Champion of Champions 2018 – draw and format

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The full draw and format have now been published for the Champion of Champions starting tomorrow

ManBetX Champion Of Champions Group Draw & Schedule Complete

The draw and schedule for the group stage of the ManBetX Champion of Champions is now complete with the tournament set to break off at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Monday.

The 16-player field is split into eight seeded players and eight unseeded players. The eight seeded players are headed by defending champion Shaun Murphy followed by the next seven players on the current World Ranking List (after the English Open).

The eight unseeded players were drawn at random to play a seeded player with Group 2, which features International Championship finalists Neil Robertson and Mark Allen, scheduled for Thursday, November 8 to allow the players sufficient time to travel from Daqing to Coventry.

With both Allen (The Masters) and Robertson (Scottish Open and Riga Masters) having already won events to qualify for the ManBetX Champion of Champions the spot reserved for the International Championship winner now goes to Luca Brecel as the highest player on the World Rankings not to have already qualified.

ManBetX Champion of Champions Group Draw & Schedule
Monday, November 5
Group 1
Shaun Murphy (1) vs. Jimmy Robertson
Ding Junhui (8) vs. Michael Georgiou

Tuesday, November 6
Group 4
Ronnie O’Sullivan (4) vs. Stuart Bingham
John Higgins (5) vs. Ryan Day

Wednesday, November 7
Group 3
Mark Williams (3) vs. Kyren Wilson
Judd Trump (6) vs. Luca Brecel

Thursday, November 8
Group 2
Mark Selby (2) vs. Neil Robertson
Barry Hawkins (7) vs. Mark Allen

Friday, November 9
Semi-final 1
Winner Group 1 vs. Winner Group 4

Saturday, November 10
Semi-final 2
Winner Group 2 vs. Winner Group 3

Sunday, November 11
The Final

The ManBetX Champion of Champions features World Snooker tournament winners from the previous 12 months, including World Champion Mark Williams, UK Championship winner Ronnie O’Sullivan and Shaun Murphy, who will defend the title he won last November.

The tournament begins with four groups, each featuring a semi-final and final on the same day with the group winners progressing to the tournament semi-finals on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November. Sunday’s final will be played over 19 frames with the winner taking home £100,000.

Groups 2 and 4 look seriously more tricky than groups 1 and 3.

2 thoughts on “Champion of Champions 2018 – draw and format

  1. At Coventry the players will play on the new Rasson tables which replace the Star tables. It will be interesting to see how these tables will influence the players and their game.

    • Yes, the STAR tables in Crawley and Daqing seemed to play remarkably well. Are we having a ‘table wars’ with these suppliers?

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