Vietnamese billiards player Nguyen Duc Anh Chien will participate in the 3-Cushion Survival Masters series, which gathers the world’s best players and has big cash prizes on offer.
|Nguyen Duc Anh Chien will take part in the 3-cushion Survival Masters for the world's best athletes. — Photo 24h.com.vn|
Chien made remarkable progress in 2019. He entered the semi-final of the Veghel World Cup in the Netherlands, placed in the top 16 in Vietnam's World Cup and finals of the World Championship. His success pushed him from world No 57 to No 17. And he advances to the short list of competitors at the invitational 3-Cushion Survival Masters events which offers a total prize pool of US$258,600 each to high-ranked athletes.
"It is the first time I have had the chance to compete at these competitions. I am working really hard," said Chien.
"I also have to spend time on my physique as well, so I won’t be tired with the different time zones where the tournaments are held. I hope that I could maintain my performance."
The first two events of the series will be in South Korea in April and May with the host cities confirmed later.
The 37-year-old will begin the new year at the Antalya World Cup in Turkey on February 17-23. He will then join teammate Tran Quyet Chien at the World Championship National Team in Germany on March 5-8.
Chien is expected to enter the world top 10 in 2020x. — VNS
Vietnam had a good start at the three Cushion Billiard World Championships 2019 which opened in Randers, Denmark on November 26.