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Six-Red snooker exciting: Pankaj Advani   
Six-Red snooker exciting: Pankaj Advani The speed and unpredictability involved in the Six-Red snooker make the category a far more exciting one and it is fast catching the attention of the sportslovers, feels ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani. Advani said the main attraction of the format lies in the fact that within a few minutes things could change in anyone's favour and till the last ball one couldn't predict what is there in store next. "This version of snooker is faster and people really enjoy watching it. This format really excites me. It's very short and fast-paced. One can really have a pick at his shots," Advani said. "This version offers everyone an equal opportunity to win. When you have six balls on the table, you don't need to have that much thinking or skills. With basic level of skills you can compete with any of the quality players. The format is really intense and involves a lot of drama," said Advani. Advani had last week won the inaugural edition of the Six-Red Nationals in Bangalore, defeating Asian Indoor Games gold medalist Brijesh Damani 8-7 in the best-of-15-frames final. "I am glad that I have won the title since it being the inaugural one. Happy to be the first one to win it," he said. Six-Red is a new discipline in snooker with only six red balls on the table and it can be played with an average frame time of 6-8 minutes at the professional level. The only difference between the traditional snooker and Six-Red snooker is that in the latter, the number of red balls stacked in a triangle behind the pink is reduced to six. In the third Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam last year, Advani had participated in the Six-Red discipline but failed to clear the pre-quarter-finals stage. Advani, the 2003 World Snooker champion, also rejected suggestions to bring about changes in the format like touching of cushion is must as in the Pool discipline and to cut short the number of frames from 15 to 8-10. "I think there is nothing wrong with the Six-Red format. It is fine and good in its exciting shape. This discipline has added new flavour and touch to the (snooker) game," he said. Advani also said the new season has begun well for him and he is looking forward to continue with his good run in the upcoming tournaments. Two days back, Advani had appeared in the selection trials for the Asian Billiards Championship to be held in Indore next month and the Asian Games later this year in China and achieved top rank in the overall standings. "Selection trials consists of eight top players of the country. Top players face each other and when you have eight- men team, then you have seven matches to play. I lost two matches which did not come as a surprise for me as it's very difficult to have an all-win record. "I had two loses and everyone others had more than two. I won six out of the eight games and emerged as number one. This speaks of my preparations for the upcoming events," he said. Advani exuded confidence of a good show in Indore. "I will be defending my title for the third time. I'll put my best foot forward to emerge winner. There were going to be some strong players, but overall I am satisfied with my preparations," he said.
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Kothari stuns Advani to lift snooker crown   
Kothari stuns Advani to lift snooker crown MUMBAI: Sourav Kothari on Wednesday stunned India's number one cueist and top seed Pankaj Advani to win the Rs 3.10 lakh prize money Nahar-MIG All India Invitation Snooker Championship 2010. Kothari defeated Advani, only the second cueist in the world after Paul Mifsud of Malta to capture the IBSF World snooker as well as billiards crowns, 6-3 (81-1, 66-61, 37-62, 29-77, 72-38, 26-52, 77-0 73-0, 57-45) to clinch the title. Kothari started with a 2-0 lead but then his Petroleum Sports Promotion Board mate Advani fought back and caught him at 2-2. Once again Kothari came back and won the fifth frame to take the lead. Advani pocketed the sixth frame and came level at three all. But after that it was an all Kothari show as he took the last three frames without giving Advani much of a chance. Following the win, Kothari pocketed Rs one lakh as prize money, while Advani had to be satisfied with Rs 50,000. Advani praised Kothari's skills and complimented him for his brilliance. Meanwhile, Kothari gave credit to his parents and especially mentioned his father's guidance as a key for his success.
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