1947 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 20 January–25 October 1947
Final venue Leicester Square Hall
Final city London
Country England
Organisation(s) Billiards Association and Control Council
Highest break England Fred Davis (135)
Final
Champion Scotland Walter Donaldson
Runner-up England Fred Davis
Score 82–63
1946
1948

The 1947 World Snooker Championship was a professional snooker tournament. The final was held at the Leicester Square Hall in London, England from 13 to 25 October.[1] The semi-finals had been completed on 15 March but the finalists agreed to delay the final until the autumn so that it could be played at the rebuilt Thurston's Hall which had been bombed in October 1940.

The World Championship was the first to be played since the "retirement" of Joe Davis who had won all 15 of the previous Championshis. He had announced in October 1946 that he would no longer play in the World Championship.[2] Davis did not, in any other sense, retire from snooker, continuing to play in other tournaments and exhibition matches for many years.

Walter Donaldson won the title by defeating Fred Davis 82–63 in the final,[1] although he already reached the winning margin at 73–49.[3] Davis made the highest break of the tournament with a 135 clearance in frame 86 of the final, just one short of the championship record.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Match Dates Venue, city
Fred Davis v Clark McConachy 20–25 January 1947 Clifton Hotel, Blackpool
Sidney Smith v Alec Brown 27 January–1 February 1947 Newcastle
Horace Lindrum v Albert Brown 10–15 February 1947 Burroughes Hall, London
Walter Donaldson v Stanley Newman 10–15 February 1947 Wellington, Shropshire
Fred Davis v Sidney Smith 17–22 February 1947 Manchester
Walter Donaldson v Horace Lindrum 10–15 March 1947 Liverpool
Walter Donaldson v Fred Davis 13–18, 20–25 October 1947 Leicester Square Hall, London

Main draw[edit]

Source:[5][6][7]

Quarter-finals
71/73 frames
Semi-finals
71 frames
Final
145 frames
England Fred Davis 53
New Zealand Clark McConachy 20 England Fred Davis 39
England Sidney Smith 43 England Sidney Smith 32
England Alec Brown 28 England Fred Davis 63
Scotland Walter Donaldson 46 Scotland Walter Donaldson 82
England Stanley Newman 25 Scotland Walter Donaldson 39
Australia Horace Lindrum 39 Australia Horace Lindrum 32
England Albert Brown 34

Final[edit]

Final: 145 frames.
Leicester Square Hall, London, 13–18, 20–25 October 1947.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]
Walter Donaldson
 Scotland
82–63 Fred Davis
 England
Day 1: 42–88, 65–49, 77–29, 23–91, 65–51, 70–21, 26–72, 62–43, 13–113, 66–60, 40–86, 85–36
Day 2: 88–31, 84–22, 33–50, 71–32, 49–71, 65–35, 63–65, 80–36, 73–56, 32–86, 87–48, 34–96
Day 3: 73–44, 95–14, 64–50, 89–31, 79–23, 28–63, 70–38, 59–40, 30–55, 62–47, 28–82 (55), 38–86
Day 4: 80–20, 52–82, 83–43, 13–144 (73), 65–36, 69–24, 99–24 (97), 100–24, 112–5, 78–45, 47–77, 62–61
Day 5: 65–53, 12–112, 84–33, 77–24, 83–37, 25–94, 31–84, 50–71, 56–82, 37–64, 22–89, 32–80
Day 6: 85–18, 72–45, 21–88, 60–46, 94–38, 70–39, 72–31, 90–11, 87–28, 46–70, 29–79, 74–51
Day 7: 63–41, 116–8, 96–24, 8–111 (103), 65–59, 68–61, 16–106, 26–85, 19–119 (107), 56–69, 89–42, 97–12
Day 8: 53–44, 0–139 (135), 97–32, 51–63, 67–37, 39–96, 57–36, 90–28, 32–75, 103–6, 65–73, 22–103
Day 9: 40–67, 67–55, 30–94, 72–59, 82–21, 20–86, 95–51, 119–31, 51–93, 14–94, 55–64, 12–120
Day 10: 51–56, 111–20, 95–31, 88–23, 91–6, 86–36, 28–80, 57–55, 73–53, 24–86, 65–55, 101–26
Day 11: 68–66, 95–48, 77–38, 66–67, 68–23, 76–50, 72–53, 74–40, 44–82, 43–79, 4–114, 31–78
Day 12: 13 frame scores not known
"Dead" frames were played, Donaldson had won the match 73–49.

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying matches were held at Burroughes Hall in London from 2 January to 8 February 1947. Herbert Holt had scratched from the qualifying in early December.[19] The first match, between John Pulman and Albert Brown was a repeat of the final of the1946 English Amateur Championship which Pulman had won. Brown led 14–9 after two days and took a winning 18–9 lead on the final day.[20] Herbert Francis led Willie Leigh 14–10 after two days. Leigh levelled the score at 15–15 after the final afternoon session and eventually won 19–16.[21] Sydney Lee beat Jim Lees 19–16 in the third match.[22] In the last first-round match Kingsley Kennerley won easily against Conrad Stanbury, taking a 18–4 lead on the second evening.[23]

Round 1
35 frames
Round 2
35 frames
Round 3
35 frames
Round 4
35 frames
England  Albert Brown 21  
England  John Pulman 14     England  Albert Brown 28  
England  Eric Newman w/o     England  Eric Newman 7  
England  Herbert Holt w/d       England  Albert Brown 24  
           England  John Barrie 11  
         England  John Barrie 25  
         England  Fred Lawrence 10  
           England  Albert Brown 21
England  Kingsley Kennerley 23       England  Kingsley Kennerley 14
Canada  Conrad Stanbury 12     England  Kingsley Kennerley 23  
         England  Alec Mann 12  
           England  Kingsley Kennerley 21  
England  Jim Lees 16       England  Willie Leigh 14  
England  Sydney Lee 19     England  Sydney Lee 10       
England  Willie Leigh 19     England  Willie Leigh 25       
England  Herbert Francis 16  

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