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Modified Short Format Rules

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Current Rules

The forthcoming World Matchplay Billiards Championship will be played to the Official Rules of English Billiards as published by WPBSA in November 2014 with the following modifications:

Playing From In Hand 

Section 3, Rule 6 ‚ÄėPlaying From In-Hand‚Äô
After (b) add:

If the striker comes to the table with their cue ball in hand as a result of the non-striker’s last turn, the striker can play directly on to a ball or balls in baulk for that shot only. At all other times the following will apply; (usual rules). 

What this means in practice is that if your opponent pockets your cue ball (or forces it off of the table), when you come to the table for your turn you have the option of playing into baulk from hand; effectively an open table. This will apply regardless of whether one or two balls are in baulk when coming to the table with ball in hand.

Several people have questioned how this rule would be applied following the initial break off shot. As the rule is worded, the second player wouldn’t be coming to the table ‘in hand as a result of the non-striker’s last turn‘ so therefore they wouldn’t be able to play in to baulk on their first shot.¬†


The Miss

Section 2, Rule 16 ‚ÄėMiss‚Äô
Section 3, Rule 16 ‚ÄėAction after a Miss‚Äô
Remove completely; all misses are fouls.

With the change of the ‘Playing From In Hand’ rule (above) the ‚Äėmiss‚Äô would become largely redundant except when you do not leave a ball out of baulk yourself during your own visit. In this instance the striker must now hit a ball or it will be a foul and the usual penalties applied.


The Baulkline Rule

The Baulkline Crossing Rule will also be applied in this Championships.

Due to the nature of the 100-up format it is extremely important that the ‚ÄėBaulkline Warning‚Äô is called at the correct time. In the unlikely event that the referee forgets to call ‚ÄėBaulkline Warning at 80‚Äô (in a break), the onus is on the non-striker to highlight the error. If this is not corrected immediately it will be possible for the striker to win the frame with a 100 break without crossing the baulkline.

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2 Aug 2017

International Development Committee

We are progressing with our efforts to appoint an International Development Committee representing the five sporting regions of the world: Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. This is to facilitate the growth of the game worldwide and assist in the organising of events in those regions, particularly the continental Majors.

We have the following people currently appointed:

Greg Harder

Greg Harder

 

Chairman

(America)

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Carl-Walter Steiner

 

Chairman

(Europe)

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Mike Peachey

 

Chairman

(Oceania)

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TBC (Africa)
TBC (Asia)

The people named above have already been busy in these positions for some time and we are confident that the fruits of their labour will become evident over the coming seasons.

All these representatives will act as a point of contact in their region for players, NGB’s and regional federations. Each regional Chairman will appoint their own sub-committee to help with their duties as and when required.

Olympic Regions

The five sporting regions of the world as defined by the IOC

Felipe Menegaz [Attribution, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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1 Aug 2017

British Isles Development Committee

With the amount of events now taking place in the British Isles and to assist with the accompanying workload, we have recently formed a British Isles Development Committee. The aim is to eventually have representation from each of the eight constituent countries: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man.

British Isles

British Isles

 

We have so far appointed the following people in association with their respective NGBs:

 

England: Chris Coumbe

Ireland: Brendan Devlin 

Jersey: Richard de la Haye

Scotland: Alan Shepherd 

 

Guernsey: (Vacant)

Isle of Man: (Vacant)

Northern Ireland: (Vacant)

Wales: (Vacant)

 

 

The main remit of this committee will be:

  • To foster and develop the game of English Billiards within the British Isles.
  • To assist in organising and promoting WBL events in the British Isles.
  • To liaise and engage with the National Governing Bodies in these countries.
  • To be a point of contact between WBL, NGBs and players in these countries.
  • To support National Championships and all other billiards activities organised by the NGBs in these countries.

Contact details will be added to our ‚ÄėContact Us‚Äô page shortly as part of a forthcoming revamp.

 

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World Billiards Smartphone App

World Billiards now has an app for use on smartphones and tablets.

