1981 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 7–20 April 1981
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £75,000
Winner's share £20,000[1]
Highest break Wales Doug Mountjoy (145)
Final
Champion England Steve Davis
Runner-up Wales Doug Mountjoy
Score 18–12
1980
1982

The 1981 World Snooker Championship (also known as the 1981 Embassy World Snooker Championship for sponsorship reasons) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 6 and 20 April 1981 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Steve Davis won in the final 18–12 against Doug Mountjoy. 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:[7]

  • Winner: £20,000
  • Runner-up: £10,000
  • Semi-final: £5,000
  • Quarter-final: £2,500
  • Last 16: £1,800
  • Last 32: £875
  • Highest break: £1,200
  • Maximum break: £10,000
  • Total: £75,000

Main draw[edit]

Numbers in (parentheses) indicate seedings.

Sources:[8][9][10][11]

  Round 1
Best of 19 frames
Round 2
Best of 25 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 25 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 31 frames
Final
Best of 35 frames
                                               
England Graham Miles (16) 10     Canada Cliff Thorburn (1) 13  
England Tony Knowles 8     England Graham Miles (16) 2  
  Canada Cliff Thorburn (1) 13  
  England David Taylor (9) 6  
England David Taylor (9) 10 England Fred Davis (8) 3
Wales Cliff Wilson 6     England David Taylor (9) 13  
  Canada Cliff Thorburn (1) 10  
  England Steve Davis (13) 16  
England John Virgo (12) 6     Wales Terry Griffiths (5) 13  
England Tony Meo 10     England Tony Meo 6  
  Wales Terry Griffiths (5) 9
  England Steve Davis (13) 13  
England Steve Davis (13) 10 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (4) 8
England Jimmy White 8     England Steve Davis (13) 13  
  England Steve Davis (13) 18
  Wales Doug Mountjoy (14) 12
Wales Doug Mountjoy (14) 10     Australia Eddie Charlton (3) 7  
England Willie Thorne 6     Wales Doug Mountjoy (14) 13  
  Wales Doug Mountjoy (14) 13
  Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (6) 8  
Canada Kirk Stevens (11) 10 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (6) 13
England John Dunning 4     Canada Kirk Stevens (11) 11  
  Wales Doug Mountjoy (14) 16
  Wales Ray Reardon (2) 10  
Canada Bill Werbeniuk (10) 10     South Africa Perrie Mans (7) 5  
England Dave Martin 4     Canada Bill Werbeniuk (10) 13  
  Canada Bill Werbeniuk (10) 10
  Wales Ray Reardon (2) 13  
England John Spencer (15) 10 Wales Ray Reardon (2) 13
England Ray Edmonds 9     England John Spencer (15) 11  

Century breaks[edit]

There were 13 century breaks in the championship, equalling the record from 1979. Mountjoy meanwhile made a record at the World Championship making a 145 break beating the 142 of Rex Williams in 1965 and Bill Werbeniuk in 1979. With this record he earned a £5,000 bonus.[7] His record would last until the 1983 tournament.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jimmy White at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tony Knowles at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dave Martin at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Steve Davis at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  7. ^ a b Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  8. ^ "World Championship 1981". Global Snooker. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "1981 World Championships Results Grid". Snooker Database. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 12–13. 
  12. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 146.