Organised by BSAM
02 April 2012 to 18 April 2012

Winner Sourav Kothari (PSPB) (left) and runner-up Yasin Merchant (MAH)

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    Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai - 400 023. Phone - 22070311

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    RS. 700/-

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    Tournament Committee:
    Mehernosh Billimoria (tournament director) , Kaizad Fitter, Marzdi Kalyaniwala, Chintan Jhaveri, Rishabh Kumar, Yasin Merchant, Derek Sippy, Aditya Agrawal.

    Mehernosh B.( 9820070407), Aditya Agrawal (9820036964), Bombay Gymkhana ( 022-43223543)

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    Strokes Century Break
    Group Stage Knockout Stage

    1. Yasin Marchan (MAH )  : 116*

    2. Sourav Kothari (PSPB) : 113

    3. Faizal Khan (RSPB)       : 101

    1. Yasin Marchan (MAH )  : 115* (SF)



    FINAL  (BEST OF  11)


    Yasin Merchant ( MAH ) vs  Sourav Kothari ( PSPB )



    Sourav Kothari (PSPB) Beat Yasin Merchant (MAH) : ( 6-5 )

    31-60, 73-43, 69-32, 15-65, 10-56, 63-24, 75-43, 17-84, 65-62(62), 16-72, 68-49 




    Kothari stuns Merchant for title

    Sourav Kothari of ONGC stunned double Asian champion Yasin Merchant in a 6-5 thriller to emerge champion in the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament, on Wednesday.

    Dark horse Kothari overcame Merchant 31-60, 73-43, 69-32, 15-65, 10-56, 63-24, 75-43, 17-84, 65-62, 16-72, 68-49 in a gripping championship round that lasted a marathon four-and-a-half hours and earned him a winner’s prize of Rs. 1 lakh.

    “Initially nothing was going my way. But I stuck to my game plan and hung in,” said a delighted Kothari. “All this while I was concentrating on billiards and this was a pleasant victory.”

    “I am still enjoying the game and certainly did the tournament. I was hoping for Sourav to make the mistakes, which he didn’t. I had my chances and there were times when I did play under pressure. It was a good final,” said Merchant, who earned Rs. 50,000 as the runner-up.

    Merchant trailed 3-4 at the half-way stage but punished Kothari for missing the yellow with a significant break of 30 to draw level in an eighth frame marked by brilliant snookers from both cueists.

    It set the stage for a humdinger and Merchant came back with a bang in the ninth frame with brilliant potting and positioning. Trailing 0-58, he fired a break of 62 that was initiated with a red cannon meant for the top left pocket that struck the jaw and ricocheted into the centre pocket off the cushion. The break ended prematurely though when Merchant missed the black in the top right and Kothari snatched the frame and lead on his second attempt.

    The never-say-die Merchant led the contest to a climax when he opened the crucial 10th frame with a break of 32 and added another 36 at the end to force the decider in a spectacular effort that was mandatory to keep his hopes alive.

    Kothari kicked off the final frame with a cautiously constructed break of 40 that was to be decisive. Merchant trailed 15-62 after missing the black, but his hopes had not diminished with 51 points on the table, with three reds and the colours remaining. He potted the last red but missed the green en route that ended a break of 22, before Kothari returned to snatch the frame and match on the pink.   

    Earlier in the second semi-finals, double Asian champion Yasin Merchant beat India No. 1 Aditya Mehta 5-4 in another marathon encounter that went down to the wire.


    Final: Sourav Kothari (ONGC) bt Yasin Merchant (Khar Gym) (6-5)

    31-60, 73-43, 69-32, 15-65, 10-56, 63-24, 75-43, 17-84, 65-62(62), 16-72, 68-49.

    Kothari stuns Chawla to enter final 

    Underdog Sourav Kothari of ONGC shocked India No. 2 Kamal Chawla in a 5-4 thriller to storm into the final of the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament, on Tuesday.

    Kothari won the five-hour marathon best-of-nine frames semi-finals 69-60, 53-22, 55-64, 39-63, 55-77, 57-20, 61-29, 21-65, 65-36 for a surprise entry into the championship round and awaits the winner of the other semi-final between India No. 1 Aditya Mehta and double Asian champion Yasin Merchant.

    In a riveting contest that was full of twists and turns, Kothari got off to a dream start with a 2-0 lead while opening up with a break of 69 in the first frame after trailing 0-60. That effort inspired him to enhance the lead and put Chawla under early pressure.

    But the experienced Chawla bounced back to surge to a 3-2 lead with brilliant potting and positioning that has earned him the sobriquet ‘Mr. Consistent’ on the circuit. Though Kothari came back to snatch a 4-3 lead an unperturbed Chawla forced the decider with a significant early break of 47 in the crucial eighth frame that ended prematurely when he missed a simple red. Kothari replied with a break of 21 until he too missed the red in the centre.

    An early break of 26 in the deciding ninth frame helped Chawla to a 36-30 lead with three reds and the colours remaining. But his fortunes changed with an unfortunate red in-off that allowed a cautious and careful Kothari to return to fire a well constructed break of 35 to snatch the frame and match on the pink.  



    Sourav Kothari (ONGC) bt Kamal Chawla (Selvel) :(5-4)

    69(69)-60, 53-22, 55-64, 39-63, 55-77, 57-20, 61-29, 21-65(47), 65-36.,

    Yasin Merchant ( MAH) bt Aditya Mehta (PSPB): ( 5-4 )

    59-47, 115(115*)-1, 0-62, 71-13, 62-63, 50-77, 2-72, 61(51)-7, 64-0


    Kamal Chawla (Selvel) bt Manish Jain (WB) ( 4-1 )

    75-25, 86(65)-37, 38-67, 71-23, 74-9;

    Sourav Kothari (ONGC) bt Brijesh Damani (Indian Oil) (4-1)

    60-8, 83-32, 42-71, 70(55)-0, 5-64.

