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Tournament information
Dates 15 April–1 May 2006
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £896,240
Winner's share £200,000
Highest break England Ronnie O'Sullivan (140)
Final
Champion Scotland Graeme Dott
Runner-up England Peter Ebdon
Score 18–14
2005
2007

The 2006 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2006 888.com World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that was held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. It was scheduled to take place from 15 April through 1 May 2006, but continued into the early hours of 2 May 2006, ending at 12:52 am BST. The final broke the record of the time for the latest finish in a World Snooker Championship final, at over half an hour later than the 1985 final, which finished at 12:20 a.m., although it was not the longest ever final.

Shaun Murphy was the defending champion, but he lost in the quarter-finals against eventual runner-up Peter Ebdon and became another World Champion who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title.[1]

The final was contested between Ebdon and Graeme Dott, and the victor was Dott by 18 frames to 14, earning him his first professional title in his 12-year career, and a £200,000 cheque. The tournament was sponsored by online casino 888.com.

Tournament summary[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

  • Following new EU and UK legislation banning tobacco advertising, the 2006 World Snooker Championship could not be sponsored by Embassy as had been the case for the previous three decades. In January 2006 World Snooker – the sport's governing body – announced that the online casino 888.com would be the new sponsors of the event in the next five years.[2][3]
  • However, this decision has led to conflict with some players who lost income from their own personal sponsors (seen on their waistcoats), who are rival firms of 888.com.[4] Concerns were expressed among the sport's elite at the decrease in prize money and also in the number of ranking events (down to six for the 2005/06 season) since the loss of tobacco sponsorship.[5] For the 2006 World Championship the winner's cheque was down 20% on what it was in 2005.[6]

Pre-final[edit]

  • Barry Hawkins made his Crucible debut this year.[7] This was the first time that just one player made his Crucible debut.[8]
  • Future world champions Mark Selby and Neil Robertson both earned their first match victories at the Crucible. Selby's win over John Higgins in the first round was especially noteworthy, as Higgins had won both the Grand Prix and the Masters that season and was considered one of the pre-tournament favourites. Robertson would defeat Paul Hunter (see below) and Stephen Lee before falling to eventual champion Dott.
  • Paul Hunter's first round defeat to Neil Robertson would turn out to be his last match as a professional.[9] He was playing in pain from chemotherapy treatment for a rare form of stomach cancer.[10][11] He eventually died of the disease on 9 October 2006.[12]
  • In the last frame of the first round match between Stephen Hendry and Nigel Bond, Bond potted the black for what would have been a win, but the cue ball dropped in a middle pocket to tie the frame at 48–48. Bond still won, after the re-spotted black. This was the first match in the history of the World Championship that a match was decided on a re-spotted black. [13]
  • The Crucible Theatre was evacuated due to a fire alarm. This occurred at the end of a frame 11 in the match between Steve Davis and Shaun Murphy.[14] Meanwhile, on the other table Mark Selby was playing Mark Williams and was on a break of 26 when required to leave.[15]
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan compiled the highest break of the tournament with a 140 in his 13–10 win over Ryan Day.[16]
  • In the quarter-finals Graeme Dott was 12–8 up with only one more frame required to reach the semi-final of the tournament. First time quarter-finalist Neil Robertson then won the next four frames to level the match at 12–12 and take the match to the deciding frame,[17][18] which Graeme won, after Neil was left needing a snooker with only the pink and black left and ended up accidentally potting the pink instead of setting up a snooker.[19]
  • Marco Fu defeated Ken Doherty 13–10 and became the first player from Asia, since James Wattana in 1997, to reach the semi-finals.[20]
  • Defending world champion Shaun Murphy lost to Peter Ebdon in the quarter-finals.[16] This was the second year in a row that Peter Ebdon defeated the defending world champion in the quarter-finals.[21]
  • In the semi-finals Ebdon was 15–9 up and needed just 2 frames to go through to the final. Fu won the next six frames to level the match at 15–15. Eventually Ebdon won 17–16, playing the final balls with tears in his eyes.[22]
  • The tip of O'Sullivan's cue came off during the 14th frame of his semi-final match with Dott. There was a 15-minute break for emergency repairs, after which O'Sullivan made a 124 break.[23] Dott won all 8 frames of the third session of the semi-final, going from 8–8 to 16–8.[24] He eventually won 17–11 to enter his second World Championship final.[25]
  • Ebdon became the first player to reach the final without meeting a top 16 player. Murphy was the top seed as the reigning World Champion, but was not ranked within the top 16.[26]
  • To date this is Jimmy White's last appearance in the World Championships final stage.

