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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Corteza victorious at Golden Break

Favourite for the title from the moment he registered for the event, Lee Van Corteza did not disappoint all his fans who came to watch and support him in the Final and played well to defeat Chinese Taipei's Ko Ping Chung 13-8 to lift the Champion's trophy.

Lee Van Corteza with trophy and mock cheque
Corteza came into the Final with a very convincing win over Indonesia's Riyan Setiawan in the Semi Final whilst Ko Ping Chung had to overcome a more difficult opponent, his elder brother Ko Pin Yi before advancing.

When the Final broke off, Corteza immediately went to a 3-0 lead before Ping Chung could return the attack. Ping Chung was literally playing catching up throughout the whole match as he was trailing 2-4 and 7-9. Corteza, being the more experienced player, was in control throughout and gave no chance the youngster to retaliate. His Semi Final match play form continued through to the Final and without even looking back, eventually won it at 13-8.

Lee Van Corteza flies home with cash prize of USD 7,000 and the Champion's trophy while Ko Ping Chung can only take the Runner up trophy for the consecutive 2nd time and cash prize of USD 3,500.

Corteza walks into the Final

Lee Van Corteza played near effortlessly and took only 45 minutes to dismiss Indonesia's Riyan Setiawan with a winning score of 11-1, setting up the Final match against Ko Ping Chung from Chinese Taipei.

Lee Van Corteza
Corteza, as the favourite to lift the trophy, wasted no time as he sped off to a 9-0 lead within 30 minutes after the lag, leaving clueless Riyan sitting in his chair, desperately looking for a glimpse of hope. A mistake in Rack 10 finally gave Riyan 1 rack but that was all as Corteza picked up the next 2 racks, to win 11-1.

Final match will be between Asia's two pool giants as Philippines Lee Van Corteza, 2010 US 10 Ball Open Champion takes on Chinese Taipei Ko Ping Chung later at 7pm.

Ping Chung in the Final

Ko Ping Chung
Ko Ping Chung beats his elder brother Ko Pin Yi to make it to the Final of the 3rd Golden Break 9 Ball Asian Invitational Championship 2011. This is his 2nd consecutive appearance in the Final, following last year's outing only to lose out to Ibrahim Amir and claim the Runner up prize.

The score was neck to neck in the first few racks as neither both wanted to give way to the other. Then Ping Chung raced off to a 7-4 and 6-10 lead, requiring only 1 more rack to win but was quickly denied as Pin Yi closed in one more rack, reducing the gap to trail 3 racks. But that was all he could do as Ping Chung slammed the door shut in his face and reeled off Rack 18 to win 11-7.

Ko Ping Chung will be playing at 7pm later against the winner between the Semi Final match of Lee Van Corteza and Riyan Setiawan.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ko and Lee in Last Four

Ko Pin Yi
Both Ko Pin Yi and Lee Van Corteza, hot favourites to lift the trophy, have made it to the Last Four as both defeats Do The Kien from Vietnam and Toh Lian Han from Singapore respectively in the Quarter Finals round.

Lee Van Corteza
Lee played consistently well throughout his match as Toh was left sitting in his seat, trying hard to catch up but still failed to find a way out. Ko, on the other match, met another top form player as Do too played well and was returning his punch for punch. Eventually it was Ko who prevailed and merely won the match at 11-9.

The other two semi finalist, Riyan Setiawan defeated Bobby Lee from Hong Kong after trailing at 1-6 and 2-7, to eventually win it at 11-8 whilst Ko Ping Chung had an easier ride, beating his own teammate Fu Che Wei 11-5, without much effort to advance.

Tomorrow's Semi Finals matches will be played in 2 sessions. The Ko brothers, Ko Ping Chung and Ko Pin Yi will be playing at 1pm followed by the match between Riyan Setiawan and Lee Van Corteza at 4pm. Final will be competed at 7pm followed by the Prize Giving Ceremony after that.

The Winners trophies

Below are the results for the Last 16 and Quarter Finals matches.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ibrahim crashes out at Last 32

Ibrahim Amir in action against Nguyen Anh Tuan
Defending Champion Ibrahim Amir crashed out of the 3rd Golden Break 9 Ball Invitational Championship as he lost to Nguyen Anh Tuan from Vietnam in the Last 32 round. Last year semi finalist Antonio Lining was also shown the exit as he was taken out by Riyan Setiawan from Indonesia.

Nguyen Anh Tuan from Vietnam

Current hot favourite Ko Pin Yi from Chinese Taipei and Lee Van Corteza remains in contention after easily defeating Malaysia's Yap Ten Yen and Dominic Ting respectively. Both players will be playing the Last 16 Rounds tomorrow at 2pm and 4pm. The Quarter Finals rounds follows after that.

