World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
World Snooker Championship Trophy edited.jpg
Tournament information
VenueCrucible Theatre
(since 1977)
LocationSheffield
CountryEngland
Established1927
Organisation(s)World Snooker Association
FormatRanking event
Total prize fundGB £2,231,000
Recent edition2019
Current champion(s)England Judd Trump

The World Snooker Championship is the leading snooker event both in terms of prestige and prize money. The first event was held in 1927 and was won by Joe Davis. Davis won the first 15 championships before retiring from the event, after his 1946 win. In the 1950s snooker went into a period of decline and the championship was not held after 1952, although an unofficial championship was held until 1957. In 1964 the championship was revived on a "challenge basis" and in 1969 the championship became a knock-out event again.

Since 1977 it has been played at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. The tournament is currently played over 17 days and ends on the first Monday in May. In the modern era (since 1969), the best record is that of Stephen Hendry, who won the title seven times. Steve Davis and Ray Reardon both won six times while Ronnie O'Sullivan has won five titles. The current champion is Judd Trump, whose 2019 win was his first.

Winners[change | change source]

Top performers of the modern era[change | change source]

The 'modern' era is considered to start in 1969, when the championship returned to a knock-out tournament from a challenge format. In the modern game, the best record is that of Stephen Hendry, who won seven times in the 1990s. Steve Davis won six times in the 1980s, as did Ray Reardon in the 1970s.[1][2][3][4][5]

Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Semi-final

or better
147s Appearances Winrate
Stephen Hendry  Scotland 7 2 12 3 27 25.9%
Steve Davis  England 6 2 11 0 30 20.0%
Ray Reardon  Wales 6 1 10 0 19 31.6%
Ronnie O'Sullivan  England 5 1 11 3 27 18.5%
John Higgins  Scotland 4 4 10 0 25 16.0%
Mark Williams  Wales 3 1 6 1 21 14.2%
John Spencer  England 3 1 6 0 18 16.7%
Mark Selby  England 3 1 5 0 15 20.0%
Alex Higgins  Northern Ireland 2 2 7 0 19 10.5%
Cliff Thorburn  Canada 1 2 6 1 19 5.3%
Peter Ebdon  England 1 2 4 0 24 4.2%
Shaun Murphy  England 1 2 4 0 17 5.8%
Ken Doherty  Ireland 1 2 3 0 19 5.3%
Graeme Dott  Scotland 1 2 3 0 20 5.0%
Dennis Taylor  Northern Ireland 1 1 5 0 21 4.8%
Judd Trump  England 1 1 4 0 10 10.0%
Terry Griffiths  Wales 1 1 3 0 19 5.3%
John Parrott  England 1 1 3 0 23 4.3%
Joe Johnson  England 1 1 2 0 8 12.5%
Neil Robertson  Australia 1 0 3 0 15 6.6%
Stuart Bingham  England 1 0 1 0 13 7.6%
Jimmy White  England 0 6 10 1 25 0%
Eddie Charlton  Australia 0 2 8 0 21 0%
Matthew Stevens  Wales 0 2 6 0 16 0%
Ali Carter  England 0 2 3 1 17 0%
Barry Hawkins  England 0 1 5 0 14 0%
Ding Junhui  China 0 1 3 0 13 0%
Nigel Bond  England 0 1 2 0 15 0%
Perrie Mans  South Africa 0 1 2 0 13 0%
Gary Owen  Wales 0 1 2 0 7 0%
John Pulman  England 0 1 2 0 11 0%
Graham Miles  England 0 1 1 0 12 0%
Doug Mountjoy  Wales 0 1 1 0 17 0%
Warren Simpson  Australia 0 1 1 0 4 0%
  • Active players are shown in bold.
  • Only players who reached the final are included.

References[change | change source]

  1. 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.
  2. "World Championship – Roll of Honour". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  3. "Hall of Fame". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  4. "History of the World Snooker Championship". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  5. "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.

Other websites[change | change source]