World Seniors Championship

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World Seniors Championship
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) Wales Mark Williams

The World Seniors Championship is a professional non-ranking snooker tournament for players, who reach the age of 40 years during the season. The reigning champion is Mark Williams.

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 years,[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,[9] and the event was sponsored by 888casino.com.[10] Stephen Hendry became eligible to compete at tournament, because he turned 45 during the 2013/2014 season.[11] In the 2014/2015 season the event was moved to the second half of the season, and it will be held at Circus Arena in Blackpool.[12] The age limit of the event was reduced back to 40 years. All former World Seniors Champions and World Snooker Champions, who registered for the event, were seeded through to Blackpool, and the remaining places were filled through a qualifying event.[13]

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[9] England Steve Davis England Nigel Bond 2–1 2013/14
2015[12] Wales Mark Williams Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 2–1 2014/15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shaw, Jamie (2 March 2015). "World Seniors Championship 2015 live scores and tournament schedule". snooker-news.com. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  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. ^ a b "888casino.com World Seniors Championship (2013)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Will Bond Defect To The East?". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "No False Hopes For Hendry". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Betway World Seniors Championship (2015)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "New Criteria For World Seniors". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.