List of snooker tournaments

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Blue-filled: nations that have hosted a professional snooker tournament.
Red-filled: nations that have hosted a pro-am tournament but are yet to host a fully professional tournament.

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 (World Professional Match-play 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
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
Scottish Open International Open
1981/82–1984/85
Non-ranking
1981/82
England
Ranking
1982/83–1984/85
Matchroom Trophy
1985/86
Ranking
International Open
1986/87–1989/90
1992/93–1996/97
Ranking England
1986/87–1989/90
1992/93–1995/96
Scotland
1996/97
Scottish Open
1997/98–2002/03
Ranking Scotland
Players Championship
2003/04
Scottish Open
2012/13, 2016/17–present
PTC
2012/13
Ranking
2016/17–present
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
2010/11–2013/14, 2016/2017–present
Ranking Scotland
2010/11 (S.E.C.C.)
China
2011/12 (Haikou Stadium)
2012/13–2013/14 (Hainan International Exhibition Center)
European Masters 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
1998/99
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
European Masters
2016/17–present
Ranking
Romania
2016/17
Belgium
2017/18
Snooker Shoot-Out 1990/91, 2010/11–present Invitational (professional rules)
1990/91
England (Trentham Gardens)
Invitational (alternative rules)
2010/11–2015/16
England (Blackpool Tower)
Ranking (alternative rules)
2016/17–present
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
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
2007/08–2009/10
PTC
2010/11–2015/16
Ranking
2016/17–present
Players Championship 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
2013/14–2015/16
Ranking England
2013/14 (Preston Guild Hall)
2015/16 (EventCity)
Thailand
2014/15 (Montien Riverside Hotel)
Players Championship
2016/17–present
Ranking Wales
2016/17–2017/18 (Venue Cymru)
England
2018/19– (Preston Guild Hall)
International Championship 2012/13–present Ranking China
2012/13 & 2014/15–present (Sichuan International Tennis Center)
2013/14 (Chengdu Eastern Music Park)
Indian Open 2013/14–2014/15, 2016/17–present Ranking India
2013/14 (Le Meridien Hotel)
2014/15–present (Grand Hyatt Mumbai)
Riga Masters Riga Open
2014/15–2015/16
PTC Latvia (Arena Riga)
Riga Masters
2016/17–present
Ranking
World Grand Prix 2014/15–present Invitational
2014/15
Wales
2014/15–2015/16 (Venue Cymru)
Ranking
2015/16–present
England
2016/17–2017/18 (Preston Guild Hall)
2018/19 (Cheltenham Racecourse)
Gibraltar Open 2015/16–present PTC
2015/16
Gibraltar (Tercentenary Sports Hall)
Ranking
2016/17–present
English Open 2016/17–present Ranking England
2016/17 (EventCity)
2017/18 (Barnsley Metrodome)
China Championship 2016/17–present Non-ranking
2016/17
China (Guangzhou Sport University)
Ranking
2017/18–present
Northern Ireland Open 2016/17–present Ranking Northern Ireland
2016/17 (Titanic Belfast)
2017/18 (Waterfront Hall)
Tour Championship 2018/19–present Ranking Wales (Venue Cymru)

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)
2006/07–2010/11 (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)
2012/13–2013/14 (Mountbatten Centre)
2014/15–present (Blackpool Tower)
2011/12 Non-ranking (alternative rules)
2012/13–present Non-ranking (professional rules)
Shanghai Masters 2007/08–present Ranking
2007/08–2017/18
China (Shanghai Grand Stage)
Non-ranking
2018/19–present
Championship League 2007/08–present Invitational England (Crondon Park Golf Club)
Haining Open 2014/15–present PTC
2014/15–2015/16
China
(Haining Sports Center)
Non-ranking
2016/17–present

Pro-am tournaments
Tournament Event Format Location
World Games 2001/02–present Pro-Am Japan
2001
Germany
2005
Taiwan
2009
Colombia
2013
Poland
2017
Southeast Asian Games 2005/06–present Pro-Am Philippines
2005
Thailand
2007
Laos
2009
Indonesia
2011
Myanmar
2013
Singapore
2015
Malaysia
2017
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Asian Indoor Games
2007/08–2009/10
Pro-Am Macau
2007
Vietnam
2009
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games
2013/14–present
South Korea
2013
Turkmenistan
2017
Pink Ribbon 2010/11–present Pro-Am England (The Capital Venue)
Vienna Snooker Open 2010/11, 2012/13–present Pro-Am Austria

