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Old 14-12-2012, 13:45
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We may still be a couple of weeks away from the beginning of a new actual year, but we're right on the threshold of beginning a new darting year - so it's time to open up a new thread to cover the thrills and spills in the world of PDC darts in 2013!

If it's anything like 2012, it'll be another year packed with 180s, high finishes, nine-darters, accurate and abject doubling, performances of the amazing and awful variety, upsets, crowd involvement, and above all else, high tension, high excitement and high drama - and from tonight until January 2nd, we'll be treated to it all in spades with the staging of the sport's biggest and most captivating event, the PDC World Championship at the Alexandra Palace.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the PDC Worlds, and if the way the majors have recently been shared around is anything to go by, it promises to be one of the most competitive and open World Championship we've ever seen in those twenty years.

Here's how the next 15 days of world class darting action shapes up:

Schedule of Play
Friday December 14 (7pm-12am)
1x Preliminary Round, 4x First Round
7.10pm Robert Thornton v Magnus Caris
8.15pm Andree Welge v Leung Chun Nam (P)
9.00pm Paul Nicholson v Co Stompe
10.00pm Adrian Lewis v Gino Vos
11.00pm Kevin Painter v Welge/Chun Nam

Saturday December 15
Afternoon Session (12pm-5pm)
1x Preliminary Round, 4x First Round
12.10pm Wayne Jones v Jerry Hendriks
1.15pm Daryl Gurney v Robert Marijanovic (P)
2.00pm Richie Burnett v James Hubbard
3.00pm Terry Jenkins v Steve Brown
4.00pm Andy Smith v Gurney/Marijanovic

Evening Session (7pm-12am)
1x Preliminary Round, 4x First Round
7.10pm Dave Chisnall v Shane Tichowitsch
8.15pm Max Hopp v Charl Pietersen (P)
9.00pm John Part v Joe Cullen
10.00pm Phil Taylor v Michael Mansell
11.00pm Denis Ovens v Hopp/Pietersen

Sunday December 16 (7pm-12am)
1x Preliminary Round, 4x First Round
7.10pm Brendan Dolan v Mark Jones
8.15pm Jarkko Komula v Jani Haavisto (P)
9.00pm Andy Hamilton v James Richardson
10.00pm Raymond van Barneveld v Michael Smith
11.00pm Gary Anderson v Komula/Haavisto

Monday December 17 (7pm-12am)
1x Preliminary Round, 4x First Round
7.10pm Peter Wright v Arron Monk
8.15pm Carlos Rodriguez v John Bowles (P)
9.00pm Mark Webster v Ian White
10.00pm James Wade v Peter Hudson
11.00pm Jamie Caven v Rodriguez/Bowles

Tuesday December 18 (7pm-12am)
1x Preliminary Round, 4x First Round
7.10pm Steve Beaton v Kyle Anderson
8.15pm Lourence Ilagan v Jamie Lewis (P)
9.00pm Wes Newton v Johnny Haines
10.00pm Mervyn King v Dean Winstanley
11.00pm Colin Osborne v Ilagan/J Lewis

Wednesday December 19 (7pm-12am)
1x Preliminary Round, 4x First Round
7.10pm Justin Pipe v Andy Jenkins
8.15pm Haruki Muramatsu v Dave Harrington (P)
9.00pm Ronnie Baxter v Dennis Priestley
10.00pm Colin Lloyd v Darin Young
11.00pm Simon Whitlock v Muramatsu/Harrington

Thursday December 20 (7pm-12am)
1x Preliminary Round, 4x First Round
7.10pm Mark Walsh v Darren Webster
8.15pm Paul Lim v Mohd Latif Sapup (P)
9.00pm Kim Huybrechts v Scott Rand
10.00pm Vincent van der Voort v Stuart Kellett
11.00pm Michael van Gerwen v Lim/Sapup

Friday December 21
Afternoon Session (12.30pm-4.30pm)
3x Second Round
12.40pm Hamilton/Richardson v Burnett/Hubbard
2.00pm Chisnall/Tichowitsch v A Smith/Gurney/Marijanovic
3.20pm Anderson/Komula/Haavisto v Caven/Rodriguez/Bowles

