Ronnie O’Sullivan: Number Five

Ronnie makes it five: 2013 World Snooker Champion. Photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

Here’s a few adjectives that should never be used in association with Ronnie O’Sullivan: natural, gifted, blessed. It might look that way to the rest of us, but the truth is he’s one of the hardest working players the game has ever known.

He may actually have been born for this game, but only in the sense that his dad started him off playing top players from a very young age and gave him access to a table, instruction and practice. He studied every aspect and nuance of the other players’ techniques and cherry-picked from these to produce a style better than any of them. In many respects, you could say snooker was put on a plate for him and he simply took advantage…

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The Knowledgeable Crowd

What makes The Crucible, home of the Snooker World Championships, special? Is it the venue, the closeness of the people to the players, the history?

Or is it the Knowledgeable Crowd – the intelligentsia of the snooker world. Those who cleverly applaud a well-thought out shot and provide delicate, enlightened applause when frame ball is potted. Only a hardened cynic would suggest these activities might be influenced by the fact that most people have headphones with commentary and can see TV screens with the scores.

Now, thanks to MySnookerStats, you can become part of the Knowledgeable Crowd™ from the comfort of your living room / office / snooker parlour.

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SB Classic 2013 – Let’s Talk About Stats

The Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds, played host to the conclusion of the Snookerbacker Classic 2013 on Friday 22nd February. If you were there, you witnessed some of the highest level snooker that the amateur game has to offer. If you weren’t, then hopefully you were one of the many delighted fans around the world that followed the live scoring we provided.

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On the Eve of a Classic

Well, there’s now just one day to go until the Snookerbacker Classic Finals 2013, when our new live scoring solution gets its first public airing. There’s bound to be the odd technical glitch on the day, because unlike the original scoring apps which were lovingly tested by me and pals over a period of many months each, I’ve built this on a much reduced timescale with this showcase event in mind. Let’s just hope the lost sleep was worth it, but I think you should be prepared to be dazzled. Well, just a little bit.

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Wendy, the Wonder of the Worlds

While the rest of the snooker world is waking up to the skills of the brilliant young Luca Brecel, we’re keen to bring another hugely talented Belgian snooker star to your attention. She’s just been crowned the 2012 IBSF World Ladies Champion and we were lucky enough to get the full match stats from all of her performances in the event and catch up with her to find out a little bit more.

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Hexagon Invitational 2012

Had a fine afternoon out at Saffron Walden snooker club watching the closing stages of the Hexagon Invitational event. Now in its fourth year, it attracts a high standard crop of amateur players, thanks to the generous prize money provided by promoter Kevin Starr. In fact, last year’s winner Martin O’Donnell went on to clinch his place in the professional ranks at the end of last season after a very successful trip to Q School.

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Snooker Backer Classic 2013 – Leeds Qualifier 1

[Get your Snooker Backer Classic stats right here.]

I’m still buzzing after one of my fullest days out in a while. A 4am wake-up and the best part of four hours on the M1 brought me to the amazing venue that is the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds – and there will rarely be a snooker club welcome to match the one awaiting the day’s players (except at the other dates in this series, of course!). Continue reading