The Masters

The Masters will be played from 29. - 31. January in der Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes behind closed doors. The Top 24 of the PDC Order of Merit take part.
Participants, Schedule
Tournament Information


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26. January
UK Open 2021
As the PDC announced today the UK Open will take place from 5. - 7. March - due to the Corona pandemic this year behind the closed doors of the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
As it is not possible to organise amateur qualifiers this year the participants will be put together like this:
128 Tour Card Inhaber
Top 8 not qualified from Development Tour Order of Merit, have to be 2021 PDPA Associate Members
Top 8 not qualified from Challenge Tour Order of Merit, have to be 2021 PDPA Associate Members
Top 8 not qualified from UK Qualifying School
Top 8 not qualified from European Qualifying School
UK Open 2021



PDC Awards
Yesterday the annual PDC Awards ceremony took place - this time only online. The following awards were assingned:
Pro Tour Player of the year: Gerwyn Price
Newcomer of the year: Damon Heta
Performance of the year Dave Chisnall v Michael van Gerwen; World Championship
Fans Player of the year: Gerwyn Price
Players Player of the year: Gerwyn Price
Unicorn Young Player of the year: Callan Rydz
PDC Player of the year: Gerwyn Price
Beside Barry Hearn was inducted in the PDC Hall of Fame.



20. January
PDC Qualifying School
For this year's PDC Qualifying School over 650 players registered to compete for 29 Tour Cards.
Due to the Corona pandemic the first stage both of the UK as of the European Qualifying School has to be played in two groups. Stage 1 A will be played from 8. - 10. February, Stage 1 B from 11. - 13. February both in Milton Keynes and in Niedernhausen. From 14. - 17. February in both venues the Final Stage will take place.
Qualifying School 2021, Player Allocations



18. January
George Silberzahn passed away
The American darts player and father of the "Flight School" passed away from cancer after a period of illness. Silberzahn was 82 years of age. Silberzahn, who was in the prime of his life a quite successful player in the USA, was introduced 2011 in the National Darts Hall of Fame. Beside his dart tutorial, the Flight School, Silberzahn published several books.
In Memory of Silberzahn a column of Dartoid which he published 2008 around Silberzahn's 70. birthday on the release of Silberzahn' s book "Darts-Beginning to End".
Septuagenarian George Silberzahn pens another WINNER!



15. January
PDC Qualifying School
The PDC Qualifying School was postponed again. As the PDC announced 29 Tour Cards will be available in Qualifying School.
Qualifying School 2021
Here a view how the players with a Tour Card and those players who are entitled to take part in the Final Stage of the Qualifying School are positioned in the Order of Merit:
Tour Card Holders, participants Final Stage Qualifying School



12. January
The Masters
The PDC now published the detailed schedule of the event. The match between Ian White and Mensur Suljovic will open the tournament on 29. January. On this first evening the first round of the tournament will be played. The newly crowned World Champion Gerwyn Price will play his second round match in the evening session of the 30. January against the winner of the first round match between Joe Cullen and Stephen Bunting. In the same session reigning champion Peter Wright will play against the winner of the first round match between Krzysztof Ratajski and Simon Whitlock.
Schedule



PDC Qualifiying School
The PDC Qualifiying School, which was first planned for January, will now probably be played in February. The new dates and the players who are entitled to enter Q School in the final stage you can find here:
Qualifying School 2021
Here you can find a list of confirmed Tour Card holders 2021:
Tour Card Holders



11. January
Hearn awarded OBE
Recognising his services to sport in forty years PDC chairman Barry Hearn has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire). Hearn formed 1982 Matchroom Sport which first was involved only in Snooker and Boxing but by now owns, organises and promotes events of poolbillard, bowling, gymnastics, golf, fishing, darts, ping-pong and poker as well.
Beside at the Sports Business Awards 2020 the PDC Home Tour got as "Best Sports Event of the Year" a gold award while the PDC World Championship 2019/2020 won a bronce award.



6. January
The Masters
The Masters will this year take place from 29. - 31. January in the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes - without a crowd.
The PDC raised the number of participants, instead the Top 16 of the PDC Order of Merit this year the Top 24 will take part. The players ranked 9-24 will play on the first day of the tournament the First Round. The Top 8 join the event on the second day and will play in the Second Round against the First Round winners.
The draw for the First and the Second Round already took place. New World Champion Gerwyn Price will play in round 2 against the winner of the First Round match between Joe Cullen and Stephen Bunting.
Participants, Draw



4. January
PDC Rankings
The PDC Order of Merit was updated after the World Championship.
PDC Rankings



3. January
Premier League
After the final of the World Championship the PDC announced some Premier League news. The start of the Premier League will be postponed till at least after Easter with the hope that then playing in front of a crowd will be possible again. Nine of the ten participants are known: Gerwyn Price, Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Glen Durrant, Nathan Aspinall, Gary Anderson, Rob Cross, Jose de Sousa and Dimitri van den Bergh. Earlier the PDC had already published that this year the Premier League will be played again with ten players and without challengers.
Premier League



