2019 Champion of Champions

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2019 ManBetX Champion of Champions
Tournament information
Dates4–10 November 2019
VenueRicoh Arena
CityCoventry
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£440,000
Winner's share£150,000
Highest breakNorthern Ireland Mark Allen (140)
Final
ChampionAustralia Neil Robertson
Runner-upEngland Judd Trump
Score10–9
2018
2020

The 2019 Champion of Champions (also known as the 2019 ManbetX Champion of Champions for sponsorship reasons) is a professional snooker tournament taking place between 4 and 10 November 2019 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England. The event is the ninth Champion of Champions event, having been first held in 1978. The championship encompasses 16 participants who have won events throughout the snooker season.

The event saw the inclusion of both the World Seniors Championship and Women's World Snooker Championship winners for the first time. Ronnie O'Sullivan was the defending champion, having beaten Kyren Wilson 10–9 in the final of the 2018 edition of the tournament. However, he lost 5–6 to Neil Robertson in the semi-finals.

Neil Robertson won the Champion of Champions for the second time with a 10–9 win against Judd Trump in the final, despite needing a snooker in the 18th frame. There were eight centuries in the final, five for Robertson.

Tournament format[edit]

The 2019 Champion of Champions features 16 winners of events from the previous twelve months on the World Snooker Tour.[1] In addition, players winning the World Women's Snooker Championship, and the World Seniors Championship are also included in the list of eligible championships.[1][2] If a player wins two or more championships during this time, the next highest championship on the list to be eligible is added.

Qualifying players are split into four groups of four players. Each group is playing on a different day, with the semi-finals and final played on the 9 and 10 November. Matches are of differing lengths throughout the competition, with the opening round being a best-of-7 frames, group finals and semi-finals best-of-11-frames, and the two-session final played as best-of-19-frames.[3] Having defeated Kyren Wilson in the 2018 final 10–9, Ronnie O'Sullivan automatically qualified for the event.[4][5]

Prize fund[edit]

The event featured a prize fund of £440,000, with the winner receiving £150,000. This was an increase of £70,000 in total (£50,000 for the winner) from the 2018 event.[6] The breakdown of prize money for 2019 is shown below:[7][6]

  • Winner: £150,000
  • Runner-up: £60,000
  • Semi-finalist: £30,000
  • Group runner-up: £17,500
  • First round loser: £12,500
  • Total: £440,000

Qualification[edit]

Qualification for the tournament was determined by the winners of in all 27 tournaments over a one-year period, from the 2018 Champion of Champions to the 2019 World Open, thereby including tournaments from both the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 snooker seasons. The winners of the first sixteen tournaments on the list were guaranteed a place in the championship. The winners of the next tournaments on the list – in the shown order – would take a place in the Champion of Champions, if there were players, who met multiple qualification criteria.[8] Judd Trump successfully qualified for the event by winning six different events; the most of any player.[8]

Tournament Date of tournament final Winner Qualified players Date qualification confirmed
2018 Champion of Champions 11 November 2018 England Ronnie O'Sullivan England Ronnie O'Sullivan
England Judd Trump
Northern Ireland Mark Allen
England Kyren Wilson
Australia Neil Robertson
England Matthew Selt
England Martin Gould
England Stuart Bingham
Scotland John Higgins
Scotland Stephen Maguire
China Yan Bingtao
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
England Reanne Evans
England Shaun Murphy
England Mark Selby
England Jimmy White
11 November 2018
18 November 2018
16 December 2018
3 February 2019
17 February 2019
3 March 2019
14 March 2019
24 March 2019
4 May 2019
8 July 2019
28 July 2019
11 August 2019
15 September 2019
29 September 2019
20 October 2019
1 November 2019
2018 UK Championship 9 December 2018 England Ronnie O'Sullivan
2019 Masters 20 January 2019 England Judd Trump
2019 World Championship 6 May 2019 England Judd Trump
2019 German Masters 3 February 2019 England Kyren Wilson
2019 World Grand Prix 10 February 2019 England Judd Trump
2019 Indian Open 3 March 2019 England Matthew Selt
2019 Players Championship 10 March 2019 England Ronnie O'Sullivan
2019 Championship League 14 March 2019 England Martin Gould
2019 Tour Championship 24 March 2019 England Ronnie O'Sullivan
2019 China Open 7 April 2019 Australia Neil Robertson
2019 International Championship 11 August 2019 England Judd Trump
2019 Shanghai Masters 15 September 2019 England Ronnie O'Sullivan
2019 China Championship 29 September 2019 England Shaun Murphy
2019 World Open 3 November 2019 England Judd Trump
2018 Northern Ireland Open 18 November 2018 England Judd Trump
2018 Scottish Open 16 December 2018 Northern Ireland Mark Allen
2019 Welsh Open 17 February 2019 Australia Neil Robertson
2019 English Open 20 October 2019 England Mark Selby
2019 Gibraltar Open 17 March 2019 England Stuart Bingham
2019 World Championship Runner-up 6 May 2019 Scotland John Higgins
2019 Riga Masters 28 July 2019 China Yan Bingtao
2019 World Cup 30 June 2019 Scotland John Higgins
Scotland Stephen Maguire
2019 Shoot-Out 24 February 2019 Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
2019 Six-red World Championship 7 September 2019 Scotland Stephen Maguire
2019 World Women's Snooker Championship 23 June 2019 England Reanne Evans
2019 World Seniors Championship 18 August 2019 England Jimmy White

