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QUIZ! Players in World Snooker Championship Quarter-Finals

More than one-third of the total Crucible participants since 1977 have competed in the World Snooker Championship quarter-finals.

The eight remaining contenders in the 2023 edition are just one win away from reaching the revered single table setup in Sheffield.

Three victories separate them from the coveted title, a top prize worth £500,000, and their rightful place in snooker history.

The four quarter-final matches will be completed on Wednesday, with three of them finely poised heading into the remainder of their ties.

Third seed Mark Allen has a battle on his hands if he’s to embark on a run to the semi-finals for the first time since 2009.

The reigning UK champion is locked at 8-8 with debutant Jak Jones, with a tense final session in store on Wednesday morning.

The encounter between four-time world champions John Higgins and Mark Selby has so far lived up to its billing as a closely contested affair.

The pair shared the opening eight frames of their battle, with qualifiers Anthony McGill and Si Jiahui likewise delicately poised following another session of play that ended 4-4.

Reigning world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, meanwhile, is the only player with one foot already in the semi-finals this year.

After establishing a 6-2 lead in the first session, the Rocket twice let Luca Brecel get back to within two frames.

However, O’Sullivan won what may transpire to be a crucial last couple of frames of the second session to maintain his four-frame buffer and lead 10-6 overnight.

Since the World Snooker Championship moved to the Crucible Theatre in 1977, there have been a total of 85 quarter-finalists from the 228 overall participants at the venue stages in Sheffield.

This year, three new players were added to the list – the first time that has happened since there were four newbies in 2013.

The quarter-final round at the World Championship is generally one of the most enjoyed of the entire tournament.

The compact scheduling of four matches played across just two days lends itself perfectly to an enthralling accumulation of tension and drama.

Reaching this stage has ranked among the career highlights of many competitors on the main tour.

For others, it has merely been a stepping stone to greater things and even bigger moments in Sheffield.

The question is, how many players who have reached the World Snooker Championship quarter-finals at the Crucible Theatre can you name in this quiz?

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