Amateur Snooker - 2015 IBSF World Masters (Over 40’s) Snooker Championship
9th-21st November 2015 / Sunrise Select Hotel, Hurghada, Egypt
MASTERFUL CHANDSRI IS HAT TRICK HERO
78 players from across the globe travelled to Hurghada for the IBSF World Masters, but it was a familiar ending as Thailand’s Phisit Chandsri took the title for the third year running.
Chandsri eased through his round robin group on top with the loss of just three frames. He was therefore seeded straight into the Last 32 knockout bracket.
His comfortable journey then continued when he eliminated Belgium’s Mario Van Herk 4-0, aided by breaks of 56, 54 and 92.
England’s Simon Dent in the next round would be Chandsri’s toughest challenge by far. Dent recovered from going 3-1 down to force a decider, although the Thai managed to oust a nervy decider 50 points to 40.
With the elimination of big name players such as former professionals Darren Morgan and Peter Francisco, plus the demise of KO top seed Simon Zammit come the quarter-finals, Chandsri was a strong favourite to retain his crown.
It was a pressure that he seemed to excel on; Alain Vandersteen (Belgium) and Alan Matic (Ireland) were put to the sword in comprehensive 4-0 and 5-0 whitewashes respectively.
The only obstacle left was Malta’s ‘iron man’ Jason Peplow in the final.
Peplow was very much the master of brinkmanship throughout the event. He survived deciding frame finishes in three consecutive matches from the round of 32, with two of them being on the final black ball!
However, Chandsri controlled the opening phases of the final, gaining an advantage that he would never relinquish.
A break of 54 helped him go 2-0 up, and despite Peplow taking two of the next three, Phisit closed the tie out with runs of 61 and 46, in a 6-2 championship clinching victory.
For full results, please visit the IBSF website here.
Picture above is courtesy of the IBSF
Written and published by Michael Day on the 25th November 2015