Oct 12 2014

Carter Set To Return At General Cup


Although this week will not see the return of ranking event snooker following the postponement of the Indian Open, there will be action for a few of the professionals at least, as the General Cup is staged in Hong Kong for the sixth time.

While there is a strong line-up across the board, clearly the main talking point is that of the return of Ali Carter, who will play his first professional match since the World Championship on Monday morning against Marco Fu.

I’m sure that I speak for all of us here in the snooker community of fans and players alike that it is brilliant to see him back in action after his treatment for cancer and hopefully we will soon see him on our TV screens at events such as the UK Championship before the end of the year.

You can view all of the latest scores and group standings, as ever, here at snookerorg.

Oct 08 2014

EBSA Order of Merit 2014: The Halfway Update


Three events down, three to go and while I recently provided an update as to how the race for tour places is building as far as the main ranking lists are concerned, this morning I turn to the leading amateurs, who are also battling for places on the newly revised EBSA Order of Merit.

From this list there will be 16 qualifiers for the season-ending EBSA play-offs, with two main tour places ultimately up for grabs.

Click below to see how the list looks at the halfway stage…

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Oct 07 2014

Kreativ Dental Sponsor Ruhr Open

Ken Doherty

World Snooker is delighted to announce Kreativ Dental as the new title sponsor of the Ruhr Open European Tour event.

The tournament will take place in the city of Mulheim in the Ruhr region of Germany from November 19 to 23.

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Oct 06 2014

O’Sullivan Closing on Centuries Record


As the eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed, with the help of Adam from the snookerinfo website, this season I am keeping a track of the professional centuries records, which you can find regularly updated at this page here.

While it might differ from the normal lists that I tend to follow in that it does not involve rankings, still there are a number of interesting points arising from it, not least Ronnie O’Sullivan’s pursuit of Stephen Hendry’s current record, which looks set to be bested at some stage this season…

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Oct 05 2014

Magic Murphy Masters Sofia


Shaun Murphy has this evening defeated Martin Gould to capture the 2014 Bulgarian Open, as this season’s European Tour reaches its halfway point.

Click below for a round up of the action today and indeed the main stories from the past three days overall in Sofia, as well as the usual all important post-event links…

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Oct 02 2014

Bulgarian Open 2014 – Pro Rounds Start Friday


Tomorrow sees the return of snooker to our television screens as the professionals get underway at the third event of this season’s European Tour in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Sep 30 2014

Morris Suffering From Back Injury


One of last season’s most impressive performers of those to have started the season on zero ranking points, Irish number three David Morris has struggled for victories in the early weeks of the season and it has today emerged that he is currently suffering from the after-effects of a back injury sustained whilst at the gym.

The quotes from David and story in full can be found here at Ireland’s SnookerHQ website, but clearly this is not a trivial issue for him and one that is likely to impact upon his schedule of events over the coming weeks and months. In that regard, the postponement of the Indian Open, originally scheduled for October, has proven to be a bonus for him and with little snooker now until the venue stages of the International Championship in late October, he has the opportunity to rest up and prepare for Chengdu..

Up into the top 64 on the latest projected seedings list and with no points to defend during the remainder of this season, David has a real opportunity not only to consolidate his place on the tour with a good 2014/15, but to top his previous career high ranking of 55 and hopefully therefore we will see him back in action as soon as possible.


Sep 28 2014

Tour Survival 2014/15 – Player by Player

Last season a very popular feature here at PSB proved to be my in-depth, player by player updates on the race for main tour places for the 2014/15 season, as I attempted to untangle the various overlapping ranking lists and orders of merit.

Although we are still only in September, already taking a look at how this season’s battle is shaping up (particularly with only six European Tour events scheduled to take place this season instead of last year’s eight), there are a few interesting themes developing and therefore I have below taken my first look at just who will need to have a strong finish to the season if they are to remain on tour for 2015/16, with some surprise names currently in the drop zone…

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