List of snooker tournaments

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Blue filled: countries that have already hosted at least one snooker main tour event or that will host an event in the current season 2013/14 for the first time.

This is a list of professional and alternative format snooker tournaments. Professional snooker tournaments can take the form of ranking tournaments—which are open to players on the main tour and award ranking points based on a player's performance—and non-ranking tournaments. A non-ranking tournament may take the form of an invitational event where player participation is conditional on criteria set by the organiser or sponsor or by personal invite. Most tournaments take the form of a 'singles' event, but there are several team formats that have appeared on the calendar over the years.

In recent seasons alternative forms of snooker have proliferated on the calendar. Any event that uses the official rules of snooker but is not completely consistent with them is defined as an "alternative form of snooker", such as six-red snooker (which is played with six reds as opposed to the standard fifteen as required by the official rules), and alterations to scoring and fouling. Some tournaments have occupied the middle ground between strict adherence to the official rules and adopting an alternative format by implementing tournament rules that fully complement the official rules of the game, such as adding a shot clock or call shot; in such instances, a tournament rule operates in a way that the official rules of the game are still fully observed.

Current tournaments[edit]

Professional tournaments[edit]

This is a list of ranking professional snooker tournaments.

Ranking tournaments
TournamentEventFormatLocation
World Snooker Championship1927–1940 (BACC)
1946–1952 (BACC)
1952–1957 (Professional Matchplay Championship)
1964–1968 (BACC) (challenge basis)
1969–present (WPBSA)
Non-ranking
1927–1973
England
1927–1973
Jersey
1957
South Africa
1965
Australia
1970 (1971 event)
Ranking
1974–present
England
1974 & 1976 (various venues)
1976/77–present (Crucible Theatre)
Australia
1975
UK Championship1977/78–presentInvitational
1977/78–1983/84
England
1977/78–2000/01 & 2007/08–2010/11 (various venues)
2001/02–2006/07 & 2011/12–present (Barbican Centre)
Ranking
1984/85–present
Welsh Open1991/92–presentRankingWales
1991/92–1997/98 & 2004/05–present (Newport Centre)
1998/99–2003/04 (various venues)
China OpenChina International
1997/98–1998/99
Invitational
1997/98
China
1997/98–2004/05 (various venues)
2005/06–present (Beijing University Students' Gymnasium)
Ranking
1998/99
China Open
1999/00–2001/02
2004/05–present
Ranking
Shanghai Masters2007/08–presentRankingChina (Shanghai Grand Stage)
World OpenProfessional Players Tournament
1982/83–1983/84
RankingEngland
Grand Prix
1984/85–2000/01
LG Cup
2001/02–2003/04
Grand Prix
2004/05–2009/10
RankingEngland
2004/05–2005/06
Scotland
2006/07–2009/10
World Open
2010/11–present
RankingScotland
2010/11 (S.E.C.C.)
China
2011/12 (Haikou Stadium)
2012/13–present (Hainan International Exhibition Center)
German MastersGerman Open
1995/96–1997/98
RankingGermany
1995/96–1998/99 (various venues)
2010/11–present (Tempodrom)
German Masters
1998/99
2010/11–present
Invitational
1998/99
Ranking
2010/11–present
Players Tour Championship Finals2010/11–presentRankingRepublic of Ireland
2010/11 (The Helix)
2011/12–2012/13 (Bailey Allen Hall)
Thailand
2013/14–present (Bangkok)
Australian Goldfields OpenAustralian Masters
1979/801987/88
InvitationalAustralia
Hong Kong Open
1989/90
RankingHong Kong
Australian Open
1994/95
Non-rankingAustralia
1994/95–1995/96 (various venues)
2011/12–present (Bendigo Stadium)
Australian Masters
1995/96
Invitational
Australian Goldfields Open
2011/12–present
Ranking
Wuxi ClassicJiangsu Classic
2008/09–2009/10
InvitationalChina
2008/09 (Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium)
2009/10–present (Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium)
Wuxi Classic
2010/11–present
Invitational
2010/11–2011/12
Ranking
2012/13–present
International Championship2012/13–presentRankingChina
2012/13 (Sichuan International Tennis Center)
2013/14–present (Chengdu Eastern Music Park)
Indian Open2013/14–presentRankingIndia
2013/14–present (Le Meridien Hotel)
Players Tour Championship2010/11–presentMinor-ranking seriesEngland
2010/11–2011/12 (World Snooker Academy)
2010/11–2012/13 (South West Snooker Academy)
2013/14–present (Doncaster Dome)
2013/14–present (The Capital Venue)
Germany
2010/11–present
Belgium
2010/11–present
Czech Republic
2010/11
Poland
2011/12–present
Republic of Ireland
2011/12
China
2012/13–present
Bulgaria
2012/13–present
Scotland
2012/13
The Netherlands
2013/14–present
Paul Hunter ClassicGrand Prix Fürth
2004/05
Pro-AmGermany
Fürth German Open
2005/06–2006/07
Paul Hunter Classic
2007/08–present
Pro-Am
2007/08–2009/2010
PTC
2010/11–present

The professional snooker tournaments listed below are non-ranking and invitational events.

