frame snooker is an art form in its own right and is played by
thousands of league / club players the length and breadth of the
leagues up and down the country thousands of players play one frame
snooker every week throughout the league season. In addition, all
team cup competitions in this league operate to the same format,
with only the individual and doubles competitions played over a
greater number of frames.
current professional players continue to participate in their local
leagues. All agree, there is much greater pressure in one frame
snooker than in matches of longer duration.
one frame model however, is rarely played in major tournaments by
the world's leading professionals. The exception to this is perhaps
the Nations Cup, recently held in January of 2001. This tournament
is played in teams of three with players scoring points for their
team in one frame shoot-outs with the opposition.
vagaries and pressures of one frame snooker differ enormously from
the longer matches in recognised tournaments. This results in lower
scoring, tighter affairs during frames, with players frightened
to make an error as a mistake may cost them the frame.
closeness of frames adds to the viewing spectacle, creating tension
and interest for the public. The team format creates further pressure
as players do not wish to let colleagues down through mistakes in
shot selection or potting.
only time that one frame is vitally important in the majority of
professional matches is if the match is level approaching the last
frame. The most dramatic of all one frame shoot-outs must be the
35th frame of the 1985 Embassy World Championships.
34 frames of snooker had already been played the winner of the 35th
would be champion of the world. The last frame encompassed everything
that one frame snooker involves and would prove spell binding watching
for millions of viewers.
just the last frame, but the very last ball the black, would eventually
decide the outcome.
one frame snooker is not for the faint hearted, as all local league
players will also confirm.
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