Last year, Judd Trump claimed the World Snooker Championship title that many had been expecting him to since he burst onto the professional snooker scene as a precocious youngster. The Englishman was too good for John Higgins in the final winning 18-9 and condemning the Scot Higgins to his third successive finals defeat in the tournament, having lost the previous two years to Mark Williams (2018) and Mark Selby (2017).

It was a revenge win for Trump, who had lost in the 2011 final to Higgins, the last time the Scot claimed the trophy and Trump’s form since over the 2019-20 season had been excellent, making him many’s people favourite to retain the trophy that he won in 2019.

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Let’s now take a look at some of the players we expect to make a major impact at the tournament, including of course, our tip for who we think will win it this year.

A Preview of the World Snooker Championship 2020

With £2,395,000 up for grabs in total and £500,000 for the champion to take home, there may not be fans at the Crucible Theatre this year for just over two weeks of top-quality snooker action, but there will be an audience of millions watching the drama unfold from home.

The top 16 ranked players in the world have been seeded into the main draw, with the remaining 16 places in the tournament decided by the qualifying tournament, which has already been underway for a while and which will come to a conclusion early this week. These 16 qualifiers out of 128 players competing for those 16 spots, will then be drawn against the top 16 for the first round of the tournament.

The tournament is played over the longest format of the season, with the First Round matches starting over the best-of-19 frames, and then increasing in length through to the final, which is played over several sessions as the best-of-35 frames.

The sixteen players seeded into the first round are:

  1. Judd Trump (Eng)
  2. Neil Robertson (Aus)
  3. Mark Williams (Wal)
  4. Mark Allen (N.Ire)
  5. John Higgins (Sco)
  6. Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng)
  7. Mark Selby (Eng)
  8. Kyren Wilson (Eng)
  9. Stephen Maguire (Sco)
  10. Shaun Murphy (Eng)
  11. Ding Jungui (Chn)
  12. David Gilbert (Eng)
  13. Jack Lisowski (Eng)
  14. Stuart Bingham (Eng)
  15. Barry Hawkins (Eng)
  16. Yan Bingtao (Chn)

Notable Qualifiers?

The final round of qualification games are set to take place over Monday and Tuesday this week in a best of 11 format and there are some players competing who have made a name for themselves at the Crucible in the past. Graeme Dott faces Martin Gould, with Dott being a former World Champion and Gould being a player who has done well in the tournament in the recent past. Other names involved who won’t be unfamiliar to snooker fans include Alan McManus, Anthony Hamilton, Fergal O’Brien, Ryan Day, Mark King, Matthew Stevens and Ricky Walden.

However, a number of high-profile players have been knocked out in the qualifying rounds including Jimmy White, Ken Doherty, Luca Brecel, Ali Carter and Joe Perry.

What qualities do you need to win the World Snooker Championship?

One of the key qualities any potential World Champion needs at the Crucible is resilience. With these games being played over many more frames than the usual tournaments, a player not only needs stamina to play through hundreds of frames, but also the ability to bounce back in sessions where things haven’t gone quite so well. It is very rare for any player to breeze through a tournament playing their best, so it is minimising the effects of these dips in form and keeping them to a fewer number that is one of the key qualities a player needs to be successful here.

Of course, having break building ability and great safety play are a given, but in the World Championship mental and physical fatigue can play a huge role, so players in good form, who feel good about their game and who have a positive mindset going into the tournament, tend to be the ones that do well.

Our Tip to Win – Judd Trump (5/2)

Having broken the spell the Crucible had over him for many years, I expect Judd Trump to mount a successful defence of his title won last year. Trump’s innate ability is such that on his day, in terms of talent, perhaps only Ronnie O’Sullivan can match him. O’Sullivan though is blowing hot and cold at the moment and there is no real indication of what his form or state of mind will be. Trump has enjoyed a superb season so far and I think he will cap it here with a second World Snooker Championship in two years.