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Shehab stuns HK’s Lee in Asian opener

posted on 29/04/2013

Mohamed Shehab, the UAE No.1 won his opening 2013 Asian Snooker Championship first round match beating fancied Andy Lee of Hong Kong 4-2 at the Sheraton Karachi on Saturday night.
Mohammed Al Joakar, the other UAE player taking part in the championship, was to start his campaign on Sunday, facing Singapore veteran Marvin Lim and little-known Pakistani Abdul Sattar in Group G first round action. The other two players in the group are Mohammad Rais Senzai of Afghanistan and Susantha Botheju of Sri Lanka.
Shehab has been placed in Group H, which besides Lee also includes teenage Thai Boonyarit Keatikun, Ahmed Saif of Qatar and Shahid Aftab of the host country. The top ranked UAE player, a former Asian Indoor Games gold medallist, was expected to face a tough challenge from Lee and it did turn out to be so.
Shehab took the first frame on last pink 71-62 and then held his opponent scoreless to grab the second 73-0 for a 2-0 lead. He further consolidated his grip on the match by landing the third 60-23.
However, Lee then got going and won the tight fourth frame 51-30 before he scored a fine break of 98 points in the fifth to reduce the margin to 3-2. Shehab kept his cool in the low-scoring sixth frame for a 49-8 win that gave him the match.
Meanwhile, a high-level meeting of the GCC Snooker & Billiard Organisation Committee was held over the meeting in Dubai was presided over by the UAE Billiards & Snooker Association (UAEBSA) Secretary-General Sultan Al Joakar presiding over.
The meeting agreed to host the 2013 GCC Snooker Championship in Oman in October while the 2013 GCC Pool-Billiard Championship will be staged in Dubai in December. – Khaleej Times


UAE veterans dominate National Day Snooker semi-final line-up

posted on 17/12/2012

Mohamed Shehab led the march of UAE veterans into the semi-finals of the 41st National Day Snooker Championship at the Dubai Snooker Club with Jordanian Khaled Al Azzouni being the only surprise qualifier.
Shehab played like a maestro in registering a 5-1 quarter-final victory as young Khalid Kamali failed in a desperate attempt to match his wits.
Mohammed Al Joaker also fired on all cylinders as he routed on-song former Egypt No1 Mohammed Samy El Khayat 5-2, while Eissa Ali Sayed faced little resistance from Abdulrahman Saif before carding a 5-1 triumph. Al Azzouni, who had to go through the qualifying rounds to enter Stage 2 of the City Engineering-sponsored competition which offers Dh41,000 to the winner, whitewashed UAE No4 Mohammed Hussain 5-0.
Al Joaker's performance late on Saturday night was especially impressive as he cast aside all doubts over his sagging his form.
Al Joaker spent only 40 minutes to race to a massive 3-0 lead, making his intentions clear. El Khayat potted some good balls to take the fourth frame, but Al Joaker scored a break of 63 in the fifth to maintain his three-frame advantage.
The sixth frame was very close with El Khayat getting the better of his rival, but only through an excellent pot on the last black.
Al Joaker was, however, in no mood to allow El Khayat to recover and took the seventh frame with ease for a convincing 5-2 win.
In the semi-finals, Shehab will face Al Azzouni and Al Joaker will take on Sayed. - Sports 360°


Al Joker captures Dubai Open Snooker Championship

posted on 28/03/2002

Mohammed Al Joker made a great comeback to win the Dubai Snooker Club Open Championship, replacing Mohammed Shahab as UAE number one in the process. Sultan Saqr Al Suweidi, Secretary General of the Public Authority for Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education and Youth, presented the winner with trophy. Al Joker, trying to win the first UAE Open Tournament of the year, made a disastrous start in the first frame that saw Shahab able to set up his early lead in the match. Al Joker potted a superb blue with the rest to leave Shahab requiring foul points from a Snooker to win. (The Gulf News)


Abu Dhabi backgammon tournament attracts over 100 players

posted on 29/11/2001

Over 100 players from all over the UAE are expected to take part in the 2nd Abu Dhabi Open backgammon championship to take place between November 27-30. The championship is organised by the Abu Dhabi Health & Fitness Club (ADHFC) under the patronage of Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and will be held at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

A prize of Dh70, 000 ($19,000) is offered for the top four players who will represent the UAE in the International Backgammon Championship to be held in March 2002.

UAE to host grand chess event next year

posted on 23/06/2001

Ibrahim Al Banai, the Arab Chess Federation President and the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Executive Bureau member, and the Dubai Chess and Culture Club President, expressed his delight on UAE hosting one of the rounds of the International Grand Prix Chess series in 2002, with a US$6 million prize money to be presented by the FIDE to the winners. "It will be the Grand Chess Championship in the World with its USUS$6 million prize money. Also it is going to be the biggest chess event held in the UAE after the 1986 Dubai Chess Olympiad," said Al Banai. He added, "world's top 32 chess players will take part in the UAE series.

The current World champion Vishwanathan Anand will be on top of the list, with Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexi Shirov and a host of other stars will be participating in the Grand Prix in Dubai next year." Al Banai said that the FIDE had opened a marketing office in Dubai for financial support to its tournaments. "The FIDE have a marketing committee. They also have a marketing office in London and now in Dubai. In the coming months they will have new offices in the U.S. and East Asia. Al Banai said that this would be the second time UAE and Dubai host the FIDE meeting. "The first time we hosted the FIDE meeting was in 1995, it was held at the Dubai Municipality. But now the FIDE meeting will be held at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, in Dubai."

The Dubai Chess Club chairman said, "The FIDE secretary will arrive on June 28 to start preparing for the meeting, which will be chaired by Ilyumzhinov Kirsan, the FIDE chairman on whose instruction the meeting is to be held in Dubai. Florenso Campomanos, the honorary president of the FIDE, will also attend the meeting." (The Gulf News)