Final[edit]

  • With intense tactical play from both players, the first session saw only six frames played, and the first day's play continued until 12:45 am. The third session on the second day also finished after only six frames.
  • In the 24th frame as Peter Ebdon was attempting to pot the green ball, when clearing up the colours, he got a kick. The green, however, potted after hitting the jaws of the pocket. Ebdon reacted by doing a little pirouette movement and said jokingly to the Crucible crowd "now you know why I get them wiped so often!"
  • The 27th frame was the longest in Crucible history and the longest televised frame on record at that time, lasting 74 minutes. It was won by Ebdon 66–59, reducing his arrears to 12–15. The following frame was won by Ebdon 84–0 in 11 minutes, the quickest of the final.
  • Dott won his first frame of the evening session in the 29th frame, when Ebdon went in-off and conceded the frame, over five hours since winning his last frame and led 16–13.
  • Ebdon won frame 30, as the tournament entered its eighteenth day, with the record for the latest finish looking set to be broken. The 1985 final between Steve Davis and victor Dennis Taylor finished at 12:23 am.
  • Dott made a textbook clearance under tremendous pressure to win frame 31 with the last ball, which he celebrated with a loud "Come on!". The score became 17–14 at 12:22 am.
  • Dott took the closely contested 32nd frame at 12:53 am. to win his first professional tournament. Before potting his last ball, Dott went over to kiss the awaiting trophy. Ebdon joined the minute-long standing ovation for the new champion, later paying personal tribute.

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[6][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).[16][27][28]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
15 April[29]            
 England Shaun Murphy (1)  10
20, 21 & 22 April[30]
 Thailand James Wattana  4  
 England Shaun Murphy (1)  13
15 & 16 April[31]
   England Steve Davis (16)  7  
 England Steve Davis (16)  10
25 & 26 April[32]
 England Andy Hicks  4  
 England Shaun Murphy (1)  7
19 & 20 April[33]
   England Peter Ebdon (8)  13  
 England Jimmy White (9)  5
23 & 24 April[34]
 England David Gray  10  
 England David Gray  2
19 April[35]
   England Peter Ebdon (8)  13  
 England Peter Ebdon (8)  10
27, 28 & 29 April[36]
 England Michael Holt  8  
 England Peter Ebdon (8)  17
17 & 18 April[37]
   Hong Kong Marco Fu  16
 Wales Matthew Stevens (5)  10
22, 23 & 24 April[38]
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail  5  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (5)  8
16 & 17 April[39]
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (12)  13  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (12)  10
25 & 26 April[40]
 England Barry Hawkins  1  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (12)  10
18 April[41]
   Hong Kong Marco Fu  13  
 Scotland Alan McManus (13)  3
21 & 22 April[42]
 Hong Kong Marco Fu  10  
 Hong Kong Marco Fu  13
16 & 17 April[43]
   Scotland Stephen Maguire (4)  4  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (4)  10
 England Mark King  6  
18 & 19 April[44]            
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (3)  9
22, 23 & 24 April[45]
 England Nigel Bond  10  
 England Nigel Bond  9
15 & 16 April[46]
   Scotland Graeme Dott (14)  13  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (14)  10
25 & 26 April[47]
 England John Parrott  3  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (14)  13
15 & 16 April[48]
   Australia Neil Robertson  12  
 England Stephen Lee (11)  10
20 & 21 April[49]
 England Ali Carter  8  
 England Stephen Lee (11)  9
17 April[50]
   Australia Neil Robertson  13  
 England Paul Hunter (6)  5
27, 28 & 29 April[51]
 Australia Neil Robertson  10  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (14)  17
15 & 16 April[52]
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  11
 Scotland John Higgins (7)  4
21 & 22 April[53]
 England Mark Selby  10  
 England Mark Selby  8
17 & 18 April[54]
   Wales Mark Williams (10)  13  
 Wales Mark Williams (10)  10
25 & 26 April[55]
 England Anthony Hamilton  1  
 Wales Mark Williams (10)  11
19 & 20 April[56]
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  13  
 England Joe Perry (15)  3
23 & 24 April[57]
 Wales Ryan Day  10  
 Wales Ryan Day  10
18 & 19 April[58]
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  13  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  10
 England Dave Harold  4  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 30 April, 1 & 2 May 2006.[59] Referee: Jan Verhaas.[60]
Peter Ebdon (8)
 England
14–18 Graeme Dott (14)
 Scotland
79–12, 53–62, 1–91, 48–70, 20–71, 67–31, 6–78, 20–53, 20–53, 16–63, 66–25, 124–6, 47–72, 65–51, 5–61, 16–92, 0–75, 100–0, 67–44, 41–75, 31–90, 49–70, 117–22, 66–51, 67–29, 70–38, 66–59, 84–0, 16–78, 99–17, 61–69, 31–70 Century breaks: 1 (Ebdon 1)

Highest break Ebdon: 117
Highest break Dott: 68

79–12, 53–62, 1–91, 48–70, 20–71, 67–31, 6–78, 20–53, 20–53, 16–63, 66–25, 124–6, 47–72, 65–51, 5–61, 16–92, 0–75, 100–0, 67–44, 41–75, 31–90, 49–70, 117–22, 66–51, 67–29, 70–38, 66–59, 84–0, 16–78, 99–17, 61–69, 31–70
Scotland Graeme Dott wins the 2006 888.com World Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifying[edit]

