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Hendry eventually won 18—9. Hendry made a record twelve century breaks during the tournament. He met Stephen Hendry in the final.
Ebdon led 4—2 in the early stages but Hendry eventually won 18—12 to win his fifth successive title. There were forty-eight century breaks during the final stages, a new record.
In , in the first round of the championship, Ronnie O'Sullivan made the fastest maximum break in snooker history, taking just five minutes and twenty seconds.
Doherty led 15—7 before Hendry won five frames in a row. Doherty then won the next three frames to win 18—12, ending Hendry's winning run of twenty-nine consecutive matches.
In , Stephen Hendry lost to Jimmy White in the first round of the championship. Doherty reached the final again meeting year-old John Higgins. Higgins won 18—12, making five centuries in the final.
In total there were fifty-nine centuries during the tournament of which Higgins made fourteen, both records. In , Stephen Hendry won his seventh and final world title, the most in the modern era.
In the final he beat Mark Williams 18— In the semi-final between Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan each player made four century breaks, the eight centuries being a record for a world championship match.
The period from to was dominated by three players, all born in and who all turned professional in Higgins had also won in , and Williams and O'Sullivan went on to win in and respectively.
In his semi-final Mark Williams trailed 11—15 to John Higgins but took six frames in a row to win 17— In the final Williams met fellow Welshman Matthew Stevens.
Stevens led 13—7 but Williams made another comeback to win 18—16, becoming the first left-handed champion. Ronnie O'Sullivan won his first world championship in , defeating John Higgins 18—14 in the final.
O'Sullivan led 14—7 before Higgins won four frames in a row. O'Sullivan looked likely to win the title in the 31st frame as he led 17—13 and 69—6.
However he missed a red in the middle pocket and Higgins won the frame with a break of Higgins made a break of 45 in frame 32 but O'Sullivan made an 80 break to take the title.
Stephen Hendry beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 17—13 in the semi-final of the Championship , Hendry reaching his ninth final. Peter Ebdon beat Matthew Stevens 17—16 in the other semi-final.
Stevens led 16—14 but Ebdon won the last three frames. The final went to the deciding frame where Ebdon made a break of 59 and clinched the title.
There were a record sixty-eight centuries in the tournament, including a record sixteen by Stephen Hendry who made five centuries in the semi-final and a further four in the final.
Mark Williams won his second World title in by defeating Ken Doherty 18—16 in the final. Ronnie O'Sullivan made the fifth maximum break in the World Championship, becoming the first player to score two s in the event.
Ronnie O'Sullivan won his second world title in by defeating Graeme Dott 18—8 in the final, despite Dott having led 5—0.
Shaun Murphy won the championship by defeating Matthew Stevens 18—16 in the final. Murphy was only the second qualifier to win the World Championship, after Terry Griffiths in Murphy won two qualifying matches and then five matches at the Crucible to take the title.
Graeme Dott beat Peter Ebdon 18—14 in the final. This was the first Championship sponsored by a betting company after the banning of tobacco sponsorship.
In the last round of the qualifying competition Robert Milkins had the first break made during qualifying for the championship. Shaun Murphy came back from 7—12 down to win his quarter-final match against Matthew Stevens,  but lost in the deciding frame of his semi-final to Mark Selby.
Both O'Sullivan and Carter had made maximum breaks earlier in the tournament, the first time there had been two breaks in the same World Championship.
It was O'Sullivan's third maximum in the Championship. John Higgins won his third world title in , beating Shaun Murphy 18—9 in the final. Michaela Tabb refereed the final, becoming the first woman to do so in a World Championship final.
Stephen Hendry won his th frame at the Crucible Theatre , the first player to do so. The Championship was won by Neil Robertson who beat qualifier Graeme Dott 18—13 in the final, becoming the fourth non-U.
John Higgins won his fourth world title in , beating Judd Trump 18—15 in the final. Trump had beaten David Gilbert in the qualifying competition and then defeated defending champion Neil Robertson in the first round.
Ronnie O'Sullivan won his fourth world title in , defeating Ali Carter 18—11 in the final. On the opening day Hendry made his third maximum break at the Crucible, equalling Ronnie O'Sullivan's record.
Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan retained the title in despite having played only one competitive match all season. He broke Hendry's record of career Crucible centuries, finishing the tournament with He also became the first player to make six century breaks in a Crucible final.
