Stephen Maguire wins the Six-Reds 2019 World Championship

Congratulations Stephen Maguire!

He beat John Higgins by 8 frames to 6, in a quality final. It’s Maguire’s first individual title in five years. Quite baffling for a player of his quality really.

Here is the report on Worldsnooker:

Stephen Maguire six reds champion 2019Stephen Maguire won a tartan tussle against John Higgins 8-6 in the final of the SangSom Six Red World Championship to win the title for the second time in Bangkok.

It’s a first individual title for world number 15 Maguire since he won the 2014 Lisbon Open. He also won the Six Red title earlier that year.

In an exciting final, Glasgow’s 38-year-old Maguire pulled away from 6-6 to win the last two frames, taking the trophy and top prize of four million Baht (£106,000) at the invitation event in the Thai capital.

It’s his second title of the season as he teamed up with 44-year-old Higgins to win the World Cup for Scotland in China in June. This time the two friends and practice partners went head to head, with Higgins playing in the Six Red final for the first time.

Six Reds 2019 actionMaguire took an early 3-0 lead before world number five Higgins stormed back with four frames in a row. Frame eight went to Maguire and he nicked the ninth on the black to lead 5-4.

He won the tenth as well then squandered a clear chance in the 11th, missing a red to a centre pocket. Four time World Champion Higgins cleared the table then made a break of 58 in the 12th to level at 6-6.

With the match in the balance, Maguire made a vital break of 39 to regain the lead at 7-6. And he got the better of a tense 14th frame, the score 34-18, to secure the title.

“It feels good, I was very lucky,” said Maguire. “I’d like to thank the sponsor and promoter for putting on the tournament. All of the boys enjoy this, everyone loves coming out to Thailand.”

All results are on snooker.org

Aside of the tournament proper, there was a six-reds exhibition between two legends of the game: Stephen Hendry and James Wattana. My understanding is that Hendry won by 3-2.

Update! I was wrong! It’s James Wattana who won. This comes from Instagram:

Hendry Instagram - 7.9.2019

The Thai MC, Twitah Warintrakom, a legend himself, told me that the decider was played with 15 reds to entertain the audience, and shared a few pictures on social media:

It’s fair to say that people turned up for it! Stephen Hendry – who was used to being hated for beating Jimmy White more often than not, and winning “too much” –  is now hugely popular! Well it’s nice that! And it’s nice as well that Stephen now seems to enjoy life to the full. His posts on social media are mainly about fine wines, premium cigars and food (plenty of it!).

As for Twitah,  he also posted those two images side by side

… taken 26 years apart! They haven’t changed a bit, innit?

And here is the exhibition. Big thanks to Silvry!

Six-Reds World Championship 2019 – Semi Finals

It is John Higgins v Stephen Maguire in the Final today in Bangkok.

Here is how we got there (Worldsnooker):

John Higgins will take on Stephen Maguire in an all-Scottish final at the SangSom Six Red World Championship on Saturday.

Higgins beat Mark Williams 7-5 in the semi-finals in Bangkok on Friday, then Maguire saw off Gary Wilson by the same scoreline.

Higgins and Maguire, close friends and practice partners, joined forces in June to win the World Cup for Scotland in China, but this time they will go head to head for the top prize of four million Baht (over £100,000)  at the invitation event in the Thai capital. Higgins is aiming to win the title for the first time, while Maguire lifted the trophy in 2014.

The battle between Williams and Higgins was a repeat of the 2018 World Championship final. Welshman Williams came out on top that time, and he won the opening frame today, but Higgins then took control as he surged 5-2 ahead with top breaks of 61 and 65.

The next two frames were shared to leave the score at 6-3. Williams threatened a fight back as he took the next two, closing to 6-5, but 44-year-old Higgins dominated frame 12 to seal victory.

Maguire trailed Wilson 3-2 then took four of the next five to lead 6-4. Crucible semi-finalist Wilson pulled one back before 38-year-old Maguire clinched the result in frame 12.

The final starts at 2.30pm local time (8.30am UK time) with first to eight frames to take the trophy.

The Higgins v Williams match was a good one. Very tactical in spells, but with good breaks too as both players were scoring heavily when in.

The Wilson v Maguire match was a bit more scrappy.

You can see the detailed scores on snooker.org

This line-up is good news for Reanne Evans and Jimmy White as both finalists have already qualified for the Champion of Champions. One more “repeat” and Reanne gets a spot in the CoC. Jimmy White must hope for two, which is entirely possible.

As for Ronnie, he’s on a mission to make us feel hungry

Also, new exhibitions have been announced, including one in Romania. Check here.

Six-Reds World Championship 2019, Day 4

Two rounds were played yesterday in Bangkok: the last 16 and the quarter-finals

Worldsnooker however only reported on the QF

John Higgins defeated David Gilbert 6-4 to reach the last four of the SangSom Six Red World Championship in Bangkok.

The last time the pair met was in a dramatic Crucible semi-final back in May, when 30-time ranking event winner Higgins battled back to take a nerve shredding final frame decider and win 17-16.

