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13 Jan 2019

2019 Scottish Open

The 2019 Scottish Open

For the Elden Cup

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th January


The 2018 Scottish Open will take place on Saturday & Sunday 26th & 27th January at Styx, Kirkcaldy.

This event has now been upgraded to a level 4 event with £3000+ prize money and x1.5 ranking points.

Hugh Elden

Hugh Elden

Due to extra sponsorship the entry fee will remain at £40.

To enter click here.

To see the entry list click here.

To see info about entering events see here.

This tournament will be the last ranking event before the Order of Merit
cut-off point for the
World Matchplay in April. 

For details of travel and accommodation see here.

Any referees willing to officiate at this event please contact Alan Shepherd or Colin Whitelaw.


The Scottish Open trophy is named the Elden Cup in memory of Hugh Elden who represented Scotland in the 2013 World Team Championship and won the
2014 Scottish Championship. Hugh sadly passed away in 2015.



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Entries will close in:

at 13:00UTC on Saturday 19th January



13 Jan 2019

2019 Sydney Open Billiards

March 22nd to 24th, Club Marconi, Sydney, Australia.

Guaranteed minimum prize pool $5500 (WBL level 4 ranking event).

Details Here.

2 Dec 2018

2018 British Open


The 2018 British Open took place at Q Gardens in Bradford on Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd December.

For the first time since 2010 our Bradford tournament has been won by someone other than Dave Causier. Martin Goodwill defeated an in form Rob Hall 395-274 in the final, a late break of 226 being the deciding factor.

In the semi final Rob Hall recorded the tournament’s highest break of 499 in his win over Steve Brookshaw, whilst Martin Goodwill took care of former UK champion Roxton Chapman who was competing in his first tournament since the World Championship in 2016.

For all results click here.

Jason Devanney defeated Alan Shepherd in the final of the Challenge Cup.


15 Nov 2018

2019 WPBSA Coaching Course

Our next Coaching Course will take place over the weekend of 27th & 28th April 2019 at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, immediately following the short format World Championship. 

So far we have 42 World Billiards coaches worldwide and we are hoping to increase this number significantly during this course.

Our head of coaching Martin Goodwill will be assisted by head coach Phillip Welham and multiple world champion Peter Gilchrist.

This will be a two day course covering how to coach the basics of the game.

WPBSA’s Chris Motley will be in attendance for a presentation on child protection.

Course participants will have to pass a pre-course online exam, plus three practical exams on day two of the course.


For the first time we are also adding a billiards seminar on Monday 29th which all qualified World Billiards coaches will be invited to attend. Peter Gilchrist is confirmed as the first guest speaker and we hope to add others in due course. Coaches will be able to discuss both coaching and playing techniques with guest speakers in an open forum without the restriction of the more rigid structure of the preceding coaching course.

The seminar will also be free to attend for coaches who have qualified on previous courses.

The price of the coaching course (including the seminar) is £199.

Click here to register. Note that this is a long form, but you can use the Save and Continue feature.

See links below for further information:

Introduction to the WPBSA World Billiards Coaching Scheme

List of current WPBSA World Billiards Coaches

September 2016 course (UK)

September 2017 course (Australia)

December 2017 course (UK)

Find a coach (map)





12 Nov 2018

2019 World Matchplay Championship

The 2019 short format World Championship is being re-named the World Matchplay Billiards Championship, inheriting the name of a WPBSA billiards tournament which took place up until 2002 (see below).

This will be played under the 100-up, multiple games format with modified rules (see here). It will take place between 22nd and 26th of April 2019 in Leeds and will be preceded by the UK Open and a Qualifying Tournament.

There will also be a new Women’s Matchplay event.

The cut off point for the Order of Merit for WBL nominated entries will be 1st February (following the Scottish Open).

Seeding will be based on the Ranking List as at 1st April (following the English Open).

See here for the prize money breakdown.

For the entry criteria see here.



The World Matchplay Billiards Championship took place between 1989 and 2002 and the winners were:

1989 Mike Russell [150up]
1990 Mike Russell [150up]
1996 Mike Russell [150up]
1997 Robby Foldvari [100up]
1998 Mike Russell [100up]
1999 Geet Sethi [Timed]
2000 Peter Gilchrist [Long Up]
2001 Mike Russell [Timed]
2002 Chris Shutt [Timed]


Our own short format champions are as follows:

2012 Rupesh Shah [150up]
2013 David Causier [150up]
2014 Pankaj Advani [150up]
2015 David Causier [150up]
2016 David Causier [100up]
2017 David Causier [100up]
2019 [100up]

12 Nov 2018

Event Hosting Opportunities

Bids for hosting WBL World and Regional (Major) events are invited from NGB’s and Regional Federations.

