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World Championship 2014: Tour Survival Blog

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So it begins, tomorrow will see the start of the 2014 World Championship qualifiers and with them, the climax of the race for main tour places, which I have been talking about so much during the past few months.

Though you can view my extended player-by-player guide to tour survival here, this then is the post that will be updated throughout this week’s matches, making focusing on those which could prove key to certain players hopes of remaining on the main tour for at least another season…

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World Championship Qualifiers 2013: Steadman Denies Grace In Thriller

Day one of the 2013 World Championship qualifiers began as a slow burner, but ultimately proved to be one full of drama as the match between Craig Steadman and David Grace went the distance in Sheffield. Click below for a round up of a day which also saw Luca Brecel happy to trail by just one frame overnight, while Thai duo Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon were also among those to progress…

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World Championship Qualifiers 2011: Round One Wrap

So that is round one is over and what a finish we had, a sensational match between Xiao Guodong and Kurt Maflin which saw four straight century breaks this evening. Usually I would prepare a detailed frame by frame report but as those of you following me on Twitter will have noticed, I have been posting frame by frame updates on there so hopefully they will give you the gist of how the matches unfolded.

Instead I offer a few thoughts on the action so far and who could be worth a watch in the coming rounds…

I have also updated the provisional rankings (they are right this time), and the drawsheet

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