Crystal Kelly Cup

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The Crystal Kelly Cup or Crystal Kelly Tournament (sometimes: Chrystal Kelly) was a prestigious, generously funded carom billiards invitational tournament in the discipline of three-cushion, which has been held at different venues from 1994 to 2011, a total of 18 times, mostly in Monte Carlo and Nice.

History[edit]

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The tournament was launched in 1994 by the businessman and software-founder of Volmac (since 1992 it belongs to the Cap Gemini Group[2]), Joop van Oosterom, who is also a billiards and chess enthusiast. The tournament was named after his daughter Crystal Kelly van Oosterom, as well as for the Dutch Eredivisie club of "Crystal Kelly," which was also very successful. In 1992 Joop already dedicated Melody Amber, a blindfold and correspondence chess tournament, to his other daughter.

In 2010, Joop announced that he will give up the sponsorship the following year. Thus, the 2011-tournament was the last. Raymond Ceulemans, the three-cushion-legend form Belgium, was part of the tournament from the beginning on, from 1994 to 2006 as a player, in the early years he finished he still finished as a front runner, though he never could win the tournament. After his retirement from active billiards sports (2006) he was the tournament director. Torbjörn Blomdahl and Dick Jaspers participated in all 18 tournaments, in which the latter is eight times record winner of the tournament and Blomdahl was second with 5 wins.

It was carrying out 13 times in Monte Carlo, 3 times in Nice and one time in Scheveningen and Antwerp as of the end of the season in early June. The only exception was in 2005 when the tournament was held in late August.

The tournament was one of the best-paid - the prizes were ever tournament always around U.S. $70,000, there were extra bonuses for services paid and the winner took home about $20,000 - its kind, similar to the AGIPI Billiard Masters in Schiltigheim, France and it was considered as "The little World Championship". Among the players who called the tournament also "The Monaco", it had a high reputation and everyone gladly followed the invitation of van Oosterom. They were all, including their wives/partners, flown in and have been guests of the family van Oosterom for a week. There was just one game each day for everyone on the time table, and so there was a lot of time for trips and excursions.

Only participant from America was Sang Chun Lee from the USA .

Tournament structure[edit]

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The number of participants ranged between eight and ten players. A total of 17 different players in the tournament. Many players have been invited over the years, such as: Semih Saygıner (16 ×), Frédéric Caudron (15 ×), Frans van Kuijk (13 ×), Marco Zanetti (11 ×) and Daniel Sánchez (8 ×). In the last tournament in 2011 the ten participants were divided into two groups of five players each.

These were:

The first stage was played in the round-robin mode with equal innings. The final round was played in a knock-out mode as first to 50 points without equal innings. The places 3-10 were played out.

Winners table[edit]

Legend
Code Explanation
GA General Average = all points ÷ all innings
SpA Special Average = best average in a single game (points ÷ innings)
HR Highest Run = longest series of caroms (within single game)
Statistic
No. Year Venue 1. Place 2. Place 3. Place best GA HR Refs.
01 1994 Monaco Monte Carlo Netherlands Dick Jaspers Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl Belgium Ludo Dielis 1,840Netherlands Dick Jaspers 15Netherlands Dick Jaspers [3]
02 1995 Monaco Monte Carlo Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl[1] Netherlands Dick Jaspers Belgium Raymond Ceulemans 2,324Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 13United States Sang Chun Lee [4]
03 1996 Monaco Monte Carlo Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl Belgium Raymond Ceulemans Netherlands Dick Jaspers 2,160Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 15Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl [5]
04 1997 Monaco Monte Carlo Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl Netherlands Dick Jaspers Turkey Semih Saygıner 1,977Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 15Belgium Raymond Ceulemans [6]
05 1998 Monaco Monte Carlo Belgium Frédéric Caudron Netherlands Dick Jaspers[2] Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 2,156Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 21Netherlands Dick Jaspers [7]
06 1999[3] Monaco Monte Carlo Netherlands Dick Jaspers Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl Belgium Frédéric Caudron 2,035Netherlands Dick Jaspers 15Netherlands Frans van Kuyk [8]
07 2000 Monaco Monte Carlo Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl Netherlands Frans van Kuyk Belgium Frédéric Caudron 1,800Belgium Frédéric Caudron 13Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl [9]
08 2001 Monaco Monte Carlo Netherlands Dick Jaspers Turkey Semih Saygıner Denmark Dion Nelin 1,832Netherlands Dick Jaspers 18Denmark Dion Nelin [10]
09 2002 Monaco Monte Carlo Netherlands Dick Jaspers[4] Belgium Frédéric Caudron Turkey Semih Saygıner 2,537Netherlands Dick Jaspers 19Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl [11]
10 2003 Netherlands Scheveningen Netherlands Dick Jaspers Belgium Frédéric Caudron Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 2,318Netherlands Dick Jaspers 18Belgium Raymond Ceulemans [12]
11 2004 Monaco Monte Carlo Netherlands Dick Jaspers Spain Daniel Sánchez Netherlands Frans van Kuyk 2,258Netherlands Dick Jaspers 15Netherlands Dick Jaspers [13]
12 2005 Monaco Monte Carlo Netherlands Dick Jaspers Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl Turkey Semih Saygıner 2,013Netherlands Dick Jaspers 13Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl [14]
13 2006 Monaco Monte Carlo Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl[5] Netherlands Dick Jaspers Belgium Frédéric Caudron 2,289Netherlands Dick Jaspers 19Belgium Frédéric Caudron [15]
14 2007 Monaco Monte Carlo Netherlands Dick Jaspers Spain Daniel Sánchez Netherlands Raimond Burgman 2,174Netherlands Dick Jaspers 13Netherlands Dick Jaspers [16]
15 2008 Belgium Antwerp Belgium Frédéric Caudron Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl Netherlands Dick Jaspers 1,983Belgium Eddy Merckx 21Belgium Frédéric Caudron [17]
16 2009[6] France Nice Belgium Frédéric Caudron Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl Belgium Eddy Merckx 2,126Belgium Frédéric Caudron 13Belgium Frédéric Caudron [18]
17 2010 France Nice Italy Marco Zanetti Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl Netherlands Dick Jaspers[7] 2,472Netherlands Dick Jaspers 15Belgium Eddy Merckx [19]
18 2011 France Nice Greece Filippos Kasidokostas Italy Marco Zanetti Netherlands Dick Jaspers 2,623Netherlands Dick Jaspers[8] 15Netherlands Dick Jaspers [20]
Notes
  • 1 Blomdahl plays the unofficial world record of a GA of 2,324 and a SpA of 3,571 (dito 1996).
  • 2 Jaspers plays a SpA of 4,166.
  • 3 R. Ceulemans plays a SpA of 3,846.
  • 4 Jaspers plays a SpA of 5,000, 50 points in 10 innings.
  • 5 Blomdahl plays a SpA of 3,846
  • 6 In 2009 the best tournament average of 1,865 has been played.
  • 7 Jaspers plays a SpA of 4,545.
  • 8 Jaspers plays a record GA of 2,623, which is an unofficial record.
Eternal winner list
Name No. Years
Netherlands Dick Jaspers 8 1994, 1999, 2001–2005, 2007
Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl 5 1995–1997, 2000, 2006
Belgium Frédéric Caudron 3 1998, 2008, 2009
Italy Marco Zanetti 1 2010
Greece Filippos Kasidokostas 1 2011

Gallery of the 1999 Cup[edit]

References[edit]

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