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
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
Canadian Masters Canadian Open
1974/75-1980/81
Invitational Canada
Canadian Masters
1985/86–1988/89
Invitational
1985/86–1987/88
Ranking
1988/89
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
Classic 1979/80–1991/92 Invitational
1979/80–1982/83
England
Ranking
1983/84–1991/92
Australian Goldfields Open Australian Masters
1979/801987/88
Invitational Australia
Hong Kong Open
1989/90
Ranking Hong Kong
Australian Open
1994/951995/96
Non-ranking Australia
1994/95–1995/96 (various venues)
2011/12–present (Bendigo Stadium)
Australian Masters
1995/96
Invitational
Australian Goldfields Open
2011/12–2015/16
Ranking
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
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
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
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
Masters Qualifying Event Benson & Hedges Satellite Championship
1990/91–1991/92
Non-ranking Scotland
Benson & Hedges Championship
1992/93–2002/03
Minor-ranking
1992/93
Scotland
Non-ranking
1993/94–2002/03
Scotland
1993/94–1996/97
England
1997/98–2002/03
Masters Qualifying Event
2003/04
2005/06–2009/10
Non-ranking Wales
2003/04, 2005/06 & 2009/10 (Pontin's, Prestatyn)
England
2006/07–2008/09 (English Institute of Sport – Sheffield)
Strachan Open Strachan Open
1991/92
Ranking England
Strachan Challenge
1992/93–1993/94
Minor-ranking series
1992/93
Non-ranking
1993/94
Malta Grand Prix 1994/95–2000/01 Invitational
1994/95–1998/99
2000/01
Malta
Ranking
1999/00
Bahrain Championship 2008/09 Ranking Bahrain
Wuxi Classic Jiangsu Classic
2008/09–2009/10
Invitational China
2008/09 (Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium)
2009/10–2014/15 (Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium)
Wuxi Classic
2010/11–2014/15
Invitational
2010/11–2011/12
Ranking
2012/13–2014/15
Players Tour Championship 2010/11–2015/16 Minor-ranking series England
2010/11–2012/13 (World Snooker Academy)
2010/11–2013/14 (South West Snooker Academy)
2011/12 (English Institute of Sport – Sheffield)
2013/14 (Doncaster Dome)
Germany
2010/11–present
Belgium
2010/11–2013/14
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
Latvia
2014/15–present
Portugal
2014/15–present
Brugge Open 2010/11 PTC Belgium (Boudewijn Seapark)
Russelsheim Cup 2010/11 PTC Germany (Walter Kobel Sporthalle)
MIUS Cup 2010/11 PTC England (South West Snooker Academy)
Ruhr Championship 2010/11 PTC Germany (Sparkassen Arena)
Prague Classic 2010/11 PTC Czech Republic (Aréna Sparta Podvinný Mlýn)
Warsaw Classic 2011/12 PTC Poland (Arena Ursynów)
Kay Suzanne Memorial Cup Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy
2011/12–2012/13
PTC England (South West Snooker Academy)
Kay Suzanne Memorial Cup
2013/14
Alex Higgins International Trophy 2011/12 PTC Republic of Ireland (Killarney Convention Centre)
Antwerp Open 2011/12–2013/14 PTC Belgium (Lotto Arena)
FFB Open FFB Snooker Open
2011/12
PTC Joint hosts:
00England (World Snooker Academy)
00Germany (Event Forum)
FFB Open
2012/13
Bulgarian Open 2012/13–2015/16 PTC Bulgaria
2012/13 (Princess Hotel Sofia)
2013/14–2015/16 (Universiada Hall)
Gdynia Open 2012/13–2015/16 PTC England
2012/13 (World Snooker Academy)
Poland
2012/13–2015/16 (Gdynia Sports Arena)
Yixing Open 2013/14–2014/15 PTC China (Yixing Sports Centre)
Rotterdam Open 2013/14 PTC The Netherlands (Topsport Centrum)
Bluebell Wood Open 2013/14 PTC England (Doncaster Dome)
Zhangjiagang Open 2013/14 PTC China (Zhangjiagang Sports Center)
Zhengzhou Open 2013/14 PTC China (Guanhua Grand Hotel)
Dongguan Open 2013/14 PTC China (Dongguan Dongcheng Sports Garden)
Ruhr Open 2013/14–2015/16 PTC Germany (RWE-Sporthalle)

