Chennai, July 20 : Top cueists from across the country would vie for honours in the more than Rs 1.25 lakh prize money Q-Lounge All India Open 15 Red Snooker Championship beginning here tomorrow. Players include Number 2 Lakshman Rawat of Uttar Pradesh and No.8 Yogesh Kumar.
The tournament was being conducted by leading snooker academy Q-Lounge under the auspices of the Tamil Nadu Billiards and Snooker Association. The Final will be held on August three. Talking to reporters here on Friday night, Q-Lounge owners Firoze and Abdul Rahman said the tournament has attracted more than 128 players from across the country, including leading players like Rawat, Yogesh Kumar, Anuj Uppal, Rafath Habib of Railways, Girish, Arvind kumar, Faisal Khan, among others.
The next-gen players like Sparsh Pherwani and Kreish Gurbuxani, good participation from Tamil Nadu and three women cueists Neena Praveen,Anupama R and S Manasvini, besides players from New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka in addition to Madurai, Salem, Coimbatore, Erode, Karur, Dharmapuri would also be rubbing shoulders with some fancied players to prove their mettle.The event offers a cash prize of Rs 70,000 for the winner, 35,000 for the runner-up, Rs 15,000 each for the losing semifinalists, Rs 5,000 each for losing quarterfinalists, besides Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 for the top three Highest breaks of 100-plus scores.
The tournament, to be held under knock-out basis, would be played over best of five frames till the Round of 64. It would be best of seven frames till pre-quarters, best of nine frames in quarterfinals and semifinals and the final would be best of 11 frames. Mr R B Ganesh, who is Gold Class in ACBs and Class-1 IBSF Referee, is the Chief Referee of the tournament. The two tables to be used for the tournament have been stitched with nw Strachan 6811 30oz tournament gold and new Aramith 1G balls would be
used for the tournament.(UNI)