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    Snooker world championships

    Anyone been watching so far?

    It started yesterday with some fans in attendance but from today it's behind closed doors after the UK government banned spectators from attending any live events.

    They haven't followed football's lead by playing fake fan noise so it's a bit weird just having silence after someone knocks in a century but other than that I'm enjoying it.

    I really like the world championships and enjoy the mixture in styles between some of the rapid frames that are over in 10 minutes and then being able to watch a long, drawn out frame that lasts over 30 minutes with lots of tactical safety play and then having sessions played over two days as well.

    Great stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir David Gray View Post
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    Anyone been watching so far?

    It started yesterday with some fans in attendance but from today it's behind closed doors after the UK government banned spectators from attending any live events.

    They haven't followed football's lead by playing fake fan noise so it's a bit weird just having silence after someone knocks in a century but other than that I'm enjoying it.

    I really like the world championships and enjoy the mixture in styles between some of the rapid frames that are over in 10 minutes and then being able to watch a long, drawn out frame that lasts over 30 minutes with lots of tactical safety play and then having sessions played over two days as well.

    Great stuff.

    the one snooker tournament I always watch, albeit not so far this year.

    I actually like the drawn out frames, watching guys potting ball after ball is good, but the tactics and skill required to keep getting out of bother and simultaneously trying to put your opponent in bother is fantastic

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    I had tickets for the semi finals this year 😢

    Who is the new commentator? Not a fan of him.

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    Kurt Maflin comes close to getting a 147 but runs out of position and then gives the cue ball the middle finger.
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    I haven't seen any matches so far. Is it on BBC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir David Gray View Post
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    Kurt Maflin comes close to getting a 147 but runs out of position and then gives the cue ball the middle finger.
    One of the best incidents ever on world snooker 😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveF View Post
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    One of the best incidents ever on world snooker 😂


    That is funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibernia&Alba View Post
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    I haven't seen any matches so far. Is it on BBC?
    Yep it's on BBC 2 at certain times of the day, other times it's on the red button.

    Also on Eurosport too if you have that.
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    Kurt Maflin's reaction to running out of position was pretty unique.

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    John Higgins got the first 147 at the Crucible since 2012 earlier today.

    Brilliant!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir David Gray View Post
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    John Higgins got the first 147 at the Crucible since 2012 earlier today.

    Brilliant!
    Fantastic. Higgins is an absolute legend of a man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McS****y View Post
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    Fantastic. Higgins is an absolute legend of a man.
    Are you saying John Higgins or Alex Higgins is the legend. If Alex I would have to agree if John I would disagree, John was banned for bringing the game into disrepute.


    Higgins was cleared of the most serious charges of agreeing to accept a bribe and agreeing to engage in corrupt or fraudulent conduct but found guilty of failing to report the illegal approach and intentionally giving the impression he was prepared to act in breach of betting rules.

    He was fined 75,000 plus 10,000 in costs and banned for six months

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorgiegreens View Post
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    Are you saying John Higgins or Alex Higgins is the legend. If Alex I would have to agree if John I would disagree, John was banned for bringing the game into disrepute.


    Higgins was cleared of the most serious charges of agreeing to accept a bribe and agreeing to engage in corrupt or fraudulent conduct but found guilty of failing to report the illegal approach and intentionally giving the impression he was prepared to act in breach of betting rules.

    He was fined 75,000 plus 10,000 in costs and banned for six months
    Im a big John Higgins fan, and was disappointed to see him go out last night. I remember at the time from the information available and that video he looked bang to rights and not even I could defend him. However I read an article years after (Ill see if can find it again) that seemed to prove that what was seen in public was only a small part of the meeting and the full recording completely changed the context of what we all saw.

    Anyway, if you had to choose someone to win a frame to save your life it would be John Id choose every time. I still think he has one final world title left in him. Think hes lost 4 world championship finals (and also won 4). If hed won a couple of those defeats I think hed be acknowledged as the greatest ever. Although Ronnie is the most talented ever.

