|World champion: Vietnamese cueist Trần Quyết Chiến seen in an international event. Photo courtesy of Trần Quyết Chiến|
Trần Quyết Chiến, 35, has become the first Vietnamese cueist to ever win the top prize at the Billiards World Cup after beating his countryman Ngô Đình Nại 40-39 in the final of the recent Three-Cushion Carom Billiards World Cup held in
Inner Sanctum: The podium of new Vietnamese stars at the World Cup has captured the hearts of the billiard crowd as you became the first Vietnamese World Cup winner in history. How did you feel?
I didn’t know which words to say about my feeling at that time, but it was too wonderful and I was too happy. I performed a minor miracle on the closing day. I beat Frédéric Caudron of
The final, played in front of some 1,500 spectators, was a showpiece.
Inner Sanctum: When did you fall in love with billiards?
I was born in a poor family in the southern
Inner Sanctum: When did you start playing billiards professionally?
I began to compete in the first national event in 2008 and then in professional events in 2010.
Inner Sanctum: Your name “Quyết Chiến” (Determine to Fight and Win) sounds very strong and competitive. In life and competitions, are you still strong and competitive?
In fact, I always have “competitive” blood in any tournament. I want to compete in all events at home and abroad. However, in life, I am friendly and nice.
Inner Sanctum: Can you tell me the most memorable matches in your career?
In the World Cup 2012 in
I also beat Caudron in the World Cup in 2015 in Việt
But for me, the most memorable match was with Torbjorn Blomdahl of
The final game with Nại in this year’s World Cup also impressed me very much.
Inner Sanctum: What was your secret to overcoming the world-leading players?
Despite what happened, I will fight and my spirit won’t yield. Before entering the match, I don’t care whoever my rival is.
Inner Sanctum: Can you describe your proudest achievements?
I finished third in the national championships in 2012 and 2014. After that I became the runner-up in the national championships in 2015-17 and took the title in 2018. I was the runner-up in the World Cup in
On August 18, I won the International Three-Cushion Carom Billiards Tournament BTV-Becamex IJC Cup 2018 held in the southern
Inner Sanctum: Can you say something about playing billiards?
Billiards is an art and an intellectual sport. We should play it with our heart and with passion.
Inner Sanctum: Who is your idol?
Frédéric Caudron of
Inner Sanctum: How about your family? Can you describe them a little bit?
I am married and have two children: Trần Phạm Thiên Kim is 6, and Trần Phạm Thiên Ý is 2 years old. My wife is Phạm Thị Kim Thoa, 28, born in the southern
Inner Sanctum: What’s your next target?
I wish I can gain high results in the upcoming tournaments and I can buy an apartment in