Price wins World Championship
In an disappointingly one-sided final Gerwyn Price defeated Gary Anderson with 7:3 and won his first World Champion title. While Price showed a similar strong performance as in his yesterday's semi-final against Stephen Bunting Anderson couldn't build on yesterday's showing and missed despite a 170 finish just too many darts on his doubles. So Price dominated the match from the start and now is the first Welsh PDC World Champion and the number 1 of the world.
Statistics, Report
Bracket
Tournament Statistics



Champeen of da World!!
To tune in today into the final of the PDC World Championship as last of the articles about outstanding world championship finals of past times a column by Dartoid which he wrote 2003 on accasion of John Part's win and in which you can feel the breathless suspense. Beside it makes clear how important this World Champion title was for the dart fans outside of Europe.
Today's final between Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson will start at 19.30 GMT.
Champeen of da World!!



2. January
PDC World Championship - Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson will clash tomorrow in the final of the World Championship.
Gerwyn Price defeated in the first semi-final Stephen Bunting with 6:4. Both players showed a high class performance and Bunting was for a big part of the match an equal opponent. Both players impressed with many high finishes. In the last two sets Bunting couldn't keep up any longer while Price found another gear. Price deservedly for the first time reached the final of the World Championship.
The second semi-final was a high class affair as well and in the first six sets rather close though both players were not finishing as clinical as Bunting and Price. In the last three sets Chisnall failed to use his few chances and Anderson's win was uncontested.
Both winner averaged over - Price had an average of 100.92, Anderson one of 100.03.
Results
Statistics, Reportnew



PDC World Championship - Day 15
Tonight the two semi-finals will take place. First Stephen Buntingwill play against Gerwyn Price, after that Gary Anderson against Dave Chisnall.
Those are surprising semi-finals - many saw Gerwyn Price as a potential winner, but what about the other three players? Price stood with Sponsor William Hill on the second place of the possible winners, Gary Anderson on place eight - probably only because one never can write off Anderson but not from conviction - Dave Chisnall on place ten together with Ratajski, Cross and Whitlock and Stephen Bunting only on place seventeen together with Keane Barry and Ryan Joyce.
How the matches will end and who will progress into the final is not predictable. When you look at the Head-to-Head list, you'll see that Stephen Bunting and Gerwyn Price not really often played one another and that Price won five times and Bunting three times. Gary Anderson and Dave Chisnall on the other side met quite often and while Chisnall won only five of the matches Anderson won nineteen. But how significant this is in this crazy Corona times one can't even tell after all the matches the players already played in the World Championship...



1. January
PDC World Championship - Quarterfinals
The last of the quarterfinals ended with the biggest upset of this year's World Championship - Michael van Gerwen - number 1 seed and the number 1 of the world and for many the favourit to win the tournament - was destroyed 0:5 by an outstandingly playing Dave Chisnall. Chisnall showed the best performance of all players involved in the quarterfinals and fulfilled with his win Gary Anderson's wish, who mentioned after his win over Dirk van Duijvenbode he would be pleased to play in the semi-finals against Dave Chisnall as he would really indulge Chisnall a win as Chisnall is a player who takes his darts serious. Gary Anderson defeated van Duijvenbode similarily uncontested as Chisnall van Gerwen with 5:1.
In the afternoon beside Anderson Stephen Bunting progressed who seeems to get more and more assured and had not many problems against Krzystof Ratajski.Tonight beside Chisnall Gerwyn Price won his match - he defeated Dary Gurney in a hard fought quarterfinal which was only decided in the deciding leg of the ninth set.
Results
Statistics, Reportnew



PDC World Championship - Day 14
Today in the PDC World Championship in an afternoon- and an evening-session all four Quarterfinals will be played.
In the afternoon first Krzysztof Ratajski will play against Stephen Bunting and then Gary Anderson against Dirk van Duijvenbode.
The evening-session starts with Gerwyn Price against Daryl Gurney. Last match will be Michael van Gerwen against Dave Chisnall.
Schedule





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31. December
The Final of the PDC World Championship 2003 - Phil Taylor v John Part
The PDC World Championship almost reached the finishing straight - time for my next article! The third World Championship Final which I picked out is the final of the PDC World Championship 2003 - a thrilling final, which not only interrupted the ara Phil Taylor but by which for the first and till now only time a player not from Europe won the PDC World Champion crown.
The Final of the PDC World Championship 2003 - Phil Taylor v John Part



