IBSF Snooker World Championship 2011
Bangalore, India - 28-03 December
Hossein Vafaei Ayouri from Iran reached the last 16 of snooker's most prestigious amateur event before falling 5-1 to Leo Fernandez, but the 17-year-old bounced back in impressive style this year beating former professional and World Snooker Championship quarter-finalist Lee Walker (Wales) 10-9 in an incredible tense and close final.
Hossein had a commanding 7-3 lead in the best of 19 encounter and was looking on course to win eith ease. But Walker called upon his many years of experience to pull back the match to force the decider at 9-9. In the end it went down to the very final black which Hossein got to capture the title.
Lee Walker - Runner Up
As the Times of India writes; "Hossein had showed time and again throughout the tournament his exquisite snooker qualities - his precision long-range hits and short-range deft touches - as he had pulverised his Indian opponent Kamal Chawla 7-2 in the semifinals yesterday." so the player from Iran fully deserved his victory.
He takes home $6400 and the IBSF Snooker World Championship trophy but more importantly a wildcard (if he is accepted my World Snooker) to the 2012/2013 professional main tour. It's great news not just for the young player but also for the country of Iran which doesn't have a traditional Snooker background and with all the problem's the country has been having in recent years it's nice for them to get some good news.
Congratulations once again to Hossein Vafaei Ayouri the IBSF World Snooker Champion and all the best for the rest of his career!
Hossein 10-9 Walker - 81-30, 5-121, 72-1, 103-8, 76-4, 83-5, 62-59, 74-15, 92-0, 53-75, 73-25, 5-123, 14-80, 46-80, 73-43, 39-79, 52-57 and 58-52.
Hossein Vafaei Ayouri
IBSF Snooker World Champion 2011