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Kick-off for 3CC Masters in Seoul

Posted by on June 20, 2018

Kick-off for 3CC Masters in Seoul

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© World top players to launch the 3CC Masters Challenge in Seoul

SEOUL - The first tournament in the cycle of the 3CC World Masters, an organization of UMB and Kozoom, gets its kick-off in Seoul, South Korea. Twenty players from the top of the world ranking and four wild card players are invited to play in the Imperial Palace Hotel in Gangnam-gu in Seoul. The tournament, according to a totally new gaming system and with high prize money, will be played from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 July and broadcast live on The next two Masters tournaments scheduled for this year will be held from 13-16 September and from 8-11 November.

The main innovation of the system is that players first play against each other in the groups and later in the knock-out and are presented with the same twenty positions. The first position is the break, the other 19 positions are computer generated. The players score as much points as they can from each position (runs are never stopped). The referee will place the balls using laser placement system (MYWEBSPORT technology). The runs are only stopped when the player has missed. The player who made the most points after twenty innings is the winner of the game.

Player A starts the match with the first shot, then player B gets the same position. In that order, the two players play the first ten positions. Then, there is a five-minute break, followed by player B who starts the first of the next ten positions. There is a 30 second shot clock and 4 extensions (time-outs) per match.

The leaders in the eight groups of three players are Frédéric Caudron, Eddy Merckx, Marco Zanetti, Dani Sánchez, Torbjörn Blomdahl, Murat Naci Coklu, Dick Jaspers and Tran Quyet Chien. The wildcards have been distributed to Roland Forthomme, Cho Chi-Yeon, Choi Wan-Young and Yusuke Mori. Three Korean top players, Haeng-Jik Kim, Jae-Ho Cho and Dong-Koong Kang are missing, because of a conflict between UMB (world federation) and KBF (Korean federation), which is putting pressure on Korean players to not participate in the tournament.

The matches will be played on two Gabriels Rafale match tables in a room on the 7th floor of the Imperial Palace Hotel. The cloths are Simonis 300 Grey Masters, a new color introduced for the 3CC Masters. The balls are Aramith Pro Cup Prestige. Two practice tables are available to the players during the tournament. The players will be dressed in polo shirts with collar and long or short sleeves. Free design, but no stripes or motifs. Black shirts are reserved for referees.

The Imperial Palace hotel in Seoul were the 3CC Masters are played

The prize money for the Masters: Winner: 40.000 dollar
Number two: 20.000
Three and four: 15.000
Five to eight: 10.000
Nine to sixteen: 6.000
Seventeen to 24: 4.000.
Best run: 5.000
Best general average: 5.000.
Total prize money: 220.000 dollars.

The group line-ups are:
Group A: Frédéric Caudron (Belgium) Ma Minh Cam (Vietnam) Yusuke Mori (Japan)

Group B: Eddy Merckx (Belgium) Jérémy Bury (France) Choi Wan-Young (South Korea)

Group C: Marco Zanetti (Italy) Eddy Leppens (Belgium) Cho Chi-Yeon (South Korea)

Group D: Dani Sánchez (Spain) Nikos Polychronopoulos (Greece) Roland Forthomme (Belgium)

Group E: Torbjörn Blomdahl (Sweden) Nguyen Quoc Nguyen (Vietnam) Semih Sayginer (Turkey)

Group F: Murat Naci Coklu (Turkey) Choi Sung-Won (South Korea) David Martinez (Spain)

Group G: Dick Jaspers (Netherlands) Heo Jung-Han (South Korea) Tayfun Tasdemir (Turkey)

Group H: Tran Quyet Chien (Vietnam) Sameh Sidhom (Egypt) Ngo Dinh Nai (Vietnam).

Two first ranked players qualify per group, after the pre-rounds, new ranking 1-16 is made based on general average.

The time schedule: Wednesday 11 July: press conference and photo sessions

Thursday, July 12: Qualifying matches at 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 20.00 and 22.00
Friday, July 13: Qualifications at 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 20.00 and 22.00
Saturday, July 14: Last 16 at 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 Last 8 at 20.00, 22.00. Sunday, July 15: Semi-finals at 15.00 and 17.00. Final at 20.00.

Two of 2018 World Cup winners at the start: Frédéric Caudron and Dick Jaspers

Ho Chi Minh World Cup winner Tran Quyet Chien



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My Comments

World record??
Frits, by the fact that "The runs are only stopped when the player has missed" there are more chances than usual for someone to break the world record. If that happens do you know if it will be recognized officially?
In case of a draw in the knock-out stage the extension will be given by a random position or the opening shot?
You write: "Two first ranked players qualify per group, after the pre-rounds, new ranking 1-16 is made based on general average." That means that the 2 first averages qualify per group no matter the wins...?

Message 1/7 - Publish at June 20, 2018 11:29 AM - Edited at June 20, 2018 1:16 PM

Productivity Contest - No real game
From the details above, it will be rather a productivity test than real game, since there will be no defense play at all. And a good promotion of a particular product...

Message 2/7 - Publish at June 20, 2018 1:31 PM

Draw and average
Hello, mister, I just read your question.
In case of a draw after 20 innings, an additionnal shoot-out will be played, similar to UMB rules.
2 first ranked players qualified per group (1 match points, 2 general average, 3 highest run) After qualification stage, new ranking 1-16 based on general average only to fill in the last knock-out.
World record, I contaced UMB to know.

Message 3/7 - Publish at June 20, 2018 5:36 PM

Draw and average
ok, thanks a lot Frits!

Publish at June 20, 2018 5:55 PM

Just wondering if you are going to comment on the news that Korea (KBF) is withdrawing all its players from the UMB tournaments. And the very reason, as we understand it, is Kozoom itself and its monopoly. So?

Message 4/7 - Publish at June 26, 2018 1:52 AM - Edited at June 26, 2018 1:53 AM

"And the very reason, as we understand it, is Kozoom itself and its monopoly. So?"

Sure you understand nothing. That's why we gonna explain and comment the situation soon to avoid such insane comment.

Message 5/7 - Publish at June 26, 2018 1:51 PM

No need to be hostile, Xavier. And I admit my formulation was unfortunate -- Kozoom not being the very reason but part of it. Of course you guys should comment on the situation (and should have done that even earlier).

Message 6/7 - Publish at June 26, 2018 5:16 PM

I got your tip klimanek but the past few weeks and coming ones, our time is dedicated to billiards promotion. And please, trust me, we had much more important things to do than fighting against lies and rumors coming from Korea. Btw, Frits made an interview with the President of the UMB who will be published soon.

Anyway, thanks for admitting your formulation was unfortunate.

Message 7/7 - Publish at June 27, 2018 11:40 PM

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