1946 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
Davis and Lindrum 1946.jpg
Davis and Lindrum shake hands before the final
Tournament information
Dates 4 February–18 May 1946
Final venue Royal Horticultural Hall
Final city London
Country England
Organisation(s) BACC
Highest break England Joe Davis (136)
Final
Champion England Joe Davis
Runner-up Australia Horace Lindrum
Score 78–67
1940
1947

The 1946 World Snooker Championship was a snooker tournament. The final was held at the Royal Horticultural Hall in London, England from 6 to 18 May.[1] Joe Davis beat Horace Lindrum 78–67 although the winning margin was reached at 73–62.

Schedule[edit]

Match Dates Venue, city
Joe Davis v Walter Donaldson 4–6 February 1946 Wellington, Shropshire
Stanley Newman v Sydney Lee 18–20 February 1946 Clifton Hotel, Blackpool
Fred Davis v Alec Brown 21–23 February 1946 Clifton Hotel, Blackpool
Horace Lindrum v Herbert Holt 4–6 March 1946 Streatham, London
Joe Davis v Stanley Newman 4–6 March 1946 Oldham
Horace Lindrum v Fred Davis 7–9 March 1946 Oldham
Joe Davis v Horace Lindrum 6–11, 13–18 May 1946 Royal Horticultural Hall, London

Detail[edit]

The Championship attracted a total of 14 entries; 13 were originally announced[2] with Fred Lawrence being added a few days later.[3] Entries were divided into a qualifying group (Section B), the winner joining seven others in the main draw (Section A).[4]

Joe Davis and Walter Donaldson met in Wellington, Shropshire. Davis led 6–4 and 12–8 after the first two days. He took a winning lead during the final afternoon session, leading 16–9. The final score was 21–10. Davis made a break of 129 in frame 29.[5]

Stanley Newman, the winner of the qualifying competition, met Sydney Lee in Blackpool. Newman led 6–4 and 12–8 after the first two days. He won four frames on the final afternoon session to lead 16–9. The final score was 19–12.[6]

Fred Davis met Alec Brown in the second match in Blackpool. Davis won the first nine frames and led 9–1 overnight. He built a 15–5 lead after two day, one frame for victory. Davis won frame 21 to win the match 16–5. The final score was 24–7.[7]

Horace Lindrum beat Herbert Holt 17–14 in the last quarter-final match played in Streatham, London.[8]

The semi-finals were held in Oldham. Joe Davis met Stanley Newman in the first match. Davis led 6–4 after the first day, making a break of 106.[9] He extended his lead to 13–7 after the second day and won the match 21–10.[10]

Lindrum and Fred Davis played in the second semi-final. Lindrum took a 7–3 lead on the first day. Davis made a comeback on the second day but Lindrum still led 11–9. Davis levelled the match at 11–11 but Lindrum won the next three frames to lead 14–11. In the evening session Lindrum won two of the first three frames to take a winning 16–12 lead. The final score was 17–14.[11]

After the first day of the final Joe Davis led Lindrum 7–5.[12] Lindrum, however, won the first three frames of the third session to lead 8–7, before Davis responded by winning the last three frames and regaining the lead at 10–8,[13] and finishing the day at a 14–10 lead.[14] Lindrum could reduce the deficit to two frames at the end of the third day, and trailed only 17–19.[15] Davis however regained the four frame lead a day later at 26–22,[16] and maintained it at the end of the fifth day by 32–28.[17] Davis than won seven of the next twelve frames to gain a six frame lead at 39–33,[18] and maintained it over the next three days leading 45–39, 51–45 and 57–51,[19][20][21] before gaining a 10 frame advantage at 65–55.[22] He could maintain this lead at the end of the penultimate day, and at 71–61 only needed two frames to retain the title.[23] Davis then won 78–67,[1] although the winning margin was already reached at 73–62,[24] and retained the Championship after a six-year hiatus in the event. This was the 15th and last world title of Davis,[1] and upon his retirement he received a replica of the World Championship trophy.[25] Davis made an unprecedented six centuries in the final, including championship records of 133 and 136.[26] He only needed 7 minutes 15 seconds for the record 133 break, which was also Davis' 200th century break.[27] Davis won one frame 145–0, the highest number of score ever recorded in one frame.[28] Over the tournament Davis made ten centuries.[29] Davis and Lindrum received £1,800 and £550 respectively.[30] Lindrum also received the championship table and all the equipment.[31]

