>I have a question about a very rare situation in snooker. To me, it's
>only happened once. The situation: the only red(s) that are
>left on the table is surrounded by colored balls so that it is
>absolutely impossible to hit the red first. Not only from where the
>que-ball is placed, but wherever the que-ball is. What do the rules
>say about this?
The impossible to hit -rule addresses this exactly:
(It's a note in Section 3, rule 3l (concerning a MISS).)
Ball on impossible to hit. In this situation it
has to be considered that the striker is
attempting to hit a ball on.
This rule means that if the red (or all reds) are surrounded by colours
or the cue ball is surrounded by colours and you are on a red, any shot
you choose to make is considered a valid attempt to hit a ball on. A
foul will result of course but no MISS will be called. The importance of
this is that after a MISS, that is: the striker has not attempted to hit
a ball on to the best of his ability in the opinion of the referee, the
balls will be replaced and the shot replayed, if the non-offender so
I hope that is clear to you, because it is a kind of fuzzy rule.
> In a match between John Parrot and Steve Davis a few years
>ago, this almost happened, but the referee said that John Parrot could
>hit the red first. It was a very close call and John was very upset
>about it. I remember that the Eurosport commentator, Mark Wildman,
>talked about this "special rule", but, unfortunately, I don't remember
>what he said.
Mark Wildman probably said what I just said, because he usually knows
what he's talking about... :-)