    Yasin, Aditya set up semis clash 

    India No. 1 and pro Aditya Mehta and double Asian champion Yasin Merchant fashioned impressive wins to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash in the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament, on Monday.Merchant kicked off a rewarding day for the favourites with a clinical 4-2 win over India No. 7 Manan Chandra of Bharat Petroleum, while Mehta halted India junior No. 1 Laxman Rawat of Delhi with a 4-1 win, in the best-of-seven frames quarter-finals. Merchant, who recently announced his retirement from international snooker, showed no signs of his passion diminishing as he seized upon every opportunity that came his way and rolled on.

    Chandra got off to a dream start with a break of 61 that helped him snatch the opening frame. But Merchant, who began on an ominous note with a foul, struck back to surge to a 3-1 lead that included a break of 51 in the fourth frame that still reflected his hunger for success.  

    Chandra fought back and narrowed the lead to 2-3 with another break of 50 but his challenge ended there as Merchant took away the sixth frame in a trice. 

    “We were both in good nick. I played well and had no reason to be disappointed. It’s just that Yasin punished me for my mistakes and was the deserving winner,” reasoned Chandra.

    Aditya Mehta, who just returned from the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield after reaching the second round there, cruised through his tie against the talented Rawat. Though he trailed 1-3 against his more accomplished opponent, Rawat showed he was no pushover when he made a gallant bid to keep his hopes alive in the crucial fifth frame.

    Rawat was on course for a clearance as he potted brilliantly under pressure, firing a brown canon and returning ideally behind a red. But he played the green in a hurry and to his dismay missed a simple shot that struck the jaw. Mehta seized the opportunity for a clearance to snatch the frame and match on the black at 54-53.  

    “I really don’t know what happened,” said Rawat. “I feel I should have taken my time before going for the green. It was a simple shot after all.”

    Results: Quarter-finals:

    Yasin Merchant (Khar Gym) bt Manan Chandra (BPCL) : ( 4-2 )

    5-80(61), 69-7, 62-21, 68(51)-21, 17-57, 58-21;

    Aditya Mehta (Indian Oil) bt Laxman Rawat (Delhi) ( 4-1 )

    63-32, 28-61, 72-50, 79-44, 54-53.

    Damani downs Chandra to qualify

    Manish, Laxman enter quarters 

    India No. 4 Brijesh Damani of Indian Oil beat India No. 7 Manan Chandra in a crucial last tie to qualify for the knock out quarter-finals, in the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Sunday.

    Kolkata-based Damani rallied from a 0-2 deficit to surge to a thrilling 3-2 win in a must-win contest that served to shunt out young Delhi cueist Pushpinder Singh who would have sneaked through from Group C had Damani lost.

    Following the early advantage, Chandra frittered away a golden opportunity to snatch the crucial fourth frame and the match when he missed the pink. With the loss Chandra finished second in the group and will face a stiff competitor in double Asian champion Yasin Merchant in the quarter-finals.  

    India No. 2 Kamal Chawla of Bhopal also did India junior No. 1 Laxman Rawat of Delhi a favour when he beat formidable Siddharth Parikh of Railways 3-1 in the last tie in Group B. The win paved the way for the talented Rawat’s entry into the quarter-finals, while Parikh, who was desperate for a win to qualify, crashed out.

    Chawla will next take on another Kolkata-based cueist Manish Jain who finished second behind Merchant in Group D.

    The quarter-final line-up: Aditya Mehta vs Laxman Rawat; Yasin Merchant vs Manan Chandra; Brijesh Damani vs Sourav Kothari; Kamal Chawla vs Manish Jain.

    Results: Elite Main Draw: Group A: Aditya Mehta (Indian Oil) bt Sourav Kothari (ONGC) 1-65, 75-39, 56-55, 0-81(80), 55-20.

    Group B: Kamal Chawla (Selvel) bt Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) 55-38, 61-41, 20-72, 78(60)-9; Nalin Patel (Bombay Gym) bt Abhimanyu Gandhi (Guj) 37-89(48), 0-95(95), 55-13, 77-27, 59-36.

    Group C: Brijesh Damani (Indian Oil) bt Manan Chandra (BPCL) 49-58, 17-60, 82-53, 77-54, 72-67.

    Group D: Rafath Habib (Rlys) bt Himanshu Jain (Hyd) 42-53, 74-80, 55-17, 72-33, 73-4.

    Yasin, Joshi shocked

    Aditya Mehta, Kamal Chawla in quarters 

    Seasoned cueists Yasin Merchant and Devendra Joshi crashed to unexpected defeats on a dramatic day of upsets in the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Saturday.

    Faisal Khan of Railways stunned double Asian champion Merchant 3-2 for his third win, after trailing 0-2, in a Group D thriller. It was Khan’s second successive win over his coach whom he had beaten in the Islam Gymkhana final recently.

    Khan’s win though did not help him qualify for the knock out quarter-finals, as Merchant beat Jain in their last tie to top the group with the latter finishing in second spot.

    Young Pushpinder Singh of Delhi fashioned the other big upset of the day when he shocked Devendra Joshi 3-1 in Group C to keep his hopes alive. While Joshi crashed out of contention following the defeat, Singh’s fate rests on the crucial last tie between group topper Manan Chandra and India No. 4 Brijesh Damani of Kolkata.

    Meanwhile, India No. 1 Aditya Mehta and No. 2 Kamal Chawla coasted to their fourth consecutive wins to seal their berths in the quarter-finals along with Sourav Kothari of ONGC.

    Results: Elite Main Draw:

    Group A: Sourav Kothari (ONGC) bt Varun Kumar (TN) 79-10, 75(52)-22, 45-34; Sourav Kothari (ONGC) bt Marzdi Kalyaniwala (Bombay Gym) 66-27, 68-21, 73(52)-40; Aditya Mehta (Chembur Gym) bt Varun Kumar (TN) 31-83, 78-17, 85-22, 66-16; Aditya Mehta (Chembur Gym) bt Marzdi Kalyaniwala (Bombay Gym) 54-16, 55-26, 63-44.


