Top 10 snooker tacticians selected by European Sports!

By: Alan Walker May. 19,2020

1.John Higgins (Scotland)

He is known as the Sorcerer of Scotland, and Higgins won four world championships in 1998, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

When he was a kid, he was an avid follower of the six-time world champion Steve Davis OBE. Not only did the Scot follow the great achievements of Davis, but he probably surpassed him in a brilliant 28-year career. This is no exaggeration.

He is an awesome tactician, he can win opportunities in tactical endgames, and he can also control the situation in a trial. Davis set the benchmark for how to become the top strategist, and Higgins, a player who has reached the World Championship finals eight times, has reached the top of his career with 778 single shots, only second Ronnie O'Sullivan's 1038 single shot broke 100.

If you are looking for the ultimate snooker strategist, it is Higgins. The Scot is arguably the most perfect snooker player.

2. Steve Davis OBE (UK)

Davis was the leader of Snooker in the 1980s. He won the world championship six times in 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988 and 1989.

His dominance is based on the unprecedented percentage game of his time, and it is likely to extend his career beyond natural life. Davis rarely played the wrong ball when he was young. When he cannot win a game in one shot, he will be content with a safe lead and then stifle his opponent to win.

"My style of play is based on Ray Leighton," Davis said. "He will strangle them slowly like a big python. I did it, and I slowly squeezed out the chance of winning from them."

Ronnie O'Sullivan lost to Davis 10-8 in the 1997 Masters final, when he led 8-4 and seemed to be on the verge of victory.

O'Sullivan said: "I never really defeated Steve in his heyday, but I did lead him in the 1997 Masters."

Even at the age of 52, Davis remained competitive in the 2010 World Championship quarter-finals. In the final 16 games, he defeated defending champion John Higgins 13-11.

3. Mark Selby (UK)

For the nickname "Lester Clown", Selby played a cue ball without a sense of humor. At his peak, Selby is arguably the least tactical player you want to play against. Not only can he endure this boring way of playing, but he can also find fun in it.

An example of his most powerful tactical display is that he defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-5 in the 2014 World Championship finals, won the game 18-14, and defeated John Higgins 10-4 in 2017. For the third time, he won the great achievements of Cruzburg Theatre.

2006 world champion Graeme Dott had a masters semi-final against Selby at Alexandra Palace in London on Saturday night. The match lasted 4 hours and 38 minutes. -4 fell behind to 6-5 and won. People finally watched this long game when the sun was about to rise.

"It feels like living in a nightmare, I just can't get into a state, and I find it difficult to stay interested," Dort said.

"Mark is the best in the world in dealing with anxious game scenes. I just find it difficult to play with him. I do n’t want to participate in a game where people seem dull. This is equivalent to a football team putting 11 people in front of the door. . This is how Mark plays! "

4. Ray Leighton (Wales)

Rilton won six world championships in 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1978. As one of the best batters in the sport, he played for Steve Davis OBE in the 20th century The blueprint for ruling the world in the 1980s provided a higher-scoring version of the Welsh game.

Former world champions Ronnie O'Sullivan and Sean Murphy are very grateful to Rilton for helping them improve their tactical level. Rilton suggested that they should concentrate on correct tactical batting at all times. The ultimate goal is to win Knock game.

Rilton is still the oldest person to lift the world championship trophy at the Cruzsburg Theatre since 1978, when he was 45 years old and served as his coach when O'Sullivan won his second world championship in 2004 . He is still a green and white giant, and the pillar of his success is an indestructible safety ball strategy.

5. Ronnie O'Sullivan (UK)

O'Sullivan enjoyed a return to the top in his career, which allowed him to continue his good form until his 40s and returned to the world's No. 1 briefly in March 2019 at the age of 43.

He is known for his talent, speed and ability to attack Snooker, but his skill in handling safety balls in the game should not be underestimated. In his years of growing up, safety balls were considered unpopular, but stable safety balls would win decisive blows.