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    Not a massive snooker fan any more though I used to be, that was when I was involved as a table fitter. Was trying to to think if there had been any massive changes to table set up etc in the last twenty odd years and the big difference is the under table heating which wasnt used in my time on the pro circuit or anywhere else. Room temperature used to affect tables massively especially the rubbers, apparently heating now makes the tables, quieter, smoother and of course quicker than they ever were. Match tables always had steel block cushions as opposed to standard wooden blocks on normal tables which made them quicker anyway. Would love to have a knock around on a pro fitted table these days.

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    Ronnie O'Sullivans latest tv interview is up there with the funniest ever.

    Cant do a link from twitter.

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    What a tense finish to McGill v Clarke going on now. Last frame and incredibly tense. Last 16 has seen some excellent matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackpoolhibs View Post
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    Ronnie O'Sullivans latest tv interview is up there with the funniest ever.

    Cant do a link from twitter.
    I saw that. He has a point, since the likes of him & Higgins youve only had Selby and possibly Trump come through and look like they could dominate. The way he went over the top to make a decent point made him look a bit of a d**k though IMO.

    The McGill - Clarke handbags was quite funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackpoolhibs View Post
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    Ronnie O'Sullivans latest tv interview is up there with the funniest ever.

    Cant do a link from twitter.
    Brilliant.

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    Bit unfair on Anthony McGill with regards to the scheduling. He only finished just after midnight this morning whereas Kurt Maflin hasn't played since Thursday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir David Gray View Post
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    Bit unfair on Anthony McGill with regards to the scheduling. He only finished just after midnight this morning whereas Kurt Maflin hasn't played since Thursday.
    Maybe not - McGill's off to a flyer at 3-0 up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir David Gray View Post
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    Maybe not - McGill's off to a flyer at 3-0 up.
    Some match on the other table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3pm View Post
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    Some match on the other table.
    Brilliant it was vintage Mark Williams. I wouldn't be surprised if O'Sullivan makes a comeback but 6-2 is a decent lead. O'Sullivan probably needs at least 5 frames from the second session to stand a chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir David Gray View Post
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    Brilliant it was vintage Mark Williams. I wouldn't be surprised if O'Sullivan makes a comeback but 6-2 is a decent lead. O'Sullivan probably needs at least 5 frames from the second session to stand a chance.
    Williams looks good value at 11/2 to win the whole thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir David Gray View Post
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    Brilliant it was vintage Mark Williams. I wouldn't be surprised if O'Sullivan makes a comeback but 6-2 is a decent lead. O'Sullivan probably needs at least 5 frames from the second session to stand a chance.
    O'Sullivan goes one better and wins the second session 6-2. All square going into tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy View Post
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    Williams looks good value at 11/2 to win the whole thing
    Maybe not

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    Watching Anthony McGill isn't what I'd call entertaining but well done to him for making the semi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiber-nation View Post
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    Watching Anthony McGill isn't what I'd call entertaining but well done to him for making the semi
    I can't see him beating Kyren Wilson but well done to him for getting to the semis.

    Wilson v Selby final I think and Selby to win it. O'Sullivan could do it but it really depends on what Ronnie O'Sullivan turns up. If he starts as poorly as he did against Mark Williams there's no way he'll pull back that kind of deficit against someone as steady as Mark Selby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir David Gray View Post
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    someone as steady as Mark Selby.
    = someone as dull as Mark Selby. I find it a real trial to watch his matches. He's a great player and all, but its like snooker by mathematics. I do hope O'Sullivan beats him, for the sake of entertainment. I had no time for Ronnie back in the day but he's grown on me as the years have gone by and you can't but appreciate his talent - and that he's great to watch still. And at least this year you've not got the knobend supporters in the crowd.

    Got to think Wilson will win the other semi. Been around for a few years now, this could be the big breakthrough from steady quarter/semi finalist at the Worlds to making a proper impact.

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    Great start for McGill as he takes a 6-2 lead.

    O'Sullivan v Selby tonight.
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    There's a lot of chalk chat tonight. Seems to be causing a bit controversy.

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