shah Australia Matthew Bolton 6–2
2011Carlow (timed) England Mike Russell Australia Matthew Bolton 3001–519
2011Carlow (points) England Mike Russell India Pankaj Advani 6–3 (150up)
2010Maharashtra (timed) England Mike Russell Singapore Peter Gilchrist 4120–784
2010Maharashtra (points) England Mike Russell India Pankaj Advani 6–0 (150up)
2008Bangalore (timed) India Pankaj Advani India Devendra Joshi2368–2020
2008Bangalore (points) India Pankaj Advani India Geet Sethi 6–1 (150up)
2007Singapore (timed) India Pankaj Advani India Dhruv Sitwala1946–1488
2007Singapore (points) India Rupesh Shah India Ashok Shandilya6–4 (150up)
2005Malta (timed) India Pankaj Advani India Geet Sethi 2242–1717
2005Malta (points) India Pankaj Advani India Devendra Joshi6–2 (150up)
2003India England Lee Lagan India Geet Sethi 6–5 (150up)
2002Australia (timed) England Mike Russell India Geet Sethi 2438–1499
2002Australia (points) India Ashok Shandilya Thailand Praput Chaithanasakun11–9 (50up)
2001New Zealand India Geet Sethi India Ashok Shandilya3484–1289
2000England England Chris Shutt England Roxton Chapman11–9 (50up)
1999Ireland Thailand Praput Chaithanasakun England Paul Bennett3201–1657
1998Australia Australia Robby Foldvari Thailand Praput Chaithanasakun1869–1439
1997Malta Malta Joe Grech India Ashok Shandilya2895–2836
1990Bangalore India Manoj Kothari India Ashok Shandilya2890–2422
1987Belfast India Geet Sethi Malta Joe Grech4846–3256
1985Dublin India Geet Sethi Australia Bob Marshall 3809–2453
1983Malta India Michael Ferreira India Subhash Agarwal 3933–2744
1981Delhi India Michael Ferreira England Norman Dagley2725–2631
1979Sri Lanka Malta Paul Mifsud England Norman Dagley2943–2152
1977Melbourne India Michael Ferreira England Bob Close2683–2564
1975Auckland England Norman Dagley India Michael Ferreira 3385–2268
1973Bombay Sri Lanka Muhammad Lafir India Satish MohanRound Robin
1971Malta England Norman Dagley South Africa Mannie FranciscoRound Robin
1969London England Jack Karnehm India Michael Ferreira Round Robin
1967Colombo England Leslie Driffield Sri Lanka Muhammad Lafir Round Robin
1964Pukekohe India Wilson Jones England Jack KarnehmRound Robin
1962Perth Australia Bob Marshall India Wilson Jones 3623–2891
1960Edinburgh England Herbert Beetham Australia Jim LongRound Robin
1958Calcutta India Wilson Jones England Leslie DriffieldRound Robin
1954Sydney Australia Tom Cleary Australia Bob Marshall Round Robin
1952Calcutta England Leslie Driffield Australia Bob Marshall Round Robin
1951London Australia Bob Marshall England Frank EdwardsRound Robin
1938Melbourne Australia Bob Marshall England Kingsley Kennerley Round Robin
1936Johannesburg Australia Bob Marshall South Africa Allan PriorRound Robin
1935London Wales Horace Coles Scotland J McGhieRound Robin
1933London England Sydney Lee Wales Tom JonesRound Robin
1931Sydney England Laurie Steeples England Sydney Lee Round Robin
1929Johannesburg Australia Les Hayes South Africa Allan PriorRound Robin
1927London South Africa Allan Prior Wales Horace ColesRound Robin
1926London England Joe Earlam Australia George ShailerRound Robin


  1. Northern Ireland Billiards Association Minutes, p. 133, 5 July 1951
  2. Northern Ireland Billiards Association Minutes, 1926-50
  3. NIBA Minutes, p. 198, 1959 (Billiards Association of India and BACC discussions on formation of a world body)