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Live Reporting

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  1. Carter shocks Selby & Perry stuns Ding

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    Video caption: Best shots as Carter halts Selby comeback

    Three-time Masters champion Mark Selby suffered a surprise defeat to Ali Carter in the first round of the 2020 tournament in London.

    Ali Carter was a replacement for Ronnie O'Sullivan, who chose not to play in the tournament, and led 3-1 before falling 4-3 behind.

    But he won three frames in a row to claim a 6-4 victory to eliminate three-time champion Selby.

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    Video caption: Best shots as Perry ends Ding's Masters bid

    Earlier, Ding Junhui suffered a 6-3 defeat by Joe Perry.

    The Chinese player arrived in fine form having won theUK Championshipin York last month, but despite a 135 break in frame two, he was never ahead.

    Englishman Perry, the world number 16 who reached the final of this event in 2017, was too consistent and breaks of 71, 93 and 83 secured victory.

    Read the full report from those matches here.

  2. Last time out

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    Video caption: Judd Trump beats Ronnie O'Sullivan to win Masters final 10-4 at Alexandra Palace

    Judd Trump hammered seven-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-4 with a brilliant performance to win his first Masters title.

    A closely fought classic was expected between two of snooker's biggest draws, but the match turned into a comprehensive rout for Trump.

    The world number five's blistering start saw him open up 4-0 and 7-1 advantages in a stunning first session.

    Despite O'Sullivan responding in the evening with two centuries as he clawed three frames back, Trump was not to be denied.

    Read the full report here.

  3. What is the Masters?

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    Image caption: Judd Trump is the reigning Masters champion

    The second of the so-called Triple Crown snooker events, the Masters is considered snooker’s most prestigious invitation tournament.

    The 2020 tournament runs from January 12 to 19 with full coverage across the BBC Two, Red Button, Connected TV and iPlayer, plus coverage across the BBC Sport website and app.

    The Masters has been held at Alexandra Palace in London since 2012 and its most decorated player is Ronnie O'Sullivan. The seven-time champion will not be in action though at the 2020 tournament after announcing he would not take part in December.

    Defending champion Judd Trump beat O’Sullivan in last year’s final 10-4 and will hope to retain his title after the World number one exited the UK Championship at the last 32 stage in December.

  4. BBC Coverage

    All times GMT and subject to late changes

    The BBC will bring you live coverage from Alexandra Palace on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Red Button, plus uninterrupted coverage on the BBC Sport website, app and on BBC iPlayer.

    There will also be a daily highlights round-up and further extended coverage of the day's play with Masters Snooker Extra each evening.

    Monday, 13 January

    13:00 - Neil Robertson (Aus) v Stephen Maguire (Sco)

    19:00 - Mark Allen (NI) v David Gilbert (Eng)

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    13:00-16:45 - BBC Two

    19:00-23:00 - BBC Red Button


    23:15-00:05 - BBC Two (repeated 04:40, 09:20 & 12:10, BBC Red Button)

    00:05-02:05 - Extra, BBC Two (repeated 05:30 & 10:10, BBC Red Button)

  5. How to get into snooker

    Get Inspired


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

    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 in to.

    Snooker is essentially a simple sport, once the rules of the game have been learnt - you can do that 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.