Below are the results for the Last 32 matches completed today.

Results - Last 32 Round

Day 2 Group Stage Results

It was Judgement Day for half the field as players battle out to qualify for Last 32 on Day 2 Group Stage. Most of the overseas players made it through, including Ahmad Taufiq from Brunei, Nguyen Anh Tuan from Vietnam and Toh Lian Han from Singapore.

Players warming up before matches start

The 32 Qualifiers from Group Stage will compete tomorrow in 4 sessions, starting at 2pm at 2 hour intervals. Final will be competed on Sunday at 7pm with the eventual Champion walking away with cash prize USD 7,000.

Below are the results for Day 2 Group Stage and the Last 32 Knockout Draw.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Day 1 Results for Stage 2 Group

The prestigious Champion's trophy

Day 1 saw a few possible upsets in the earlier matches but managed to twist the fate back. Defending champion Ibrahim Amir along with top seeds such as Ko Ping Chung and Lee Van Corteza qualifying through the Losers Pool.

Below are the results for Day 1 Group Stage.

Results - Group A, B, C & D
Results - Group E, F, G & H 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Stage 2 Groups Draw

A total of 64 players which consist of Stage 2 players from invited countries plus qualifiers from the Pre Event Qualifiers and Open Qualifier will begin their quest tomorrow at Golden Break Kuchai Avenue. A total of 4 sessions will be conducted for Stage 2 Groups om 17 & 18 August, played at 2pm and 7pm daily.

Below are the groups for Stage 2:-

Group A, B, C & D
Group E, F, G & H
Group I, J, K & L
Group M, N, O & P

Stage 2 Groups

Golden Break Kuchai Avenue will be playing host to Stage 2 Group Stage and Knockout Stage, witnessing the 2011 winner at the new venue. For pool fans who would like to catch a glimpse of players such as Ko Pin Yi and Lee Van Corteza, below is the address and location map for reference.

Golden Break Kuchai Avenue
No 4-2-1 & 4-3-1, Kuchai Avenue
Off Jln Kuchai Maju 13, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park
Off Jln Kuchai Lama, 58200 KL
Location Map

Day 4 Qualifiers at Golden Break

Day 4 saw the remainder last 4 spots for the Open Qualifier snatched up, as matches concluded after an intense and nail biting encounter. Below are the players who have made it through to Stage 2 of the 3rd Golden Break 9 Ball Invitational Championship 2011:-

Winners Pool
Riyan Setiawan (INA)
Chin Chee Siong (MAS)

Losers Pool
Amy Hoe (SIN)
Awadi Latifuddin (BRN)

Due to last minute no shows from other countries, the additional 2 wildcard spot have been awarded to Charlene Chai from Singapore and Yandi Tan from Indonesia.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day 3 Qualifier Results

Another 4 players made it through to Stage 2 as Day 3 Open Qualifier concludes at Golden Break Pool Club, Sunway Mentari with the last remaining 4 spots left to be contended tomorrow starting at 2pm. Most of the Stage 2 players have also started to arrive today, including the Singapore and Chinese Taipei contingent, promising a world class pool action for all Malaysian pool fans.

Below are the qualifiers for Day 3 Open Qualifier

Winners Pool
Ricky Chew (SIN)
Arun (INA)

Losers Pool
Mohd Zulfikri (INA)
Alwin Wijaya (INA)

Stage 2 Group Stage will be at Golden Break Kuchai Avenue, played on 17 & 18 August, followed by the Knockout Stage on 19-21 August.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Day 2 Open Qualifier Results

Day 2 sees another 4 players qualify for Stage 2 of the 3rd Golden Break 9 Ball Invitational Championship 2011. Matches progresses were slower as players were more careful in their shot making but still was of the highest quality. Below are the qualifiers for Day 2:-

Winners Pool
Kok Jken Yung (Malaysia)
Calvin Liew (Malaysia)

Losers Pool
Hassuin Al Harbi (Kuwait)
William Ang (Singapore)

Day 3 Qualifier continues at 2pm with 4 more spots to be contended. Registration for Day 4 Qualifier is still open with the last 4 spots available, for those who are interested kindly contact Pui Ling at 012 287 9199.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Day 1 Open Qualifier at Golden Break

Open Qualifier Day 1 at the 3rd Golden Break 9 Ball Invitational Championship 2011 has just concluded with 4 players going through to Stage 2 Group Stage. The following are the players who made it through:-

Winner Pool Qualifiers
Desmond Goh (Singapore)
Omar Al Shaheen (Kuwait)

