Six Red Flashback

Bangkok in Thailand has hosted the SangSom Six Red World Championship since 2010, and with the tournament coming up next week, here’s a look back at previous events…

This year’s event runs from September 3-8, click here for the draw and format

Mark Selby is now accustomed to collecting world titles, but he took the Six Red version for the one and only time eight years ago. After edging out Barry Hawkins 7-6 in the semis he beat Ricky Walden 8-6 in the final. World number one Selby is among the field again this year hoping to repeat that success.

Six Machine: Mark Davis

After a year’s absence from the calendar, the tournament returned in 2012. Mark Davis is undoubtedly one of the best players not to have won a ranking title, but he has shown his ruthless side in this event. He saw off Walden 7-2 in the semis and Shaun Murphy 8-4 in the final. “It’s about time I won something,” said the Hastings battler. “My trouble has been a lack of self-belief. Hopefully now I can now make progress up the rankings and win one of the majors on the way.”

Davis proved it was no fluke as he successfully defended the title. John Higgins and Selby were among his victims as he stormed to the final before beating Neil Robertson 8-4.

Davis’s bid for three titles in a row was ended at the last 16 stage by Thai amateur Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn. He went on to shock Higgins in the quarters, before Stephen Maguire got the better of him in the semis. Maguire then came from 6-3 and 7-5 down in the final to beat Walden 8-7.

Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh delighted the home fans by going all the way to the top prize. A player with natural flair and a rapid attacking game, Un-Nooh beat Stuart Bingham and Judd Trump to reach the quarter-finals, then conceded just six frames from that point, beating Liang Wenbo 8-2 in the final to win his first pro title.

The most dramatic final in the event’s history came in 2016 as Ding Junhui edged out Bingham 8-7. After being hauled back from 7-5 to 7-7, Ding took the decider on the last black, gaining some consolation for his defeat in the World Championship final a few months earlier. “The Six Red is a special tournament and it is a game fans love to watch,” said Ding. “I just kept playing in the style I like.”

Going into last year’s Six Red event, Mark Williams hadn’t won a tournament since the 2015 World Seniors and had fallen to 17th in the rankings. No one could have predicted the epic season that was in the pipeline for Williams, culminating in his Crucible triumph in May. The Welshman got back to winning ways in Bangkok, beating Un-Nooh 8-2 in the final to take the top prize of 3.5 million Baht (£81,000).

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