CEB European Three-cushion Championship

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The CEB European Three-cushion Championship is three-cushion billiards tournament organized by the Confédération Européenne de Billard. Held since 1932, it is one of longest-running tournaments in the sport. The 2007 event offered a total purse of 18,500 (US$26,134) with €4,000 ($5,651) for the winner.

Before 1995, there was a third place match played between the two losing finalists, in order to determine the ranking. However, the match has been cancelled since then and the losing finalists are regarded as having the same ranking in the competition.

Since the season 2012/13 the tournament was held in a mammoth event every two years in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany.

History[edit]

Until the Second World War the European Championships were held only in the disciplines Balkline 45/2 and 45/1 and in Three-cushion, and that even more irregular. After the war (1947) a regular, annual cycle was introduced. Exception was the season 1995/96. This had to do with the association disputes between the World Federation Union Mondiale de Billard (UMB) and the Billiards World Cup Association (BWA). It also meant that the players which were under contract with the BWA in the years 1993 to 1997 were not allowed to participate at the European Championship.

In the season 1956/57, there have been already two associations. In the dispute over sports and leadership policies within the "Union Internationale des Fédérations d'Amateurs de Billard" (UIFAB) culminated in the founding of the competing "Fédération Internationale de Billard" (FIB) and a "double" European Championships were held in Straight rail, Balkline 71/2 and in the Three-cushion in 1957. The following year, the disputes were resolved and UIFAB was again the only European federation. This fusion was expressed in the founding/renamed into Confédération Européenne de Billard (CEB) on 12. July 1958.[1]:p855

Prize money and ranking points[edit]

[2] Prize
money ()
Ranking
points
Winner 6,000 80
Runner-up 3,500 54
Semi-finalists 2,000 38
5. – 8. 1,000 26
9. – 16. 600 16
17. – 32. 400 8
P-Quali 4
Overall 28,700
(current state: 7 February 2013)

Tournament records (timeline)[edit]

Billiard legend Raymond Ceulemans from Belgium won the tournament more times (23) than any other player. His closest competitors for the record are country fellow René Vingerhoedt and Swedish Torbjörn Blomdahl at a distant 9 and 8 respectively. By delivering the European Champion for 22 consecutive years (1962-1983), Belgium also holds the record for most consecutive wins.

In 2013 Marco Zanetti played a new record General Average (GA) of 2.500. Frédéric Caudron puts up a new European record in High-run of 28 and equalizes the records of Junichi Komori (1993), Raymond Ceulemans (1998), and Roland Forthomme (2012).

General Average (GA)[1]
GD Name Year
0,717 Netherlands Henk Robijns 1932
0,804 France Alfred Lagache 1939
0,827 France Roger Hanoun 1948
0,890 France Alfred Lagache 1949
0,895 Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1951
1,023 Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1952
1,190 Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1954
1,238 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1963
1,420 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1965
1,538 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1969
1,621 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1971
1,808 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1991
2,314 Belgium Frédéric Caudron 2001
2,376 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 2003
2,500 Italy Marco Zanetti 2013
2,739 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 2013
Special Average (SA)[1]
BED Name Year
0,925 Netherlands Henk Robijns 1932
France Jacques Davin 1935
1,041 France Alfred Lagache 1939
1,111 France Alfred Lagache 1947
1,219 France Roger Hanoun 1948
France Alfred Lagache 1949
1,428 Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1952
Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1953
1,515 Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1954
1,724 Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1958
1,764 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1964
1,818 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1965
2,068 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1965
2,222 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1969
2,400 Austria Johann Scherz 1971
2,875 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1972
3,000 TurkeyTayfun Taşdemir 2002
3,461 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 2003
Belgium Frédéric Caudron 2003
5,625 Netherlands Dick Jaspers 2008
High Run (HR)[1]
HS Name Year
08 Germany Otto Unshelm 1932
09 Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1939
12 France Alfred Lagache 1948
15 Netherlands Herman Popeijus 1955
Netherlands Henny de Ruijter 1960
17 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1964
20 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1973
23 Greece Nikos Polychronopoulos 2012
28 Belgium Frédéric Caudron 2013