To get this app search for ‘Team App’ in your app store (Apple or Android devices only
at the moment) or click on the following buttons:

 

 

 

 

Download the Team App. When the app has installed successfully just open it, sign up
and search for ‘World Billiards’. Click on the World Billiards logo and then click ‘join’.

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If you do not have a compatible device you can still sign up and use the app as a web
version by clicking the button below:

Find us on Team App

 

A few hints which will help when using this app:

  • Remember to click to ‘join’ World Billiards. This will ensure that you can view all of the available content.
  • Set your notifications to ‘on’ and whenever a new event or news article is added you will be informed.
  • The app is optimised for use in the ‘portrait’ format rather than landscape.
  • If you sign up to the web version only your notifications will come in the form of an email.
  • The web version is mainly for people currently without a compatible device; if you have the choice it really is best when used as an app.
  • Your login details are the same for both the web version and the app.
  • You can set the World Billiards logo as an app icon on your home screen: from the World Billiards app click ‘Settings‘ then ‘Install To Home Screen‘. This will open up a browser window. From there click the little box with an arrow pointing up (usually top right of browser) and then ‘Add to Home Screen‘ (this works well using an Apple device and Safari browser but we haven’t been able to test on other devices as yet).

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New IDC Appointment

We are delighted to welcome Mike Peachey on to the International Development Committee representing the Oceania region.

Mike Peachey

 

As most of you will know, Jason Colebrook held this position for a number of years and with his recent appointment to the Board of Directors the Oceania place on the IDC has become vacant.

Many of you will know Mike from his many past administrative roles which are too numerous to list here. Suffice to say he has served on everything from his local state association in Western Australia right through to the World Confederation of Billiards Sports.

Mike is well respected within the cue sports world and we know he will bring his vast experience and knowledge to the table for the benefit of billiards.

We are excited to welcome Mike to the team, and look forward to working with him.

 


2017 World Championship Entry Criteria

 

The entry criteria for the 2017 LITEtask World Billiards Championship will be as follows;

AAll former & defending World Billiards Champions (WPBSA / IBSF / WBL)
BChampion (Oceania) [Matthew Bolton]
CRunner-Up (Asia) [Sourav Kothari]
DSemi-Finalist (Europe) [Nalin Patel]
ERunner-Up (America) [Rob Hall]
FDisability nomination [Raja Subramanian]
G8 Nominations from each NGB + 1 Junior + 1 Woman Player
HWomen’s Nomination
I32 players from the final 2016/17 WBL Order of Merit
JA minimum of 4 Qualifiers from a 1 day Qualification Tournament

Notes

  • Spots are generally awarded in chronological order, ie the order in which they are won. This is done in case a player wins multiple spots. For example, if the same player wins the World Championship and then the Asian Championship that player would get the World Champion spot (as this was won first) and the Asian spot would be offered to the runner up in the Asian Championship.
  • Regional championships are used to determine spots where they exist (Asia & Oceania). Where they do not exist (Europe & America) we use our own open major events instead.
  • The 32 players from the 2016/17 WBL Order of Merit (I) will be players who have not already qualified from A-H (see list below).
  • The number of players taken from the Qualification Tournament will depend on the number required to make all groups in the main events equal, however a¬†minimum¬†of 4 players will qualify.
  • The Qualification Tournament will be open to all players who feature on the 2016/17 WBL Order of Merit and any players who are members of, and supported by an NGB.
  • Defending champions will be seeded number 1 in each competition, subsequent seeding will be based on the WBL¬†Ranking List¬†as at 31st August 2017.

 

WBL Top 32
Below is a list of who will be nominated as part of the WBL allocation of players. The qualification route is stated next to the player where it is known.

This list will evolve as players are nominated by their NGBs or decline their invitation and the WBL nominations will then go further down the list accordingly.

Players in BOLD below have entered.

