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Tomorrow sees the 2014 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship kick off at the Alexandra Palace. 72 Players are competing from nineteen countries, all aiming to win the 21st edition of the tournament since the first PDC event was held in Purfleet in 1993/94.

Phil Taylor, 16 time and reigning champion will be back to seek his seventeenth world championship, and is one of eight either reigning or former world darts champions in the field which also includes ten other players to have reached a World Championship Final. Michael van Gerwen, seeded second will be looking to become the fourth Dutchman to become World Champion. Adrian Lewis will be looking to regain his crown, with other top players namely James Wade and Simon Whitlock, going for their first World Crown

The tournament runs until New Years Day with breaks for Christmas and New Year with seventy-one matches to be played to decide the champion.



2014 LADBROKES.COM WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Preliminary Round - Best of 7 Legs - 13th-19th December
Rob Szabo (NZL) 4-3 Ian Moss (ENG)
Colin McGarry (NIR) 2-4 Per Laursen (DEN)
Julio Barbero (ESP) 4-1 Andre Welge (GER)
Dennis Lindskjold (DEN) 1-4 Colin Osborne (ENG)
Devon Petersen (RSA) 4-1 Mohd Latif Sapup (MAS)
Zoran Lerchbacher (AUT) 4-1 Ben Ward (ENG)
Mohiro Hashimoto (JPN) 4-1 Paul Lim (SIN)
Gino Vos (NED) 1-4 Royden Lam (HKG)

First Round - Best of 5 Sets - 13th-19th December
[1] Phil Taylor (ENG) 3-1 Rob Szabo (NZL)
[32] Michael Smith (ENG) 3-1 Mohiro Hashimoto (JPN)
[16] Peter Wright (SCO) 3-0 Joe Cullen (ENG)
[17] Terry Jenkins (ENG) 2-3 (T/B 4-2 PL) Per Laursen (DEN) JENKINS HIT 9 DART FINISH
[8] Wes Newton (ENG) 3-1 Royden Lam (HKG)
[25] John Part (CAN) 3-2 Mareno Michels (NED)
[9] Robert Thornton (SCO) 3-1Max Hopp (GER)
[24] Colin Lloyd (ENG) 2-3 (S/D 6-5) Beau Anderson (AUS)
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[5] Andy Hamilton (ENG) 3-1 Julio Barbero (ESP)
[28] Richie Burnett (WAL)3-1 Dean Winstanley (ENG)
[12] Kim Huybrechts (BEL) 3-1 Ronny Huybrechts (BEL)
[21] Ian White (ENG) 3-1 Kyle Anderson (AUS) ANDERSON HIT 9 DART FINISH
[4] Simon Whitlock (AUS) 3-0 Ross Smith (ENG)
[29] Mark Walsh (ENG) 1-3 Jarkko Komula (FIN)
[13] Kevin Painter (ENG) 3-0 Tomas Seyler (GER)
[20] Paul Nicholson (AUS) 3-0 Stuart Kellett (ENG)
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[2] Michael van Gerwen (NED) 3-0 Zoran Lerchbacher (AUT)
[31] Wayne Jones (ENG) 2-3 Kevin McDine (ENG)
[15] Brendan Dolan (NIR) 3-0 Colin Osborne (ENG)
[18] Gary Anderson (SCO) 3-0 Mark Dudbridge (ENG)
[7] Dave Chisnall (ENG) 2-3 (T/B 5-3 JH) John Henderson (SCO)
[26] Mark Webster (WAL) 3-2 (T/B 4-2) Mensur Suljovic (AUT)
[10] Raymond van Barneveld (NED) 3-0 Jamie Lewis (WAL)
[23] Jamie Caven (ENG) 3-1 Jelle Klaasen (NED)
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[6] James Wade (ENG) 3-2 Darren Webster (ENG)
[27] Andy Smith (ENG) 3-1 Steve Brown (ENG)
[11] Justin Pipe (ENG) 3-0 Aaron Monk (ENG)
[22] Steve Beaton (ENG) 1-3 Devon Petersen (RSA)
[3] Adrian Lewis (ENG) 3-0 Dennis Smith (ENG)
[30] Vincent van der Voort (NED) 3-1 Matt Clark (ENG)
[14] Mervyn King (ENG) 3-0 Darin Young (USA)
[19] Ronnie Baxter (ENG) 0-3 Ricky Evans (ENG)


