Aug 25 2014

Battle For Number One: 2014 Shanghai Masters

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Following next week’s 6 Reds World Championship in Thailand, the snooker circuit heads to China for the venue stages of the biggest ranking event of the campaign so far, the 2014 Shanghai Masters. The tournament also marks the second seedings revision of the current season, which although relatively insignificant compared to other cut-offs this season, could see the top ranking change for the third time this season.

Click below for a round-up of the various permutations, with Mark Selby and Neil Robertson in contention to end the tournament as world number one…

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Aug 24 2014

Allen Victorious In Fürth Final

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Having finished as runner-up in the first event of this season’s European Tour in Riga earlier in the month, Mark Allen went one better this evening by defeating Judd Trump 4-2 to win the 2014 Paul Hunter Classic in Germany.

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Aug 22 2014

Magic Max For India’s Mehta

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Congratulations to India’s Aditya Mehta, who has this evening made his first maximum 147 break in professional competition at the 2014 Paul Hunter Classic in Germany.

The break came in the third frame of his last 32 encounter with Stephen Maguire and represents the first competitive maximum break by an Indian player and the 106th 147 in total.

Mehta’s break earns him £1,500 from the rolling 147 pot, provided of course that the break is not equalled during the remainder of the event.

The break was refereed by Luise Kraatz, working at her first professional tournament and officiating only her third match in total.

Click here to view the updated 147′s list.

Aug 21 2014

Shanghai Masters 2014: Wildcards Drawn

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A brief line from World Snooker yesterday, as they confirmed the updated draw for the venue stages of next month’s Shanghai Masters and which of the eight qualifiers will be required to face wildcards prior to the last 32 proper.

Most notably, former world champions Mark Williams and Ken Doherty have both been drawn to play wildcards Zhang Yong and Huang Jiahao respectively, while Ryan Day, Michael Holt and Michael White will also face wildcards early on.

The most recognisable and to my knowledge at least, the most dangerous wildcard is the talented Zhao Xintong, who has been paired against Matt Selt, while Chinese professional qualifiers Liang Wenbo and Li Hang have also found themselves drawn against wildcards in their home tournament.

Aug 18 2014

Snooker Returns to Fürth, Draw Available

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The snooker circus rolls on to Furth this weekend with the second event of the 2014/15 European Tour and it promises to be another interesting weekend, with the return of defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, who will be playing in his first competitive tournament since his defeat to ET1 winner Mark Selby at last season’s World Championship.

Click below for more on the draw…

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Aug 16 2014

Shanghai Masters 2014: Qualifying Wrap

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Yesterday saw the conclusion of the qualifying tournament for the 2014 Shanghai Masters at the Barnsley Metrodome, as 16 players booked their places at the venue stages of the event next month. Click below for a round-up of all of the main stories, as well as my thoughts from the venue yesterday, as I took in my first live snooker since the World Championship in May…

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Aug 14 2014

Lists You Might Have Missed…

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When I first started this blog back in August 2008, the intention was to provide insight and opinion on professional snooker, but what I hadn’t foreseen at the time was just how much focus I would go on to place on statistics and in particular rankings.

With the advent of rolling rankings and seeding cut-off points however, the blog has evolved to a point where there are now a large number of ranking lists, ranking races and even century statistics and for those of you who might have missed some, today I take a look at some of the key pages to follow over the coming months…

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Aug 13 2014

Hospice Pockets From World Snooker Partnership

Mark Selby at Bluebell Wood

South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice, Bluebell Wood, is going snooker loopy having pocketed over £152,000 from its long-standing charity relationship with World Snooker.

The two-year partnership began in the 2012/2013 season when World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn read about the hospice, which is based in Sheffield, the city of snooker and home of the World Championship.

Realising that Bluebell Wood has to raise over £3 million every year in running costs in order to support children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy, Hearn was keen to get involved and pledged his support.

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