1990 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 13–29 April 1990
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £620,000
Winner's share £120,000
Highest break 140
Final
Champion Scotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-up England Jimmy White
Score 18–12
1989
1991

The 1990 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 13 and 29 April 1990 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

The final was contested by Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White. Hendry led 9–7 after the first days play and won the first four frames of the second day to lead 13–7, before White reduced the gap to four frames. At 16–12 Hendry compiled breaks of 81 and 71 to win the match 18–12,[1] to win his first world title.[2] In so doing, Hendry became the youngest ever world champion at the age of 21 years and 106 days.[3]

Tournament summary[edit]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[5]

Main draw[edit]

Shown below are the results for each round. The numbers in parentheses beside some of the players are their seeding ranks (each championship has 16 seeds and 16 qualifiers).[5][12][13][14]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
13 April            
 England Steve Davis (1)  10
18 & 19 April
 Australia Eddie Charlton  1  
 England Steve Davis (1)  13
13 & 14 April
   England Steve James (16)  7  
 England Steve James (16)  10
23 & 24 April
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins  5  
 England Steve Davis (1)  13
14 & 15 April
   England Neal Foulds  8  
 England Willie Thorne (9)  10
19 & 20 April
 Malta Tony Drago  4  
 England Willie Thorne (9)  11
15 & 15 April
   England Neal Foulds  13  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (8)  8
25, 26 & 27 April
 England Neal Foulds  10  
 England Steve Davis (1)  14
15 & 16 April
   England Jimmy White (4)  16
 Wales Terry Griffiths (5)  10
20, 21 & 22 April
 England Nigel Gilbert  4  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (5)  13
16 & 17 April
   England Tony Knowles (12)  6  
 England Tony Knowles (12)  10
23 & 24 April
 Wales Tony Chappel  4  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (5)  5
16 & 17 April
   England Jimmy White (4)  13  
 England John Virgo (13)  10
21 & 22 April
 England Gary Wilkinson  6  
 England John Virgo (13)  6
17 & 18 April
   England Jimmy White (4)  13  
 England Jimmy White (4)  10
 England Danny Fowler  4  
17 & 18 April            
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (3)  10
21 & 22 April
 Canada Alain Robidoux  7  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (3)  13
17 April
   England Tony Meo (14)  7  
 England Tony Meo (14)  10
23 & 24 April
 Wales Wayne Jones  8  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (3)  13
16 April
   Wales Darren Morgan  6  
 England Joe Johnson (11)  8
20, 21 & 22 April
 Wales Darren Morgan  10  
 Wales Darren Morgan  13
15 & 16 April
   England Mike Hallett (6)  8  
 England Mike Hallett (6)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
 Wales Steve Newbury  9  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (3)  16
14 & 15 April
   England John Parrott (2)  11
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (7)  10
19 & 20 April
 Wales Cliff Wilson  6  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (7)  13
14 & 15 April
   Wales Doug Mountjoy (10)  12  
 Wales Doug Mountjoy (10)  10
23 & 24 April
 Canada Brady Gollan  8  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (7)  6
13 & 14 April
   England John Parrott (2)  13  
 England Dean Reynolds (15)  10
18, 19 & 20 April
 South Africa Peter Francisco  7  
 England Dean Reynolds (15)  11
13 April
   England John Parrott (2)  13  
 England John Parrott (2)  10
 Wales Mark Bennett  9  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 28 and 29 April 1990. Referee: Len Ganley[15]
Jimmy White (4)
 England
12–18 Stephen Hendry (3)
 Scotland
78–37, 13–73, 85–48, 49–71, 14–79, 27–60, 86–0, 27–87, 75–64, 68–57, 46–77, 4–99, 63–52, 0–88, 76–1, 1–108, 0–100, 5–104, 4–73, 0–81, 87–50, 75–17, 63–72, 109–0, 6–97, 127–0, 0–124, 69–43, 27–90, 1–101 Century breaks: 2 (Hendry)

Highest break by White: 87
Highest break by Hendry: 108

78–37, 13–73, 85–48, 49–71, 14–79, 27–60, 86–0, 27–87, 75–64, 68–57, 46–77, 4–99, 63–52, 0–88, 76–1, 1–108, 0–100, 5–104, 4–73, 0–81, 87–50, 75–17, 63–72, 109–0, 6–97, 127–0, 0–124, 69–43, 27–90, 1–101
Scotland Stephen Hendry won the 1990 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 18 century breaks in the championship. The highest break was 140 made by John Parrott.[16][17][18]

References[edit]

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