Let’s see what snooker there is to look forward to next month, with more action on the baize to be enjoyed in November.
There are are a couple of prestigious titles on offer as the 2022/23 snooker season finally gains a bit more momentum.
Champion of Champions
October 31st – November 6th
The Champion of Champions returns to the calendar for a tenth time since its relaunch back in 2013.
Commencing on the last day of October on Monday, most of the invitational snooker tournament will take place during the first week of November.
As usual, winners from various snooker tours have been invited to take part in the competition that boasts a top prize of £150,000 – the biggest of this term so far.
Among the favourites are last year’s winner Judd Trump, world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, and Masters king Neil Robertson.
All of the action will be live on ITV Sport in the UK and Ireland, with other options to watch available around the world too.
The second-oldest ranking event begins not long after the Champion of Champions concludes in Bolton.
For the first time in about a decade, a tiered qualifying structure is in operation for the UK Championship.
That means the top 16 from the world rankings list are already assured of their spots in the last 32 at the venue stages in York.
This tournament usually takes place in early-December but has been brought forward by a couple of weeks in 2022 so not to clash with the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
This year, the prize money for the UK Championship has increased with £250,000 now on offer for whoever emerges triumphantly at the Barbican Centre.
There will be live coverage on the BBC and Eurosport, with China’s Zhao Xintong defending the title he memorably won a year ago.
November 28 – December 4
While the Scottish Open starts in November, the second winner from this season’s Home Nations series won’t actually be crowned until December.
Some preliminaries have already taken place for this event, meaning several lower-ranked competitors are safely through to the last 64.
The top 16 seeds have all had their initial ties from the flat draw held over the venue stages in Edinburgh.
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The UK Championship qualifiers from November 5-10 will take on a similar form to those at the World Championship.
There are also the German Masters qualifiers from November 21-26 with two victories needed in order to guarantee a berth at the Tempodrom early next year.
Q Tour Event 4 on the satellite amateur snooker circuit takes place at the end of next month from November 25-27.
On the same weekend, there’s the Eden Women’s Masters with Ng On Yee expected to defend her title against the likes of Reanne Evans and Mink Nutcharut.
The inaugural 900 Series – a fun new amateur competition that’s being aired live on SportyStuffTV – will also conclude in November.
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