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1983 World Snooker Championship

The 1983 World Snooker Championship (also known as the 1983 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 16 April and 2 May 1983 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates16 April–2 May 1983
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£135,000
Winner's share£30,000
Highest breakCanada Cliff Thorburn (147)
Final
ChampionEngland Steve Davis
Runner-upCanada Cliff Thorburn
Score18–6
1982
1984

In the second round, Cliff Thorburn became the first player to make a maximum break in a World Championship match.

Alex Higgins was the defending champion, but he lost 5–16 to Steve Davis in the semi final. Higgins fell to the Crucible Curse as he became the latest champion who was unable to defend his first world title at the venue.

Davis defeated Thorburn 18–6 in the final to win his second world title. The tournament was sponsored by Embassy.

Tournament summaryEdit

  • The championship is notable for the first-ever maximum break at a World Snooker Championship. Canada's Cliff Thorburn achieved it in the fourth frame of his second round match against Terry Griffiths.[1] The final session of the match lasted more than seven hours and finished at 3:51 am,[2][3][4] the latest finish at the Crucible.[5]
  • Thorburn then played Kirk Stevens in the quarter-final, which he won 13–12; finishing at 2:12 am. Thorburn defeated Tony Knowles 16–15 in the semi-finals, but lost in the final 6–18 to Steve Davis with a session to spare.[4] Thorburn was exhausted during the final due to winning his last three matches in the deciding frame. He played 14 hours more than Davis.[6] Davis had also won his semi-final match with a session to spare, beating Alex Higgins 16–5.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[7][8]

  • Winner: £30,000
  • Runner up: £15,000
  • Semi-finals: £8,400
  • Quarter-finals: £4,450
  • Last 16: £2,950
  • Last 32: £1,500
  • Highest break: £3,000
  • Maximum break: £10,000
  • Total: £135,000

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).[7][9][10]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
16 April            
   Alex Higgins (1)  10
21 & 22 April
   Dean Reynolds  4  
   Alex Higgins (1)  13
16 & 17 April
     Willie Thorne (16)  8  
   Willie Thorne (16)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
   John Virgo  3  
   Alex Higgins (1)  13
16 & 17 April
     Bill Werbeniuk (9)  11  
   Bill Werbeniuk (9)  10
22 & 23 April
   Dave Martin  4  
   Bill Werbeniuk (9)  13
16 & 17 April
     David Taylor (8)  10  
   David Taylor (8)  10
28 & 29 April
   Jim Meadowcroft  2  
   Alex Higgins (1)  5
16 & 18 April
     Steve Davis (4)  16
   Eddie Charlton (5)  10
23 & 24 April
   Les Dodd  7  
   Eddie Charlton (5)  13
16 & 17 April
     John Spencer (12)  11  
   John Spencer (12)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
   Mike Hallett  7  
   Eddie Charlton (5)  5
17 & 18 April
     Steve Davis (4)  13  
   Dennis Taylor (13)  10
22 & 23 April
   Silvino Francisco  9  
   Dennis Taylor (13)  11
18 & 19 April
     Steve Davis (4)  13  
   Steve Davis (4)  10
   Rex Williams  4  
19 & 20 April            
   Cliff Thorburn (3)  10
23 & 24 April
   John Campbell  5  
   Cliff Thorburn (3)  13
18 & 19 April
     Terry Griffiths (14)  12  
   Terry Griffiths (14)  10
26 & 27 April
   Mark Wildman  8  
   Cliff Thorburn (3)  13
19 & 20 April
     Kirk Stevens (6)  12  
   Perrie Mans (11)  10
24 April
   Ian Black  3  
   Perrie Mans (11)  3
20 & 21 April
     Kirk Stevens (6)  13  
   Kirk Stevens (6)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
   Mick Fisher  2  
   Cliff Thorburn (3)  16
20 & 21 April
     Tony Knowles (15)  15
   Doug Mountjoy (7)  10
25 & 26 April
   Cliff Wilson  2  
   Doug Mountjoy (7)  11
20 & 21 April
     Tony Meo  13  
   Jimmy White (10)  8
26 & 27 April
   Tony Meo  10  
   Tony Meo  9
21 & 22 April
     Tony Knowles (15)  13  
   Tony Knowles (15)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
   Graham Miles  3  
   Tony Knowles (15)  13
20 & 21 April
     Ray Reardon (2)  12  
   Ray Reardon (2)  10
   Eugene Hughes  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 1 & 2 May 1983. Referee: Len Ganley[11]
Steve Davis (4)
  England
18–6 Cliff Thorburn (3)
  Canada
82–20, 11–112, 83–39, 36–80, 80–34, 65–34, 81–44, 75–26, 82–6, 73–0, 81–48, 41–67, 25–71, 100–8, 15–68, 96–2, 76–47, 58–53, 75–28, 62–47, 67–62, 131–0, 24–62, 77–70 Century breaks: 1 (Davis 1)

Highest break by Davis: 131
Highest break by Thorburn: 55

82–20, 11–112, 83–39, 36–80, 80–34, 65–34, 81–44, 75–26, 82–6, 73–0, 81–48, 41–67, 25–71, 100–8, 15–68, 96–2, 76–47, 58–53, 75–28, 62–47, 67–62, 131–0, 24–62, 77–70
  Steve Davis wins his second World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

There were eighteen century breaks during the championship, a record which stood until 1986. The highest break of the event was 147 by Cliff Thorburn.[12][13][14] With this record he earned a £5,000 bonus.[8]

ReferencesEdit

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