1996 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 20 April–6 May 1996
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,200,000
Winner's share £200,000
Highest break 144
Final
Champion Scotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-up England Peter Ebdon
Score 18–12
1995
1997

The 1996 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 20 April–6 May 1996 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Stephen Hendry won in the final 18–12 against Peter Ebdon.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • In the first round match between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Alain Robidoux, Robidoux accused O'Sullivan of not showing him due respect by playing left-handed for almost a frame,[1] and refused to shake hands with him when the match ended.[2] O'Sullivan reacted to this by claiming that "I'm better with my left hand than he was with his right".[1] O'Sullivan was summoned to a disciplinary hearing in response to Robidoux's formal complaint, where he had to prove that he could play to a high level with his left hand. He played three frames of snooker against former World Championship runner-up Rex Williams, winning all three. The charge of bringing the game into disrepute was subsequently dropped.[3]
  • O'Sullivan also received a two-year suspended ban, plus a £20,000 fine and another £10,000 to be given to charity, for an alleged assault on an official.[4][5]
  • Terry Griffiths won his first round match for the 14th time in a row since 1983.[6] This run of successive first round victories is still a record.[7][8]
  • O'Sullivan's 13–4 victory over Tony Drago in the second round set the record for the fastest best-of-25-frames match in a professional tournament at just 167 minutes and 33 seconds.[9]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[10][11]

  • Winner: £200,000
  • Runner-up: £120,000
  • Semi-final: £60,000
  • Quarter-final: £30,500
  • Last 16: £16,000
  • Last 32: £9,000
  • Total: £1,200,000

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).[10][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
26 & 27 April
 England Jason Ferguson  8  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  13
21 & 22 April
   England Gary Wilkinson  7  
 England David Roe (16)  9
30 April & 1 May
 England Gary Wilkinson  10  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  13
23 April
   Wales Darren Morgan (8)  5  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (9)  10
28 & 29 April
 England Nick Terry  5  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (9)  5
24 April
   Wales Darren Morgan (8)  13  
 Wales Darren Morgan (8)  10
2, 3 & 4 May
 Scotland Drew Henry  8  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  16
24 & 25 April
   England Nigel Bond (12)  7
 Thailand James Wattana (5)  10
27, 28 & 29 April
 England Jimmy Michie  8  
 Thailand James Wattana (5)  4
22 & 23 April
   England Nigel Bond (12)  13  
 England Nigel Bond (12)  10
30 April & 1 May
 England Anthony Hamilton  5  
 England Nigel Bond (12)  13
20 & 21 April
   England Dave Harold (13)  7  
 England Dave Harold (13)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
 England Neal Foulds  4  
 England Dave Harold (13)  13
21 & 22 April
   England Rod Lawler  6  
 England John Parrott (4)  6
 England Rod Lawler  10  
20 & 21 April            
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  10
25 & 26 April
 Canada Alain Robidoux  3  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
20 & 21
   Malta Tony Drago (14)  4  
 Malta Tony Drago (14)  10
30 April & 1 May
 England Steve James  2  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
23 & 24 April
   Scotland John Higgins (11)  12  
 Scotland John Higgins (11)  10
27, 28 & 29
 England Martin Clark  5  
 Scotland John Higgins (11)  13
22 & 23 April
   Scotland Alan McManus (6)  5  
 Scotland Alan McManus (6)  10
2, 3 & 4 May
 England Mick Price  8  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  14
24 & 25 April
   England Peter Ebdon (10)  16
 England Jimmy White (7)  10
28 & 29 April
 Scotland Euan Henderson  9  
 England Jimmy White (7)  12
20 & 21 April
   England Peter Ebdon (10)  13  
 England Peter Ebdon (10)  10
30 April & 1 May
 New Zealand Dene O'Kane  1  
 England Peter Ebdon (10)  13
23 & 24 April
   England Steve Davis (2)  10  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (15)  10
26 & 27 April
 Scotland Jamie Burnett  9  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (15)  8
22 April
   England Steve Davis (2)  13  
 England Steve Davis (2)  10
 England Willie Thorne  8  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 5 May & 6 May 1996. Referee: John Williams[14]
Stephen Hendry (1)
 Scotland
18–12 Peter Ebdon (10)
 England
2–121, 75–42, 34–78, 34–61, 65–51, 18–57, 103–4, 74–39, 60–58, 125–0, 22–81, 70–31, 70–77, 134–0, 74–0, 82–0, 85–14, 1–75, 86–21, 83–23, 34–89, 0–77, 60–66, 96–0, 54–27, 78–23, 77–25, 1–71, 39–83, 73–16 Century breaks: 1 (Hendry 1)

Highest break by Hendry: 125 Highest break by Ebdon: 79

2–121, 75–42, 34–78, 34–61, 65–51, 18–57, 103–4, 74–39, 60–58, 125–0, 22–81, 70–31, 70–77, 134–0, 74–0, 82–0, 85–14, 1–75, 86–21, 83–23, 34–89, 0–77, 60–66, 96–0, 54–27, 78–23, 77–25, 1–71, 39–83, 73–16
Scotland Stephen Hendry wins the 1996 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 48 century breaks in the 1996 World Snooker Championship, a new record which would last until 1998.[10] The highest break of the tournament was 144 made by both Peter Ebdon and Tony Drago.[15] This was only the second time since 1980, when Kirk Stevens and Steve Davis both made a 136, that two players had the joint highest break of the championship.[16] Stephen Hendry made 11 century breaks in the tournament,[10] one short of his record of 12 set the previous year.[17]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  15. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 148. 
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