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  • Results of the Tournament Billiards Air Astana Open - 2010

    15 Nov 2010

    The 2010 Air Astana Open Billiard Tournament, organised by Air Astana, took place at Bastau Billiard Club on November 13. Representatives of the Kazakh media, divided into 28 teams, participated in the tournament. The tournament was organised to promote billiard sports in Kazakhstan.
    The airline gave prizes to the event’s strongest players. First place was taken by Asyl Abenov and Abdukhalim Jalilov, representatives of the Almaty newspaper Vecherniy. Second place was won by Kairat Kogumbaev and Kirill Pashkin of Gala TV. Zhanarbek Ashimzhanov and Bakhyt Aldibekov, representatives of the weekly newspaper Kazakh Adebietti won third place. Winners were awarded with certificates and trophies. Air Astana awarded first place winners with two economy class round-trip tickets from Almaty to Kuala Lumpur. Second place winners received two economy class round-trip tickets from Almaty to St. Petersburg. Third place finishers won two economy class round-trip tickets from Almaty to Delhi.

    In addition to the main competition, participants had the chance to demonstrate their skills in a range of smaller events. Aigul Aksambieva, a journalist from the television channel Kazakhstan, played an excellent game, winning the title of Miss Air Astana Open 2010. The largest number of balls were scored by her colleague Gulzhahan Salimbaeva, winning the contest and an exclusive cue presented by the leader of Kazakh aviation. All participants were able to vote by predicting the competition winners in order to win an Air Astana Boeing 767-300 souvenir model.

    The panel of judges was headed by certified international referee Roman Buzurhodzhayev, Chief Referee of Billiards of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The competition was judged in accordance with the rules of the International Committee of Pyramid.

    This is the second billiard tournament organised by the national airline. The first tournament, held in 2008, was attended by 25 teams from various media outlets. Zhanarbek Ashimzhan and Bakyt Bedelhan, representatives of the newspaper Kazakh Adebietti, were winners of the 2008 Air Astana Open Billiard Tournament.