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Wednesday, December 9, A new record of ten centuries in a professional match was set in the semi-final between Ding Junhui and Alan McManus , with Ding also setting a new record of seven centuries by one player in a World Championship match.
Mark Selby and Marco Fu set a new record for the longest frame of snooker ever played at the Crucible, seventy minutes eleven seconds.
In a high-quality and tightly contested semi-final, defending champion Mark Selby beat Ding Junhui 17—15 in a repeat of the previous year's final.
Higgins won the next three frames but Selby took the title 18—15, becoming champion for the third time in four years, joining Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, and Ronnie O'Sullivan as the only men to have successfully defended the title since its move to the Crucible.
In , two "class of '92" players, Mark Williams and John Higgins , met in the final. Their rivalry dated back to the late s, although only three of their meetings had been in the World Championships, all in semifinals, in , both won by Williams 17—15 and won by Higgins 17— The match was closely contested, Williams coming out on top by 18—16 to win the World Championship for the first time since , setting a new record for the longest gap between consecutive World Championship victories.
Their final set records for the most century breaks in a professional match, with 11, beating the previous record of 10 set in the semifinal between Ding Junhui and Alan McManus.
It also set a record for the most centuries in a Crucible final, bettering the previous record of eight, set in when Stephen Hendry played Peter Ebdon , and equalled in when O'Sullivan played Barry Hawkins.
Trump set a new record for the most centuries by a player in a single match, achieving seven to better O'Sullivan's six centuries in the final.
It was also O'Sullivan's 37th ranking title, surpassing the 36 ranking titles achieved by Hendry. The format for the World Championship has been largely unchanged since It has a knock-out format with 32 players, contested over 17 days ending on the first Monday in May, which is a public holiday in the United Kingdom.
Before there were a number of different formats used for the Championship. In and , 24 players played in the final stages at the Crucible.
The top eight seeds had a bye in the first round while seeds 9 to 16 played in the first round against eight qualifiers.
From to , the first three years at the Crucible, only 16 players reached the final stages, eight seeds playing eight qualifiers in the first round.
Before , the final was not always played over a set number of frames- for example, in Ray Reardon beat Perrie Mans in a best-of frames match 25—18 and, the following year , Terry Griffiths defeated Dennis Taylor 24—16 in a best-of The reigning world champion receives a direct entry and is the number one seed the World Champion is usually seeded 2nd for all ranking tournaments, and The Masters, for the following season.
The remaining direct entries are based on the latest world rankings , players being seeded based on these world rankings. Since the defending champion is normally ranked in the top 16, the top 16 ranked players generally receive a direct entry.
The first round is played over 19 frames, played in two sessions. The second round and quarter-finals are the best of 25 frames played over three sessions while the semi-finals and final are played over four sessions, the semi-finals being over 33 frames and the final 35 frames.
For the first 12 days of the tournament two matches are played concurrently. For the last five days the semi-finals and final only one table is used.
Prior to the semi-finals were played over 31 frames. Occasionally the dates of the Championship are changed. In the Championship ended on Sunday 16 May while in , and it ended on the last Sunday in April.
In each of these years the tournament started on a Friday but, as of , this has not happened since. Due to the coronavirus pandemic in the Championship was played later in the year, from 31 July to 16 August.
Several changes to the qualifying system came into effect for the championship. All living world champions would be extended an opportunity to play in the qualifying rounds.
The top 16 seeds would still qualify automatically for the first round at the Crucible, but all non-seeded players would have to start in the first of three qualifying rounds.
Previously players seeded 17 to 32 only had to win one qualifying match to reach the final stages. The overall championship would increase from to players, with the additional places made available to former world champions and players from emerging countries.
The 'modern' era is considered to start in , when the championship reverted to a knock-out tournament format from a challenge format.
In the modern game, the best record is that of Stephen Hendry , who won seven times in the s. Ray Reardon in the s, while Steve Davis won six times in the s.
Ronnie O'Sullivan has also won six titles, between and Barry Hearn has stated on a number of occasions that he wishes for the tournament to remain at the Crucible forever, providing it continues to draw large numbers of visitors and revenue to the city of Sheffield.
In it was announced that the Crucible would continue to host the event until Except for two championships played in Australia, all championships from to were sponsored by tobacco companies.
In and the championship was sponsored by John Player under the brand Player's No. The Gallaher Group sponsored under the brand Park Drive from to , while from to Imperial Tobacco sponsored under the brand Embassy.
Legislation in placed restrictions on tobacco advertising, including sponsorship of sporting events. Embassy received special dispensation to continue snooker sponsorship until Since all championships have been sponsored by betting companies.
In Before the world championship moved to the Crucible in , TV coverage was very limited. In the s, the BBC occasionally showed snooker on television, including minute programmes of the and finals, with commentary by Sidney Smith.
There was some coverage of the , and championships in Manchester on one or two Saturday afternoon Grandstand programmes each year. Commentary was by Ted Lowe.
BBC TV coverage for the first Crucible championship in was increased but was limited to highlights of the semi-finals and some coverage of the final on Grandstand and a late night highlights programme.
The commentator was Ted Lowe with the highlight programmes presented by Alan Weeks. David Vine was the presenter while the commentary team was extended to include Jack Karnehm and Clive Everton.
From , Hazel Irvine took over with highlights presented by Rishi Persad. Often Eurosport cover both matches simultaneously on their two British Eurosport channels.
The "Crucible curse" refers to the fact that no first-time world champion has retained the title the following year, since the tournament moved to the Crucible Theatre in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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