Loser Pool Qualifiers
Aloysious Yapp (Singapore)
Shaiful Bahani (Brunei)

Day 2 matches will start at 2pm. Those who are interested to participate kindly contact Pui Ling 012 287 9199.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Venue Change for Golden Break Invitational

There will be some changes for the 3rd Golden Break 9 Ball Invitational Championship 2011 due to technical reasons. The Championship venue and schedule has been updated as follows:-

Stage 1 - 13-16 August
Golden Break Snooker & Pool Club, Sunway Mentari
No 3,5 & 7, Block A Mentari
Jalan PJS 8/7
46150 PJ, Malaysia

Stage 2 - 17-21 August
Golden Break Snooker & Pool Club, Kuchai Avenue
No 4-2-1 & 4-3-1, Kuchai Avenue
Jln Kuchai Maju 13, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama 58200 KL
Location Map

Star Snooker In House Tournament 2011

Event Date
21 - 25 August 2011

Event Venue
Star Snooker Centre
S47 - S48, 2nd Floor IOI Mall
Bandar Puchong Jaya
47100 Puchong, Selangor

Prize Money
Champion - RM 1,500 + RM 500 Cash Voucher + Trophy
Runner up - RM 800 + RM 200 Cash Voucher + Trophy
3rd Place - RM 500 + RM 100 Cash Voucher + Trophy
4th Place - RM 300 + RM 100 Cash Voucher
Quarter Finalists - RM 100 + 100 Cash Voucher
Last 16 - RM 100 Cash Voucher
Highest Break - RM 200 + RM 100 Cash Voucher
( 55 points & above )

Format of Play
Preliminary Rounds to Last 16 - Best of 5 frames
Quarter Final to Final - Best of 7 frames

Entry Fee RM 45 (paid upon registration)
Closing Date 19 Aug, Friday
Draw Date 20 Aug, Saturday

- Loser pay table charges
- All matches will start at 8pm
- Current top 32 ranking players are not allowed to participate

Organisers reserves the right to accept / reject participants without any given reasons

Entries & Enquiries
WW Ng 017 283 0473

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Lai conquers Moh in OneCuez

Lai Chee Wei defeats Moh Keen Hoo on home soil to capture the OneCuez XZ Snooker Tour 2011 title, walking away with cash prize RM 3,000.

Lai Chee Wei in action during Semi Finals
Lai was in good form as he beat former Asian champion Sam Chong in the Semi Finals but Moh had to struggle before finally overcoming Lee Hwa Meng to advance to the Final. Before the Final commenced, Moh seemed to have the upper hand, favourite to lift the trophy. But eventually it was Lai who was determined to win his first title in Perak, outplayed Moh to win the Championship.

Highest break of the Championship goes to Sebastian H'ng with 108 points, winning himself the cash prize of RM 500 plus an Atlantis Cue sponsored by Wiraka.

Semi Finals Results
Moh Keen Hoo 4 vs 3 Lee Hwa Meng
Sam Chong 2 vs 4 Lai Chee Wei

Final Result
Moh Keen Hoo 2 vs 4 Lai Chee Wei

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Rory shown the exit at OneCuez

Seeded No 1 Rory Thor was shown the exit at OneCuez as former national player Lee Hwa Meng beat him on the decider frame to go through to the Quarter Finals stage at OneCuez XZ Snooker Tour 2011. The Final will be competed on 8 August to determine the ultimate winner at OneCuez.

Last 16 Results
Lee Hwa Meng 4 vs 3 Rory Thor
Jason Cheong 4 vs 0 Ng Ann Seng (w/o)
Moh Keen Hoo 4 vs 2 Thean Mun Cheong
Sebastian H'ng 4 vs 0 Mohd Rofi
Mohd Safwan 4 vs 1 Mohd Reza
John Loh 0 vs 4 Sam Chong
Chooi Yew Wah 2 vs 4 Khor Tat Siong
Lai Chee Wei 4 vs 1 Rismen Teh

Quarter Finals
Lee Hwa Meng vs Jason Cheong
Moh Keen Hoo vs Sebastian H'ng
Mohd Safwan vs Sam Chong
Khor Tat Siong vs Lai Chee Wei

Last 2 spots to Juhan and Elvin

Juhan Sew and Elvin Lean takes up the final spots of the Pre Event Qualifiers at Kuchai Avenue. They will be joining the rest of the 14 qualifiers who made it through the series of Pre Event Qualifier, playing in Stage 2 of the 3rd Golden Break 9 Ball Invitational Championship 2011. Stage 2 players will play on 17 & 18 August at Golden Break Kuchai Avenue.

