the link "Lady Luck" I write about the part that luck plays in
the game of snooker.
Luck for many years was not publicly associated with the game,
with television commentators confining their comments only to
those players that were playing well. They suggested that if you
were playing well then you usually get the lucky breaks.
Clearly, this means that the good play came first and the luck
have always contended that luck in snooker is always something
to be taken into consideration and, although it may well be that
the luck can come second, clearly the reverse can also be true.
The best example I can refer to, which older visitors to the site
will remember is the 147 break made by Canadian Cliff Thorburn
in the 1983 Embassy World Championship.
The game was evenly poised at the time when Cliff went for a long
red, which he missed, but then fluked. No one can deny that Cliff
played brilliantly to clear the table after the fluke, but clearly
in this instance the luck came first, enabling the break to begin.At
the time both John Virgo and John Spencer who were commentating,
remarked on how luck was influencing the run of the balls. This
assisted in educating non-playing viewers, of which there were
many in the early 80's, of the vagaries of the game.
people began to realise the part luck could play, they also began
to understand how cruel the game could be at the very top levels
and the fine margins involved between success and failure.
Increasingly nowadays the luck aspect of the game is becoming
more and more of a factor in the outcome of a match because of
the dreaded 'kick'. Older players still cannot come to terms with
this phenomenon which these days has crept more and more in to
all that long ago the word 'kick' was never associated with snooker,
but this all changed during the 1990's.
television coverage, more in-depth knowledge and increased awareness
resulted in the number of recorded kicks increasing exponentially.
Commentators were constantly remarking on the number
of kicks taking place, with millions of televised viewers witnessing
kicks at tournaments where frames were affected and
even resolved, because of the unwelcome intrusion.
it must be shattering to a players confidence when having done
all the hard work by getting into a winning position, the frame
is handed to the opponent because of circumstances which are totally
outside his control. There is enough pressure on the players without
causes the problem? What can be done about it? Do we accept the
'Kick' as part and parcel of the game?.
to now, all that seems to be offered as an explanation for the
possible cause of kicks are;
Humidity in the atmosphere.
4) Dust or foreign particles on the balls.
Changes in room temperature.
problem is not a new one. In the modern age however, with so much
at stake it is imperative that something is done to address this
issue. It is hard to believe that we can build stations in space
but cannot resolve the 'kick' issue in snooker.
Have you lost a game because of a kick?.
Has your favourite player lost an important game due a to a kick?.
If you have any thoughts / solutions relating to this issues or
feel that you can add anything to the general debate then please
email me with your views at; email@example.com