    Group B: Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) bt Abhimanyu Gandhi (Guj) 37-77, 62-44, 69-23, 59-67, 97-15; Laxman Rawat (Delhi) bt Nalin Patel (Bombay Gym) 82-72, 57-27, 65-35; Rovin D’Souza (Bombay Gym) bt Nalin Patel 50-36, 65-12, 39-60, 29-88, 74-44; Kamal Chawla (Rlys) bt Laxman Rawat (Delhi) 61-74, 80(64)-29, 67-53, 84(77)-1; Kamal Chawla (Rlys) bt Rovin D’Souza 23-71, 86-31, 75-27, 33-60, 65(42)-20; Kamal Chawla (Rlys) bt Abhimanyu Gandhi (Guj) 51-20, 31-59, 110(86unf)-7, 79(79)-12.


    Group C: Pushpinder Singh (Delhi) bt Devendra Joshi (BPCL) 37-64, 63-14, 75-17, 63-38; Brijesh Damani (WB) bt Amit Saboo (Bombay Gym) 69-9, 68-4, 69-48; Brijesh Damani (WB) bt Shakeel Ahmed (Rlys) 67-42, 57-48, 67-42; Manan Chandra (BPCL) bt Amit Saboo (Bombay Gym) 78-4, 77-29, 64-27; Manan Chandra (BPCL) bt Shakeel Ahmed (Rlys) 89(69)-10, 55-53, 57-39; Devendra Joshi (BPCL) bt Shakeel Ahmed (Rlys) 45-63, 61-2, 68-46, 9-47, 57-9.


    Group D: Faisal Khan (Rlys) bt Yasin Merchant (Khar Gym) 50-67, 5-85, 85-21, 67-38, 69-37; Yasin Merchant (Khar Gym) bt Rafath Habib (Rlys) 24-57, 70-0, 69-31, 61-13; Himanshu Jain (Hyd) bt Faisal Khan (Rlys) 72-21, 19-74, 75-12, 16-67, 67-27; Aditya Agrawal (Bombay Gym) bt Faisal Khan (Rlys) 63-26, 51-61, 55-42, 1-93(52), 67-20; Manish Jain (WB) bt Rafath Habib (Rlys) 45-63, 66-30, 70-5, 68-39; Rafath Habib (Rlys) bt Aditya Agrawal (Bombay Gym) 58-63, 62-49, 62-27, 72-34; Yasin Merchant (Khar Gym) bt Manish Jain (WB) 70-9, 47-57, 51-69(63), 74-60, 71-32.

    Rovin rattles Rawat
    Aditya Mehta stretched;
    Kothari, Merchant fire century breaks

    Former Maharashtra junior champion Rovin D’Souza stunned India junior No. 1 Laxman Rawat of Delhi to keep his hopes alive, while India No. 1 and pro Aditya Mehta was taken the distance in the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Friday.

    Bombay Gymkhana lad D’Souza, who beat Gujarat’s Abhimanyu Gandhi in his opener, registered a crucial 3-2 win over Rawat in a Group B thriller, after trailing 1-2. D’Souza got off to a bright start with a break of 55 in the opening frame. Though Rawat replied with a 59 in the third frame to surge to a 2-1 lead, D’Souza came back strongly and ignored his opponent’s reputation for the first upset in the elite draw.

    Aditya Mehta, who arrived from the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield where he reached the second round, encountered opening round blues when he struggled to beat Hasan Badami 3-2 in Group A. Mehta coasted to a comfortable 2-0 lead before Badami bounced back with a late challenge to force the decider.

    Devendra Joshi, who lost his opener to Manan Chandra in Group C, bounced back with back-to-back wins while shocking India No. 3 Brijesh Damani of West Bengal and Amit Saboo of Bombay Gymkhana in exciting matches that stretched into the decider.

    Chandra survived a scare when he rallied from 0-2 to beat an impressive Pushpinder Singh of Delhi 3-2. It was qualifier Singh’s second loss after going down to Damani, but he made amends with wins over qualifier Shakeel Ahmed and Saboo.

    Meanwhile, wild cards Sourav Kothari of ONGC and double Asian champion Yasin Merchant delighted with century breaks. Kothari fired 113 while prevailing over Geet Sethi 3-0 and Merchant impressed with an unfinished 116 in his 3-0 win over India junior No. 2 and senior No. 5 Himanshu Jain of Hyderabad.


    Sethi, Joshi stretched

    Yasin warms up with easy opener  

    Manan Chandra overcame Devendra Joshi 3-2 in a thrilling Group C clash as the big boys of the green baize arrived at the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Thursday.

    Chandra and Joshi gave the elite main draw an explosive start with the former surging to a surprise 2-1 lead after man-in-form Joshi snatched the second frame with a brilliant break of 82. Joshi’s vast experience came to the fore again when he fired another 59 in the crucial fourth frame to force the decider. In a decider that could have gone either way, Chandra held on dearly to a narrow lead and took the match away with a sigh of relief.

    The legendary Geet Sethi also endured a strong challenge as he overcame Bombay Gymkhana’s Marzdi Kalyaniwala 3-2 in another absorbing contest that went down to the wire. After Kalyaniwala won the crucial fourth frame, Sethi fired a decisive break of 60 in the decider to seal the issue.

    In contrast, double Asian champion Yasin Merchant warmed up with a comfortable 3-0 win over Aditya Agrawal that included a break of 75 in the opening frame.

    Meanwhile, Manish Jain of West Bengal, Shakeel Ahmed and Faisal Khan of Railways, Abhimanyu Gandhi of Gujarat, Varun Kumar of Tamil Nadu and Pushpinder Singh of Delhi qualified for the elite phase along with Rafath Habib of Railways who was a lucky loser in place of Hyderabad cueist Lucky Vatnani who pulled out.


