August 12, 2014

Shanghai Masters Qualifiers – Picking and Choosing

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 3:19 am
Sometimes you feel like you're going round in circles.

Sometimes you feel like you’re going round in circles.

Being a snooker blogger these days is a bit like being a snooker player, the only obvious things missing in this line of work are the talent for knocking balls into holes with a stick and the potential to earn stacks of dosh while travelling to all corners of the globe, apart from that the two vocations are staggeringly similar.

With the introduction of the money list, lots of stock has been placed on the freedom this has given potters to choose events that they want to play in and those they’d rather swerve. This is where the similarity with bloggers really kicks in.

Over the course of the past 4 years and 7 months (not that I’m counting you understand), I’ve announced my semi-retirement from the blogging front line approximately 346 times, if you don’t count that one time I did it as a joke. But this time, I might just be a bit more serious about it.

There are so many other places on the web covering snooker these days it’s unreal, some, like players, that are better than others. I’m not going to single out any examples as that would be unfair but it’s a far cry from when I started this blog, primarily as something to do, when there were only really three other snooker-only presences out there. Somehow I managed to infiltrate this monopolistic triangle and make it more of a rectangle and to my continuing bewilderment the blog has remained more popular than I could ever have imagined. If I could personally thank everyone who has ever logged on I’d probably get to around 5 of you before I got a bit bored but it’s the thought that counts.

Yes readers, the time has come to take a long hard look at what’s going on and I’ve decided to very much follow the path of a certain enigmatic yet frustratingly unreliable, when it comes to playing in tournaments, 5 times world champion. I’ll continue to cover the biggies without a doubt as these are the ones that I continue to enjoy the most, particularly when I get to sit here and take the piss out of the BBC coverage. I’ll continue to post the odd links and stuff here and there for the lesser events and the qualifiers/EPTC’s, in fact if I’ve nothing else to do I might just get fully involved in an event that takes my fancy, but it’s fair to say I won’t be writing War and Peace about any new events that Bazza might like to put on in the South Pole.

The Snookerbacker Classic will continue for at least this season and possibly beyond, in fact, I am hopeful that this week I will be able to announce an exciting new prize and I still harbour possibly misguided hopes that something I’ve been after now for a while could still materialise, if only the person that has the power to grant it would speak to me.

So, for this season, I’m not going to be doing daily updates on that many events and one of these is the Shanghai Masters Qualifiers which starts in the morning and runs until Friday in the ‘old’ qualifying format, that is, not the flat draw of which Chairman Bazza is so fond.

The running order of matches can be found here and live scoring at World Snooker here.

So, while this is not the end of the blog, it’s (possibly) the beginning of a (slightly) more relaxed approach, sometimes, as with snooker, I find that the less you are that bothered and busting a gut about something the better your form gets, so we’ll wait and see. Again like snooker, if you don’t enjoy what you are doing it usually isn’t worth doing in the first place and your form inevitably dips. I told you they were the same.

Actually, I’ve quite enjoyed writing this, might be time for another rethink.

  • alex_147

    Don’t go Ronnie O’Snookerbackervan – Kenobi, we all love your blog!

  • deco800_

    A wise decision SB, personally I’m feeling there’s far too much snooker at the minute and likewise am restricting my own viewing (and punting) to the biggies. It should never feel like a chore

  • ANON

    More than happy with a quality not quantity approach. When you started out there wasn’t even an event a month. There are still basically 3 big events (Worlds Masters UK) although Int. Champs is getting there (because of its prize fund) and the German Masters should be up there (if it had a bigger prize fund). I wouldn’t say my interest is tailing off but the other events are blending into each other a bit, for example I cannot believe anyone – even the organisers – is excited about APTC3 (if it happens that is).

    However I don’t agree that coverage of snooker online has improved significantly over the last 4 years. Matt Huart’s blog is the only other one I look at (also the excellent Cuetracker and http://www.snooker for stats). Snookersceneblog is much missed (I don’t rate Inside-Snooker) and Twitter appears to have denigrated into a succession of sock-puppet accounts sending abusive messages to and about certain players & managers.

    All this means there is still a place for incisive and piquant articles about this great game, even if it is just a few times a year!

  • Thanks chaps, I agree ANON with most of your points and I do miss Dave Hendon’s blog but he’s moved on to Inside Snooker and they do get some exclusives. I also think Snooker HQ is particularly good on Irish Snooker and I am surprised that someone in Wales and Scotland haven’t had a similar idea. Twitter all depends on how you view it, a laugh and the occasional pisstake with online friends (some of whom you know) or a place to just stir up trouble because you’ve got nothing else to do with your life. Anyway, I agree on all the Big 5 you mention and will always be on hand for those.

  • Jürgen Kesseler

    as long as you don´t stop at all, everything is fine.
    Always likes to read your posts.

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