Reigning World Champion Peter Gilchrist beat 2012 World Champion (Points Format) Rupesh Shah 688-289 in the final to take this first title of the season. Gilchrist compiled two century breaks in the final – 180 & 106 while Rupesh Shah responded with 133. Gilchrist also added four other 50+ breaks in the final for good measure in the 90 minute contest.
Earlier, Gilchrist made 419 as he crushed Pankaj Advani 799-281 in the semi-final. Advani made a neat 175 of his own but Gilchrist was in no mood to give him any chances as he put together breaks of 71,174, 88 and 419 to end Advani’s hopes in the tournament.
However, 419 was not the highest break of the tournament as Gilchrist himself produced a superlative 474 to go with 180 in a 875-214 rout of Sourav Kothari in the quarter-final.
Rupesh Shah was no mean slouch either, compiling an unbroken 261 to sweep past Jonathan Marwood in the last8 and added 155 and 212 in the semi-final win over Balachandra Bhaskar.
Indians had a good run in the tournament until they ran into Peter Gilchrist taking 5 of the 8 quarter-final spots and 3 of the 4 semi-final places. Unfortunately, there was nothing any Indian could do as Gilchrist pocketed the £320 prize for winning the tournament. Rupesh Shah was richer by £160 while Pankaj Advani & Balachandra Bhaskar pocketed £80 apiece for their semi-final appearance.