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The 1995 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1995 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 14–30 April 1995 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates14–30 April 1995
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,132,000
Winner's share£190,000
Highest breakScotland Stephen Hendry (147)
Final
ChampionScotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-upEngland Nigel Bond
Score18–9
1994
1996

Contents

OverviewEdit

  • Stephen Hendry won his fifth world title beating Nigel Bond 18–9. This was Hendry's fourth consecutive title, breaking Steve Davis' previous Crucible record of three.
  • Hendry made the third 147 maximum break in the history of the tournament during his semi-final against Jimmy White.
  • Before the first round match between Jimmy White and Peter Francisco, there were unusual gambling patterns on a 10–2 win for White and betting was suspended shortly before the match.[1] A betting investigation was held and Francisco was banned for five years.[2]
  • Future world champion John Higgins made his debut in this tournament. He lost in the first round to Alan McManus. Another debutant, Andy Hicks, reached the semi-finals, knocking out six time former champion (and #2 seed) Steve Davis en route.
  • To date, this is the last World Championship to have finished on the last Sunday in April, rather than on the "May Day" Bank Holiday Monday, as is tradition. It is also the last time the main draw of the tournament started on a Friday.

Prize fundEdit

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

  • Winner: £190,000
  • Runner-up: £115,000
  • Semi-final: £57,000
  • Quarter-final: £29,000
  • Last 16: £15,500
  • Last 32: £8,750
  • Highest break: £16,000
  • Maximum break: £147,000
  • Total: £1,132,000

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][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
                           
14 April            
   Stephen Hendry (1)  10
19, 20 & 21 April
   Stefan Mazrocis  3  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  13
14 & 15 April
     Tony Drago (16)  6  
   Tony Drago (16)  10
24 & 25 April
   Paul Cavney  2  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  13
15 & 16 April
     Ronnie O'Sullivan (9)  8  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (9)  10
20 & 21 April
   Dave Harold  3  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (9)  13
17 April
     Darren Morgan (8)  8  
   Darren Morgan (8)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
   Anthony Davies  3  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  16
18 April
     Jimmy White (4)  12
   John Parrott (5)  10
21, 22 & 23 April
   Brian Morgan  5  
   John Parrott (5)  13
18 & 19 April
     Joe Swail (12)  11  
   Joe Swail (12)  10
24 & 25 April
   Nigel Gilbert  8  
   John Parrott (5)  11
16 & 17 April
     Jimmy White (4)  13  
   David Roe (13)  10
22 & 23 April
   Billy Snaddon  6  
   David Roe (13)  7
15 & 16 April
     Jimmy White (4)  13  
   Jimmy White (4)  10
   Peter Francisco  2  
14 & 15 April            
   James Wattana (3)  8
20 & 21 April
   Gary Wilkinson  10  
   Gary Wilkinson  13
16 April
     Terry Griffiths (14)  9  
   Terry Griffiths (14)  10
24 & 25 April
   Alain Robidoux  6  
   Gary Wilkinson  7
18 & 19 April
     Nigel Bond (11)  13  
   Nigel Bond (11)  10
22 & 23 April
   Stephen Lee  8  
   Nigel Bond (11)  13
16 & 17 April
     Alan McManus (6)  10  
   Alan McManus (6)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
   John Higgins  3  
   Nigel Bond (11)  16
14 & 15 April
     Andy Hicks  11
   Ken Doherty (7)  7
19 & 20 April
   Mark Davis  10  
   Mark Davis  7
14 & 15 April
     Peter Ebdon (10)  13  
   Peter Ebdon (10)  10
24 & 25 April
   Rod Lawler  2  
   Peter Ebdon (10)  8
17 & 18 April
     Andy Hicks  13  
   Willie Thorne (15)  10
21, 22 & 23 April
   Tai Pichit  6  
   Willie Thorne (15)  7
17 & 18 April
     Andy Hicks  13  
   Steve Davis (2)  7
   Andy Hicks  10  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 29 & 30 April 1995. Referee: John Street[8]
Stephen Hendry (1)
  Scotland
18–9 Nigel Bond (11)
  England
68–20, 42–87, 29–74, 0–81, 72–8, 4–76, 105–0, 77–7, 1–85, 65–32, 90–1, 70–31, 74–13, 124–1, 70–25, 84–0, 75–9, 115–9, 74–41, 14–63, 59–73, 44–67, 76–19, 83–0, 92–36, 0–135, 103–28 Century breaks: 4 (Hendry 3, Bond 1)

Highest break by Hendry: 124
Highest break by Bond: 111

68–20, 42–87, 29–74, 0–81, 72–8, 4–76, 105–0, 77–7, 1–85, 65–32, 90–1, 70–31, 74–13, 124–1, 70–25, 84–0, 75–9, 115–9, 74–41, 14–63, 59–73, 44–67, 76–19, 83–0, 92–36, 0–135, 103–28
  Stephen Hendry wins the 1995 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

There were 30 centuries in the 1995 Embassy World Championship.[3][9][10] Stephen Hendry made the third maximum break in the championship's history and became the first to go on to win the title after making a 147 break.[11] Hendry's 12 centuries in the tournament beat the record of 10 set by Joe Davis in 1946 and equalled his own record for a ranking event, set at the 1994 UK Championship.[12]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  5. ^ "1995 Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship". Snooker.org. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  7. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 40–41.
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  9. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  10. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 148.
  11. ^ Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  12. ^ Eric, Hayton (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History. London: Rose Villa Publications. ISBN 978-0-9548549-0-4.