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                            Adelaide: India's most successful Pankaj Advani added another feather to his cap by winning the IBSF World Billiards Championship by outplaying Singapore’s peter Gilchrist  in the final to take his world title number 14 on Sunday.  Advani, who defeated the Singaporean by an amazing 1,168 points to win his 14th world title, showed his true class in the finals.

Advani also thanked his sports psychologist brother Shree as the two, before the finals, discussed strategies on how to defeat Gilchrist.

                          On lifting his 14th world crown in style, the Indian ace said, "I was determined to get even with Peter (Gilchrist) after losing the point format final to him. A productive chat with my sports psychologist brother Shree and a good night's sleep did the trick. We discussed my strategies and mental approach the night before the big final and it all panned out perfectly."The 30-year-old Advani started the match on the front foot by smashing a break of 127 in his opening shot and took the game beyond his

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opponent in the next two shots by scoring two triple century breaks(360 and 301). With a comfortable 700-point lead, The 2015 6-red snooker world champion continued to punish his 

opponent’s missed chances with breaks of 284, 119, 101 and106 in quick succession to extend his lead to 1100 points at the halfway mark of the 5-hour final.Advani  continued his fine aggressive scoring and put the last nail in the coffin with a fluent and flawless 430 points break .

                                The champion further added, "I've been on the move last couple of months competing in many tournaments back to back, in both snooker and billiards. The stint started with winning the world 6-red snooker championship and ended with this world title in billiards making it a very satisfying phase of the year for me."

                                  Advani is 14-time World Billiards and Snooker Champion. He is only player in the world to win world titles in all formats of both, Billiards and Snooker. He is the first cueist in the world to win the Grand double three times in 2005 and 2008 respectively. In recognition of his achievements in sports, Union Government has bestowed several awards upon him including Arjuna Award (2004), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2006), Padma Shri (2009).