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Other Non-Ranking and Invition Events
First held 1990-1999*
* See also:    Pre 1980     1980-89   2000 onwards

        

 
555 BCE Belgian Challenge
A one-off event staged as part of the World Series and also one of a series of 555 Challenges that season. Sixteen players took part and, as with other events in these series, several continental players were invited to take part. Of these only Rene Dikstra of Holland managed to win a frame leading Jimmy White 4-2 before eventually losing 5-4.


Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1991/2 Antwerp 555 Steve Davis Stephen Hendry 10-9 £20,000
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European Challenge
This was one of a number of “Challenge” events at various locations worldwide in the early 1990s. Sponsored by a French TV channel this one involved eight players in knockout format. 

 
Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1991 Waregem, Belgium Canal Plus Jimmy White Steve Davis 4-1 £20,000
1992 Waregem, Belgium Canal Plus Stephen Hendry Joe Johnson 4-0 £20,000
1993 Espernay, France Canal Plus Stephen Hendry Tony Drago 5-3 £20,000
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European Grand Masters
An eight man one-off event which, in the first round, matched four of snooker’s more senior players, Ray Reardon, Terry Griffiths, John Spencer and Cliff Thorburn, against four of the newer ones, James Wattana, Nigel Bond, Martin Clark and Darren Morgan. The young guns prevailed with the notable exception of James Wattana who lost to Ray Reardon, who was conceding some 37 years, and who also beat Nigel Bond on his way to the final.


Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1990/1  Monte Carlo none Martin Clark Ray Reardon 3-0 £6,000
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Guangzhou Masters
Held only once in early 1996, it involved four invited professionals, Steve Davis, Peter Ebdon, Tony Drago and David Roe and four Chinese players in the opening round.


Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1996 Guangzhou, China none Tony Drago Steve Davis 6-2 £11,000
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555 Hong Kong Challenge
This event was only held twice in the early 1990s as part of Barry Hearn’s ‘World Series’.

Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1990/1 Hong Kong 555 James Wattana Jimmy White 9-3 £20,000
1991/2 Hong Kong 555 Stephen Hendry James Wattana 9-1 £20,000
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Humo Masters
The Humo Masters has been held as a domestic competition in Belgium on many occasions but in the early 1990s it was the Belgian leg of the ‘World Series’ for three seasons. It is only those three events that I am including here.

 

Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1990/1 Antwerp Humo John Parrott Jimmy White 9-6 £30,000
1991/2 Antwerp Humo Mike Hallett Neal Foulds 9-7 £30,000
1992/3 Antwerp Humo James Wattana John Parrott 10-5 £15,000
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555 Indian Challenge
One of a number of “Challenge” events held at various places around Asia and Europe in the early nineties as part of the World Series. This one had a field of 16 including a four Indian players.


Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1991/2 Delhi 555 Stephen Hendry John Parrott 9-5 £20,000


Gold Flake Indian Masters
This was a one-off eight player event with four top pros, Steve Davis, Steve James, Willie Thorne and Peter Ebdon, joining two Indians better known for their prowess at billiards, Geet Sethi and Michael Ferreira plus two leading lady players, Stacey Hillyard and Karen Corr. The groups were decided on aggregate frames won rather than matches.



Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1992/3 Delhi Gold Flake Steve Davis Steve James 9-6 £5,000
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Kent Classic
Another World Series event held on one occasion only. There was a field of sixteen on a straight knockout including several Asian players. One of these, Rom Surin of Thailand, caused a minor upset by putting out Neal Foulds in the first round. 


Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1992/3 Haidian Stadium, Beijing Kent John Parrott Stephen Hendry 6-5 £25,000
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Kings Cup
An event made for television in Thailand and held in the studios of their Channel 9 station just before Christmas. Sixteen players were invited, mostly Asians and the were split into four groups of three with four players exempted until the quarter finals where they joined the group winners. Eventual winner, Nigel Bond was the only European player in the first event but in the others, three from the home countries joined local favourite James Wattana as the invitees.


Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1992/3 Channel 9 Auditorium, Bangkok none Nigel Bond James Wattana 8-7 £2,500
1993/4 Channel 9 Auditorium, Bangkok none James Wattana Darren Morgan 8-3 £2,500
1994/5 Thai/Japan Youth Centre, Bangkok none Billy Snaddon Noppadon Noppachorn 8-4 £2,500
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Merseyside Professional Championship
A highly successful low-budget professional event promoted by well known referee, Peter Williamson. Although the prize money was modest it attracted a large field mainly drawn from the lower end of the ranking list.

Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1993/94 Liverpool Billiards & Snooker Club Burtonwood Dave Harold Tony Rampello 5-3 £500
1994/95 Liverpool Billiards & Snooker Club J P O'Brien Dean Reynolds Jason Ferguson 5-1 £700
1995/96 Liverpool Billiards & Snooker Club Courage Rod Lawler Dean Reynolds 5-4 £700
1996/97 Liverpool Billiards & Snooker Club Matthew Brown David Gray Paul Sweeny 5-2 £1,150
1997/98 Liverpool Billiards & Snooker Club Matthew Brown Antony Bolsover Paul Wykes 5-4 £1,150
1998/99 Liverpool Billiards & Snooker Club John Smith/Fosters Peter Lines Lee Walker 5-4 £1,150
1999/00 George Scott Snooker Club, Liverpool John Smith Styart Bingham Stuart Pettman 5-1 £1,150
2000/01 George Scott Snooker Club, Liverpool John Smith Michael Holt Rod Lawler 5-3 £1,200
2001/02 George Scott Snooker Club, Liverpool John Smith Nick Dyson Paul S. Davison 5-2 £1,200
2002/03 George Scott Snooker Club, Liverpool John Smith Mark Davis Stephen Maguire 5-2 £1,500
2003/04 George Scott Snooker Club, Liverpool John Smith Stephen Maguire Mark Davis 5-1 £1,500
2004/05 George Scott Snooker Club, Liverpool John Smith Joe Perry Stephen Croft 5-2 £1,500
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Millennium Cup
Held just once as a curtain raiser to the 1999/2000 season. The eight-man field at the Regent Hotel in Hong Kong included Marco Fu and three other local players plus four of the top players in the game, Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Williams and Stephen Lee



Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1999 Regent Hotel, Hong Kong Cable TV International Stephen Lee Ronnie O'Sullivan 7-2 n/a
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Nescafé Extra Challenge
A one-off event held in Bangkok notable for the fact that it provided Ronnie O'Sullivan with his first tournament victory as a professional. It involved four players, O’Sullivan, Alan McManus, James Wattana and John Parrott, playing each other on a round robin basis with the winner decided on a league basis. Both O’Sullivan and Wattana had two wins out of three but O’Sullivan took the title having won more frames.


Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1992/3 Bangkok Nescafé Ronnie O'Sullivan James Wattana Round Robin £10,500
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Red & White Challenge
Held only once in 1995, it involved four invited professionals meeting Pakistani amateurs in the opening round.


Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1995/6 Islamabad, Pakistan Red & White Nigel Bond John Parrott 8-6 £6,000
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Red Bull Champions Super League
Held in Guangzhou, China in June 1998, this one-off event was a six-man round robin. The players were Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and James Wattana plus three local stars who had yet to make their mark as professionals, Marco Fu, Pang Wei-Guo and Guo Hua. Davis and Hendry had identical records but Davis took the title as he had beaten Hendry in their individual match
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Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1998 Guangzhou, China Red Bull Steve Davis Stephen Hendry Round-Robin £12,000
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Red Bull Super Challenge
Also held in June 1998 this was a similar event to the Champion’s Super League (see above). Again it was a six-man round robin but played at three different venues in China. The line-up was similar but John Higgins replaced Wattana and another Chinese, Au Hi Wai, came in for Marco Fu.

  
Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1998 Shenyang, Xian & Beijing, China Red Bull Stephen Hendry John Higgins Round-Robin £12,000
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Riley Superstar International
This event held on 1997 in Guangzhou, China was played on a round robin basis. There were initially four three man groups, each one consisting of two local players and one invited professional. The pros involved were, Ken Doherty, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Jimmy White and James Wattana. The top two in each group moved into two further four-man groups from which emerged the semi-finalists.

Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1997/8 Guangzhou, China Riley Ronnie O'Sullivan Jimmy White 5-3 £10,000
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Top Rank Classic
A round robin event held twice in Thailand in the mid 1990s. Stephen Hendry won both but I am unable to find full details of the second one.


Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1994/5 Hat Yai, Thailand Top Rank Stephen Hendry Jimmy White R-R £20,000
1995/6 Thailand Top Rank Stephen Hendry n/a 9-1 n/a

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