Tournament summary[edit]

Group stages[edit]

The championship began on 4 November 2019, with players competing from group four. The first match saw Neil Robertson play 2019 Championship League winner Martin Gould. Robertson defeated Gould 4–0, despite the highest break of the match being just 67.[9] In the other group game, 2019 China Championship winner Shaun Murphy played Reanne Evans, who had won the 2019 World Women's Snooker Championship. Despite not being on the World Snooker Tour, Evans commented to press prior to the game that whilst it was an honour to play in the competition, there was still a disparity between the men's and women's game.[10]

Murphy took an early lead in the match, winning all of the first three frames. Evans, however, took the next three frames and forced a deciding frame. After Evans went in-off whilst playing a safety shot, Murphy made a break of 130 to win the match 4–3. Post-match, Murphy was full of praise for Evans, saying that he "really hopes we see more of Reanne on the main event".[11] Murphy later also commented that the audience was in favour of Evans, and even his wife was "reluctant to wish [him] good luck today".[11] The group final was held between Murphy and Robertson. Murphy took an early lead, winning the first three frames, before Robertson leveled the match at 3–3 after a break of 100, and two 90+ breaks. The pair shared the next four frames, with both players experiencing issues with the table running off. With the scores tied at 5–5, Robertson won the match in frame 11.[12]

The second day saw group three play, with Mark Selby defeating first-time ranking event winner Yan Bingtao 4–0.[13] The 2018 Scottish Open winner Mark Allen defeated the 2019 Indian Open winner Matthew Selt in the other group first round match.[13] The group final saw Allen return from behind at 1–2 to three-time world champion Selby to win 6–2.[13] Group two featured the reigning world championship winner Judd Trump take on six-red and World Cup winner Stephen Maguire. Trump won the first two frames of the match, with Maguire scoring just four points. Trump won the match, taking all four frames, making three breaks of over 50.[14] The 2019 Snooker Shoot-Out winner Thepchaiya Un-Nooh played Kyren Wilson. Un-Nooh won the three of the first four frames of the match, with breaks of 63, 51 and 90, before Wilson made breaks of 102 and 98 to force a deciding frame.[14] The final of the group was also a rematch of the final of the 2019 World Open between Un-Nooh and Trump, which was held the week prior. Trump won the first four frames of the match, scoring two centuries. Un-Nooh won frame five, before Trump pulled ahead to 5–1. Un-Nooh made breaks of 61 and 66 before Trump won frame nine to win 6–3.[14]

The final group featured world number three Ronnie O'Sullivan play 2019 World Seniors Championship winner Jimmy White. White won the first three frames of the match, before O'Sullivan won the next two frames.[15] White suffered a kick during frame six, where he could have won the match, allowing O'Sullivan to force a deciding frame, which he won.[15][16] The final first round match saw two former world champions meet, as John Higgins defeat Stuart Bingham.[17] The group final featured O'Sullivan defeat Higgins 6–3.[17]

Knockout stages[edit]

Main draw[edit]

Below is the main draw for the event. Numbers in brackets show the four seeded players.[18]

Group semi-finals (Last 16)
Best of 7 frames
Group finals (Quarter-finals)
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
            
England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1) 4
England Jimmy White 3
England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1) 6
Group 1 (7 November)
Scotland John Higgins 3
Scotland John Higgins 4
England Stuart Bingham 2
England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1) 5
Australia Neil Robertson (4) 6
Australia Neil Robertson (4) 4
England Martin Gould 0
Australia Neil Robertson (4) 6
Group 4 (4 November)
England Shaun Murphy 5
England Shaun Murphy 4
England Reanne Evans 3
Australia Neil Robertson (4) 10
England Judd Trump (2) 9
England Mark Selby (3) 4
China Yan Bingtao 0
England Mark Selby (3) 2
Group 3 (5 November)
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 6
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
England Matthew Selt 2
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
England Judd Trump (2) 6
England Judd Trump (2) 4
Scotland Stephen Maguire 0
England Judd Trump (2) 6
Group 2 (6 November)
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 3
England Kyren Wilson 3
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Bulgaria Desislava Bozhilova.
Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England, 10 November 2019.
Neil Robertson (4)
 Australia
10–9 Judd Trump (2)
 England
Afternoon: 69–47, 112–0 (112), 8–86 (86), 71–50 (56), 0–121 (121), 0–127 (127), 0–119 (119), 96–0 (96), 124–0 (111)
Evening: 36–75, 104–0 (104), 58–70, 7–84 (84), 91–36 (81), 41–75 (62), 135–0 (135), 60–62, 76–69 (Trump 69)[a], 137–0 (137)
137 Highest break 127
5 Century breaks 3
8 50+ breaks 7
  1. ^ Robertson won the frame on a re-spotted black.

Century breaks[edit]

A total of 20 century breaks were made during the competition. Mark Allen made the highest break of the tournament, a 140 in the semi-finals.[19]

References[edit]

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