UMB World Three-cushion Championship

Henk Robijns from the Netherlands shows some of his caramboles from the 1933 championship in Cairo, and two trick shots.

The UMB World Three-cushion Championship is a professional carom billiards tournament in the discipline of three-cushion billiards, organized mostly annually by the Union Mondiale de Billard. Until 1953 it was organized by the UIFAB (Union Internationale des Federations d'Amateurs de Billard). During a dispute between the UMB and BWA (Billiards World Cup Association) the UMB decided not to organize the championship between 1988-1991. Instead the overall winner of the World Cup was announced as also the world champion.[1]:p785

From 1928 to 1958 and from 1985 to 1987, matches were played as a single frame with a run to 50 points (or 60 points between 1960 and 1984). From 1994 to 2011 the tournament was played in a set-system, the winner achieving the best of five. Since 2012 it has been changed back to a single frame with the run to 40 points.

Prize money and ranking pointsEdit

 
2013 Award ceremony.
Ludo Dielis hands over the diamant-cue to the winner Frederic Caudron.
From Left to right: Vice world champion Filippos Kasidokostas, Caudron, Bronze medal winners Alexander Salazar and Dick Jaspers.

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Rank Prize Ranking
points
Winner 20.000 € x 1 120
Runner-up 12.000 € x 1 081
3. & 4. Rank 7.000 € x 2 057
5. – 8. Rank 4.000 € x 4 039
9. – 16. Rank 2.000 € x 8 024
17. – 32. Rank 1.500 € x 16 012
33. – 48. Rank 1.000 € x 16 08
Total 118.000 €

Tournament records timelineEdit

General Average (GA)[1]
GA Name Year
0,552   Edmond Soussa 1928
0,720   Emile Zaman 1929
0,755   Claudio Puigvert 1935
0,859   Edward L. Lee 1936
0,884   Augusto Vergez 1938
0,922   José Bonomo 1948
1,070   Pedro Leopoldo Carrera 1952
1,089   René Vingerhoedt 1958
1,307   Raymond Ceulemans 1963
1,345   Raymond Ceulemans 1966
1,478   Raymond Ceulemans 1973
1,500   Raymond Ceulemans 1976
1,679   Raymond Ceulemans 1978
1,745   Raymond Ceulemans 1986
2,015   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1997
2,122   Torbjörn Blomdahl 2010
2,123   Ma Minh Cam 2017
2,352   Dick Jaspers 2018
Special Average (SA)[1]
SA Name Year
0,746   Emile Zaman 1928
0,961   Emile Zaman 1929
1,136   Claudio Puigvert 1932
1,162   Augusto Vergez 1938
1,562   Alfredo Fuentes 1948
1,612   René Vingerhoedt 1952
  August Tiedtke 1958
2,068   Raymond Ceulemans 1963
2,500   Raymond Ceulemans 1966
2,631   Raymond Ceulemans 1986
2,812   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1988
  Torbjörn Blomdahl 1991
  Torbjörn Blomdahl 1997
  Torbjörn Blomdahl 2001
3,461   Daniel Sánchez 2005
4,500   Dick Jaspers 2011
5,714   Kang Dong-koong 2013
High Run (HR)[1]
HR Name Year
09   Edmond Soussa 1928
10   Enrique Miró 1931
  Claudio Puigvert 1932
12   Edmond Soussa 1933
  Alfred Lagache 1938
  Alfredo Fuentes 1948
  Bernard Siguret 1952
  August Tiedtke 1953
13   Johann Scherz 1958
14   Raymond Steylaerts 1964
  Raymond Ceulemans 1974
15   Raymond Ceulemans 1975
  Raymond Ceulemans 1980
  Rini van Bracht 1982
  Avelino Rico 1986
  Torbjörn Blomdahl 1991
  Jozef Philipoom 1995
  Marco Zanetti 1997
  Daniel Sánchez 1998
  Raimond Burgman 1998
  Sang Chun Lee 1999
  Marco Zanetti 2000
  Eddy Merckx 2010
17   Frédéric Caudron 2012
  Frédéric Caudron 2013
18   Pedro Piedrabuena 2014
19   Sameh Sidhom 2015
  Tonny Carlsen 2018

List of championsEdit

This is the list of UMB three-cushion billiards world champions, from 1928 to present.[1]:pp 799–853[4][5]