30. December
PDC World Championship - Day 13
Today the Fourth Round was played to the end und we did see some not expected results. In the afternoon first Daryl Gurney defeated Vincent van der Voort with 4:2, a match in which at least Gurney didn't play as well as in his matches before. In the following match Stephen Bunting prevailed with 4:3 over Ryan Searle. It was a close match and Bunting's so far best performance in this year's World Championship. In the last match of the afternoon-session a clearly happier Gary Anderson won 4:0 against Devon Petersen, who had a lot of problems to hit the doubles.
The evening-session started with a tense match between Dirk van Duijvenbode and Glen Durrant which van Duijvenbode won. Durrant starts to play better but is still far from his best. The next match between Gerwyn Price and Mervyn King was disappointingly one-sided and Price won 4:1. In the last match of the Fourth Round Dave Chisnall surprised with an outstanding performance and stormed through the first three sets averaging far over 100 and with a hitting rate on the doubles of more then eighty percent. Dimitri van den Bergh managed to stop him and win the next two sets in which Chisnall was no longer as strong, but he was too far behind and Chisnall won 4:2.
Results
Statistics, Reportnew




PDC World Championship - Five Minutes Analysis Day 13
The Fourth Round will be played to the end in an afternoon- and an evening-session - both with three matches each.
Match of the Day: Personal Favourite Dirk van Duijvenbode v Glen Durrant, Impartial probably Gerwyn Price v Mervyn King
Today's Day's Specials: Four former World Champions stand at the oche: Stephen Bunting, Gary Anderson, Glen Durrant and Dimitri van den Bergh. Dirk van Duijvenbode is the only player today who this year for the first time reached this stage of the tournament
What you should know as well: For Mervyn King - who switched to the PDC 2008 - today will be only the second Fourth Round match in the PDC World Championship, only once so far he fared better when he reached the semi-finals in 2009. In the BDO World Championship he was twice the runner-up - in 2002 and 2004
Schedule



29. December
PDC World Championship - Day 12
The twelfth day of the tournament was a very eventful day of darts. In the first match of the afternoon-session James Wade threw a nine-darter but lost due to a for him weak performance 2:4 to Stephen Bunting. In the second match Daryl Gurney again showed a great performance and defeated Chris Dobey 4:1 before in the last match of the afternoon Jason Lowe had no chance against Devon Petersen and lost with 0:4.
The evening started with the last Third Round match between Dave Chisnall and Danny Noppert. Chisnall won it after a slow start with 4:2. The next match was the first Fourth Round match between Gabriel Clemens and it was a thrilling match in which both players missed several matchdarts before Ratajski finally hit the Double 1 for the win. In the last match of the night Joe Cullen and Michael van Gerwen displayed the fireworks of 180s - in the end it were 28 - and high scores. In the seventh and last set Joe Cullen run a little bit out of steam and van Gerwen managed to cross the finishing line first.
Results
Statistics, Report



PDC World Championship - Five Minutes Analysis Day 12
Again an afternoon-and an evening-session will be played, in the afternoon-session three Third Round take place, in the evening-session one Third Round match and two Fourth Round matches.
Match of the Day: Personal Favourite Gabriel Clemens v Krzysztof Ratajski, Impartial probably Gabriel Clemens v Krzysztof Ratajski as well
Today's Day's Specials: From all players standing at the oche Danny Noppert had in the Second Round the lowest average of 80.56, Jason Lowe ist the last player still in the tournament who qualified by the Pro Tour Order of Merit
What you should know as well: Of all players today Chris Dobey had the longest break between his matches - he played his Second Round match almost a fortnight ago
Schedule



28. December
PDC World Championship - Day 11
On the 11. day of the tournament not the best performance of the day was most discussed but the match between Gary Anderson and Mensur Suljovic in the evening session which Anderson won with 4:3. Suljovic very varying throwing tempi not only caused a big stir with his opponent and a lot of fans but lead to an under par performance of Suljovic as well.
There were no big upsets though slightly surprisingly Nathan Aspinall was eliminated by Vincent van der Voort. In the afternoon-session both Mervyn King and Dirk van Duijvenbode shone with averages of 103.47 and 104.09 and high hitting rates at the doubles at their 4:0 wins. In the evening session Gerwyn Price won a close hard fought and high class match 4:3 against Brendan Dolan and a clearly improved Glen Durrant fend off a comeback from Danny Baggish and defeated him 4:2.
Results
Statistics, Reportnew



PDC World Championship - Five Minutes Analysis Day 11
Today an afternoon-and an evening-session will be played with three Third Round matches each.
Match of the Day: Today a difficult decision... Personal Favourite Nathan Aspinall v Vincent van der Voort, Impartial probably Jose de Sousa v Mervyn King or might be Gary Anderson v Mensur Suljovic
Today's Day's Specials: It is another international day at the World Championship: one Portuguese, two Dutchmen, one Welshman, one player from Northern Ireland, one Austrian, one Scotsman, one North American and four Englishmen will stand at the oche
What you should know as well: American Danny Baggish is the only international qualifier who reached the Third Round of the event
Schedule



