IBSF World Billiards Championship

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This article is about the amateur competition. It is not to be confused with the professional competition, WPBSA 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 Country Runner-up Country Score
2015 Adelaide (timed) Pankaj Advani India Peter Gilchrist Singapore 2408-1240
2015 Adelaide (points) Peter Gilchrist Singapore Pankaj Advani India 6-4 (150up)
2011 Carlow (timed) Mike Russell England Matthew Bolton Australia 3001-519
2011 Carlow (points) Mike Russell England Pankaj Advani India 6-3 (150up)
2010 Maharashtra (timed) Mike Russell England Peter Gilchrist Singapore 4120-784
2010 Maharashtra (points) Mike Russell England Pankaj Advani India 6-0 (150up)
2008 Bangalore (timed) Pankaj Advani India Devendra Joshi India 2368-2020
2008 Bangalore (points) Pankaj Advani India Geet Sethi India 6-1 (150up)
2007 Singapore (timed) Pankaj Advani India Dhruv Sitwala India 1946-1488
2007 Singapore (points) Rupesh Shah India Ashok Shandilya India 6-4 (150up)
2005 Malta (timed) Pankaj Advani India Geet Sethi India 2242-1717
2005 Malta (points) Pankaj Advani India Devendra Joshi India 6-2 (150up)
2003 India Lee Lagan England Geet Sethi India 6-5 (150up)
2002 Australia (timed) Mike Russell England Geet Sethi India 2438-1499
2002 Australia (points) Ashok Shandilya India Praput Chaithanasakun Thailand 11-9 (50up)
2001 New Zealand Geet Sethi India Ashok Shandilya India 3484-1289
2000 England Chris Shutt England Roxton Chapman England 11-9 (50up)
1999 Ireland Praput Chaithanasakun Thailand Paul Bennett England 3201-1657
1998 Australia Robby Foldvari Australia Praput Chaithanasakun Thailand 1869-1439
1997 Malta Joe Grech Malta Ashok Shandilya India 2895-2836
1996 India Mike Russell England Roxton Chapman England 1741-885
1990 Bangalore Manoj Kothari India Ashok Shandilya India 2890-2422
1987 Belfast Geet Sethi India Joe Grech Malta 4846-3256
1985 Dublin Geet Sethi India Bob Marshall Australia 3809-2453
1983 Malta Michael Ferreira India Subhash Agarwal India 3933-2744
1981 Delhi Michael Ferreira India Norman Dagley England 2725-2631
1979 Sri Lanka Paul Mifsud Malta Norman Dagley England 2943-2152
1977 Melbourne Michael Ferreira India Bob Close England 2683-2564
1975 Auckland Norman Dagley England Michael Ferreira India 3385-2268
1973 Bombay Mohammed Lafir Sri Lanka Satish Mohan India Round Robin
1971 Malta Norman Dagley England Mannie Francisco South Africa Round Robin
1969 London Jack Karnehm England Michael Ferreira India Round Robin
1967 Colombo Leslie Driffield England Mohammed J M Lafir Sri Lanka Round Robin
1964 Pukekohe Wilson Jones India Jack Karnehm England Round Robin
1962 Perth Bob Marshall Australia Wilson Jones India 3623-2891
1960 Edinburgh Herbert Beetham England Jim Long Australia Round Robin
1958 Calcutta Wilson Jones India Leslie Driffield England Round Robin
1954 Sydney Tom Cleary Australia Bob Marshall Australia Round Robin
1952 Calcutta Leslie Driffield England Bob Marshall Australia Round Robin
1951 London Bob Marshall Australia Frank Edwards England Round Robin
1938 Melbourne Bob Marshall Australia Kingsley Kennerley England Round Robin
1936 Johannesburg Bob Marshall Australia Allan Prior South Africa Round Robin
1935 London Horace Coles Wales J McGhie Scotland Round Robin
1933 London Sydney Lee England Tom Jones Wales Round Robin
1931 Sydney Laurie Steeples England Sydney Lee England Round Robin
1929 Johannesburg Les Hayes Australia Allan Prior South Africa Round Robin
1927 London Allan Prior South Africa Horace Coles Wales Round Robin
1926 London Joe Earlam England George Shailer Australia Round 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)