Excitement is building at the Crucible Theatre as the World Championship final four draw nearer to the climax of their semi-finals encounters on Saturday.
For John Higgins and Judd Trump, it’s a familiar feeling having reached this stage in Sheffield on numerous occasions in the past.
Indeed, while the latter is enjoying the experience for a fourth time this decade, Higgins’ overall semi-final tally now stands at an impressive ten – equal with Jimmy White and behind only Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, and Ronnie O’Sullivan on the all-time list from the Crucible era.
By contrast, the pair’s opponents David Gilbert and Gary Wilson are completely new to this hurdle.
Not that it proved to be too daunting for the English duo after they each performed admirably in their respective opening sessions so far.
In fact, Gilbert will perhaps be a tad disappointed to be entering his fourth and final session with four-time champion Higgins just 13-11 in front.
Wilson, meanwhile, claimed a potentially vital last frame of the second session against Trump, the favourite in the World Championship betting on snooker, to lie only two frames adrift overnight.
With the semi-finals contested over a long best of 33 frames, there’s still a fair ways to go until the 2019 finalists are confirmed.
There have been umpteen twists and turns, dramatic turnarounds, and painful collapses in the World Championship final four.
This point of the tournament is cruel in that the players are so close to gaining the opportunity to compete for the top prize – this year a whopping £500,000.
However, any slip up could result in a competitor being denied that chance to etch his name into the history books.
Cueists like Alan McManus, James Wattana, and Tony Knowles understood what it was like to regularly reach the last four, only to fail at the penultimate test.
In total, there have been 56 different World Championship semi-finalists at the Crucible since the inaugural edition back in 1977.
Many of them were fortunate to appreciate the applause of a packed Crucible crown on several occasions, but for a select few there was only the single chance.
For this quiz, you’re provided with all 56 World Championship final four members.
All you are required to do is match up the year in which they made their maiden semi-final appearance.
The question is, how well do you know the World Championship final four?