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World Snooker Championship

Annual professional snooker ranking tournament

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World Snooker Championship: Annual professional snooker ranking tournament
The World Snooker Championship is the leading snooker tournament both in terms of prestige and prize money. The first championship was held in 1927 and was won by Joe Davis. Davis won the first 15 championships before retiring from the event, undefeated, after his 1946 success. In the 1950s snooker went into a period of decline and the championship was not held after 1952, although an unofficial championship was held until 1957. In 1964 the championship was revived on a challenge basis and in 1969 the championship became a knock-out event again. Since 1977 it has been played at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. The tournament is currently played over 17 days and ends on the first Monday in May. In the modern era, the best record is that of Stephen Hendry, who won the title seven times. Steve Davis, Ray Reardon and Ronnie O'Sullivan have all won six times. Ronnie O'Sullivan is the current champion having won the 2020 World Championship, which was postponed until 31 July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Crucible welcomes fans back for World Snooker Championship final [Video]

Crucible welcomes fans back for World Snooker Championship final

For the first time since the opening day of this year’s tournament, a strictlyregulated number of fans were allowed into the Crucible to watch RonnieO’Sullivan and Kyren Wilson's opening session of..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:15Published
Ronnie O’Sullivan on likelihood of winning World Championships [Video]

Ronnie O’Sullivan on likelihood of winning World Championships

Ronnie O’Sullivan speaks on his chances of bringing home the silverware fromthe Snooker World Championships. He jokingly suggests he needs to be likeNovak Djokovic in order to win the title...

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:48Published

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