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Six Red World Championship Draw and Preview

The next stop on the 2019/20 calendar is Thailand with the Six Red World Championship draw set to commence on Monday in Bangkok.

Six Red World Championship draw
Wilson also won two ranking events last season. Photo credit: World Snooker

In its usual early-September slot that its held since 2013, the invitational tournament follows its now familiar guise.

A total of 32 players contest the 2019 Six Red World Championship draw, a format that is effectively the same as regular snooker except for the obvious difference of there being less reds on the table from the start of a frame.



Six reds snooker has a lot of detractors but the game is popular in Thailand and there are usually decent crowds in to watch the action each year at the BCC Hall.

One of their own managed to capture the title four years ago, a memorable occasion for Thepchaiya Un-Nooh as he thumped Liang Wenbo in the 2015 title decider to the delight of the home fans.

Un-Nooh is one of seven former winners in the field – including reigning world champion Kyren Wilson.

The latter overcame Ding Junhui in last year’s showdown for glory and begins his defence in a round-robin group that features Anthony McGill.

Ding himself also previously etched his name onto the roll of honour and will be hoping to recover some lost form.

The Chinese number one is in a difficult group with Joe Perry, Noppon Saengkham, and women’s world number one Reanne Evans.

Un-Nooh, meanwhile, is in Group H with Mark Williams, who denied the former a second success in the tournament in 2017, as well as Graeme Dott and Ng On Yee.

Mark Selby and Stephen Maguire, champions in 2010 and 2014 respectively, will have the likes of Gary Wilson and Luca Brecel for company in their opening exchanges.

Recent world seniors champion Jimmy White is also in the hunt, ten years after he won the event when it was staged as the Six Red World Grand Prix.

The 57 year-old will play David Gilbert, Ryan Day, and amateur Mohamed Khairy in his group stage encounters.

Other prominent players in the Six Red World Championship draw are John Higgins and Stuart Bingham.

Higgins finds himself in an interesting quartet that also includes Riga Masters champion Yan Bingtao and Thailand legend James Wattana.

Bingham has a similarly tricky task to advance beyond the early stages as he is joined by Ken Doherty and Ali Carter in Group G.

The top two competitors from each group progress to the knockout stages, which will ultimately culminate in a best of 15 frames final on Saturday.

This tournament might not gain widespread coverage but the contenders in action will be sure to take it seriously as there is a cheque worth more than £100,000 on offer for the champion.

Live coverage is on the Eurosport Player.

Click here to view the Six Red World Championship draw (Times: CET)



8 Comments

  1. Yes, and possibly a place in the Champion of Champions. Actually, depending on which ranking list you follow, Ding Junhui is now Chinese No.2, but Yan Bingtao is also playing in the Six-reds. It will be fascinating if they meet. Prodigy Wu Yize is also in the field, so presumably isn’t playing in a qualification event for Shanghai. Does that mean he is one of the wildcards?

  2. Richard Clements

    Live coverage on Eurosport? Haven’t spotted any…

  3. Apologies, Richard. That was supposed to say Eurosport Player.

  4. Richard Clements

    Ah Eurosport player… I should have checked (I have the player but took someone’s word for it on Facebook that there was no TV coverage). World snooker really losing the plot at the moment though with no coverage of the Paul Hunter 🙁

  5. 3rd paragraph error- As brilliant as Kyren Wilson is, he’s not the reigning world champion, as introduced.

  6. I believe that is Judd Trump after he beat the legend John Higgins in the finals.

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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the World Snooker Championship – won by Mark Selby.

1. Judd Trump
2. Mark Selby
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Neil Robertson
5. Shaun Murphy
6. Kyren Wilson
7. John Higgins
8. Ding Junhui
9. Stephen Maguire
10. Yan Bingtao
11. Mark Williams
12. Mark Allen
13. Barry Hawkins
14. Jack Lisowski
15. Stuart Bingham
16. Anthony McGill

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