Champions[edit]

The GA indicates the General Average.[1]

No. Year Venue Winner GA Runner-up GA 3. Place GA
01 1932 Netherlands Amsterdam Switzerland Franz Aeberhard 0,659 Netherlands Henk Robijns 0,717 Spain Claudio Puigvert 0,613
02 1935 Netherlands Amsterdam France Alfred Lagache 0,704 France Jaques Davin 0,686 Belgium Emile Zaman 0,595
03 1939 France Angoulême France Alfred Lagache 0,804 Netherlands Arie Bos 0,714 Portugal Alfredo Ferraz 0,574
04 1947 Belgium Brussels France Alfred Lagache 0,773 Belgium René Vingerhoedt 0,756 Spain Claudio Puigvert 0,644
05 1948 Spain Madrid Spain Joaquin Domingo 0,793 France Roger Hanoun 0,835 Belgium René Vingerhoedt 0,718
06 1949 France Angoulême France Alfred Lagache 0,890 Belgium René Vingerhoedt 0,733 France Marcel Lacroix 0,634
07 1950 Netherlands Amsterdam Netherlands Bert Wevers 0,584 France Bernard Siguret 0,673 Belgium Leonard Dessart 0,652
08 1951 Belgium Antwerp Belgium René Vingerhoedt 0,895 France Alfred Lagache 0,640 Belgium Leonard Dessart 0,702
09 1952 Switzerland Lausanne Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1,023 Germany August Tiedtke 0,807 Netherlands Jan Brockhuizen 0,731
10 1953 Spain Madrid Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1,008 Germany August Tiedtke 0,796 Spain Antonio Ventura 0,680
11 1954 Germany Mannheim Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1,190 Germany Walter Lütgehetmann 0,863 Belgium Pierre Fauconnier 0,877
12 1955 Netherlands Amsterdam Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1,017 Netherlands Herman Popeijus 0,884 Germany Walter Lütgehetmann 0,813
13 1956 Germany Saarbrücken Belgium René Vingerhoedt 0,831 Germany August Tiedtke 0,784 Belgium Pierre Fauconnier 0,763
14 1957/1*1 Portugal Lisbon France Bernard Siguret 0,677 Portugal Jaime Pimenta 0,636 Austria Johann Scherz 0,666
15 1957/2*1 Belgium Antwerp Belgium René Vingerhoedt 0,800 Germany August Tiedtke 0,815 Belgium Raymond Steylaerts 0,638
16 1958 France Cannes Austria Johann Scherz 0,902 Germany August Tiedtke 0,863 Belgium René Vingerhoedt 0,946
17 1959 Netherlands Hilversum Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1,041 Germany August Tiedtke 0,935 France Bernard Siguret 0,854
18 1960 Germany Düsseldorf Belgium René Vingerhoedt 1,105 Germany August Tiedtke 0,992 Belgium Laurent Boulanger 0,994
19 1961 Italy Trieste Austria Johann Scherz 1,000 Netherlands Henny de Ruyter 0,796 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 0,928
20 1962 Netherlands Kaatsheuvel Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,159 Austria Johann Scherz 1,015 Netherlands Herman Popeijus 0,890
21 1963 Belgium Brussels Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,202 Austria Johann Scherz 1,007 Belgium Raymond Steylaerts 0,952
22 1964 Denmark Copenhagen Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,197 Austria Johann Scherz 0,876 Belgium Raymond Steylaerts 0,843
23 1965 Austria Vienna Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,160 Austria Johann Scherz 1,053 France Roger Hanoun 0,922
24 1966 Portugal Lisbon Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,420 Austria Johann Scherz 0,872 Netherlands Jan Doggen 0,801
25 1967 France Angoulême Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,253 Belgium Fernand van Barel 0,971 Austria Johann Scherz 0,924
26 1968 Spain Madrid Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,379 Austria Johann Scherz 1,125 Belgium Laurent Boulanger 1,150
27 1969 Netherlands The Hague Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,538 Belgium Laurent Boulanger 1,174 Austria Johann Scherz 1,069
