The rumoured plans are that for the 2011 qualifiers for the UK will involve best of 11 frame matches from rounds one to four, with the traditional best of 17 format only coming in at the venue stage of the tournament.
Fan's opinion is very much against reducing the format, as was discussed in the aftermath of the UK Final where apparent changes it appeared likely to go on hold
Its a bad move, and nonsensical in terms of the tournament, the absolute minimum the qualifiers for the UK should be is best of 13, at the very very least. I see little point in playing one session matches to qualify for a multisession tournament
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