"The folks at global-snooker.com have trialled a new short form version of the game called ONEFORSEVEN.
It lasts 147 minutes and features players playing frames against one another within this time, with the overall winner the player who has scored the most points.
Unusually, the audience will be encouraged to make noise rather than sit in stony silence, as is traditional at all other events.
A tournament, worth £25,000, will be staged in Cardiff on December 21 and feature Ryan Day, Mark Williams, Matthew Stevens and Ricky Walden.
There will also be satellite events with the winners progressing to the final to take on the star names.
For more details, check the global snooker website here.
This is an attempt to find a snooker version of Twenty20, which has proved popular in cricket.
One of the biggest problems snooker has with the media is that it is impossible to know what time a match will finish, so broadcasters have problems with their schedules and newspaper editors with their deadlines.
The shortest ever best of nine contest was 34 minutes duration while the longest lasted seven hours.
“Somewhere between the two” is a rather vague, if accurate, answer to the perennial question of how long a match will last.
I haven’t seen ONEFORSEVEN yet but I wish them all the best.
Anything a bit different that encourages interest in snooker should be welcomed. "
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