Can you discuss basic rules of Snooker ?
A popular cue sport invented in India, Snooker is a game that’s played on a large table, covered with ball pockets and 22 snooker balls. Widely popular in English-speaking and Commonwealth countries, the game is considered a premier sport. The idea of snooker is to use a cue and hit snooker balls- each of which have a point. Players execute shots by striking a cue ball with a cue. Points can be scored with the ball potting or if the other opponent commits a foul.
The main objective of this game is to strike a white cue ball with a cue to pot other balls in any of the six pockets. The rules are discussed below.
- Points can be scored by potting object balls (balls in different colours other than the cue). Scoring highest points help an opponent win the frame. The player who wins most frames is the winner of the match.
- Match usually has a predetermined odd number of frames. A frame begins when balls are set up in a particular style. Frame ends when all the balls on the table have been potted or if the other player concedes defeat because they are too far behind.
-Off Shot, where players take turns to break the balls on the table. In this shot, white cue ball can be placed anywhere in the ‘D’ section. When one player is at the table, the other can’t play.
- ‘Break’ refers to number of points a player scores in one single visit on the table. The ‘break’ ends when the player fails to pot a ball or if they commit a foul.
- The balls cannot potted aimlessly. Rules suggest that only some balls can be potted for a particular stroke. These balls differ from one shot to the other. For instance, if a red ball is potted, it has to be potted by the second coloured ball and so on until the player fails to pot. Similarly, if the first ball potted is in a colour different than red, then the next ball should be in red.
For more information about Snooker, you can read The Complete Guide to Snooker