1946 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
Davis and Lindrum 1946.jpg
Davis and Lindrum shake hands before the final
Tournament information
Venue Horticultural Hall
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) Billiards Association and Control Council
Total prize fund £5,000[1]
Winner's share £1,800
Highest break 136[2]
Final
Champion England Joe Davis
Runner-up Australia Horace Lindrum
Score 78–67
1940
1947

The 1946 World Snooker Championship was a snooker tournament held at the Horticultural Hall in London, England.[3]

The final was the longest snooker match ever, with 145 frames played over a fortnight. After the first days play Joe Davis led Horace Lindrum 7–5.[4] Lindrum, however, won the first three frames of the third session to lead 8–7, before Davis responded by winning the last three frames and regaining the lead at 10–8,[5] and finishing the day at a 14–10 lead.[6] Lindrum could reduce the deficit to two frames at the end of the third day, and trailed only 17–19.[7] Davis however regained the four frame lead a day later at 26–22,[8] and maintained it at the end of the fifth day by 32–28.[9] Davis than won seven of the next twelve frames to gain a six frame lead at 39–33,[10] and maintained it over the next three days leading 45-39, 51–45 and 57–51,[11][12][13] before gaining a 10 frame advantage at 65–55.[14] He could maintain this lead at the end of the penultimate day, and at 71–61 only needed two frames to retain the title.[15] Davis then won 78–67,[3] although the winning margin was already reached at 73–62,[16] and retained the Championship after a six-year hiatus in the event. This was the 15th and last world title of Davis,[3] and upon his retirement he received a replica of the World Championship trophy.[17] Davis made an unprecedented six centuries in the final, including championship records of 133 and 136.[18] He only needed 7 minutes 15 seconds for the record 133 break, which was also Davis' 200th century break.[19] Davis won one frame 145–0, the highest number of score ever recorded in one frame.[20] Over the tournament Davis made ten centuries.[21] Davis and Lindrum received £1,800 and £550 prize money respectively.[22] Lindrum also received the championship table and all the equipment.[23]

Main draw[edit]

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Quarter-finals
Best of 31 frames
  Semi-finals
Best of 31 frames
  Final
Best of 145 frames
England  Joe Davis 21  
Scotland  Walter Donaldson 10     England  Joe Davis 21  
England  Sydney Lee 12   England  Stanley Newman 10  
England  Stanley Newman 19       England  Joe Davis 78
Australia  Horace Lindrum 17       Australia  Horace Lindrum 67
England  Herbert Holt 14     Australia  Horace Lindrum 16
England  Fred Davis 24   England  Fred Davis 12  
England  Alec Brown 7  

Qualifying[edit]

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Round 1
Best of 31 frames
Round 2
Best of 31 frames
Round 3
Best of 31 frames
England  Stanley Newman 16  
England  Willie Leigh 15     England  Stanley Newman 17  
Canada  Conrad Stanbury 18     Canada  Conrad Stanbury 14  
England  John Barrie 13       England  Stanley Newman 21
England  Kingsley Kennerley 22       England  Kingsley Kennerley 10
England  Fred Lawrence 9     England  Kingsley Kennerley 8
         Wales  Tom Reece[n 1] 2    
      

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Reece retired.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Snooker for the crowds". Western Mail. 23 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Joe Davis leads Lindrum". Daily News. 7 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Davis leads Lindrum". Cairns Post. 9 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Davis leads Lindrum in snooker". The Mercury. 9 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Snooker lead by Davis". The Argus. 10 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Snooker title match". Advocate. 11 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Davis still leads". Daily News. 11 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Davis sets new snooker record". The Argus. 13 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Davis leads 45-39". Daily News. 14 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Davis holds lead". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Joe Davis still in the lead". The Argus. 17 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Davis well ahead". Daily News. 17 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Davis snooker champion". Border Watch. 18 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Joe Davis Holds Championship". The Examiner. 20 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "World Championship History". Sporting Life. Retrieved 22 May 2012. [dead link]
  18. ^ "May 18 down the years: Davis wins marathon final". ESPN. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "World Record To Joe Davis". Daily News. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "Davis and Lindrum". Townsville Daily Bulletin. 22 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  21. ^ Eric, Hayton (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History. London: Rose Villa Publications. ISBN 978-0-9548549-0-4. 
  22. ^ "World Snooker Title". The Advertiser. 20 May 1946. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  23. ^ "Davis retains snooker title". The Canberra Times. 20 May 1946. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  24. ^ a b "World Championship 1946". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  25. ^ a b "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  26. ^ a b Hayton, Eric (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. p. 143. ISBN 0-9548549-0-X. 

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