In the end, the world snooker championship, a type of pool pocket game, ended, and in the beginning of autumn, the new season started. Unfortunately, due to the difficult epidemiological situation in the world, the tournament schedule is incomplete. Therefore, it is possible to change the snooker calendar for the 2020/2021 season, especially next year: shifting dates, adjusting the tournament list, passing the competition without an audience, etc. We also offer you to get acquainted with the current schedule and the latest news in this area.
The format of the competition
Most of the tournaments will be held in England, the first of them in Milton Keynes-a city located in the South-East of the country in Buckinghamshire. They will be held at the Marshall Arena – a multi-purpose arena with an area of 3,420 square meters.
The organizers of the 2020/2021 snooker competition were faced with difficult challenges in terms of organizing the participation of players from all over the world:
- Taking measures in case of quarantine of a tournament participant.
- The solution of the problems regarding the closed borders.
- Providing security measures in preparation for the competition, accommodation of players and their participation in matches.
The issue of fan participation remains open and needs to be clarified before each event.
Snooker tournaments 2020/2021
The best players
World ranking is an internationally recognized ranking system for professional players. It allows you to find out the qualification level and seeding at the world snooker Championship.
The ranking of the best is based on the results of performances of snooker players in rating competitions over the past 2 years. Adjusted after each tournament. To date, the top snooker players include 16 players.
The first snooker tournament in the calendar of the 2020/2021 season-Championship League-started on September 12, and will end on October 30. One of the largest competitions in terms of participants. It provides for three stages after the regulations (division into groups).
At the first stage, there are 32 groups of 4 people in each of them. A total of 128 players will take part in the tournament. First, each player will play with other snooker players in the group to determine the winner. It will be held from September 13 to October 5 with a one-week break for the European Masters.
The second stage of the snooker competition in the 2020/2021 season will be attended by 32 players. 8 groups of 4 people will be formed from them. The principle of determining the winners is similar. It will be held from October 26 to 29, at the rate of 1 day for 2 groups.
The third stage is already attended by 8 people, who will be divided into 2 groups. The winners will advance to the final round. According to the results of the match, the champion will be revealed. The 3rd stage and the final are scheduled for October 30.
Next on the snooker schedule for the 2020/2021 season is the European Masters. The tournament was held from 21 to 27 September. The winner was mark Selby, who won 80 thousand pounds (more than 810 thousand rubles). The second finalist was Martin Gould, who received 35 thousand pounds sterling (over 500 thousand rubles) for the 2nd place.
The competition takes place in several stages:
- The first round.
- The second round.
- 1/16 finals.
- The 1/8 finals.
- The final.
The third event in the snooker calendar for 2020/2021 will be the European Open, which is scheduled to be held from October 12 to 18. This is a professional ranking tournament that allows you to identify the champion of the continent (Europe). The structure of the event is similar to the European Masters and consists of:
- 2 rounds;
- 7 frames of the 1/16 final;
- 7 frames of the 1/8 final;
- 9 quarter-final frames;
- 11 frames of the half-final;
- 17 frames of the final.
Latest snooker calendar news for the 2020/2021 season
The Chinese government has decided to cancel international sporting events until the end of 2020. This also applies to snooker tournaments. Initially, it was planned to hold in the 1st half of the season “Shanghai masters” and 3 other rating competitions with large prize pools. Their absence from the schedule is a significant loss of revenue for both snooker players and the sport as a whole. It is not known whether they will be held in early 2021 or whether the Chinese government will decide to extend the moratorium on the competition.
The organizers faced a big problem – the need to draw up a schedule of snooker tournaments for 2020/2021 in terms of organizing a sufficient number of opportunities for all snooker players to play and earn money. If China lifts the restriction, it is possible that all Chinese tournaments will be held in a short period of 2021, so that players do not need to leave the country, therefore, reducing the risk of infection in this way.
It is also worth noting the disappointing news for fans – 20 foreign snooker players refused to participate in the world Cup, most of them Chinese players. This decision was made not because of the disappointing news about changes in the snooker calendar for the 2020/2021 season, but because of the difficult epidemiological situation in the world.