Pankaj Advani leads the way into last 16

National champion Pankaj Advani, along with Alok Kumar and Kamal Chawala, moved into the pre-quarter-finals of the IBSF World snooker championship here yesterday that witnessed its quota of century breaks.

Advani, the 2003 champion, was all poise and finesse and though he had only two half-century breaks (55 and 67), he was rarely in a spot of bother, except in the fifth that was decided on the black ball.

For all that, Advani needs to shift gears as he is placed in a very tough half of the draw that has 2008 champion Thepchaiya Un-Nooh of Thailand who was among the most impressive winner in the round of 32 as he swept past Egypt's Mohamed Khairy 5-1 with breaks of 99, 77 and 84.

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