Cuesports: Singapore's Peter Gilchrist crowned billiards world champion at IBSF C'ship

SINGAPORE - In a one-sided demolition, Peter Gilchrist defeated Sourav Kothari 1,500-617 in the long-up format final of the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Billiards Championship in Bengaluru on Thursday evening.

Gilchrist, a Singaporean citizen, did not allow the Indian national champion to take the lead in any of his visits to the table as he won the world title for the fourth time. His previous triumphs came in 1993, 2001 and 2013.

Sourav started with a break of 90 points but once he missed, his 48-year-old opponent dominated the rest of the game, racking up breaks of 127, 68, 66 and 57, without letting go of the lead.

Gilchrist then underlined his class with a break of 356, the highest break of the tournament, to leave Sourav far behind in his 14th visit to the green baize to put him on the way to winning the title by almost 900 points.

In the semi-finals, the man with five SEA Games singles golds to his name (2009, 2011, 2013, two in 2015) defeated triple world champion Rupesh Shah 1,250-958 after a marathon five-hour contest just before the final.

Gilchrist said after his latest win: "I think I could play for 15, 20 hours, to be honest. I don't get fatigued at all, I think I concentrate more the longer it goes on. If I get going, I can concentrate for a long time."