In a closely contested final qualification round for the International Snooker Championship, India’s Pankaj Advani reigned supreme, beating World No 32 Michael Holt of England 6-4.

In a best of 11 frames that was played over 180 minutes, the young cueist took an early lead winning the first three frames convincingly. Fighting back, Holt won frames four and five to narrow Pankaj’s lead, with the scores at the end of six frames poised at 4-2 in favour of Pankaj.