Non-ranking tournaments
TournamentEventFormatLocation
Masters1975–presentInvitationalEngland
1975–1977/78 (London venues)
1978/79–2005/06 (Wembley Conference Centre)
2006/07–2010/2011 (Wembley Arena)
2011/12–present (Alexandra Palace)
Champion of Champions1978/79, 1980/81
2013/14–present
InvitationalEngland
1978/79 (Wembley Conference Centre)
1980/81 (New London Theatre)
2013/14–present (Ricoh Arena)
Championship League2007/08–presentInvitationalEngland (Crondon Park Golf Club)
World Seniors Championship1991/92, 2010/11Non-ranking (professional rules)England
1991/92 (Trentham Gardens)
2010/11 (Cedar Court Hotel)
2011/12 (East of England Showground)
2012/13–present (Mountbatten Centre)
2011/12Non-ranking (alternative rules)
2012/13–presentNon-ranking (professional rules)
General CupGeneral Cup International
2004/05
2009/10
2011/12
InvitationalHong Kong
General Cup
2012/13–present

Pro-am tournaments
TournamentEventFormatLocation
Pink Ribbon2010/11–presentPro-AmEngland (The Capital Venue)

Alternative forms of snooker[edit]

A list of tournaments that use an alternative set of rules to the official rules of the game.

TournamentEventFormatLocation
Snooker Shoot-Out1990/91Invitational (professional rules)England (Trentham Gardens)
2010/11–presentInvitational (alternative rules)England (Blackpool Tower)
Six-red World ChampionshipSix-red Snooker International
2008/09
InvitationalThailand (Montien Riverside Hotel)
Six-red World Grand Prix
2009/10
Six-red World Championship
2010/11
2012/13–present

Withdrawn tournaments[edit]

Professional tournaments[edit]

This is a list of ranking professional snooker tournaments that no longer form part of the snooker calendar.

Ranking tournaments
TournamentEventFormatLocation
Scottish OpenInternational Open
1981/82–1984/85
Non-ranking
1981/82
England
Ranking
1982/83–1984/85
Goya Matchroom Trophy
1985/86
Ranking
International Open
1986/87–1996/97
RankingEngland
1986/87–1995/96
Scotland
1996/97
Scottish Open
1997/98–2002/03
RankingScotland
Players Championship
2003/04
Scottish Open
2012/13
PTC
Classic1979/80–1991/92Invitational
1979/80–1982/83
England
Ranking
1983/84–1991/92
British OpenBritish Gold Cup
1979/80
InvitationalEngland
Yamaha Organs Trophy
1980/81
International Masters
1981/82–1983/84
British Open
1984/85–2004/05
Ranking
Canadian MastersCanadian Open
1974/75-1980/81
InvitationalCanada
Canadian Masters
1985/86–1988/89
Invitational
1985/86–1987/88
Ranking
1988/89
Malta CupEuropean Open
1988/89–1996/97
RankingFrance
1988/89–1989/90
The Netherlands
1990/91
Belgium
1991/92–1994/95
Malta
1995/96–1996/97
Irish Open
1998/1999
RankingRepublic of Ireland
European Open
2001/02–2003/04
RankingMalta
2001/02 & 2003/04
England
2002/03
Malta Cup
2004/05–2007/08
Ranking
2004/05–2006/07
Malta
Invitational
2007/08
Dubai ClassicDubai Masters
1988/89
InvitationalUnited Arab Emirates
Dubai Classic
1989/90–1994/95
Ranking
Thailand Classic
1995/96
RankingThailand
Asian Classic
1996/97
Thailand MastersThailand Masters
1984/85–1986/87
1991/92 (World Series event)
InvitationalThailand
Asian Open
1989/90–1992/93
RankingThailand
1989/90
1991/92–1992/93
China
1990/91
Thailand Open
1993/94–1996/97
RankingThailand
Thailand Masters
1997/98–2002/03
2006/07
Ranking
1997/98–2001/02
Thailand
Invitational
2002/03
2006/07
Strachan ChallengeStrachan Open
1991/92
RankingEngland
Strachan Challenge
1992/93–1993/94
Minor-ranking series
1992/93
Non-ranking
1993/94
Masters Qualifying EventBenson & Hedges Satellite Championship
1990/91–1991/92
Non-rankingUnited Kingdom
Benson & Hedges Championship
1992/93–2002/03
Minor-ranking
1992/93
Non-ranking
1993/94–2002/03
Masters Qualifying Event
2003/04
2005/06–2009/10
Non-ranking
Malta Grand Prix1994/95–2000/01Invitational
1994/95–1998/99
2000/01
Malta
Ranking
1999/00
Irish MastersBenson & Hedges Ireland Tournament
(alternative name: Benson & Hedges Irish Championship)
1975–1977
InvitationalRepublic of Ireland
Irish Masters
1977/78–2004/05
2006/07
Invitational
1977/78–2001/02
2006/07
Ranking
2002/03–2004/05
Northern Ireland TrophyNorthern Ireland Classic
1981/82
InvitationalNorthern Ireland
Northern Ireland Trophy
2005/06–2008/09
Invitational
2005/06
Ranking
2006/07–2008/09
Bahrain Championship2008/09RankingBahrain

