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1996 World Snooker Championship

The 1996 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1996 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 20 April–6 May 1996 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates20 April–6 May 1996
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,200,000
Winner's share£200,000
Highest breakEngland Peter Ebdon (144)
Malta Tony Drago (144)
Final
ChampionScotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-upEngland Peter Ebdon
Score18–12
1995
1997

Stephen Hendry won his sixth World Championship by defeating Peter Ebdon 18-12 equalling the modern day record of Steve Davis and Ray Reardon. The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summaryEdit

  • In the first round match between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Alain Robidoux, Robidoux accused O'Sullivan of not showing him due respect by playing left-handed for almost a frame,[1][deprecated source] and refused to shake hands with him when the match ended.[2] O'Sullivan reacted to this by claiming that "I'm better with my left hand than he was with his right".[1] [3]
  • O'Sullivan also received a two-year suspended ban, plus a £20,000 fine and another £10,000 to be given to charity, for an alleged assault on an official.[4][5]
  • Terry Griffiths won his first round match for the 14th time in a row since 1983.[6] This record was beaten in 2018 by Ronnie O'Sullivan.[7][8] In the second round, Griffiths lost 13–8 against Steve Davis, his seventh loss in seven matches against Davis at the Crucible
  • O'Sullivan's 13–4 victory over Tony Drago in the second round set the record for the fastest best-of-25-frames match in a professional tournament at just 167 minutes and 33 seconds.[9]
  • The final is the only time in Crucible history that the world champion did not take the final shot of the championship. Needing snookers, Ebdon missed a shot, leaving Hendry a simple pot and decided to concede the match.
  • This was Stephen Hendry's fifth consecutive title, a record for the modern era.

Legendary BBC commentator Ted Lowe retired after the conclusion of the final.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[10][11]

  • Winner: £200,000
  • Runner-up: £120,000
  • Semi-final: £60,000
  • Quarter-final: £30,500
  • Last 16: £16,000
  • Last 32: £9,000
  • Highest break: £17,000
  • Maximum break: £147,000
  • Total: £1,200,000

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).[10][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
26 & 27 April
   Jason Ferguson  8  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  13
21 & 22 April
     Gary Wilkinson  7  
   David Roe (16)  9
30 April & 1 May
   Gary Wilkinson  10  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  13
23 April
     Darren Morgan (8)  5  
   Ken Doherty (9)  10
28 & 29 April
   Nick Terry  5  
   Ken Doherty (9)  5
24 April
     Darren Morgan (8)  13  
   Darren Morgan (8)  10
2, 3 & 4 May
   Drew Henry  8  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  16
24 & 25 April
     Nigel Bond (12)  7
   James Wattana (5)  10
27, 28 & 29 April
   Jimmy Michie  8  
   James Wattana (5)  4
22 & 23 April
     Nigel Bond (12)  13  
   Nigel Bond (12)  10
30 April & 1 May
   Anthony Hamilton  5  
   Nigel Bond (12)  13
20 & 21 April
     Dave Harold (13)  7  
   Dave Harold (13)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
   Neal Foulds  4  
   Dave Harold (13)  13
21 & 22 April
     Rod Lawler  6  
   John Parrott (4)  6
   Rod Lawler  10  
20 & 21 April            
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  10
25 & 26 April
   Alain Robidoux  3  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
20 & 21
     Tony Drago (14)  4  
   Tony Drago (14)  10
30 April & 1 May
   Steve James  2  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
23 & 24 April
     John Higgins (11)  12  
   John Higgins (11)  10
27, 28 & 29
   Martin Clark  5  
   John Higgins (11)  13
22 & 23 April
     Alan McManus (6)  5  
   Alan McManus (6)  10
2, 3 & 4 May
   Mick Price  5  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  14
24 & 25 April
     Peter Ebdon (10)  16
   Jimmy White (7)  10
28 & 29 April
   Euan Henderson  9  
   Jimmy White (7)  12
20 & 21 April
     Peter Ebdon (10)  13  
   Peter Ebdon (10)  10
30 April & 1 May
   Dene O'Kane  1  
   Peter Ebdon (10)  13
23 & 24 April
     Steve Davis (2)  10  
   Terry Griffiths (15)  10
26 & 27 April
   Jamie Burnett  9  
   Terry Griffiths (15)  8
22 April
     Steve Davis (2)  13  
   Steve Davis (2)  10
   Willie Thorne  8  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 5 May & 6 May 1996. Referee: John Williams[14]
Stephen Hendry (1)
  Scotland
18–12 Peter Ebdon (10)
  England
2–121, 75–42, 34–78, 34–61, 65–51, 18–57, 103–4, 74–39, 60–58, 125–0, 22–81, 70–31, 70–77, 134–0, 74–0, 82–0, 85–14, 1–75, 86–21, 83–23, 34–89, 0–77, 60–66, 96–0, 54–27, 78–23, 77–25, 1–71, 39–83, 73–16 Century breaks: 1 (Hendry 1)

Highest break by Hendry: 125
Highest break by Ebdon: 79

2–121, 75–42, 34–78, 34–61, 65–51, 18–57, 103–4, 74–39, 60–58, 125–0, 22–81, 70–31, 70–77, 134–0, 74–0, 82–0, 85–14, 1–75, 86–21, 83–23, 34–89, 0–77, 60–66, 96–0, 54–27, 78–23, 77–25, 1–71, 39–83, 73–16
  Stephen Hendry wins the 1996 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

There were 48 century breaks in the 1996 World Snooker Championship, a new record which would last until 1998.[10] The highest break of the tournament was 144 made by both Peter Ebdon and Tony Drago.[15] This was only the second time since 1980, when Kirk Stevens and Steve Davis both made a 136, that two players had the joint highest break of the championship.[16] Stephen Hendry made 11 century breaks in the tournament,[10] one short of his record of 12 set the previous year.[17]

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ Turner, Chris. "Various Snooker Records". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
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  11. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  12. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
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  14. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  15. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 148.
  16. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
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