By Steve Sutcliffe
By Steve Sutcliffe
China's Ding Junhui won his third UK Championship by dispatching Scotland's Stephen Maguire 10-6 in an absorbing final featuring seven century breaks.
Ding, 32, had not won a ranking event since 2017 and last lifted the UK trophy a decade ago - four years after his first triumph as a teenager.
Back-to-back centuries secured a 5-3 first-session lead and he sealed victory with successive tons.
Maguire made three tons in four frames, but his poor start proved costly.
Ding, who won the first four frames in a confident start, became only the fifth player to win the UK title on three or more occasions.
13:00: Ding Junhui v David Grace - Table One
13:00: Neil Robertson v Chris Wakelin - Table Two
19:00: Judd Trump v Dominic Dale - Table One
19:00: John Higgins v Gerrard Greene - Table Two
BBC Sport has comprehensive live coverage of the UK Championship live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TV, iPlayer, online and the BBC Sport app from Saturday, 28 November through to the final on Sunday, 6 December. Click here to see the full coverage details.
Saturday, 28 November
13:15-16:00 - BBC One and BBC iPlayer
16:00-17:15 - BBC Two and BBC iPlayer
19:00-21:00 - BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and mobile app
13:00-18:00 and 19:00-23:30 - Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app
The UK Snooker Championship is one of Snooker's 'Triple Crown' events alongside the World Championship and the Masters.
The 2019 edition of the UK Snooker Championship was held at the York Barbican for the eighth successive year. This year due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the 2020 edition will be held at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
Early stages of the tournament had already been moved from The Barbican but it was decided at the start of November that the whole tournament should be hosted in Milton Keynes.
The Marshall Arena has held all of snooker’s tournaments as part of its bio-secure bubble. The tournament was previously held in York from 2001-2006 and returned in 2011 after being held in Telford for four years.
Whether you choose to play competitively or socially, snooker is sure to get your brain working.
It requires skill and concentration and will improve your focus and hand-eye coordination. Anyone can play regardless of age, gender or ability and it's not an expensive sport to get into.
Snooker is essentially a simple sport, once the rules of the game have been learnt - to do just that click here.
And a great way to start taking part in snooker is through a local snooker club.
The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards provides a club finder to locate your local snooker venue.
To find a club in other areas of the UK please contact the national snooker federations of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.