Gunnar Hreidarsson defeated Jón Ingi Ægisson within the closing to win the 2021 Icelandic Nationwide Snooker Championship. It’s the second time that Hreidarsson has claimed the title, 13 years on from his maiden triumph in 2008.
The annual occasion featured 16 of the highest ranked cueists from the home circuit taking part in throughout two weekends on the Snooker and Pool Membership and Billiardbarin venues within the capital metropolis of Reykjavik.
Hreidarsson dropped solely 5 frames on path to the title match, eliminating Jón Björnsson 5-1 within the final 16, Unnar Bragason 5-2 within the quarter-finals and Brynjar Kristjánsson 7-2 within the semi-finals.
His opponent there was Jón Ingi Ægisson who dethroned defending champion Thorri Jensson 7-5 within the different final 4 tie, gaining some revenge for having misplaced to him on the similar stage final yr.
Nevertheless, Ægisson was unable to go all the best way, as 51-year-old Hreidarsson turned the oldest ever winner of this championship following a 9-5 success.
On the age of 12 Hreidarsson learnt the sport from Geoff Foulds – father of Neal – after they each visited Iceland to educate.
Ægisson has now been runner-up on this competitors 3 times having misplaced to former Crucible qualifier Kristjan Helgason within the 2017 and 2019 finals. He did defeat Hreidarsson, although, 5-1 within the closing of the over 40s championship a number of weeks earlier than.
Thanks to Gunnar Gunnarsson for his help with this text.
Article by Michael Day.