    Elite Main Draw:

    Group A: Varun Kumar (TN) bt Hasan Badami (CCI) 46-76, 58-19, 51-37, 65-18; Sourav Kothari (ONGC) bt Hasan Badami 89-50, 67-35, 67-17; Geet Sethi (Guj) bt Marzdi Kalyaniwala (Bombay Gym) 51-63, 65-44, 59-45, 8-45, 69(60)-24. 

    Group B: Laxman Rawat (Delhi) bt Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) 47-63, 55-43, 63-54, 80(65)-16; Rovin D’Souza (Bombay Gym) bt Abhimanyu Gandhi (Guj) 59-29, 66-53, 59-37.

    Group C: Manan Chandra (BPCL) bt Devendra Joshi (BPCL) 74-10, 8-126(82), 67-38, 16-90(59), 49-22; Shakeel Ahmed (Rlys) bt Amit Saboo (Bombay Gym) 59-49, 62-13, 64-42; Pushpinder Singh (Delhi) bt Amit Saboo 80(65)-27, 83(63)-17, 40-83(55), 74-9.

    Group D: Yasin Merchant (Khar Gym) bt Aditya Agrawal (Bombay Gym) 98(75)-8, 77-43, 55-45; Himanshu Jain (Hyd) bt Aditya Agrawal 60-41, 65-37, 28-64, 70-9.

    Final qualifying Rd:

    Manish Jain (WB) bt Mahesh Jagdale (Elphinstone CC) 73-39, 75-1, 6-66, 71-42, 63-28; Shakeel Ahmed (Rlys) bt Kabil Badami (Bombay Gym) 24-56, 64-21, 53-64, 57-19, 61-33, 76-25; Faisal Khan (Rlys) bt Gaurav Prabhu (MIG) 37-53, 67-5, 89-14, 70-30, 70-32; Abhimanyu Gandhi (Guj) bt Shahbaaz Khan (Vasai) 61-57, 44-56, 66-17, 23-69, 62-23, 43-69, 74-54; Varun Kumar (TN) bt Nikhil Ootam (CCI) 60-27, 56-15, 51-59, 71-45, 29-65, 65-11.

    Jagdale taken the distance

    Vasai lad Shahbaaz Khan rolls on

    Mahesh Jagdale and Vasai lad Shahbaaz Khan registered contrasting wins to move a step closer towards the elite round, in the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Wednesday.

    While the quiet and composed Khan turned silent achiever with a stunning 3-0 win over formidable Hitesh Kotwani of CCI, Jagdale of Elphinstone Cricket Club experienced a strong challenge midway against Chandigarh lad Rajat Khaneja before rallying to an exciting 3-2 win, after trailing 1-2.

    Jagdale kicked off an action-packed day of close encounters when he won a tight opening frame and dropped the second and third in black ball finishes. Khaneja lost his way later as Jagdale’s vast experience helped him to surge to substantial leads in the last two frames.

    Gujarat’s Abhimanyu Gandhi also impressed when he rallied to a 3-1 win over Thane’s Arun Kumar to set up a mouth-watering final qualifying round clash with Shahbaaz Khan, while former state champion Nikhil Ootam halted Arvind Kumar of Hyderabad 3-1.


    4th Rd: Shahbaaz Khan (Vasai) bt Hitesh Kotwani (CCI) 59-49, 65-30, 41-20;Nikhil Ootam (CCI) bt Arvind Kumar (Hyd) 59-55, 45-53, 54-38, 48-35;

    Varun Kumar bt Kaizad Fitter (Bombay Gym) 66-14, 48-60, 66-28, 65-25; Mahesh Jagdale (Elphinstone CC) bt Rajat Khaneja (Chandigarh) 52-42, 61-62, 54-61, 80-6, 67-33; Abhimanyu Gandhi (Guj) bt Arun Kumar (Thane) 50-61, 79-53, 54-27, 67-43. 

    3rd Rd: Arvind Kumar (Hyd) bt Gaurav Jaisinghani (Vashi) 57-40, 40-4, 26-51, 27-66, 43-30; Rajat Khaneja (Chandigarh) bt Mayur Sanghvi (Willingdon SC) 68-21, 54-8, 61-20; Varun Kumar bt Viren Sharma (MP) 64-13, 68-23, 67-14; Arun Kumar (Thane) bt Farhad Tengra (Elphinstone CC) 61-10, 27-54, 67-71, 53-40, 47-28.

    Easy for Habib, Jain

    Ahmed snatches decider

    Rafath Habib of Railways and Manish Jain of Kolkata fashioned comfortable wins to enter the fourth qualifying round, in the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Tuesday.

    Playing his first tie in the competition, Tamil Nadu-based Habib beat Mitang Soni of Vashi 3-0, while young Jain prevailed over Dinesh Dodia of Elphinstone Cricket Club 84-7, 50-76, 64-15, 59-24 that included a break of 59 in the opening frame.

    While Habib and Jain sailed through, West Bengal-based veteran Shakeel Ahmed of Railways endured stiff challenges before moving one step closer to the elite phase.

    Ahmed kicked off a gruelling day and stole the honours when he beat Abdur Rehman of Islam Gymkhana 3-1 in the third qualifying round and arrived later to rally to a thrilling 48-61, 1-61, 80-67, 80-45, 70-59 win over young Varun Madan of Delhi after trailing 0-2.

    Ahmed’s experience came to the fore when he snatched a tight third frame that put Madan under pressure. Madan never recovered from there as a cautious Ahmed forced the decider and clinched the match in a riveting finish. 

    The other fourth qualifying round winners were Faisal Khan of Railways and Pushpinder Singh of Delhi.  


    4th Rd: Faisal Khan (Rlys) bt Rajeev Sharma (Malabar Hill Club)76-20, 79-41, 68-38; Manish Jain (WB) bt Pawan Kohli (Khar Gym) 60-16, 89-0, 73-43;

    Pushpinder Singh (Delhi) bt Divya Sharma (Haryana) 55-51, 58-56, 16-88, 20-60, 71-41; Shakeel Ahmed (WB) bt Varun Madan (Delhi) 48-61, 1-61, 80-67, 80-45, 70-59.

