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The World Championship Qualifiers provide one of the most dramatic weeks on the snooker calendar from Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

Since 2015, 128 players ranked from 17 in the world downwards battle it out over the best of 19 frames across three rounds for the right to join the top 16 just up the road at the Crucible Theatre.

The new system has drawn widespread criticism from many believing that the world number 17, who has narrowly missed out on the top 16 after the final cut-off point, should not have to endure three qualifying rounds to advance to the Crucible.

However, there is no denying that the move has significantly increased the levels of drama compared to the old tiered system, which offered more protection to the players ranked 17th to 32nd, who only needed one victory to book their place in the final stages of snooker's blue-riband event.

Nevertheless, as demonstrated in 2016, anything is possible as Ding Junhui swept through the qualifying rounds before going on to reach the final, where he was beaten 18-14 by world number one, Mark Selby.

In general, there is hope for each of the 128 players in action, as all it takes is for them to hit form at the right time and they could find themselves playing at the iconic Crucible.

The 2017 event runs from April 5-12, with every snooker player's dream on offer to the 16 qualifiers.

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