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Travel & Accommodation (2019 Scottish Open)

Accommodation Details

Victoria Hotel
28 Victoria Road
(next door to the venue)

Room details at special discounted rates, assuming full occupancy, rates are per room B&B

  • Twin/double rooms (two people sharing) ¬£72.25
  • Twin/double rooms (single occupancy) ¬£56.10
  • Single rooms ¬£46.75
  • Deluxe twin/double rooms (two people sharing) ¬£76.50
  • Deluxe twin/double rooms (single occupancy) ¬£60.35
  • Quote ‚ÄúWorld Billiards‚ÄĚ when calling or emailing to book rooms and ask for Adele.
  • Rooms are limited to 21 at this hotel so please book early.
  • Email info@victoriahotelkirkcaldy.co.uk
  • Phone 01592 260117
  • Website¬†www.victoriahotelkirkcaldy.co.uk


Main form of travel would be the East Coast train line on a direct train to Aberdeen and alight at Kirkcaldy (5 mins walk from train station).
If flying to Edinburgh, get tram right at airport, travel to fourth stop Edinburgh Gateway, and await any train that stops at Kirkcaldy
Alternatively from the Airport take the 747 bus to Halbeath Park & Ride and a pick-up will be arranged (Friday only).

Please contact Alan Shepherd for more details of travel options and possible pick-up points.

UK Open [Prize Money]

Please see below for the prize money breakdown in the forthcoming UK Open.

..    x         =
WINNER£960.00  1£960.00
RUNNER UP£480.00  1£480.00
SEMIS£240.00  2£480.00
QUARTERS£120.00  4£480.00
LAST 16£60.00  8£480.00
HIGH BREAK£60.00  1£60.00
..   . .
Challenge Cup   
WINNER£120.00  1£120.00
RUNNER UP£60.00  1£60.00
HIGH BREAK£30.00  1£30.00
Total         £3,150.00

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Accommodation (Bradford)


We have secured a preferential rate at the Best Western Bradford Guide Post Hotel which is a few minutes from the playing venue.

Rates are:
Single person B&B                                      £53.00 per night
Double/Twin Room for 2 people B&B          £62.00 per night

Call the hotel on¬†01274 607866 and quote ‚ÄėWorld Billiards‚Äô.

There are not many rooms left for the Saturday night so please book ASAP.


We have arranged a dinner at Cue Gardens for the Saturday evening (2-Dec). It will cost £14.95/head to include choices from :-

·   Starters

Shredded Chicken & Vegetable Soup, Warm Ciabatta
Lamb Kofta, Tzatziki, Mix Leaf

·   Mains 

Pie – Meat & Potato Slice with Suet Crust, Chunky Chips, Veg Medley, Lashings of Gravy
Smothered Chicken РPan Roast Chicken Breast Smothered in Creamy Pepper Sauce,  Crushed New Potato with Cabbage and Bacon, Veg Medley

·   Dessert

Jam Roy Poly & Creme Anglais
Strawberry Cheesecake, Strawberry Sauce, Chantilly Cream

Please liaise with Roy Bacon about this; if you have any dietary requirements let him know and vegetarian options are available on request. Supporting this meal would demonstrate our appreciation of what the club does for us, and their sponsorship of the event and provides a social opportunity.

12 Nov 2017

Coaching Workshop

A World Billiards Coaching Workshop was held at Cambridge Snooker Centre on Saturday 11th November.

The coaching team of John Inverarity, Phillip Welham & Trevor Thorn


This was lead by WPBSA World Billiards coach Phillip Welham who was assisted by John Inverarity and Trevor Thorn.

The coaching group


Eight students were coached the basics of the game plus some top of the table routines.










For details of how to become a qualified WPBSA World Billiards coach see here.


World Championship Draw Process

The draws for the three events which make up the World Championship (World Open, World Championship (Short Format) and World Championship (Long Format)) are made to ensure the maximum variety of opponents for all players whilst adhering as closely as possible to the seeding positions as determined by the World Rankings.

The three draws are performed in the reverse order to which they are played.

Firstly the long-format World Championship draw is performed strictly according to the seeding positions taken from the World Rankings, with the exception that the defending champion is seeded no.1. All players in the tournament are seeded. If necessary some minor adjustments are then made to ensure that countries are separated as evenly as possible in the groups.

The short-format World Championship draw is then performed with as few adjustments to the long-format draw as possible to ensure players are close to their original seeding positions whilst avoiding playing any of the same players twice. Again, countries are separated as much as possible and the defending champion is seeded no.1.

