The 2013 Paul Hunter Classic qualifying section is complete.
A number of quality amateurs have maintained pace with the big boys and are set to begin their challenge for the main prize with Round 1 fixtures that take place between Aug. 23-24.
This year's competition has thrown together a packed schedule in Furth, Germany. The difficulty of scheduling such a tournament is there for all to see, as many Round 1 fixtures don't take place until the end of Aug. 24, when a number of second-round and third-round encounters will also unfold.
Huge names such as Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stuart Bingham, Steve Davis, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson will be in action in the coming days. Can the stars march on to victory or will a surprise package threaten for the title?
Let's take a look at the packed Round 1 schedule:
Round One: Day One
|Mark J Williams||vs.||Saqib Nasir||Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Stuart Bingham||vs.||Fraser Patrick||Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Mark Davis||vs.||Mark Allen||Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Jamie Cope||vs.||Steve Davis||Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Sean O'Sullivan||vs.||Passonkorn Suwannawat||Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|David Grace||vs.||David Morris||Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Judd Trump||vs.||Ian Glover||Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Graeme Dott||vs.||Matthew Day||Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Chris Wakelin||vs.||Daniel Ward||Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Barry Pinches||vs.||Alex Davies||Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Stuart Carrington||vs.||Oliver Lines||Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST|
|Anthony McGill||vs.||Sydney Wilson||Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST|
|Liam Highfield||vs.||Peter Lines||Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST|
|Matthew Selt||vs.||Craig Steadman||Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST|
|Daniel Wells||vs.||Andrew Pagett||Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST|
|Patrick Einsle||vs.||Dechawat Poomjaeng||Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST|
|Robert Milkins||vs.||James Wattana||Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m. BST|
|Mike Dunn||vs.||Marco Fu||Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m. BST|
|Matthew Stevens||vs.||Ben Jones||Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m. BST|
|Ronnie O'Sullivan||vs.||Ahmed Saif||Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m. BST|
|Martin Gould||vs.||Jimmy White||Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m. BST|
|Jimmy Robertson||vs.||Wan Choi Tan/Stefan Schenk||Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m. BST|
|Tom Ford||vs.||Chris Norbury||Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m. BST|
|Tony Drago||vs.||Aditya Mehta||Aug. 23, 12:00 p.m. BST|
|Alan McManus||vs.||Mohamed Khairy||Aug. 23, 12:00 p.m. BST|
|Gary Wilson||vs.||Noppon Saengkham||Aug. 23, 12:00 p.m. BST|
|Anthony Hamilton||vs.||Ratchayothin Yotharuck||Aug. 23, 1:00 p.m. BST|
|Martin O'Donnell||vs.||Darren Cook||Aug. 23, 1:00 p.m. BST|
|Michael Leslie||vs.||Vinnie Calabrese||Aug. 23, 1:00 p.m. BST|
|Rod Lawler||vs.||Adam Duffy||Aug. 23, 1:00 p.m. BST|
Once the first day is complete, certain winners will continue advancing through the schedule whilst the second day of Round 1 fixtures continue. For example, if Selby is to win, he will have already completed three matches by the time Robertson begins his opener.
Here's the second day of the Round 1 battles:
Round One: Day Two
|Neil Robertson||vs.||Thepchaiya Un-Nooh||Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Andrew Norman||vs.||Rory McLeod||Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Robbie Williams||vs.||Ross Muir||Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Joe Swail||vs.||Kishan Hirani||Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Pankaj Advani||vs.||Allan Taylor||Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Jamie Jones||vs.||Lu Haotian||Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Shaun Murphy||vs.||Alex Borg||Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Kyren Wilson||vs.||Robin Hull||Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Michael Wasley||vs.||Ryan Clark||Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Scott Donaldson||vs.||Lee Page||Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST|
|Fergal O'Brien||vs.||Mark Joyce||Aug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST|
|Jamie O'Neill||vs.||T Thirapongpaiboon||Aug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST|
|Barry Hawkins||vs.||Jak Jones||Aug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST|
|Jack Lisowski||vs.||Gerard Greene||Aug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST|
|David Gilbert||vs.||Ding Junhui||Aug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST|
|Dominic Dale||vs.||Alexander Ursenbacher||Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m. BST|
|Joe Perry||vs.||Ken Doherty||Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m. BST|
|Kurt Maflin||vs.||Steven Hallworth||Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m. BST|
|Alfie Burden||vs.||Elliot Slessor||Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m. BST|
|Luca Brecel||vs.||Paul S. Davison||Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. BST|
|Stephen Maguire||vs.||Michael White||Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. BST|
|Marcus Campbell||vs.||Andrew Higginson||Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. BST|
|Ryan Day||vs.||Allister Carter||Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. BST|
|Sam Baird||vs.||Liu Chuang||Aug. 24, 12:00 p.m. BST|
|Ian Burns||vs.||Charlie Walters||Aug. 24, 12:00 p.m. BST|
|Ben Woollaston||vs.||Cao Yupeng||Aug. 24, 12:00 p.m. BST|
|Nigel Bond||vs.||James Cahill||Aug. 24, 12:00 p.m. BST|
|Michael Holt||vs.||David Singh/Lukas Kleckers||Aug. 24, 1:00 p.m. BST|
|Ricky Walden||vs.||Jamie Rhys Clarke||Aug. 24, 1:00 p.m. BST|
|Hammad Miah||vs.||Xiao Guodong||Aug. 24, 1:00 p.m. BST|
|John Higgins||vs.||Mark King||Aug. 24, 1:00 p.m. BST|
Standout Matches to Watch
With so many battles taking place in the early stages, even the most hardcore snooker fans must find it daunting to follow play. As ever, a handful of standout matches should grab your attention as we head into the tournament's proper run.
Ronnie O'Sullivan's opening match against Ahmed Saif is notable for a number of reasons. Not only will the "The Rocket" aim to quickly assert his dominance into the European Tour 4 meet, but he also has a nasty defeat to Peter Lines to avenge from the Bluebell Wood Open, as reported by Mike Dawes of the Daily Mail.
Those looking for some of the most exciting top seeds should also pay attention to the second day of Round 1 fixtures. World No. 1 player Neil Robertson faces a simple task against Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, with the winner facing either Andrew Norman or Ian McLeod.
Robertson is likely to steamroll Un-Nooh, but will be hoping for Norman to upset McLeod, as the current rankings leader will look to bypass an encounter with the top 50 during the early stages.
Rounding off the Round 1 fixtures will be an exciting tie between John Higgins, the current world No. 6, and Mark King, who is ranked No. 25. Both players have enjoyed a run up the rankings in recent times and will be disappointed to be facing each other at this early stage.
While both will have hoped to receive an easier route through, their clash should be extremely intense and hard-fought. A victory either way will provide major confidence for the winner heading into the next stage.