    3rd Rd: Rajeev Sharma (Malabar Hill Club) bt Anmoldeep Singh (Pune) 62-35, 30-66, 69-64, 35-75, 69-68; Rafath Habib (Rlys) bt Mitang Soni (Vashi) 49-8, 78-28, 66-45; Manish Jain (WB) bt Dinesh Dodia (Elphinstone CC) 84(59)-7, 50-76, 64-15, 59-24;Kaizad Fitter (Bombay Gym) bt Zareer Shroff (Bombay Gym) 51-7, 46-57, 73-22, 67-5;Shakeel Ahmed (WB) bt Abdur Rehman (Islam Gym) 59-8, 59-12, 42-61, 68-28;Divya Sharma (Haryana) bt Sumit Saldurkar (MCF) 71-43, 63-38, 68-18; Gaurav Prabhu (MIG) bt Balaji Reddy (Hyd) 58-43, 9-69, 56-45, 66-40. 

    2nd Rd: Mitang Soni (Vashi) bt Yash Bansal 54-34, 61-3, 68-38; Rajat Khaneja (Chandigarh) bt Natraj Ganesh 53-16, 93-0, 60-9; Arun Kumar (Thane) bt Aman Goel 58-33, 56-65, 40-53, 58-43, 58-50; Arvind Kumar (Hyd) bt Yogesh Sharma (Pune) 61-28, 75-11, 63-33; Viren Sharma bt Arun Agrawal (Elphinstone CC) 4-73, 56-42, 73-70, 53-29.  

    1st Rd: Arun Kumar (Thane) bt Manjot Singh (Del) 50-56, 51-6, 55-15, 12-67, 66-35.

    Badami stuns Girish in decider

    Kotwani shocks Pandya; Faisal fires unfinished 99 break

    Young Kabil Badami rallied from 0-2 to shock favourite R. Girish of Railways to advance to the final qualifying round, in the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Monday.

    True to his reputation, formidable Girish raced to an early advantage even as Badami fired a significant break of 39 in the second frame. But Bombay Gymkhana lad Badami ignored the deficit and believed in himself to launch a spectacular comeback.

    Badami thrived on significant breaks of 30s in the last three three frames to surge to a thrilling 35-66, 54-74, 46-14, 63-41, 63-36 win to move one step away from qualifying for the elite phase.

    Islam Gymkhana champion Faisal Khan of Railways announced his arrival with a 99 clearance en route to an emphatic 3-0 win over Sunil Jain of Elphinstone Cricket Club in the third qualifying round.

    In a third round upset, Hitesh Kotwani of CCI overcame former senior state champion Rishabh Pandya of India Oil 63-40, 5-82, 57-26, 50-62, 67-22 in another thriller that went down to the wire.

    Joining Kotwani in the fourth qualifying round were Delhi lads Pushpinder Singh and Varun Madan who registered 3-0 wins.


    4th Rd: Kabil Badami (Bombay Gym) bt R. Girish (Rlys) 35-66, 54-74, 46-14, 63-41, 63-36.

    3rd Rd: Faisal Khan (Rlys) bt Sunil Jain (Elphinstone CC) 74-28, 122(99)-1, 73-9; Sarang Shroff (NSCI) bt Mayank Bhavsar (Country Club) 69-28, 87-15, 65-16;

    Hitesh Kotwani (CCI) bt Rishabh Pandya (PSPB) 63-40, 5-82, 57-26, 50-62, 67-22; Manav Panchal (Malabar Hill Club) bt Sanjeev Bijlani (Park Club) 45-28, 76-37, 61-30; Pushpinder Singh (Delhi) bt Manoj Kasare (Khar Gym) 67-25, 75-11, 60-16; Varun Madan (Delhi) bt Abhishek Soparkar (Thane) 55-41, 59-11, 56-37.

    2nd Rd: Zareer Shroff (Bombay Gym) bt Arjun Sood (Delhi) 26-50, 53-16, 24-49, 63-36, 67-23; Divya Sharma (Haryana) bt Karan Anand (Andheri Recreation Centre) 41-42, 59-40, 53-36, 51-23; Shakil Ahmed (West Bengal) bt Samay Wadhwan (PJ Hindu Gym) 62-30, 67-19, 69(65)-25.

    1st Rd: Rajat Khaneja (Chandigarh) bt Subhash Jog (Elphinstone CC) 65-30, 56-24, 63-33.

    Contrasting wins for Sharma, Gandhi 

    Vishal Sharma of Madhya Pradesh and Abhimanyu Gandhi of Gujarat registered contrasting wins to enter the fourth qualifying round of the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Sunday.

    Sharma kicked off a rewarding day for the outstation cueists when he rallied from a 1-2 deficit to overcome a gritty Ramesh Arora of the host club 51-26, 37-45, 27-57, 70-28, 69-28 in the best-of-five-frames contest.

    Arora surged to a surprise lead midway, but the match sprang to life when Sharma came back with a brilliant late burst to force the decider and take it away.

    In contrast, upcoming Gandhi halted state mate Tushar Patel’s winning streak with a 3-0 rout.

    Young Shahbaaz Khan of Vasai announced his arrival on the circuit with a significant 3-0 win over formidable Rishabh Kumar of Bombay Gymkhana to also enter the fourth qualifying round.

    Arjun Sood of Delhi kicked off his campaign with a 3-0 win over Dharmil Choksi of Mumbai in the first round.


    3rd Rd: Kabil Badami (Bombay Gym) bt Raj Khandwala (CCI) 61-41, 60-31, 58-28; Vishal Sharma (MP) bt Ramesh Arora (Bombay Gym) 51-26, 37-45, 27-57, 70-28, 69-28; Shahbaaz Khan (Vasai) bt Rishabh Kumar (Bombay Gym) 49-11, 64-36, 68-52; Abhimanyu Gandhi (Guj) bt Tushar Patel (Guj) 67-51, 56-20, 58-32. 