No. Year Venue Winner Avg. 2nd Avg. 3rd Avg.
01 1928   Reims   Edmond Soussa 0,552   Carel Koopman 0,493   Otto Unshelm 0,489
02 1929   Brussels   Edmond Soussa 0,604   Emile Zaman 0,720   Arnoud Sengers 0,542
03 1930   Amsterdam   Hendrik J. Robijns 0,587   Edmond Soussa 0,541   Arnoud Sengers 0,542
04 1931   Barcelona   Enrique Miró 0,551   Edmond Soussa 0,632   Arnoud Sengers 0,571
05 1932   Vichy   Hendrik J. Robijns 0,679   Claudio Puigvert 0,698   Franz Aeberhard 0,557
06 1933   Cairo   Hendrik J. Robijns 0,628   Edmond Soussa 0,593   Claudio Puigvert 0,547
07 1934   Barcelona   Claudio Puigvert 0,695   Jacques Davin 0,590   Jean Albert 0,508
08 1935   Algiers   Alfred Lagache 0,656   Claudio Puigvert 0,755   Emile Zaman 0,643
09 1936   New York   Edward L. Lee 0,859   Eugene Deardorff 0,665   Edmond Soussa 0,631
10 1937   Köln   Alfred Lagache 0,696   August Tiedtke 0,680   Arnoud Sengers 0,603
11 1938   Buenos Aires   Augusto Vergez 0,884   Jean Fransisco Vergez 0,677   Alfred Lagache 0,745
1939 to 1947: not held
12 1948   Buenos Aires   Rene Vingerhoedt 0,877   Jose Bonomo 0,922   Augusto Vergez 0,819
1949 to 1951: not held
13 1952   Buenos Aires   Pedro L. Carrera 1,070   August Tiedtke 0,961   Carlos Friedenthal 0,943
14 1953   Antwerp   Enrique Navarra 0,937   Rene Vingerhoedt 1,001   Pedro L. Carrera 0,921
1954 to 1957: not held
15 1958   Barcelona   Enrique Navarra 0,913   Rene Vingerhoedt 1,089   August Tiedtke 0,921
1959: not held
16 1960   Buenos Aires   Rene Vingerhoedt 0,961   Carlos Monestier 0,811   José Bonomo 0,887
17 1961   Amsterdam   Adolfo Suarez 0,997   Egidio Vieira 0,801   Bernard Siguret 0,905
1962: not held
18 1963   Neuss   Raymond Ceulemans 1,307   Johann Scherz 1,077   Enrique Navarra 0,817
19 1964   Ostend   Raymond Ceulemans 1,231   Marcelo Lopez 1,040   Roger Hanoun 0,939
20 1965   Hilversum   Raymond Ceulemans 1,290   Johann Scherz 1,152   Koya Ogata 1,127
21 1966   Buenos Aires   Raymond Ceulemans 1,191   Enrique Navarra 1,006   Alfonso González 0,878
22 1967   Lima   Raymond Ceulemans 1,345   Humberto Suguimizu 0,957   Keizo Kubo 1,003
23 1968   Düren   Raymond Ceulemans 1,227   Koya Ogata 0,910   Johann Scherz 1,009
24 1969   Tokyo   Raymond Ceulemans 1,276   Koya Ogata 0,992   Diego Martínez 0,906
25 1970   Las Vegas   Raymond Ceulemans 1,164   Nobuaki Kobayashi 0,998   Johann Scherz 0,876
26 1971   Groningen   Raymond Ceulemans 1,266   Rini van Bracht 0,865   Henny de Ruyter 0,814
27 1972   Buenos Aires   Raymond Ceulemans 1,315   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,025   Peter Thøgersen 0,902
28 1973   Cairo   Raymond Ceulemans 1,478   Nobuaki Kobayashi 0,966   Humberto Suguimizu 0,811
29 1974   Antwerp   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,312   Raymond Ceulemans 1,325   Yoshio Yoshihara 1,130
30 1975   La Paz   Raymond Ceulemans 1,308   Rini van Bracht 0,922   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,206
31 1976   Ostend   Raymond Ceulemans 1,500   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,305   Junichi Komori 1,238
32 1977   Tokyo   Raymond Ceulemans 1,372   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,187   Yoshio Yoshihara 1,176
33 1978   Las Vegas   Raymond Ceulemans 1,679   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,205   Junichi Komori 1,067
34 1979   Lima   Raymond Ceulemans 1,384   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,135   Yoshio Yoshihara 1,067
35 1980   Buenos Aires   Raymond Ceulemans 1,460   Yohio Yoshihara 1,217   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,192
36 1981   Cairo   Ludo Dielis 1,222   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,426   Johann Scherz 1,271
37 1982   Guayaquil   Rini van Bracht 1,043   Yohio Yoshihara 1,146   Carlos Hallon 1,086
38 1983   Aix-les-Bains   Raymond Ceulemans 1,447   Richard Bitalis 1,332   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,258
39 1984   Krefeld   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,388   Ludo Dielis 1,278   Raymond Ceulemans 1,151
40 1985   Heeswijk-Dinther   Raymond Ceulemans 1,541   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,364   Junichi Komori 1,071
