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1982 World Snooker Championship

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 30 April–16 May 1982
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £110,000
Winner's share £25,000
Highest break Willie Thorne (143)
Final
Champion Alex Higgins
Runner-up Ray Reardon
Score 18–15
1981
1983

The 1982 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 30 April and 16 May 1982 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Alex Higgins won in the final 18–15 against Ray Reardon.

Contents

  • Tournament summary 1
  • Prize fund 2
  • Main draw 3
  • Century breaks 4
  • References 5

Tournament summary

  • The previous three world champions, who were also the top three seeds, were all defeated in the first round: defending champion Steve Davis lost 1–10 to Tony Knowles, 1979 champion Terry Griffiths lost 6–10 to Willie Thorne and world number 1 and 1980 champion Cliff Thorburn lost 4–10 to Jimmy White.[1]
  • Higgins reached the final after an epic 16–15 semi-final victory over Jimmy White. Trailing 15–14 and 59–0, Higgins saved himself with a memorable clearance of 69 and then won the decider for a place in the final.[2] The final between Higgins and Reardon was a repeat of the 1976 final, which Reardon won 27–16. From 15–15, Higgins won the next three frames and clinched the title with a break of 135 in the final frame. A tearful Higgins summoned his wife and baby daughter from the audience to celebrate with him.[3]
  • Jim Donnelly became the first Scottish player to play at the Crucible.[4]
  • This was the first tournament in which the top 8 seeds had to play in the first round, taking the tournament from 24 to 32 players. This format still remains today.[5]

Prize fund

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[6]

  • Winner: £25,000
  • Runner-up: £12,500
  • Semi-final: £7,000
  • Quarter-final: £3,500
  • Last 16: £2,250
  • Last 32: £1,250
  • Total: £110,000

Main draw

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).[1][5][7][8]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
30 April & 1 May            
  Steve Davis (1)  1
5 & 6 May
  Tony Knowles  10  
  Tony Knowles  13
30 April & 1 May
    Graham Miles (16)  7  
  Graham Miles (16)  10
9, 10 & 11 May
  Dave Martin  5  
  Tony Knowles  11
1 & 2 May
    Eddie Charlton (8)  13  
  Bill Werbeniuk (9)  10
5, 6 & 7 May
  John Bear  7  
  Bill Werbeniuk (9)  5
1 & 2 May
    Eddie Charlton (8)  13  
  Eddie Charlton (8)  10
12, 13 & 14 May
  Cliff Wilson  5  
  Eddie Charlton (8)  11
1 & 2 May
    Ray Reardon (4)  16
  Dennis Taylor (5)  7
7 & 8 May
  Silvino Francisco  10  
  Silvino Francisco  13
1 & 2 May
    Dean Reynolds  8  
  Fred Davis (12)  7
10 & 11 May
  Dean Reynolds  10  
  Silvino Francisco  8
2 & 3 May
    Ray Reardon (4)  13  
  John Virgo (13)  10
6, 7 & 8 May
  Mike Hallett  4  
  John Virgo (13)  8
2 & 3 May
    Ray Reardon (4)  13  
  Ray Reardon (4)  10
  Jim Donnelly  5  
3 & 4 May            
  Terry Griffiths (3)  6
7 & 8 May
  Willie Thorne  10  
  Willie Thorne  13
3 & 4 May
    John Spencer (14)  5  
  John Spencer (14)  10
10 & 11 May
  John Dunning  4  
  Willie Thorne  10
3 & 4 May
    Alex Higgins (11)  13  
  Alex Higgins (11)  10
7, 8 & 9 May
  Jim Meadowcroft  5  
  Alex Higgins (11)  13
3 & 4 May
    Doug Mountjoy (6)  12  
  Doug Mountjoy (6)  10
12, 13 & 14 May
  Rex Williams  3  
  Alex Higgins (11)  16
4 & 5 May
    Jimmy White  15
  David Taylor (7)  9
9 & 10 May
  Patsy Fagan  10  
  Patsy Fagan  7
4 & 5 May
    Kirk Stevens (10)  13  
  Kirk Stevens (10)  10
10 & 11 May
  Jack Fitzmaurice  4  
  Kirk Stevens (10)  9
5 & 6 May
    Jimmy White  13  
  Perrie Mans (15)  10
8 & 9 May
  Tony Meo  8  
  Perrie Mans (15)  6
5 & 6 May
    Jimmy White  13  
  Cliff Thorburn (2)  4
  Jimmy White  10  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 15 May & 16 May 1982. Referee: John Smyth.[9]
Ray Reardon (4)
 Wales
15 – 18 Alex Higgins (11)
 Northern Ireland
41–61, 64–31, 84–47, 0–121, 64–53, 77–30, 65–55, 28–87, 8–89, 76–8, 47–56, 22–91, 69–29, 4–96, 36–71, 14–94, 13–73, 122–12, 81–13, 38–77, 31–78, 69–40, 79–36, 31–71, 52–37, 14–115, 61–70, 84–49, 69–36, 60–58, 0–79, 9–112, 0–139 Century breaks: 2 (Higgins 2)

Highest break by Reardon: 95
Highest break by Higgins: 135

41–61, 64–31, 84–47, 0–121, 64–53, 77–30, 65–55, 28–87, 8–89, 76–8, 47–56, 22–91, 69–29, 4–96, 36–71, 14–94, 13–73, 122–12, 81–13, 38–77, 31–78, 69–40, 79–36, 31–71, 52–37, 14–115, 61–70, 84–49, 69–36, 60–58, 0–79, 9–112, 0–139
Alex Higgins wins the 1982 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks

There were 10 century breaks at the championship, the highest being 143 by Willie Thorne.[10][11][12] There was also a £5,000 bonus for compiling a higher break than the championship record of 145.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b "World Championship 1982". Global Snooker. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Davis leads Higgins tributes]
  3. ^ Crucible's top 10 moments
  4. ^ Hendon, David. "The Thursday Quiz (Answers)". Snooker Scene Blog. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  7. ^ "1982 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 4–5. 
  9. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  10. ^ Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)". Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 146. 
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