CASA Copenhagen - 7th Indian National 6-Red Championship 2020

Ahmedabad - Gujarat





Aditya; Advani marches into Last-16

Major Upsets - Laxman Rawat; Kamal Chawla lost



Ahmedabad 9th March 2020:

The knockout stage (Last-32) for the Casa Copenhagen National 6Red Snooker Championship 2020, which is being organized jointly by the Gujarat State Billiards Association & the Sports Club of Gujarat under the auspices of the BSFI, started today after three days grueling round-robin group stage matches

Current World and Asian Team Snooker Champion faced heavy turbulence against Anurag Giri of Madhya Pradesh where the match stretched till the deciding frame which also includes tie-score and re-spotted black in frame 3rd and 5th.

Despite facing one of the toughest competitors, Anurag constantly countered Aditya and won alternate frames to run parallel till the first six frames. Though Aditya broke that series and obtained 4-3 lead, which was again countered by Anurag to set decider.

During the decider, Anurag got an excellent chance to upset Aditya but missed a slightly difficult last red leaving all open him. That was the final chance for Aditya which he converted into a classy clearance and won the match 5-4.

Meanwhile on adjacent table, defending champion Pankaj Advani breezed into the last 16 with a 5-0 whitewash of his opponent R. Girish of Railways. The multiple-time World champion recorded the match win with an average of 8 minutes per frame and closed the proceedings in less than 50 minutes.

However, in the second session of the Last-32 knockout, major casualty came from Table No.3 where reigning World 6Reds champion, Laxman Rawat lost 1-5 from Varun Madan of Delhi. The second frame saw good contest and Laxman had a chance to equalize but lost marginally to trail 0-2. However, he managed to send a recovery break of 34 points in the third frame and reduced the deficit but after that, he failed to take Varunís challenge in next frames and ended his journey in this yearís National 6Reds championship.

Another big upset occurred when PSPB player Dhvaj Haria outclassed World 6Reds No.2 Kamal Chawla in a straight-set of frames 5-0. Kamal was struggling throughout and despite having few good chances in the first three frames, he fell short each time and constantly trailed. On the other side, established Dhvaj sent a massive break of 60 points in the fourth frame and then the last frame to won 5-0.