June 29, 2010

The New Ranking System

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:37 am

The new list might even have had Arthur stumped

I remember a programme from my childhood that used to captivate youngsters across the land, it was called ‘Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World’ in which the iconic author travelled the globe in an attempt to solve the great mysteries of the universe.

Often our Clarkey came up with some very intelligent theories, he refuted that the Loch Ness Monster existed, he also stated that the famous image of the Apeman, Bigfoot was most likely created through the use of special effects, much to the local tourist board’s dismay(* see foot of post).

Arthur also dismissed the idea of reincarnation, though frequently stated that  ‘The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it’s stranger than we can imagine.’ His thoughts were so dark and mysterious that at one point the slapstick 80’s comedy trio The Goodies once claimed that Arthur himself did not exist.

Anyway, I like to think that myself and the great man also had two things in common, firstly our belief in atheism; ACC opined just before his death  “One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion” and secondly, clever as he was, I don’t think he would have fully grasped the workings of the newly devised Snooker Ranking List either.

While I am far too lazy to go into the detail of this new system, my understanding is that at three points in time this year the ranking list will be amended to reflect the most recent events, whilst remaining a reflection of two-years points, therefore in turn the least recent events that carried ranking points will be deducted from ranking point totals. There, clear as mud.

The ranking list will be updated:

  • Following the second European Players Tour Championship event to conclude on the 3rd October 2010.
  • Following the UK Championship to conclude on the 12th December 2010.
  • Following the Welsh Open to conclude on the 20th February 2011.
  • Einstein gives his reaction to the new system

    This means that in theory, the players ‘in form’ will find it easier to rise to the higher places in the list, making the ranking list a lot more fluid than it has been up until now.

    A slight further complication is that World Snooker are yet to decide how many points will be awarded to ‘new starters’ on the list, this still not being decided despite the fact that ranking points have already been accumulated (2000correction thanks to Godspeed for winner Mark Williams) from last weekend’s PTC event.

    So what does this mean for ante-post punters?

    Well firstly, it means that we do not know as yet which players will qualify to play at the Masters in January as this depends on results in the first few events of the season, most importantly, player progression in the UK Championship. Secondly, it means that we as yet have no idea who will be the seeded players at the Crucible next April and we will only know this after the Welsh Open in February.

    Rather than go into further detail I thought I would ask Matt at prosnooker blog if he wouldn’t mind me putting a permanent link to his updated ranking list on the right hand side of this blog, to which he very kindly agreed. He has put a great deal of work into this and this will provide those interested with a running commentary on the ranking climbers and fallers throughout the season. You can view it here.

    I think it’s an excellent idea and will make tournaments such as the Welsh Open, which arguably needed a facelift, take on a whole new sense of importance for those battling for Crucible places. A vast improvement on the system inherited by Barry Hearn.

    *I tend to disagree with Arthur here as the Great Ape was very active on another snooker blog’s comments section yesterday.

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