On this occasion it was Gilbert who surged back into contention. He had trailed Higgins 5-2, before winning two on the bounce to close the gap to one. However, Higgins edged over the line on the colours in a hard fought tenth frame to progress 6-4.

Higgins is aiming for a maiden Six Red world title this week, but he will now have to overcome the 2017 winner of the event Mark Williams in the last four if he is to keep his bid alive.

Williams, who beat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 8-2 in the final two years ago, defeated six-time ranking event winner Stuart Bingham 6-3 to ensure his progression.

Welshman Williams led the tie 4-0, having made a break of 63 in the process. Bingham responded by taking three of the next four frames, including breaks of 70 and 72, to cut his arrears and stay in touch at 5-3. However, Williams finished off the match to earn his place in the semis.

2014 Six Red World Champion Stephen Maguire secured his place in the semis with a 6-2 win over Ali Carter. Scotland’s Maguire clinched the title five years ago in Bangkok after coming through a deciding frame to beat Ricky Walden 8-7 in the final.

His opponent in the last four this year will be world number 19 Gary Wilson, who came from 5-4 down to beat Asian number one Ding Junhui 6-5.

Both semi-finals will take place tomorrow, with the final being contested on Saturday. The winner will take home a top prize of 3.5 million Baht.

All results are available on snooker.org

Regarding the last 16, most matches were close but Stuart Bingham gave Mark Selby a bit of a beating! Kyren Wilson’s defence came to an end at the hands of David Gilbert. There was a typical Jimmy White heartbreak aswell: he lead Stephen Maguire by 5-4, only to lose in a decider.  Wu Yize again gave John Higgins a good game. The second streamed match was – understandably – featuring the last Thai player standing, Passakorn Suwannawat. He faced Ali Carter and it was probably the less interesting match of the whole lot – for us in Europe at least…

Tomorrow, both semi finals will be on the main table. Mark Williams will face John Higgins. 2018 World Final anyone? Stephen Maguire will play Gary Wilson. Both matches should be good!

As for Ronnie … he visited the Huizhou Middle School, before heading to Shanghai. And he paid a visit to some ladies (no! It’s not what you think! If you follow cue sports you should recognise at least one of them)

Ronnie & Alli Fisher

Six-Reds World Championship 2019, Day 3

Yesterday in Bangkok saw the conclusion of the group stages. Here is the report by Worldsnooker:

Mark Selby won a crunch group stage match with Thailand’s Sunny Akani 5-2 to book his place in the last 16 of the SangSom Six Red World Championship in Bangkok.

Both players came into today’s meeting knowing that they had to win to progress from group D, with Gary Wilson already through to the second round.

Three-time Crucible king Selby put on a strong showing, firing in breaks of 67 and 74 on his way to victory. He will face a mouth watering clash with 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham in the last 16.

Graeme Dott and Thepchaiya Un Nooh also played out a must win showdown in group H, with Dott emerging a 5-3 winner. That is despite Un-Nooh making the only maximum break of 75 to come in the tournament so far. Dott will come up against Asian number one Ding Junhui in the next round.

22-time ranking event winner Mark Williams topped group H after defeating Ng On Yee 5-1. He now takes on Joe Perry.

Four-time World Champion John Higgins finished first in group E by beating Australia’s Kurt Dunham 5-3 to maintain his 100% record this week. He faces Chinese teenager Wu Yize next.

Yan Bingtao beat Thai superstar James Wattana 5-1 in the other group E match to book a last 16 meeting with Gary Wilson.

Jimmy White beat Egypt’s Mohamed Khairy 5-1 to progress from group F and set up a second round clash with Stephen Maguire. While David Gilbert topped the group after beating Ryan Day 5-3. Gilbert now plays Kyren Wilson in the last 16.

Last 16 Draw

Passakorn Suwannawat vs Ali Carter

Stephen Maguire vs Jimmy White

Ding Junhui vs Graeme Dott

Gary Wilson vs Yan Bingtao

Stuart Bingham vs Mark Selby

John Higgins vs Wu Yize

David Gilbert vs Kyren Wilson

Mark Williams Vs Joe Perry

Now the above isn’t entirely correct. This is the draw tha’ts actually played today

Passakorn Suwannawat vs Ali Carter
Stephen Maguire vs Jimmy White
Ding Junhui vs Graeme Dott
Gary Wilson vs Yan Bingtao

John Higgins vs Wu Yize
David Gilbert vs Kyren Wilson
Stuart Bingham vs Mark Selby
Mark Williams vs Joe Perry

Why they changed the draw after publishing it baffles me. Tha’s a very strange move. At the time of writing the bottom haflf has been played already, with Higgins, Gilbert, Bingham and Williams winning.

In other news, Ronnie just posted on twitter: he’s on his way to Shanghai!

Six-Reds World Championship 2019, Day 2

This is the report by Worldsnooker on what happened yesterday in Bangkok:

Gary Wilson beat three-time World Champion Mark Selby 5-4 to ensure qualification from group D at the SangSom Six Red World Championship in Bangkok.

