Ortmann wins his straight pool opening match

Van den Berg demolishes Chawki with a powerful demonstration of his skill

Portoroz,  Slovenia:   In a high class straight pool match,  Oliver Ortmann (GER) overpowered Artem Koshovyi (UKR) with 100:55. Ortmann  began  the match  and  started his

Oliver Ortmann (GER)
Oliver Ortmann (GER)

account  by  scoring 42  points. Then  Koshovyi  had  the  chance  of  making some points  but  he did not  really  make use of it.  After  9  points,  Ortmann  got  back  to  the table.  Knowing  Ortmann’s history  and  record, he must  be considered to be  a favorite  in any straight  pool  competition  in  the  World.  The former World Champion and US Open winner
got back to the table and performed rock solid. However, when leading 89:9,  Ortmann missed another shot. That brought  Koshovyi back into the table. And the young star from the Ukraine certified that  he also wanted to win that match.  His will to send his  legendary  opponent to the loser’s  side was unbroken.  Koshovyi  ran  29  balls   and  allowed  Ortmann  to  disturb  his performance  for  one  ball.   At  55:90,  Koshovyi  got  unlucky  since  the  cue  ball froze to an object ball. He tried to bank an object  ball in the side pocket but he failed. He left a tough shot for  Ortmann,  but  the German knows how to handle these situations.  With high precision he pocketed the remaining balls  and took the victory with 100:55.
In another exciting match, Nick van den Berg (NED) defeated Jim  Chawki (SWE)  with 100:66.  The match contained all factors of  excitement  that  straight pool  can  provide.  Chawki  dominated  in the  beginning  and  when  a frozen  ball situation occurred on the table,  Chawki was already  leading 67:5 over van den Berg.  Since  the  situation  was  so  complicated,  van  den  Berg  chose  to  play  a deliberate foul.  That  was also done by  Chawki. After  three turns, van den Berg committed the third consecutive foul and got 15 points  deducted. He also had to do a new opening shot,  according to the rules of  the game.  He  then  played  a safety  break  and left  a long and tough shot  for Chawki.  The Swede went  for it and  missed.  Van  den Berg showed all  his class,  trailing  -10  to 66 and  ran  out with a series of 110 balls. Other  notable  results  from  the  first  straight  pool  rounds   include  Bence Deak  (HUN) winning with 100:94 over Vitaly  Pavlukhin (RUS).  In the women’s division,  Caroline  Roos  (SWE)  just  made  it  over  Marika  Poikkijoki  (FIN)  with 75:67 after a tough fight.

The  event  is  be  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  ,  follow  us  on  twitter  @EPBF_News   or contact our press office.

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