Further to yesterday's post about the Northern Ireland Trophy in Belfast cutting across the Paul Hunter Classic in Furth, comes hopeful news for the German event.

The organisers have struck a deal with Ryanair which means that a number of tickets will be booked between Belfast and Nuremberg.

Therefore, every player playing in Belfast who gets knocked out can fly immediately to Germany.

Because of a re-arrangement of the schedule, anyone still in Belfast up to the end of the quarter-finals can still play in Germany, so the field should still be top class.

This is good news for snooker in Germany. The Furth tournament is always well attended by spectators, many of whom may be wondering how it is that there isn't a ranking event in their country given the extraordinary interest.

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