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The 1990 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1990 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 13 and 29 April 1990 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates13–29 April 1990
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£620,000
Winner's share£120,000
Highest breakEngland John Parrott (140)
Final
ChampionScotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-upEngland Jimmy White
Score18–12
1989
1991

The final was contested by Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White. Hendry led 9–7 after the first day's play and won the first four frames of the second day to lead 13–7, before White reduced the gap to four frames. At 16–12 Hendry compiled breaks of 81 and 71 to win the match 18–12,[1] to win his first world title.[2] In so doing, Hendry became the youngest ever world champion at the age of 21 years and 106 days.[3] The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Contents

Tournament summaryEdit

  • In beating John Parrott at the semi-final stage, Hendry replaced Steve Davis as snooker's world number 1.[4]
  • For the first time since 1982, Davis failed to reach the final,[2] losing 14–16 to Jimmy White in the semi-final. It was the first time White had beaten Davis at the Crucible after Davis beat White in four previous encounters.[5]
  • 1982 champion Alex Higgins returned to the Crucible after missing out the previous year.[6] He lost 5–10 to Steve James in the first round.[5] After the match, Higgins punched an official in the stomach at the post-match press conference;[7][8] this, alongside a threat to have Dennis Taylor shot at the 1990 World Cup a month earlier, led to Higgins being banned for the entire 1990/1991 season.[7]
  • In the first round match between James and Higgins, James was a awarded a free ball in a frame before any reds had been potted. In taking a baulk colour as an extra red and compiling a total clearance of 135 the break became the only 16-red clearance at the Crucible.[9][10][11]
  • For the only time since seeding began, the four semi-finalists were also the top four seeds.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[5]

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).[5][12][13][14]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
13 April            
   Steve Davis (1)  10
18 & 19 April
   Eddie Charlton  1  
   Steve Davis (1)  13
13 & 14 April
     Steve James (16)  7  
   Steve James (16)  10
23 & 24 April
   Alex Higgins  5  
   Steve Davis (1)  13
14 & 15 April
     Neal Foulds  8  
   Willie Thorne (9)  10
19 & 20 April
   Tony Drago  4  
   Willie Thorne (9)  11
15 & 15 April
     Neal Foulds  13  
   Dennis Taylor (8)  8
25, 26 & 27 April
   Neal Foulds  10  
   Steve Davis (1)  14
15 & 16 April
     Jimmy White (4)  16
   Terry Griffiths (5)  10
20, 21 & 22 April
   Nigel Gilbert  4  
   Terry Griffiths (5)  13
16 & 17 April
     Tony Knowles (12)  6  
   Tony Knowles (12)  10
23 & 24 April
   Tony Chappel  4  
   Terry Griffiths (5)  5
16 & 17 April
     Jimmy White (4)  13  
   John Virgo (13)  10
21 & 22 April
   Gary Wilkinson  6  
   John Virgo (13)  6
17 & 18 April
     Jimmy White (4)  13  
   Jimmy White (4)  10
   Danny Fowler  4  
17 & 18 April            
   Stephen Hendry (3)  10
21 & 22 April
   Alain Robidoux  7  
   Stephen Hendry (3)  13
17 April
     Tony Meo (14)  7  
   Tony Meo (14)  10
23 & 24 April
   Wayne Jones  8  
   Stephen Hendry (3)  13
16 April
     Darren Morgan  6  
   Joe Johnson (11)  8
20, 21 & 22 April
   Darren Morgan  10  
   Darren Morgan  13
15 & 16 April
     Mike Hallett (6)  8  
   Mike Hallett (6)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
   Steve Newbury  9  
   Stephen Hendry (3)  16
14 & 15 April
     John Parrott (2)  11
   Cliff Thorburn (7)  10
19 & 20 April
   Cliff Wilson  6  
   Cliff Thorburn (7)  13
14 & 15 April
     Doug Mountjoy (10)  12  
   Doug Mountjoy (10)  10
23 & 24 April
   Brady Gollan  8  
   Cliff Thorburn (7)  6
13 & 14 April
     John Parrott (2)  13  
   Dean Reynolds (15)  10
18, 19 & 20 April
   Peter Francisco  7  
   Dean Reynolds (15)  11
13 April
     John Parrott (2)  13  
   John Parrott (2)  10
   Mark Bennett  9  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 28 and 29 April 1990. Referee: Len Ganley[15]
Jimmy White (4)
  England
12–18 Stephen Hendry (3)
  Scotland
78–37, 13–73, 85–48, 49–71, 14–79, 27–60, 86–0, 27–87, 75–64, 68–57, 46–77, 4–99, 63–52, 0–88, 76–1, 1–108, 0–100, 5–104, 4–73, 0–81, 87–50, 75–17, 63–72, 109–0, 6–97, 127–0, 0–124, 69–43, 27–90, 1–101 Century breaks: 2 (Hendry)

Highest break by White: 87
Highest break by Hendry: 108

78–37, 13–73, 85–48, 49–71, 14–79, 27–60, 86–0, 27–87, 75–64, 68–57, 46–77, 4–99, 63–52, 0–88, 76–1, 1–108, 0–100, 5–104, 4–73, 0–81, 87–50, 75–17, 63–72, 109–0, 6–97, 127–0, 0–124, 69–43, 27–90, 1–101
  Stephen Hendry won the 1990 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

There were 18 century breaks in the championship. The highest break was 140 made by John Parrott.[16][17][18]

ReferencesEdit

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