October on the Baize

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The start of today’s World Open qualifiers marks the beginning of a hectic month in snooker with several tournaments being staged by World Snooker and the WPBSA Group. Here we preview all of the upcoming action both on the professional tour and various amateur circuits over the weeks ahead.

World Open Qualifiers (2-5 October)

Returning for the fourth edition of its current incarnation in Yushan, China, the World Open begins today with its qualification matches at the Barnsley Metrodome, England.

Among those excused from having to qualify for the venue stages this week are reigning world champion Judd Trump – top seed in the absence of defending champion Mark Williams – as well as Ronnie O’Sullivan and top ranked Chinese duo Yan Bingtao and Ding Junhui.

There will again be four wildcard matches, all held over to the venue stages.

World Seniors Championship Qualifier 1 (4-6 October)

The quest to qualify for the 2020 ROKiT Phones.com World Seniors Snooker Championship begins this week in Toronto, Canada with the winner guaranteed to take their place in the main draw at the Crucible Theatre next August.

Further information including the draw and results will be available via the above link.

Challenge Tour 3 (5-6 October)

The World Snooker Challenge Tour continues this weekend as a full field of 64 players head to the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds chasing the latest title during the ten event series.

World Billiards Championship (8-12 October)

The 2019 World Billiards Championship will be held at the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia from 8-12 October.

The event will begin with the staging of the 2019 World Open event from 6-7 October, before the start of the prestigious competition won last year by India’s Sourav Kothari the following day.

A full event preview will be posted here at WPBSA.com closer to the event.

WDBS Parris Cues Champion of Champions (12-13 October)

The second staging of the Parris Cues Champion of Champions by World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) takes place this month at the South West Snooker Academy as the best performing players from the WDBS circuit from the past two years bid to become this year’s overall champion from their respective classification groups.

19.com English Open (14-20 October)

The 2019/20 Home Nations Series begins with the staging of the 19.com English Open won last year by Stuart Bingham at the K2 Crawley.

As in previous seasons, there will once again be a £1,000,000 bonus available to any player who is able to go all the way and win each of the four Home Nations events during the upcoming season, as well as the £70,000 top prize on offer at each competition.

The tournament also represents the penultimate opportunity for players to qualify for next month’s ManBetX Champion of Champions.

Australian Women’s Open (17-20 October)

The second event of the 2019/20 World Women’s Snooker Tour will take place in Sydney, Australia with defending champion Ng On Yee from Hong Kong among those set to compete.

Entries are still being accepted for the event up to Friday 4 October by the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council HERE.

Challenge Tour 4 (19-20 October)

The fourth event of the 2019/20 Challenge Tour takes place at the popular Trickshot Snooker Club in Bruges, Belgium.

Two players from the Challenge Tour will earn two-year tour cards from the start of the 2020/21 season.

ROKiT Phones.com UK Seniors Championship (24-25 October)

The first major event of the 2019/20 ROKiT Phones.com World Seniors Snooker Tour takes place later this month as the 2019 ROKiT Phones.com UK Seniors Snooker Championship returns to the Bonus Arena in Hull for its second staging.

Won last year by Ireland’s Ken Doherty, the event will see a mix of snooker greats and leading amateur qualifiers take to the baize over two days as this year’s champion is discovered.

World Open (28 October – 3 November)

The month concludes with the venue stages of the World Open at an all-new venue in Yushan, China as the latest ranking event winner this season is crowned.

As well as the opportunity to take home the top prize of £150,000, the event also represents the final opportunity for players not yet qualified to book their places at this season’s ManBetX Champion of Champions.