1991 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 20 April–6 May 1991
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £750,000
Winner's share £135,000
Highest break 140
Final
Champion England John Parrott
Runner-up England Jimmy White
Score 18–11
1990
1992

The 1991 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 20 April and 6 May 1991 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

John Parrott won his first and only World Championship title by defeating Jimmy White 18–11 in the final. It was the third time that White had lost in the final after 1984 and 1990.[1][2]

Tournament summary[edit]

  • Future champion Ken Doherty made his Crucible debut losing to Steve Davis 8–10,[3] whilst former champion Joe Johnson qualified for the last time losing to Dennis Taylor 6–10.[4] Both matches were played in the first round.
  • Cliff Thorburn failed to qualify for the first time after playing in every championship since 1973.[5]
  • Defending champion Stephen Hendry lost to Steve James 11–13 in the quarter-final. Hendry would not suffer defeat at the Crucible again until the 1997 final against Doherty.[6]
  • Steve Davis made his 9th semi-final in a row, which is still a record,[7][8] but lost 10–16 against John Parrott.

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[9][10]

  • Winner: £135,000
  • Runner-up: £80,000
  • Semi-final: £42,000
  • Quarter-final: £20,000
  • Last 16: £11,000
  • Last 32: £6,500
  • Total: £750,000

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).[9][11][12][13]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
20 April            
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
 Australia Warren King  4  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  13
20 & 21 April
   Canada Alain Robidoux (16)  8  
 Canada Alain Robidoux (16)  10
30 April & 1 May
 Wales Steve Newbury  5  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  11
21 & 22 April
   England Steve James (9)  13  
 England Steve James (9)  10
28 & 29 April
 England Ian Graham  3  
 England Steve James (9)  13
24 & 25 April
   England Dean Reynolds (8)  12  
 England Dean Reynolds (8)  10
2, 3 & 4 May
 England Robert Marshall  8  
 England Steve James (9)  9
22 & 23 April
   England Jimmy White (4)  16
 Wales Doug Mountjoy (5)  2
26 & 27 April
 England Gary Wilkinson  10  
 England Gary Wilkinson  13
23 April
   England Martin Clark (12)  9  
 England Martin Clark (12)  10
30 April
 Wales Mark Bennett  6  
 England Gary Wilkinson  3
21 & 22 April
   England Jimmy White (4)  13  
 England Neal Foulds (13)  10
27, 28 & 29 April
 Australia Eddie Charlton  7  
 England Neal Foulds (13)  12
24 April
   England Jimmy White (4)  13  
 England Jimmy White (4)  10
 England Nick Dyson  3  
23 & 24 April            
 England John Parrott (3)  10
27 & 28 April
 England Nigel Gilbert  6  
 England John Parrott (3)  13
21 April
   England Tony Knowles  1  
 England John Virgo (14)  8
30 April & 1 May
 England Tony Knowles  10  
 England John Parrott (3)  13
23 & 24 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths (6)  10  
 England Willie Thorne (11)  8
26 & 27 April
 Scotland Alan McManus  10  
 Scotland Alan McManus  12
22 & 23 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths (6)  13  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (6)  10
2, 3 & 4 May
 England Barry Pinches  3  
 England John Parrott (3)  16
24 & 25 April
   England Steve Davis (2)  10
 England Mike Hallett (7)  4
28 & 29 April
 England Tony Jones  10  
 England Tony Jones  8
22 April
   Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (10)  13  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (10)  10
30 April & 1 May
 England Joe Johnson  6  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (10)  7
20 April
   England Steve Davis (2)  13  
 England Tony Meo (15)  10
25 & 26 April
 England Craig Edwards  7  
 England Tony Meo (15)  6
20 & 21 April
   England Steve Davis (2)  13  
 England Steve Davis (2)  10
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty  8  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 5 & 6 May 1991 Referee: John Williams[14]
Jimmy White (4)
 England
11–18 John Parrott (3)
 England
0–97, 34–96, 0–82, 24–75, 6–88, 16–79, 0–117, 87–26, 67–32, 0–77, 63–77, 28–88, 69–49, 82–2, 64–6, 8–120, 136–0, 70–60, 50–51, 75–8, 55–58, 4–59, 68–55, 8–91, 8–112, 103–0, 13–74, 89–42, 24–76 Century breaks: 3 (Parrott 3)

Highest break by White: 92
Highest break by Parrott: 117

0–97, 34–96, 0–82, 24–75, 6–88, 16–79, 0–117, 87–26, 67–32, 0–77, 63–77, 28–88, 69–49, 82–2, 64–6, 8–120, 136–0, 70–60, 50–51, 75–8, 55–58, 4–59, 68–55, 8–91, 8–112, 103–0, 13–74, 89–42, 24–76
England John Parrott wins the 1991 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Qualifying rounds[edit]

Century breaks[edit]

There were 31 century breaks in the championship. The highest break of the tournament was 140 made by Jimmy White.[15][16]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Joe Johnson at the World Championships". Snooker Database. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cliff Thorburne at the World Championships". Snooker Database. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Stephen Hendry profile". Betfred. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Steve Davis at the World Championships". Snooker Database. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 119. 
  9. ^ a b "World Championship 1991". Global Snooker. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  11. ^ "1991 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 32–33. 
  14. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  15. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  16. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 147.