27. December
PDC World Championship - Day 10
On the tenth day of the World Championship only two of the matches had the expectable results - Michael van Gerwen defeated Ricky Evans and Dimitri van den Bergh prevailed against Jermaine Wattimena. The other four matches had a surprise course and Gabriel Clemens caused the biggest upset of the World Championship so far - with his high-class and consistent game he eliminated World Champion Peter Wright who scored quite well but had a lot of double trouble. Clemens is the first ever German player to progress into the Fourth Round of the PDC World Championship. Beside Joe Cullen defeated Jonny Clayton in another thriller, Krzysztof Ratajski threw Simon Whitlock out of the tournament who as Wright had almost astonishing problems to hit his doubles und Kim Huybrechts lost to Ryan Searle.
Results
Statistic, Report



PDC World Championship
Today the Christmas break is over and the PDC World Championship will continue with the first six matches of the Third Round.
An afternoon- and an evening session will be played. In the evening session Michael van Gerwen will play against Ricky Evans. Probably more interesting will be the second match of reigning champion Peter Wright who will clash with German Gabriel Clemens.
Schedule



26. December
Alan Glazier
As an addition to my report about the final of the inaugural BDO World Championship 1978 here an article about one of the participants in the World Championship - Alan Glazier. Glazier, who might be no longer so well known today, was at that time one of the most popular players. Dr. Patrick Chaplin payed a tribute to the player who passed away on 12. November 2020 in his December Newsletter and had a look on his life.
Alan Glazier



23. December
PDC World Championship - Day 9
On the last day before the Christmas break the Second Round ended with the so far biggest upset of the event - number four seed Michael Smith, one of the favourites to win the title, never got going and lost with 1:3 against Jason Lowe, one of this year's debutants. Nathan Aspinall as well was in big trouble in the penulitmate match of the night against Scott Waites. Waites played outstanding in the first two sets of the match but than his performance dropped slightly and Aspinall found a way back into the match. Aspinall won it with 3:2. The other winners of the ninth day were Ricky Evans, Gary Anderson, Stephen Bunting, Mensur Suljovic, Dave Chisnall and Jermaine Wattimena.
Results
Statistics, Reportnew



The very first World Championship Final

The inaugural World Championship, the BDO World Championship 1978, had a great final as well!
The Inaugural BDO World Championship Final - Leighton Rees v John Lowe



PDC World Championship - Five Minutes Analysis Day 9
Today is the last day before the Christmas break and the last day of the Second Round - again an afternoon- and an evening-session will be played - both with four Second Round matches each
Match of th Day: Personal Favourite Gary Anderson v Madars Razma, Impartial probably Nathan Aspinall v Scott Waites
Today's Day's Specials: Today two former BDO World Champions, one former PDC World Champion and a former PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion stand at the oche: Stephen Bunting, Scott Waites, Gary Anderson and Keegan Brown. In the last three Second Round matches with Nick Kenny, Scott Waites and Jason Lowe come on stage who take part for the first time in a PDC World Championship
What you should know as well: The PDC World Championship will be played to the end without a crowd - the corona situation prohibist that spectators can be allowed.
Schedule



22. December
PDC World Championship - Day 8
Both in the afternoon- as in the evening-session of the eigth day the first two matches were the weakest - in the afternoon they were won by Brendan Dolan and Joe Cullen with averages of 90.96 and 94.59, in the evening the averages of the winners Danny Noppert and Devon Petersen were 80.56 and 89.08. Both in the afternoon and in the evening two better and much more thrilling matches followed.
In the afternoon first a brilliant playing Simon Whitlock after a slow start defeated a strong playing Darius Labanauskas with 3:2 before the afternoon session ended with a surprise win of American Danny Baggish over Adrian Lewis. Tonight first a thrilling match between Rob Cross and Dirk van Duijvenbode followed which the Dutchman won. In the last match of the night Dimitri van den Bergh played against Paul Lim who had no chance from the start. Dimitri van den Bergh played very focussed an 105.61 average - the so far second highest of the tournament and defeated Lim with 3:0.
Results
Statistics, Reportnew



PDC World Championship - Five Minutes Analysis Day 8
Today we are back to an afternoon- and an evening-session - both with four Second Round matches each
Match of the Day: Personal Favourite Dimitri van den Bergh v Paul Lim, Impartial probably Rob Cross v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Today's Day's Specials: With Cameron Carolissen and Devon Petersen two South Africans will stand on the Ally Pally stage. Beside we'll see four English players, two Irishmen, two Dutch players and each one Australian, American, Lithunian, Begian, half Welsh Japanese and of course Paul Lim - a really international day!
What you should know as well: Cameron Carolissen progressed with a bye into the Second Round - it will be his debut today
Schedule



