The IBSF World Snooker Championship (also known as the World Amateur 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 (in 1997) and Stuart Bingham (in 2015) have gone on to win the professional World Snooker Championship .
Snooker is a cue sport which originated among British Army officers stationed in India in the later half of the 19th century. It is played on a rectangular table covered with a green cloth, or baize, with pockets at each of the four corners and in the middle of each long side. Using a cue and 21 coloured balls, players must strike the white ball to the remaining balls in the correct sequence, accumulating points for each pot. An individual game, or frame, is won by the player scoring the most points. A match is won when a player wins a predetermined number of frames.
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.
James Warren White, is an English professional snooker player who now competes with an invitational tour card. Nicknamed "The Whirlwind" because of his fluid, attacking style of play and popularly referred to as the "People's Champion", White is the 1980 World Amateur Champion, 2009 Six-red World champion, 2010 and 2019 World Seniors Champion, 2019 Seniors 6-Red World Champion and 1984 World Doubles champion with Alex Higgins.
The IBSF World Snooker Championship tournament was first held in 1963. In the first two tournaments, the title was decided alone on group stages. From 1968 until now, the group stage was followed by a knock-out stage. The tournament has been held annually since 1984.
A single-elimination, knockout, or sudden death tournament is a type of elimination tournament where the loser of each match-up is immediately eliminated from the tournament. Each winner will play another in the next round, until the final match-up, whose winner becomes the tournament champion. Each match-up may be a single match or several, for example two-legged ties in European football or best-of series in American pro sports. Defeated competitors may play no further part after losing, or may participate in "consolation" or "classification" matches against other losers to determine the lower final rankings; for example, a third place playoff between losing semi-finalists. In a shootout poker tournament, there are more than two players competing at each table, and sometimes more than one progressing to the next round. Some competitions are held with a pure single-elimination tournament system. Others have many phases, with the last being a single-elimination final stage, often called playoffs.
However, 2005 IBSF World Snooker Championship was cancelled, due to an earthquake in Pakistan where the event was due to be held. Instead in February/March 2006, a new tournament with the name IBSF World Grand Prix was held in Prestatyn, Wales as the qualification for a place on 2006/2007 World Snooker Main Tour, although the winner wasn't called World Champion.
Prestatyn is a seaside town and community in Denbighshire, Wales. Historically a part of Flintshire, it is located on the Irish Sea coast, to the east of Rhyl. At the 2001 Census, Prestatyn had a population of 18,496, that increased to 18,849 at the 2011 census.
Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon, its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate.
The snooker season 2006/2007 was a series of snooker tournaments played between 13 August 2006 and 14 May 2007.
In 2007 an all-Thailand final saw Atthasit Mahitthi defeat Passakorn Suwannawat 11–7. At the 2008 championship in Wels, Austria Thepchaiya Un-Nooh of Thailand defeated Ireland's Colm Gilcreest 11–7. The 2009 event was held in Hyderabad, India, and won by Alfie Burden of England, 10–8 against Igor Figueiredo of Brazil. The 2010 event was held in Damascus, Syria, and won by Dechawat Poomjaeng of Thailand, defeating India's Pankaj Advani. The 2011 Championship was held from November 28 – December 3 in Bangalore, India. The final was won by 17-year-old Iranian Hossein Vafaei, defeating Lee Walker of Wales 10–9.In 2014, fourteen-year-old Yan Bingtao beat Pakistan's Muhammad Sajjad 8–7 to become the youngest ever world champion in snooker.
Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese peninsula composed of 76 provinces. At 513,120 km2 (198,120 sq mi) and over 68 million people, Thailand is the world's 50th-largest country by total area and the 21st-most-populous country. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, a special administrative area. Thailand is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India on the Andaman Sea to the southwest. It is a unitary state. Although nominally the country is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, the most recent coup, in 2014, established a de facto military dictatorship under a junta.
Atthasit Mahitthi is a former professional Thai snooker player.
Passakorn Suwannawat is a former Thai professional snooker player.
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Pankaj Arjan Advani is an Indian billiards and snooker player. He is a 21-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.
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 Six-red World Championship is a six-red snooker tournament, played with the six and six . Stephen Maguire is the reigning champion.
Lu Ning is a professional snooker player from the People's Republic of China.
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 EBSA European Snooker Championship is the premier non-professional snooker tournament in Europe. The event series is sanctioned by the European Billiards & Snooker Association. It took place first in 1988 and is held annually since 1993. In most years the winner of the tournament qualifies for the next two seasons of the World Snooker Tour.
The EBSA European Under-21 Snooker Championships is the premier non-professional junior snooker tournament in Europe. The event series is sanctioned by the European Billiards & Snooker Association. It took place first in 1997 and is held annually since then. The event was known as the EBSA European Under-19 Snooker Championships until 2010. In most years the winner of the tournament qualifies for the next two seasons of the World Snooker Tour and well as being awarded the Ebdon Trophy which is named in honour of former World Champion Peter Ebdon.
Zhou Yuelong is a Chinese professional snooker player.
Yan Bingtao is a Chinese professional snooker player. He is the youngest player to win the Amateur World Snooker Championship, his 8–7 victory over Muhammad Sajjad in the final of the 2014 event earning him a place on the sport's main tour.
The Riga Masters or Riga Open until 2016 is a ranking snooker tournament. The tournament started in 2014 as a part of the Players Tour Championship and was staged at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia. It has been the opening ranking event of the season since becoming a ranking event in 2016. Yan Bingtao is the reigning champion.
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 was an amateur snooker tournament which took place from 9 November to 21 November 2015 in Hurghada, Egypt.
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.
The 2015 IBSF World Snooker Championship is an amateur snooker tournament due to take place from 9 November to 21 November 2015 in Hurghada, Egypt.
Billiard champions in Pakistan are performing their best to achieve global competition win. Naveen Perwani is a well-known Pakistani Snooker player.
The 2019 International Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place from 4 to 11 August 2019 at the Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre in Daqing, China. It was the second ranking event of the 2019/2020 season and the eighth iteration of the International Championship first held in 2012.
Waratthanun Sukritthanes is a snooker player from Thailand. She was the 2018 IBSF World Snooker Championship Women's Champion, and the runner-up in 2017.
Amee Kamani is an Indian snooker player. She was runner-up in the 2016 IBSF World Snooker Championship, and was the 2018 Asian Billiards Sports Championships (ACBS) Ladies Champion.
Anastasia Nechaeva is a Russian snooker and pool player. She was runner-up in the 2014 and 2015 IBSF World Snooker Championships.