Vietnamese Billiards Win Global Championship

Tran Quyet Chien and Bao Phuong Vinh have created a historic moment for Vietnamese billiards, making it to the Final of the 2023 World Championship 3-Card Carom and becoming the first all-Vietnamese Final pairing in the event's history.

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According to VNA, 28-year-old player Bao Phuong Vinh emerged victorious against Tran Quyet Chien in the All-Vietnam Final at the World 3-Card Carom Championship.

In the Final match on the evening of September 10 in Ankara (Turkey), Phuong Vinh took the lead for most of the time, with the turning point being an 8-point series that put him ahead 29-22. While Quyet Chien struggled to gain momentum and continuously missed points, Phuong Vinh played more consistently and accumulated points. In the last 12 rounds, Vietnam’s number one player only earned four points, while his junior counterpart won 11 points. Ultimately, Phuong Vinh emerged victorious over Quyet Chien with a score of 50-34 after 33 rounds.

Vietnamese Billards Achieve The World’s Championship Feat
Photo: Five&Six

In the 95-year history of the 3-cushion Carom World Billiard Championship, only three times has the Final been held between two players from one country: Argentina in 1938, Belgium in 2017, and now Vietnam. In the past, Vietnam had a player reach the World Championship Final, Nguyen Duc Anh Chien in 2019, but he lost to Torbjorn Blomdahl.

Ranked 21st in the world, Phuong Vinh has previously achieved the Asian Semifinals in March 2023 in Korea. This time, Phuong Vinh defeated the Korean “prodigy” with a score of 50-48 to secure a spot in the Finals against Quyet Chien.

Vietnamese Billards Achieve The World’s Championship Feat
Bao Phuong Vinh joins the game. Photo: UMB

In the 3-cushion Carom Tournament system of the World Billiard Federation (UMB), the World Cup and World Championship always gather top players. The World Cup takes place about six or seven times a year, and any player can participate. The World Championship only invites the top players on the planet and continents, taking place once a year.

This year’s tournament is being held in Ankara, Turkey from September 6 to September 10.

Vietnamese Billards Achieve The World’s Championship Feat
Photo: UMB
Charlotte Pho