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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Aug 14 2014

Lists You Might Have Missed…


When I first started this blog back in August 2008, the intention was to provide insight and opinion on professional snooker, but what I hadn’t foreseen at the time was just how much focus I would go on to place on statistics and in particular rankings.

With the advent of rolling rankings and seeding cut-off points however, the blog has evolved to a point where there are now a large number of ranking lists, ranking races and even century statistics and for those of you who might have missed some, today I take a look at some of the key pages to follow over the coming months…

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Aug 13 2014

Hospice Pockets From World Snooker Partnership

Mark Selby at Bluebell Wood

South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice, Bluebell Wood, is going snooker loopy having pocketed over £152,000 from its long-standing charity relationship with World Snooker.

The two-year partnership began in the 2012/2013 season when World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn read about the hospice, which is based in Sheffield, the city of snooker and home of the World Championship.

Realising that Bluebell Wood has to raise over £3 million every year in running costs in order to support children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy, Hearn was keen to get involved and pledged his support.

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Aug 11 2014

Partitions Return For Shanghai Qualifiers


Snooker returns to the Barnsley Metrodome tomorrow for the first of four days action from the 2014 Shanghai Masters qualifiers and tonight it has emerged on Twitter that the tournament will mark the return of partitions to snooker’s multi-table events, as you can see from the above photo.

Interestingly, the partitions are not quite full height, but enough to mean that when a player is down on a shot, they should not be disturbed by action from adjacent tables, or spectators walking past the front of the tables.

I will be there on Friday to check the set-up out for myself, but judging by the photos at least, I personally like the look of the venue, which will hopefully provide a popular compromise between the fully open plan halls of recent years and the enclosed booths of years gone by.

What do you think?

Aug 11 2014

How Rolling Are The Rankings?


Following Mark Selby’s victory at the first European Tour event of the season, it had been anticipated that the victory would be enough to see him climb back above Neil Robertson into top spot in snooker’s latest world rankings.

It now seems though that in fact the rankings will not be officially revised until after the next full ranking event, next month’s Shanghai Masters.

Click below for an explanation as to just how the rankings would appear to stand right now…

UPDATE: Since this article was posted, World Snooker have now published an updated ranking list, confirming that Mark Selby does in fact return to the world number one spot, as originally anticipated. Click here to view that at World Snooker.

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Aug 10 2014

Selby Comeback Secures Riga Title


Mark Selby is the 2014 Riga Open champion, the new world champion coming back from 3-0 down to defeat Mark Allen in a deciding frame this evening and get his season off to a flying start in Latvia.

Click below for more, including a round-up of the key stories from this season’s first European Tour event…

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Aug 08 2014

Hawes and Curtis Supply European Tour Shirts


World Snooker’s European Tour events have a new dress code this season, with shirts to be supplied by renowned clothing firm Hawes and Curtis.

The six events across continental Europe, starting with the Riga Open in Latvia which started today, will see players wearing black tailored shirts together with black or dark tailored trousers.

The shirts are supplied by Hawes and Curtis, a London-based firm established in 1913 with the intention of creating high quality, exclusive clothing. Hawes & Curtis have been acclaimed by royalty and aristocracy alike; most famously by the Duke of Windsor and Earl Mountbatten.

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Aug 06 2014

Kaspersky lab Sponsor Riga Open


World Snooker is delighted to announce Kaspersky lab as the title sponsor of the new Riga Open, which starts tomorrow.

The Kaspersky lab Riga Open is the first ever professional snooker tournament in Latvia and the first event of the 2014/15 European Tour series.

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