1983 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 16 April–2 May 1983
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £135,000
Winner's share £30,000
Highest break 147
Final
Champion England Steve Davis
Runner-up Canada Cliff Thorburn
Score 18–6
1982
1984

The 1983 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 16 April – 2 May 1983 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Steve Davis won in the final 18–6 against Cliff Thorburn.

Tournament summary[edit]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[7][8]

  • Winner: £30,000
  • Runner up: £15,000
  • Semi-finals: £8,400
  • Quarter-finals: £4,450
  • Last 16: £2,950
  • Last 32: £1,500
  • Total: £135,000

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).[7][9][10]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
16 April            
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (1)  10
21 & 22 April
 England Dean Reynolds  4  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (1)  13
16 & 17 April
   England Willie Thorne (16)  8  
 England Willie Thorne (16)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
 England John Virgo  3  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (1)  13
16 & 17 April
   Canada Bill Werbeniuk (9)  11  
 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (9)  10
22 & 23 April
 England Dave Martin  4  
 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (9)  13
16 & 17 April
   England David Taylor (8)  10  
 England David Taylor (8)  10
28 & 29 April
 England Jim Meadowcroft  2  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (1)  5
16 & 18 April
   England Steve Davis (4)  16
 Australia Eddie Charlton (5)  10
23 & 24 April
 England Les Dodd  7  
 Australia Eddie Charlton (5)  13
16 & 17 April
   England John Spencer (12)  11  
 England John Spencer (12)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
 England Mike Hallett  7  
 England Steve Davis (4)  13
17 & 18 April
   Australia Eddie Charlton (5)  5  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (13)  10
22 & 23 April
 South Africa Silvino Francisco  9  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (13)  11
18 & 19 April
   England Steve Davis (4)  13  
 England Steve Davis (4)  10
 England Rex Williams  4  
19 & 20 April            
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (3)  10
23 & 24 April
 Australia John Campbell  5  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (3)  13
18 & 19 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths (14)  12  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (14)  10
26 & 27 April
 England Mark Wildman  8  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (3)  13
19 & 20 April
   Canada Kirk Stevens (6)  12  
 South Africa Perrie Mans (11)  10
24 April
 Scotland Ian Black  3  
 South Africa Perrie Mans (11)  3
20 & 21 April
   Canada Kirk Stevens (6)  13  
 Canada Kirk Stevens (6)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 England Mick Fisher  2  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (3)  16
20 & 21 April
   England Tony Knowles (15)  15
 Wales Doug Mountjoy (7)  10
25 & 26 April
 Wales Cliff Wilson  2  
 Wales Doug Mountjoy (7)  11
20 & 21 April
   England Tony Meo  13  
 England Jimmy White (10)  8
26 & 27 April
 England Tony Meo  10  
 England Tony Meo  9
21 & 22 April
   England Tony Knowles (15)  13  
 England Tony Knowles (15)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
 England Graham Miles  3  
 England Tony Knowles (15)  13
20 & 21 April
   Wales Ray Reardon (2)  12  
 Wales Ray Reardon (2)  10
 Republic of Ireland Eugene Hughes  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 1 & 2 May 1983. Referee: Len Ganley[11]
Steve Davis (4)
 England
18 – 6 Cliff Thorburn (3)
 Canada
82–20, 11–112, 83–39, 36–80, 80–34, 65–34, 81–44, 75–26, 82–6, 73–0, 81–48, 41–67, 25–71, 100–8, 15–68, 96–2, 76–47, 58–53, 75–28, 62–47, 67–62, 131–0, 24–62, 77–70 Century breaks: 1 (Davis 1)

Highest break by Davis: 131
Highest break by Thorburn: 55

82–20, 11–112, 83–39, 36–80, 80–34, 65–34, 81–44, 75–26, 82–6, 73–0, 81–48, 41–67, 25–71, 100–8, 15–68, 96–2, 76–47, 58–53, 75–28, 62–47, 67–62, 131–0, 24–62, 77–70
England Steve Davis wins the 1983 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were eighteen century breaks during the championship, a record which stood until 1986. The highest break of the event was 147 by Cliff Thorburn.[12][13][14] With this record he earned a £5,000 bonus.[8]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
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