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    Video caption: World Snooker Championship: Watch five best shots as Joe Perry knocks champion Selby out

    World Snooker Championship 2018: Watch five best shots as Joe Perry knocks champion Mark Selby out

  2. By Shamoon Hafez

    BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre

    Mark Selby

    Defending champion Mark Selby is knocked out in the first round of the World Championship after a shock 10-4 defeat by Joe Perry.

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    Video caption: World Snooker Championship: Champion Mark Selby 7-2 down to Joe Perry
  4. 'I believe I am the favourite to win the World Championships' - Ding Junhui

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    Video caption: Chinese snooker star Ding Junhui is confident as the World Championships get under way.
  5. When can I watch today?

    All times are BST and subject to late changes.

    Settle in for a busy first day of coverage across BBC TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app.


    13:45-16:35, BBC One

    10:00-14:00 & 19:00-20:00, BBC Two (19:00-20:00 not available in Scotland and Northern Ireland)

    10:00-13:00, 16:30-18:00 & 19:00-23:00, BBC Red Button

    Tables One & Two, 10:00-14:00; 14:30-18:30; 19:00-23:00, BBC iPlayer, Connected TV and online


    00:05-00:55 - BBC Two


    00:55-02:55 - BBC Two


    13:00-14:30 & 18:00-19:00 - BBC Red Button

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  6. What is it?

    2018 World Snooker Championship

    The World Championship is snooker's biggest event and has been staged since 1927. It has been hosted in its modern form by Sheffield's Crucible Theatre since 1977.

    It is one part of snooker's 'Triple Crown' events alongside the UK Championship and the Masters.

    The event has seen some of the biggest names in snooker throughout the decades win the trophy, including Stephen Hendry (seven titles) and Ronnie O'Sullivan (five titles).

    World Snooker Championship trophy
    Image caption: World Snooker Championship trophy
  7. Last time out

    2017 World Snooker Championship

    Last year's final saw Mark Selby beat John Higgins 18-15 in a thrilling final to win the World Championship for the third time in four years.The world number one is only the fourth player after Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan to claim back-to-back titles in the modern era.

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    Video caption: Watch the moment Selby clinched third world title
  8. Get inspired: How to get into snooker

    Get Inspired


    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.

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    Video caption: Get Inspired: How World Snooker is helping build confidence in the community