These events are as follows:

World Championship 2019 & beyond Any
World Matchplay 2020 & beyond Any
Nations Cup (World Team) 2018 & beyond Any Inaugurated Glasgow, Scotland 2014
World Under 21’s 2018 & beyond Any New event
World Seniors (over 60’s) 2018 & beyond Any New event
Asian Grand Prix 2019 & beyond Asia 2018 in Singapore
Americas’ Cup 2021 & beyond America 2019 in Winnipeg, Canada
European Open 2020 & beyond Europe 2019 in Carlow, Ireland
Pacific International 2020 & beyond Oceania 2019 in Yarraville, Australia

Events can be combined; for example, a Major event could be combined with a World event, or two World events together. Combinations will be considered if proposed.

For more information please contact Phil Mumford via the Contact Us page..

12 Nov 2018

2018/19 Calendar of Events

Dates for 2018/19:

# 2018 Event City, Country Level Status
1 AUG 31-02 IB&SA Illawarra Open Wollongong, Australia 3 Results
2 SEP 04-06 Christchurch Open (Alan Parris Trophy) Christchurch, NZ 1 Results
3 SEP 07-09 NZBSA New Zealand Open Christchurch, NZ 1 Results
OCT 19 World Championship Qualifier Leeds, England Results
4 OCT 20-21 World Open (Jim Williamson Trophy) Leeds, England 3 Results
5 OCT 22-26 World Billiards Championship Leeds, England 5  Results
OCT 25 WLBS World Women’s Championship Leeds, England Results
6 NOV 09-11 QBSA Queensland Open Redcliffe, Australia 2 Results
7 DEC 01-02 British Open Bradford, England 3 Results
8 JAN 26-27 Scottish Open Kirkcaldy, Scotland 4 Confirmed
9 MAR 22-24 Sydney Open Sydney, Australia 4 Confirmed
10 MAR 30-31 English Open Cambridge, England 3 Confirmed
APR 19 World Matchplay Qualifier Leeds, England Confirmed
11 APR 20-21 UK Open Leeds, England 4 Confirmed
12 APR 22-26 World Matchplay Billiards Championship Leeds, England 5  Confirmed
APR 25 World Women’s Matchplay Leeds, England Confirmed
APR 27-28 WPBSA Billiards Coaching Course Leeds, England Confirmed
APR 29 Billiards Coaching Seminar Leeds, England Confirmed
13 MAY 18-19 RIBSA Irish Open Carlow, Ireland 3 Confirmed
14 MAY 20-22 European Open Carlow, Ireland 5 Confirmed
15 MAY 25-26 WVEBL Vimy Ridge Classic Winnipeg, Canada 3 Confirmed
16 MAY 27-31 Pan-Am Cup Winnipeg, Canada 5 Confirmed
17 JUN 11-14 Pacific International * Melbourne, Australia 5 Confirmed
18 JUL 27-28 Welsh Open Cwmbran, Wales 3 Confirmed
19 AUG 09-11 Illawarra Open Australia 3 Confirmed
20 AUG 17-18 NSC Open Leeds, England 2 TBC
2019/20 Season
SEP TBC NZBSA New Zealand Open New Zealand TBC TBC
SEP 28-29 Austrian Open Vienna, Austria TBC Confirmed
OCT TBC World Billiards Championship TBC 5 TBC
NOV TBC Queensland Open Australia TBC TBC
NOV 23-24 British Open TBC 3 TBC

The Pacific International billiards event in Australia is part of a seven day billiards and snooker week. The billiards event is preceded by a three day Australian open snooker tournament, which is open to anyone.

Please note: only when dates are confirmed on this website are they fully confirmed. Please do not book travel or accommodation on the basis of having seen dates for events published elsewhere. If the event ‚ÄėStatus‚Äô column above is marked as ‚ÄėTBC‚Äô then there is a reason.

Dates subject to change. Please check back for further details as they are confirmed.

11 Nov 2018

2018 Queensland Open

The Queensland Open took place between November 9th and 11th at Redcliffe.

See all results here.

26 Oct 2018

2018 World Billiards Championship

New World Champion

Sourav Kothari has won his first World Billiards Championship with a 1134-944 victory over Peter Gilchrist in the final. Kothari follows in the footsteps of his father Manoj who won the World Amateur in 1990.

For a breakdown of World Championship prize money see here.

For all results click here.




25 Oct 2018

2018 World Women’s Championship

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The 2018¬†World Women’s Billiards Championship took place on Thursday 25th October at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

Defending champion Emma Bonney won her 13th World title and sixth in succession with a 329-209 win over Rebecca Kenna in the final. This was Kenna’s first foray in to billiards after a number of years on the Women’s snooker circuit.


Emma Bonney and Rebecca Kenna with final referee Chris Coumbe




This was the 21st staging of this championship; previous winners can be viewed here.