The 44th staging of the World Snooker Championship: Latest draw, schedule and results ... How to watch the 2020 Snooker World Championship live stream.

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It had been due to start on Saturday 18 April and run until Monday 4 May, but was forced to be delayed due to the global coronavirus crisis.

Where can I watch?

Eurosport and Eurosport Player will broadcast all 17 days of the event. Check here for TV listings, or alternatively here for details on how to stream the event live via the Eurosport Player. In addition to the live streaming available on Eurosport Player, daily reports and highlights of matches will be published online on the Eurosport website.

When is qualifying? Can I watch it?

Eurosport and Eurosport Player will stream and broadcast all eight days of the Snooker World Championship qualifying event at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield between 21 July and 28 July with extensive online live streaming coverage for fans across 50 territories in Europe.

The 16 players invited by WPBSA will join players seeded 81-128 in Round One Those 64 players play each other, with the 32 winners going into Round Two Round Two: those 32 winners will face players seeded 49-80Round Three: those 32 winners will face players seeded 17-48Round Four: those 32 winners play each other, with the 16 winners going through to the Crucible to face the top 16 seeds

The final qualifying round – known as Judgement Day – takes place on July 27 and 28. The 16 winners qualify for the Crucible to be drawn at random against one of the top 16 seeds. 2006 world champion Graeme Dott, two-times world finalist Ali Carter and last season's beaten semi-finalist Gary Wilson are among those going for gold via the qualifying stage.

All matches will be best of 11 frames, up until the final round which will be best of 19. Session times each day will be 1.30pm and 7pm, until the final round which is 1pm and 7pm.

What is the draw for the Snooker World Championship?

World Championship first round

Judd Trump Eng (1) v QualifierYan Bingtao Chn (16) v QualifierStephen Maguire Sco (9) v QualifierKyren Wilson Eng (8) v QualifierJohn Higgins Sco (5) v QualifierDavid Gilbert Eng (12) v QualifierJack Lisowski Eng (13) v QualifierMark Allen NI (4) v Qualifier––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––Mark Williams Wal (3) v QualifierStuart Bingham Eng (14) v QualifierDing Junhui Chn (11) v QualifierRonnie O’Sullivan Eng (6) v QualifierMark Selby Eng (7) v QualifierShaun Murphy Eng (10) v QualifierBarry Hawkins Eng (15) v QualifierNeil Robertson Aus (2) v QualifierThe formatFirst round: best of 19 framesSecond round: best of 25 framesQuarter-finals: best of 25 framesSemi-finals: best of 33 framesFinal: best of 35 framesPrize moneyWinner: £500,000Runner-up: £200,000Semi-finalist: £100,000Quarter-finalist £50,000Second round: £30,000First round: £20,000Last 48: £15,000Last 80: £10,000Last 112: £5,000Highest break: £15,000

Total price fund: £2,395,000

Former world champions in fieldRonnie O'Sullivan (2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013)John Higgins (1998, 2007, 2009, 2011)Mark Williams (2000, 2003, 2018)Mark Selby (2014, 2016, 2017)Judd Trump (2019)Stuart Bingham (2015)Neil Robertson (2010)Graeme Dott (2006)Shaun Murphy (2005)Who is defending champion?

Undisputed world number one Judd Trump won his first Snooker World Championship with an 18-9 win over John Higgins a year ago. He is bidding to become the first maiden winner in the Crucible era to successfully defend the title.

The 'Crucible Curse' is part of snooker folklore with nobody retaining the trophy a year after lifting it for the first time including icons such as Alex Higgins, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan. It would be a significant milestone in Trump's career if he becomes the first player to end that sequence.

What are the permutations?

Trump will be in action on the opening day of the event on 31 July. He is due to meet Riga Masters winner Yan Bingtao in the last 16 and could come across recent Tour Championship winner Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals. Maguire lost 13-6 to Trump in the last eight a year ago, but toppled him 9-6 in the semi-finals of the Tour Championship.

Fives-times winner O'Sullivan begins the event ranked sixth in the world, but has yet to progress beyond the last eight over the past six years. He will be wary of the potential dangers after losing 10-8 to amateur qualifier James Cahill in a major shock in the first round a year ago.

The Essex man is seeded to face Ding Junhui in the last 16, a possible match with three-times winner Mark Williams or 2015 champion Stuart Bingham in the quarter-finals and could come across 2010 world champion and world number two Neil Robertson in the best-of-33 frame semi-final

A delightful double, beautiful black and perfect plant - O'Sullivan's brilliant trio of pots

Bingham ousted O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals on his way to victory in 2015 while UK champion Ding beat him at the same stage in 2017.

Providing he negotiates a path to the semi-finals, Trump could potentially encounter former Masters holder Mark Allen or four-times champion John Higgins in the semi-finals.

The bottom quarter of the draw looks to be the toughest with former world champions Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy potentially colliding over the best of 25 frames in the last 16 and Robertson or 2013 finalist Barry Hawkins also in the frame to meet the winner of that match in the quarter-finals.

Will any fans be allowed in?


On July 20, World Snooker Tour announced that the 2020 World Snooker Championship would become the first indoor event to pilot the safe return of fans.

A reduced crowd will be allowed at the Crucible Theatre for the entirety of the event.

“[The decision] follows the announcement from the UK Government that a small number of sporting events have been carefully selected, providing the opportunity to stress-test the Government’s ‘stage five’ guidance, on the return of fans to elite sports events,” read a press release from WST.