Selby has work to do to reach the last 16. Only two players in each group of four progress. The Jester from Leicester will come up against Thailand’s Sunny Akani in the last set of round robin matches tomorrow, with the winner joining Wilson in the next round.

Today’s match swung back and forth, with neither player leading by more than a single frame at any point. Eventually Wilson, who top scored with a break of 69, came through with the 5-4 victory.

Thai amateur Passakorn Suwannawat defeated Anthony McGill 5-1 to secure his progression from group A. Defending champion Kyren Wilson will earn the other last 16 place from that group after he beat Mohammad Shehab 5-2.

Four-time World Champion John Higgins is through after he demolished Riga Masters champion Yan Bingtao 5-0. Yan will now face local hero James Wattana, with the winner taking a place in the last 16.

Three-time Crucible king Mark Williams defeated 2006 World Champion Graeme Dott 5-4 to earn his last 16 place. Dott will meet Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh tomorrow, with the winner progressing.

For full results and standings click here.

Earlier this morning Yan Bingtao defeated James Wattana, so he’s through as well.

You can follow the results on this page: snooker.org

As you can see the following players have already secured their spot in the knock-out stage:

Group A: Kyren Wilson and Passakorn Suwannawat
Group D: Gary Wilson
Group E: John Higgins and Yan Bingtao
Group F: David Gilbert and Jimmy White
Group G: Stuart Bingham and Ali Carter
Group H: Mark Williams

This is the live scores page

As for Ronnie … he’s still with Liang Wenbo and yesterday shared some “relaxing” images/videos on twitter

It’s not easy being a snooker player

RonnieIWenboPool.jpg

I like my swimming technique…

 

Eve of Six-reds World Championship 2019, plus some Ronnie news.

Actually starting with the Ronnie newsshared on his twitter

Ronnie, as you would expect is still in China, with his friend Liang Wenbo.

He has been practising, in preparation of the Shanghai Masters

And cooking some local dishes

Asked if he will play in the UK and the Masters, this was his answer

I can’t promise anything with my schedule.. a lot of it comes down to priority’s, and managing my career the best way for me..
longevity comes from carefully thought out decisions .. burn out and over load come at a price.. the best thing we own , is our mind, and body, use it wisely
I aim to stay around for as long as I can manage

So that’s not a promise, but it’s not a NO either, and definitely we can expect more than three events over the season. Overall good news then.

Regarding the Six-Reds World Championship in Bangkok …

I’m actually looking forward to the event, that, this year, has a very diverse line-up: young Asian amateurs, veterans like Jimmy White and James Wattana, players from Africa, Alexis Callewaert from France, Kurt Dunham from Australia, Reanne Evans and On Yee … alongside the household names like Mark Selby, John Higgins, Ryan Day, David Gilbert, Gary Wilson, Luca Brecel … to name only a few. A notable absentee is Mark Davis who has won this competition three times in the past.

The variant format asks for a different tactical approach and we could see a few surprises. It’s played a lot in Thailand and I expect the locals to do well.

It also poses a bit of a question.

This poster was shared on weibo a couple of weeks ago

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John Higgins though is playing in Bangkog, possibly until Saturday 7th of September, therfore he can’t possibly make sure to be playing in China on the 4th and 5th of September unless he withdraws from the Six Reds event. Even losing early won’t do as the round-robin phase extends up to, and including, the 4th of September.

So? Has this exhibition been cancelled? Is some other player replacing John? Do I misread the poster? Anyone knows?

And, speaking of questions, and exhibition events, what about this?

Hendry here to face Rachapol again

Sep 01. 2019
By The Nation407 Viewed

Seven-time world snooker champion Stephen Hendry has arrived Thailand for a showdown with Thai legend Rachapol Phu-ob-orn. They’ll meet in the World 6 Red Snooker Championships on September 7 at Central Lat Phrao’s Centara Grand Hyatt in Bangkok.

The Scotsman has been retired from the professional circuit for seven years but is still considered the most successful snooker player of all time.

Rachapol, better known as Tong Sid Choi, is a national hero, achieving global fame when he turned pro in the ’80s and rising to World No 3 in the 1994-95 season.

He never won a world title but reached the semi-finals in 1993 and 1997 and became the first Asian to score three 147 maximum breaks in competition.

Hendry and Rachapol have played each other 22 times, with Hendry winning 17.

 

 

 

 

Huizhou Challenge Exhibition – 30 August 2019 – Full coverage.

Now the full coverage of the exhibition  

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O’Sullivan and John Higgins played against the Chinese team consisting of Marco Fu and Liang Wenbo. In the end, the UK team won with a score of 3-2 and won the competition. [mighty]At the same time, O’Sullivan also won the highest break in this competition [加油], O’Sullivan once again gave the trophy to the small fans in the audience. (source weibo)

There was an individual competition where everyone played everyone. Ronnie won his three matches and as such won the league (source weibo).

“Double” matches were also on the program and the UK team won the competition.

This is the exhibition:

Plus a compilation on short videos – from weibo – showing funny/endearing moments

Ronnie welcoming the little fan is cute and endearing.

And also, of course, more images were shared on weibo

Enjoy!