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The 1986 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1986 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 19 April – 5 May 1986 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates19 April–5 May 1986
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£350,000
Winner's share£70,000
Highest breakEngland Steve Davis (134)
Final
ChampionEngland Joe Johnson
Runner-upEngland Steve Davis
Score18–12
1985
1987

Joe Johnson won his only world title by defeating Steve Davis 18–12 in the final. The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summaryEdit

  • Like John Spencer in 1978, Terry Griffiths in 1980 and Steve Davis in 1982, defending champion Dennis Taylor fell to the Crucible curse,[1] and lost his opening match 6–10 against Mike Hallett.[2]
  • Johnson was a 150–1 outsider at the start of the championship, as he had never won a tournament in his seven-year career and never even won a match at the Crucible before.[2] He defeated Dave Martin in the first round and Mike Hallett in the second.[3] In the quarter-finals he overturned a 9–12 deficit to defeat Griffiths 13–12; before he beat Tony Knowles 16–8 in the semi-finals to set up a final against Steve Davis, the world number one. After the first days play ended at 8–8, Johnson took a 13–11 lead before the last session of the match. Johnson then won five of the last six frames to win the match 18–12 for his only world title.[2]
  • Future world champion and world No. 1 Stephen Hendry made his debut losing 8–10 to Willie Thorne.[2][4] It also made him the youngest player in the championship's history at the age of 17 years and 3 months.[5] Another debutant in 1986 was Danny Fowler, who lost 2–10 to Terry Griffiths.[6]
  • Three-time world champion John Spencer made his final appearance at the tournament, losing 7–10 to Alex Higgins.[7]

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[3][8]

  • Winner: £70,000
  • Runner-up: £42,000
  • Semi-finals: £21,000
  • Quarter-finals: £10,500
  • Last 16: £5,250
  • Last 32: £2,953
  • Last 48: £1,203
  • Highest break: £7,000
  • Maximum break: £80,000
  • Total: £350,000

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).[3][9][10][11]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
19 April            
   Dennis Taylor (1)  6
24 & 25 April
   Mike Hallett  10  
   Mike Hallett  6
19 & 20 April
     Joe Johnson (16)  13  
   Joe Johnson (16)  10
29 & 30 April
   Dave Martin  3  
   Joe Johnson (16)  13
20 & 21 April
     Terry Griffiths (8)  12  
   Alex Higgins (9)  10
25 & 26 April
   John Spencer  7  
   Alex Higgins (9)  12
20 & 21 April
     Terry Griffiths (8)  13  
   Terry Griffiths (8)  10
1, 2 & 3 May
   Danny Fowler  2  
   Joe Johnson (16)  16
21 & 22 April
     Tony Knowles (4)  8
   Kirk Stevens (5)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
   Dean Reynolds  6  
   Kirk Stevens (5)  13
22 & 23 April
     Eddie Charlton (12)  12  
   Eddie Charlton (12)  10
29 & 30 April
   Cliff Wilson  6  
   Kirk Stevens (5)  9
22 & 23 April
     Tony Knowles (4)  13  
   Silvino Francisco (13)  10
27 & 28 April
   Rex Williams  4  
   Silvino Francisco (13)  10
23 & 24 April
     Tony Knowles (4)  13  
   Tony Knowles (4)  10
   Neal Foulds  9  
23 & 24 April            
   Cliff Thorburn (3)  10
27 & 28 April
   Bill Werbeniuk  5  
   Cliff Thorburn (3)  13
23 April
     Eugene Hughes  6  
   David Taylor (14)  7
29 & 30 April
   Eugene Hughes  10  
   Cliff Thorburn (3)  13
22 April
     Willie Thorne (11)  6  
   Willie Thorne (11)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
   Stephen Hendry  8  
   Willie Thorne (11)  13
21 & 22 April
     John Campbell  9  
   Ray Reardon (6)  8
1, 2 & 3 May
   John Campbell  10  
   Cliff Thorburn (3)  12
20 & 21 April
     Steve Davis (2)  16
   Jimmy White (7)  10
25 & 26 April
   John Virgo  7  
   Jimmy White (7)  13
20 & 21 April
     John Parrott  8  
   Tony Meo (10)  4
29 & 30 April
   John Parrott  10  
   Jimmy White (7)  5
19 & 20 April
     Steve Davis (2)  13  
   Doug Mountjoy (15)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
   Perrie Mans  3  
   Doug Mountjoy (15)  5
19 April
     Steve Davis (2)  13  
   Steve Davis (2)  10
   Ray Edmonds  4  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 4 May & 5 May 1986). Referee: John Street[12]
Joe Johnson (16)
  England
18–12 Steve Davis (2)
  England
24–85, 60–49, 0–108, 14–111, 70–0, 68–36, 74–14, 13–66, 4–108, 1–76, 27–64, 72–20, 95–22, 63–37, 76–8, 0–137, 85–26, 57–44, 66–11, 86–36, 35–84, 31–73, 70–40, 7–100, 69–9, 52–63, 49–32, 64–38, 83–40, 86–27 Century breaks: 3 (Davis 3)

Highest break by Johnson: 75
Highest break by Davis: 108

24–85, 60–49, 0–108, 14–111, 70–0, 68–36, 74–14, 13–66, 4–108, 1–76, 27–64, 72–20, 95–22, 63–37, 76–8, 0–137, 85–26, 57–44, 66–11, 86–36, 35–84, 31–73, 70–40, 7–100, 69–9, 52–63, 49–32, 64–38, 83–40, 86–27
 Joe Johnson wins the 1986 Embassy World Snooker Championship

QualifyingEdit

Century breaksEdit

There were 20 century breaks in the championship, a record which stood until 1991. The highest breaks were 134 made by Davis in the main events,[13][14][15] and 141 made by Hendry in the qualifying event.[3]

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "World Snooker: Stephen Hendry wins Crucible qualifier". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Danny Fowler at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  7. ^ "John Spencer at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  9. ^ "1986 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  11. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 22–23.
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  13. ^ Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  15. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 147.