Today we see the start of The 2021 Champion of Champions which is taking place at between 15 and 21 November 2021 at the Bolton Whites Hotel in Bolton, England.

 It is the 11th Champion of Champions event, the first of which was held back in 1978. The tournament features 16 players, primarily winners of important tournaments since the 2020 Champion of Champions. As an invitational event, the Champion of Champions tournament carries no world ranking points.

Sadly the defending champion, Mark Allen was due to take part in the event. However, during the recent English Open, he announced that he was going to have to  withdraw from the event for personal reasons and thus will not be defending the title he won back in 2020. This then meant that Ding Junhui, would then be joining the tournament to replace Allen.

Here is a breakdown who will be competing over the next 7 days

Judd TrumpvDavid Lilley
Stephen MaguirevRyan Day
Neil RobertsonvMark Williams
Kyren WilsonvJordan Brown
Mark SelbyvDavid Gilbert
Shaun MurphyvYan Bingtao
Ronnie O’SullivanvStuart Bingham
John HigginsvDing Junhui

There is not only a trophy now available but there is a Winners cheque of  £150,000 and the Runner-up gets  £60,000

Here is an overview of todays matches ,

Judd Trump4v1David Lilley
Stephen Maguire2v4Ryan Day
Judd Trump6v0Ryan Day

It all commences again tomorrow at 1pm