1971 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates October–November 1970
City Sydney
Country Australia
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Winner's share £2,333
Highest break 126
Final
Champion England John Spencer
Runner-up Australia Warren Simpson
Score 37–29
1970
1972

The 1971 World Snooker Championship professional snooker tournament took place between October and November 1970 at Sydney, Australia.[1][2]

John Spencer won his second World Championship title by defeating Warren Simpson 37–29 in the final. Spencer also made the highest break of the tournament with 126.[3]

Tournament summary[edit]

  • This was the first time the championship was held outside the United Kingdom when it came to Australia. It would be hosted there again in 1975.[2]
  • The championship was also the only time when the championship was based on a round robin format.
  • Reardon's defeat meant he held the record as the player with the shortest reign as world champion.[4]
  • Spencer won his second world title and earned £2,333.[5] He beat Warren Simpson who, playing in his home country, reached the final at his first attempt.[2]
  • In the final, Spencer compiled three centuries in successive frames (105, 107, 126), and became the first player to do so in major competition.[4]

Round-robin stage[edit]

Pos Player MP MW ML FW FL FD Pts
1 Australia Eddie Charlton 4 3 1 92 56 +36 6
2 England John Spencer 4 3 1 86 62 +24 6
3 Wales Ray Reardon 4 3 0 64 47 +17 6
4 Australia Warren Simpson 4 3 1 76 72 +4 6
5 England John Pulman 4 2 2 80 68 +12 4
6 Wales Gary Owen 4 2 2 77 71 +6 4
7 Australia Paddy Morgan 4 1 2 44 67 −23 2
8 South Africa Perrie Mans 4 0 4 61 87 −26 0
9 Australia Norman Squire 4 0 4 49 99 −50 0

Each competitor played 37 frames against four of the other eight.[1][6]

Knockout stage[edit]

[1][6][8]

Semi-finals
Best of 49 frames
Final
Best of 73 frames
           
Australia Eddie Charlton 22
Australia Warren Simpson 27
Australia Warren Simpson 29
England John Spencer 37
England John Spencer 34
Wales Ray Reardon 15

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Match was declared null and void, as Morgan missed final session

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "World Championship 1971". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  2. ^ 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 24 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Eric, Hayton (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History. London: Rose Villa Publications. ISBN 978-0-9548549-0-4. 
  5. ^ "1971 World Championships Player Prize Money". Snooker Database. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "1971 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Sporting Details". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 October 1970. p. 16. 
  8. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.