vodkadiet wrote:Masters is miles ahead of this joke event.
The UK was on a level with The Masters when they played best of 17 in every match, and then a best of 31 frame final.
For once vodka I fully agree with what you say there.
It has been diluted as it were by the apparent lack of sufficient frames required by the players in this event.
It was second only to the World Championships in that this tournament required nearly as many frames to be won as it would for a player to win the world title .
As an example at 10 - 9 the event was concluded with the maximum 19 frames of the final played.
When you compare this with the best of 29 frame semi final and 31 frame final .
The 10 - 9 pales into just over half the frames required to have won when it was better set up and matches would swing back and forth .
It was a lot more of a marathon to win this tournament ,Experience would sometimes wipe out potting machines .
The longer frames would show the contrasting styles of all manner of players and the different tactics.
Which players could get a second wind when they were
Multiple frames adrift.
The safety battles , The more flukes as the law of average would come into play.
Uk Championship was a lot more multi-faceted than it is now .
I can't see it ever being restored to it's former glory which is a great shame.
This format it has now is only serving to wind up the malcontent in the snooker fan faithful who pay their money and travel the country to watch top pro snooker.
I don't think I would be wrong in saying that amongst the snooker fan faithful " Traditionalists " who like most of us who post on snooker forum's want the UK returned to the second biggest test of the top player's .
I mean the format protesting by all of us , Well nearly all of us just on this forum must let Barry Hearn and co
Know not to tinker with the World Championship.
I don't beleive it should be altered in format and location.
It is the biggest tournament in snooker and does not need to be moved from it's now spiritual home of the crucible theatre , Sheffield .
I for one would not bother with it if that ever changes .
I am in full agreeance with the mal-content snooker fan public on the UK Championship and it's dilution .
Still never sits right in stature to what it once was .