1979 World Snooker Championship

The 1979 World Snooker Championship (also known as the 1979 Embassy World Snooker Championship for sponsorship reasons) was a ranking professional snooker tournament that took place from 16 to 28 April 1979 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. Organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), it was the third consecutive World Snooker Championship to be held at the Crucible, the first tournament having taken place in 1977.

1979 Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates16–28 April 1979 (1979-04-16 – 1979-04-28)
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
OrganisationWPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£35,000
Winner's share£10,000
Highest break Bill Werbeniuk (CAN) (142)
Final
Champion Terry Griffiths (WAL)
Runner-up Dennis Taylor (NIR)
Score24–16
1978
1980

A qualifying event for the championship was held, producing eight qualifiers who joined the eight invited seeded players in the main event. The tournament was broadcast in the United Kingdom by the BBC, and was sponsored by the Embassy cigarette company. The winner received £10,000 from the total prize fund of £35,000.

Tournament debutant Terry Griffiths met Dennis Taylor in the final, which was a best-of-47-frames match. Griffiths won the match 24–16, to become the first player to proceed from the qualifying competition and win the title at the Crucible. There were 13 century breaks compiled during the championship, the highest of which was 142 by Bill Werbeniuk.

OverviewEdit

The World Snooker Championship is an annual professional snooker tournament organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).[1] Founded in the late 19th century by British Army soldiers stationed in India,[2] the cue sport was popular in the British Isles.[1] However, in the modern era, which started in 1969 when the World Championship reverted to a knockout format,[3] it has become increasingly popular worldwide, especially in East and Southeast Asian nations such as China, Hong Kong and Thailand.[4][5][6]

Joe Davis won the first World Championship in 1927, hosted by the Billiards Association and Control Council, the final match being held at Camkin's Hall in Birmingham, England.[7]: 23 [8] Since 1977, the event has been held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.[9] The 1979 championship featured sixteen professional players competing in one-on-one snooker matches in a single-elimination format, each match played over several frames. These competitors in the main tournament were selected using a combination of the top players in the snooker world rankings and the winners of a pre-tournament qualification stage.[10][11]

Tournament summaryEdit

  • Griffiths began the tournament by defeating Bernard Bennett and Jim Meadowcroft in the qualifying rounds. At the Crucible, he defeated Perrie Mans in the first round, followed by a 13–12 victory over Alex Higgins in the quarter-final.[12] In the semi-final he trailed Eddie Charlton by 16–17 before winning 19–17 at 1:40 a.m., the latest finish of any match at the time.[13] Griffiths then beat future champion Dennis Taylor 24–16 in the final, to win the world title at his first attempt.[13][14] He became the first qualifier to win the title at the Crucible.[15]
  • Kirk Stevens and future six-time champion Steve Davis made their Championship debuts, but they lost in the last-16 round: 8–13 to Fred Davis and 11–13 to Dennis Taylor, respectively.[16][17]
  • Aged 65 years and 247 days, Fred Davis became the oldest ever player to win a match at the Crucible. Three days later he also became the oldest player to reach the quarter-finals.[18]
  • John Williams refereed the final.[19]

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[12][20]

  • Winner: £10,000
  • Runner-up: £5,000
  • Third place: £3,000
  • Fourth place: £2,000
  • Quarter-final: £1,250
  • Last 16: £1,000
  • Highest break: £500
  • Maximum break: £10,000
  • Total: £35,500

Main drawEdit

The results for the tournament are shown below. The numbers in brackets denote players seedings, whilst players in bold are match winners.[12][21][22][23]

 
Last 16
Best of 25 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 25 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 37 frames
Final
Best of 47 frames
 
              
 
17, 18 & 19 April
 
 
  Ray Reardon (WAL) (1)13
 
20 & 21 April
 
  Graham Miles (ENG)8
 
  Ray Reardon (1)8
 
18 & 19 April
 
  Dennis Taylor (8)13
 
  Dennis Taylor (NIR) (8)13
 
22, 23, 24 & 25 April
 
  Steve Davis (ENG) 11
 
  Dennis Taylor (8)19
 
19 & 20 April
 
  John Virgo12
 
  Cliff Thorburn (CAN) (5)10
 
20 & 21 April
 
  John Virgo (ENG)13
 
  John Virgo13
 
17 & 18 April
 
  Bill Werbeniuk9
 
  John Spencer (ENG) (4)11
 
26, 27 & 28 April
 
  Bill Werbeniuk (CAN)13
 
  Dennis Taylor (8)16
 
16 & 17 April
 
  Terry Griffiths24
 
  Eddie Charlton (AUS) (3)13
 
19, 20 & 21 April
 
  Doug Mountjoy (WAL)6
 
  Eddie Charlton (3)13
 
16, 17 & 18 April
 
  Fred Davis (6)4
 
  Fred Davis (ENG) (6)13
 
22, 23, 24 & 25 April
 
  Kirk Stevens (CAN)8
 
  Eddie Charlton (3)17
 
16, 17 & 18 April
 
  Terry Griffiths19 Third place
Best of 13 frames
 
  Alex Higgins (NIR) (7)13
 
19, 20 & 21 April 26 & 27 April
 
  David Taylor (ENG)5
 
  Alex Higgins (7)12   John Virgo3
 
16 & 17 April
 
  Terry Griffiths13   Eddie Charlton (3)7
 
  Perrie Mans (RSA) (2)8
 
 
  Terry Griffiths (WAL)13
 

QualifyingEdit

The results from the qualifying competition are shown below, with match winners denoted in bold:[12]

Century breaksEdit

There were 13 century breaks at the championship, the highest being 142 by Bill Werbeniuk.[24][25] There was also a £5,000 bonus for compiling a higher break than the championship record of 142.[20]

ReferencesEdit

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