The above images are courtesy of the Penang Billiards and Snooker Association 

Written and published by Michael Day on the 12th December 2017

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Former Professional Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon won the recently completed 2017 Penang Open Snooker Championship in Malaysia; defending the title he also claimed in 2016.

The glitzy, highly-polished annual event ran from the 27th November - 8th December at the Snuk Champs Snooker Centre and featured representatives from Thailand, China, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the host nation.

​Thirapongpaiboon, IBSF World Under 21 Champion in 2011, defeated fellow Thai Pongsakron JongJairuk 6-2 in the final. TT also made the event's highest break - a 139.

Chinese pair Liu Yi Qi and Chen Feng were the Semi-Finalists.

There were very healthy numbers in the competition with initial qualifying to get into the main draw. From there, there were Round Robin Groups with those advancing then contesting the Knock-Outs from the Last 32 onwards.

The tournament was organised by the Penang Billiards and Snooker Association. Please visit their Faebook page here for further information, results and pictures.​​