Finally, the World Open (Jim Williamson) draw is made also ensuring no player plays the same player as they have drawn in the two World Championship events, also separating countries and staying as close as possible to the seeding positions. Only two players per group are seeded in this tournament and the defending champion is seeded no. 1.

The result of this procedure is that no player will play the same player twice in the group stages across all three tournaments and will play as few players from their own country as is mathematically possible.

Seeding for all tournaments part of the World Championship are based on the final World Ranking list of the preceding season which can be viewed here: 2016/17 World Rankings.

We hope you understand the challenges presented by this process and accept that it is in place in the best interests of all players in all competitions.

Please note that if a player withdraws once this process is complete and is replaced by another player it may not be possible to adhere to the same draw criteria for the replacement player.

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Accommodation & Dinner


We have secured a preferential rate at the Best Western Bradford Guide Post Hotel which is a few minutes from the playing venue.

Rates are:
Single person B&B                                      £53.00 per night
Double/Twin Room for 2 people B&B          £62.00 per night

Call the hotel on¬†01274 607866 and quote ‘World Billiards’.


Roy is arranging a dinner at Cue Gardens for the Saturday evening (3-Dec). It will cost £11.95/head to include choices from :-

  • Starters
    Tomato and basil soup with crusty roll
    Classic prawn cocktail & brown bloomer
    Chicken liver pate, red onion chutney with toasted wholemeal bloomer
  • Mains
    Roast chicken breast with pan jus
    Roast topside of beef with red wine jus
    Mediterranean vegetable Wellington and tomato fondu
  • Dessert
    Stick toffee pudding with ice cream
    Jam sponge and custard
    Chocolate fudge cake with cream

Names to Roy as soon as possible.


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Ireland Accommodation

Woodford Dolmen Hotel

An accommodation deal has been arranged as follows:

Woodford Dolmen Hotel
Kilkenny Road
R93 N207
+353 59 914 2002

Friday & Saturday:
Twin: ‚ā¨99.00 per night BB
Single: ‚ā¨89.00 per night BB

Sunday – Thursday:
Twin: ‚ā¨69.00 per night BB
Single: ‚ā¨55.00 per night BB



Quote ‘World Billiards’ or ‘Ivy Rooms’ when making a booking.

[9-May] ¬†Rooms are going very fast and there are not many left. If you don’t book NOW then you may well have a problem !


Other local hotel options include:




LITEtask Scottish Open [Prize Money]

Here is the prize money breakdown in the LITEtask Scottish Open.

LEVEL 3 |  x1 | £2000+ PRIZE MONEY
..  x         =
(Dave Causier)
(Phil Mumford)
(Peter Gilchrist, Steve Brookshaw)
(Rob Hall, Chris Taylor, Peter Shelley, Darren Clark)
(Tom McFarlane, Jamie Jenkins, Gary Norman, David Nichols, Brian Harvey, Arthur Winn, Adam Clarke, Andrew Draper)
(321 – Peter Gilchrist)
(Phil Davis)
(Chris Coumbe)
PLATE HIGH BREAK£20.001£20.00





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LITEtask British Open [Social Evening]

Our Social Secretary Roy Bacon has kindly arranged a meal for us at Cue Gardens on Saturday evening. 

The menu available is as follows:


World Billiards Dinner:

Cream of leek and potato soup, herb crustini

Classic Prawn cocktail, wholemeal bloomer

Chicken liver parfait, cranberry chutney & toasted brioche

Traditional roast turkey, with all the festive trimmings,

Red wine and cranberry braised silverside, Yorkshire pudding

Steamed salmon fillet, lemon butter sauce

Mediterranean vegetable & feta cheese casket, tomato fondue

Chocolate orange crème brulee, Chantilly cream

Mulled fruit cheesecake, sweet crumble & pouring cream

Classic Christmas pudding, cranberries & brandy sauce

The cost of the 3 course meal above is £16.95
This is a £2 discount on their regular price.
Gluten free is organised as well.

The exact time of the meal won’t be known until we have all the entries in, but is usually scheduled around 30 mins after the end of the final session.

If you want to be included in this booking please let Roy Bacon know via Email.



From a record field of 64 players from eight countries, 1999 UK champion Roxton Chapman from Peterborough emerged a somewhat surprise winner of the 2015 LITEtask UK Open Billiards Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds at the weekend.

