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Ian Preece (born 23 June 1982) is a Welsh former professional snooker player, from the city of Newport.

Ian Preece
Ian Preece PHC 2017-1.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2017
Born (1982-06-23) 23 June 1982 (age 37)
Newport, Wales
Sport country Wales
Professional2003/2004, 2006–2010, 2016–2018
Highest ranking55 (2008/2009)
Career winnings£85,086
Highest break139:
2008 Shanghai Masters
Century breaks30
Best ranking finishLast 32 (2009 Welsh Open, 2016 English Open, 2019 Riga Masters)

Preece first appeared on the main tour in 2003, after a successful career as a junior; he held the record as the youngest winner of the World Amateur Championship between 1999, when he beat David Lilley 11–8 in the final, and 2011, when Hossein Vafaei won the title at the age of 17 years and 81 days.[1]


Until 2009 his best runs were to the last 48 of tournaments, which he has achieved in the 2007 Welsh Open, 2007 China Open, 2007 UK Championship, and 2008 Shanghai Masters. He managed to reach the last 32 of an event for the first time at the 2009 Welsh Open with victories over Peter Lines, Andrew Higginson and Stuart Bingham but was beaten 0–5 by Stephen Maguire. However the remainder of the 2008/2009 season was poor and saw him in danger of dropping off the main tour, however he was awarded a wildcard from World Snooker which enabled him to compete on the tour for the 2009/2010 season. However, he was unable to keep his place and so has slipped off the main tour.

2017 Paul Hunter Classic

After six years out of the professional game, Preece reached the last 16 at Q-School Event One in 2016, losing 2–4 to Chen Zhe, and the same stage at Event Two, where he was defeated 4–1 by John Astley. However, these performances were sufficient for him to finish third on the Q-School Order of Merit, and he thus earned a two-year card to compete again on the main tour.[2]

Preece won three matches in 2016 Shanghai Masters qualifying, but was denied a trip to China by David Gilbert losing out 5-2.

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournaments 1998/
Ranking[3][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 2] [nb 3] 64 55 66 [nb 3] 79 [nb 2]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters Tournament Not Held A LQ 2R
International Championship Tournament Not Held A 1R A
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR 1R A
English Open Tournament Not Held 3R 2R A
World Open[nb 4] A A A A A LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 1R 1R
UK Championship A A A A A LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R
Scottish Open[nb 5] A A A A A LQ Tournament Not Held 2R 1R
European Masters[nb 6] A Not Held A A A A LQ NR Not Held A 1R
German Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held 1R 2R
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A A A A A LQ A 1R LQ 2R LQ 1R 2R
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held A 1R
Players Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held
China Open A A A A Not Held A WR LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters A A A LQ LQ WD A LQ A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
British Open A A A A A LQ A Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Tournament Not Held A LQ A NR Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Bahrain Championship Tournament Not Held LQ Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R NR
Paul Hunter Classic[nb 7] Tournament Not Held Pro-am Event A 2R NR
Indian Open Tournament Not Held LQ 1R NH
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
PA / Pro-am Event means an event is/was a pro-am event.
VF / Variant Format Event means an event is/was a variant format event.
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g He was an amateur.
  3. ^ a b c New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ The event was called the LG Cup (2003/2004), and the Grand Prix (2004/2005–2009/2010)
  5. ^ The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  6. ^ The event was called the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
  7. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2006/2007)

Tournament winsEdit



  • EBSA European Under-19 Championship, 1998
  • IBSF World Amateur Championship, 1999
  • Welsh Amateur Championship, 1999


  1. ^ "Chris Turner's Snooker Archive – Records". 2008. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 6 February 2011.

External linksEdit