List of snooker tournaments

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Blue filled: countries that have already hosted at least one snooker main tour event or that will host an event in the current season 2014/15 for the first time.

This is a list of professional and alternative format snooker tournaments. Professional snooker tournaments can take the form of ranking tournaments—which are open to players on the main tour and award ranking points based on a player's performance—and non-ranking tournaments. A non-ranking tournament may take the form of an invitational event where player participation is conditional on criteria set by the organiser or sponsor or by personal invite. Most tournaments take the form of a 'singles' event, but there are several team formats that have appeared on the calendar over the years.

In recent seasons alternative forms of snooker have proliferated on the calendar. Any event that uses the official rules of snooker but is not completely consistent with them is defined as an "alternative form of snooker", such as six-red snooker (which is played with six reds as opposed to the standard fifteen as required by the official rules), and alterations to scoring and fouling. Some tournaments have occupied the middle ground between strict adherence to the official rules and adopting an alternative format by implementing tournament rules that fully complement the official rules of the game, such as adding a shot clock or call shot; in such instances, a tournament rule operates in a way that the official rules of the game are still fully observed.

Current tournaments[edit]

Professional tournaments[edit]

This is a list of ranking professional snooker tournaments.

Ranking tournaments
Tournament Event Format Location
World Snooker Championship 1927–1940 (BACC)
1946–1952 (BACC)
1952–1957 (Professional Matchplay Championship)
1964–1968 (BACC) (challenge basis)
1969–present (WPBSA)
Non-ranking
1927–1973
England
1927–1973
Jersey
1957
South Africa
1965
Australia
1970 (1971 event)
Ranking
1974–present
England
1974 & 1976 (various venues)
1976/77–present (Crucible Theatre)
Australia
1975
World Open Professional Players Tournament
1982/83–1983/84
Ranking England
Grand Prix
1984/85–2000/01
LG Cup
2001/02–2003/04
Grand Prix
2004/05–2009/10
Ranking England
2004/05–2005/06
Scotland
2006/07–2009/10
World Open
2010/11–present
Ranking Scotland
2010/11 (S.E.C.C.)
China
2011/12 (Haikou Stadium)
2012/13–present (Hainan International Exhibition Center)
UK Championship 1977/78–present Invitational
1977/78–1983/84
England
1977/78–2000/01 & 2007/08–2010/11 (various venues)
2001/02–2006/07 & 2011/12–present (Barbican Centre)
Ranking
1984/85–present
Australian Goldfields Open Australian Masters
1979/801987/88
Invitational Australia
Hong Kong Open
1989/90
Ranking Hong Kong
Australian Open
1994/95
Non-ranking Australia
1994/95–1995/96 (various venues)
2011/12–present (Bendigo Stadium)
Australian Masters
1995/96
Invitational
Australian Goldfields Open
2011/12–present
Ranking
Welsh Open 1991/92–present Ranking Wales
1991/92–1997/98 & 2004/05–2013/14 (Newport Centre)
1998/99–2003/04 & 2014/15–present (Cardiff venues)
German Masters German Open
1995/96–1997/98
Ranking Germany
1995/96–1998/99 (various venues)
2010/11–present (Tempodrom)
German Masters
1998/99
2010/11–present
Invitational
1998/99
Ranking
2010/11–present
China Open China International
1997/98–1998/99
Invitational
1997/98
China
1997/98–2004/05 (various venues)
2005/06–present (Beijing University Students' Gymnasium)
Ranking
1998/99
China Open
1999/00–2001/02
2004/05–present
Ranking
Shanghai Masters 2007/08–present Ranking China (Shanghai Grand Stage)
Players Championship Grand Final Players Tour Championship Grand Finals
2010/11–2012/13
Ranking Republic of Ireland
2010/11 (The Helix)
2011/12–2012/13 (Bailey Allen Hall)
Players Championship Grand Final
2013/14–present
Ranking England (Preston Guild Hall)
Wuxi Classic Jiangsu Classic
2008/09–2009/10
Invitational China
2008/09 (Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium)
2009/10–present (Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium)
Wuxi Classic
2010/11–present
Invitational
2010/11–2011/12
Ranking
2012/13–present
International Championship 2012/13–present Ranking China
2012/13 (Sichuan International Tennis Center)
2013/14–present (Chengdu Eastern Music Park)
Indian Open 2013/14–present Ranking India
2013/14–present (Le Meridien Hotel)
Players Tour Championship 2010/11–present Minor-ranking series England
2010/11–2011/12 (World Snooker Academy)
2010/11–present (South West Snooker Academy)
2013/14–present (Doncaster Dome)
Germany
2010/11–present
Belgium
2010/11–present
Czech Republic
2010/11
Poland
2011/12–present
Republic of Ireland
2011/12
China
2012/13–present
Bulgaria
2012/13–present
Scotland
2012/13
The Netherlands
2013/14–present
Latvia
2014/15–present
Paul Hunter Classic Grand Prix Fürth
2004/05
Pro-Am Germany
Fürth German Open
2005/06–2006/07
Paul Hunter Classic
2007/08–present
Pro-Am
2007/08–2009/2010
PTC
2010/11–present

The professional snooker tournaments listed below are non-ranking and invitational events.

