Wildey wrote:Pink Ball wrote:I’d be inclined to give World Snooker the benefit of the doubt on this one. If this format were carried on for future editions, I would be very unhappy. But this isn’t a normal year.
I know some people have explained (and explained very well) why they can’t see why the qualifiers couldn’t all be best-of-19s this year as well. That’s fine, but we have to go with whatever WST is most comfortable with right now, what they feel will put the tournament proper in the least jeopardy.
At the end of the day, the most important thing of all is that there will be a World Championship, in-house spectators or not. Even if every session at the tournament filled out, the total attendance would still barely break 40,000. Not an insignificant number, but not a staggering one, which suggests to me — if the competition is as crucial to WST’s wellbeing as it seems — that television and other coverage is the main money-spinner. And all we need to do to secure that is make sure the tournament actually bloody takes place.
If that means the qualifiers have to be watered down this year, I’m fine with that. It’s crucial for the game’s future health that the tournament happens. What happens in the qualifiers and what we as anoraks think is not at all crucial.
i agree all 4 rounds as best of 19 would mean having 14 day qualifying and the expense that would mean. You can't play 3 sessions a day with the amount of players involved at the moment but i think 50/50 would have been much better so that players 17-48 would be coming in at the 3rd round with 2 best of 19 to qualify and all they needed to do was add 2 days and it would be safer as well.. With one session matches you will need 16 refs to ref them per day with best of 19 only 8. which will mean only 24 players and refs on site per day with best of 11s its 48.
Last season you needed 30 frames to qualify this year some will qualify with winning just 16
Which is more than its been for many years where players just needed the ten to reach the Crucible.
Been meaning to catch-up on this post and the question you asked on Tuesday about why the event had to remain at 8 days and whether or not it could have been increased to allow for a second round of Best of 19 matches with an 8 table format.
I take your point that if the venue was available that there wouldn't be any reason why the tournament couldn't have been extended (after all the Tour Championship has been though that was to remove a table) and that a 10 day event with more Best of 19 Frame matches would be preferable to many (me included despite the fact I agree with 11 frame matches for the first round the 17-48 players play) . The only point against it is circumstance given the reason why the matches in rounds 1 to 3 have gone to Best of 11 in the first place.