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Welsh Open 2014: Friday Format Tweaked

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World Snooker have today published the schedule for Monday’s play at the Welsh Open, which you can now view here to see who will be getting the last 64 stage underway.

There is also an interesting line for anyone who is planning on attending the Newport Centre on Friday, as there has been a subtle format change to allow three matches to be televised, as opposed to the original two:

“Please note a change of schedule for the Quarter Finals on Friday, 28 February. The start time is now 12 noon, with one match being played. The second quarter-final will follow after a 10-15 minute break. The further two quarter-finals (one televised and one non televised) will be played at 7pm as originally scheduled. This now means three of the four quarter-finals will be televised as opposed to two on the original schedule. We apologise for the short notice of this change.”

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Welsh Open 2014: Starts Wednesday

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Hot on the heels of the China Open qualifiers which only finished earlier today, the snooker circus continues tomorrow with the start of 11 days of action at the 2014 Welsh Open, which looks set to be the last to be staged at the Newport Centre.

Much like the UK Championship earlier in the campaign, the event will see all 128 main tour players in action at the venue from round one, including all of the big names such as Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui, both of whom get underway tomorrow.

As ever, you can view the draw here at snookerorg, while the tournament format is available in pdf format here. Clearly, it is going to be a hectic tournament, with four sessions for the majority of the days and up to 16 matches. Up to and including the last 16 stage, these will be played over the best of just seven frames, before increasing eventually to the best of 17 for the final.

In terms of television coverage, the first four days will be covered by liveworldsnooker.tv via the usual livestreams, before the action is picked up by BBC Wales and Eurosport from next Monday.

The second biggest tournament still to be played in the run up to the crucial final seedings revision prior to the World Championship, not to mention the race for places on the latest provisional money list, this year’s Welsh Open promises to be a tournament to keep an eye on over the next couple of weeks.

As ever, there will be plenty of updates here at PSB, as well as @prosnookerblog on Twitter.

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Welsh Open 2014: Draw and Format Available

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I have probably had more tweets about this than anything else over the past week, but World Snooker have now published the draw and format for this season’s Welsh Open here.

Again, matches will be played over the best of just 7 frames up until the last 16, while the eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted that Masters champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has confirmed his entry in the event.

The event runs from 19th February through to the 2nd March 2014 and promises to be a significant one, with ranking points on the line ahead of the seeding cut-off for this year’s World Championship.

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Untangling The 2013/14 Calendar

During the recent World Championship qualifiers, World Snooker published the provisional calendar for the 2013/14 season, which as in 2012/13, sees a number of significant changes as the professional circuit continues to expand.

Click below for a summary of the main changes, together with a ‘cut-off by cut-off’ round up of how the calendar shapes up…

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Maguire Edges Ballrun In Brilliant Welsh Final

Trailing Stuart Bingham 7-5, having lost five of the previous six frames, it looked as though Stephen Maguire might have to wait a while longer to win an elusive fifth career ranking event title.

There was however to be another twist, as the Scot fought back to win what would prove to be an absorbing final 9-8 to take home the title, in the process earning the top prize of £50,000, together with 5,000 ranking points…

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