British Open Snooker 2023
The British Open will be played at the Centaur in Cheltenham from 25th September until 1st October. The event will be covered on terrestrial television by ITV.
Ryan Day won the 2022 event, beating Mark Allen 10-7 in the Final.
There is a total prize money fund for the event of £478,000 with £100,000 going to the winner.
The highest break winner will receive £5000.
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British Open 2023: Format and draw
Matches are of a duration of seven frames up to and including Round Four. For the Quarter-Finals the match length is nine frames. The Semi-Finals are over eleven frames and the Final is a best of nineteen.
The British Open is unusual in that there is a random draw before each round rather than the traditional draw format which is based on rankings.
Some of the bigger named players such as Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Allen and Mark Selby have had their qualifying matches held over the main venue.
The qualifying event was played at the Morningside Arena in Leicester. Some of the big names who didn’t make it through qualifying this year were: Zhou Yuelong, Ricky Walden, Martin Gould, Marco Fu and Joe Perry.
Daniel Wells made the high break of 136 at the qualifying arena.
Ronnie O’Sullivan withdrew from the event prior to the start of the main tournament due an elbow problem. He was replaced in the draw by Steven Hallworth.
Matthew Stevens v Fergal O'Brien
Yuan Sujun Hossein Vafaei
Gary Wilson v Mark Williams
Ma Hallong v Hammad Miah
Graeme Dott v Ashley Carty
Ryan Day v Ali Carter
Ding Junhui v Julien Leclercq
Oliver Lines v He Guoqiang
Robbie Williams v Scott Donaldson
David Gilbert v Ishpreet Singh Chadha
Xiao Guodong v David Grace/Sanderson Lam
Barry Hawkins v Kyren Wilson
Mark Selby v Si Jiahui
Jimmy Robertson v Tom Ford/Ashley Hugill
Fan Zhengyi v Rod Lawler
Jack Lisowski v Matthew Selt
Some big names have already been eliminated in Round 2:
Round Two Draw (N.B. All subsequent rounds will be subject to a random draw)
Best of seven frames
Jack Lisowski 4 Shaun Murphy 3
Gary Wilson 4 Chris Wakelin 3
Ryan Day 4 Thor Chuan Leong 1
David Gilbert 4 Lyu Haotian 3
John Higgins 1 Robbie Williams 4
Stephen Maguire 2 Mark Williams 4
Fan Zhengyi 4 Ross Muir 1
He Guoqiang 4 Muhammad Asif 1
Scott Donaldson 4 Liam Graham 0
Judd Trump 3 Hammad Miah 4
Jamie Jones 0 Julien Leclercq 4
Ali Carter 4 Xu Si 0
Noppon Saengkham 2 Fergal O'Brien 4
David Grace v Sanderson Lam
Dainel Wells 2 Ashley Carty 4
Tom Ford v Ashley Hugill
Ken Doherty 3 Matthew Stevens 4
Ma Hailong v Mohamed Ibrahim
Mark Selby 4 Tian Pengfei 2
Robert Milkins 1 Barry Hawkins 4
Mark Allen 0 Kyren Wilson 4
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 1 Oliver Lines 4
Oliver Brown 2 Hossein Vafaei 4
Ding Junhui 4 Liu Hongyu 3
Anthoy Hamilton 0 Xiao Guodong 4
Andy Hicks 2 Graeme Dott 4
Rod Lawler 4 Dominic Dale 1
Neil Robertson 1 Si Jiahui 4
Yuan Sijun 4 Ben Mertens 0
Matthew Selt 4 Zak Surety 1
Jimmy Robertson 4 Wu Yize 3
Stuart Bingham v Ishpreet Singh Chadha
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British Open Snooker: History and Last Ten Winners
The British Open dates back as far as 1985 when Silvino Francisco beat Kirk Stevens 12-9 in the first official Final. The tournament was withdrawn from the circuit in 2004 but was revived for the 2021/22 season.
Some unexpected winners can be found in the British Open's history, not least the aforementioned Francisco, whose victory proved to be his only win in a ranking event during his career. Similarly, Nigel Bond’s only ranking event victory came in this event when the Derbyshire player beat Scotland’s John Higgins in the 1996 Final. Irish professional, Fergal O'Brien, was another player who found crossing the winning line in the British Open the highlight of his thirty-year career when winning the event in 1999.
Canadian Bob Chaperon, who played on the tour for fifteen seasons, recorded his only ranking event victory when defeating Alex Higgins 10-8 in Higgins’ last appearance in a major final in 1990. Popular 1980s player Tony Meo had plenty of success partnering Steve Davis in the World Doubles Championships but achieved his only ranking event win as a solo player in the British Open in 1989. Players such as Mike Hallett, Dean Reynolds, Gary Wilkinson, Ian McCulloch and James Wattana (three times) also made the Final of the British Open.
Some more familiar names have also had notable success in the British Open.
Seven-time World Champion, Stephen Hendry won the British Open four times (1988, 1991, 1999 and 2003) and made the Final on two other occasions. Hendry notably beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-6 in the British Open Final in 2003, the only time Hendry beat O’Sullivan in a ranking event Final. Hendry and O’Sullivan played each other in six major finals with The Rocket winning on five occasions.
John Higgins also won the British Open four times (1995, 1998, 2001 and 2004) as well as losing 9-8 to Nigel Bond in the Final in 1996. Higgins lost 4-3 in the First Round of this event in 2022, thirty-years after playing in the British Open for the first time.
The last ten winners of the British Open are detailed below:
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