Sep 16 2014

International Championship 2014: Draw and Format Released

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Next week sees the start of the qualifiers for this season’s International Championship and following the publication of the updated world rankings this morning, World Snooker have now published both the draw and format for the tournament, which are accessible from their website.

At first glance, the big hitters such as defending champion Ding Junhui, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson and Ronnie O’Sullivan are all involved, while I notice that Jimmy White is seeded inside the top 64, meaning that someone above him (EDIT: Ali Carter, for obvious reason), has decided not to enter the tournament.

The qualifiers take place from next Monday at the new regular venue of the Barnsley Metrodome.

Sep 15 2014

World Snooker Rankings 2014/15: Seedings Revision Two Round-Up

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Stuart Bingham’s victory at the Shanghai Masters yesterday marked not only his biggest tournament win to date, but also the end of the second stage of the 2014/15 season as the seedings are revised for the International Championship.

Click below for a round-up of all of the changes to the seeding list, including confirmation of a change at the top of the rankings since Australia…

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Sep 15 2014

Rileys Enters Administration, 15 Clubs Close

Rileys

A sad piece of news has broken this evening with the story that Rileys has entered into administration, with the immediate closure of 15 clubs and a loss of approximately 124 jobs. Regardless of the rights and wrongs, the reasons for the company’s current plight, sympathy has to be had with the employees affected and hopefully a solution can be found in respect of the surviving clubs.

As stated by the Birmingham Post here, the clubs immediately closed are: Belle Vue (Manchester), Cardiff, Coatbridge, Derby, Edinburgh, Exeter, Guildford, Hull, Luton, Peterborough Orton, Peterborough QClub, Plymouth, Rugby, Scunthorpe and Wigan.

You can read more on the news here at the Guardian and here at ITV.com.

Sep 14 2014

Bingham Masters Shanghai

Bingham1Congratulations to Stuart Bingham who has today defeated Mark Allen 10-3 to win the 2014 Shanghai Masters. Earning him the top prize of £85,000, the victory represents Stuart’s biggest tournament success so far, as he continues his impressive recent record in Asia.

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Sep 13 2014

The Big Mark Allen Interview – Part Two

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Tomorrow afternoon in Shanghai, Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen will contest his fourth career full-ranking event final against Stuart Bingham, so what better time for me to publish part two of my recent interview with him, as I ask him whether his views on the recent developments in snooker have changed since his memorable press conference at the UK Championship back in 2011, while we also talk young players and his interests away from the table…

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Sep 13 2014

Indian Open Postponed to March 2015

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This season’s Indian Open world ranking event in Mumbai has been postponed, with the original dates of 13-17 October 2014 changed to 10-14 March 2015.

World Snooker has been advised by the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India to change the dates of the tournament. This follows the recent calling of a State Election in Maharashtra during the October dates.

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Sep 11 2014

The Big Mark Allen Interview – Part One

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It has been a strong start to the season so far for Paul Hunter Classic winner Mark Allen and recently I caught up with Northern Ireland’s number one player ahead of this week’s Shanghai Masters, to discuss a range of subjects as he gave a typically honest assessment on matters past and present.

Click below for part one of our chat, as we discuss his start to the season, look back at the last campaign, his decision to leave On Q Promotions earlier this summer and also consider how his early exposure to televised tournaments helped him to rise up the rankings as quickly as he did…

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Sep 10 2014

Shanghai Masters 2014: Last 32 Wrap

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Three days down at the Shanghai Masters and with the conclusion of the last 32 round, already we have seen nine seeded players exit the tournament, including Neil Robertson, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump.

Click below for a round-up of the main stories so far…

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