Sep 01 2014

Minimum Age Reduced For World Seniors


Snooker’s celebrated World Seniors Championship has a brand new qualifying criteria this season, with the age limit reduced from 45 to 40.

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Aug 28 2014

2014 6 Red World Championship – Starts Monday


Following Mark Allen’s victory at the Paul Hunter Classic last weekend, all has been quiet on the snooker front and of course that is due to the fact that the AT2 event, previously scheduled to take place this week, has not gone ahead for reasons unspecified by World Snooker.

Next week however, a number of top professionals and amateurs return to action at the 6 Red World Championship event in Thailand, which takes up its customary spot in the calendar ahead of the following week’s Shanghai Masters.

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Aug 25 2014

Battle For Number One: 2014 Shanghai Masters


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


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


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


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


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


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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