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My second day in London brought a full day of darts in the Ally Pally with an afternoon and an evening session – I really had to recover from it…
The afternoon session was quite entertaining with an really good performance by Jelle Klaasen, a convincing player from the Philippines, a surprising defeat from Ronnie Baxter against Steve Farmer (might be he was irritated because the walk-on girls were to late to accompany him on stage), a Robert Thornton who seems finally to be recovered from his pneumonia and a not really easy win for Alan Tabern.After that I first had to “compose” myself and to prepare for the evening.

Which brings us back to the topic…
The World Championship is to be sure the peak of a dart players year but it is as well the peak of the cold season. One could see it in the first year in the Alexandra Palace when even Phil Taylor was ill and couldn’t regain his title. Last year John Part had an ear infection and I was afraid he might fall from the stage. A famous story – though not cold related – is the story of the BDO World Championship final between Bobby George and John Part. Bobby George had injured his back in such a way the doctor told him he should not play not to do further harm But Bobby George appeared wedged in a corset, which hold him together, and not able to lift his arm so far, that he could throw at the doubles on top of the board. Till today he seems to bear a grudge that Part didn’t have regards for him.

This time Denis Ovens was affected. He had a incarcerated nerve in his back – not a darts injury but a work injury – was in a lot of pain and almost couldn’t move his throwing arm. Nevertheless he had dragged himself on stage, but in contrast to Bobby George gave up..

I don’t believe it is the money in this case what matters for the players. But they worked hard all year to qualify for this tournament and at least want to try. It leaves the opponents bewildered – did one really play so good? Or did one only win because the...
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Globaldarts this year again traveled to London to have a look at the PDC World Championship. I hope that this year not again the snow will be a problem and that I will be home in time for Christmas. Though “in time” can be interpreted differently. Last year I just managed to arrive at home on the 23. December at around eight o’clock in the evening.
So – I plan to be home on the 21. and hope it really will happen.
Phil Taylor didn’t play as dominant as one is used to but though Muramatsu really showed a good performance Taylor had never to fear for his win.

Rather astonishing Taylor appeared in the press room after the match, most players tend to disappear when they have to play the last match of the evening to be never seen again…
But Phil Taylor seemed to have a lot of time – so Lawrence Lustig took the picture of him and me. Would I have known before I would have set up an appointment with the make-up artist from Sky Sport, who is originally from Norway…

I thought it would be a good idea to use the quarter of an interview though it is not from yesterday evening but from last years Grand Slam. We never finished it – Phil Taylor never found the time but I don’t want to withhold it from you - I think it’s quite interesting.
I hope one day I will do a complete interview with “The Power” but to be sure I will not want to use the old questions.

So now here the quarter of an interview with Phil Taylor:

Do you enjoy it to be so well-known or don’t you like it?

I don’t feel famous or well-known. I know I am but I don’t feel so. And I wake up every morning with the idea I am poor and have to work hard… It would be a fault to think I am rich and don’t have to work

Is the price money still important for you or is it more the competition?

Yes, of course, it’s not that I need the money but the family can do with it. I’ve got a big family with children and grand children – they all need...
Winmau are delighted to announce a new sponsorship deal with Serbian darts star and PDC World Championship qualifier, Oliver Ferenc.

Oliver won the South-East Europe Qualifier, which was held in Sibenik, Croatia and featured players from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Serbia and Bosnia. Oliver defeated Zdravko Antunovic in a nail biting final (which finished 6-5) to win his first World Championship place and celebrate his 42nd birthday in style! This latest sponsorship agreement underlines the commitment and superb working relationship between Winmau and the Serbian Darts Federation, who jointly support Oliver.

“I am so happy to be sponsored by Winmau as they have been the biggest brand in darts for so many years”, said Oliver. “It means so much to have their support and I hope I can reward their faith with a good performance in the World Championships”.

Ian Flack, Sales and Marketing Director for Winmau, said: "We are really happy to be sponsoring one of Serbia’s top players, as it signals Winmau’s commitment to the Serbian market and the Balkan countries. We are proud to be a part of this rapidly growing and very committed community and we look forward to working closely with Oliver and making sure his best interests are looked after".

