Champion of Champions 2015: Fuerth Update


As well as being a remarkable achievement in its own right, Ali Carter’s victory at the recent Paul Hunter Classic, also secured him a place in the Champion of Champions event for the third successive year.

Click below for a look at who will be joining him with just five counting events still to be played…

UPDATE: An interesting snippet out today from last year’s winner Ronnie O’Sullivan, who has indicated on Twitter that he will not be taking up his place in this year’s tournament:

Original article follows…


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Carter Scores Popular Victory At Paul Hunter Classic


Ali Carter has this evening defeated Shaun Murphy 4-3 to win the 2015 Paul Hunter Classic, a popular victory for a player who has of course gone through so much in recent seasons.

His reward is a cheque for £18,750, in addition to places at the upcoming Champion of Champions and Players Championship events, not to mention the nice new Waterford Crystal trophy that he is pictured with above.

Click below for the World Snooker story on his triumph, on this occasion I would like to take a little more time before posting my own reflections on the tournament…


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2015/16 – Stories to Follow


While the wait goes on for information as to the various seeding cut-offs and other ranking information for the 2015/16 season, the action is now very much underway with the qualifiers for the Australian Goldfields Open this week in Crawley.

As was the case last year, it is interesting then to take a look at the current world ranking list and try to pick out a few potential stories that may well develop during the next months.

After all, already a year ago it was possible to see that Ding Junhui would have an excellent chance of claiming the world number one ranking (which he did in December), while players such as Stephen Maguire and Nigel Bond would have work to do in order to stay inside the top 16 and top 64 respectively…


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