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A record field of 64 players assembled at the fantastic Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds for the UK Open

Chapman, who retired from professional billiards in the mid 2000s and from playing altogether five years ago, dusted the cue off for a remarkable comeback, rivalling anything seen previously in any sport. Despite not having played at all for a number of years and certainly not at his best, Roxton ‚ÄėRocky‚Äô Chapman managed to outwit several of the world‚Äôs top players, including a win in the final over David Causier, the 2013 World Champion and current world ranked no.1.

In a repeat of the 1999 UK final Chapman managed to prevail by just 58 points, a similar margin to his victory 16 years earlier. Prior to the final he had taken care of current English champion and 2015 world championship runner up Rob Hall in the semi final, and in-form former professional Robin Wilson in the quarters, both matches being won by small margins over the 90 minute matches.

In the other half of the draw David Causier was wreaking his usual havoc on opponents with big breaks and massive scores, accumulating an incredible 3205 points in his four pre final KO matches. In the semi final he halted the progress of another former professional making a recent comeback to the game in ‚ÄėDangerous‚Äô Dave Nichols from Norfolk, so named for his aggressive and fast style of play which often wrong foots even the best of opponents. He was no match for Causier here however, only scoring 222 to his opponents 765.

England Junior Internationals Sean McAllister and Ryan Davies

England Junior Internationals Sean McAllister and Ryan Davies

Notable performances included French Indian Akhilesh Mohan’s surprise last 32 win over 1988 UK Champion and local club coach Ian Williamson, whose late father Jim was instrumental in resurrecting billiards a number of times in the past when it was at its lowest ebb. Improving Irish champion Wayne Doyle also put in a solid display with a run to the quarter final and English junior international, 15 year old Sean McAllister, impressed with two group wins.

Performance of the tournament however must go to 13 year old Ryan Davies, who came in as a late wildcard replacement for a withdrawn player and proceeded to win three of his four group matches, following it up with a last 32 win over former Northern Ireland champion Paddy Donnelly before succumbing to Dave Nichols in the last 16.

The UK Championship has a rich history dating back to 1934 when Joe Davis first won the title. The event was resurrected by the late Jim Williamson in 1979 after a gap of 28 years, and following another hiatus since the early 2000s it is again back on the billiards calendar, this time as an open event. This has been made possible with the help of new title sponsor LITEtask Ltd who are based in Leeds. Managing Director Mark Pears said ‚ÄėI have to say what a fantastic weekend. From a personal view I thoroughly enjoyed the two days and from a business point of view I couldn’t have asked for more, so thank you very much indeed. I can‚Äôt wait for the LITEtask World Championship in October‚Äô.

Roxton Chapman Winner LITEtask UK Trophy

Roxton Chapman with the UK Championship trophy following the final


Following the final World Billiards Chairman Alan Chamberlain presented Roxton Chapman with the magnificent UK trophy, which has recently been restored to its former glory. He thanked sponsors LITEtask, hosts Northern Snooker Centre and tournament controller Eugene O’Connor and his team of dedicated referees who were kept on their toes over the weekend overseeing 157 matches over the two days.

With the extra ranking points available at this event it has allowed both Roxton Chapman and Dave Nichols to climb up to 34th and 35th position respectively in the world ranking list. Both players will be hoping this will be enough to gain them direct places in to the World Championship in October when the entry criteria are released next week.


The World Championship is also sponsored by LITEtask and takes place at the Northern Snooker Centre between 16th & 28th October.




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Group Qualifying taking place at the Northern Snooker Centre on Saturday




Useful Links:


High Breaks

Prize Money

General Info

Previous Winners

World Rankings


Countries represented:

  • Austria (2)
  • England (45)
  • France (1)
  • India (1)
  • Ireland (6)
  • Jersey (3)
  • Northern Ireland (3)
  • Scotland (3)

Total = 64 competitors.

Photograph credits: 
Photos 1, 2 & 4 courtesy of LITEtask.
Photo 3 courtesy of Manfred Raidl.


LITEtask Ltd

LITEtask is the UK‚Äôs largest Independent Commercial Lighting Designers and Distributors in the UK. The business began in 1971 as a lamp wholesaler and has evolved into the project driven company it is now. LITEtask prides itself on its distribution business partnerships with some of the leading manufacturers in the UK and Europe which we continue to grow and develop. These distribution partnerships enable LITEtask to offer these manufacturers’ ranges to the marketplace.

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