1933 World Snooker Championship
The 1933 World Snooker Championship was a snooker tournament held between 23 March and 16 June at various venues in England, with the final beginning on 12 June 1933 at Joe Davis's Saloon in Chesterfield, England. Joe Davis won his seventh World title by defeating Willie Smith 25–18 in the final. The highest break of the final was 72 made by Davis.
|Dates||23 March – 16 June 1933|
|Venue||Joe Davis Saloon|
|Highest break||Joe Davis (72)|
|Walter Donaldson v Willie Leigh||23–25 March 1933||Lounge Hall, Nottingham|
|Willie Smith v Tom Dennis||10–12 April 1933||Burroughes and Watts Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Joe Davis v Walter Donaldson||29–31 May 1933||Joe Davis Saloon, Chesterfield|
|Joe Davis v Willie Smith||12–17 June 1933||Joe Davis Saloon, Chesterfield|
Donaldson and Leigh played their first round match at the Lounge Hall, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham from 23 to 25 March. Donaldson was then living in New Ollerton while Leigh was then living in Nottingham. The score was eight frames all after the first two days but Donaldson eventually won 13–11 on the final day.
Smith and Dennis played their semi-final at the Burroughes and Watts Hall in Newcastle upon Tyne from 10 to 12 April. Smith moved into a 6–2 lead on the first day, winning both sessions 3–1. On the second day Smith again won the both sessions 3–1 to lead 12–4. Smith won the first frame of the third day to win the match 13–4. The remaining dead frames were played and Smith finished 16–9 ahead.
The other semi-final and the final were played at Joe Davis's Saloon in Vicar Lane, Chesterfield. Davis met Donaldson in the semi-final scheduled for 29 to 31 May. Davis took a 3–0 lead before Donaldson won frame 4. Davis then won all four frames in the evening to lead 7–1 with breaks of 54 in frame 7 and 67 in frame 8. Davis continued to dominate and extended his lead to 11–1 in the afternoon. In frame 11 Donaldson led 60–6 but Davis made a 57 clearance to win the frame. He then won the first two in the evening to win 13–1, winning the match a day early. Donaldson won the two dead frames which finished the evening session.
The final between Davis and Smith was originally planned for 6 days with 8 frames per day (9 on the final day). Davis won all four afternoon frames on the first day but Smith won three in the evening to leave Davis 5–3 ahead. On the second day Smith won all four afternoon frames to lead 7–5. At this point it seems that the match was reduced to five days since six frames were played in the evening. Davis won five of these to lead 10–8. He had a break of 53 in frame 14. On the third day Smith won three of the five afternoon frames while each player won three frames in the evening to leave Davis 15–14 ahead. Davis won three of the five frames on the fourth afternoon to leave the score at 18–16. Davis then won four of the five in the evening to extend his lead to 22–17. He had a break of 55 in frame 37. On the final afternoon Davis made a break of 72 to win frame 40, the highest of the match. He then won the next to lead 24–17 and, although Smith won the third, Davis won the last in the afternoon to take the match 25–18. Five dead frames were played in the evening after which the Mayor of Chesterfield, Arthur Swale, made the presentations. The referee was Mr A Marshall, "the one-arm champion".
Best of 25 frames
Best of 25 frames
Best of 49 frames
|Walter Donaldson||13||Walter Donaldson||1|
|Willie Leigh||11||Joe Davis||25|
|Final: Best of 49 frames.|
Joe Davis Saloon, Chesterfield, England, 12–16 June 1933. Referee: A Marshall.
|Day 1: 52–34, 46–44, 103–23, 81–31, 25–72, 43–69, 68–22, 61–71|
Day 2: 13–45, 38–53, 33–49, 21–63, 78–19, 70–15, 116–15 (53), 68–31, 29–66, 66–22
Day 3: 32–82, 81–10, 30–62, 69–33, 35–76, 45–57, 90–25, 86–33, 25–56, 49–57, 86–25
Day 4: 87–14, 56–66, 66–46, 21–72, 74–61, 79–31, 54–75, 89–14 (55), 72–18, 79–11
Day 5: 105–5 (72), 66–54, 27–58, 90–16
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