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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Aug 04 2014

Back to the Baize


So after a month away from the baize, the majority of snooker’s professional players will be back on the baize this week as the first of this season’s six European Tour events gets underway in Riga, Latvia.

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Aug 01 2014

The Big Neil Robertson Interview – Part Two


Following on from part one earlier in the week, click below for the second part of my recent chat with world number one Neil Robertson, as we discuss the development of his game, look back on his 2010 world title triumph and also some of the things that Neil likes to do off the table.

All comments and feedback on both this and the first part of the interview are welcome at the bottom of the article…

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