1982 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 30 April–16 May 1982
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £110,000
Winner's share £25,000
Highest break England Willie Thorne (143)
Final
Champion Northern Ireland Alex Higgins
Runner-up Wales Ray Reardon
Score 18–15
1981
1983

The 1982 World Snooker Championship (also known as the 1982 Embassy World Snooker Championship for sponsorship purposes) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 30 April and 16 May 1982 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Alex Higgins won in the final 18–15 against Ray Reardon. The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • The previous three world champions, who were also the top three seeds, were all defeated in the first round: defending champion Steve Davis lost 1–10 to Tony Knowles, 1979 champion Terry Griffiths lost 6–10 to Willie Thorne and world number 1 and 1980 champion Cliff Thorburn lost 4–10 to Jimmy White.[1]
  • Higgins reached the final after an epic 16–15 semi-final victory over Jimmy White. Trailing 15–14 and 59–0, Higgins saved himself with a memorable clearance of 69 and then won the decider for a place in the final.[2] The final between Higgins and Reardon was a repeat of the 1976 final, which Reardon won 27–16. From 15–15, Higgins won the next three frames and clinched the title with a break of 135 in the final frame. A tearful Higgins summoned his wife and baby daughter from the audience to celebrate with him.[3]
  • Jim Donnelly became the first Scottish player to play at the Crucible.[4]
  • This was the first tournament in which the top 8 seeds had to play in the first round, taking the tournament from 24 to 32 players. This format still remains today.[5]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[6]

  • Winner: £25,000
  • Runner-up: £12,500
  • Semi-final: £7,000
  • Quarter-final: £3,500
  • Last 16: £2,250
  • Last 32: £1,250
  • Highest break: £2,500
  • Maximum break: £10,000
  • Total: £110,000

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).[1][5][7][8]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
30 April & 1 May            
 England Steve Davis (1)  1
5 & 6 May
 England Tony Knowles  10  
 England Tony Knowles  13
30 April & 1 May
   England Graham Miles (16)  7  
 England Graham Miles (16)  10
9, 10 & 11 May
 England Dave Martin  5  
 England Tony Knowles  11
1 & 2 May
   Australia Eddie Charlton (8)  13  
 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (9)  10
5, 6 & 7 May
 Canada John Bear  7  
 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (9)  5
1 & 2 May
   Australia Eddie Charlton (8)  13  
 Australia Eddie Charlton (8)  10
12, 13 & 14 May
 Wales Cliff Wilson  5  
 Australia Eddie Charlton (8)  11
1 & 2 May
   Wales Ray Reardon (4)  16
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (5)  7
7 & 8 May
 South Africa Silvino Francisco  10  
 South Africa Silvino Francisco  13
1 & 2 May
   England Dean Reynolds  8  
 England Fred Davis (12)  7
10 & 11 May
 England Dean Reynolds  10  
 South Africa Silvino Francisco  8
2 & 3 May
   Wales Ray Reardon (4)  13  
 England John Virgo (13)  10
6, 7 & 8 May
 England Mike Hallett  4  
 England John Virgo (13)  8
2 & 3 May
   Wales Ray Reardon (4)  13  
 Wales Ray Reardon (4)  10
 Scotland Jim Donnelly  5  
3 & 4 May            
 Wales Terry Griffiths (3)  6
7 & 8 May
 England Willie Thorne  10  
 England Willie Thorne  13
3 & 4 May
   England John Spencer (14)  5  
 England John Spencer (14)  10
10 & 11 May
 England John Dunning  4  
 England Willie Thorne  10
3 & 4 May
   Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (11)  13  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (11)  10
7, 8 & 9 May
 England Jim Meadowcroft  5  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (11)  13
3 & 4 May
   Wales Doug Mountjoy (6)  12  
 Wales Doug Mountjoy (6)  10
12, 13 & 14 May
 England Rex Williams  3  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (11)  16
4 & 5 May
   England Jimmy White  15
 England David Taylor (7)  9
9 & 10 May
 Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan  10  
 Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan  7
4 & 5 May
   Canada Kirk Stevens (10)  13  
 Canada Kirk Stevens (10)  10
10 & 11 May
 England Jack Fitzmaurice  4  
 Canada Kirk Stevens (10)  9
5 & 6 May
   England Jimmy White  13  
 South Africa Perrie Mans (15)  10
8 & 9 May
 England Tony Meo  8  
 South Africa Perrie Mans (15)  6
5 & 6 May
   England Jimmy White  13  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (2)  4
 England Jimmy White  10  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 15 May & 16 May 1982. Referee: John Smyth.[9]
Ray Reardon (4)
 Wales
15–18 Alex Higgins (11)
 Northern Ireland
41–61, 64–31, 84–47, 0–121, 64–53, 77–30, 65–55, 28–87, 8–89, 76–8, 47–56, 22–91, 69–29, 4–96, 36–71, 14–94, 13–73, 122–12, 81–13, 38–77, 31–78, 69–40, 79–36, 31–71, 52–37, 14–115, 61–70, 84–49, 69–36, 60–58, 0–79, 9–112, 0–139 Century breaks: 2 (Higgins 2)

Highest break by Reardon: 95
Highest break by Higgins: 135

41–61, 64–31, 84–47, 0–121, 64–53, 77–30, 65–55, 28–87, 8–89, 76–8, 47–56, 22–91, 69–29, 4–96, 36–71, 14–94, 13–73, 122–12, 81–13, 38–77, 31–78, 69–40, 79–36, 31–71, 52–37, 14–115, 61–70, 84–49, 69–36, 60–58, 0–79, 9–112, 0–139
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins wins the 1982 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 10 century breaks at the championship, the highest being 143 by Willie Thorne.[10][11][12] There was also a £5,000 bonus for compiling a higher break than the championship record of 145.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Championship 1982". Global Snooker. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Davis leads Higgins tributes
  3. ^ Crucible's top 10 moments
  4. ^ Hendon, David. "The Thursday Quiz (Answers)". Snooker Scene Blog. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  7. ^ "1982 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 4–5. 
  9. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  10. ^ Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 146.