Non-ranking tournaments
Tournament Event Format Location
Masters 1975–present Invitational England
1975–1977/78 (London venues)
1978/79–2005/06 (Wembley Conference Centre)
2006/07–2010/2011 (Wembley Arena)
2011/12–present (Alexandra Palace)
Champion of Champions 1978/79, 1980/81
2013/14–present
Invitational England
1978/79 (Wembley Conference Centre)
1980/81 (New London Theatre)
2013/14–present (Ricoh Arena)
World Seniors Championship 1991/92, 2010/11 Non-ranking (professional rules) England
1991/92 (Trentham Gardens)
2010/11 (Cedar Court Hotel)
2011/12 (East of England Showground)
2012/13–present (Mountbatten Centre)
2011/12 Non-ranking (alternative rules)
2012/13–present Non-ranking (professional rules)
General Cup General Cup International
2004/05
2009/10
2011/12
Invitational Hong Kong
General Cup
2012/13–present
Championship League 2007/08–present Invitational England (Crondon Park Golf Club)
World Grand Prix 2014/15–present Invitational Wales (Venue Cymru)

Pro-am tournaments
Tournament Event Format Location
Pink Ribbon 2010/11–present Pro-Am England (The Capital Venue)

Alternative forms of snooker[edit]

A list of tournaments that use an alternative set of rules to the official rules of the game.

Tournament Event Format Location
Snooker Shoot-Out 1990/91 Invitational (professional rules) England (Trentham Gardens)
2010/11–present Invitational (alternative rules) England (Blackpool Tower)
Six-red World Championship Six-red Snooker International
2008/09
Invitational Thailand (Montien Riverside Hotel)
Six-red World Grand Prix
2009/10
Six-red World Championship
2010/11
2012/13–present

Withdrawn tournaments[edit]

Professional tournaments[edit]

This is a list of ranking professional snooker tournaments that no longer form part of the snooker calendar.

Ranking tournaments
Tournament Event Format Location
Scottish Open International Open
1981/82–1984/85
Non-ranking
1981/82
England
Ranking
1982/83–1984/85
Goya Matchroom Trophy
1985/86
Ranking
International Open
1986/87–1989/90
1992/93–1996/97
Ranking England
1986/87–1989/90
1992/93–1996/97
Scotland
1996/97
Scottish Open
1997/98–2002/03
Ranking Scotland
Players Championship
2003/04
Scottish Open
2012/13
PTC
Classic 1979/80–1991/92 Invitational
1979/80–1982/83
England
Ranking
1983/84–1991/92
British Open British Gold Cup
1979/80
Invitational England
Yamaha Organs Trophy
1980/81
International Masters
1981/82–1983/84
British Open
1984/85–2004/05
Ranking
Canadian Masters Canadian Open
1974/75-1980/81
Invitational Canada
Canadian Masters
1985/86–1988/89
Invitational
1985/86–1987/88
Ranking
1988/89
Malta Cup European Open
1988/89–1996/97
Ranking France
1988/89–1989/90
The Netherlands
1990/91
Belgium
1991/92–1994/95
Malta
1995/96–1996/97
Irish Open
1998/1999
Ranking Republic of Ireland
European Open
2001/02–2003/04
Ranking Malta
2001/02 & 2003/04
England
2002/03
Malta Cup
2004/05–2007/08
Ranking
2004/05–2006/07
Malta
Invitational
2007/08
Dubai Classic Dubai Masters
1988/89
Invitational United Arab Emirates
Dubai Classic
1989/90–1994/95
Ranking
Thailand Classic
1995/96
Ranking Thailand
Asian Classic
1996/97
Thailand Masters Thailand Masters
1984/85–1986/87
1991/92 (World Series event)
Invitational Thailand
Asian Open
1989/90–1992/93
Ranking Thailand
1989/90
1991/92–1992/93
China
1990/91
Thailand Open
1993/94–1996/97
Ranking Thailand
Thailand Masters
1997/98–2002/03
2006/07
Ranking
1997/98–2001/02
Thailand
Invitational
2002/03
2006/07
Strachan Open Strachan Open
1991/92
Ranking England
Strachan Challenge
1992/93–1993/94
Minor-ranking series
1992/93
Non-ranking
1993/94
Masters Qualifying Event Benson & Hedges Satellite Championship
1990/91–1991/92
Non-ranking United Kingdom
Benson & Hedges Championship
1992/93–2002/03
Minor-ranking
1992/93
Non-ranking
1993/94–2002/03
Masters Qualifying Event
2003/04
2005/06–2009/10
Non-ranking
Malta Grand Prix 1994/95–2000/01 Invitational
1994/95–1998/99
2000/01
Malta
Ranking
1999/00
Irish Masters Benson & Hedges Ireland Tournament
(alternative name: Benson & Hedges Irish Championship)
1975–1977
Invitational Republic of Ireland
Irish Masters
1977/78–2004/05
2006/07
Invitational
1977/78–2001/02
2006/07
Ranking
2002/03–2004/05
Northern Ireland Trophy Northern Ireland Classic
1981/82
Invitational Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Trophy
2005/06–2008/09
Invitational
2005/06
Ranking
2006/07–2008/09
Bahrain Championship 2008/09 Ranking Bahrain

