Maria Bulanova defeats Mykhaylo Kalika to win RedExpress Russian Open


    2013 European Bowling Tour #12

    14-year-old Russian becomes the youngest player ever to win a European Bowling Tour title

    2013EBT12MariaBulanovaSergeyStarchenkov.jpg Maria Bulanova of Russia defeated qualifying leader and No. 1 seed, Mykhaylo Kalika of Ukraine, 420-413, to win the RedExpress Russian Open Saturday at Cosmik Belay Dacha in Moscow, Russia.

    The 14-year-old Russian youth national team member (pictured left with her coach Sergey Starchenkov) is the youngest player ever to win a European Bowling Tour title. Bulanova is just the second Russian EBT champion after Ivan Semenov in 2010.

    2013EBT12MykhayloKalika.jpgShe earned the 5.500 Euro for accomplishing the feat. It marks the second victory by a woman in the 2013 EBT season. Women bowlers have won at least one title in each of the 14 seasons in the EBT history so far.

    Kalika, who led the qualifying and earned the No. 1 seed for the single-elimination finals over two games total pinfall, was the lone male bowler in the semifinals.

    In a roll-off for third and fourth place, Alena Korobkova defeated her younger sister Varvara Korobkova, 425-413.

    Kalika received 3.800 Euro for second place while Alena Korobkova and Varvara Korobkova got 2.500 Euro and 2.000 Euro for third and fourth place, respectively.


    2013EBT12RussianOpenLogo.jpgThe RedExpress Russian Open was the third of seven EBT "Satellite" tournaments this season and ran from Sept. 10-14 at 30-lane Cosmik Belay Dacha in Moscow, Russia. The tournament offered total prize fund of 25.000 Euro.

    Qualifying ran from Tuesday, Sept. 10 through Friday, Sept. 13. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire event, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 36 players advanced to the finals on Saturday, Sept. 14 including the top 32 players from the qualifying standings and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad. The top 8 qualifiers earned one bye and will be seeded first thru eighth in Round Two.

    The other 28 players bowled four games starting from scratch with the top 8 advancing to the second round seeded 9th through 16th.

    The remaining 16 players determined the champion in single-elimination rounds with the two-game total to determine the winner. The highest seeded player bowled the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player bowled the second-lowest seeded player, etc.

    The field was trimmed to eight and then four players. The winners of the semifinal matches bowled for the title and the 5.500 top prize, while the losers met in a roll-off for third and fourth place.

    2013EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 European Bowling Tour consists of 19 tournaments in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and seven Satellite events.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament such as the RedExpress Russian Open gets 50 ranking points.

    Points are tabulated throughout the season and the top 12 men and the top 12 women qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the EBT Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.

    The next tournament on the Tour is the Chandra Open 2013, another EBT Satellite event, which starts on Monday at Chandra Bowling in Nieuwegein, Netherlands, and runs thru Sunday, Sept. 22.


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    2013 RedExpress Russian Open

    Cosmik Belay Dacha in Moscow, Russia (Sept. 10-14, 2013)

    2013EBT12Top4.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Maria Bulanova, Russia, 5.500 Euro
    2. Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine, 3.800 Euro
    3. Alena Korobkova, Russia, 2.500 Euro
    4. Varvara Korobkova, Russia, 2.000 Euro

    L-R Kalika, Bulanova Alena and Varvara Korobkova.

    Playoff Results:
    Title Match: No. 7 Bulanova (220, 200) def. No. 1 Kalika (183, 230), 420-413
    Roll-off for third and fourth place: No. 11 A. Korobkova (222, 203) def. No. 13 V. Korobkova (184, 229), 425-413.


    Final Standings - Places 5-36 (cashers)

    5. Maksim Okorokov, Russia, 500 Euro
    6. Pavel Sobolev, Belarus, 500 Euro
    7. Roman Starchenkov, Russia, 500 Euro
    8. Mikhail Lukyanov, Russia, 500 Euro
    9. Mikhail Belenky, Russia, 400 Euro
    10. Igor Filippov, Russia, 400 Euro
    11. Yan Korshak, Russia, 400 Euro
    12. Daria Voronkova, Russia, 400 Euro
    13. Maksim Kobelkov, Russia, 400 Euro
    14. Nikolay Ovchinnikov, Latvia, 400 Euro
    15. Polina Kosyakova, Russia, 400 Euro
    16. Yulia Gorbacheva, Russia, 400 Euro
    17. Ivan Semenov, Russia, 300 Euro
    18. Evgeniya Smirnova, Russia, 300 Euro
    19. Sergey Andreev, Russia, 300 Euro
    20. Oleg Sazonov, Russia, 300 Euro
    21. Andrey Babasyuk, Russia, 300 Euro
    22. Viktor Stepanenko, Ukraine, 300 Euro
    23. Alexey Sidorov, Russia, 300 Euro
    24. Sergey Isaev, Russia, 300 Euro
    25. Viktor Krasavkin, Russia, 300 Euro
    26. Konstantin Karazeev, Belarus, 300 Euro
    27. Altxander Minenko, Russia, 300 Euro
    28. Lucian Paraschiv, Romania, 300 Euro
    29. Nadezhda Korablinova, Russia, 300 Euro
    30. Dmitry Shilkin, Belarus, 300 Euro
    31. Anton Sharov, Russia, 300 Euro
    32. Nikita Kuznetsov, Russia, 300 Euro
    33. Oleg Kozyrev, Russia, 300 Euro
    34. Daria Minenko, Russia, 300 Euro
    35. Konstantin Matvienko, Russia, 300 Euro
    36. Dmitry Lapshinsky, Russia, 300 Euro



    Single-elimination match play with the two-game total to determine the winner. Losers bowl for 3rd and 4th place, winners go to the title match.


    Round of 8

    Single-elimination match play with the two-game total to determine the winner. Losers eliminated, finish 5th-8th, earn 500 Euro.


    Round of 16

    Single-elimination match play with the two-game total to determine the winner. Losers eliminated, finish 9th-16th, earn 400 Euro.


    Final Round One

    The top 8 advance to the second round. Places 17-36 eliminated, earn 300 Euro.