Jul 24 2015

Interview: Hallworth Targets Tour Survival


When Michael White trailed 19-year-old Steven Hallworth 4-0 at the first mid-session interval of their World Championship qualifying match back in April, the scoreline was more than enough to raise a few eyebrows, even amongst those of us inside of the snooker bubble.

Though White was able to recover to take a 10-8 victory, Hallworth had acquitted himself well and turning to the 2015/16 season is now looking to do enough to successfully retain his place on tour.

That being the case, I caught up with Steven to reflect upon his rookie professional season, look to the future and more…

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Jul 23 2015

Shanghai Masters 2015: Draw and Format Available


With the qualifying tournament for the Shanghai Masters due to get underway in early August, World Snooker have this week published the draw for both the qualifying rounds and last 32 stage, as well as the qualifying format.

The various documents can be accessed here at their official website, or alternatively at snookerorg here.

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Jul 20 2015

Glasgow to Host Scottish County Championships


Next Sunday, July 26th Glasgow’s Q-Club will host the Scottish County Championships, with 12 man teams playing the round robin event from;

West of Scotland League
Aberdeen League
Edinburgh League
Red Triangle of Cumbernauld – defending champions
Dumfries League
Borders League

Further info can be found at worldsnooker.com

Jul 17 2015

Top Class Snooker Returns To Cardiff


Top Class Snooker Returns To CardiffThe world’s best snooker players will be back at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff in February for the 2016 Welsh Open.

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Jul 16 2015

Bingtao Tour Card Deferred, Figueiredo In


An interesting line this afternoon from World Snooker, with the news that the tour card of Chinese youngster Yan Bingtao will now be deferred until the start of the 2016/17 season due to difficulties in obtaining a visa for him to travel to the UK.

With a tour place opened up, the decision has been taken to issue an ‘International Development Main Tour Card’ to Brazil’s Igor Figueiredo, who you may remember was relegated from the tour at the end of last season.

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Jul 15 2015

Race to the Masters, World Grand Prix Lists

A short post during a period of rare downtime from the snooker tour to flag up two of the ranking lists to follow during the next few months as players look to qualify for this season’s Masters and World Grand Prix tournaments.

Here you can view the race to the 2016 Masters, which includes only points that will count towards qualification for the sport’s biggest invitational tournament, following the cut-off point this December.

You can also view the race to the World Grand Prix list here, which will include prize money from the start of this season, through to the Gdynia Open next year.

Closer analysis will of course follow as the season progresses…

Jul 11 2015

Statement from World Billiards Ltd

Former World Snooker referee and current Chairman of World Billiards Ltd Alan Chamberlain has this week written to billiards players, NGB’s, regional bodies and officials concerning the current situation between World Billiards Ltd (WBL) and the IBSF.

The full letter can be accessed here.

Jul 09 2015

Two Year Cards – An Analysis


It feels like yesterday that World Snooker announced that new tour players would earn a two-year professional card, instead of just the one which had been the norm up until that point, but in fact the 2015/16 season marks the fourth season that the current system has been in place.

That means that we have now seen two waves of players to have been awarded the two-year cards, but just what sort of a difference have the extended cards made and have they made it easier for new players to break into the top 64 of the world rankings at the end of the two years?

Today then I take a look at how new professionals have fared in recent years and consider some of the other knock-on effects of the introduction of two-year cards and changes to the tour generally…

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