World Seniors Championship

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World Seniors Championship
2013 World Seniors Championship logo.png
Tournament information
Venue Circus Arena
Location Blackpool
Country England
Established 1991
Organisation(s) World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
Format Non-ranking event
Total prize fund £50,000[1]
Current champion(s) England Steve Davis

The World Seniors Championship is a professional non-ranking snooker tournament for players, who reach the age of 45 years during the season. The reigning champion is Steve Davis.

History[edit]

The event was first held in 1991 with 16 players aged over 40. It took place at the Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent with the sponsorship of Matchroom. The final was contested between the two highest ranked players, with Cliff Wilson defeating Eddie Charlton 5–4 to become the inaugural champion.[2] The event was revived in 2010, but the field was reduced to 9 players and was played in Bradford.[3] The event was sponsored by Wyldecrest Park Homes, who remained the sponsor until 2012.[2][4]

In 2011 the age eligibility criteria was increased from 40 to 45,[5] and it was moved to the East of England Showground in Peterborough.[6] All matches were best of 3 frames, a 30-second shot clock was introduced after ten minutes of play, and the miss rule was altered so ball-in-hand was awarded anywhere on table after the third miss. The field was increased to 16 players, with 12 being invited and the four coming through qualifying.[5][7] In 2012 the event was move to the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth.[8] In 2013 the number of qualifying spots was reduced to two,[1] and the event was sponsored by 888casino.com.[9] Stephen Hendry became eligible to compete at tournament, because he turned 45 during the 2013/2014 season.[10] In the 2014/2015 the event was moved to the second half of the season, and it will be held at Circus Arena in Blackpool.[11]

Winners[edit]

[2]

Year Winner Runner-Up Final score Season
1991 Wales Cliff Wilson Australia Eddie Charlton 5–4 1991/92
2010[3] England Jimmy White England Steve Davis 4–1 2010/11
2011[6] Wales Darren Morgan England Steve Davis 2–1 2011/12
2012[8] England Nigel Bond Wales Tony Chappel 2–0 2012/13
2013[1] England Steve Davis England Nigel Bond 2–1 2013/14
2015[11] 2014/15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "888casino.com World Seniors Championship (2013)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Turner, Chris. "Masters/Seniors Snooker (Over 40s)". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archvie. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Wyldecrest Park Homes World Seniors Championship (2010)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wyldecrest Park Homes Sponsor Seniors". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "World Seniors Snooker Returns". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Wyldecrest Park Homes World Seniors Championship (2011)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Hendon, David (6 November 2011). "Darren Morgan: World Seniors Champion". Snooker Scene Blog. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Wyldecrest Park Homes World Seniors Championship (2012)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Will Bond Defect To The East?". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "No False Hopes For Hendry". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "World Seniors Championship (2015)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 May 2014.