IBSF World Billiards Championship

The IBSF World Billiards Championship (previously known as the World Amateur Billiards Championship) is the premier, international, non-professional tournament for the game of English billiards. Dating to some form to 1951, the event has been sanctioned by the International Billiards and Snooker Federation since 1973.


Prior to 1951, when the first "world amateur" championship was held under the auspices of the Billiards Association and Control Council (based in London),[1] this event was called the [British] Empire Billiards Championship.[2]

In 1971, after many years' discussion,[3] the World Billiards & Snooker Council was formed, changing its name in 1973 to the International Billiards & Snooker Federation. The name change came about because of the disquiet of many overseas national associations that the same body should oversee both the English domestic game and the game at international level. Consequently, the IBSF took control of the organisation of the non-professional championships of both snooker and billiards. The first winner from outside the British Commonwealth did not occur until 1999.

As of 2012, the IBSF World Billiards Championship was merged with the former World Professional Billiards Championship. Under the name World Billiards Championship, tournaments were held in both points and timed format.


Year Venue Winner Runner-up Score
2017Doha (150-Up) Pankaj Advani Mike Russell6-2
2017Doha (Long-Up) Mike Russell Robert Hall1500-1284
2016India (150-Up) Pankaj Advani Peter Gilchrist6-3
2016India (Long-Up) Peter Gilchrist Sourav Kothari1500-617
2015Adelaide (timed) Pankaj Advani Peter Gilchrist2408-1240
2015Adelaide (150-Up) Peter Gilchrist Pankaj Advani6-4
2014England (timed) Pankaj Advani Rob Hall1928-893
2014England (150-up) Pankaj Advani Peter Gilchrist6-2
2013England (Long-Up) Peter Gilchrist David Causier1500-1085
2013England (150-Up) David Causier Alok Kumar6-1
2012England (timed) Pankaj Advani Mike Russell1895-1216
2012England (points) Rupesh Shah Matthew Bolton6-2
2011Carlow (timed) Mike Russell Matthew Bolton3001-519
2011Carlow (points) Mike Russell Pankaj Advani6-3 (150up)
2010Maharashtra (timed) Mike Russell Peter Gilchrist4120-784
2010Maharashtra (points) Mike Russell Pankaj Advani6-0 (150up)
2008Bangalore (timed) Pankaj Advani Devendra Joshi2368-2020
2008Bangalore (points) Pankaj Advani Geet Sethi6-1 (150up)
2007Singapore (timed) Pankaj Advani Dhruv Sitwala1946-1488
2007Singapore (points) Rupesh Shah Ashok Shandilya6-4 (150up)
2005Malta (timed) Pankaj Advani Geet Sethi2242-1717
2005Malta (points) Pankaj Advani Devendra Joshi6-2 (150up)
2003India Lee Lagan Geet Sethi6-5 (150up)
2002Australia (timed) Mike Russell Geet Sethi2438-1499
2002Australia (points) Ashok Shandilya Praput Chaithanasakun11-9 (50up)
2001New Zealand Geet Sethi Ashok Shandilya3484-1289
2000England Chris Shutt Roxton Chapman11-9 (50up)
1999Ireland Praput Chaithanasakun Paul Bennett3201-1657
1998Australia Robby Foldvari Praput Chaithanasakun1869-1439
1997Malta Joe Grech Ashok Shandilya2895-2836
1990Bangalore Manoj Kothari Ashok Shandilya2890-2422
1987Belfast Geet Sethi Joe Grech4846-3256
1985Dublin Geet Sethi Bob Marshall3809-2453
1983Malta Michael Ferreira Subhash Agarwal3933-2744
1981Delhi Michael Ferreira Norman Dagley2725-2631
1979Sri Lanka Paul Mifsud Norman Dagley2943-2152
1977Melbourne Michael Ferreira Bob Close2683-2564
1975Auckland Norman Dagley Michael Ferreira3385-2268
1973Bombay Muhammad Lafir Satish MohanRound Robin
1971Malta Norman Dagley Mannie FranciscoRound Robin
1969London Jack Karnehm Michael FerreiraRound Robin
1967Colombo Leslie Driffield Muhammad LafirRound Robin
1964Pukekohe Wilson Jones Jack KarnehmRound Robin
1962Perth Bob Marshall Wilson Jones3623-2891
1960Edinburgh Herbert Beetham Jim LongRound Robin
1958Calcutta Wilson Jones Leslie DriffieldRound Robin
1954Sydney Tom Cleary Bob MarshallRound Robin
1952Calcutta Leslie Driffield Bob MarshallRound Robin
1951London Bob Marshall Frank EdwardsRound Robin
1938Melbourne Bob Marshall Kingsley KennerleyRound Robin
1936Johannesburg Bob Marshall Allan PriorRound Robin
1935London Horace Coles J McGhieRound Robin
1933London Sydney Lee Tom JonesRound Robin
1931Sydney Laurie Steeples Sydney LeeRound Robin
1929Johannesburg Les Hayes Allan PriorRound Robin
1927London Allan Prior Horace ColesRound Robin
1926London Joe Earlam George ShailerRound Robin


  1. Northern Ireland Billiards Association Minutes, p. 133, 5 July 1951
  2. Northern Ireland Billiards Association Minutes, 1926-50
  3. NIBA Minutes, p. 198, 1959 (Billiards Association of India and BACC discussions on formation of a world body)

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