World Snooker Championship facts for kids
|Organisation(s)||World Snooker Association|
|Total prize fund||GB £2,231,000|
|Current champion(s)||Judd Trump|
The World Snooker Championship is the leading snooker event both in terms of prestige and prize money. The first event was held in 1927 and was won by Joe Davis. Davis won the first 15 championships before retiring from the event, after his 1946 win. 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 (since 1969), the best record is that of Stephen Hendry, who won the title seven times. Steve Davis and Ray Reardon both won six times while Ronnie O'Sullivan has won five titles. The current champion is Judd Trump, whose 2019 win was his first.
Top performers of the modern era
The 'modern' era is considered to start in 1969, when the championship returned to a knock-out tournament from a challenge format. In the modern game, the best record is that of Stephen Hendry, who won seven times in the 1990s. Steve Davis won six times in the 1980s, as did Ray Reardon in the 1970s.
|Alex Higgins||Northern Ireland||2||2||7||0||19||10.5%|
|Dennis Taylor||Northern Ireland||1||1||5||0||21||4.8%|
|Perrie Mans||South Africa||0||1||2||0||13||0%|
- Active players are shown in bold.
- Only players who reached the final are included.
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