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The 1993 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1993 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 17 April and 3 May 1993 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates17 April–3 May 1993
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,000,000
Winner's share£175,000[1]
Highest breakEngland Steve Davis (144)
Final
ChampionScotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-upEngland Jimmy White
Score18–5
1992
1994

Stephen Hendry won his third World title by defeating Jimmy White 18–5 in the final.[1] The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summaryEdit

  • James Wattana of Thailand became the first player from the Far East to reach the semi-finals of the event.[2]
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan made his World Championship debut at the age of 17 years and 5 months, making him the second-youngest player since Hendry in 1986.[3] O'Sullivan lost against Alan McManus 7–10 in the first round.[4]
  • During his first round match, Stephen Hendry compiled the 250th century break at the Crucible in frame three.[5]
  • Hendry beating White 18–5 was only the third time since the championship moved to the Crucible, and to date the last, that the title was settled in the afternoon with a session to spare.[6]
  • Dennis Taylor's 13-11 second round victory over Terry Griffiths set a record for the longest best-of-25-frames match in professional play at almost 800 minutes.
  • Spencer Dunn, making his debut at the Crucible, won eleven qualifying matches - a tournament record - in order to do so. He defeated Ian Bullimore 5–1, Colin Mitchell by the same scoreline, Elliott Clark 5–4, Neil Selman 5–1, Julian Goodyear 5–1, Kieran McAlinden 5–4, Mehmet Husnu 5–2, Bill Oliver 10–2, Colin Roscoe 10–7, Dave Harold 10–7 and Mark Bennett 10–9, before his first-round match against Nigel Bond. Fellow debutants O'Sullivan and John Giles had won ten qualifying matches.[7]
  • The other debutants this year were Danny Fowler, Brian Morgan, Joe Swail, Karl Payne, Shaun Mellish and Stephen O'Connor. The high number of debutants partially a result of the governing body's decision to begin pre-qualifying at the beginning of the season. Of this year's rookies, only Morgan, O'Sullivan and Swail ever qualified for another World Championship.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[8][9]

  • Winner: £175,000
  • Runner-up: £105,000
  • Semi-final: £52,000
  • Quarter-final: £26,000
  • Last 16: £14,000
  • Last 32: £8,000
  • Highest break: £14,400
  • Maximum break: £100,000
  • Total: £1,000,000

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).[8][10][11][12]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
17 April            
   Stephen Hendry (1)  10
22, 23 & 24 April
   Danny Fowler  1  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  13
17 & 18 April
     Darren Morgan (16)  4  
   Darren Morgan (16)  10
27 & 28 April
   Les Dodd  5  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  13
18 & 19 April
     Nigel Bond (9)  7  
   Nigel Bond (9)  10
23 & 24 April
   Spencer Dunn  4  
   Nigel Bond (9)  13
19 & 20 April
     Gary Wilkinson (8)  7  
   Gary Wilkinson (8)  10
29, 30 April & 1 May
   Dean Reynolds  4  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  16
20 April
     Alan McManus (13)  8
   Neal Foulds (5)  10
25 & 26 April
   Brian Morgan  5  
   Neal Foulds (5)  13
21 & 22 April
     Martin Clark (12)  7  
   Martin Clark (12)  10
27 & 28 April
   Karl Payne  6  
   Neal Foulds (5)  11
18 & 19 April
     Alan McManus (13)  13  
   Alan McManus (13)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
   Ronnie O'Sullivan  7  
   Alan McManus (13)  13
21 April
     Steve Davis (4)  11  
   Steve Davis (4)  10
   Peter Ebdon  3  
17 & 18 April            
   Jimmy White (3)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
   Joe Swail  4  
   Jimmy White (3)  13
21 & 22 April
     Doug Mountjoy  6  
   Alain Robidoux (14)  6
27 & 28 April
   Doug Mountjoy  10  
   Jimmy White (3)  13
19 April
     Dennis Taylor (11)  8  
   Dennis Taylor (11)  10
23 & 24 April
   Tony Drago  9  
   Dennis Taylor (11)  13
20 & 21 April
     Terry Griffiths (6)  11  
   Terry Griffiths (6)  10
29, 30 April & 1 May
   David Roe  6  
   Jimmy White (3)  16
20 & 21 April
     James Wattana (7)  9
   James Wattana (7)  10
25 & 26 April
   Tony Jones  7  
   James Wattana (7)  13
19 & 20 April
     Steve James (10)  7  
   Steve James (10)  10
27 & 28 April
   John Giles  2  
   James Wattana (7)  13
17 April
     John Parrott (2)  6  
   Willie Thorne (15)  10
22 & 23 April
   Shaun Mellish  6  
   Willie Thorne (15)  9
18 April
     John Parrott (2)  13  
   John Parrott (2)  10
   Stephen O'Connor  1  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2 & 3 May 1993. Referee: Len Ganley[13]
Stephen Hendry (1)
  Scotland
18–5 Jimmy White (3)
  England
136–0, 37–65, 68–63, 63–48, 76–0, 126–1, 29–83, 39–68, 75–50, 80–0, 134–0, 38–69, 99–0, 77–38, 80–7, 68–6, 81–46, 68–20, 123–16, 1–84, 63–15, 72–0, 127–0 Century breaks: 3 (Hendry 3)

Highest break by Hendry: 136
Highest break by White: 60

136–0, 37–65, 68–63, 63–48, 76–0, 126–1, 29–83, 39–68, 75–50, 80–0, 134–0, 38–69, 99–0, 77–38, 80–7, 68–6, 81–46, 68–20, 123–16, 1–84, 63–15, 72–0, 127–0
  Stephen Hendry wins the 1993 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

There were 35 century breaks in the championship,[14] a new record beating the 31 centuries of 1991. The highest break of the event was a 144 made by Steve Davis.[15]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "1993: White trounced by Hendry". BBC Sport. 18 April 2003. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  5. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 161.
  6. ^ Everton, Clive (6 May 2008). "Quick-fire win confirms that O'Sullivan is in class of his own". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
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  9. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  10. ^ "1993 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 36–37.
  13. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  14. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 148.
  15. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2011.