Yes, it might be the qualifiers, but for 128 players this is effectively the start of the World Championship. The fitters have been hard at work at the English Institute of Sport
What is at stake is of course a spot in the “main” draw, and the opportunity to play at the Crucible in less than two weeks. But for many, it’s also the last chance to secure their professional status for next season.
Read here Matt’s “Survival Blog” to understand where each player stands; Matt will update it as the tournament unfolds.
There are also some excellent comprehensive blogger’s “previews” available on the Internet. Those two stand out for me:
And I’m in Sheffield…
for the duration of the qualifiers, although I will not be taking pictures there.
I will take pictures at the Assetereum Seniors Masters though, with the gala dinner taking place tomorrow evening and the tournament being played at the Crucible, the next day, hence on April 12.