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World Championship Qualifiers 2013: Members Round Wrap

The last two days have seen the start of the 2013 World Championship, with the traditional pre-qualifying ‘members round’ being played out at the EIS, Sheffield.

From tomorrow however, the real action begins as the first round of the main draw begins, with matches to be played over the best of 19 frames as the race for the Crucible continues. I will be there in Sheffield from around midday and hope to be able to bring you regular updates via Twitter @prosnookerblog, with daily ranking updates late each night over the course of the next week.

In the meantime, click below for a summary of the action from the last couple of days…

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Swail Excited For Galway Finals

Belfast’s Joe Swail admits he has missed playing in snooker’s biggest tournaments as he looks forward to the Dafabet Players Tour Championship Grand Finals in Galway.

Swail will be one of 32 players battling for the £100,000 top prize in the event at the Bailey Allen Hall at the National University of Ireland in Galway from March 12 to 17…

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Gdynia Open – ET2 Down To 32

Somewhat under the radar, the last couple of days has seen the early rounds of ET2, also known as the Gdynia Open, take place at the EIS in Sheffield to decide the 32 players who will compete at the venue. Click below for a round-up of the main stories and a discussion as to the suitability of the format employed at this event.

Also, tomorrow sees the start of the International Championship qualifiers, click here to view the drawsheet.

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Rankings Watch 2011/12: World Championship Preview

Following Peter Ebdon’s victory at the 2012 China Open, there is just one tournament remaining of the 2011/12 season – the World Championship. While all eyes will be on the Crucible Theatre as the sport’s latest world champion is crowned, there are also a number of important ranking issues to be decided, particularly at the qualifiers as we will learn who will remain on tour next season…

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Closing In On The Cut: Race For The Crucible

Following the conclusion of the German Masters yesterday, there is just one event remaining for the players to earn precious ranking points that in some cases could make the difference between having to win one, two, three or four matches to qualify for the Crucible – or none at all.

Click below for my look at who has to do what ahead of the Welsh Open qualifiers which start this Wednesday…

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