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The 1991 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1991 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 20 April and 6 May 1991 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates20 April–6 May 1991
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£750,000
Winner's share£135,000
Highest breakEngland Jimmy White (140)
Final
ChampionEngland John Parrott
Runner-upEngland Jimmy White
Score18–11
1990
1992

Stephen Hendry was the defending champion, but he lost in quarter finals and fell to the Crucible curse, becoming another champion who was unable to defend his first world title.

John Parrott won his only World Championship title by defeating Jimmy White 18–11 in the final. It was the third time that White had lost in the final after 1984 and 1990.[1][2] The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

The highest break of the tournament was 140, made by Jimmy White.

Contents

Tournament summaryEdit

  • Future champion Ken Doherty made his Crucible debut losing to Steve Davis 8–10,[3] whilst former champion Joe Johnson qualified for the last time losing to Dennis Taylor 6–10.[4] Both matches were played in the first round.
  • Future three-time semi-finalist Alan McManus also made his debut this year. McManus reached the second round where he narrowly lost 12–13 to Terry Griffiths.
  • Cliff Thorburn failed to qualify for the first time after playing in every championship since 1973.[5]
  • Defending champion Stephen Hendry lost to Steve James 11–13 in the quarter-final. Hendry would not suffer defeat at the Crucible again until the 1997 final against Doherty.[6]
  • Steve Davis made his 9th semi-final in a row, which is still a record,[7][8] but lost 10–16 against John Parrott.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[9][10]

  • Winner: £135,000
  • Runner-up: £80,000
  • Semi-final: £42,000
  • Quarter-final: £20,000
  • Last 16: £11,000
  • Last 32: £6,500
  • Highest break: £12,000
  • Maximum break: £100,000
  • Total: £750,000

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).[9][11][12][13]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
20 April            
   Stephen Hendry (1)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
   Warren King  4  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  13
20 & 21 April
     Alain Robidoux (16)  8  
   Alain Robidoux (16)  10
30 April & 1 May
   Steve Newbury  5  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  11
21 & 22 April
     Steve James (9)  13  
   Steve James (9)  10
28 & 29 April
   Ian Graham  3  
   Steve James (9)  13
24 & 25 April
     Dean Reynolds (8)  12  
   Dean Reynolds (8)  10
2, 3 & 4 May
   Robert Marshall  8  
   Steve James (9)  9
22 & 23 April
     Jimmy White (4)  16
   Doug Mountjoy (5)  2
26 & 27 April
   Gary Wilkinson  10  
   Gary Wilkinson  13
23 April
     Martin Clark (12)  9  
   Martin Clark (12)  10
30 April
   Mark Bennett  6  
   Gary Wilkinson  3
21 & 22 April
     Jimmy White (4)  13  
   Neal Foulds (13)  10
27, 28 & 29 April
   Eddie Charlton  7  
   Neal Foulds (13)  12
24 April
     Jimmy White (4)  13  
   Jimmy White (4)  10
   Nick Dyson  3  
23 & 24 April            
   John Parrott (3)  10
27 & 28 April
   Nigel Gilbert  6  
   John Parrott (3)  13
21 April
     Tony Knowles  1  
   John Virgo (14)  8
30 April & 1 May
   Tony Knowles  10  
   John Parrott (3)  13
23 & 24 April
     Terry Griffiths (6)  10  
   Willie Thorne (11)  8
26 & 27 April
   Alan McManus  10  
   Alan McManus  12
22 & 23 April
     Terry Griffiths (6)  13  
   Terry Griffiths (6)  10
2, 3 & 4 May
   Barry Pinches  3  
   John Parrott (3)  16
24 & 25 April
     Steve Davis (2)  10
   Mike Hallett (7)  4
28 & 29 April
   Tony Jones  10  
   Tony Jones  8
22 April
     Dennis Taylor (10)  13  
   Dennis Taylor (10)  10
30 April & 1 May
   Joe Johnson  6  
   Dennis Taylor (10)  7
20 April
     Steve Davis (2)  13  
   Tony Meo (15)  10
25 & 26 April
   Craig Edwards  7  
   Tony Meo (15)  6
20 & 21 April
     Steve Davis (2)  13  
   Steve Davis (2)  10
   Ken Doherty  8  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 5 & 6 May 1991 Referee: John Williams[14]
Jimmy White (4)
  England
11–18 John Parrott (3)
  England
0–97, 34–96, 0–82, 24–75, 6–88, 16–79, 0–117, 87–26, 67–32, 0–77, 63–77, 28–88, 69–49, 82–2, 64–6, 8–120, 136–0, 70–60, 50–51, 75–8, 55–58, 4–59, 68–55, 8–91, 8–112, 103–0, 13–74, 89–42, 24–76 Century breaks: 3 (Parrott 3)

Highest break by White: 92
Highest break by Parrott: 117

0–97, 34–96, 0–82, 24–75, 6–88, 16–79, 0–117, 87–26, 67–32, 0–77, 63–77, 28–88, 69–49, 82–2, 64–6, 8–120, 136–0, 70–60, 50–51, 75–8, 55–58, 4–59, 68–55, 8–91, 8–112, 103–0, 13–74, 89–42, 24–76
  John Parrott wins the 1991 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Qualifying roundsEdit

Century breaksEdit

There were 31 century breaks in the championship. The highest break of the tournament was 140 made by Jimmy White.[15][16]

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "Cliff Thorburne at the World Championships". Snooker Database. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
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  9. ^ a b "World Championship 1991". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 10 March 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  10. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
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  12. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
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  14. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  15. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
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