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  
  England  Steve Davis (13) 13
  Wales  Terry Griffiths (5) 9  
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  
  Northern Ireland  Dennis Taylor (6) 8
  Wales  Doug Mountjoy (14) 13  
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]

  • 145, 129, 110 Doug Mountjoy
  • 135, 133 Dennis Taylor
  • 134 Tony Meo
  • 119, 119, 106 Steve Davis
  • 112 Ray Reardon
  • 101 Tony Knowles
  • 100 Terry Griffiths
  • 100 Cliff Thorburn

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. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 146.