Jul 27 2014

November Start For Malaysia’s Thor?


A brief line today from Malaysia as it has been reported by the New Straits Times Online that Asian Champion Rory Thor does intend to take up his place on the main tour and will head to England in ‘November or December’ in order to do so.

Thor is Malaysia’s first professional player in a decade and it will be interesting to see how the 26-year-old gets on, with a possible debut at York’s UK Championship in the offing.


Jul 26 2014

Shanghai Masters 2014: Full Draw Released


As we count down the days to return of professional snooker to our screens, World Snooker yesterday released the draw for the Shanghai Masters, which will be the third full ranking event to be staged during the 2014/15 season.

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Jul 23 2014

Calendar Tweaks


As we approach the end of snooker’s summer break, I noticed over the weekend that World Snooker have quietly filled in a few more blanks in respect of the calendar for the 2014/15 season, which are now reflected in my calendar page here

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Jul 18 2014

Blackpool To Host Seniors, Shoot Out


Blackpool will stage a sensational week of snooker next March with the World Seniors Championship followed by the dramatic Shoot-Out.

The World Seniors will take place at the Blackpool Tower Circus Arena for the first time, on Monday 2 March and Tuesday 3 March, 2015. Then the Shoot-Out returns to the same venue for the fifth consecutive year, from Wednesday 4 March to Friday 6 March.

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Jul 17 2014

ET1 Draw Now Available


Following the current extended July break, the next professional action will come from Riga at the first event of the 2014/15 European Tour in Latvia and following the passing of the tournament’s entry deadline earlier this week, World Snooker have today revealed the draw and format for the event.

You can view the official documents here at World Snooker, or alternatively here at the ever-reliable snookerorg website.

At first glance, the field is an extremely strong one, with only Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ali Carter and Chinese trio Ding Junhui, Xiao Guodong and Liang Wenbo absent from the top 32. Other absentees from the top 64 are former world champion Ken Doherty, Tom Ford, Cao Yupeng, Yu Delu and Pankaj Advani.

The event will run from 7th August 2014 and will be the first of six European Tour events staged this season, with tour places at stake for both professionals and amateurs, as well as 32 spots in the lucrative Grand Finals event, currently scheduled to be held in Thailand next March.

Jul 15 2014

World Snooker Details Revised EBSA Order of Merit


While snooker news is a little thin on the ground at the moment during this rarest of months off, over the weekend there was an interesting bit of news from World Snooker concerning the revised EBSA Order of Merit, which this season will be taken from the ‘main’ European Tour events, rather than separate ‘amateur cup’ events. You can view the details in full over at World Snooker here.

A couple of people have asked me what I think of the system and in truth I think it will be easier to make a judgement once a few events have been staged and we have an initial order of merit to look at. On paper though, perhaps the section that caught my eye the most was:

“Where a Player is seeded through to a later round of qualifying and they win their first ‘seeded match’ they will receive not only the 10 points for that match but also the 10 points per round for each of the rounds that they were seeded through.

Is it a sensible way to ensure that players who receive a bye do not lose out in any way in terms of the EBSA list or is it unfair to award points to players for matches that they have not actually won? My gut feeling is that it seems sensible enough and as good a way as any to deal with the situation, but I would be interested to hear what you think.

More generally, the provision that effectively means that seeded losers are to receive no points is something that on balance I do agree with, primarily because it reflects the reality of the modern professional circuit and the main tour rankings, whereby seeded losers such as Barry Hawkins received no points from the Australian Goldfields Open following his last 32 defeat.


Jul 10 2014

Asian Tour 2 Cancelled

Following discussions with the promoter of 2014 Asian Tour event two, World Snooker announces that unfortunately the event will not take place, due to a range of issues that cannot be resolved within the short timescale. The tournament was due to run from August 26 to 30.

We continue to work alongside the China Billiards and Snooker Association and our partners and promoters to find new opportunities for even more tournaments in the region.

Jul 07 2014

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


It might only be early July, but today saw the first mid-season seedings revision of 2014/15, following Judd Trump’s victory at the Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo.

This list will now be used to determine the seedings for September’s Shanghai Masters, which remains one of three events that will not be staged under the increasingly common flat draw structure.

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

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