NoCOUNTRYPLAYERQUALIFICATION ROUTE
1SingaporePeter GilchristWorld Champion
2EnglandMike RussellWorld Champion
3EnglandDavid CausierWorld Champion
4EnglandRobert HallRegional Nomination (America)
5EnglandMartin GoodwillWBL 1
6IndiaDhruv SitwalaWBL 2
7EnglandRobert MarshallWBL 3
8AustraliaMatthew BoltonDeclined
9EnglandRyan MearsNGB [EASB]
10IndiaDhvaj HariaWBL 4
11EnglandJonathan MarwoodWBL 5
12EnglandPhil MumfordNGB [EASB]
13EnglandNalin PatelRegional Nomination (Europe)
14EnglandSteve BrookshawWBL 6
15EnglandDarren ClarkWBL 7
16EnglandPhil DavisWBL 8
17EnglandRobin WilsonWBL 9
18EnglandRoxton ChapmanDeclined
19IndiaDevendra JoshiWBL 10
20IndiaSiddharth ParikhWBL 11
21EnglandMark HirstWBL 12
22EnglandChris CoumbeWBL 13
23EnglandIan WilliamsonWBL 14
24IndiaRupesh ShahWorld Champion
25EnglandBrian HarveyWBL 15
26AustraliaJason ColebrookWBL 16
27AustraliaMichael PearsonDeclined
28EnglandPeter ShelleyDeclined
29ScotlandPaul McGowanNGB [Scottish Snooker]
30ScotlandAlan ShepherdNGB [Scottish Snooker]
31AustraliaPeter TankardDeclined
32SingaporeGlenn YeoDeclined
33IndiaAlok KumarWBL 17
34AustraliaTodd HaywardDeclined
35ScotlandJamie JenkinsNGB [Scottish Snooker]
36JerseyDavid NicholsWBL 18
37EnglandArthur WinnDeclined
38IrelandWayne DoyleDeclined
39CanadaFraser DurhamDeclined
40IndiaRaja SubramanianDisability Nomination [WDBS]
41EnglandGary NormanWBL 19
42EnglandEddie FieldingDeclined
43IndiaHitesh KotwaniWBL 20
44AustraliaGeorge ChammasDeclined
45AustraliaBen JudgeDeclined
46IndiaSourav KothariRegional Nomination (Asia)
47AustraliaDavid CollinsDeclined
48EnglandAdam ClarkeWBL 21
49EnglandNathan MannWBL 22
50EnglandEddie DugganWBL 23
51ScotlandCalum Hossack NGB [Scottish Snooker]
52AustraliaGraeme WrightDeclined
53AustriaCarl Walter SteinerDeclined
54IndiaSushrut PandiaWBL 24
55AustraliaSteve MifsudDeclined
56CanadaRick KendallDeclined
57CanadaDave BlacklawDeclined
58EnglandChris MitchellWBL 25
59EnglandEmma BonneyDeclined
60AustraliaJoe MiniciDeclined
61CanadaGuy SmithDeclined
62AustraliaRod NelsonDeclined
63AustraliaDon RichterDeclined
64EnglandStephen KershawWBL 26
65EnglandGary RogersDeclined
66CanadaGarry MarshallDeclined
67CanadaSteve JonesDeclined
68CanadaStephen KingyensDeclined
69IndiaShekhar SurveNGB [BSFI]
70New ZealandWayne CareyNGB [NZBSA]
71AustraliaHassan KerdeDeclined
72New ZealandPeter DeGrootDeclined
73MalaysiaAdwin TehDeclined
74AustraliaDavid PittDeclined
75AustraliaFrank HumphreysDeclined
76CanadaKevin AugustaDeclined
77CanadaRick HutcheonDeclined
78VietnamKien Nguyen TrungDeclined
79AustraliaDanik LucasDeclined
80CanadaAlan SenkiwDeclined
81EnglandStephen StokesWBL 27
82EnglandPeter JohnsonDeclined
83AustraliaCharlie LoweDeclined
84ScotlandDave SneddonDeclined
85WalesPeter StanyerDeclined
86EnglandPaul DevittWBL 28

