April 23, 2019

Desislava Bozhilova, Crucible debutante referee but with lots of experience at other tournaments and venues, took charge of the match between Shaun Murphy and Luo Honghao in round 1. Desislava is one of two female referees from Sliven in Bulgaria, the other being Proletina Velichkova, and was actually the grand final referee for the Shoot Out won by Michael Georgiou, the first round opponent of Neil.

She is a very good referee and has an excellent command of English that allows her to control the...

April 22, 2019

This was the lie of the balls during the eighth frame between these players in the first round match of the 2019 World Championships which was refereed by Olivier Marteel, who is one of the best in my opinion.

Michael Georgiou having failed to strike a red in trying to escape a snookered situation, when the cue ball was left after the previous stroke, a fluke by Neil, between the Brown and the side cushion and close to the Brown.

After a very close scrutiny by Olivier he decided to award a free ba...

April 21, 2019

In the first round match between Neil Robertson and Michael Georgiou two instances of note could be observed in the third frame.

The first was that there were no spots available to re-spot the Pink early in the frame after a pot by Neil. It therefore had to go as close to its own spot as possible and in a direct line from that spot to the face of the top cushion. The dilemma was how was this to be achieved with complete success, the importance of which cannot be overstated.

The technique employed...

April 17, 2019

During the course of the second round match of the 2019 Ron Atkins Pot Black Open between Darren Sager and Kurt Dunham, the cue ball came to rest close to or touching the blue ball after a red had been potted, so that an almost straight line could be drawn from the left centre pocket, through the cue ball and the blue together in the middle of the table to the right centre pocket.

This made it almost impossible for the referee to determine whether or not they were touching whilst making every att...

April 1, 2019

There are really eight circumstances when the referee must call the maximum penalty of seven points during a frame of Snooker.

The first and most obvious is if the Black ball is involved in any way in a foul stroke by either being the ball on, the ball concerned or one of the balls struck simultaneously when one of them is not a ball on.

There are seven others which might not necessarily involve the Black ball but are still mandated to receive the highest penalty by the instructions in Sectio...

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