Second Round - Best of 7 Sets - 20-27 December
[1] Phil Taylor (ENG) 3-4 (T/B 4-2) [32] Michael Smith (ENG)
[16] Peter Wright (SCO) 4-2 Per Laursen (DEN)
[9] Robert Thornton (SCO) 4-0 Beau Anderson (AUS)
[8] Wes Newton (ENG) 4-0 [25] John Part (CAN)
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[5] Andy Hamilton (ENG) 1-4 [28] Richie Burnett (WAL)
[12] Kim Huybrechts (BEL) 3-4 [21] Ian White (ENG)
[4] Simon Whitlock (AUS) 4-0 Jarkko Komula (FIN)
[13] Kevin Painter (ENG) 4-0 [20] Paul Nicholson (AUS)
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[2] Michael van Gerwen (NED) 4-1 Kevin McDine (ENG)
[15] Brendan Dolan (NIR) 1-4 [18] Gary Anderson (SCO)
[26] Mark Webster (WAL) 4-3 (T/B 5-3) John Henderson (SCO)
[10] Raymond van Barneveld (NED) 4-3 [23] Jamie Caven (ENG)
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[6] James Wade (ENG) 4-3 (T/B 4-2) [27] Andy Smith (ENG)
[11] Justin Pipe (ENG) 1-4 Devon Petersen (RSA)
[3] Adrian Lewis (ENG) 4-1 [30] Vincent van der Voort (NED)
[14] Mervyn King (ENG) 4-2 Ricky Evans (ENG)

Third Round - Best of 7 Sets - 27-28 December
[16] Peter Wright (SCO) 4-3 [32] Michael Smith (ENG)
[8] Wes Newton (ENG) 4-1 [9] Robert Thornton (SCO)
[21] Ian White (ENG) 4-3 [28] Richie Burnett (WAL)
[4] Simon Whitlock (AUS) 4-0 [13] Kevin Painter (ENG)
[2] Michael van Gerwen (NED) 4-3 [18] Gary Anderson (SCO)
[10] Raymond van Barneveld (NED) 3-4 [26] Mark Webster (WAL)
[6] James Wade (ENG) 4-0 Devon Petersen (RSA)
[3] Adrian Lewis (ENG) 4-1 [14] Mervyn King (ENG)

Quarter-Finals - Best of 9 Sets - 28-29 December
[8] Wes Newton (ENG) 4-5 (T/B 5-3) [16] Peter Wright (SCO)
[4] Simon Whitlock (AUS) 5-4 (T/b 4-2) [21] Ian White (ENG)
[2] Michael van Gerwen (NED) 5-3 [26] Mark Webster (WAL)
[3] Adrian Lewis (ENG) 5-1 [6] James Wade (ENG)

Semi-Finals - Best of 11 Sets - 30 December
[4] Simon Whitlock (AUS) 2-6 [16] Peter Wright (SCO)
[2] Michael van Gerwen (NED) 6-0 [3] Adrian Lewis (ENG)

2014 LADBROKES.COM WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL - BEST OF 13 SETS - 1 JANUARY

[2] MICHAEL VAN GERWEN (NETHERLANDS) 7-4 [16] PETER WRIGHT (SCOTLAND)


MICHAEL VAN GERWEN BECOMES THE 6TH PDC WORLD DARTS CHAMPION AND 9TH PDC WORLD RANKED NUMBER ONE

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Reply 2
going for a taylor win again, but you never know. MVG looked good in the last tournament, jackpots had a fantastic year and Barneveld could easily win IF someone else takes taylor out for him. looking down the list I think theres a potential upset with winstanley and burnett, and te heybrecths brothers

looking forward to this!
Really looking forward to this. Hopefully its a great end to the best year of darts I can remember.

