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Artistic Billiards Rules

Artistic billiards is a very unique and technical carom billiards game which requires immense skill to master. Artistic billiards is also less commonly referred to as fantasy billiards or fantaisie classique.

The governing body of Artistic billiards is the Confederation International de Billard Artistique, which is also known as CIBA. A match of artistic billiards involves players competing against one another at executing 76 predetermined billiard shots of varying difficulty and skill level on a billiard table without pockets. Each of the 76 shots are assigned a maximum point value for a flawless execution. Point values range from four points as a maximum for shots of minimum difficulty to eleven points as a maximum for shots of maximum difficulty. These points combine for a maximum total of 500, which is the sum of the perfect scores for all 76 shots. Not all games, however, are played with the full repertoire of shots.

Artistic billiards is a sport that includes specialized terms and vocabulary, many derived from French words, which have no meaning in other, more traditional cue sports. For example, the force-follow shot called "whip shot" is commonly referred to as a "coup fouette" among players.

The shots are executed from a precise, pre-defined position, often having a tolerance of only a few millimeters. Artistic billiards players are permitted three attempts at each of the 76 artistic billiards shots, all of which must play out in an established, pre-determined manner. All of the artistic billiards shots, including the most basic four-point shots require an extremely high degree of skill and knowledge. Artistic billiards players must be intimately familiar with the nuances of each and every shot. The techniques required for each of the artistic billiards shots are often never required in a regular game of billiards, such as eight ball.

Techniques commonly used in artistic billiards include force draws, force follows, precision multiple-rail kick shots, jump shots, masse shots, and an extreme use of English.

Artistic billiards shots are so precise, that players often use many different cue sticks to execute different strokes. Under the official regulations, players may use up to 20 different cue sticks. For example, a jump shot may perhaps require a flat-tipped, lightweight, hard, and wide cue stick, while a masse shot may require a certain other type of cue tip, and a cue with a large diameter. Some artistic billiards shots may require the placement of small objects, such as a pin, to be placed in a precise location on the table, around which the shooting player is required to make the cue ball pass on a designated side. Generally, the best artistic billiard players specialize to the degree at which they exclude play in all of the other cue sports.

1986 marked the first world title competition, which was played with ivory balls; a requirement that was abandoned in 1990 due to the nature and controversy over the material. Artistic billiards is predominantly played in Europe, especially in the Netherlands, France, and Belgium. The all-time highest score in artistic billiards competition is 427, and was set by Walter Bax of Belgium in 2006. The highest score ever achieved in world competition was 374, set by Jean Reverchon of France in 1992.

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The official Artistic Billiards Rules are predominently observed in Western Europe, especially in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The official governing body for Artistic Billiards Rules is the Confederation International de Billard Artistique.

How to Play Artistic Billiards

  • Title: Artistic Billiards Rules
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 2/16/2008 10:53:00 AM
  • Source: Internet

Artistic Billiards Rules

The Artistic Billiards Rules article belongs to the Carom Billiard Rules category. Carom billiards is a class of cue sport games played on a pocketless carom billiard table.

Artistic Billiards Rules Comments

  1. artistikbilardo60artistikbilardo60 from Kayseri, Turkey on 4/25/2008 6:40:34 AM

    Artistic billiards is a perfect game. It has 100 special shots, and each shot is difficult.

    The problem is that artistic billiards is not as popular as three cushion billiards. The reason for this, in my opinion, is that you can play 3-cushion billiards where ever you want but artistic billiards needs a special carom table and carom billiard cues, which are much harder to come by. Also you need coordinates of figures, Simonis or Granito cloth, a massé cue, vip cue, follow draw cue etc.

    What we need is to have more and more artistic billiard tournaments just as there are in three-cushion, instead of just two or three a year. There must be an artistic billiard league for this in every country. Or a super league for artistic billiards which meets for play every week or every two weeks.

    That is how artistic billiards will gain new players and popularity.

  2. jopssportsjopssports from Deventer, Overijssel on 12/6/2012 1:40:25 PM

    I am like artistic billiards very much and I want to say a couple of things in response to the comment above about needing special artistic billiard cues and cloth, etc. To me, the best artistic billiard players can do every shot in the program with one cue and on every type pool table cloth. Of course those players have more than one type of pool cue, but that is just to make it easier and so that certain cues need less repairs. You normally only need two or three different shafts. Also, there aren't special carom tables for artistic billiards. I just want to let you know that artistic billiards is 80% skill and 20% equipment.

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