The UK Championship in York will have a new format this year, with two tables at the venue and shorter matches up until the quarter-finals.
All matches in the qualifying rounds and up until the quarter-finals at the venue will be best of 11 frames, played in one session. As usual, the semi-finals will be best of 17 and the final best of 19.
This has allowed us to play the whole of the venue stage on two tables, rather than four, which means that every match has the potential to be televised. Last year some excellent matches had to be played on non-televised tables, so now we are able to avoid that situation.
Snooker's second biggest ranking event runs from December 3-11 and returns to the York Barbican, where it was staged from 2001 to 2006. John Higgins won the title last year by coming from 9-5 down to beat Mark Williams 10-9 in an incredible final.
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