    1st Rd: Arjun Sood (Delhi) bt Dharmil Choksi 46-14, 49-39, 53-23.

    Kohli beats cousin Ishpreet in thriller

    Pawan Kohli overcame his cousin Ishpreet Singh Chadha in a tight 3-2 finish to advance to the fourth qualifying round of the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Saturday.

    It was all in the family but the young cousins turned fierce competitors as they clashed for the first time in competition. Kohli was forced into the decider after leading 2-1 and snatched the match after Chadha opted for the pink, instead of the yellow, and missed in the fifth and final frame.

    In contrast, Mahesh Jagdale of Elphinstone Cricket Club and R. Girish of Railways coasted to fluent wins, in other third round ties.

    In the second round, Abhishek Soparkar of Thane, Tushar Patel of Gujarat, Rishabh Kumar and Kabil Badami of Bombay Gymkhana, Nikhil Ootam of CCI and Abdur Rehman of Islam Gymkhana were the significant winners.


    3rd Rd: Mahesh Jagdale (Elphinstone CC) bt Rahul Narang (North Indian Assn) 69-49, 53-20, 59-48; R. Girish (Rlys) bt Anuj Mahajan (Radio Club) 40-42, 66-3, 74-25, 54-21; Pawan Kohli (Khar Gym) bt Ishpreet Singh Chadha (Khar Gym) 59-47, 55-64, 63-43, 18-64, 82-57.

    2nd Rd: Kabil Badami (Bombay Gym) bt Avenish Shah (MCF) 41-33, 53-56, 84-44, 57-29; Mayank Bhavsar (Country Club) bt Prabdeep Singh (MIG) 59-12, 79-19, 61-34; Rishabh Kumar (Bombay Gym) bt Deepak Pareek (Guj) 66-40, 61-19, 59-30; Abhishek Soparkar (Thane) bt Akash Asrani (Khar Gym) 42-52, 45-57, 59-13, 54-38, 72-38; Nikhil Ootam (CCI) bt Moksha Wadecha (Surat) 60-53, 57-15, 42-55, 60-37; Rahul Narang (North Indian Assn) bt Siddharth Sogani (Radio Club) 50-46, 69-33, 60-42; Abdur Rehman (Islam Gym) bt Abhinav Edke (Dombivali Gym) 62-25, 52-5, 49-73, 59-47; Tushar Patel (Guj) bt Karan Chuganee (Bombay Gym) 64-28, 50-33, 61-20; Anuj Mahajan (Radio Club) bt Ritesh Joshi (Country Club) 56-49, 43-32, 52-7; Gaurav Prabhu (MIG) bt Yash Rungta (Mumbai) 64-22, 82-18, 56-39.

    Kotwani stretched

    Fancied Hitesh Kotwani of CCI registered a hard-fought 3-2 win to enter the third qualifying round of the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Friday.

    Kotwani lived dangerously after surging to a 2-1 lead against Vishal Vaya of Country Club who snatched the crucial fourth frame to force the decider. In the fifth and final frame, Kotwani went ahead on significant breaks to take away the match.

    Rajeev Sharma of Malabar Hill Club and Sunil Jain of Elphinstone Cricket Club also registered 3-2 wins. Sharma, who enjoyed a 2-0 advantage struggled past Harish Pahuja of Khar Gymkhana after winning a tight decider, while Jain, who also led 2-0, faced a late challenge from Amit Sapru of Park Club.

    Raj Khandwala of CCI and Farhad Tengra of Elphinstone Cricket Club were the other second round winners, while Gujarat cueists Alok Pandey and Deepak Pareek registered contrasting wins in the first round.


    2nd Rd: Rajeev Sharma (Malabar Hill Club) bt Harish Pahuja (Khar Gym) 59-26, 49-32, 45-69, 63-55, 48-36; Raj Khandwala (CCI) bt Shekhar Surve (Shivaji Park Gym) 57-21, 59-25, 55-24; Pawan Kohli (Khar Gym) bt V. ‘Raja’ Subramaniam (Matunga Gym) 53-19, 52-17, 66-36; Hitesh Kotwani (CCI) bt Vishal Vaya (Country Club) 80-71, 33-53, 62-32, 31-59, 60-1; Farhad Tengra (Elphinstone CC) bt Mehernosh Billimoria (Bombay Gym) 56-22, 55-28, 46-23;

    Sanjeev Bijlani (Park Club) bt Alok Pandey (Surat) 54-50, 77-67, 65-24; Dinesh Dodia (Elphinstone CC) bt Rahul More (Vasai) 42-30, 48-17, 52-39;

    Manoj Kasare (Khar Gym) bt Iqbal Rokadia (Elphinstone CC) 45-65, 85-27, 44-35, 52-35; Shahbaaz Khan (Vasai) bt Rishad Bharda (Elphinstone CC) 69-55, 49-75, 66-19, 60-2; Gaurav Jaisinghani (Vashi) bt Rohit Jadhav (Nashik) 53-19, 52-42, 72-16; Sunil Jain (Elphinstone CC) bt Amit Sapru (Park Club) 61-25, 58-34, 49-62, 17-53, 56-27.  

    1st Rd: Gaurav Prabhu (MIG) bt Dhrumit Gajjar (Surat) 38-50, 57-15, 62-53, 60-29; Shahbaaz Khan (Vasai) bt Rahul Sachdev (JVPG) 42-63, 33-68, 58-9, 52-46, 75-7; Alok Pandey (Surat) bt Abhishek Deshpande (Mazagon Dock) 47-40, 47-42, 48-29; Vikas Pawar bt Prathamesh Sawant (Thane) 74-10, 63-21, 59-48; Deepak Pareek (Guj) bt Parag Paithankar (Vashi) 11-53, 60-7, 65-29, 21-58, 53-16;

    Mahajan, Surve clinch deciders

    Seasoned cueists Anuj Mahajan of Radio Club and Shekhar Surve of Shivaji Park Gymkhana escaped to exciting 3-2 wins in the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Thursday.