Between and , fifteen of the twenty-one finals featured at least one class of '92 player. Mark Selby won the world title in by beating defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 18—14 in the final having trailed 5— Stuart Bingham won the title, defeating Ronnie O'Sullivan 13—9 in the quarter-finals, Judd Trump 17—16 in the semi-finals, and Shaun Murphy 18—15 in the final to win the first world title of his twenty-year professional career.
The tournament set a new record for the most century breaks made at the Crucible, with eighty-six. Defending champion Stuart Bingham lost 9—10 against Ali Carter in the first round of the Championship.
Mark Selby defeated Ding Junhui 18—14 in the final to claim his second world title. Ding was the first Asian player to reach a World Championship final.
There were eighty-six century breaks made during the Championship, equalling the record set in A new record of ten centuries in a professional match was set in the semi-final between Ding Junhui and Alan McManus , with Ding also setting a new record of seven centuries by one player in a World Championship match.
Mark Selby and Marco Fu set a new record for the longest frame of snooker ever played at the Crucible, seventy minutes eleven seconds.
In a high-quality and tightly contested semi-final, defending champion Mark Selby beat Ding Junhui 17—15 in a repeat of the previous year's final.
Higgins won the next three frames but Selby took the title 18—15, becoming champion for the third time in four years, joining Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, and Ronnie O'Sullivan as the only men to have successfully defended the title since its move to the Crucible.
In , two "class of '92" players, Mark Williams and John Higgins , met in the final. Their rivalry dated back to the late s, although only three of their meetings had been in the World Championships, all in semifinals, in , both won by Williams 17—15 and won by Higgins 17— The match was closely contested, Williams coming out on top by 18—16 to win the World Championship for the first time since , setting a new record for the longest gap between consecutive World Championship victories.
Their final set records for the most century breaks in a professional match, with 11, beating the previous record of 10 set in the semifinal between Ding Junhui and Alan McManus.
It also set a record for the most centuries in a Crucible final, bettering the previous record of eight, set in when Stephen Hendry played Peter Ebdon , and equalled in when O'Sullivan played Barry Hawkins.
Trump set a new record for the most centuries by a player in a single match, achieving seven to better O'Sullivan's six centuries in the final.
It was also O'Sullivan's 37th ranking title, surpassing the 36 ranking titles achieved by Hendry. The format for the World Championship has been largely unchanged since It has a knock-out format with 32 players, contested over 17 days ending on the first Monday in May, which is a public holiday in the United Kingdom.
Before there were a number of different formats used for the Championship. In and , 24 players played in the final stages at the Crucible. The top eight seeds had a bye in the first round while seeds 9 to 16 played in the first round against eight qualifiers.
From to , the first three years at the Crucible, only 16 players reached the final stages, eight seeds playing eight qualifiers in the first round.
Before , the final was not always played over a set number of frames- for example, in Ray Reardon beat Perrie Mans in a best-of frames match 25—18 and, the following year , Terry Griffiths defeated Dennis Taylor 24—16 in a best-of The reigning world champion receives a direct entry and is the number one seed the World Champion is usually seeded 2nd for all ranking tournaments, and The Masters, for the following season.
The remaining direct entries are based on the latest world rankings , players being seeded based on these world rankings.
Since the defending champion is normally ranked in the top 16, the top 16 ranked players generally receive a direct entry.
The first round is played over 19 frames, played in two sessions. The second round and quarter-finals are the best of 25 frames played over three sessions while the semi-finals and final are played over four sessions, the semi-finals being over 33 frames and the final 35 frames.
For the first 12 days of the tournament two matches are played concurrently. For the last five days the semi-finals and final only one table is used.
Prior to the semi-finals were played over 31 frames. Occasionally the dates of the Championship are changed. In the Championship ended on Sunday 16 May while in , and it ended on the last Sunday in April.
In each of these years the tournament started on a Friday but, as of , this has not happened since.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic in the Championship was played later in the year, from 31 July to 16 August. Several changes to the qualifying system came into effect for the championship.
All living world champions would be extended an opportunity to play in the qualifying rounds. The top 16 seeds would still qualify automatically for the first round at the Crucible, but all non-seeded players would have to start in the first of three qualifying rounds.
Previously players seeded 17 to 32 only had to win one qualifying match to reach the final stages. The overall championship would increase from to players, with the additional places made available to former world champions and players from emerging countries.
The 'modern' era is considered to start in , when the championship reverted to a knock-out tournament format from a challenge format. In the modern game, the best record is that of Stephen Hendry , who won seven times in the s.