The professional snooker tournaments listed below were non-ranking and invitational events.

Non-ranking tournaments
Tournament Event Format Location
Irish Professional Championship 1947–1972 (challenge basis)
1977/78–1992/93 (except 1983/84, 1989/90–1990/91)
2005/06–2007/08
Invitational Ireland
News of the World Championship 1950–1959 Invitational England (Leicester Square Hall)
World Matchplay Professional Matchplay Championship
1952–1957 (alternative World Championship)
Non-ranking England
World Professional Match-Play Championship
1976 (WPBSA event)
Non-ranking Australia
World Matchplay
1988/89–1992/93 (Matchroom event)
Invitational England
Pot Black 1969–1986
1991–1993
2005/06–2007/08
Invitational England
Tolly Cobbold Classic 1978/79–1983/84 Invitational England
Scottish Professional Championship 1979/80–1988/89
2010/11
Invitational Scotland
Welsh Professional Championship 1979/80–1990/91 Invitational Wales
World Cup World Challenge Cup
1979/80–1980/81
Invitational England
World Team Classic
1981/82–1983/84
World Cup
1984/85–1989/90
1996/97
2011/12
Invitational England
1984/85–1989/90
Thailand
1996/97
2011/12
Scottish Masters 1981/82–2002/03 Invitational Scotland
World Doubles Championship 1982/83–1987/88 Non-ranking England
Premier League Snooker Matchroom League
1986/87–1991/92
Invitational United Kingdom
European League
1992/93–1996/97
Premier League Snooker
1997/98–2012/13
Invitational
1997/98–2012/13
2011/12 (alternative rules)
International League
1989/90 (international edition)
Invitational Europe
World Series of Snooker World Series
1987/88 (Matchroom event)
1990/91–1992/93 (Matchroom event)
Invitational International
World Series of Snooker
2008/09–2009/10 (FSTC Sports Management event)
Pro-am Europe
World Masters 1990/91 Non-ranking
Men/Ladies/Junior
England
Champions Cup Charity Challenge
1994/95–1998/99
Invitational England
Champions Cup
1999/00–2001/02
Nations Cup 1998/99–2000/01 Invitational England
Lucan Racing Classic Irish Classic
2007/08–2010/11
Invitational Republic of Ireland
Lucan Racing Classic
2011/12
Beijing International Challenge 2009/10–2010/11 Invitational China (Beijing University Students' Gymnasium)
Hainan Classic 2010/11 Invitational China
Brazil Masters 2011/12 Invitational Brazil
Pro-am tournaments
Tournament Event Format Location
Austrian Open 1992/93–1997/98,
1999/00–2001/02,
2005/06–2008/09,
2010/11, 2012/13
Pro-am Austria
Secondary professional tours
Tournament Event Format Location
Challenge Tour UK Tour
1997/98–1999/00
Non-ranking United Kingdom
2003/04–2004/05 (Pontin's, Prestatyn)
Challenge Tour
2000/01–2004/05
International Open Series Open Tour
2001/02–2003/04
Non-ranking
2001/02
United Kingdom
Pro-am
2002/03
Amateur
2003/04
International Open Series
2005/06–2009/10
Amateur Wales (Pontin's, Prestatyn)

Alternative forms of snooker[edit]

Tournament Event Format Location
888sport.com Six-red World Championship 2009/2010 Pro-am Republic of Ireland
Power Snooker 2010/11–2011/12 Invitational England
2010/2011 (indigO2)
2011/2012 (Trafford Centre)

References[edit]