The Winmau range is available throughout Serbia and the surrounding countries via their exclusive distributor:

Rick's Technology d.o.o.
Kisacka 60, Novi Sad
Tel: +381 (0)21 4 722 720
Fax: +381 (0)21 477 00 26
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For the very first time, darts fans will be able to take part in a World Championship Fantasy Darts game based on players competing in the 2012 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships.

And there is a fantastic 7 NIGHT TRIP + £500 spending money for 2 people to LAS VEGAS for the eventual winner – PLUS daily prizes of Blade 4 dartboards used exclusively by the BDO at Lakeside 2012 and Vendetta 80% tungsten darts courtesy of Winmau.The World Championship Fantasy Darts website http://bdodarts.fantasyleague.com/ accessible via the BDO website http://www.bdodarts.com/ is launched on December 7th , 2011 with World Championship Fantasy Darts commencing on Saturday, January 7th, 2012 to coincide with the start of the 2012 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships.

Entrants or ‘coaches’ will pay an entry fee of just £5 to give them access to an imaginary budget of £100,000 with which to select their favourite players in a ‘squad’ of five men and one woman competing at Lakeside from January 7th to 15th, 2012.

They then score points based on the performances of their choices. Points are awarded for wins, winning margins and ‘upsets’, with bonus points available for 180’s and checkouts.

Unlimited ‘transfers’ are available before the game starts so that ‘coaches’ can fine-tune their selection, and another two transfers can be made once the tournament is underway.

Coaches can form ‘private leagues’ so that they can add to the excitement and drama by competing against their friends, colleagues, family and even their rivals! Each private league will compare the progress of all participants throughout the tournament.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to be part of Lakeside 2012 by picking your World Championship Fantasy Darts team and having a chance to win a 7-Night trip to Las Vegas for 2 people – plus £500 spending money!

ENTER TODAY at http://bdodarts.fantasyleague.com or via http://www.bdodarts.com/

The 2012 Lakeside World Professional...
The steeltip version of the Winmau China National Darts Open 2011 was won by Chengan Liu who beat Weiming Zhao in the final. The 501 Softip title was won by Yongsheng Shi who triumphed over Hong Cheng, and the Softip Cricket title was won again by Chengan Liu from Yanlai Shi.

With 8 major events being run under one roof, the event attracted hundreds of Chinese players, with the first ever China National Open youth event.Joe Mei, Deputy Secretary General of the IDF, said “The China National Darts Open was available for every player in China, and we are overwhelmed by the participation levels and the support that we received from Winmau. The tournament was a huge success and has really helped to generate substantial interest in the Chinese darts scene.”

Winmau Blade 4 boards were used exclusively throughout the event, providing the players with the best opportunity for maximum scoring potential.

Full Results and event listings are as follows:

Steel-tip 501 Men Singles

1 CHENGAN LIU
2 WEIMING ZHAO
3 HONG CHENG
4 LIAN XIE
5 HAIHE LANG
5 XUEJIE HUANG
7 YIQUN ZHAO
7 YONGSHENG SHI

Steel-tip 501 Women Singles

1 XUEYUN ZHAN
2 LI LANG
3 LIXING ZHU
4 LI PENG
5 LEI WANG
5 QINGFAN CHEN
7 YAN ZHOU
7 ZHENGYING YU

Soft-tip 501 Men Singles

1 YONGSHENG SHI
2 HONG CHENG
3 YANLAI SHI
4 JIANJUN JIA
5 LICHUN WANG
5 QIAO WANG
7 JIANHUA SHEN
7 XUEJIE HUANG

Soft-tip 501 Women Singles
1 LIXING ZHU
2 TIANYUAN LI
3 XUEYUN ZHAN
4 QINGFAN CHEN
5 JUNRONG TANG
5 YUQI ZHANG
7 LEI WANG
7 YUNLEI GE

Soft-tip Cricket Men Singles
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