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The meaning of a maximum

By William Skidelsky  

Ronnie O’Sullivan scored a maximum this afternoon in the final frame of his 13-7 victory over Mark Williams in the second round of the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield. You can watch it here. O’Sullivan’s last 147 was also in the final frame of a match, but in much more pressured circumstances, as it came in the deciding frame of his 9-8 victory over Mark Selby in the semi-finals of the UK Championship in December.

A maximum (that is, potting 15 all reds and blacks and clearing the colours in a single visit) is an interesting phenomenon, and I’m not…

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