Main draw[edit]

Sources:[32][33][34]

Quarter-finals
31 frames
Semi-finals
31 frames
Final
145 frames
England Joe Davis 21
Scotland Walter Donaldson 10 England Joe Davis 21
England Sydney Lee 12 England Stanley Newman 10
England Stanley Newman 19 England Joe Davis 78
Australia Horace Lindrum 17 Australia Horace Lindrum 67
England Herbert Holt 14 Australia Horace Lindrum 17
England Fred Davis 24 England Fred Davis 14
England Alec Brown 7

Final[edit]

Final: 145 frames.
Royal Horticultural Hall, London, 6–11, 13–18 May 1946. Referee: T. Bradlaugh Leng.[35]
Joe Davis
 England
78–67 Horace Lindrum
 Australia
Day 1: 55–54, 28–92, 98–29 (51), 94–60, 82–34, 54–62, 33–73, 82–34 (59), 71–17, 50–59, 61–59, 55–72
Day 2: 60–71, 0–125 (59), 42–78 (66), 79–29, 62–36, 125–11 (61), 83–27, 91–31, 70–71, 89–19, 62–47, 37–94 (56)
Day 3: 59–31, 56–61, 114–15 (104), 41–77, 57–66, 52–55, 48–80 (53), 86–15 (52), 65–39, 44–92, 61–62 (Davis 61), 66–33
Day 4: 80–27, 69–40, 37–70, 88–49 (50), 108–25 (56), 58–69, 155–4 (133), 108–25 (74), 35–92, 53–72, 76–31, 38–71
Day 5: 51–77, 72–35, 22–110, 105–25 (58), 50–78, 23–89, 114–0 (63), 104–36, 96–33 (62), 103–26, 25–73, 52–74
Day 6: 85–27 (55), 28–82, 37–80, 35–69, 17–97, 136–0 (136), 98–26 (84), 57–56, 117–13 (107), 61–50, 94–25 (94), 8–86
Day 7: 103–8, 61–47, 47–72, 68–51, 53–63, 21–103, 44–86 (54), 103–15, 53–65, 34–79, 77–55, 96–30
Day 8: 96–23 (61), 13–103, 108–26 (75), 79–45 (55), 26–65, 43–89, 63–44, 103–48, 36–83 (50), 59–69 (Davis 59), 103–24 (83), 40–87
Day 9: 69–50, 48–55, 98–36 (83), 22–111, 82–47, 80–44 (76), 87–45 (87), 64–38, 28–93, 54–72, 44–73, 51–64
Day 10: 79–33, 75–21, 47–56, 82–37, 82–58 (76), 70–50 (52), 27–67, 75–45, 10–106 (53), 89–25 (77), 91–25, 43–82
Day 11: 55–84 (Davis 53), 80–24, 99–31 (67), 35–73, 79–52 (66), 20–93 (60), 67–49, 80–53, 6–93, 122–0 (122), 42–87 (58), 28–97
Day 12: 86–54, 28–105, 91–27, 20–77, 44–67, 72–59 (Davis 58), 145–0 (116), 99–15, 85–29, 47–55, 96–23 (83), 26–109 (86), 48–54
"Dead" frames were played, Joe Davis had won the match 73–62.

Qualifying[edit]

Kingsley Kennerley met Fred Lawrence from 7–9 January in Birmingham. Stanley Newman and Willie Leigh played from 10–12 January in Newquay, Cornwall. Conrad Stanbury played John Barrie from 28–30 January in Woolwich, London. The final between Stanley Newman and Kingsley Kennerley was played from14–16 February in Tooting, London

Round 1
31 frames
Round 2
31 frames
Round 3
31 frames
England  Stanley Newman 16  
England  Willie Leigh 15     England  Stanley Newman 17  
Canada  Conrad Stanbury 18     Canada  Conrad Stanbury 14  
England  John Barrie 13       England  Stanley Newman 21
England  Kingsley Kennerley 22       England  Kingsley Kennerley 10
England  Fred Lawrence 9     England  Kingsley Kennerley w/o
         Wales  Tom Reece w/d    
      
  • Tom Reece retired after the first day with Kennerley leading 8–2.

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