 

OTHERS
New ZealandRussell DelahuntyNGB [NZBSA]
IndiaAditya AgrawalNGB [BSFI]
IndiaRovin DsouzaNGB [BSFI]
IndiaJagadesh BhuvaneswaranNGB [BSFI]
AustriaMarkus BauerNGB [√ĖSBV]
AustriaMartin SchmidtNGB [√ĖSBV]
IndiaKaavya BharathNGB [BSFI]

2017 LITEtask World Championship Prize Money

Prize money for the 2017 LITEtask World Billiards Championship will be as follows:

..   x               =
WINNER£3,200.00   1£3,200.00
RUNNER UP£1,600.00   1£1,600.00
SEMIS£800.00   2£1,600.00
QUARTERS£400.00   4£1,600.00
LAST 16£200.00   8£1,600.00
HIGH BREAK£1 Per Point   1£TBC

The prize money listed above will apply to each of the two World Championship events. Estimating a total of £800 for the highest break (over both events) there is a total of £20,000 prize money available.


New Board Appointment

Jason Colebrook

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World Billiards Ltd has today appointed Jason Colebrook from Australia on to the board of directors.

As many of you will know, Jason has served on our International Development Committee for some time and has been working tirelessly for the sport in his home region of Oceania. This has paved the way for him to take up a full board position.

Jason has been instrumental in securing the recent Pacific International in Melbourne which is our first major tournament in the Oceania region, as well as numerous other events on the World Billiards calendar. He is President of Billiards Australia, an organisation he recently helped set up, and billiards co-ordinator of his state association VBSA.
He also has the backing of his National Governing Body ABSC for this appointment.

We welcome Jason to the board and very much look forward to working with him on future projects.


2016 World Championship Entry Criteria

The entry criteria for the 2016 LITEtask World Billiards Championship will be as follows;

AAll former World Billiards Champions (WPBSA / IBSF / WBL)
BDefending Champion(s) [David Causier]
CLadies World Champion [Emma Bonney]
DOceania Champion [Joe Minici]
EAsia Champion [Dhruv Sitwala]
FEurope Champion [Mike Russell]
GDisability nomination [Subramanian Venkateswaran]
H8 Nominations from each NGB + 1 Junior + 1 Lady Player
I32 players from the final 2015/16 WBL Order of Merit
JA minimum of 4 Qualifiers from a 1 day Qualification Tournament

Notes

  • Spots are generally awarded in chronological order, ie the order in which they are won. This is done in case a player wins multiple spots. For example, if the same player wins the World Championship and then the Asian Championship that player would get the World Champion spot (as this was won first) and the Asian spot would go to the runner up in the Asian Championship.
  • The 32 players from the 2015/16 WBL Order of Merit (I) will be players who have not already qualified from A-H (see list below).
  • The number of players taken from the Qualification Tournament will depend on the number required to make all groups in the main events equal, however a¬†minimum¬†of 4 players will qualify.
  • The Qualification Tournament will be open to all players who feature on the 2015/16 WBL Order of Merit and any players who are members of, and supported by an NGB.
  • Defending champions will be seeded number 1 in each competition, subsequent seeding will be based on the WBL¬†Ranking List¬†as at 31st August 2016.

 

WBL Top 32
Below is a list of who will be nominated as part of the WBL allocation of players. The qualification route is stated next to the player.

Players in bold have entered.

