1993 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates17 April – 3 May 1993
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,000,000
Winner's share£175,000[1]
Final
ChampionScotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-upEngland Jimmy White
Score18–5
1992
1994

The 1993 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1993 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 17 April and 3 May 1993 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Stephen Hendry won his third World Championship title by defeating Jimmy White 18–5 in the final with a session to spare.[1] The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan made his World Championship debut at the age of 17 years and 5 months, making him the second-youngest player since Stephen Hendry in 1986.[2] O'Sullivan lost against Alan McManus 7–10 in the first round.[3]
  • Spencer Dunn made his Crucible debut, after winning eleven qualifying matches—a tournament record—to secure his place in the main draw. He defeated Ian Bullimore 5–1, Colin Mitchell 5–1, Elliott Clark 5–4, Neil Selman 5–1, Julian Goodyear 5–1, Kieran McAlinden 5–4, Mehmet Husnu 5–2, Bill Oliver 10–2, Colin Roscoe 10–7, Dave Harold 10–7, and Mark Bennett 10–9, before his first-round match against Nigel Bond. Fellow debutants O'Sullivan and John Giles both won ten qualifying matches to reach the Crucible stages.[4]
  • The other debutants this year were Brian Morgan, Joe Swail, Karl Payne, Shaun Mellish and Stephen O'Connor. The high number of debutants was partially a result of the governing body's decision to begin pre-qualifying at the beginning of the season. Of this year's rookies, only Morgan, O'Sullivan and Swail ever qualified for another World Championship.
  • In frame three of his first-round match, Hendry compiled the 250th century break at the Crucible.[5]
  • 1981 runner-up and former Masters and twice UK Champion, Doug Mountjoy, played in his last World Championship main draw. He had appeared at every World Championship since the event moved to the Crucible in 1977, a run of 17 consecutive appearances. Mountjoy reached the second round, falling 6–13 to Jimmy White.
  • Dennis Taylor's 13–11 second-round victory over Terry Griffiths set a record for the longest best-of-25-frames match in professional play at almost 800 minutes.
  • James Wattana of Thailand became the first player from the Far East to reach the semi-finals of the event.[6]
  • Hendry's 18–5 victory over White was only the third time since the championship moved to the Crucible, and to date the last, that the title was settled in the afternoon with a session to spare.[7]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[8][9]

  • Winner: £175,000
  • Runner-up: £105,000
  • Semi-final: £52,000
  • Quarter-final: £26,000
  • Last 16: £14,000
  • Last 32: £8,000
  • Highest break: £14,400
  • Maximum break: £100,000
  • Total: £1,000,000

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).[8][10][11][12]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
17 April            
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  10
22, 23 & 24 April
 England Danny Fowler  1  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  13
17 & 18 April
   Wales Darren Morgan (16)  4  
 Wales Darren Morgan (16)  10
27 & 28 April
 England Les Dodd  5  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  13
18 & 19 April
   England Nigel Bond (9)  7  
 England Nigel Bond (9)  10
23 & 24 April
 England Spencer Dunn  4  
 England Nigel Bond (9)  13
19 & 20 April
   England Gary Wilkinson (8)  7  
 England Gary Wilkinson (8)  10
29, 30 April & 1 May
 England Dean Reynolds  4  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  16
20 April
   Scotland Alan McManus (13)  8
 England Neal Foulds (5)  10
25 & 26 April
 England Brian Morgan  5  
 England Neal Foulds (5)  13
21 & 22 April
   England Martin Clark (12)  7  
 England Martin Clark (12)  10
27 & 28 April
 England Karl Payne  6  
 England Neal Foulds (5)  11
18 & 19 April
   Scotland Alan McManus (13)  13  
 Scotland Alan McManus (13)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan  7  
 Scotland Alan McManus (13)  13
21 April
   England Steve Davis (4)  11  
 England Steve Davis (4)  10
 England Peter Ebdon  3  
17 & 18 April            
 England Jimmy White (3)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail  4  
 England Jimmy White (3)  13
21 & 22 April
   Wales Doug Mountjoy  6  
 Canada Alain Robidoux (14)  6
27 & 28 April
 Wales Doug Mountjoy  10  
 England Jimmy White (3)  13
19 April
   Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (11)  8  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (11)  10
23 & 24 April
 Malta Tony Drago  9  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (11)  13
20 & 21 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths (6)  11  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (6)  10
29, 30 April & 1 May
 England David Roe  6  
 England Jimmy White (3)  16
20 & 21 April
   Thailand James Wattana (7)  9
 Thailand James Wattana (7)  10
25 & 26 April
 England Tony Jones  7  
 Thailand James Wattana (7)  13
19 & 20 April
   England Steve James (10)  7  
 England Steve James (10)  10
27 & 28 April
 England John Giles  2  
 Thailand James Wattana (7)  13
17 April
   England John Parrott (2)  6  
 England Willie Thorne (15)  10
22 & 23 April
 England Shaun Mellish  6  
 England Willie Thorne (15)  9
18 April
   England John Parrott (2)  13  
 England John Parrott (2)  10
 Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Connor  1  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2 & 3 May 1993. Referee: Len Ganley[13]
Stephen Hendry (1)
 Scotland
18–5 Jimmy White (3)
 England
136–0, 37–65, 68–63, 63–48, 76–0, 126–1, 29–83, 39–68, 75–50, 80–0, 134–0, 38–69, 99–0, 77–38, 80–7, 68–6, 81–46, 68–20, 123–16, 1–84, 63–15, 72–0, 127–0 Century breaks: 3 (Hendry 3)

Highest break by Hendry: 136
Highest break by White: 60

136–0, 37–65, 68–63, 63–48, 76–0, 126–1, 29–83, 39–68, 75–50, 80–0, 134–0, 38–69, 99–0, 77–38, 80–7, 68–6, 81–46, 68–20, 123–16, 1–84, 63–15, 72–0, 127–0
Scotland Stephen Hendry wins the 1993 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 35 century breaks in the championship,[14] a new record, beating the 31 centuries of 1991. The highest break of the event was a 144 made by Steve Davis.[15]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  10. ^ "1993 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 36–37.
  13. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  14. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 148.
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