Amateur Snooker - 2015/2016 Indian National 6 Reds Snooker Championships
29th December 2015 - 5th January 2016 / Bengal Rowing Club, Kolkata, India
INDIAN 6 REDS TITLES DECIDED
Kamal Chawla and Amee Kamani took gold in the 5th edition of the Indian National 6 Reds Snooker Championships
Chawla was successful in the 170 entrant Men's division; his first national title after a number of final defeats in the past.
The competition was played in three different stages - Double Elimination Qualifying, Main Stages Round Robin and the 32 Player Knockouts.
The pre-tournament favourites navigated their way into the KO's, although reigning champion Varun Madan fell to Ishpreet Chandra 5-3 in the Last 32.
Chawla comfortably made his way through the group phase after winning all three matches.
He would have a more taxing time in the knockouts, surviving deciding frame finishes against J. Varun Kumar and Malkeet Singh in the Last 32 and Quarter-Finals respectively.
In the final he faced the experienced Manan Chandra, who had earlier knocked out India's only current professional Aditya Mehta in the semi-finals 6-4.
In an exciting championship match, both finalists had the initiative throughout.
Chawla held the early upper hand to lead 3-1, but Chandra went on a four frame winning streak to go 5-3 up.
The eventual winner then won a hat-trick of frames of his own, before Chandra forced it to the wire.
However, after a 3 hour plus epic, Chawla held his nerve to claim his maiden crown at this level.
Kamani dethroned outgoing champion Vidya Pillai 3-1 in the final, after mapping her way through the double elimination and Last 8 knockouts.
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Written and published by Michael Day on the 8th January 2016