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
3x Second Round
7.10pm T Jenkins/Brown v Part/Cullen
8.30pm Nicholson/Stompe v Thornton/Caris
9.50pm Taylor/Mansell v W Jones/Hendriks

Saturday December 22
Afternoon Session (12.30pm-4.30pm)
3x Second Round
12.40pm Painter/Welge/Chun Nam v Baxter/Priestley
2.00pm M Webster/White v Lloyd/Young
3.20pm van Barneveld/M Smith v Dolan/M Jones

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
3x Second Round
7.10pm Newton/Haines v Huybrechts/Rand
8.30pm Whitlock/Muramatsu/Harrington v Osborne/Ilagan/J Lewis
9.50pm A Lewis/Vos v Ovens/Hopp/Pietersen

Sunday December 23
Afternoon Session (12.30pm-4.30pm)
3x Second Round
12.40pm Pipe/A Jenkins v Walsh/D Webster
2.00pm King/Winstanley v van der Voort/Kellett
3.20pm Wade/Hudson v Beaton/K Anderson

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
1x Second Round, 2x Third Round
7.10pm van Gerwen/Lim/Sapup v Wright/Monk
8.30pm Hamilton/Richardson/Burnett/Hubbard v T Jenkins/Brown/Part/Cullen
9.50pm Taylor/Mansell/W Jones/Hendriks v Nicholson/Stompe/Thornton/Caris

Thursday December 27
Afternoon Session (12.30pm-4.30pm)
3x Third Round
12.40pm Whitlock/Muramatsu/Harrington/Osborne/Ilagan/J Lewis v Chisnall/Tichowitsch/A Smith/Gurney/Marijanovic
2.00pm G Anderson/Komula/Haavisto/Caven/Rodriguez/Bowles v van Barneveld/M Smith/Dolan/M Jones
3.20pm Newton/Haines/Huybrechts/Rand v Pipe/A Jenkins/Walsh/D Webster

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
3x Third Round
7.10pm van Gerwen/Lim/Sapup/Wright/Monk v M Webster/White/Lloyd/Young
8.30pm A Lewis/Vos/Ovens/Hopp/Pietersen v Painter/Welge/Chun Nam/Baxter/Priestley
9.50pm Wade/Hudson/Beaton/K Anderson v King/Winstanley/van der Voort/Kellett

Friday December 28 (7pm-11pm)
2x Quarter-Finals
7.15pm
9.15pm

Saturday December 29 (7pm-11pm)
2x Quarter-Finals
7.15pm
9.15pm

Sunday December 30 (7pm-11pm)
Semi-Finals
7.15pm
9.15pm

Tuesday January 1 (8pm-11pm)
Final
8.15pm
However, this year's World Championship is tinged with sadness as it's the first one to be staged since the sad loss of the voice of the sport, Sid Waddell - and that's been recognised by the creation of a new World Championship trophy bearing his signature and his name.

I imagine that the PDC will be paying a tribute to Sid on-stage tonight in the same way as they did to Jocky Wilson earlier this year in the Premier League, and I don't know about you, but I'll be trying to preface tonight's action by watching the touching tribute to and interview with Sid that Sky screened just after his passing in August.

Hopefully the events of the next fortnight, culminating in the crowning of the 2013 PDC World Darts champion, will serve to make him and all darts fans proud of the sport they love.

So, as we prepare to witness the new World Championship and the new darting year beginning tonight at 7pm, what else is there to say but...

Game On!
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Old 14-12-2012, 14:15
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If the first round goes to script there could be tasty second round & last 16 matches as Nicholson could play Thornton in round 2 with a possible last 16 match against Phil Taylor.
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Old 14-12-2012, 16:07
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Worst night in the world to go out.....not the weather I don't mean (!) but for the likes of Lewis and particularly Nicho.....to be out of the tournament while people are still metaphorically taking their seats and then not be involved for the next fortnight plus.....bet anyone with half-genuine aspirations of winning the title would settle for playing their opener any night but..........
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Old 14-12-2012, 16:42
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Worst night in the world to go out.....not the weather I don't mean (!) but for the likes of Lewis and particularly Nicho.....to be out of the tournament while people are still metaphorically taking their seats and then not be involved for the next fortnight plus.....bet anyone with half-genuine aspirations of winning the title would settle for playing their opener any night but..........
I am going out tonight. Worried I get my hair wet
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Old 14-12-2012, 17:32
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If it's anything like 2012, it'll be another year packed with ... performances of the amazing and awful variety, upsets, crowd involvement, and above all else, high tension, high excitement and high drama
So like most other sports then


