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Kaisa

Kaisa may refer to:

  • Kaisa (name) Finnish and Estonian feminine given name
  • Kaisa, Estonia, village in Leisi Parish, Saare County, Estonia
  • Kaisa (billiards), a cue sport mostly played in Finland
  • Kaisa, snow goose dæmon of Serafina Pekkala, a character in the His Dark Materials novel series by Philip Pullman
Kaisa (cue sport)

Kaisa or karoliina is a cue sport mainly played in Finland. The game originated in Russia, where it is still played to some extent, and is a close cousin to Russian pyramid. Compared to most other billiards-type games, both use similar large 68 mm ( in) balls, small pockets barely large enough for a ball to enter, and long and heavy cue sticks. Kaisa tables are usually 10 feet long and thus 2 feet shorter than Russian pyramid tables which are usually 12 feet long. It is a two-player or -team game. As with many carom billiards games, both players have their own used to shoot at the other balls, and usually differentiated by one cue ball having a dot or other marking on it. In all, five balls are used: the yellow (called the kaisa in Finnish), two red object balls, and the two white cue balls (each of which serves as an object ball for the opponent). The game is played to 60 , in a rather elaborate scoring system, reminiscent of those used in snooker and English billiards, with points being awarded for various types of shots. Like both Russian and English billiards, which are also played on large pocket billiards tables, kaisa is a hybrid of carom and pocket billiards game styles. Kaisa is principally a recreational game, without professional players. However, the first kaisa world championship tournament was held in April 2010. Participants came from 33 countries, and the main tournament was held in Kotka. A Finnish player, Marko Rautiainen, won the championship title. Amateur competition in Finland is widespread and popular, with matches being shown on a dedicated Web show on blip.tv.

Kaisa (name)

Kaisa is a Finnish and Estonian feminine given name and may refer to:

  • Kaisa Korhonen (born 1941), Finnish writer
  • Kaisa Leka (born 1978), Finnish artist and politician
  • Kaisa Mäkäräinen (born 1983), Finnish biathlete
  • Kaisa Miettinen (born 1965), Finnish mathematician
  • Kaisa Nyberg, Finnish cryptographer
  • Kaisa Pajusalu (born 1989), Estonian rower
  • Kaisa Parviainen (1914–2002), Finnish javelin thrower
  • Kaisa Roose (born 1969), Estonian conductor
  • Kaisa Sere (1954–2012), Finnish computer scientist
  • Kaisa Varis (born 1975), Finnish cross country skier and biathlete
  • Aino-Kaisa Saarinen (born 1979), Finnish cross country skier
  • Anna-Kaisa Rantanen (born 1978), Finnish association football player
  • Sanna-Kaisa Saari (born 1987), Finnish beauty pageant