Before successfully winning his second world championship in 2004, he listened to the advice of six world champions, tactical master Ray Leighton, and found that patience was the key. O'Sullivan realized that it was impossible to defeat every opponent through offensive, especially with years of professional games, he realized that an aggressive safety ball can better show his destructive defensive scoring ability.

O'Sullivan lost to Peter Alberton in the 2005 World Championships. He led 8-2, but lost 13-11 after his opponent boasted an average batting time of 37 seconds.

O'Sullivan said: "I admit that I don't want to be involved in the defensive game. I can play defensive snooker, but when the ball is playing on the table, I have a more open attack plan."

Like Higgins, O'Sullivan knows the value of playing the right safety ball at the right time and uses it as a model for professional players.

6. Joe Davis (UK)

It is easy to think that the modern television era is the highest standard for snooker, but this does not mean that the past should be easily abandoned. Joe Davis is a great man in this sport. He won 15 world championships between 1927 and 1946.

Before owning the TV broadcast, Davis won the World Championship with a researched tactical method, scoring 147 points for the first time in 1955, and had 689 career single-shot breakthroughs due to his name.

Before the arrival of Steve Davis OBE in the 1980s, he learned his technique of the same name in a manual invented by Joe Davis himself. He is considered the "GOAT-Greatest Player" of the sport.

Davis was a tactical master of his time. Because he played well in the game, he was worthy of the top ten tactical masters.

7. Mark Williams (Wales)

Williams is arguably the best left-handed player in the snooker field. He is another player who is not afraid to get along well with opponents who have obvious competitive ability in this sport, as he seeks to win every victory from his ongoing career .

In 2000 and 2003, Williams won the world championship in his 20s, his career reached its peak, and he defeated John Higgins 18-16 in 2018, and won this again at 43 The sport's most coveted award-World Championship champion.

As one of the best players of the same period, along with Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins, Williams has a place in the highly praised 75 players.

8. Neil Alexander Robertson (Australia)

Neil Alexander Robertson was once thought to be a pony, a businessman who pursues speed, a terrible craftsman, but he has become the best billiard artist in Australia. At the age of 17, he lost in the fourth round of the qualifying round of the 1999 World Championships, and then he won the championship in 2010.

Robertson said: "Nobody who saw me at that time would think that I would be who I am today." "I'm not even a top ten player."

Robertson is very capable of handling safety balls. This is his talent, and he will be disappointed if he cannot become a multiple champion at the end of his career.

9. Cliff Thorburn (Canada)

Thorburn is nicknamed the "Grinder" because his method can crush opponents into powder. The Canadian won the world championship with an exciting 18-18 victory over Alex Higgins in 1980.

In the 1970s and 1980s, he had a formidable game tactic, which allowed him to compete with field-proven professional players such as Rilton, Davis, John Spencer and Terry Griffith. competition.

Although some people have difficulty understanding his structured playing style, his slow pace is almost slow-motion, but he is a product of his time, he is known for his ability to punish opponents 'mistakes, opponents' mistakes may make him prison Seize the opportunity.

He was the first to score 147 points in Cruzburg. He also won three Masters titles at the Wembley Convention Center in 1983, 1985 and 1986. He will be remembered as one of Snooker's toughest characters.

10.Alex Higgins (Northern Ireland)

Hurricane Higgins is remembered for its natural talent and attack instinct, but he is also an awesome snooker athlete. Part of Snooker's challenge is knowing when to play the right ball at the right time. When emotions controlled him, Higgins was never afraid of getting along with tactical matches. Without strategy, he could not have won two world championships in 1972 and 1982.

His most glorious moment is arguably when he beat his rival Steve Davis OBE 16-15 in 1983 and raised the British Championship trophy. In the same year, he was led by Davis in the World Championship semifinals 5-16. However, Higgins retraced from 0-7 behind, winning 8 of the next 9 games and tying the score to 8-8. He led 14-12, but trailed 15-14 in the last two games, igniting the mood of the audience.

Higgins' tactical mind is part of his arsenal, he will like a safety ball like a glass of beer. No matter what state Higgins is in, his loyal fans appreciate him.

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