28 1970 Belgium Tournai Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,366 Austria Johann Scherz 1,010 Germany August Tiedtke 0,809
29 1971 Belgium Geel Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,621 Austria Johann Scherz 1,142 Belgium Laurent Boulanger 1,041
30 1972 Germany Dortmund Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,501 Denmark Peter Thøgersen 0,907 Netherlands Rini van Bracht 0,961
31 1973 France Crosne Belgium Arnold de Pape 0,940 Belgium Ludo Dielis 0,949 France Roland Dufetelle 0,869
32 1974 Belgium Eeklo Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,527 Belgium Ludo Dielis 1,111 France Richard Bitalis 1,019
33 1975 Netherlands Rotterdam Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,406 Netherlands Rini van Bracht 0,982 Belgium Laurent Boulanger 1,274
34 1976 Spain Valencia Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,563 Belgium Ludo Dielis 0,993 Austria Johann Scherz 1,091
35 1977 Switzerland Lausanne Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,310 Belgium Ludo Dielis 1,074 Austria Johann Scherz 1,016
36 1978 Denmark Copenhagen Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,476 Denmark Peter Thøgersen 1,071 Belgium Ludo Dielis 1,060
37 1979 Germany Düren Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,369 Austria Johann Scherz 1,059 France Egidio Vierat 1,029
38 1980 Sweden Helsingborg Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,571 Austria Johann Scherz 0,979 Netherlands Christ van der Smissen 1,113
39 1981 Austria Vienna Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,382 Belgium Raymond Steylaerts 0,808 Netherlands Piet de Jong 0,773
40 1982 Portugal Porto Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,365 Austria Johann Scherz 1,125 Belgium Ludo Dielis 1,184
41 1983 France Dunkirk Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,333 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,104 France Egidio Vierat 1,045
42 1984 Belgium Leuven Netherlands Rini van Bracht 1,193 France Egidio Vierat 0,978 Germany Günter Siebert 1,054
43 1985 Netherlands Amersfoort Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,327 Netherlands Rini van Bracht 1,080 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,262
44 1986 Luxembourg Mondorf-les-Bains Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,218 Spain Avelino Rico 1,027 Portugal Jorge Theriaga 1,084
45 1987 Netherlands Waalwijk Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,411 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,261 Belgium Ludo Dielis 1,156
46 1988 Denmark Vejle Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,506 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,476 Netherlands Christ van der Smissen 1,202
47 1989 Germany Viersen Sweden Lennart Blomdahl 1,099 France Richard Bitalis 1,324 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,225
48 1990 Sweden Norrköping Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,435 Netherlands Dick Jaspers 1,389 Belgium Paul Stroobants 1,158
49 1991 Netherlands Dordrecht Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,772 Netherlands Dick Jaspers 1,513 Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,808
55 1992 Egypt Cairo Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 1,293 France Francis Connesson 1,232 Italy Marco Zanetti 1,135
51 1993 France Corbeil-Essonnes Netherlands Rini van Bracht 1,231 Germany Maximo Aguirre 0,958 Belgium Paul Stroobants 1,213
52 1994 Denmark Odense Netherlands John Tijssens 1,097 Austria Andreas Efler 0,996 Denmark Dion Nelin 1,231