21. December
PDC World Championship - Day 7
On the seventh day of the tournament only an evening-session was played with four Second Round matches. In it Gerwyn Price for the first time came on stage who is one of the top favourites to win the event. Price won the match against his fellow country man Jamie Lewis with 3:2 but he couldn't really convince yet. The all German clash between Gabriel Clemens and Nico Kurz was won 3:1 by Clemens. Kurz showed in parts his talent but Clemens was the more consistent and solid player.
The really outstanding performances of the night showed three other players - Krzysztof Ratajkski, Ian White and Kim Huybrechts all played averages above 100. Ratajski won 3:0 against Ryan Joyce. Ian White played with 102.35 the highest average but nevertheless lost 1:3 against Kim Huybrechts who was clearly more clinical on the doubles.
Results
Statistics, Reportnew


PDC World Championship - Five Minutes Analysis Day 7
Today only an evening-session will take place. As the First Round was concluded yesterday, four Second Round matches will be played
Match of the Day: Personal Favourite Krzysztof Ratajski v Ryan Joyce, Impartial probably Gerwyn Price v Jamie Lewis
Today's Day's Specials: With Gerwyn Price and Jamie Lewis two Welsh players will meet. But more interesting from the German view is the last match of the night where two German players will collide Gabriel Clemens will play against Nico Kurz which means one German player is sure to reach the Third Round!
What you should know as well: The PDC will continue the World Championship though the UK is closed off due to a virus mutation of the Covid 19 virus. The players will have to stay in their bubble over Christmas, to leave is not possible at the moment anyway.
Schedule



20. December
PDC World Championship - Day 6
On the 6. Day of the PDC World Championship we had the first match cancellation due to the Corona pandemic - Martijn Kleermaker had a positive Covid 19 test and had to withdraw. His replacment Josh Payne had been in close contact with a person tested positive and had to self-isolate. So South African Cameron Corelissen got a bye for the First round and will now meet in Round Two Danny Noppert.
As a result only four first round matches were played today and only the first one was a hard fought match which Nich Kenny won 3:2. Beside Kenny Jason Lowe, Keegan Brown and a little bit surprisingly Matthew Edgar progressed into the Second Round, Edgar with an outstanding hitting rate on the doubles of 75 percent. In the Second Round match of the afternoon Vincent van der Voort came from 0:2 down to a 3:2 win over Ron Meulenkamp; against Ryan Searle a strong playing Jeffrey de Zwaan despite throwing nine 180s had no chance and lost with 0:3 and in the last match of the night Jonny Clayton progressed with a grinded out 3:1 win against into the Third Round.
Results
Statistics, Reportnew



PDC World Championship - Five Minutes Analysis Day 6
Again an afternoon-and an evening session will be played - in the afternoon with three First Round matches and one Second Round match, in the evening with only one First round and two Second Round matches.
Match of the Day: Personal Favourite Jeffrey de Zwaan v Ryan Searle, Impartial probably Jonny Clayton v John Henderson
Debutants of the Day: Nick Kenny, Derk Telnekes, Maik Kuivenhoven, Cameron Carolissen, Jason Lowe und Dimitriy Gorbunov
Today's Day's Specials: Though Nick Kenny and Jason Lowe both got their Tour Cards only at the start of the year after playing before in the BDO system, both players have a PDC past as well - Kenny played from 2011-2014 on the Development Tour, Lowe 2006 on the PDC Pro Tour
What you should know as well: Cameron Carolissen gets a bye as his opponent Martijn Kleermaker got a positive Covid 19 test and the next player on the reserve list Josh Payne was in close contact with a person tested positive
Schedules



19. December
PDC World Championship - Day 5
Though there were only a few had fought matches on the fifth day of the World Championship it again was an interesting and entertaining day of darts. The most thrilling match of the day was in the afternoon-session the match between Scott Waites and Canadian Matt Campbell, a close match with a win for Waites. The penultimate match of the evening-session between Damon Heta and Danny Baggish was a close affair as well though not quite as highclass. Both players had matchdarts in the last leg of the game. It was Baggish who kept his nerve and hit the winning double. All other matches ended 3:0 or 3:1. Steve Lennon, Kim Huybrechts and Mervyn King were the other winners of the afternoon session, Nico Kurz, Andy Boulton and Michael van Gerwen - with the so far highest average of the tournament of 108.98 - the other winners tonight.
Results
Report, Statisticsnew



Back to the PDC World Championship 2021

After the excursion into the history of the BDO Women's World Championship the second article returns into the present and deals with the female participants in this year's PDC World Championship.
Back to the PDC World Championship 2021



PDC World Championship - Five Minutes Analysis Day 5
Again an afternoon-and an evening session will be played - both with three First Round matches and one Second Round match each.
Match of the Day: Personal Favourite Mervyn King v Max Hopp, Impartial probably Michael van Gerwen v Ryan Murray
Debutants of the Day:Deta Hedman, Scott Waites and Chinese Di Zhuang
Today's Day's Specials: Today with Nico Kurz and Max Hopp two German players will stand on the stage, Deta Hedman will give her debut and Michael van Gerwen will have his first appearence in this year's tournament
What you should know as well: Scott Waites is the third former BDO World Champion in this year's event, he won the BDO title in 2013 and 2016
Schedule



