Tran Quyet Chien Helps Billiards Vietnam Get off to a Dream Start
In the opening match in Group C of the 2022 world team billiards tournament taking place on March 10 (Vietnam Time), Tran Quyet Chien excellently defeated the world number 1 carom billiards player Dick Jaspers and helped the Vietnamese team win a 2-0 victory against the mighty Dutch team.
This was an important match in the 2022 tournament since the Dutch team has always been the strong candidate in the tournament, and the World's no. 1 carom billiards player Dick Jaspers was in a higher position as he had just beat Tran Quyet Chien to win the 2022 Ankara World Cup a week ago.
Vietnamese player Tran Quyet Chien showed firmer tactics compared than in his defeated match in the Ankara World Cup, but still struggled with 17/20 points at the end of the first half.
|Tran Quyet Chien managed to defeat No.1 player on March 10. Photo: Thanh Nien|
However, after the break, Tran Quyet Chien had an "acceleration" phase with a series of 13 points to take the lead 30/20. Although Jaspers tried very hard to create a "back upstream," the Vietnamese player did not give his opponent another victory and reached 40 points first and left Jaspers with only 35 points.
|Quyet Chien and Anh Chien have a great start at the 2022 Team Tournament. Photo: 24h|
Meanwhile, at the next table, his Vietnamese teammate Nguyen Duc Anh Chien also played very well to beat Raimond Burgman with a score of 40/31. With this result, the Vietnamese 3-band Billiards team defeated the Netherlands with a score of 2-0 and are likely to enter the next round.
In the remaining match of Group C, Colombia also won 2-0 against France. Looking at Colombia and France, it will be difficult for them to stop the highly-rated Vietnam duo of Tran Quyet Chien and Nguyen Duc Anh Chien.
|Nguyen Duc Anh Chien was as good as his teammate in the match against the Dutch in the 2022 tournament. Photo: Thanh Nien|
Dick Jaspers views Vietnamese billiards as "one of the strongest countries in terms of 3-band carom. Vietnam and Korea are and will be important to the world billiards."
He also expressed his regret on how World Cup was unable to visit Ho Chi Minh City in the past two years due to the pandemic.
The World's No.1 player recalled the great impression he had seeing Duong Anh Vu attending the World Championships (World Championships) in Germany in 2006 and 2008.
"That was the first time I saw a Vietnamese player play," he said.
The World Team Championship 2022 tri-band carom tournament takes place from March 10-13 in Viersen city (Germany) with the participation of 16 teams competing for the championship worth 8,000 euros (about 200 million VND).
The representatives of Vietnam attending the tournament are Tran Quyet Chien (3rd in the world) and Nguyen Duc Anh Chien (17th in the world).
According to the division results, the Vietnamese team is in Group C, with the Netherlands (Dick Jaspers and Raimond Burgman), France (Devolgelaere Mickael and Pinaia Maxim) and Colombia (Gonzalez Pedro and Cantano Huberney).
The two teams facing each other will proceed to compete in the format of two individual matches. If there is a tie, the deciding game will be played in the form of 15 points with no equal turn.
About Tran Quyet Chien
Tran Quyet Chien was born on February 3, 1984, in Ha Tinh, Vietnam.
He is the only Vietnamese player to ever win the World Cup, in Ho Chi Minh City in 2018. Vietnam has been represented in the World Cup final six times, of which Quyet Chien was named champion three times named in Guri 2016, HCM City 2018 and Ankara 2022.
In the final of Ankara 2022, Jaspers defeated Quyet Chien 50-23 over 19 turns. Jaspers is currently the number one player in the world according to the UMB ranking, while Quyet Chien is third.
The victory will help take Tran Quyet Chien to another level, providing a dream start for Vietnamese billiards.
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