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1990 World Snooker Championship

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 13–29 April 1990
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £620,000
Winner's share £120,000
Highest break John Parrott (140)
Final
Champion Stephen Hendry
Runner-up Jimmy White
Score 18–12
1989
1991

The 1990 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 13 and 29 April 1990 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

The final was contested by Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White. Hendry led 9–7 after the first days play and won the first four frames of the second day to lead 13–7, before White reduced the gap to four frames. At 16–12 Hendry compiled breaks of 81 and 71 to win the match 18–12,[1] to win his first world title.[2] In so doing, Hendry became the youngest ever world champion at the age of 21 years and 106 days.[3]

Contents

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

Tournament summary

  • In beating John Parrott at the semi-final stage, Hendry replaced Steve Davis as snooker's world number 1.[4]
  • For the first time since 1982, Davis failed to reach the final,[2] losing 14–16 to Jimmy White in the semi-final.[5]
  • 1982 champion Alex Higgins returned to the Crucible after missing out the previous year.[6] He lost 5–10 to Steve James in the first round.[5] After the match, Higgins punched an official in the stomach at the post-match press conference;[7][8] this, alongside a threat to have Dennis Taylor shot at the 1990 World Cup a month earlier, led to Higgins being banned for the entire 1990/1991 season.[7]
  • In the same match James made a 135 break against Higgins, making it the only 16-red total clearance in the Crucible.[9][10][11]

Prize fund

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[5]

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).[5][12][13][14]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
13 April            
  Steve Davis (1)  10
18 & 19 April
  Eddie Charlton  1  
  Steve Davis (1)  13
13 & 14 April
    Steve James (16)  7  
  Steve James (16)  10
23 & 24 April
  Alex Higgins  5  
  Steve Davis (1)  13
14 & 15 April
    Neal Foulds  8  
  Willie Thorne (9)  10
19 & 20 April
  Tony Drago  4  
  Willie Thorne (9)  11
15 & 15 April
    Neal Foulds  13  
  Dennis Taylor (8)  8
25, 26 & 27 April
  Neal Foulds  10  
  Steve Davis (1)  14
15 & 16 April
    Jimmy White (4)  16
  Terry Griffiths (5)  10
20, 21 & 22 April
  Nigel Gilbert  4  
  Terry Griffiths (5)  13
16 & 17 April
    Tony Knowles (12)  6  
  Tony Knowles (12)  10
23 & 24 April
  Tony Chappel  4  
  Terry Griffiths (5)  5
16 & 17 April
    Jimmy White (4)  13  
  John Virgo (13)  10
21 & 22 April
  Gary Wilkinson  6  
  John Virgo (13)  6
17 & 18 April
    Jimmy White (4)  13  
  Jimmy White (4)  10
  Danny Fowler  4  
17 & 18 April            
  Stephen Hendry (3)  10
21 & 22 April
  Alain Robidoux  7  
  Stephen Hendry (3)  13
17 April
    Tony Meo (14)  7  
  Tony Meo (14)  10
23 & 24 April
  Wayne Jones  8  
  Stephen Hendry (3)  13
16 April
   Darren Morgan  6  
  Joe Johnson (11)  8
20, 21 & 22 April
 Darren Morgan  10  
 Darren Morgan  13
15 & 16 April
    Mike Hallett (6)  8  
  Mike Hallett (6)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
  Steve Newbury  9  
  Stephen Hendry (3)  16
14 & 15 April
    John Parrott (2)  11
  Cliff Thorburn (7)  10
19 & 20 April
  Cliff Wilson  6  
  Cliff Thorburn (7)  13
14 & 15 April
    Doug Mountjoy (10)  12  
  Doug Mountjoy (10)  10
23 & 24 April
  Brady Gollan  8  
  Cliff Thorburn (7)  6
13 & 14 April
    John Parrott (2)  13  
  Dean Reynolds (15)  10
18, 19 & 20 April
  Peter Francisco  7  
  Dean Reynolds (15)  11
13 April
    John Parrott (2)  13  
  John Parrott (2)  10
  Mark Bennett  9  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 28 and 29 April 1990. Referee: Len Ganley[15]
Jimmy White (4)
 England
12 – 18 Stephen Hendry (3)
 Scotland
78–37, 13–73, 85–48, 49–71, 14–79, 27–60, 86–0, 27–87, 75–64, 68–57, 46–77, 4–99, 63–52, 0–88, 76–1, 1–108, 0–100, 5–104, 4–73, 0–81, 87–50, 75–17, 63–72, 109–0, 6–97, 127–0, 0–124, 69–43, 27–90, 1–101 Century breaks: 2 (Hendry)

Highest break by White: 87
Highest break by Hendry: 108

78–37, 13–73, 85–48, 49–71, 14–79, 27–60, 86–0, 27–87, 75–64, 68–57, 46–77, 4–99, 63–52, 0–88, 76–1, 1–108, 0–100, 5–104, 4–73, 0–81, 87–50, 75–17, 63–72, 109–0, 6–97, 127–0, 0–124, 69–43, 27–90, 1–101
Stephen Hendry won the 1990 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks

There were 18 century breaks in the championship. The highest break was 140 made by John Parrott.[16][17][18]

References

  1. ^ "April 29 down the years: The greatest Crucible final".  
  2. ^ a b Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "Various Snooker Records". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "World Championship 1990". Global Snooker. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "World Championship 1989". Global Snooker. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Yates, Phil (4 May 2007). "Top five controversial incidents". London: The Times. Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "Higgins apology letter to be sold at auction".  
  9. ^ "World Records – 16 Red Ball Clearances". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 28 April 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  10. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 161. 
  11. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: First world title for Reardon".  
  12. ^ "1990 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  14. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 30–31. 
  15. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  16. ^ Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)". Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  18. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 147. 
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