The professional snooker tournaments listed below were non-ranking and invitational events.

Non-ranking tournaments
TournamentEventFormatLocation
Irish Professional Championship1947–1972 (challenge basis)
1977/78–1992/93 (except 1983/84, 1989/90–1990/91)
2005/06–2007/08
InvitationalIreland
News of the World Championship1950–1959InvitationalEngland (Leicester Square Hall)
World MatchplayProfessional Matchplay Championship
1952–1957 (alternative World Championship)
Non-rankingEngland
World Professional Match-Play Championship
1976 (WPBSA event)
Non-rankingAustralia
World Matchplay
1988/89–1992/93 (Matchroom event)
InvitationalEngland
Pot Black1969–1986
1991–1993
2005/06–2007/08
InvitationalEngland
Tolly Cobbold Classic1978/79–1983/84InvitationalEngland
Scottish Professional Championship1979/80–1988/89
2010/11
InvitationalScotland
Welsh Professional Championship1979/80–1990/91InvitationalWales
World CupWorld Challenge Cup
1979/80–1980/81
InvitationalEngland
World Team Classic
1981/82–1983/84
World Cup
1984/85–1989/90
1996/97
2011/12
InvitationalEngland
1984/85–1989/90
Thailand
1996/97
2011/12
Scottish Masters1981/82–2002/03InvitationalScotland
World Doubles Championship1982/83–1987/88Non-rankingEngland
Premier League SnookerMatchroom League
1986/87–1991/92
InvitationalUnited Kingdom
European League
1992/93–1996/97
Premier League Snooker
1997/98–2012/13
Invitational
1997/98–2012/13
2011/12 (alternative rules)
International League
1989/90 (international edition)
InvitationalEurope
World Series of SnookerWorld Series
1987/88 (Matchroom event)
1990/91–1992/93 (Matchroom event)
InvitationalInternational
World Series of Snooker
2008/09–2009/10 (FSTC Sports Management event)
Pro-amEurope
World Masters1990/91Non-ranking
Men/Ladies/Junior
England
Champions CupCharity Challenge
1994/95–1998/99
InvitationalEngland
Champions Cup
1999/00–2001/02
Nations Cup1998/99–2000/01InvitationalEngland
Lucan Racing ClassicIrish Classic
2007/08–2010/11
InvitationalRepublic of Ireland
Lucan Racing Classic
2011/12
Beijing International Challenge2009/10–2010/11InvitationalChina (Beijing University Students' Gymnasium)
Hainan Classic2010/11InvitationalChina
Brazil Masters2011/12InvitationalBrazil
Pro-am tournaments
TournamentEventFormatLocation
Austrian Open1992/93–1997/98,
1999/00–2001/02,
2005/06–2008/09,
2010/11, 2012/13
Pro-amAustria
Secondary professional tours
TournamentEventFormatLocation
Challenge TourUK Tour
1997/98–1999/00
Non-rankingUnited Kingdom
2003/04–2004/05 (Pontin's, Prestatyn)
Challenge Tour
2000/01–2004/05
International Open SeriesOpen Tour
2001/02–2003/04
Non-ranking
2001/02
United Kingdom
Pro-am
2002/03
Amateur
2003/04
International Open Series
2005/06–2009/10
AmateurWales (Pontin's, Prestatyn)

Alternative forms of snooker[edit]

TournamentEventFormatLocation
888sport.com Six-red World Championship2009/2010Pro-amRepublic of Ireland
Power Snooker2010/11–2011/12InvitationalEngland
2010/2011 (indigO2)
2011/2012 (Trafford Centre)

References[edit]