They are 54 in all, hailing from nine north Indian states, but their desire is to win the P. Upendra North Zone Schools’ Snooker Tournament, which began in the Capital on Monday.
On the inaugural day, 13-year-old Delhi girl Kirat Bhandal beat Sunny Jaiswal of Haryana 70-6, 53-19 in the best-of-three frames. Kirat had a break of 40 in the first frame.
In another match, Delhi’s Danish Khan beat compatriot Vishal Dua 47-18, 54-62, 53-4. In another interesting match, Chandigarh’s Rishabh Gupta got the better of Delhi’s Azim Khan 52-47, 23-50, 53-35.
Earlier inaugurating the tournament, the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) president, PVK Mohan, recalled the rich history of the sport in the country and added that tournaments like these give a boost to budding talent.
“This is the first time BSFI has taken such a step to promote snooker at the school level. We were earlier holding the Delhi schools snooker championship, but this time the Federation has decided to hold north zone school snooker tourney,” BSFI President Capt PVK Mohan said.
The BSFI vice-president, Ravi K. Tandon, said that of the Rs 51,000 prize-money on offer, the winner will take home Rs 21,000, while the runners-up will get Rs 15,000.