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The 147 That Broke The Record | Ronnie O’Sullivan’s 9th Maximum | 2008 World Snooker Championship

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14 May 2022 at 7:52 pm

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The first 147 in a snooker world championship (1983)

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6 April 2022 at 8:16 pm

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Ronnie O’Sullivan shows how to escape a snooker

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30 March 2022 at 5:31 am

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Judd Trump’s 6th career maximum break in a 4-minute video

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13 March 2022 at 1:25 pm

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Highest Break In Snooker Shoot-Out History | Mark Allen

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The snooker shoot-out format is a timed contest with its own rules:

Snooker Shoot-Out Rules

This isn’t like other tournaments. The Shoot Out has several notable rule changes, though the introduction of the snooker shot clock is perhaps the most influential.

Frames are capped at a duration of 10 minutes. For the first five minutes of a frame, players have a maximum of 15 seconds to play a shot. In the second five-minute chunk, players have just 10 seconds to hit the cue ball.

This obviously hurries the spectacle along. There’s no time to ponder safety shots. Failure to hit the ball in time results in a five-point penalty or for the value of the ball which was ‘on’, whichever of the two is greater.

Similar to pool, players must also either pot a ball or hit the cushion with any ball whenever they take a shot.

Again, failure to achieve this results in a five-point penalty or a penalty for the value of the ball which was ‘on’, whichever of the two is greater.

Here’s Mark Allen setting the record for the highest-scoring break:

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23 January 2022 at 2:01 pm

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Ronnie O’Sullivan’s Immortal Game vs Kyren Wilson | 2018 Champion of Champions

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15 January 2022 at 1:51 pm

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The game is called “snooker” for a reason

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Ronnie O’Sullivan makes some skillful snookers to get the 8 points he needed to beat Neil Robertson.

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20 December 2021 at 2:00 pm

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A great break from an earlier era

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6 December 2021 at 1:33 pm

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Marvellous break — Alex Higgins v. Jimmy White

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21 August 2021 at 7:29 pm

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Superb snooker defensive play: O’Sullivan v Wilson Final F10 2018 Champion of Champions

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7 August 2021 at 2:41 pm

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That’s why they call it “snooker”: O’Sullivan and Selby contest the deciding frame

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Tied 16-16 in a best out of 33 match, Selby and O’Sullivan throw snookers at each other with astonishing skill and finesse.

And as a bonus, here’s a video of Ronnie O’Sullivan making astounding comebacks from being very far down — for example, the first frame is O’Sullivan vs. Bingham and begins at the point where O’Sullivan has 1 point and Bingham has 67 points.

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26 July 2021 at 12:12 pm

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Nice frame by Chang Bingyu

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I recently posted a video that showed the remarkable level of skill and sangfroid exhibited by Chang Bingyu in the 2020 Snooker Shoot Out. Here he is again, and one interesting thing about this frame is how it begins with a whole sequence of safety shots — and then Chang Bingyu does a 120 break to close it out.

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16 July 2021 at 11:16 am

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Superb break in 2020 Snooker Shoot Out

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Snooker Shoot Out is to snooker as blitz chess is to chess: a stripped-down, fast-paced game. From the Wikipedia article at the link, here are the rules:

  • Every frame lasts a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • There is a shot clock. For the first 5 minutes of the match, players have 15 seconds per shot, but for the last 5 minutes this is reduced to 10 seconds.[27] Prior to 2013, the shot clock was set at 20 seconds per shot for the first 5 minutes and 15 seconds for the last 5 minutes.[25] Failure to strike the cue ball within the time allowed results in a minimum 5 points penalty or the value of the ball ‘on’, whichever is greater. Prior to 2018, it was always a 5 points penalty.[28] In 2021, normal rules regarding foul points are used.
  • Players must hit a cushion (with any ball) or pot a ball with every shot.[27] Prior to 2013 either the cue ball or the object ball needed to hit a cushion.[25] Failure to do so results in a minimum 5 points penalty or the value of the ball ‘on’, whichever is greater. Prior to 2018, it was always a 5 points penalty.[28]
  • All fouls result in ball in hand.
  • Players ‘lag‘ for who breaks off.
  • In an event of a tie the blue ball shoot-out determines the winner. The blue ball is placed on its spot and the player can place the cue ball anywhere within the D before attempting to pot the blue (winner of lag decides who goes first). The blue ball must be potted directly, i.e. without a fluke.

And here’s an exceptional frame played by Chang Bingyu. You can see the countdown time on-screen as he makes each shot.

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13 July 2021 at 10:42 am

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Ronnie O’Sullivan v. Neil Robertson in 2019 Tour Championship

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This game finds the two tied at 9-9. I wanted to show The Wife how snooker matches are lighted — by using a blue light on the audience, with white light on the players and table, the game is very much foregrounded in the video with the audience muted into background. Plus it’s a good game.

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10 July 2021 at 11:42 am

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Stunning: Welsh Open 2021 Snooker Final Frame Decider

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23 February 2021 at 9:19 am

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The peril of pursuing perfection

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I have written about the difficulty faced by adult beginners in playing piano: they are hyperconscious of the mistakes they make, and they don’t want to play until they can play without making such mistakes. But studying our mistakes is how we learn.

I just came across this story from Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland:

The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pounds of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”. Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

Update: Cf. Linus Pauling: “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”

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16 November 2020 at 3:42 pm

A close-fought frame: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs. Stuart Bingham, 2016 Masters

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Twelve minutes.

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13 November 2020 at 10:46 am

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Match-winning break from Ronnie O’Sullivan, 2017 World Championship

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It’s amazing how Sullivan develops this break.

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7 November 2020 at 7:47 pm

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Barry Hawkins ahead 64 to 0, and then misses a shot

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6 minutes that Hawkins will long remember.

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29 October 2020 at 8:01 am

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Tense semifindal decider between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump in 2019

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28 October 2020 at 9:39 pm

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