KATHMANDU: Bouddhanath Development Committee and Buddha Tamang Kalyan Guthi are jointly organising the first Chakra Lama-Kisan Lama Memorial Nationwide Snooker Tournament from February 10 to March 6 at the Ajima Snooker House.

A total of 256 cueists from 50 districts are expected to take part in the tournament which offers the highest prize money in the history of Nepali snooker, informed the organisers at a press meet. The winner will receive Rs 211,500, while the runner-up will get Rs 90,000. Two losing semi-finalists will earn Rs 30,000 each and the four losing quarter-finalists will get Rs 10,500 apiece. The organisers have set aside a cash prize of one million rupees for the break of 147 points, while the player with 100-point break will get Rs 200,100 and the top breaker will earn Rs 21,500. Also, the emerging player and disciplined cueist will earn Rs 11,500 each. According to the Nepal Billiards, Snooker and Pool Association President Saroj Kumar Mulmi, who is also the four-time national champion, the tournament will also serve as the event to decide the ranking of the players.