1988 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 16 April–2 May 1988
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £475,000
Winner's share £95,000
Highest break England Steve James (140)
Final
Champion England Steve Davis
Runner-up Wales Terry Griffiths
Score 18–11
1987
1989

The 1988 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1988 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 16 April and 2 May 1988 at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Steve Davis won in the final 18–11 against Terry Griffiths. The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summary[edit]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[3][4]

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).[3][5][6][7]

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            
 England Steve Davis (1)  10
21 & 22 April
 England John Virgo  8  
 England Steve Davis (1)  13
16 & 17 April
   England Mike Hallett (16)  1  
 England Mike Hallett (16)  10
26 & 27 April
 Canada Bob Chaperon  2  
 England Steve Davis (1)  13
17 & 18 April
   Malta Tony Drago  4  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (9)  2
22 & 23 April
 Malta Tony Drago  10  
 Malta Tony Drago  13
17 & 18 April
   Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (8)  5  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (8)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 Canada Bill Werbeniuk  8  
 England Steve Davis (1)  16
18 & 19 April
   Canada Cliff Thorburn (4)  8
 England Joe Johnson (5)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
 Wales Cliff Wilson  7  
 England Joe Johnson (5)  9
19 & 20 April
   England Steve James  13  
 England Rex Williams (12)  6
26 & 27 April
 England Steve James  10  
 England Steve James  11
19 & 20 April
   Canada Cliff Thorburn (4)  13  
 England John Parrott (13)  10
24 & 25 April
 Australia Warren King  4  
 England John Parrott (13)  10
20 & 21 April
   Canada Cliff Thorburn (4)  13  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (4)  10
 Canada Kirk Stevens  6  
20 & 21 April            
 England Neal Foulds (3)  10
24 & 25 April
 Wales Wayne Jones  7  
 England Neal Foulds (3)  13
20 April
   Wales Doug Mountjoy (14)  1  
 Wales Doug Mountjoy (14)  10
26 & 27 April
 England Barry West  6  
 England Neal Foulds (3)  9
19 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths (6)  13  
 England Willie Thorne (11)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
 South Africa Peter Francisco  6  
 England Willie Thorne (11)  9
18 & 19 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths (6)  13  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (6)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 England Steve Longworth  1  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (6)  16
17 & 18 April
   England Jimmy White (2)  11
 England Tony Knowles (7)  10
22 & 23 April
 England Danny Fowler  8  
 England Tony Knowles (7)  13
17 & 18 April
   Australia Eddie Charlton  7  
 South Africa Silvino Francisco (10)  7
26 & 27 April
 Australia Eddie Charlton  10  
 England Tony Knowles (7)  6
16 & 17 April
   England Jimmy White (2)  13  
 England Dean Reynolds (15)  6
21, 22 & 23 April
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  10  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  12
16 April
   England Jimmy White (2)  13  
 England Jimmy White (2)  10
 Australia John Campbell  3  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 1 & 2 May 1988. Referee: John Williams[8]
Steve Davis (1)
 England
18–11 Terry Griffiths (6)
 Wales
46–71, 53–52, 64–21, 76–25, 80–22, 78–0, 1–86, 56–60, 83–6, 81–0, 22–79, 9–82, 60–63, 61–70, 67–9, 8–111, 60–53, 56–33, 74–8, 10–68, 70–9, 79–31, 9–78, 92–41, 70–46, 118–4, 28–87, 123–1, 66–35 Century breaks: 2 (Davis 2)

Highest break by Davis: 123
Highest break by Griffiths: 65

46–71, 53–52, 64–21, 76–25, 80–22, 78–0, 1–86, 56–60, 83–6, 81–0, 22–79, 9–82, 60–63, 61–70, 67–9, 8–111, 60–53, 56–33, 74–8, 10–68, 70–9, 79–31, 9–78, 92–41, 70–46, 118–4, 28–87, 123–1, 66–35
England Steve Davis wins the 1988 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 18 century breaks in the championship, the highest of the tournament was 140 made by Steve James.[9][10][11] James' performance at the championship earned him the Snooker Writers Association's Achievement of the Year award.[12] The highest break of the qualifying stage was 141 made by Billy Kelly.[3]

  • 140, 112, 104, 103 Steve James
  • 125, 108, 101 Stephen Hendry
  • 124 Tony Knowles
  • 123, 118, 106, 104 Steve Davis
  • 119 Jimmy White
  • 114, 101 Terry Griffiths
  • 109, 105 Silvino Francisco
  • 102 Neal Foulds

References[edit]

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