After the round-robin stage a number of high profile players were eliminated from the Royal London Watches Grand Prix. Most notable were current world champion Graeme Dott and former world champions Mark Williams, Shaun Murphy, Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis.
The format gave some of the young up and coming players the opportunity to progress to the latter stages of a major tournament and a number of them have taken the opportunity.
At the quarter-final stage the last two remaining players from the worlds top 10 were eliminated in very one-sided scorelines. Ronnie O'Sullivan was defeated 5-1 by Australian Neil Robertson and John Higgins lost 5-2 to Mark King.
The other semi-finalists are Jamie Cope and Alan McManus (having his best tournament in a long time.)
Matches can be followed live online at www.bbc.co.uk/snooker