What the game really needs is for a LONGER format event to make sure the best of the best are separated out naturally so we know the best player is crowned World Champion at the end of the tournament. How often do we see best of 25 frame matches finish 13-12 because the players are so evenly matched they simply run out of frames to find the natural winner so the first to find himself on 13 when the music stops progresses to the next round?
Round 1 at the Crucible contains best of 19 frame matches or first to 10 frames across 2 sessions (9 frames and 10 frames). These sessions are scheduled at the same times as those later in the tournament when most sessions are 8 frames and finish with a possible 9 frames (best of 25: 8,8,9 best of 33: 8,8,8,9). This is short changing the snooker public because we know from round 1 it is possible to play more frames in a day comfortably. If some of those 13-12’s were turned into 14-12’s or 15-12’s then we can say the right man has definitely won more than is the case in a best of 25 at 12-12 with the first player to pot a long red and scoring heavily winning.
So what really needs to be considered is the following:
First round: best of 19 (9,10)
Second round and quarter-final: best of 31 (10, 10, 11)
Semi-final and final: best of 41 (10,10,10,11)
All packed into the same 17 day package.
Who is it who keeps starting these shortening format debates anyway?
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