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Irish Open in November

A provisional calendar for the first half of the 2016/17 campaign up until December has been released.

Ding Junhui

Ding Junhui won the last tournament staged in Ireland, the Players Championship Grand Final in 2013 -photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

Next season will take on quite a different look to previous campaigns with the replacement of the European Tour with a new Home Series in Britain and Ireland.

A new Irish Open, rumoured to be at the Waterfront in Belfast but nothing as yet has been confirmed, is to be staged from November 14th to 20th.

Set to return is the Indian Open, which will take place in early July, while there is no place for the Australian Open in the first part of the released calendar as it is slated for a move to March.

Three former ET events remain as tournaments in their own right with the Paul Hunter Classic, Riga Open and Gibraltar Open remaining as permanent fixtures but, by the looks of the seeding structure below, appear as though they may no longer be contested as pro-ams.

As the announcement is only provisional, you can expect changes to be made in the coming months.

Below is the seeding structure for tournaments in 2016/17.

World Championship

Top 16 seeded at the final venue. Remaining 128 players compete in qualifying, flat draw with top 64 seeded, as is the case for this season.

UK Championship

Flat draw with 128 players. Number 1 plays number 128, 2 v 127, 3 v 126 and so on as was the case this season.

International Championship, China Open, Indian Open and potential new tournament in China

Flat draw with 128 players. The first round will see seeds 65-128 drawn at random against seeds 1-64. The top 64 will be placed in the draw so that Number one is seeded to play number 64 in second round, 2 v 63, 3 v 62 and so on.

The Home Nations series (Welsh Open and new English Open, Scottish Open and Irish Open)

Flat draw with 128 players. Top 16 seeds placed into the draw, as they were for this season’s Welsh Open. Remaining 112 players drawn at random.

German Masters and new European Championship

Flat draw with 128 players. Top 32 seeds placed in the draw. Remaining 96 players drawn at random.

Shanghai Masters

Top 16 seeded at the final venue. Seeds 17-32 in fourth qualifying round. Seeds 33-64 in second qualifying round. Seeds 65-128 in first qualifying round as was the case this season.

Paul Hunter Classic, Riga Open and Gibraltar Open.

Completely open first round draw with no seeding.

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