The British Open is a professional snooker tournament. It has been a ranking tournament since 1985.
The tournament has had various sponsors and venues over the years. It currently takes place around November each year. Prior to the 1999/2000 season, it was held later in the season. As a result, two tournaments were held in 1999, one for the 1998/1999 season and one for the 1999/2000 season.
The tournament was not held during the 2005/2006 season.