    Mahajan kicked off the second consecutive day of close encounters with a 59-46, 68-45, 33-63, 48-60, 46-22 win over formidable Ibrahim Sheikh of Mandpeshwar Civic Federation, after leading 2-0, while Surve, who led 2-1 after dropping the opening frame, overcame a stiff challenge from Vashi lad Amit Paradkar to coast to a 26-47, 61-19, 57-19, 23-45, 60-11 win.

    In other tight contests, Abhishek Soparkar of Thane and Raj Khandwala of CCI registered identical 3-1 wins.

    Rishabh Kumar of Bombay Gymkhana, Abdur Rehman of Islam Gymkhana, Sanjeev Bijlani of Park Club and Tushar Patel of Gujarat were the other first round winners.

    In a second round tie, young Ishpreet Singh Chadha of Khar Gymkhana halted Chintan Jhaveri of Bombay Gymkhana 1-53, 63-22, 49-61, 62-41, 73-21 in an absorbing contest that went down to the wire. Singh trailed 1-2 with Jhaveri launching an aggressive attack from the start. But impressive potting proved decisive for Singh in the last two frames.  


    2nd Rd: Ishpreet Singh Chadha (Khar Gym) bt Chintan Jhaveri (Bombay Gym) 1-53, 63-22, 49-61, 62-41, 73-21. 

    1st Rd: Aakash Asrani (Khar Gym) bt Ayush Saboo (Bombay Gym) 71-35, 42-28, 57-13; Anuj Mahajan (Radio Club) bt Ibrahim Sheikh (MCF) 59-46, 68-45, 33-63, 48-60, 46-22; Rishabh Kumar (Bombay Gym) bt Mufaddal Lakdawala (Radio Club) 75-11, 58-9, 61-30; Gaurav Jaisinghani (Vashi) bt Rushabh Patel (Guj) 66-24, 59-34, 63-29; Abdur Rehman (Islam Gym) bt Nikhil Mehrani (Khar Gym) 55-38, 72-11, 57-26; Shekhar Surve (Shivaji Park Gym) bt Amit Paradkar (Vashi) 26-47, 61-19, 57-19, 23-45, 60-11; Sanjeev Bijlani (Park Club) bt Krish Shetty (Khar Gym) 70-2, 67-36, 56-21; Abhishek Soparkar (Thane) bt Adit Raj (JVPG) 65-30, 73-41, 18-67, 60-10; Raj Khandwala (CCI) bt Nirav Joshi (Guj) 65-31, 55-56, 57-48, 83-27; Abhinav Edke (Dombivali Gym) bt Ashwin Deshmukh (Dadar Club) 55-39, 69-31, 63-42; Iqbal Rokadia (Elphinstone CC) bt Dinesh Agarwal (Dombivali Gym) 20-53, 57-9, 60-20, 61-52; Prabdeep Singh (MIG) bt Vivek Wadhwa (Bombay Gym) 32-62, 48-65, 62-52, 65-40, 60-16; Avenish Shah (MCF) bt Devendra Shitut (Kalyan) 36-56, 49-28, 71-46, 66-12; Tushar Patel (Guj) bt Abhishek Bajaj (NSCI) 66-41, 61-53, 53-58, 56-24.

    Billimoria shocks Daruwalla in thriller

    15-yr-old Chuganee catches the eye

    Underdog Mehernosh Billimoria made the most of home conditions to shock favourite Rohinton Daruwalla for the second upset in the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Wednesday.

    Bombay Gymkhana’s Billimoria won the opening frame in an exciting black ball finish to rattle the formidable Daruwala of PJ Hindu Gymkhana in the best-of-five frames contest. The early deficit seemed to have upset Daruwala;s rhythm as Billimoria chose to play his natural game sans the heroics and led 2-1.

    Against Billimoria’s cautious approach that included impressive safety play, it was Daruwalla’s experience that helped him snatch the crucial fourth frame to force the decider and keep his hopes alive. It was anybody’s decider in a neck-and-neck battle until Billimoria held his nerve to snatch the frame and match on the pink for a 63-57, 11-68, 59-34, 37-53, 70-60 win.

    Billimoria set the stage for an action-packed day of close encounters as former Bombay Gymkhana president Gulam Vahanvati went down fighting to young Siddharth Sogani of Radio Club 38-70, 54-62, 57-12, 57-20, 59-30, after leading 2-0, and anonymous Mitang Soni of Vashi upset seasoned Kersie Gandhi of Elphinstone Cricket Club 46-55, 65-52, 31-62, 80-46, 51-20 after trailing 1-2, in other five-frame thrillers.

    15-year-old Karan Chuganee of St. Mary’s ICSE, Mazagaon completed a rewarding day for Bombay Gymkhana cueists following an impressive and exciting 3-2 win over Aakash Kothari of Dombivali Gymkhana.

    Playing in only his second significant competition, Chuganee was the cynosure of all eyes with delightful potting and positioning, as he raced to a 2-1 lead and came back strongly in the decider to win it by a 50-point margin.

    Yash Rungta of Pune, Chintan Jhaveri of Bombay Gymkhana, Pawan Kohli of Khar Gymkhana and Mayur Sanghi of Willingdon Sports Club were the other significant winners of the day.


