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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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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Teenage Kicks

Lines4Sunday marked the 20th birthday of Luca Brecel, who for at least as long as I have written this blog, has been regarded as snooker’s most promising teenage player.

Now that he is half way on to being eligible for the World Seniors Championship however, I posed the question on Twitter as to just who is snooker’s most promising teenager at this time, with several talented young players having either already made a mark on the professional scene, or certainly having done so at amateur level.

I wrote a similar piece back in 2009 and finding it interesting to look back at how those players have so far gone on to progress in their professional careers, click below for my look at some of the most promising teenagers in the game, together with the best of your tweets…

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Yan Bingtao Becomes 2014 IBSF World Champion


Away from the UK Championship action in York this afternoon, 14-year-old Yan Bingtao has become the 2014 IBSF World Champion, with an 8-7 victory against Pakistan’s Muhammad Sajjad earlier today.

Already a familiar name on the main tour following victories against the likes of Stuart Bingham, Yu Delu, Barry Pinches and Liang Wenbo this season, he won the last two frames today, the decider with a break of 60 to succeed countryman Zhou Yuelong as world amateur champion.

Yan earns a two-year tour card from the 2015/16 season and will be the latest young Chinese talent looking to emulate the achievements of Ding Junhui on the professional circuit.

Although just 14 years old, by our calculations here in the York media room, he misses out on becoming the youngest ever winner of the event by around six weeks, Welshman Michael White edging him out following his 2006 victory.