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Amir Sarkosh
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Amir Sarkhosh from Iran claimed a gold medal at the Snooker Single 15-Red event of ACBS 1st Asian Billiards Sports Championship.jpg
Iranian snooker player, Amir Sarkhosh ,has taken the gold medal 2019
Born (1991-05-30) 30 May 1991 (age 30)
Karaj، Iran
Sport country Iran
Professional2017–
Highest ranking136 (August 2019)
Career winnings£ 598[1]
Highest break124:
2019 Qatar's opening six-ball World Cup (qualifying)
Century breaks9
Best ranking finishLast 10 (2020 Welsh Open)

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Amir Sarkosh (born May 30, 1991) is an Iranian snooker player.[2][3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Karaj and opened in Karaj at the age of 10 in 2001, the first billiard club and the third club banned after the K revolution.[clarification needed] In Tehran he participated in the championship and joined the Iranian national team.[6][7][8][9]

Amir Sarkosh won his first international position in Lebanon in 2013[10] and won a solo bronze and gold team in the West Asian championship, and has won three more in a team in 2013.[11]Sarkosh also competed in the 2009 Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship, where he was eliminated in the group stage.[12][13][14]

In July and August 2017,[15] Sarkosh participated in the Asian 6-Red Championship and the IBSF 6-Red World Championship, where he was eliminated both times in the quarterfinals. After an unsuccessful participation in the Asian Indoor Games 2017,[16] he moved into the final of the Amateur World Championship,[17] where he lost to Pankaj Advani 2–8. He reached his second consecutive final at the 2018 Asian Snooker Championship, this time defeating compatriot Ali Ghareghouzlo 6–1.[citation needed][18][19]

Snooker Career[edit]

As a 12- or 13-year-old, Sarkosh participated in the 2004 Asian Snooker Championship,[20] where he finished with one win and three defeats (including against eventual finalist Advani) in the group stage.[21] Two years later he retired in the group stage. At the 2007 Asian U21 Championship[22] he survived the group stage, where he won three of four matches, but lost in the quarterfinals 2–4 to the eventual winner Xiao Guodong.[23] After a quarter-final defeat at the U21 Snooker Asian Championship next year,[24] he survived the group stage at the 2008 Amarteur World Championships,[25] but lost again to Xiao Guodong, this time in the round of 32.[26]

In 2009, he reached the quarterfinals of the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship in Kish, Iran,[27] where he lost to Liu Chuang. After an unsuccessful participation in the 2010 U21 Asian Championship,[28] he reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 Under-21 Asian Championship,[29] where he lost to his compatriot and eventual winner Hossein Vafaei.[30][31] At the 2012 Amateur World Championships he was eliminated in the group stage.[32] Sarkhosh celebrated his greatest success at the 2013 SnookerAsian Championship, where he advanced to the semi-finals after overcoming the group stage. He lost to Syrian Omar al-Kojah, who lost in the final to Sarkosh's group opponent Saleh Mohammadi. In the same year he was invited to the 6-Red World Championship,[citation needed][33] a tournament of the Snooker Main Tour, held in September, but he was eliminated with only one victory (over Darren Morgan) in the group stage. In November, he survived the group stage of the Amateur World Championship undefeated, eventually losing to Darryl Hill in the last 32. At the 2014 Asian Cup,[34] he lost to Thor Chuan Leong in the first round. Sarkhosh competed in the 6-Red World Championship for the second year in a row in September, where he was eliminated in the group stage with two wins from five games.[35][36]

At the 2014 Amateur World Championships, Sarkhosh reached the quarter-finals, losing 3–6 to Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn.[37] At the 2015 Asian Cup[38][39] he survived the group[40]stage, but he lost again in the first round to Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn. At the 2015 Amateur World Championships[41][42][43] he survived the group stage and advanced to the second round, where he lost to the Indian Advani. At the 2016 Asian 6-Red Championship,[44][45] he advanced to the first round,[46] losing to Habib Subah. At the Snooker Asian Championship[47]in the same year, he reached the semi-finals, but lost to Mohammed Shebab. At the 2016 World Amateur Championships[48] he reached the quarter-finals, where he lost to his compatriot Hamed Zarehdoust. Sarkhosh lost to Mohammed Al Joker in the round of 32 of the 2017 Asian Snooker Championship.[49][50][51]

Sarkosh won a gold medal at the IBSF 6 Red World Cup in Doha, Qatar. He defeated Thailand's Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 7–6 in the final match.[52]The bronze medal went to Michael Judge from Republic of Ireland.Sarkosh had defeated Qatari Bashar Abdulmajeed 6–0, Thailand's Passakorn Suwannawat 6–4 and Pakistani Mohammad Bilal 6–2 on his way to the final. The first edition of 6 Red World Cup 2019 was held in Doha, Qatar. The 6 Red World Championship is a six-red snooker tournament, played with the six color balls and six reds.