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

Non-ranking tournaments
Tournament Event Format Location
Daily Mail Gold Cup 1936–1940 Invitational England
Irish Professional Championship 1947–1981 (challenge basis)
1981/82–1992/93 (except 1983/84, 1989/90–1990/91)
2005/06–2007/08
Invitational Northern Ireland
1947–1988/89
Republic of Ireland
1991/92–2007/08
South African Professional Championship 1948–1977, 1980–1984 (challenge basis)
1978/79–1979/80
1986/87–1988/89
Invitational South Africa
Sunday Empire News Tournament 1948 Invitational England
Sporting Record Masters' Snooker Tournament 1950 Invitational England
News of the World Tournament 1950–1959 Invitational England (Leicester Square Hall)
World Professional Match-play Championship 1952–1957 (alternative World Championship) Non-ranking England
1976/77 (WPBSA event) Non-ranking Australia
Australian Professional Championship 1963–1975 (challenge basis)
1975/76–1977/78
1984/85–1988/89
Invitational Australia
Pot Black 1968/69–1985/86
1991/92–1993/94
2005/06–2007/08
Invitational England
Park Drive 2000 1970/71–1972/73 Invitational England
Norwich Union Open 1973/74–1974/75 Invitational England
Pontins Professional 1973/74–1999/00 Invitational Wales
Watney Open 1974/75 Invitational England
Canadian Club Masters 1975/76 Invitational England
Dry Blackthorn Cup 1977/78 Invitational England
Golden Masters 1977/78–1978/79 Invitational Northern Ireland
Holsten Lager International 1978/79 Invitational England
Forward Chemicals Tournament 1978/79 Invitational England
Bombay International 1978/79–1979/80 Invitational India
Tolly Cobbold Classic 1978/79–1983/84 Invitational England
Limosin International 1979/80 Invitational South Africa
Kronenbrau 1308 Classic 1979/80 Invitational South Africa
Padmore/Super Crystalate International 1979/80 Invitational England
Pontins Camber Sands 1979/80 Invitational England
Welsh Professional Championship 1979/80–1990/91 Invitational Wales
Scottish Professional Championship 1979/80–1988/89
2010/11
Invitational Scotland
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
Canadian Professional Championship 1980/81
1983/84–1988/89
Invitational Canada
English Professional Championship 1980/81
1984/85–1988/89
Invitational England
Scottish Masters 1981/82–2002/03 Invitational Scotland
Highland Masters 1981/82 Invitational Scotland
Bass and Golden Leisure Classic 1981/82 Non-ranking England
World Doubles Championship 1982/83–1987/88 Non-ranking England
Pontins Brean Sands 1982/83 Invitational England
Hong Kong Masters 1983/84–1987/88
2017/18
Invitational Hong Kong (Queen Elizabeth Stadium)
Premier League Snooker Professional Snooker League
1983/84
Invitational United Kingdom
Matchroom League
1986/87–1991/92
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
Costa Del Sol Classic 1984/85 Non-ranking Spain
Singapore Masters 1984/85–1985/86 Invitational Singapore
Carlsberg Challenge 1984/851986/87 Non-ranking Ireland
Kit Kat Break for World Champions 1985/86 Non-ranking England
Belgian Classic 1985/86 Invitational Belgium
China Masters 1986/87 Invitational China
Matchroom Professional Championship 1986/87–1988/89 Invitational England
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
Tokyo Masters 1987/88 Invitational Japan
Carling Challenge 1987/88 Non-ranking Ireland
Fosters Professional 1988/89 Non-ranking Ireland
Norwich Union Grand Prix 1988/89–1990/91 Invitational Europe
London Masters 1988/89–1990/91 Invitational England (Café Royal)
World Matchplay 1988/89–1992/93 (Matchroom event) Invitational England
World Masters 1990/91 Non-ranking
Men/Ladies/Junior
England
European Masters League 1990/91 Invitational Europe
European Challenge 1991/92–1993/94 Invitational France
1991/92
Belgium
1992/93–1993/94
Extra Challenge 1992/93 Invitational Thailand
Merseyside Professional Championship 1993/94–2004/05 Non-ranking England
Champions Cup Charity Challenge
1994/95–1998/99
Invitational England
Champions Cup
1999/00–2001/02
Red & White Challenge 1995/96 Invitational Pakistan
Guangzhou Masters 1995/96 Invitational China
Malta Masters 1995/96 Invitational Malta
Superstar International 1997/98 Invitational China
Super Challenge 1998/99 Invitational China
Champions Super League 1998/99 Invitational China
Nations Cup 1998/99–2000/01 Invitational England
Millennium Cup 1999/00 Invitational Hong Kong
Euro-Asia Masters Challenge 2003/04, 2007/08 Invitational Hong Kong
2003/04, 2007/08
Thailand
2003/04
Irish Classic 2007/08–2011/12 Invitational Republic of Ireland
Huangshan Cup 2007/08 Invitational China
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
General Cup General Cup International
2004/05
2009/10
2011/12
Invitational Hong Kong
General Cup
2012/13–2015/16
Romanian Masters 2017/18 Invitational Romania (Bucharest Metropolitan Circus)
Pro-am tournaments
Tournament Event Format Location
Pontins Open Spring Open
1973/74–2010/11
Pro-am Wales (Pontin's, Prestatyn)
Autumn Open
1981/82–2009/10
World Series
2006/07–2009/10
Austrian Open 1992/93–1997/98
1999/00–2001/02
2005/06–2008/09
2010/11, 2012/13
Pro-am Austria
Asian Games 1998/99–2010/11 Pro-Am Thailand
1998
South Korea
2002
Qatar
2006
China
2010
Finnish Snooker Challenge 2009/10 Pro-am Finland
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
News of the World Snooker Plus Tournament 1959 Invitational England
Tenball 1994/95 Invitational England
888sport Six-red World Championship 2009/10 Pro-am Republic of Ireland
Power Snooker 2010/112011/12 Invitational England
2010/2011 (indigO2)
2011/2012 (Trafford Centre)

See also[edit]

References[edit]