18. December
PDC World Championship - Day 4
Once again Paul Lim stole on the fourth day of the tournament all other players the show and defeated Luke Humphries - who was not able to cope with Lim's slow throw - in a very close match with 3:2. It was not the only hard fought match of the day - Wayne Jones defeated Ciaran Teehan as well with 3:2, Dirk van Duijvenbode trailed already 0:2 against Bradley Brooks but turned the match around to win 3:2 and John Henderson battled against Marko Kantele to get a 3:2 win. The other four matches were really one-sided affairs and Mickey Mansell, Darius Labanauskas, Adam Hunt and a commanding James Wade all won their matches 3:0. James Hughes was the first seeded player who was eliminated, he lost to Adam Hunt.
Results
Statistics



Darts Performance Centre
The newest blog of the Darts Performance Centres pursues the question how to assess Michael van Gerwens chances to win this year another World Championship title.
Can Michael van Gerwen build on Players Championship victory at the World Darts Championship?



PDC World Championship - Five Minutes Analysis Day 4
Again an afternoon-and an evening session will be played - both with three First Round matches and one Second Round match each.
Match of the Day: Personal Favourite Dirk van Duijvenbode v Bradley Brooks, Impartial probably James Wade v Callan Rydz
Debutants of the Day: the newly crowned PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks and New Zealander Haupai Puha
Today's Day's Specials: Both the newly crowned PDC Youth World champion Bradley Brooks and his predecessor Luke Humphries stand at the oche today
What you should know as well: Paul Lim is not only a good darts player who threw 30 years ago the first World Championship nine darter he learned to cook among others by Paul Boccuse
Schedule



17. December
PDC World Championship - Day 3
On the third day of the PDC World Championship we saw two small upsets - Japanese Edward Foulkes prevailed 3:0 over Mike de Decker and Jamie Lewis defeated Luke Woodhouse with a 3:2 comeback win. Daryl Gurney showed the best performance of the third day - after the matches he played in the last tournaments a surprise as well - and had in his 3:2 win over William O'Connor a 99.16 average. A very good match played Ryan Searle against the American debutant Danny Lauby. In a fast and entertaining game - in which the American impressed as well - Searle won 3:0. The other winners of the day were Madars Razma, Ryan Murray, Ron Meulenkamp and Jose de Sousa.
Results
Statisticsnew



PDC World Championship - Five Minutes Analysis Day 3
Today again an afternoon-and an evening session will be played - both with three First Round matches and one Second Round match each.
Match of the Day: Personal Favourite Ryan Murray v Lourence Ilagan, Impartial probably Jose de Sousa v Ross Smith
Debutants of the Day: Scotsman Ryan Murray, Belgian Mike de Decker, the Japanese Toro Suzuki and Edward Foulkes and the American Dan Lauby jr
Today's Day's Specials: With Boris Krcmar one of the best soft-darts players of the world will stand at the oche
What you should know as well:: Toro Suzuki is the practice partner of Seigo Asada, Danny Lauby is a professional musician and drum instructor
Schedule



16. December
PDC World Championship - Day 2
On Day 2 of the World Championship the level of play of most matches was higher than on the first day. In the afternoon-session two of the matches were hard fought and thrilling. In the first match of the afternoon Ryan Joyce just prevailed over Karel Sedlacek, in the second round match of the afternoon Chris Dobey was already 0:2 behind to Jeff Smith but found a way back into the match and won in the end with the so far highest average of the tournament of 96.26 with 3:2. In the evening-session the match between Adam Hunt and Lisa Ashton was the most thrilling. Hunt won it 3:2 - he took his chances more consistently than Ashton who showed a good performance as well.
Other winners of the in parts one-sided matches of the day were Ross Smith, William O'Connor, Max Hopp - who played commandingly against Gordon Mathers - Callan Rydz and in the second round match of the evening-session Glen Durrant who is still far from his best.
Results
Report, Statisticsnew
Bracket
Tournament Statistics



The Final of the BDO Women's World Championship 2008
This year I will rummage around with my articles in the history of the World Championships.
Today I will got back into the year 2008, in which during the BDO World Championship one of the best Women's Final was played though none of the female players who will stand on the stage of the Alexandra Palace this year was involved.
One of the best Women's World Championship Finals: Trina Gulliver v Anastasia Dobromyslova