You also forgot to mention that it's Bruce Spendley's bow out.
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Old 14-12-2012, 17:36
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Is that guy with the weird throwing style in the world's this year, can't remember his name but the way he threw looked like he was an archer?
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Old 14-12-2012, 17:37
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^ Old peek-a-boo Petri Korte? Nope, not in it this year.
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Old 14-12-2012, 17:57
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^ Old peek-a-boo Petri Korte? Nope, not in it this year.
Yeah that's him, shame he's not in it
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Old 14-12-2012, 18:16
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Worst night in the world to go out.....not the weather I don't mean (!) but for the likes of Lewis and particularly Nicho.....to be out of the tournament while people are still metaphorically taking their seats and then not be involved for the next fortnight plus.....
You're right to identify Nicholson as the seed most at threat tonight, as the match against Stompe is the kind of match he's been regularly losing throughout the last year when his ability should've ensured a comfortable victory.

I personally think this tournament is a make-or-break one for The Asset following the dreadful run he's been on; if he exits before the quarter-final stage, it could easily see him dropping out of the higher reaches of the PDC.

You wouldn't think Thornton would be unduly troubled against Magnus Caris - who I hope gets better treatment from the Ally Pally crowd tonight than he did a year ago -and likewise Lewis against Gino Vos even though he's coming into this championship in poorer form than he did last year.

Then again, we were probably saying the same thing this time last year before Lewis needed a tie break to beat Ian White - and although I know nothing about Vos, he's probably the kind of lesser known player that Lewis has struggled against over the years.

You also forgot to mention that it's Bruce Spendley's bow out.
Is it? I didn't know that.

It's a shame as he's been a stalwart of not just the PDC/WDC since its inception but darts as a whole for the best part of thirty years, seemingly - but I guess it was a matter of time as he did seem to be making more and more mistakes as the years went by.
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Old 14-12-2012, 18:42
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Stompe is in awful form himself so I don't see The Asset having too many problems.

Been rationing my darts over the last few months but as ever can't wait for this to get going.
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Old 14-12-2012, 18:54
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It's almost time, I'm giddy with excitement!
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Old 14-12-2012, 18:59
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Get ready for the Talyor promo!!!
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Old 14-12-2012, 19:00
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Get ready for the Talyor promo!!!
Or the Eric Bristow "London is my city" one

Here we go....
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Old 14-12-2012, 19:00
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All new swishy titles too. Very nice.
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Old 14-12-2012, 19:11
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I think that's pretty much last night's preview show in 3 minutes.
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Old 14-12-2012, 19:12
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Arena looking rather empty, it must be said.

Taking time for people to come in?

Interesting how Caris is being blamed for what happened with the crowd last year...
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Old 14-12-2012, 19:20
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Christmas officially starts when the first dart is thrown
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Old 14-12-2012, 19:20
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Get on with it already.
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Old 14-12-2012, 19:22
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So does Lewis get to keep the old trophy......Can't see Phil being too happy if he does
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Old 14-12-2012, 19:24
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Good to see that the walk-on girls have a bit more class to them than the bimbos who led the players out early on last year.
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Old 14-12-2012, 19:24
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Tonight's girls

Daniella Allfree
http://www.walkongirls.co.uk/Daniell...20Allfree.html

Jessica Bradder
http://www.walkongirls.co.uk/Jessica...radder%20.html
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Old 14-12-2012, 19:28
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Thornton takes out 150 in the first leg of the championship!
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Old 14-12-2012, 19:28
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Not a bad way to start.
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Not a bad way to start things off... fantastic check out from Choccy.
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Good to see that the walk-on girls have a bit more class to them than the bimbos who led the players out early on last year.
Sure they speak highly of you as well.
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