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August 31, 2020

The rules definition of a snooker is when all balls-on are fully or partially obstructed by a ball or balls not on. If a ball-on cannot be struck at both extreme edges in a direct straight line the Cue-Ball is said to be snookered.

This seems to be very different from the perception of quite a lot of snooker players who believe that to be snookered means that not even one finest edge of a ball-on should be accessible before the term is employed. The terms ‘fully snookered’ and ‘partially snookere...

August 19, 2020

Anthony McGill and Jamie Clarke decided that some needle needed to be introduced to their 2020 2nd round World Championship match at the Crucible. The questions raised are firstly, why, secondly, who was at fault and a thirdly, who was in the wrong. Now the second two questions might seem the same but can be differentiated by considering which player made the first, either deliberate or inadvertent wrong move and which player was then at fault for continuing, or acting in a way which would conti...

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