(l-r) Juhan Sew, Khairy and Elvin Lean
For pool fans who are still keen on joining in the pool action, they are able to do so by participating in the Open Qualifiers which will be on 13-16 August. Registration fee is USD50 for the 1st try and USD20 for re-tries. A total of 16 spots are up for grabs through the Open Qualifiers. Those who are interested kindly contact Pui Ling at 012 287 9199 for registration. Closing date is 12 August, 6pm.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Ricky Yang confirmed for Golden Break Invitational

Ricky Yang in action
Pool fans around Malaysia will be in for a treat of serious pool action as Indonesia's current No 1 player, Ricky Yang has confirmed his participation for the 3rd Golden Break 9 Ball Invitational Championship 2011 which will run from 13-21 August 2011 at Golden Break's Sunway Mentari and Kuchai Avenue.

Ricky Yang will be joined by top ranked players Yonnie Rachmonto and Muhammad Bewi, forming the Indonesia's contigent in their quest for the title on Malaysian's shore.

Day 5 at OneCuez

Day 5 of the OneCuez XZ Snooker Tour 2011 concludes as more players are shown the exit, leaving only a handful of local players advancing to play against the seeded players.

A record of 118 players participated in the Championship, showing signs of strong support for the game in Perak. The Final will be competed on 8 August, Monday with the winner walking away with cash prize of RM 3,000.

Below are the updated results after Day 5.

Day 5 - Results - OneCuez Snooker 

Michael and Clement through to Stage 2

Michael Soh and Clement Lim is through to Stage 2 of the 3rd Golden Break 9 Ball Pool Invitational Championship 2011, after beating Alvin Wijaya and Daniel Tan respectively in the semi final matches. It was Clement's 7th attempt before finally qualifying while Michael only required 2 times to go through.

(l-r) Michael Soh, Khairy and Clement Lim
Only 2 more spots are left in the Pre Event Qualifiers to be contended at Golden Break Kuchai Avenue as the Main Event cues off next week at Golden Break Sunway Mentari. Those who have yet to register for tomorrow's last day of Pre Event Qualifier at Kuchai Avenue, kindly contact Pui Ling at 012 287 9199.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Amazon In-House 9 Ball Pool Tournament 2011

Event Date
12 - 16 September

Amazon Pool Club
No 2, 1st Floor, Lorong Batu Nilam 3C
Bandar Bukit Tinggi 1, 41200 Klang

Prize Money
Champion - RM 1,500 + Trophy
Runner up - RM 800 + Trophy
Semi finalists - RM 400 + Trophy
Quarter finalists - RM 200 + Trophy
Last 16 - Medal

Entry Fee RM 40
Closing Date 10 Sept, Saturday
Draw Date 10 Sept, Saturday

Rules & Regulations
- Current National Ranking Top 16 players are not allowed to participate
- Limited to 64 players only
- Players will be drawn into 8 groups

Tournament Format
Group Stage ( Race to 6 racks ) - Match starts 8pm sharp
8 players in a group, Double Elimination Format, 4 Qualifiers from each group
- Group A & B - 12/09/2011
- Group C & D - 13/09/2011
- Group E & F - 14/09/2011
- Group G & H - 15/09/2011

Knockout Stage ( Race to 7 racks ) - Match starts 5pm sharp
- Last 32 to Final - 16/09/2011

Entries & Enquiries
Yap 6012 300 9696

Latest Results at OneCuez

Day 4 matches for Leg 12 XZ Snooker Tour 2011 at OneCuez Snooker has just concluded with nearly half the field left in contention for the Champion's title. Below are the latest results for Day 4.

Results - Leg 12 - OneCuez Snooker

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ko and Jundel confirmed for Golden Break event

Ko Pin Yi
Ko Pin Yi and Jundel Mazon has just confirmed their participation in the 3rd Golden Break Invitational Championship 2011 which will begin next week. Both are winners of the Guinness World Series of Pool in Indonesia, Jundel being the 2010 Champion whilst Ko was recently crowned last month in Jakarta.

Jundel Mazon will be joined by his fellow country men Antonio Lining, last year's quarter finalist in this Championship and seasoned campaigner Rodolfo Luat. Chinese Taipei team will also see last year's finalist Ko Pin Chung and Fu Che Wei whom also played in the Championship last year.

This year's Champion will walk away with an increased prize purse of USD 7,000 whilst the Runner up will get USD 3,500.

The Championship is in it's 3rd edition and has received overwhelming response from players of all level, both local and foreign. The Host promises that this year will be even more exciting as players of better caliber comes to Malaysia's shore.

Jundel Mazon