I wouldn’t call it a world championship in any respect since too many of the worlds elite 14.1 specialists are missing each year. The European and American 14.1 championships are the premiere events in straight pool currently. I would have argued in favour of Charlie’s event back in 2011 when there was still a strong field present. But it shrinks each year and I don’t think the lack of attendance is due to popularity of 14.1 (or lack of) but rather the tournament itself. Meanwhile, the American 14.1 Championship appears to grow each year, 2020 not withstanding.Do you know if the field each year is growing, shrinking, or staying the same?
It may not be a World (global) championship, but it seems to be a World (of straight pool) championship.
I had the sense that straight pool was becoming more popular, just by the fact that i see people playing it now and again, or talking about it.
14.1 seems to be caught in a bind - not enough players because there's not enough money in it, and not enough money it because there's not enough players.