The Krook Report

By Jacco Krook 15/08/2020

After the global Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible to play darts in person, there has been a huge boom in online darts. Jacco Krook briefly discusses two notable online events that took place in continental Europe.

The Czech Republic:

The Czech Premier League was one of the first darts events to be moved online. It was streamed by Tipsport. Just like the PDC Premier League equivalent, ten players were invited to compete, two of them being eliminated halfway through the league stage and four making it to the play-offs.

Pavel Jirkal and David Rosi were the first two eliminated players. David Pisek, Michal Smejda, Ondrej Kysilka (who came close to securing a PDC tour card at Q-School 2020 when he reached the quarter-final on Day 2) and Michal Ondo came up short too, missing out on a place in the play-offs.

The first semi-final was fought out between Adam Gawlas, who finished top of the league, and Alexander Masek, who finished fourth because of a 7-4 defeat against Gawlas the previous day. Masek got his revenge when it really mattered though, defeating the 2019 PDC World Youth Championship runner-up 10-8. In the second semi-final, Vitezslav Sedlak played Daniel Barborak. Barbora had enjoyed a strong early run of form, racking up six consecutive wins to take him to the top of the league halfway through the competition. However, his form had dipped and Sedlak, who had won his previous six matches, ran out a convincing 10-4 winner. Sedlak took his fine form into the final and impressively clinched the title with a 10-7 victory over Alexander Masek. This was despite suffering two defeats to Masek (6-4 and 7-6) in the league stage.


In Italy there has been a surge of online darts, mainly thanks to Jacopo Ghirardon, the individual behind the hugely popular Facebook page ‘Diddle for the Middle’. One of the major highlights was the Italian Darts Championship where twelve top Italian players were invited to play each other in a round-robin format.

All the players played each other once with the matches being the best of eight legs. Danilo Vigato remarkably managed to win all eleven matches and therefore won the event. Stefano Tomasetti lost only one match, against Vigato in Round 10, which handed Vigato the title because Tomasetti had already dropped two points having drawn his matches against Mattia Pini and Michele Turetta.

The rise of Italian darts was clearly illustrated when Francesco Daros had to withdraw from the tournament and be replaced. Daros was unavailable to participate as he had made it to the quarter-finals of an online tournament with just under 200 entries, including well-known players like Peter Jacques, Reece Robinson, Stephen Burton, and Adam Smith-Neale.

A Glimmer of Normality? At present, the Italian Super Premier League is taking place. For this event, 16 Italian players play each other once online before the top four meet each other in person on the oche in July.  This play-off will be the first darts event in Italy taking place in person since the Covid-19 outbreak.


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