Ray Reardon in the s, while Steve Davis won six times in the s. Ronnie O'Sullivan has also won six titles, between and Barry Hearn has stated on a number of occasions that he wishes for the tournament to remain at the Crucible forever, providing it continues to draw large numbers of visitors and revenue to the city of Sheffield.
In it was announced that the Crucible would continue to host the event until Except for two championships played in Australia, all championships from to were sponsored by tobacco companies.
In and the championship was sponsored by John Player under the brand Player's No. The Gallaher Group sponsored under the brand Park Drive from to , while from to Imperial Tobacco sponsored under the brand Embassy.
Legislation in placed restrictions on tobacco advertising, including sponsorship of sporting events. Embassy received special dispensation to continue snooker sponsorship until Since all championships have been sponsored by betting companies.
In Before the world championship moved to the Crucible in , TV coverage was very limited. In the s, the BBC occasionally showed snooker on television, including minute programmes of the and finals, with commentary by Sidney Smith.
There was some coverage of the , and championships in Manchester on one or two Saturday afternoon Grandstand programmes each year. Commentary was by Ted Lowe.
BBC TV coverage for the first Crucible championship in was increased but was limited to highlights of the semi-finals and some coverage of the final on Grandstand and a late night highlights programme.
The commentator was Ted Lowe with the highlight programmes presented by Alan Weeks. David Vine was the presenter while the commentary team was extended to include Jack Karnehm and Clive Everton.
From , Hazel Irvine took over with highlights presented by Rishi Persad. Often Eurosport cover both matches simultaneously on their two British Eurosport channels.
The "Crucible curse" refers to the fact that no first-time world champion has retained the title the following year, since the tournament moved to the Crucible Theatre in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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While some success was achieved with this format, it generally did not receive the same amount of press attention or status as the regular ranking tournaments.
In , the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association submitted an unsuccessful bid for snooker to be played at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Several players, such as Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Allen and Steve Davis, have warned that there are too many tournaments during the season, and that players risk burning out.
Some leagues have allowed clubs to refuse to accept women players in tournaments. Accessories used for snooker include chalk for the tip of the cue, rests of various sorts used for playing shots that cannot be played by hand, a triangle to rack the reds, and a scoreboard.
While pool tables are common to many pubs , snooker tends to be played either in private surroundings or in public snooker halls. The game can also be played on smaller tables using fewer red balls.
Smaller tables can come in a variety of styles, such as fold-away or dining-table convertible. A traditional snooker scoreboard resembles an abacus and records the score for each frame in units and twenties and the frame scores.
They are typically attached to a wall by the snooker table. A simple scoring bead is also sometimes used, called a "scoring string", or "scoring wire".
Snooker players typically move one or several beads with their cue. The playing surface is The felt is usually a form of fully wool green baize , with a directional nap running from the baulk end of the table towards the end with the black ball spot.
The nap will affect the direction of the cue ball depending on which direction the cue ball is shot and also on whether left or right side spin is placed on the ball.
Even if the cue ball is hit in exactly the same way, the nap will cause a different effect depending on whether the ball is hit down table towards the black ball spot or up table towards the baulk line.
The cloth on a snooker table is not vacuumed, as this can destroy the nap. The cloth is brushed in a straight line from the baulk end to the far end with multiple brush strokes that are straight in direction i.
Some table men will also then drag a dampened cloth wrapped around a short piece of board like a two by four , or straight back of a brush to collect any remaining fine dust and help lay the nap down.
The table is then ironed. Some other cloths include a small percentage of nylon. In the professional era that began with Joe Davis in the s and continues until the present day, a relatively small number of players have succeeded at the top level.
After Davis retired from World Championship play, the next dominant force was his younger brother Fred Davis, who had lost the final to Joe.
After the abandonment of the World Championship in , with the final boycotted by British professionals, the World Professional Match-play Championship became the unofficial world championship.
John Pulman was the most successful player of the s, when the world championship was contested on a challenge basis.
Ray Reardon became the dominant force in the s, winning six titles , — and , with John Spencer winning three. Steve Davis ' first world title in made him only the 11th world champion since , including the winner of the boycotted title, Horace Lindrum.
Davis, for example, won more ranking tournaments than the rest of the top 64 players put together by By retaining his title in , O'Sullivan became the first player to successfully defend the World Championship since Hendry in Mark Selby would also do this in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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