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The 1988 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1988 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 16 April and 2 May 1988 at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates16 April–2 May 1988
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£475,000
Winner's share£95,000
Highest breakEngland Steve James (140)
Final
ChampionEngland Steve Davis
Runner-upWales Terry Griffiths
Score18–11
1987
1989

Steve Davis won his fifth world title, defeating Terry Griffiths 18–11 in the final. The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summaryEdit

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[3][4]

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][5][6][7]

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            
   Steve Davis (1)  10
21 & 22 April
   John Virgo  8  
   Steve Davis (1)  13
16 & 17 April
     Mike Hallett (16)  1  
   Mike Hallett (16)  10
26 & 27 April
   Bob Chaperon  2  
   Steve Davis (1)  13
17 & 18 April
     Tony Drago  4  
   Alex Higgins (9)  2
22 & 23 April
   Tony Drago  10  
   Tony Drago  13
17 & 18 April
     Dennis Taylor (8)  5  
   Dennis Taylor (8)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
   Bill Werbeniuk  8  
   Steve Davis (1)  16
18 & 19 April
     Cliff Thorburn (4)  8
   Joe Johnson (5)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
   Cliff Wilson  7  
   Joe Johnson (5)  9
19 & 20 April
     Steve James  13  
   Rex Williams (12)  6
26 & 27 April
   Steve James  10  
   Steve James  11
19 & 20 April
     Cliff Thorburn (4)  13  
   John Parrott (13)  10
24 & 25 April
   Warren King  4  
   John Parrott (13)  10
20 & 21 April
     Cliff Thorburn (4)  13  
   Cliff Thorburn (4)  10
   Kirk Stevens  6  
20 & 21 April            
   Neal Foulds (3)  10
24 & 25 April
   Wayne Jones  7  
   Neal Foulds (3)  13
20 April
     Doug Mountjoy (14)  1  
   Doug Mountjoy (14)  10
26 & 27 April
   Barry West  6  
   Neal Foulds (3)  9
19 April
     Terry Griffiths (6)  13  
   Willie Thorne (11)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
   Peter Francisco  6  
   Willie Thorne (11)  9
18 & 19 April
     Terry Griffiths (6)  13  
   Terry Griffiths (6)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
   Steve Longworth  1  
   Terry Griffiths (6)  16
17 & 18 April
     Jimmy White (2)  11
   Tony Knowles (7)  10
22 & 23 April
   Danny Fowler  8  
   Tony Knowles (7)  13
17 & 18 April
     Eddie Charlton  7  
   Silvino Francisco (10)  7
26 & 27 April
   Eddie Charlton  10  
   Tony Knowles (7)  6
16 & 17 April
     Jimmy White (2)  13  
   Dean Reynolds (15)  6
21, 22 & 23 April
   Stephen Hendry  10  
   Stephen Hendry  12
16 April
     Jimmy White (2)  13  
   Jimmy White (2)  10
   John Campbell  3  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 1 & 2 May 1988. Referee: John Williams[8]
Steve Davis (1)
  England
18–11 Terry Griffiths (6)
  Wales
46–71, 53–52, 64–21, 76–25, 80–22, 78–0, 1–86, 56–60, 83–6, 81–0, 22–79, 9–82, 60–63, 61–70, 67–9, 8–111, 60–53, 56–33, 74–8, 10–68, 70–9, 79–31, 9–78, 92–41, 70–46, 118–4, 28–87, 123–1, 66–35 Century breaks: 2 (Davis 2)

Highest break by Davis: 123
Highest break by Griffiths: 65

46–71, 53–52, 64–21, 76–25, 80–22, 78–0, 1–86, 56–60, 83–6, 81–0, 22–79, 9–82, 60–63, 61–70, 67–9, 8–111, 60–53, 56–33, 74–8, 10–68, 70–9, 79–31, 9–78, 92–41, 70–46, 118–4, 28–87, 123–1, 66–35
  Steve Davis wins the 1988 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

There were 18 century breaks in the championship, the highest of the tournament was 140 made by Steve James.[9][10][11] James' performance at the championship earned him the Snooker Writers Association's Achievement of the Year award.[12] The highest break of the qualifying stage was 141 made by Billy Kelly.[3]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Bill Werbeniuk at the World Championships". Snooker Database. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "World Championship 1988". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  4. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  5. ^ "1988 World Championships Results Grid". Snooker Database. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  7. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 26–27.
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  9. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  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. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 147.
  12. ^ Turner, Chris. "Snooker Awards". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2011.