PDC World Championship - Five Minutes Analysis Day 2
On the second day an afternoon-and an evening session will be played - both with three First Round matches and one Second Round match each.
Match of the Day: Personal Favourite Ryan Joyce v Karel Sedlacek, Impartial probably Chris Dobey v Jeff Smith
Debutants of the Day: Dutchman Niels Zonneveld and Englishman David Evans
Today's Day's Specials: From today no crowds will be allowed. Englishman David Evans stood at the start of this year in the quarterfinals of the BDO World Championship
What you should know as well: Today in the evening session the first of the two female players in this tournament will stand at the oche - Lisa Ashton will play against Adam Hunt.
Schedule, Results
Statisticsnew



15. December
PDC World Championship - Day 1
There were no highclass matches on the first day of the PDC World Championship but a small upset: Steve Beaton never found into the match and lost 0:3 to Diogo Portela, who celebrated his first World Championship emotionally. Steve West played a solid match against Amit Gilitwala and defeated him 3:0 as well. Jeff Smith was too strong for Keane Barry,who started rather hectic into the match and had big problems to hit his doubles. Smith won 3:1. In the last match of the night - the first match of the Second Round reigning champion Peter "The Grinch" Wright met Steve West, who reacted both irritated and amused to Wrights costiume. It took him too long before he could again concentrate on the match. Wright won with 3:1.
Results
Report, Statistics
Bracket
Tournament Statistics



PDC World Championship - Five Minutes Analysis Day 1
Today in London the PDC World Championship 2020/21 will begin - time to have a short view on what is to be expected today.
Match of the Day: Personal Favourite Jeff Smith v Keane Barry, Impartial probably Peter Wright v West/Gilitwala
Debutant of the Day: Indian Amit Gilitwala
First Day's Specials: Today is the only day before Christmas with a crowd. Steve Beaton starts today into his 30. PDC World Championship
What you should know as well: Only an evening session will be played
Schedule




14. December
PDC World Championship
Tomorrow the PDC World Championship 2020/21 will begin in Alexandra Palace in London - and might be only on the first night with a crowd as London will be a Tier three region from Wednesday this week.
Due to Corona Global Darts this year will follow the World Championship at home in lockdown. But of course you'll find nevertheless match reports, statistics and all kind of informations on the side. And there will be a few articles as well - this year under the motto "Great World Championship Finals".
But here first the tournament preview of the PDC, in which the three favourites to win the event have their say: Reigning champion Peter Wright, the number 1 of the World Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price, one of the most sucessful players of the Corona year.
Preview




PDC Qualifying School 2021
In 2021 again in January an UK Qualifiying School and an European Qualifiyng School will take place under Covid-safe conditions. Both Qualifiying Schools will be played in two stages. The first stage will take place from 15. - 17. January, the second or Final stage from 18. - 24. The UK Qualifying School will be played the the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, the European Qualifying School in the Ostermann Arena in Leverkusen.
Qualifying School 2021



11. Dezember
Heta wins PDC Home Tour 3

With a 4:2 win in the final against Chris Dobey Damon Heta won the PDC Home Tour 3.
After the group matches of the Championship Group Heta with five wins headed the table, Dobey stood after four wins on the second place.
PDC Home Tour 3, Results, Tables



PDC Home Tour 3
In the 18. Group John Henderson headed with five wins the table. On the second plays follows Damon Heta with four wins.
Today the PDC Home Tour 3 ends with the Championship Group which will compete for the win. The following seven players qualified for the group: Andy Boulton, Chris Dobey, Michael Smith, Krzysztof Ratajski, Steve West, Luke Humphries and Damon Heta. After the group matches the first and the second in the table play the final



10. December
PDC Home Tour 3
In Group 17 there was a head-to-head race between Luke Humphries and Krzysztof Kciuk for the first place in the table. Luke Humphries won it on leg difference.
Today in Group 18 the last group matches will be played before tomorrow the seven best players of the tournament series will compete for the tournament win in the Championship Group. In Group 18 Gary Blades, Geert Nentjes, Simon Whitlock, Damon Heta, John Henderson, Kirk Shepherd and Ciaran Teehan will compete.
PDC Home Tour 3, Results, Tables



9. December
Additions Who is Who
This year again before the PDC World Championship some players were added to the Who is Who while others were updated. Added were: Jason Lowe, Ryan Murray, Niels Zonneveld, Toro Suzuki, Haupai Puha, Danny Lauby, Matt Campbell, Cameron Carolissen, Gordon Mathers, Amit Gilitwala, Edward Foulkes, Di Zhuang, Chengan Liu and Dimitriy Gorbunov
Who is Who



PDC Home Tour 3
In Group 16 Steve West due to his better legdifference heads the table. As Mickey Mansell - who follows on the second place - Mansell won five of his matches.
Today the penultimate group stands at the oche. In Group 17 Krzysztof Ratajski, Krzysztof Kciuk, Luke Humphries, Jonathan Worsley, Ritchie Edhouse, Luke Humphries and Ryan Searle will compete.
PDC Home Tour 3, Results, Tables