No. Year Venue Winner GA Runner-up GA Semifinalists GA
53 1995 Czech Republic Prague Belgium Jozef Philipoom 1,203 Denmark Hans Laursen 1,083 Portugal Jorge Theriaga
Netherlands John Tijssens
1,151
1,050
54 1997 Luxembourg Mondorf-les-Bains Spain Daniel Sánchez 1,579 France Jean-Christophe Roux 1,311 Denmark Dion Nelin
Belgium Peter de Backer
1,353
1,171
55 1998 France Aubagne Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,429 Germany Martin Horn 1,378 Netherlands Dick Jaspers
Spain Daniel Sánchez
1,583
1,524
56 1999 Portugal Porto Turkey Semih Saygıner 1,571 Denmark Dion Nelin 1,355 Portugal Jorge Theriaga
Netherlands Dick Jaspers
1,333
1,448
57 2000 Spain Madrid Spain Daniel Sánchez 1,544 Turkey Semih Saygıner 1,568 Belgium Eddy Leppens
Netherlands Raimond Burgman
1,285
1,200
58 2001 Denmark Odense Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 2,235 Denmark Tonny Carlsen 1,326 Denmark Dion Nelin
Netherlands Dick Jaspers
1,447
1,839
59 2002 Turkey İzmir Belgium Frédéric Caudron 1,730 Denmark Tonny Carlsen 1,497 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl
Denmark Jacob Haack Sørensen
1,481
1,397
60 2003 Turkey Göynük Netherlands Dick Jaspers 1,834 Belgium Frédéric Caudron 1,864 Italy Marco Zanetti
Germany Martin Horn
1,984
1,468
61 2004 Turkey Ölüdeniz Turkey Murat Naci Çoklu 1,652 Germany Martin Horn 1,358 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl
Spain Daniel Sánchez
1,669
1,493
62 2005 Portugal Porto Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,643 Belgium Frédéric Caudron 1,333 Netherlands Dick Jaspers
Denmark Brian Knudsen
1,920
1,413
63 2006 Turkey Antalya Belgium Frédéric Caudron 1,937 Turkey Semih Saygıner 1,922 Spain Daniel Sánchez
Netherlands Dick Jaspers
1,772
1,698
64 2007 France Salon-de-Provence Belgium Eddy Merckx 1,714 Belgium Frédéric Caudron 1,962 Spain Daniel Sánchez
Netherlands Dick Jaspers
1,608
1,860
65 2008 France Florange Netherlands Dick Jaspers 2,169 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,557 Italy Marco Zanetti
Belgium Roland Forthomme
1,317
1,391
66 2009 Denmark Odense Spain Daniel Sánchez 1,864 Belgium Frédéric Caudron 1,760 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl
Turkey Tayfun Tasdemir
1,529
1,388
67 2010 Germany Sankt Wendel Netherlands Dick Jaspers 2,168 Belgium Eddy Merckx 1,581 Italy Marco Zanetti
Turkey Tayfun Tasdemir
2,007
1,428
68 2011 Portugal Porto Netherlands Dick Jaspers 1,715 Belgium Eddy Merckx 1,518 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl
Belgium Frédéric Caudron
1,655
1,631
69 2012 Turkey Istanbul Greece Filipos Kasidokostas 1,798 Netherlands Raimond Burgman 1,465 Germany Martin Horn
Turkey Murat Naci Çoklu
1,682
1,587
70 2013 Germany Brandenburg/Havel Italy Marco Zanetti 2,500*2 Germany Christian Rudolph 1,465 Belgium Frédéric Caudron
Netherlands Glenn Hofman
1,869
1,059
71 2015 Germany Brandenburg/Havel Flag of None.svg Flag of None.svg Flag of None.svg
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Note

Countries dominating the event[edit]

Country # Events Won

Out of 70 To Date

Percentage
Belgium Belgium 37 52.85 %
Sweden Sweden 9 12.85 %
Netherlands Netherlands 8 11.42 %
France France 5 7.14 %
Spain Spain 5 7.14 %
 Others 6 8.57%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Haase, Dieter; Weingartner, Heinrich (2009). Enzyklopädie des Billardsports. Wien: Verlag Heinrich Weingartner. ISBN 978-3-200-01489-3. 
  2. ^ "Prize money and ranking points" (PDF; 110 kB). Archived from the original on 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-02-07.