Stephen Hendry is now unlikely to drop out of the elite top 16 after his 5-3 win yesterday over Robert Milkins at the Bank of Beijing China Open.
Hendry can stay in even if he loses today to Ricky Walden and to Mark Williams in the first round of the World Championship.
Journalistic impartiality and all, but I'm glad. I like legends to be doing well, or at least not mired in the qualifying scramble.
Speaking of legends, Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins will play each other in the quarter-finals in Beijing if they respectively beat wildcards Xiao Guodong and Tian Pengfei today.
I think O'Sullivan will win easily but Higgins could have his work cut out. Tian impressed me very much in beating Marco Fu. He didn't start to twitch in the way Xiao did against Ding Junhui.
Despite a few shocks, the likes of Ali Carter, Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy are still going strong and we're set for a fascinating finish to the tournament.
It has been well attended so far. This isn't always apparent from the TV pictures but huge numbers of people sit towards the back of the arena in - to put it bluntly - the cheaper seats.
The media attendance dwarfs anything seen in the UK and the event receives huge amounts of coverage in China.
All this can only be for the good of the game.
Speaking of which, I know who is going to be sponsoring the World Championship but it would be wrong for me to pre-empt the official announcement next week.
All I can say is that they have sponsored snooker before and are a 'proper' company that will be good for the tournament.