8. December
PDC World Championship 2020/2021
As Gary Anderson has been in contact with a person tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating there was a change in the schedule of the second round matches. Gary Anderson now will play in the afternoon session on 23. December while Jonny Clayton's match was moved to the evening session on 20. December.
Schedule




PDC Home Tour 3
Group 15 was won by Damon Heta with six wins. On the places two and three of the table follow James Wilson and Kim Huybrechts both with four wins each.
Today the 16. Group will compete in which Daniel Larsson, Mickey Masell, Stephen Bunting, Steve West, Damon Heta, Harald Leitinger and John Henderson will stand at the oche.
PDC Home Tour 3, Results, Tables



7. December
PDC Home Tour 3
Group 14 last Friday was headed by Michael Smith who won all his six matches. On the second place of the table sits Chris Dobey with five wins.
This week PDC Home Tour 3 will be played to the end with the last four groups and the Championship Group. Today in Group 15 Martin Schindler, Kai Fan Leung, Kim Huybrechts, James Wilson, Carl Wilkinson, William Borland and Damon Heta will compete.
PDC Home Tour 3, Results, Tables



4. December
PDC World Championship 2020/2021
The PDC published the schedule ot the First and the Second Round of the tournament.
The First Round and the tournament will begin on 15. December with the match between Steve West and Amit Gilitwala. Already on the first night reigning champion Peter Wright will play against the winner of the West/Gilitwala match. The First Round will be played till the 20. December and till the evening seesion on 20. December in each session three First Round an one Second Round match will be played. From 21. to 23. December the Second Round will be played to the end. Last match of the Second Round and last match before the Christmas break will be the match between Michael Smith and the First Round match between Jason Lowe and Dimitriy Gorbunov.
Participants, Draw First and Second Round, Schedule



PDC Home Tour 3
Group 13 was won by Ryan Searle who won five of his matches. On the second place of the table follows Krzysztof Ratajski with four wins.
Today Group 14 competes with Alan Tabern, Adam Hunt, Martijn Kleermaker, Marko Kantele, Michael Smith and Harald Leitinger.
PDC Home Tour 3, Results, Table



3. December
PDC World Championship 2020/2021
Today the draw for the first and second round of the event took place. The Top 32 of the PDC Order of Merit are seeded and start "their" tournament in Round 2. Reigning champion Peter Wright will play his first match against the winner of the First Round match between Steve West and Amit Gilitwala. The number 1 of the world Michael van Gerwen starts the tournament against the winner of the Firt Round match between Ryan Murray and Lourance Ilagan. Gerwyn Price will play his first match against the winner of the First Round match between Luke Woodhouse and Jamie Lewis.
Participants, Draw First and Second Round, Schedule



PDC Home Tour 3
Andy Boulton won in Group 12 all six matches and heads the table. In second place Ron Meulenkamp with five wins follows.
Today Group 13 with Ciaran Teehan, Krzysztof Ratajski, Michael Smith, Ryan Searle, Geert Nentjes, Joe Murnan and Simon Whitlock stands at the oche.
PDC Home Tour 3, Results, Tables



2. December
PDC Home Tour 3
Group 11 was won by Michael Smith who won five of his matches. On the second place of the table follows Luke Humphries with four wins.
Today in Goup 12 Barrie Bates, Ron Meulenkamp, Andy Boulton, Richard North, David Pallett, Andy Hamilton and Peter Jacques compete.
PDC Home Tour 3, Results, Tables



PDC World Championship 2020/2021
The PDC World Championship will be played in front of fans - but only in front of fans from the Tier 1 and Tier 2 regions of the UK. There will be quite a lot of restictions though: per session only 1000 fans will be allowed in the Alexandra Palace, face covering has to be worn all the time with the exception when you sit at the table and eat or drink, food and drink will be ordered via a smartphone app and delivered to tables. Only four seat tables can be ordered - the four people have to come from one household or suppert bubble. No contact beween the tables will be allowed. There will be no fancy dresses only Christmas jumpers and football style singing and chanting is not allowed. Social distancing has to be maintained, there will be one way-systems as well as suggested entry times and different entries.
PDC World Championship




1. December
PDC World Championship 2020/2021
Yesterday in the Ricoh Arena in Coventry the Tour Card holder and the Rest of the World Tour Card holder qualifier for the PDC World Championship took place. By the Tour Card holder qualifier Jamie Lewis, Nick Kenny, Matthew Edgar and Ciaran Teehan qualified, by the Rest of the World Qualifier Karel Sedlacek and Niels Zonnefeld. Now the field of participant for the tournament is complete.
PDC World Championship




PDC Home Tour 3

Today the PDC Home Tour 3 continues.
In Group 11 Ross Smith, Ryan Searle, Ryan Meikle, Conan Whitehead, Steve Beaton, Luke Humphries and Michael Smith stand at their home oche.
PDC Home Tour 3, Results, Tables














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