Sarkosh of Iran clinched the 6-Red Asian Snooker Championship title after defeating Boonyarit Keattikun from Thailand 7–6 in Karachi, Pakistan on Wednesday.Iran's Hossein Vafaei and Hamza Akbar of Pakistan finished in joint 3rd place. A total of 42 players represented 21 countries at the 6-Red Asian Snooker Championship.[53]

The quarter-final was a replay of the final of the previous year's IBSF World Snooker Championship, wiht Sarkosh ending up on the wrong side of the 1–5 scoreline.[54]

Quarter-final[edit]

  • Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Amir Sarkosh (Iran)
    • 5–1: 53–18, 53–31, 15–60(47), 75(75)-0, 52–40, 80(80)-17.[55]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
2019/
20
Ranking[56][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 86 [nb 4]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 5] MR A LQ LQ WD
International Championship A A LQ LQ LQ
China Championship NH NR LQ LQ LQ
English Open NH A 1R 1R 1R
World Open NH A LQ LQ LQ
Northern Ireland Open NH A 1R 1R 2R
UK Championship A A 1R 1R 1R
Scottish Open NH A 1R 2R 1R
European Masters NH A WD LQ LQ
German Masters A A LQ LQ LQ
World Grand Prix DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A A 2R 2R 4R
Shoot-Out NR A 1R A 3R
Players Championship DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open MR A 3R 1R 2R
Tour Championship Not Held DNQ DNQ
World Championship A WD LQ LQ LQ
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship RR A RR A A
Former ranking tournaments
Shanghai Masters A A 1R Non-Rank.
Paul Hunter Classic MR A WD A NR
Indian Open NH A 1R 2R NH
China Open A A LQ LQ NH
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held event was not held
NR / Non-Ranking Event event is/was no longer a ranking event
R / Ranking Event event is/was a ranking event
MR / Minor-Ranking Event event is/was a minor-ranking event
  1. It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. 2.0 2.1 He was an amateur.
  3. New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. Players qualified through Q School started the season without ranking points.
  5. The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)

Honors[edit]

  • Afc 6 Ball Solo Snooker Championship 2014 in Karachi, Pakistan[57]
  • First Billiard Sports Championship in 2016 in Fajireh UAE[58]
  • Asian Adult Championship champion in Tabriz, Iran
  • Gold Medal of the first 6-ball World Cup in Doha, Qatar in 2019
  • Snooker Gold Medal with Soheil Vahedi Asian competitions in 2016
  • 2016 Snooker Gold Medal in Egypt
  • Gold Medal of Asian Games inside Turkmenistan with Hossein Vafaei and Soheil Vahedi in 2017[59]
  • Iran's first caravan medal in Asian Indoor Games Incheon South Korea 2013 Silver Medal
  • 6-ball snooker gold medal in Qatar Asian 2019[60][61]

Titles[edit]

2018/2019 season[edit]

  • Challenge Tour 2019/2020
  • 2019 in cue sports
  • Q School 2019 – Event 2
  • 2019/20 Challenge Tour 3
  • Q School 2019 – Event 1
  • Q School 2019 – Event 2
  • Q School 2019 – Event 3

2017/2018 season[edit]

  • 2018 in cue sports
  • ACBS Asian Snooker Championship
  • Q School 2018 – Event 3
  • Q School 2018 – Event 1
  • Q School 2018 – Event 2

2016/2017 season[edit]

  • 2017 in sports
  • 2017 ACBS Asian Snooker Championship
  • Cue sports at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games
  • Iran at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games
  • Asian 6-Red Championship

2015/2016 season[edit]

  • 2016 IBSF World Snooker Championship – Men's

2014/2015 season[edit]

  • 2015 IBSF World Snooker Championship – Men's
  • 2015 IBSF World Snooker Championship
  • 2015 ACBS Asian Snooker Championship

2013/2014 season[edit]

  • 2014 Six-red World Championship
  • 2013–14 snooker season

2012/2013 season[edit]

  • 2013 Six-red World Championship
  • 2013–14 snooker season
  • Cue sports at the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games
  • Iran at the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

2008/2009 season[edit]

  • 2009 Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship

Career finals[edit]

Amateur finals: 2 (2 Runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref
Runner-up 1. 2013 2013 AIMAG Billiards Venue China Xiao Guodong 5–4
Runner-up 1. 2017 World Amateur Championship India Pankaj Advani 8–2
Runner-up 1. 2019 Challenge Tour 2 England Jake Nicholson 3–1 [62]
Runner-up 1. 2019 Challenge Tour 8 Australia Andreas Ploner 3–2 [62]
Runner-up 1. 2018 Challenge Tour 3 England George Pragnell 3–2 [62]

Asian Games: 2 (2 Championship)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref
Winner 1. 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Hong Kong Alan Lin 5–0 [63]
Winner 1. 2018 ACBS Asian Snooker Championship Iran Ali Ghareghouzlo 6–1 [64]

Challenge Tour 2 (21-22 Sep 2019)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref
Winner 1. 2019 Challenge Tour 2 India Aaron Hill 3–0 [62]
Winner 1. 2019 Challenge Tour 2 Australia Andreas Ploner 3–0 [62]
Winner 1. 2019 Challenge Tour 2 England Ashley Hugill 3–0 [62]
Winner 1. 2019 Challenge Tour 2 England Alex Millington 3–0 [62]

Challenge Tour 3 (5-6 Oct 2019)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref
Winner 1. 2018 Challenge Tour 3 India Aaron Hill 3–1 [62]
Winner 1. 2018 Challenge Tour 3 Australia Stuart Watson 3–1 [62]

Challenge Tour 8 (18-19 Jan 2020)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref
Winner 1. 2019 Challenge Tour 8 India Andrew Doherty 3–0 [62]

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