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament were for WPBSA members not on the Main Tour and took place on 6 and 7 January 2006 at Pontin's in Prestatyn, Wales.[16][61][62]

Round 1

India David Singh w/d–w/o England Ali Bassiri
England Del Smith 4–5 England Garry Baldrey
England Phil Seaton 5–2 Northern Ireland Dermot McGlinchey
England Les Dodd 2–5 England Tony Knowles
England Neil Selman 5–2 England Stephen Ormerod
England Ian Stark 2–5 Netherlands Gerrit bij de Leij

Round 2

Netherlands Stefan Mazrocis 5–0 England Ali Bassiri
Cyprus Mehmet Husnu 5–2 England Garry Baldrey
England Phil Seaton 0–5 England Tony Knowles
England Neil Selman 0–5 Netherlands Gerrit bij de Leij

Round 3

Netherlands Stefan Mazrocis 5–2 Cyprus Mehmet Husnu
England Tony Knowles 3–5 Netherlands Gerrit bij de Leij

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying rounds 1–3 for the tournament took place between 8 and 13 January 2006 at the at Pontin's in Prestatyn, Wales.[61][63] The final round of qualifying took place between 14 and 15 March 2006 at the same venue.[16][62][64]

  Round 1
Best of 19 frames
  Round 2
Best of 19 frames
  Round 3
Best of 19 frames
  Round 4
Best of 19 frames
England Joe Jogia 10   England Jamie Cope 10   Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 10   England Ali Carter 10
Scotland Hugh Abernethy 3   England Joe Jogia 7   England Jamie Cope 4   Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 5
China Ding Junhui 10   England Brian Morgan 7   Scotland Drew Henry 9   England Barry Hawkins 10
England Stuart Mann 1   China Ding Junhui 10   China Ding Junhui 10   China Ding Junhui 6
England Nick Dyson 10   England Matthew Couch 10   Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 10   Hong Kong Marco Fu 10
Scotland James McBain 8   England Nick Dyson 6   England Matthew Couch 4   Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 7
Republic of Ireland David McDonnell w/o   England Tom Ford 10   England Dave Harold 10   England Ian McCulloch 9
Malaysia Moh Keen Ho w/d   Republic of Ireland David McDonnell 3   England Tom Ford 8   England Dave Harold 10
England David Roe 10   England Lee Spick 10   England Ricky Walden 8   England John Parrott 10
England Gary Wilkinson 9   England David Roe 6   England Lee Spick 10   England Lee Spick 9
England Simon Bedford 6   England Jimmy Michie 8   England Mark Selby 10   England Robert Milkins 4
Malta Alex Borg 10   Malta Alex Borg 10   Malta Alex Borg 4   England Mark Selby 10
Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 8   England Mike Dunn 10   England Rory McLeod 8   England Nigel Bond 10
England Judd Trump 10   England Judd Trump 7   England Mike Dunn 10   England Mike Dunn 0
Scotland Scott MacKenzie 10   Scotland Marcus Campbell 10   England Stuart Bingham 10   Wales Ryan Day 10
Bahrain Habib Subah 3   Scotland Scott MacKenzie 3   Scotland Marcus Campbell 7   England Stuart Bingham 7
England Alfie Burden 10   England Rod Lawler 10   Wales Dominic Dale 6   England Anthony Hamilton 10
Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 9   England Alfie Burden 7   England Rod Lawler 10   England Rod Lawler 8
Wales Darren Morgan 8   Scotland Jamie Burnett 8   Malta Tony Drago 7   Thailand James Wattana 10
England David Gilbert 10   England David Gilbert 10   England David Gilbert 10   England David Gilbert 6
England Sean Storey 4   Finland Robin Hull 10   England Mark Davis 10   England David Gray 10
Netherlands Gerrit bij de Leij 10   Netherlands Gerrit bij de Leij 6   Finland Robin Hull 7   England Mark Davis 9
England Adam Davies 7   England Justin Astley 3   Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 6   England Andy Hicks 10
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10   Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10   Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10   Northern Ireland Mark Allen 7
Wales Paul Davies 10   Pakistan Shokat Ali 10   Northern Ireland Joe Swail 10   England Barry Pinches 8
China Jin Long 9   Wales Paul Davies 6   Pakistan Shokat Ali 5   Northern Ireland Joe Swail 10
England Andrew Norman 9   England James Tatton 10   Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 10   Australia Neil Robertson 10
England Gary Wilson 10   England Gary Wilson 8   England James Tatton 4   Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 6
England Paul Wykes 10   Wales Lee Walker 2   England Adrian Gunnell 10   England Mark King 10
Netherlands Stefan Mazrocis 8   England Paul Wykes 10   England Paul Wykes 3   England Adrian Gunnell 5
Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10   England Chris Norbury 6   England Stuart Pettman 10   England Michael Holt 10
China Liang Wenbo 5   Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10   Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 8   England Stuart Pettman 2

Century breaks[edit]

Televised stage centuries[edit]

There were 46 century breaks in the televised stage of the World Championship.[16][65][66][67]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

There were 52 century breaks in the qualifying stage of the World Championship:[62]

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