41 1986   Las Vegas   Avelino Rico 1,010   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,205   Raymond Ceulemans 1,745
42 1987   Cairo   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,099   Frank Torres 0,933   Arturo Bone 0,778
43 1988 6 x World Cup   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,594   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,224   Raymond Ceulemans 1,293
44 1989 5 x World Cup   Ludo Dielis 1,342   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,389   Raymond Ceulemans 1,312
45 1990 6 x World Cup   Raymond Ceulemans 1,527   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,619   Ludo Dielis 1,300
46 1991 5 x World Cup   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,504   Raymond Ceulemans 1,518   Dick Jaspers 1,498
1992 and 1993: not held
47 1994   Aalborg   Rini van Bracht 1,149   Edgar Bettzieche 1,038   Brian Knudsen 1,194
48 1995   Grubbenvorst   Jozef Philipoom 1,494   John Tijssens 1,210   Nobuaki Kobayashi 1,345
49 1996   Hattingen   Christian Rudolph 1,025   Daniel Sánchez 1,277   Gerhard Kostistansky 0,982
50 1997   Grubbenvorst   Torbjörn Blomdahl 2,015   Raimund Burgman 1,453   Marco Zanetti 1,684
51 1998   Rezé   Daniel Sánchez 1,594   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,797   Christian Rudolph 1,155
52 1999   Bogotá   Frédéric Caudron 1,538   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,769   Dick Jaspers 1,614
53 2000   Saint-Étienne   Dick Jaspers 1,773   Tonny Carlsen 1,502   Marco Zanetti 1,590
54 2001   Luxembourg   Raymond Ceulemans 1,696   Marco Zanetti 1,866   Luis Miguel Ávila 1,260
No. Year Venue Winner Avg. Finalist Avg. Semi-finalists Avg.
55 2002   Randers   Marco Zanetti 1,732   Dion Nelin 1,519   Dick Jaspers 1,687
  Ramón Rodríguez 1,453
56 2003   Valladolid   Semih Saygıner 1,868   Filippos Kasidokostas 1,268   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,833
  Marco Zanetti 1,211
57 2004   Rotterdam   Dick Jaspers 1,907   Filippos Kasidokostas 1,399   Nikos Polychronopoulos 1,437
  Jacob Haack-Sørensen 1,442
58 2005   Lugo   Daniel Sánchez 1,838   Jean Paul de Bruijn 1,566   Eddy Leppens 1,551
  Peter de Backer 1,367
59 2006   Sankt Wendel   Eddy Merckx 1,767   Nikos Polychronopoulos 1,456   Peter de Backer 1,577
  Dick Jaspers 1,783
60 2007   Cuenca   Ryuuji Umeda 1,426   Daniel Sánchez 1,805   Dick Jaspers 1,484
  Ramón Rodríguez 1,091
61 2008   Sankt Wendel   Marco Zanetti 1,871   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,631   Peter de Backer 1,481
  Jérémy Bury 1,478
62 2009   Lausanne   Filippos Kasidokostas 1,869   Eddy Merckx 1,703   Eddy Leppens 1,598
  Marco Zanetti 1,612
63 2010   Sluiskil   Daniel Sánchez 1,715   Eddy Leppens 1,678   Choi Sung-won 1,718
  Javier Palazon 1,375
64 2011   Lima   Dick Jaspers 1,917   Marco Zanetti 1,551   Javier Palazón 1,454
  Daniel Sánchez 1,808
65 2012   Porto   Eddy Merckx 1,983   Choi Sung-won 1,365   Frédéric Caudron 1,711
  Marco Zanetti 1,515
66 2013   Antwerp   Frédéric Caudron 1,951   Filippos Kasidokostas 1,923   Alexander Salazar 1,433
  Dick Jaspers 1,822
67 2014   Seoul   Choi Sung-won 2,000   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,850   Seo Hyun-min 1,350
  Jean Paul de Bruijn 1,269
68 2015   Bordeaux   Torbjörn Blomdahl 1,764   Kang Dong-koong 1,621   Eddy Merckx 1,940
  Dani Sánchez 1,817
69 2016   Bordeaux   Daniel Sánchez 1,983   Kim Haeng-jik 2,043   Semih Saygıner 1,618
  Eddy Leppens 1,792
70 2017   Santa Cruz   Frédéric Caudron 2,089   Eddy Merckx 1,828   Minh Cam Ma 2,123
  Marco Zanetti 1,673
71 2018   Cairo   Dick Jaspers 2,352   Jérémy Bury 2,022   Nguyễn Quốc Nguyên 1,629
  Semih Saygıner 1,568
72 2019   Randers   Torbjörn Blomdahl 2,121   Nguyễn Đức Anh Chiến 1,606   Sameh Sidhom 1,535
  Semih Saygıner 1,934

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Official Rules and Reglementation for 3-Cushion World Championship Singles". Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
  3. ^ "General Information". Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  4. ^ "World Three-cushion Championships". Artistik Billard Sportunion Austria. Retrieved 8 March 2013. (dead link)
  5. ^ Tournament Statistics (dead link)