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QUIZ! Most Appearances in the UK Championship

It has traditionally been regarded as the second biggest ranking event on the snooker calendar.

The 2020 UK Championship resumes on Saturday with the beginning of the second round at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

All top 16 seeds remain in the hunt for glory next weekend, including reigning winner Ding Junhui, world number one Judd Trump, and world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.



The UK Championship is the second oldest tournament on the annual schedule, dating back to 1977 when Patsy Fagan emerged with the inaugural title.

For the first seven editions, only players from the UK or those with permanent residency there were allowed to participate.

It wasn’t until 1984 that the competition was opened up to allow international players to enter, prompting its upgrading to ranking event status.

Since then, all of the best cueists in the world have lined up each year at various homes for the tournament – from Preston to Bournemouth, and from Telford to York.

For the last decade the UK Championship has been staged at the Barbican Centre, but the coronavirus pandemic has meant that the 2020 event instead remains behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena.

QUIZ! 147 Breaks in the UK Championship

Throughout its existence it has had varying formats too, with a flat draw for the 128 Main Tour players incorporated for the last handful of years.

For today’s quiz, then, you are required to name the players with the most appearances in the UK Championship’s history.

Prior to 2013, preliminary rounds were generally held separately from the venue stages and at a different location.

But for the purposes of this teaser, let’s include any time a player participated in the tournament at all – either by entering the qualifying rounds or by featuring in the main draw.

According to snooker stats website CueTracker, a total of 63 competitors have competed in the UK Championship at least 20 times.

The question is, can you name them?

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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the Northern Ireland Open – won by Mark Allen.

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

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