Pankaj Advani wins 14th World title at the 2015 IBSF World Billiards Championship
India’s most successful cue master Pankaj Advani added another title to his tally by winning the IBSF World Billiards Championship held in Adelaide, Australia. He beat his opponent from Singapore, Peter Gilchrist, in the final by a mammoth difference of 1168 points, after the match ended after the maximum allotted time – 300 minutes.
The 30-year-old Advani started the match on the front foot by smashing a break of 127 in his opening shot and took the game beyond his opponent in the next two shots by scoring two triple century breaks(360 and 301).
This victory also came as a revenge for Pankaj as he lost the final of the point format Championship to the same opponent in the last week.
“I was determined to get even with Peter”: Pankaj Advani
On winning his 14th title, Advani said, “I was determined to get even with Peter (Gilchrist) after losing the point format final to him. A productive chat with my sports psychologist brother Shree and a good night's sleep did the trick. We discussed my strategies and mental approach the night before the big final and it all panned out perfectly,” as TOI reported.
With a comfortable 700-point lead, The 2015 6-red snooker world champion continued to punish his opponent’s missed chances with breaks of 284, 119, 101 and 106 in quick succession to extend his lead to 1100 points at the halfway mark of the 5-hour final.
Advani continued his fine aggressive scoring in the second half of the 5-hour match and put the last nail in the coffin with a fluent and flawless 430 points break that was unfinished as the match reached the end of its 300 minutes duration.
He added, “I've been on the move last couple of months competing in many tournaments back to back, in both snooker and billiards. The stint started with winning the world 6-red snooker championship and ended with this world title in billiards making it a very satisfying phase of the year for me."
Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Peter Gilchrist (Singapore) 2408 - 1240 (final of Time format)
Breaks: Pankaj Advani (127, 360, 301, 284, 124, 101, 106, 171, 114, 430*), Peter Gilchrist (102, 156, 249, 107, 198).