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Chinakhov too strong for Kaplan

One sided match for the young Russian

Portoroz,  Slovenia:  In a very  one sided match,  Ruslan Chinakhov  (RUS) defeated Tomasz Kaplan (POL) clearly with 8:2. Both players had a great  start  and ran their  racks to  get

Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS)

Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS)

to  1:1.  On  paper,  one  would  have expected  the match to stay  very  close since the two contestants  play on the same  level.  In the third rack  however,  problems started  for  Kaplan.  He  scratched  and  Chinakhov punished  him  straight  away  with  the  2:1.  Then  an amazing rack occurred.  Chinakhov  missed an easy  first shot  after a successful break and allowed Kaplan to the table. The Polish came in and completely  unnecessarily ran out  of  position  in his  4th  shot.  He tried to fix  it  but could not win this rack anymore. Chinakhov went ahead 3:1. Kaplan’s performance got worse and worse. Even if Chinakhov  allowed him in the match, he did not use his chances  but committed a foul instead. Before the 6th rack, Kaplan took a time-out and obviously tried to get his  focus back. It seemed to work. he came back, broke and ran the rack to make the score 2:4. Then two runs  from  Chinakhov  followed who did not seem to  be  impressed at  all  by  Kaplan. At  6:2,  Kaplan  again  ran  out  of  position and allowed  Chinakhov  to  take his  spot  on the  hill,  7:2.  Kaplan  would  not  get  any more chance  in  the 8-ball competition this year.  Chinakhov  broke  and  ran  the balls  for the 5th time in the match and eliminated Kaplan rightfully 8:2. „This  was the first match when I felt good. All my  previous matches, I could not get my A-game  on  the  table“,  stated  Chinakhov.  „It  is  normal  for  me  in  European Championships  to start a bit  weak but  then usually  I improve and get  going.“  „I ran  out  5  racks and  only  missed  two  shots  in  the  whole  match.  Who  knows, maybe I can get very  far this year“. Chinakhov will join the other final 31 players in the 8-ball competition and get his next challenge tonight at 19:00 CET.
Other  notable  results   include  Aki  Heiskanen  (FIN)  whitewashing  Fabio Petroni  (ITA)  with  8:0.  Probably  one  of  the  bigger  surprises  happened  in  the match between Nick van den  Berg  (NED)  and Ivica  Putnik (CRO). At  7:7,  van den Berg missed a super easy  ball and Putnik could run the table.  That  was a very uncharacteristic shot for the Straight Pool Champion from the Netherlands.
In  the  women’s  division,  Jasmin  Ouschan  (AUT)  and  Ine  Helvik  (NOR) both won their matches to go to the round of the final 16 players. Ouschan took care  of  Severine  Titaux  (FRA)  with  6:3  while  Helvik  exited  Louise  Furberg (SWE) with the same result.
The  event  is  hosted  by  the  European  Governing  Body  for  Pool,  the European  Pocket  Billiard  Federation  (EPBF)  and  organized  by  International Billiard Promotion (IBP).  For further information and reference please go to the federation website  www.epconline.eu or contact our press office.

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