Victory for Hreidarsson in Iceland
Gunnar Hreidarsson defeated Jón Ingi Ægisson in the final and won the Icelandic Snooker Championship in 2021. It is the second time that Hreidarsson has won the title, 13 years after his first triumph in 2008.
The annual event was attended by 16 of the local circuit's top cueists who played two weekends at the Snooker and Pool Club and Billiard Barin venues in the capital, Reykjavik.
Hreidarsson lost only five frames on the way to the title match and eliminated Jón Björnsson in the last round of 16 with 5-1, Unnar Bragason in the quarter-finals with 5-2 and Brynjar Kristjánsson in the semifinals with 7-2.
His opponent there was Jón Ingi Ægisson, the defending champion Thorri Jensson dethroned 7-5 in the last four games and retaliated for losing to him on the same stage last year.
However, Ægisson couldn't go all the way as 51-year-old Hreidarsson was the oldest winner of that championship after a 9-5 win.
At the age of 12, Hreidarsson learned the game from Geoff Foulds – Neal's father – when both visited Iceland to train.
Ægisson has now finished second three times in this competition after losing to former Crucible qualifier Kristjan Helgason in the 2017 and 2019 finals. However, he defeated Hreidarsson a few weeks earlier in the final of the over 40-year championship 5-1.
Many thanks to Gunnar Gunnarsson for his assistance with this article.
Article by Michael Day.