Novuss is a type of billiards, and one of the national sports of Latvia. Also known as Koroona, it is a style of billiards or ‘carom’ that is similar to snooker, but uses a different sized table, and different components.
The history of NOVUSS is not fully known. What is known is that the game was first played in Northern Europe, in Latvia and Estonia particularly, around 1925-1927. In the UK, around the same time, seamen, while visiting ports of England, played a similar game in the local pubs.
Originally, Novuss was played in port cities like Ventspils, Liepaja, and Tallin. In some countries, Novuss is also known by its Estonian name ‘Koroona’.
According to Jānis-Ēriks Piebalgs, President of Latvian Novuss Federation, the game was first played in Northern Europe, particularly Latvia and Estonia around 1925-1927. Seamen, while visiting ports of England, played a similar game in the local pubs. The first tables were made from blueprints brought back from England. At the beginning novuss was played in the port cities Ventspils, Liepaja, and Tallinn. In some countries, novuss is also known by Estonian name koroona. The oldest record of the rules of the game dates to 1932. In Latvia, the game spread even more quickly than in Estonia, and soon emerged as a national sport. The first professional competitions took place in 1932, in which Albert Raminsch won 1st place.
The Latvian Novuss Federation was founded on 6 December 1963. National Championships have been held since 1964 in singles and since 1966 in team competitions. Men’s, women’s and junior’s (up to 15 years old) divisions have been established.
In 1980, the Novuss community contained around 55,000 members. In the meantime, district, city, national and world championships are regularly organized. Novuss became one of the three most popular sports in Latvia.
The game is further establishing itself in the United States, Canada, Israel, Georgia, Ukraine, Australia, England, Russia, Finland and Germany. The International Novuss Championship has been held annually, beginning in 1993, with teams from countries where Novuss has a large following, especially Latvia and Estonia.
Novuss was integrated into the roster of the first Baltic Children’s Olympics on 30 September 2006. – History of Novuss by Wikipedia
Uldis Ramjancevs To Teach and Establish a Novuss Chapter in Portsmith
Uldis Ramjancevs has been commissioned by the Buckland Community Center in Portsmith to bring the game of Novuss to the area.
The game is similar to snooker or pocket pool as players use cues to play, but they use the cues to push discs into pockets instead of balls. The winner is the first to sink all eight discs.
The game has spread beyond Latvia and Estonia with federations set up in America, Canada, Germany, Portugal and Spain where the game is also particularly popular with wheelchair users.
Mr Ramjancevs explains his love of the game.
“When I was a teenager everybody used to play novuss in Latvia. Neighbors used to come together to play. I’m looking for more people to play.”
The novuss club meets every Wednesday from 10am to 11am at Buckland Community Centre in Malins Road.
You can Contact Mr Ramjancevs on [email protected] or 07531 353061.
For more information on the game of Novuss, you can check out the international website at: Novuss
You can also stop by the Latvian Billiard Federation website to see all the different billiard games played in Latvia: LRBF
This is a game of billiards that can be easily played at home, where the boards are smaller, are readily stored away, and makes for a great pub game in bars that don’t have the capacity for one or more pocket pool tables.