1979 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 16–28 April 1979
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £35,000
Winner's share £10,000
Highest break 143
Final
Champion Wales Terry Griffiths
Runner-up Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor
Score 24–16
1978
1980

The 1979 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 16 and 28 April 1979 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Terry Griffiths won in the final 24–16 against Dennis Taylor.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • Griffiths started the tournament by defeating Bernard Bennett and Jim Meadowcroft in the qualifying rounds. At the Crucible, he defeated Perrie Mans in the first round, followed by a 13–12 victory over Alex Higgins in the quarter-final.[1] In the semi-final, he was trailing 16–17 to Eddie Charlton before winning 19–17 at 1.40am, the latest finish of any match at the time.[2] Griffiths then beat future champion Dennis Taylor 24–16 in the final to win the world title at the first attempt.[2][3] He became also the first qualifier to win the title at the Crucible.[4]
  • Future six-times champion Steve Davis and Kirk Stevens made their debut, but they lost in the first 11–13 to Dennis Taylor and 8–13 to Fred Davis respectively.[5][6]
  • Aged 65 years and 247 days Fred Davis became the oldest ever player to win a match at the Crucible. Only three days later he also became the oldest player to reach the quarter-finals.[7]
  • John Williams refereed the final.[8]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[1][9]

  • Winner: £10,000
  • Runner-up: £5,000
  • Third place: £3,000
  • Fourth place: £2,000
  • Quarter-final: £1,250
  • Last 16: £1,000
  • Total: £35,500

Main draw[edit]

[1][10][11][12]

Last 16
Best of 25 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 25 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 37 frames
Final
Best of 47 frames
                           
17, 18 & 19 April            
 Wales Ray Reardon (1)  13
20 & 21 April
 England Graham Miles  8  
 Wales Ray Reardon (1)  8
18 & 19 April
   Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (8)  13  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (8)  13
22, 23, 24 & 25 April
 England Steve Davis  11  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (8)  19
19 & 20 April
   England John Virgo  12  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (5)  10
20 & 21 April
 England John Virgo  13  
 Canada Bill Werbeniuk  9
17 & 18 April
   England John Virgo  13  
 England John Spencer (4)  11
26, 27 & 28 April
 Canada Bill Werbeniuk  13  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (8)  16
16 & 17 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths  24
 Australia Eddie Charlton (3)  13
19, 20 & 21 April
 Wales Doug Mountjoy  6  
 Australia Eddie Charlton (3)  13
16, 17 & 18 April
   England Fred Davis (6)  4  
 England Fred Davis (6)  13
22, 23, 24 & 25 April
 Canada Kirk Stevens  8  
 Australia Eddie Charlton (3)  17
16, 17 & 18 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths  19   Third place
Best of 13 frames
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (7)  13
19, 20 & 21 April 26 & 27 April
 England David Taylor  5  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (7)  12  England John Virgo  3
16 & 17 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths  13    Australia Eddie Charlton (3)  7
 South Africa Perrie Mans (2)  8
 Wales Terry Griffiths  13  

Qualifying[edit]

[1]

Century breaks[edit]

There were 13 century breaks at the championship, the highest being 142 by Bill Werbeniuk.[13][14] There was also a £5,000 bonus for compiling a higher break than the championship record of 142.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "World Championship 1979". Global Snooker. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Then and Now: Terry Griffiths". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 119. 
  5. ^ "Steve Davis at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kirk Stevens at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 132–134. 
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  9. ^ a b Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  10. ^ "1979 World Championships Results Grid". Snooker Database. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 8–9. 
  13. ^ "Crucible Centuries". snooker.org. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 146.