The UK Championship 2020 starts on Monday with Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump and Ding Junhui among the draws.
With the sport having a permanent residence at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes so far this season, this is the first edition of the British Championship that has not been held at the Barbican Center in York since 2010.
It’s undoubtedly a shame, but the show has to go on and what has traditionally been considered the second largest ranked tournament on the calendar is sure to be a lot of entertainment.
With one of the champion’s richest checks, this year’s British Championship winner will be a whopping 200. Take home 000 pounds.
China Thing is defending the crown, won for the third time twelve months ago when he defeated Stephen Maguire 10-6 in the final.
World champion O’Sullivan has won a record seven times in competition, while Trump’s only success was in 2011 in 2011 – his first Triple Crown title.
The latter is the current 3/1 favorite with 888 online snooker betting, but the « rocket » isn’t too far behind with odds of 9/2.
Trump and O’Sullivan will contest the final of the Northern Ireland Open for the third time in a row on Sunday.
There are now a total of 11 former champions in the 2020 British Championship draw, including three-time winner John Higgins and two-time champions Mark Williams, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson.
At 58, Jimmy White is the oldest competitor and hopes to bring back memories of his famous 1992 fame when he turned 40. Times participating in the competition.
Many had hoped that five-time champion Stephen Hendry would also be there, but the Scot has decided to postpone his comeback from retirement until the audience can return to the arena.
The format remains the same as it has been in recent years, with best-of-11 games through to the final, which is duly played over 19 frames.
The UK Championship has existed since 1977 and has been a ranking event since 1984. Despite concerns about its somewhat generic format in recent years, it remains one of the most sought-after awards.
As usual, the first round draw for Great Britain was entirely determined by a seeding system that ranked the top seed – in this case the reigning champion Ding – with 128th place. and last seed combined, with the 2nd. the 127. facing, and so on.
The Chinese number one takes on the amateur climber Jamie Curtis-Barrett in round one, with O’Sullivan playing against Leo Fernandez and Trump against Paul Davison.
Last year’s runner-up Maguire, a 2004 British champion, faces a duel with Ukrainian teen Iulian Boiko, and Australian Robertson will also be a hot favorite to overtake young French player Brian Ochoiski.
Higgins and Selby have put up much tougher resistance on paper, with veteran former leaderboard winners Fergal O’Brien and Michael White presenting their respective initial challenges.
Of the other ex-champions, Williams entertains Ben Hancorn, Shaun Murphy plays Lee Walker, Matthew Stevens duels Jamie Jones and the « Whirlwind » is embroiled in a fight from yesterday with Alan McManus.
Mark Allen, the youngest Champion of Champions winner and two-time runner-up in the British Championship, faces Jamie Wilson, and Kyren Wilson has an opening game against Ashley Hugill.
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With seven wins it takes to put your name on the trophy, the early stages of marquee names are just as much about avoiding a banana peel rather than necessarily creating tip-top shape.
As the event hits the last 16, there will likely be a better understanding of which competitors could face more serious challenges.
For those who are further down the leaderboard, there is inevitably the possibility that at least one or two will find their way through the laps and into the latter phase.
Elsewhere, although the focus is of course mostly on the primary goal of lifting the cutlery, a subplot will also surround the fascinating race for masters.
The 16 best players in the official world rankings will be invited to take part in the prestigious invitation in January.
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Gary Wilson are about to make their first Masters appearance and are currently holding the coveted 15. or. 16. space.
But Jack Lisowski is less than 2 pounds. 000 behind Wilson on 17th. Place, and the pair could face a potential winner in the third round of the UK Championship next week.
Ali Carter, last season’s runner-up, provisionally ranks 18th after making it to the semi-finals of the Northern Ireland Open. space.
In theory, more than 50 players could win with a shocking UK Championship on Jan.. December find their way into the elite bracket.
For the first time in the long history of the tournament, the round of 128 will be televised live.
Eurosport offers coverage in the first round between Monday and Thursday with meetings at 2pm. 00 a.m. and 7 p.m.. 00 o’clock.
The BBC coverage begins on Saturday at the beginning of the second round with Matchroom. Live and other global channels also offer daily services.
David is the founder of SnookerHQ and a graduate in journalism. He has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been featured in national publications and has appeared as an analyst on BBC World News and talkSPORT radio.
1. Judd Trump
2. Ronnie O’Sullivan
3. Neil Robertson
4th. Mark Selby
5. Kyren Wilson
6th. Shaun Murphy
7th. John Higgins
8th. Mark Allen
9. Stephen Maguire
10. Ding Junhui
11. Stuart Bingham
12th. David Gilbert
13. Yan Bingtao
14th. Mark Williams
15th. Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
16. Jack Lisowski
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