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The 1984 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1984 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purpose of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 21 April and 7 May 1984 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.[1]

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates21 April–7 May 1984
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£200,000
Winner's share£44,000
Highest breakEngland Rex Williams (138)
Final
ChampionEngland Steve Davis
Runner-upEngland Jimmy White
Score18–16
1983
1985

Steve Davis won his third world title by defeating Jimmy White 18–16 in the final. Davis became the first player to retain the title at the Crucible.[2] The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Contents

Tournament summaryEdit

  • Joe Johnson, John Parrott, Neal Foulds, Warren King, Roy Andrewartha, Marcel Gauvreau, Paul Mifsud, Mario Morra and Eddie Sinclair made their World Championship debut. All the debutants except Johnson, Foulds, Parrott and King played at the Crucible for the first and only time and only Foulds and Parrott won their first round matches.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]
  • Jimmy White played in his first final where he lost to Steve Davis 16–18. It would be the first of six World Championship final defeats.[12] In the match, he was 4–12 behind at the end of the first day. On the second day, White fought back and trailed only 11–13 behind, before Davis again extended his lead to 16–12. White than won the next three frames in row to reduce the gap to 15–16, before Davis cleared the colours to be just one frame away to win the title. And although White would win the next frame with a 65 clearance, Davis won the 34th frame and sealed victory 18–16.[13] With this Davis became the first player to retain the title at the Crucible.[12]
  • Eight-time winner Fred Davis made his final World Championship appearance, losing 4–10 to Bill Werbeniuk. Davis had first played in the World Championship in 1937. Aged 70 years and 253 days, he became the tournament's oldest ever player.[14][15]

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[1][16]

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][17][18]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
21 April            
   Steve Davis (1)  10
26 & 27 April
   Warren King  3  
   Steve Davis (1)  13
21 & 22 April
     John Spencer (16)  5  
   John Spencer (16)  10
1 & 2 May
   Graham Miles  3  
   Steve Davis (1)  13
22 & 23 April
     Terry Griffiths (9)  10  
   Terry Griffiths (9)  10
27 & 28 April
   Paul Mifsud  2  
   Terry Griffiths (9)  13
22 & 23 April
     Bill Werbeniuk (8)  5  
   Bill Werbeniuk (8)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
   Fred Davis  4  
   Steve Davis (1)  16
23 & 24 April
     Dennis Taylor (13)  9
   Alex Higgins (5)  9
28, 29 & 30 April
   Neal Foulds  10  
   Neal Foulds  6
24 & 25 April
     Doug Mountjoy (12)  13  
   Doug Mountjoy (12)  10
1 & 2 May
   Mike Hallett  4  
   Doug Mountjoy (12)  8
24 & 25 April
     Dennis Taylor (13)  13  
   Dennis Taylor (13)  10
29 & 30 April
   Joe Johnson  1  
   Dennis Taylor (13)  13
25 & 26 April
     John Parrott  11  
   Tony Knowles (4)  7
   John Parrott  10  
25 & 26 April            
   Cliff Thorburn (3)  10
29 & 30 April
   Mario Morra  3  
   Cliff Thorburn (3)  13
25 April
     Willie Thorne  11  
   John Virgo (14)  9
1 & 2 May
   Willie Thorne  10  
   Cliff Thorburn (3)  8
24 April
     Jimmy White (11)  13  
   Jimmy White (11)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
   Rex Williams  6  
   Jimmy White (11)  13
23 & 24 April
     Eddie Charlton (6)  7  
   Eddie Charlton (6)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
   Roy Andrewartha  4  
   Jimmy White (11)  16
22 & 23 April
     Kirk Stevens (7)  14
   Kirk Stevens (7)  10
27 & 28 April
   Eddie Sinclair  1  
   Kirk Stevens (7)  13
22 & 23 April
     David Taylor (10)  10  
   David Taylor (10)  10
1 & 2 May
   Marcel Gauvreau  5  
   Kirk Stevens (7)  13
21 & 22 April
     Ray Reardon (2)  2  
   Tony Meo (15)  5
26, 27 & 28 April
   Silvino Francisco  10  
   Silvino Francisco  8
21 April
     Ray Reardon (2)  13  
   Ray Reardon (2)  10
   Jim Wych  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 6 & 7 May 1984. Referee: Jim Thorpe[19]
Steve Davis (1)
  England
18–16 Jimmy White (11)
  England
73–14, 84–24, 70–65, 51–73, 69–39, 110–15, 77–38, 68–25, 81–0, 0–137, 57–40, 8–104, 120–0, 43–67, 65–61, 73–22, 6–127, 29–62, 1–76, 68–56, 42–65, 29–68, 4–80, 43–67, 64–15, 82–43, 19–91, 73–40, 6–84, 22–72, 40–74, 59–55, 60–65, 77–40 Century breaks: 1 (White 1)

Highest break by Davis: 84
Highest break by White: 119

73–14, 84–24, 70–65, 51–73, 69–39, 110–15, 77–38, 68–25, 81–0, 0–137, 57–40, 8–104, 120–0, 43–67, 65–61, 73–22, 6–127, 29–62, 1–76, 68–56, 42–65, 29–68, 4–80, 43–67, 64–15, 82–43, 19–91, 73–40, 6–84, 22–72, 40–74, 59–55, 60–65, 77–40
  Steve Davis wins the 1984 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

There were eight centuries in the championship, which were the fewest since 1978. The highest break of the televised stages was 138 made by Rex Williams,[20][21][22] and the pre-televised stages was 112 made by Jim Donnelly.[1]

ReferencesEdit

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