Zsolt Fenyvesi retained the Hungarian National Snooker Championship last weekend - it was his seventh success in the event since 2010.

Held at the Terminal Snooker Club in Budapest, a venue that recently hosted World Snooker's Challenge Tour Event 8, over 40 players competed in a straight knockout format for Hungary's most prestigious amateur snooker title.

​Defending champion Fenyvesi, who initially received a bye, defeated Monika Vantara-Stenocz (4-0), Istvan Bona (4-1), Balazs Csurgo (4-0) and Bulcsu Revesz (5-1) to reach another final.

​For the third year running, his opponent there was number 2 seed Attila Horvath, who eliminated Pal Vantara 5-2 in the semi-finals. Vantara later ousted Revesz 5-4 in the third/fourth place play-off.

Despite losing the opening frame and being pegged back at 2-2, 29-year-old Fenyvesi made breaks of 93, 66 and 45 to help him go 4-2 up at the interval in the best of 13 frames final.

On resumption Fenyvesi extended his lead with a contribution of 102. However, unperturbed by his rival's heavy scoring, Horvath responded by taking the next three frames to level affairs at 5-5, then aided by a run of 55 he went 6-5 up and just one away from glory.

In another turnaround, though, Fenyvesi showed class when he produced a 72 break to square it up before claiming the deciding frame for a gripping 7-6 victory.

2018 Hungarian National Snooker Championship

Results (from the Quarter-Finals onwards)

​Zsolt Fenyvesi 4-0 Balazs Csurgo

​Bulcsu Revesz 4-0 Tibor Mirk

​Pal Vantara 4-1 Mihaly Balasko 

​Laszlo Kovacs 3-4 Attila Horvath


Fenyvesi 5-1 Revesz

​Vantara 2-5 Horvath

Third/Fourth Place Play-Off

Revesz 4-5 Vantara


​Fenyvesi 7-6 Horvath

​The picture above is courtesy of Marta Csaszar

Article written and published by Michael Day on the 19th December 2018

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