Sep 08 2014

Carter’s Return – Ranking Options


When Ali Carter announced earlier this summer that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and would therefore be away from snooker while he received treatment, the WPBSA were quick to announce that his ranking would be frozen, a decision that received almost unanimous support from those within the game.

What was not explained however is quite how this would work on a practical level, the official ranking list stating that ‘Ali Carter’s ranking position will be dealt with retrospectively upon his return to competition.’

Thankfully, Ali’s return to professional competition is now fast approaching in Bulgaria at the start of October for ET3 and sooner rather than later, we can expect an announcement from the governing body as to just how this will be dealt with.

Click below for my thoughts and theories as to what might happen…

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Sep 07 2014

Champion of Champions 2014: The Qualifiers So Far


While Stephen Maguire today became a world champion with victory at the Sangsom Six Red World Championship, one further bonus from winning the event is that he became the eleventh player to secure his place in the 2014 edition of the invitational Champion of Champions tournament, set to be staged in Coventry this November.

Click below for an updated look at who will be playing in this season’s event…

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Sep 07 2014

Maguire Comeback Earns Six Red World Title


Stephen Maguire described his 2013/14 campaign as a ‘season from hell’ for him, but the Scot has already ensured that the new season will be a better one as he came back from 6-3 and 7-5 down to defeat Ricky Walden and win the 2014 Sangsom Six Red World Championship in Thailand this evening.

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Sep 05 2014

Advani Resigns WPBSA Membership, Tour Card


As had appeared increasingly inevitable for some time, India’s Pankaj Advani has today announced that he is to resign his professional status and with it his place on snooker’s main tour…

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Sep 05 2014

Bulgarian Open 2014: Draw and Format Released


A brief line tonight as World Snooker this week released the draw and format for the next event of this season’s European Tour, the Bulgarian Open, as John Higgins looks to defend the title that he won over a year ago in Sofia…

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Sep 02 2014

Tour Survival 2015: The Early Running


While the end of the 2014/15 season feels like a long way off, with a two-year ranking list, in reality we are over halfway through the race for main tour places for the 2015/16 season.

With every pound, dollar or Euro earned during this season potentially crucial, already some eyes will be turning to the latest provisional end of season rankings and even from a quick glance, there are some surprising names who despite being apparently safe on the official ranking list, are in fact in the danger zone due to the points that they will be losing over the coming nine months.

So with a couple of ranking events down and two of the season’s six European Tour events completed, below I take an early look at how the race for main tour places next year is shaping up and how players can survive – assuming that there are no as yet unannounced changes to the tour qualification structure…

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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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