NoCOUNTRYPLAYERQUALIFICATION ROUTE
1EnglandDavid CausierWorld Champion
2SingaporePeter GilchristWorld Champion
3EnglandRobert HallNGB [EASB]
4EnglandMike RussellWorld Champion
5EnglandPhil MumfordNGB [EASB]
6EnglandRoxton ChapmanWBL 1
7EnglandSteve BrookshawWBL 2
8EnglandJonathan MarwoodWBL 3
9EnglandChris TaylorDeclined
10EnglandNalin PatelDeclined
11EnglandRobin WilsonWBL 4
12EnglandMartin GoodwillWBL 5
13EnglandAdam ClarkeWBL 6
14EnglandPeter ShelleyWBL 7
15EnglandDarren ClarkNGB [EASB]
16EnglandPhil DavisWBL 8
17EnglandGary NormanWBL 9
18EnglandRyan MearsNGB [EASB]
19Rep. of IrelandWayne DoyleDeclined
20EnglandIan WilliamsonWBL 10
21EnglandBrian HarveyWBL 11
22EnglandArthur WinnWBL 12
23Rep. of IrelandAidan MurrayDeclined
24IndiaSushrut PandiaWBL 13
25EnglandMark HirstWBL 14
26EnglandChris CoumbeWBL 15
27EnglandEddie FieldingWBL 16
28New ZealandGrant HaywardDeclined
29ScotlandAlan ShepherdNGB [Scottish Snooker]
30CanadaFraser DurhamNGB [CBSA]
31New ZealandPaul StockerDeclined
32New ZealandGary OliverDeclined
33EnglandStephen Crosland (timed)WBL 17
34EnglandStephen KershawWBL 18
35EnglandRobert MarshallWBL 19
36New ZealandDarren TaylorDeclined
37AustraliaDavid CollinsDeclined
38EnglandJamie BarkerDeclined
39EnglandAndrew DraperDeclined
40AustriaCarl Walter SteinerNGB [√ĖSBV]
41ScotlandJamie JenkinsNGB [Scottish Snooker]
42EnglandNathan Mann¬†–
43EnglandBrian PritchardWBL 20
44EnglandBernard French¬†–
45EnglandTrevor SmithDeclined
46CanadaDave BlacklawDeclined
47AustraliaBrian MouldayDeclined
48EnglandStephen BradshawDeclined
49AustraliaMichael PearsonDeclined
50EnglandDavid NicholsDeclined
51AustraliaTodd HaywardDeclined
52ScotlandThomas McFarlaneDeclined
53New ZealandZac Guya¬†–
54AustraliaCharlie LoweDeclined
55IndiaAdesh ShekatkarDeclined
56Rep. of IrelandJoe DohenyDeclined
57EnglandCraig Fitzpatrick¬†–
58Rep. of IrelandRobert McCrumDeclined
59EnglandNigel WardWBL 21
60IndiaRaja SubramanianWDBS Nomination
61EnglandSteve StokesWBL 22
62New ZealandMark Taylor¬†–
63EnglandChris Cator¬†–
64New ZealandWayne CareyDeclined
65AustraliaDanik LucasDeclined
66AustraliaJason ColebrookDeclined
67Rep. of IrelandAonghus McAnallyDeclined
68ScotlandDave SneddonDeclined
69AustriaMartin Schmidt (Timed)NGB [√ĖSBV]
70Northern IrelandJohn McintyreDeclined
71AustraliaAlex KayDeclined
72Rep. of IrelandRoss DoyleDeclined
73ScotlandJim BurkeDeclined
74ScotlandPaul McGowanNGB [Scottish Snooker]
75AustraliaDavid PittDeclined
76New ZealandRuss DelahuntyDeclined
77CanadaRick KendallDeclined
78EnglandRoy DensonDeclined
79EnglandEmma BonneyWorld Ladies Champion
80EnglandGreg EnglishDeclined
81EnglandSteve LockDeclined
82EnglandDavid AtkinsonWBL 23
83AustraliaJoe MiniciDeclined
84EnglandPeter JohnsonDeclined
85AustraliaDarren MartinDeclined
86FranceAkhilesh MohanNGB [FFB]
87New ZealandPaul Wereta
88EnglandFinlay Laing¬†–
89EnglandMick White¬†–
90Rep. of IrelandLarry DrennanDeclined
91EnglandGaye JonesNGB [EASB] Ladies
92Rep. of IrelandLloyd MyersDeclined
93Northern IrelandPaddy DonnellyDeclined
94Rep. of IrelandJohn KehoeDeclined
95AustraliaVic Cravino
96EnglandSean McAllister (100up)WBL 24
97AustraliaGeorge Chammas
98AustraliaVit Sacco
99AustraliaRaj Das
100WalesPeter Stanyer
101CanadaAlan Senkiw
102EnglandDale Schofield
103EnglandMatthew Lyon
104ScotlandStevie Angus
105AustraliaHassan Kerde
106AustraliaBob Natalenko
107EnglandAdam Sears
108AustraliaRoger Farebrother
109Rep. of IrelandEugene Hughes
110EnglandPeter Atkinson
111EnglandIan Belgin
112AustraliaJohn Machen
113EnglandSam Walker
114New ZealandArthur King
115EnglandMark Hill
116AustraliaMichael Hough
117New ZealandPeter DeGroot
118AustraliaAdrian Hinks
119AustraliaMick Boyne
120AustraliaBrad Williams
121JerseyMartyn le Gallais
122New ZealandKen Goebel
123ScotlandJohn Inverarity
124EnglandGary RogersVia Qualifier
125EnglandMatthew Peaker
126ScotlandPaul Whelan
127Rep. of IrelandJames Bateman
128EnglandKevin Payne
129Northern IrelandOliver McGuigan
130EnglandSidney Ash
131AustraliaDragan Skvaric
132AustraliaFred Minici
133AustraliaRicky Lo
134AustraliaDaniel Jenkins
135EnglandEddie Duggan
136ScotlandCalum Hossack
137AustraliaChris Neloski
138AustraliaGene Crossingham
139AustraliaMichael Newman
140AustraliaDanny Senko
141AustraliaGraeme McNeil
142AustraliaPeter Tankard
143AustraliaDirk Hellenbroich
144New ZealandNeil Gyde
145AustraliaDaniel Lawler
146EnglandGraham GuestVia Qualifier
147Northern IrelandNorman Whaley
148New ZealandPeri Lilli
149EnglandJason Devanney
150ScotlandKenny Baird
152AustraliaRod Hart
153AustraliaPaul Davis
154MalaysiaAdwin Teh
155EnglandCarl De Pasquale
156AustraliaRoger Carr
157AustraliaBrice Hilliard
158AustraliaAndrew Stoermer
159AustraliaJohn Burns
160AustraliaRaymond Farage
161EnglandDavid Bentinck
162JerseyRichard de la Haye
163JerseyRobert le Moel
164AustraliaNeville Moore
165WalesLiam Arnold
166EnglandFrank Bradley

