1981 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 6–20 April 1981
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £75,000
Winner's share £20,000[1]
Highest break 145
Final
Champion England Steve Davis
Runner-up Wales Doug Mountjoy
Score 18–12
1980
1982

The 1981 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 6 and 20 April 1981 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Steve Davis won in the final 18–12 against Doug Mountjoy.

Tournament summary[edit]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[7]

  • Winner: £20,000
  • Runner-up: £10,000
  • Semi-final: £5,000
  • Quarter-final: £2,500
  • Last 16: £1,800
  • Last 32: £875
  • Total: £75,000

Main draw[edit]

[8][9][10][11]

  Round 1
Best of 19 frames
Round 2
Best of 25 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 25 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 31 frames
Final
Best of 35 frames
                                               
England  Graham Miles 10     Canada  Cliff Thorburn (1) 13  
England  Tony Knowles 8     England  Graham Miles 2  
  Canada  Cliff Thorburn (1) 13  
  England  David Taylor 6  
England  David Taylor 10 England  Fred Davis (8) 3
Wales  Cliff Wilson 6     England  David Taylor 13  
  Canada  Cliff Thorburn (1) 10  
  England  Steve Davis 16  
England  Tony Meo 10     Wales  Terry Griffiths (5) 13  
England  John Virgo 6     England  Tony Meo 6  
  England  Steve Davis 13
  Wales  Terry Griffiths (5) 9  
England  Steve Davis 10 Northern Ireland  Alex Higgins (4) 8
England  Jimmy White 8     England  Steve Davis 13  
  England  Steve Davis 18
  Wales  Doug Mountjoy 12
Wales  Doug Mountjoy 10     Australia  Eddie Charlton (3) 7  
England  Willie Thorne 6     Wales  Doug Mountjoy 13  
  Northern Ireland  Dennis Taylor (6) 8
  Wales  Doug Mountjoy 13  
Canada  Kirk Stevens 10 Northern Ireland  Dennis Taylor (6) 13
England  John Dunning 4     Canada  Kirk Stevens 11  
  Wales  Doug Mountjoy 16
  Wales  Ray Reardon (2) 10  
Canada  Bill Werbeniuk 10     South Africa  Perrie Mans (7) 5  
England  Dave Martin 4     Canada  Bill Werbeniuk 13  
  Canada  Bill Werbeniuk 10
  Wales  Ray Reardon (2) 13  
England  John Spencer 10 Wales  Ray Reardon (2) 13
England  Ray Edmonds 9     England  John Spencer 11  

Century breaks[edit]

There were 13 century breaks in the championship, equalling the record from 1979. Mountjoy meanwhile made a record at the World Championship making a 145 break beating the 142 of Rex Williams in 1965 and Bill Werbeniuk in 1979. With this record he earned a £5,000 bonus.[7] His record would last until 1983.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Jimmy White at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tony Knowles at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dave Martin at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Steve Davis at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  7. ^ a b Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  8. ^ "World Championship 1981". Global Snooker. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "1981 World Championships Results Grid". Snooker Database. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 12–13. 
  12. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 146.