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British Open snooker qualifiers draw and schedule

The British Open qualifiers take place next week with snooker returning to the Morningside Arena in Leicester from Monday.

There will be six days of preliminary-round action as players on the main tour attempt to reach the venue stages of the season’s third ranking tournament.

This year’s edition will be staged at The Centaur in Cheltenham for the first time towards the end of September.

The top seeds all have their opening fixtures held over to the main stages of the competition next month.

That includes defending champion Ryan Day, world champion Luca Brecel, and world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The likes of Mark Selby, Mark Allen, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, John Higgins, and Mark Williams will play their first matches at the venue itself as well.

Shaun Murphy, who has won three ranking titles in 2023 so far including the season-opening Championship League, will also have his match deferred.

Most of the remaining competitors on the pro snooker circuit will have to negotiate their British Open qualifiers under a cubicle setting.

The British Open is one of only a couple of tournaments on the calendar that utilises a random draw format throughout.

Matches in the qualifiers will be the best of seven frames, which usually leads to a few upsets so getting off to a quick start may prove pivotal.

Among those set to participate in Leicester are 2023 World Championship semi-finalist Si Jiahui, Hossein Vafaei, Stuart Bingham, and Jimmy White.

The latter, who won the World Seniors Championship in May, faces Stephen Maguire in a repeat of their European Open final showdown from 19 years ago.

There will be live coverage in the UK on Facebook, in Europe on discovery+, and in other territories outside China on Matchroom.Live.

The British Open boasts a total prize fund of almost half a million pounds, with a cheque worth £100,000 awarded to the champion on October 1st.

Meanwhile, to be in with a chance of winning some money of your own, play online games like bingo, slingo, and slots.

British Open qualifiers schedule

Monday, August 14th

Lukas Kleckers 1-4 Si Jiahui
Ma Hailong 4-2 Ian Burns

Manasawin Phetmalaikul 1-4 Ishpreet Singh
Stephen Hendry 2-4 Muhammad Asif

James Cahill 1-4 Tom Ford
Louis Heathcote 2-4 Ben Mertens

Alfie Burden 2-4 Ken Doherty
Fergal O’Brien 4-1 Andres Petrov

Tuesday, August 15th

Hammad Miah 4-3 Zhou Yuelong
Robbie Williams 4-0 Pang Junxu

Oliver Brown 4-3 Himanshu Jain
Xu Si 4-0 Ricky Walden

Dominic Dale 4-1 Mark Joyce
Liam Pullen 0-4 Oliver Lines

Jenson Kendrick 1-4 David Grace
Adam Duffy 1-4 Scott Donaldson

Wednesday, August 16th

Graeme Dott 4-3 Zhang Anda
Baipat Siripaporn 1-4 Liu Hongyu

Rory McLeod 1-4 Tian Pengfei
Dylan Emery 1-4 Yuan Sijun

Andrew Higginson 1-4 Andy Hicks
Chris Wakelin 4-3 Andrew Pagett

Rod Lawler 4-2 Sam Craigie
Anthony Hamilton 4-1 Aaron Hill

Thursday, August 17th

Mohamed Ibrahim 4-3 Mink Nutcharut
Liam Graham 4-3 Cao Yupeng

Elliot Slessor 2-4 He Guoqiang
Andy Lee 1-4 Hossein Vafaei

David Gilbert 4-1 Ryan Thomerson
Jackson Page 2-4 Ashley Carty

Stuart Carrington 3-4 Ross Muir
Ashley Hugill 4-2 Jak Jones

Friday, August 18th

David Lilley 1-4 Lyu Haotian
Thor Chuan Leong 4-1 Alexander Ursenbacher

Wu Yize 4-2 Martin Gould
Noppon Saengkham 4-1 Xing Zihao

Victor Sarkis 0-4 Matthew Stevens
Jordan Brown 3-4 Daniel Wells

Joe Perry 2-4 Sanderson Lam
Michael White 2-4 Zak Surety

Saturday, August 19th

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-0 Reanne Evans
Mark Davis 3-4 Fan Zhengyi

Xiao Guodong 4-2 Marco Fu
Jamie Jones 4-0 Mostafa Dorgham

Stuart Bingham 4-0 John Astley
Matthew Selt 4-0 Liam Highfield

Julien Leclercq 4-2 Dean Young
Stephen Maguire 4-0 Jimmy White

Held over fixtures
(to be played in Cheltenham)

Monday, September 25th

Ryan Day vs Sean O’Sullivan
Luca Brecel vs Ding Junhui
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Jimmy Robertson
Mark Allen vs Anthony McGill
Judd Trump vs Anton Kazakov
Mark Selby vs Ben Woollaston
Neil Robertson vs Jamie Clarke
Shaun Murphy vs Rebecca Kenna
Kyren Wilson vs Martin O’Donnell
Mark Williams vs Peng Yisong
John Higgins vs Long Zehuang
Ali Carter vs Allan Taylor
Robert Milkins vs Jiang Jun
Jack Lisowski vs Joe O’Connor
Gary Wilson vs Ahmed Aly Elsayed
Barry Hawkins vs Stan Moody

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