Entries (not on Order of Merit)

IndiaRupesh ShahWorld Champion
IndiaDhruv SitwalaAsian Champion
IndiaSourav KothariNGB [BSFI]
IndiaSiddharth ParikhNGB [BSFI]
IndiaDhvaj HariaNGB [BSFI]
IndiaDevendra JoshiNGB [BSFI]
IndiaAlok KumarNGB [BSFI]
IndiaShekhar SurveNGB [BSFI]
IndiaHitesh L. KotwaniNGB [BSFI]

2016 World Championship Prize Money

Prize money for the 2016 LITEtask World Billiards Championship will be as follows:

 
     
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WINNER £3,200.00   1£3,200.00
RUNNER UP£1,600.00   1£1,600.00
SEMIS £800.00   2£1,600.00
QUARTERS£400.00   4£1,600.00
LAST 16 £200.00   8£1,600.00
HIGH BREAK£1 Per Point   1£TBC
     
     

With two events, and estimating a total of £800 for the highest break (over both events) there is a total of £20,000 prize money available.

In addition to the above, LITEtask have agreed to transfer their offer of £10,000 for a 1000 break made under the Baulkline Rule (which was initially earmarked for a Master event) over to the Timed World Championship as the Masters will not now take place until next year. 

Should this feat be achieved more than once the prize money will be split equally between the players concerned.

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