If billiards is for the few, then snooker is only for the elite. The game of aristocrats, a dish of true gourmets, snooker is also a great way to relax and unwind
Snooker is a kind of billiard game that conquers millions of people around the world. Snooker can be safely attributed to one of those sports that people often like to watch on the screen than to take part in the game themselves. As a highly entertaining game, snooker requires a high level of skill that, for various reasons, is beyond the reach of most amateurs.
Snooker is a game of intellectuals. It is not enough to have a perfect hitting technique and the ability to control the exit of the cue ball. The ability to play snooker also requires excellent tactical and strategic thinking. Only a miscalculation of your own actions and the actions of your opponent several moves ahead can guarantee the success of snooker players. In fact, many games are won precisely due to the correct tactical conduct of the game. But ideally, you need to be a master in both roles, because it is smart and technical players who often become champions.
History of snooker
The history of billiards dates back to the 15th century, but the actual game of snooker is a later invention. In the late 19th century, billiards was very popular among the British officer corps in India. Players often experimented with variations and rules of the game. The most common version is that snooker was invented by Colonel Sir Neville Chamberlain at the officers’ club in Jabalpur (India), who added colored balls to the pool table. It happened in 1875, initially four colored balls were added, in 1890 there were already 6 of them. The very word “snooker” in the then army slang meant cadets of the first year of service. Then it began to mean newcomers to the game, and over time it became the name of the game itself and one of the “favorite” positions in the game.
In 1919, the rules of snooker were officially established, and the first world championship was held in Birmingham in late 1926 — early 1927. In the 1950s — 1960s, due to lack of funding and a unified management organization, snooker fell into decline. But in the early 1970s. sponsors appeared and snooker championships began to be broadcast on television. By 1976, snooker is becoming a popular professional sport, with leading players earning millions in royalties. Since the 1980s, there has been an active promotion of this game in Asian countries and regions (especially in the Middle East and Far East), and now several leading players are from Asian countries.
Now snooker is very popular in English-speaking countries (in the UK, snooker is the second most popular after football), as well as in China and Australia. World snooker championships are held annually, as well as various tournaments in different countries of the world. Thanks to frequent TV broadcasts, every year the game finds new fans around the world, including at the expense of our country.
Snooker is played with 15 red and 6 colored balls. The white ball acts as the cue ball. The object of the game is to alternately pocket red and colored balls into the pocket. On a miss, the turn passes to the opponent. The player with the maximum number of points wins. The game is not simple and there are many game nuances that require interpretation “from the outside”, so there is always a judge in the game.
The cost of balls when playing snooker:
- red — 1 point
- yellow — 2 points
- green — 3 points
- brown — 4 points
- blue — 5 points
- pink — 6 points
- black — 7 points
The maximum number of points that can be scored when playing snooker is 147. This result is called the “maximum break”. There are also “century breaks” when a player scores 100 or more points in one move. There is a position in the game in which the object ball is closed from the cue ball by another ball and there is no possibility of a direct hit on it, with the name of the game itself — “snooker”.
Snooker is a game that requires an athlete not only to have excellent technical skills and tactical skills. It also teaches you to be in control of yourself in any situation, because in the game everything often goes against you and you need good self-control in order to turn the situation back at any moment. It was thanks to self-control that many of the most important games were won.
At first glance, surprisingly, snooker requires good physical fitness, leading snooker players devote a lot of time to their physical development. In the training of snooker players, in addition to actually playing billiards, practicing techniques, sparring, some types of aerobic and strength exercises are included.
But at the same time, snooker is also a great opportunity to relax and unwind. And to understand this, it is probably worth trying to play it yourself. Play snooker and good luck!
Author: Alexander Kuznetsov
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