    Mehernosh Billimoria (Bombay Gym) bt Rohinton Daruwalla (PJ Hindu Gym) 63-57, 11-68, 59-34, 37-53, 70-60; Siddharth Sogani (Radio Club) bt Gulam Vahanvati (Bombay Gym) 38-70, 54-62, 57-12, 57-20, 59-30;

    Chintan Jhaveri (Bombay Gym) bt Nandan Patel (Guj) 60-11, 89(44)-51, 69-42; Pawan Kohli (Khar Gym) bt Sameer Sanghvi (Bombay Gym) 70-50, 23-56, 76-36, 51-18; Mayur Sanghi (Willingdon SC) bt Nilesh Bhojwani (Vashi) 51-16, 42-57, 52-14, 57-19; Yash Rungta (Pune) bt Kekoo Nicholson (CCI) 49-38, 50-22, 56-20; Mitang Soni (Vashi) bt Kersie Gandhi (Elphinstone CC) 46-55, 65-52, 31-62, 80-46, 51-20; Rahul Narang (North Indian Assn) bt Avinash Gaikwad (Mazagaon Dock) 67-54, 47-33, 49-59, 73-27; Karan Chuganee (Bombay Gym) bt Aakash Kothari (Dombivali Gym) 40-64, 57-34, 60-25, 21-45, 72-22; Harish Pahuja (Khar Gym) bt Harsh Thacker (Mulund) 50-51, 60-52, 58-25, 45-62, 65-62.

     Kasare survives scare 

    Khar Gymkhana marker Manoj Kasare endured a late challenge before rallying to an exciting 3-2 win, in the Bombay Gymkhana ‘Strokes’ Snooker Invitational Open Tournament on Tuesday.

    Kasare faced a formidable opponent in Manjeet Singh Bhomar of North Indian Association, King’s Circle who stretched the best-of-five frames contest into the decider after trailing 1-2 and snatching the crucial fourth frame.

    It was an ominous sign for Kasare when he dropped the opening frame, before holding on to a slender lead in the fifth and final frame to take the match away with a 44-57, 56-40, 59-37, 22-53, 54-30 win.

    In another marathon encounter that went the distance, Ritesh Joshi of Country Club rallied from 1-2 to overcome a gritty Cyrus Aga of Elphinstone Cricket Club 60-44, 34-44, 28-43, 56-35, 66-59 in a gruelling contest that lasted two-and-a-half hours.

    The other significant first round winners were, Amit Sapru of Park Club, Hitesh Kotwani of CCI, Rahul More of Vasai, young Ishpreet Singh Chadha of Khar Gymkhana and Zareer Shroff of Bombay Gymkhana.


    Ritesh Joshi (Country Club) bt Cyrus Aga (Elphinstone CC) 60-44, 34-44, 28-43, 56-35, 66-59;

    Amit Sapru (Park Club) bt Behram Aga (Elphinstone CC) 72-14, 51-19, 47-20;

    Manoj Kasare (Khar Gym) bt Manjeet Singh Bhomar (North Indian Assn) 44-57, 56-40, 59-37, 22-53, 54-30;

    Zareer Shroff (Bombay Gym) bt Mohit Bhulchandani (Khar Gym) 43-34, 55-31, 53-35;

    Hitesh Kotwani (CCI) bt Vikram Shinde (Ratnagiri) 56-30, 47-11, 52-3;

    Rahul More (Vasai) bt Ashit Pandya (Dombivali Gym) 64-22, 60-15, 87-45;

    Dinesh Dodia (Elphinstone CC) bt Akeel Sayed 61-28, 35-26, 48-10;

    Ishpreet Singh Chadha (Khar Gym) bt Jigar Shah (Country Club) 66-17, 68-57, 42-4.

    Bombay Gymkhana Strokes Snooker

    Invitational Open Tournament

    2nd to 18th April, 2012

    Top stars for Bombay Gym snooker extravaganza
    It doesn’t get bigger than this. The big boys of the green baize are back in Mumbai. It’s been a while since the cream of India’s snooker exponents featured in a competition in Mumbai and the Bombay Gymkhana Strokes Snooker Invitational Open Tournament from April 2 to 18, will see them all in action in what promises to be an exciting fortnight of snooker.

    “The Bombay Gymkhana, one of the city’s oldest gymkhanas, once again is going out of its way and the Billiards & Snooker Committee is doing all it can to give the players and the game of snooker all the importance they deserve,” said gymkhana president Rajeshwar Bajaj.

    The likes of double Asian champion Yasin Merchant and Geet Sethi will join the country’s top eight cueists, India No. 1 and pro snooker player Aditya Mehta, Kamal Chawla of Railways, Brijesh Damani of Kolkata, India junior No. 2 and senior No. 5 Himanshu Jain and Lucky Vatnani, both of Hyderabad, Manan Chandra of PSPB and Siddharth Parikh of Railways, Maharashtra No. 1 Hasan Badami and India junior No. 1 Laxman Rawat of Delhi. With Rs. 1 lakh for the winner and Rs. 50,000 for the runner-up, the competition will be intense as the tournament kicks off with the qualifying round from April 2 to 11. Six qualifiers will enter the elite main draw that will be held from April 12 to 18. In a bid to encourage and motivate the players, the losing semi-finalists will receive Rs. 25,000 each, the quarter-finalists Rs. 15,000 each and the group losers Rs. 10,000 each. The recipient of the highest break will receive Rs. 10,000.In addition to the top eight players of the country, the 24-man elite main draw will have Laxman Rawat and Hasan Badami, wild cards Yasin Merchant, Geet Sethi and Sourav Kothari and five top players from Bombay Gymkhana that includes Nalin Patel, Amit Saboo, Marzdi Kalyaniwala, Aditya Agrawal and Rovin D’Souza.

    The elite main draw will be divided into four groups of six players each. Following a round robin, the top two from each group will qualify for the knock out quarter-finals. The quarter-finals will be played over best-of-seven frames, the semi-finals over best-of-nine and the final over best-of-11.




    2nd April to 12th April, 2012 Open Qualifying tournament

    12th April to 18th April, 2012 Invitational tournament. 

    STROKES is an open invitation tournament where 6 players will Qualify from the Open Qualifying tournament (Knock Out basis) for the Invitational tournament to compete with the likes of Maestro Yasin Merchant, the Rockstar Aditya Mehta, Manan Chandra, Brijesh Damani,young gun Himanshu Jain and local lad Siddarth Parikh. The winner shall be entitled for a sum of  Rs.100,000/- as the top prize..

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