Judd Trump was off to a winning start with a 5-2 victory over Robbie Williams as the D88.com German Masters qualifiers got underway in Barnsley.
Trump got to the semi-finals in Berlin last year
All players need to win two matches this week to make it to the final stages in Berlin (January 30 to February 3).
World number five Trump was the highest ranked player in action on day one and he fired breaks of 82 and 114 in a comfortable win over Williams. His next opponent will be Hammad Miah or Lukas Kleckers.
Ken Doherty beat Alan McManus 5-0 in a match between two players with a combined age of 96. Doherty, who turns 50 next year, made top breaks of 71 and 90 as he set up a match with Matthew Stevens. Welshman Stevens scored a 5-3 win over Luca Brecel.
Kyren Wilson came from 1-0 down to beat Ian Burns 5-1 with breaks of 76, 56, 64 and 75. Stephen Maguire top scored with 107 in a 5-3 defeat of Daniel Wells.
China’s Zhou Yuelong edged out Zhang Anda 5-4 to keep alive his hopes of a top 32 place on the one-year ranking list and a spot in the Coral World Grand Prix – for more about that race click here
Sam Craigie impressed in a 5-2 win over Ali Carter while Dominic Dale saw off Michael Holt 5-1 with runs of 54, 70, 64, 58 and 78.
Entry to watch the qualifiers at the Barnsley Metrodome is free and fans can gain access to the arena on a first-come-first-served basis.