1984 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 21 April–7 May 1984
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £200,000
Winner's share £44,000
Highest break England Rex Williams (138)
Final
Champion England Steve Davis
Runner-up England Jimmy White
Score 18–16
1983
1985

The 1984 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 21 April and 7 May 1984 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.[1]

Steve Davis won his third world title by defeating Jimmy White 18–16 in the final. Davis became the first player to retain the title at the Crucible.[2]

Tournament summary[edit]

  • Joe Johnson, John Parrott, Neal Foulds, Warren King, Roy Andrewartha, Marcel Gauvreau, Paul Mifsud, Mario Morra and Eddie Sinclair made their World Championship debut. All the debutants except Johnson, Foulds, Parrott and King played at the Crucible for the first and only time and only Foulds and Parrott won their first round matches.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]
  • Jimmy White played in his first final where he lost to Steve Davis 16–18. It would be the first of six World Championship final defeats.[12] In the match, he was 4–12 behind at the end of the first day. On the second day, White fought back and trailed only 11–13 behind, before Davis again extended his lead to 16–12. White than won the next three frames in row to reduce the gap to 15–16, before Davis cleared the colours to be just one frame away to win the title. And although White could win the next frame with a 65 clearance, Davis won the 34th frame and sealed victory with 18–16.[13] With this Davis became the first player to retain the title at the Crucible.[12]
  • Eight-time winner Fred Davis made his final World Championship appearance, losing 4–10 to Bill Werbeniuk. Davis had first played in the World Championship in 1937. Aged 70 years and 253 days, he became the tournament's oldest ever player.[14][15]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[1][16]

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][17][18]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
21 April            
 England Steve Davis (1)  10
26 & 27 April
 Australia Warren King  3  
 England Steve Davis (1)  13
21 & 22 April
   England John Spencer (16)  5  
 England John Spencer (16)  10
1 & 2 May
 England Graham Miles  3  
 England Steve Davis (1)  13
22 & 23 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths (9)  10  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (9)  10
27 & 28 April
 Malta Paul Mifsud  2  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (9)  13
22 & 23 April
   Canada Bill Werbeniuk (8)  5  
 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (8)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
 England Fred Davis  4  
 England Steve Davis (1)  16
23 & 24 April
   Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (13)  9
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (5)  9
28, 29 & 30 April
 England Neal Foulds  10  
 England Neal Foulds  6
24 & 25 April
   Wales Doug Mountjoy (12)  13  
 Wales Doug Mountjoy (12)  10
1 & 2 May
 England Mike Hallett  4  
 Wales Doug Mountjoy (12)  8
24 & 25 April
   Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (13)  13  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (13)  10
29 & 30 April
 England Joe Johnson  1  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (13)  13
25 & 26 April
   England John Parrott  11  
 England Tony Knowles(4)  7
 England John Parrott  10  
25 & 26 April            
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (3)  10
29 & 30 April
 Canada Mario Morra  9  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (3)  13
25 April
   England Willie Thorne  11  
 England John Virgo (14)  9
1 & 2 May
 England Willie Thorne  10  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (3)  8
24 April
   England Jimmy White (11)  13  
 England Jimmy White (11)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 England Rex Williams  6  
 England Jimmy White (11)  13
23 & 24 April
   Australia Eddie Charlton (6)  7  
 Australia Eddie Charlton (6)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
 England Roy Andrewartha  4  
 England Jimmy White (11)  16
22 & 23 April
   Canada Kirk Stevens (7)  14
 Canada Kirk Stevens (7)  10
27 & 28 April
 Scotland Eddie Sinclair  1  
 Canada Kirk Stevens (7)  13
22 & 23 April
   England David Taylor (10)  10  
 England David Taylor (10)  10
1 & 2 May
 Canada Marcel Gauvreau  5  
 Canada Kirk Stevens (7)  13
21 & 22 April
   Wales Ray Reardon (2)  2  
 England Tony Meo (15)  5
26, 27 & 28 April
 South Africa Silvino Francisco  10  
 South Africa Silvino Francisco  8
21 April
   Wales Ray Reardon (2)  13  
 Wales Ray Reardon (2)  10
 Canada Jim Wych  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 6 & 7 May 1984. Referee: Jim Thorpe[19]
Steve Davis (1)
 England
18 – 16 Jimmy White (11)
 England
73–14, 84–24, 70–65, 51–73, 69–39, 110–15, 77–38, 68–25, 81–0, 0–137, 57–40, 8–104, 120–0, 43–67, 65–61, 73–22, 6–127, 29–62, 1–76, 68–56, 42–65, 29–68, 4–80, 43–67, 64–15, 82–43, 19–91, 73–40, 6–84, 22–72, 40–74, 59–55, 60–65, 77–40 Century breaks: 1 (White 1)

Highest break by Davis: 84
Highest break by White: 119

73–14, 84–24, 70–65, 51–73, 69–39, 110–15, 77–38, 68–25, 81–0, 0–137, 57–40, 8–104, 120–0, 43–67, 65–61, 73–22, 6–127, 29–62, 1–76, 68–56, 42–65, 29–68, 4–80, 43–67, 64–15, 82–43, 19–91, 73–40, 6–84, 22–72, 40–74, 59–55, 60–65, 77–40
England Steve Davis wins the 1984 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were eight centuries in the championship, which were the fewest since 1978. The highest break of the televised stages was 138 made by Rex Williams,[20][21][22] and the pre-televised stages was 112 made by Jim Donnelly.[1]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Warren King at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
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