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1982 World Snooker Championship

The 1982 World Snooker Championship (also known as the 1982 Embassy World Snooker Championship for sponsorship purposes) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 30 April and 16 May 1982 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates30 April–16 May 1982
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£110,000
Winner's share£25,000
Highest breakEngland Willie Thorne (143)
Final
ChampionNorthern Ireland Alex Higgins
Runner-upWales Ray Reardon
Score18–15
1981
1983

Alex Higgins won his second world title, defeating Ray Reardon 18–15 in the final. The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summaryEdit

  • The previous three world champions, who were also the top three seeds, were all defeated in the first round: defending champion Steve Davis lost 1–10 to Tony Knowles, 1979 champion Terry Griffiths lost 6–10 to Willie Thorne and world number 1 and 1980 champion Cliff Thorburn lost 4–10 to Jimmy White.[1]
  • Higgins reached the final after an epic 16–15 semi-final victory over Jimmy White. Trailing 15–14 and 59–0, Higgins saved himself with a memorable clearance of 69 and then won the decider for a place in the final.[2] The final between Higgins and Reardon was a repeat of the 1976 final, which Reardon won 27–16. From 15–15, Higgins won the next three frames and clinched the title with a break of 135 in the final frame. A tearful Higgins summoned his wife and baby daughter from the audience to celebrate with him.[3]
  • Jim Donnelly became the first Scottish player to play at the Crucible. He lost in the first round 5-10 to Ray Reardon.[4]
  • This was the first tournament in which the top 8 seeds had to play in the first round, taking the tournament from 24 to 32 players. This format still remains today.[5]

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[6]

  • Winner: £25,000
  • Runner-up: £12,500
  • Semi-final: £7,000
  • Quarter-final: £3,500
  • Last 16: £2,250
  • Last 32: £1,250
  • Highest break: £2,500
  • Maximum break: £10,000
  • Total: £110,000

Main drawEdit

Shown below are the results for each round. The numbers in parentheses beside some of the players are their seeding ranks (each championship has 16 seeds and 16 qualifiers).[1][5][7][8]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
30 April & 1 May            
   Steve Davis (1)  1
5 & 6 May
   Tony Knowles  10  
   Tony Knowles  13
30 April & 1 May
     Graham Miles (16)  7  
   Graham Miles (16)  10
9, 10 & 11 May
   Dave Martin  5  
   Tony Knowles  11
1 & 2 May
     Eddie Charlton (8)  13  
   Bill Werbeniuk (9)  10
5, 6 & 7 May
   John Bear  7  
   Bill Werbeniuk (9)  5
1 & 2 May
     Eddie Charlton (8)  13  
   Eddie Charlton (8)  10
12, 13 & 14 May
   Cliff Wilson  5  
   Eddie Charlton (8)  11
1 & 2 May
     Ray Reardon (4)  16
   Dennis Taylor (5)  7
7 & 8 May
   Silvino Francisco  10  
   Silvino Francisco  13
1 & 2 May
     Dean Reynolds  8  
   Fred Davis (12)  7
10 & 11 May
   Dean Reynolds  10  
   Silvino Francisco  8
2 & 3 May
     Ray Reardon (4)  13  
   John Virgo (13)  10
6, 7 & 8 May
   Mike Hallett  4  
   John Virgo (13)  8
2 & 3 May
     Ray Reardon (4)  13  
   Ray Reardon (4)  10
   Jim Donnelly  5  
3 & 4 May            
   Terry Griffiths (3)  6
7 & 8 May
   Willie Thorne  10  
   Willie Thorne  13
3 & 4 May
     John Spencer (14)  5  
   John Spencer (14)  10
10 & 11 May
   John Dunning  4  
   Willie Thorne  10
3 & 4 May
     Alex Higgins (11)  13  
   Alex Higgins (11)  10
7, 8 & 9 May
   Jim Meadowcroft  5  
   Alex Higgins (11)  13
3 & 4 May
     Doug Mountjoy (6)  12  
   Doug Mountjoy (6)  10
12, 13 & 14 May
   Rex Williams  3  
   Alex Higgins (11)  16
4 & 5 May
     Jimmy White  15
   David Taylor (7)  9
9 & 10 May
   Patsy Fagan  10  
   Patsy Fagan  7
4 & 5 May
     Kirk Stevens (10)  13  
   Kirk Stevens (10)  10
10 & 11 May
   Jack Fitzmaurice  4  
   Kirk Stevens (10)  9
5 & 6 May
     Jimmy White  13  
   Perrie Mans (15)  10
8 & 9 May
   Tony Meo  8  
   Perrie Mans (15)  6
5 & 6 May
     Jimmy White  13  
   Cliff Thorburn (2)  4
   Jimmy White  10  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 15 May & 16 May 1982. Referee: John Smyth.[9]
Ray Reardon (4)
  Wales
15–18 Alex Higgins (11)
  Northern Ireland
41–61, 64–31, 84–47, 0–121, 64–53, 77–30, 65–55, 28–87, 8–89, 76–8, 47–56, 22–91, 69–29, 4–96, 36–71, 14–94, 13–73, 122–12, 81–13, 38–77, 31–78, 69–40, 79–36, 31–71, 52–37, 14–115, 61–70, 84–49, 69–36, 60–58, 0–79, 9–112, 0–139 Century breaks: 2 (Higgins 2)

Highest break by Reardon: 95
Highest break by Higgins: 135

41–61, 64–31, 84–47, 0–121, 64–53, 77–30, 65–55, 28–87, 8–89, 76–8, 47–56, 22–91, 69–29, 4–96, 36–71, 14–94, 13–73, 122–12, 81–13, 38–77, 31–78, 69–40, 79–36, 31–71, 52–37, 14–115, 61–70, 84–49, 69–36, 60–58, 0–79, 9–112, 0–139
  Alex Higgins wins the 1982 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

There were 10 century breaks at the championship, the highest being 143 by Willie Thorne.[10][11][12] There was also a £5,000 bonus on offer for compiling a higher break than the championship record of 145.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "World Championship 1982". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  2. ^ Davis leads Higgins tributes
  3. ^ Crucible's top 10 moments
  4. ^ Hendon, David. "The Thursday Quiz (Answers)". Snooker Scene Blog. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  6. ^ a b Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  7. ^ "1982 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 4–5.
  9. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  10. ^ Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 146.