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The World Snooker Championship Trophy

The World Snooker Championship is an annual ranking snooker tournament founded in 1927 and since 1977 played at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. The tournament is played over seventeen days in late April and early May, and is chronologically the third of the three Triple Crown events of the season since 1977/1978, when the UK Championship was first held. The event was not held from 1941 to 1945 because of World War II or between 1958 and 1963 due to declining interest.

The governing body that currently organises this event is the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Prior to the WPBSA assuming control of the professional game in 1968, the world championship was organised by the Billiards Association and Control Council (BACC), except for a few years when the Professional Billiards Players' Association (PBPA) staged their own event, the World Professional Match-play Championship, following a dispute with the BACC.[1]

The most successful player at the World Snooker Championship was Joe Davis, who won fifteen consecutive titles between 1927 and 1946. The record in the modern era, usually dated from the reintroduction in 1969 of a knock-out tournament format, rather than a challenge format, is held by Stephen Hendry, who won the title seven times between 1990 and 1999.

ChampionsEdit

Format Organiser
Knockout tournament BACC
Challenge event with defending champion receiving a bye to the final † BACC
World Professional Match-play Championship ◊ PBPA
Challenge matches ‡ BACC
Knockout tournament (modern era) WPBSA

StatisticsEdit

Multiple championsEdit

Snooker World Champions multiple times
Player Total Years Status
  Joe Davis 15 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946 10/7/1978
  Fred Davis 8 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952*, 1953*, 1954*, 1955*, 1956* 16/4/1998
  John Pulman 8 1957*, 1964 , 1964 , 1965 , 1965 , 1965 , 1966 , 1968  25/12/1998
  Stephen Hendry 7 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999 retired
  Steve Davis 6 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989 retired
  Ray Reardon 6 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978 retired
  Ronnie O'Sullivan ¤ 5 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013 active
  John Higgins ¤ 4 1998, 2007, 2009, 2011 active
  Mark Williams ¤ 3 2000, 2003, 2018 active
  Mark Selby ¤ 3 2014, 2016, 2017 active
  John Spencer 3 1969, 1971, 1977 11/7/2006
  Walter Donaldson 2 1947, 1950 24/5/1973
  Alex Higgins 2 1972, 1982 24/7/2010
Key
  Challenge match
* World Professional Match-play Championship
¤ Player competed in 2019

Champions by countryEdit

NotesEdit

  • a Due to a disagreement with the Billiards Association and Control Club and the Professional Billiards Players' Association (PBPA), Lindrum and McConachy were the only players to compete, with most professional players playing in the World Professional Match-play Championship instead. As a result, Lindrum's title win is sometimes ignored, with Cliff Thorburn (Canada), Ken Doherty (Republic of Ireland) and Neil Robertson (Australia) usually regarded as the only non-United Kingdom World Champions.[5]
  • b1 b2 The title was decided over a series of matches rather than frames.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Snooker Title". The Glasgow Herald. 19 February 1952. p. 2.
  2. ^ Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  3. ^ "World Championship – Roll of Honour". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  5. ^ a b "History of the World Snooker Championship". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  7. ^ Everton, Clive (1981). Guinness Book of Snooker. Enfield: Guinness Superlatives. p. 65. ISBN 0-85112-230-2.