As good as the standard of darts is right now from a lot of players I'd be surprised if the winner isn't one of Taylor, MVG or Lewis.
Reply 4
think the second quarter is hardest to predict - Hamilton, heybretchs and whitlock are all pretty even and painters not too bad either! whichever gets into the semi-finals though I cant see them beating taylor, who should easily win Q1

don't think MVG is 100% certain either - chisnall Anderson and of course barney all have it in them to beat him

lewis biggest problem getting out of his quarter will be james wade, but I think he is playing poorly at the moment
The second quarter is certainly the standout quarter. When you've got the likes of Ronny Huybrechts, Winstanley and Kellett as non-seeded players the it will be a difficult quarter to get out of.

If the Chisnall that got to the Grand Prix final turns up then he's a big danger but I think the massive loss to Taylor in that final has take its toll on him. He hasn't been the same player since. Hopefully he can get something going here.
John Part made hard work of it today but eventually came through to win 3-2, Peter Wright is also through after beating Joe Cullen 3-0.
Reply 7
Well, currently TAYLOR is loosing to SZABO
Szabo leads Taylor at the moment by a set to nil. Surely it will turn around though

Reckon it will be MvG's year this year
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Taylor seems a bit slow out the blocks, still think he will come through and win
Unbelievable Szabo wins the first set.

EDIT: Taylor down a leg in this set as well
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Taylor slowly turning the screw against Szabo now.
Love how crazy Wayne Mardle was going in the commentary box.
Taylor is 2-1 up but Szabo has won a couple more legs here, it's 2-2 in legs Taylor needs to win this leg.
Took him long enough - Good match though, I was expecting Taylor to destroy him.
Original post by TheMagicRat
The second quarter is certainly the standout quarter. When you've got the likes of Ronny Huybrechts, Winstanley and Kellett as non-seeded players the it will be a difficult quarter to get out of.

If the Chisnall that got to the Grand Prix final turns up then he's a big danger but I think the massive loss to Taylor in that final has take its toll on him. He hasn't been the same player since. Hopefully he can get something going here.


Huge kudos to Szabo though, really had a championship to remember.

Fancy Hamilton to be the one to get through that quarter. That said it is easily the toughest of the four. This year I only fancy four of the non seeded players, Brown, Klaasen, Suljovic and Winstanley to get through the first round. Few shocks happened last year.

Your right re: Chisnall. He's gone off the boil and let the drubbing get to him and appears to have taken none of the great positives he'd achieved in reaching the final
Reply 16
now that taylors played that bad, he wont play like that again. even when he was 1-0 down I honestly couldn't see an upset coming, but this will no doubt give other players some more confidence

next game could be a tough one, winstanley v burnett
Late I know but these are tonights matches

First Round
Friday December 13 (7pm)

John Part 3-2 Mareno Michels
Rob Szabo 4-3 Ian Moss (P)
Peter Wright 3-0 Joe Cullen
Phil Taylor 3-1 Rob Szabo
Richie Burnett 3-1 Dean Winstanley
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And tomorrow's schedule

Saturday December 14
Afternoon Session (12pm)
Mark Walsh 1-3 Jarkko Komula
Colin McGarry 2-4 Per Laursen (P)
Wayne Jones v Kevin McDine
Terry Jenkins v McGarry/Laursen
Ian White v Kyle Anderson

Evening Session (7pm)
Julio Barbero v Andree Welge (P)
Robert Thornton v Max Hopp
Gary Anderson v Mark Dudbridge
Andy Hamilton v Barbero/Welge
Paul Nicholson v Stuart Kellett


The Prelim's on first tomorrow night due to the fact that the first hour is behind the red button
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Original post by bluester
now that taylors played that bad, he wont play like that again. even when he was 1-0 down I honestly couldn't see an upset coming, but this will no doubt give other players some more confidence

next game could be a tough one, winstanley v burnett


Do think it shows that Taylor is beatable for sure; he won't be able to get away with a performance like that later in the tournament. That said, I never saw him losing. Even @ 2-0 down you'd give him every chance.

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