Sunday, August 26, 2007

Launching the Billiard Pulse Calendar

The Billiard Pulse Calendar has now been launched. The calendar contains all upcoming cuesport events covered by Billiard Pulse.

The calendar is published through Google Calendar and comes with all the functionality of this service. You can add the calendar to your own schedule, you can get reminders by e-mail, etc.

Although you need to log in to Google to gain access to the full set of functionality you can see a stripped-down version without registering.

The dates have been collected from a number of sources, including WPA, UMB, EPBF, World Snooker, WPBA, Global Cue Sports Centre and AzBilliards.

In the right column you'll find a button leading to the calendar:

Billiard Pulse Calendar

Friday, August 24, 2007

Caudron wins Sang Lee International open - again

Frédéric Caudron from Belgium won the Sang Lee International Open for the second year running.

In the deciding match Caudron edged Turkey's Semih Sayginer 40-39 after having been 39-29 down. He also survived five matchpoints.

Because of the unique format of the event Caudron would have had to beat Daniel Sanchez (Spain) if he had lost loss to Sayginer. Sanchez now had to be content with the runner-up position. Sayginer took third.

Caudron received $12,000 for the win. Sanchez earned $9,600 and Sayginer $8,000.
Sayginer's 16 was the highest run of the event. Torbjörn Blomdahl had the best single game average of 3,500.

The event was played August 13-19 in Carom Café Billiards, New York, USA. A total of 84 players took part.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Dominic Dale on top in Shanghai Masters

Roewe Shanghai MastersDominic Dale won the Roewe Shanghai Masters for his first major title in 10 years.

In the final the popular Welshman came back from 6-2 down to defeat practice partner Ryan Day (Wales) 10-6. It was an unexpected match-up. Dale is No.32 in the official rankings whilst Day sits in 16th place.

Former world champion Graeme Dott (Scotland) and 2007 World runner-up Mark Selby (England) lost out in the semi-finals.

Dale received £48,000 for the victory and an additional £2,000 for his 143 tournament high break. Day walked away with £22,500.

This was Dominic's second ranking title. He also won the 1997 Grand Prix.

The win took him to No.16 in the new provisional rankings. Day's second career runner-up finish puts him in 10th position. World champion John Higgins from Scotland leads the list, followed by Shaun Murphy (England) and Dott.

The event took place on the Shanghai Grand Stage, Shanghai, China Aug 6-12, 2007. It was the first tournament of seven on the 2007/2008 Main Tour. Next up is the Royal London Watches Grand Prix 17nd September.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Allison Fisher takes third US Open in a row

WBPA US OpenAllison Fisher won the WPBA US Open for the third time in a row.

In the final she defeated fellow Englishwoman Kelly Fisher 7-6. Last year's runner-up Kim Shaw (England) shared third place with Ga Young Kim (South Korea).

This was Allison's fifth US Open trophy. She also won in 1999. It was her third Classic Tour victory of the season and 50th of her career.

The win solidifies her position on top of the WPBA rankings. Karen Corr (Ireland) is still in second place and Xiaoting Pan (China) stays in third.

The event took place from August 1-5 in the Twin River Casino, Lincoln, Rhode Island. It was the sixth event of eight this season on the Classic Tour. Next up is the Midwest Classic, October 3-7, in Norman, Oklahoma.

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No.3 for Yang in Shanghai

Taiwan's Ching-Shun Yang won the China leg of the Guinness Asian 9-ball Tour.

In the final he beat Ronnie Alcano (Philippines) 12-10 to claim the $15,000 first prize. Fu Jian Bo (China) and Ryu Seung Woo (South Korea) shared third place.

This was Yang's third win of the season. He also won the events in Kaohsiung and Singapore. With Jung-Lin Chang winning two legs, Taiwanese players have now made a clean sweep this season.

With this win Yang strengthened his lead in the Order of Merit. His points tally is 245. Chang lies in second with 185 points.

Here are the top 10 finishers in the Order of Merit. They won spots in the 2007 World Pool Championship and also the Tour finals.
  1. Ching-Shun Yang, Taiwan
  2. Jung-Lin Chang, Taiwan
  3. Fong-Pang Chao, Taiwan
  4. Ronato Alcano, Philippines
  5. Chia-Ching Wu, Taiwan
  6. Ricky Yang, Indonesia
  7. Ibrahim Bin Amir, Malaysia
  8. Dharminder Singh Lilly, India
  9. Bernard Tey Choon Kiat, Singapore
  10. Lee Vann Corteza, Philippines

The event was held August 3-5 at the Shanghai Hotel, Shanghai, China. It was the fifth event of six this season. Next and final stop is the Grand Championship Final, on Bali, Indonesia on August 31 - September 2.

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