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World Snooker Championship 2022 LIVE: Mark Selby, Ronnie O’Sullivan in action on blockbuster opening day

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Mark Selby – Jamie Jones

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O’Sullivan 2-3 Gilbert (32-23)

A beautifully controlled stun and delayed screw into a pack of six reds flowers then open, but another visit into them off the blue doesn’t work out and it’s end of break on 32. There are six reds left and it’s a dangerous table, so there’s an important safety exchange coming up.

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O’Sullivan 2-3 Gilbert (0-23)

This is great to watch, as both players are really going for their shots. David clubs in a long red, followed by brown to left middle to come back down the table and he’s in again. He then almost snookers himself behind the blue, and misses his attempted red into the bottom left. Even worse, it lands straight to the right middle for Ronnie, who has a chance to punish that miss.

O’Sullivan 2-3 Gilbert

It’s absorbing stuff so far, as Ronnie clears up to the pink and now trails by just one.

O’Sullivan 1-3 Gilbert (47-35)

David gets to 35 but can’t get on the final red, so plays it up into baulk. It’s early, but these next seven balls feel like an important juncture in this match. Ronnie’s safety game comes to the fore, trapping David behind the pink; that forces a foul from David, which also lands Ronnie perfectly on the red and this looks over.

O’Sullivan 1-3 Gilbert (43-22)

Plot twist ahoy? Ronnie, stretching, misses a mid-range red to the bottom right and he’s served up a chance to steal. He grins, ruefully; David’s already stolen one from under his nose and it’s on here. He almost makes a complete hash of it, losing position on the colours with a red over the bottom right, but finds a stunning long yellow to keep his break going.

O’Sullivan 1-3 Gilbert (28-0)

We’re back, eyes down for five more. Just a quick note to say that on our other table Jackson Page leads Barry Hawkins 3-1.

O’Sullivan gets in first at the start of the frame with a long red, and he’s off and running again. In the balls he’s as dangerous as ever, and that whirring, break-building part of his brain is still something to behold. This isn’t a straightforward effort with pink and black tied up, but he’s working it out slowly. That said, there’s a brief, heart-stopping moment when he furiously wobbles a red in the jaws of the bottom left before it drops. These pockets seem to have a lot of give today.

O’Sullivan 1-3 Gilbert

John Higgins described watching Ronnie play as like watching a computer game, and that was 17 years ago. Class really is permanent, as Ronnie fires in a 122 to get on the board in this match.

Phew, that was some good stuff! We’ll be back in 15 minutes for more.

O’Sullivan 0-3 Gilbert (61-0)

We could be in for a barnburner with this one. Ronnie is up to a half-ton already and he’s split the remaining reds below the pink perfectly. This match is like a highlights reel, and it looks like we’re rounding this mini-session off with a century.

O’Sullivan 0-3 Gilbert (29-0)

It’s the final frame before the interval, and Ronnie could do with nicking this. Here’s the first chance to do so, as David leaves a red to bottom left off his break and Ronnie glides it in. In what feels like a heartbeat, Ronnie has piled on a load and opened the pack perfectly, so it’s a real chance.

O’Sullivan 0-3 Gilbert

After a long exchange on the green, David leaves a chance at green to it’s own pocket. Ronnie jaws it out of the pocket, and the green stays near the pocket and leaves the brown over the yellow pocket! Can David dish? You bet he can, and it’s 3-0 to the Angry Farmer!

O’Sullivan 0-2 Gilbert (54-40)

David has a chance here, as he drives in a long red and he’s on the black. Only one of the remaining reds is out of commission, but in a great position to lay a snooker. David mops up 31 before trying to force the red out from the upper right rail, but can’t manage it. He lays a snooker thereafter, from which Ronnie escapes but leaves the red on to the left middle. What a chance for David to pinch it! He can’t get conveniently on the green though and misses it long, and this frame is up for grabs.

O’Sullivan 0-2 Gilbert (54-0)

After a Homeric effort Ronnie has to finally give it up on 44 when he can’t force the black into play. He plays safe to baulk, from where David misses a long red and Ronnie is straight back in. A further 10 points are added; Ronnie’s in charge, but with 67 left on it’s not over.

O’Sullivan 0-2 Gilbert (26-0)

Is this an opening for Ronnie? He forces an error from David in their safety exchange which leaves him on a red to the bottom left. Finally he gets the chance to let his arm go, but with the black out of commission and the pink in baulk the white is having to do some amount of work to keep going back for the blue.

O’Sullivan 0-2 Gilbert

Frame ball red takes David to 65, and he is really motoring here. Get down, hit, get down, hit – it’s a barrage so far. He misses the final red along the rail to the yellow pocket, but that 94 extends his lead.

O’Sullivan 0-1 Gilbert (0-50)

David has raced to another half-century here and this looks nailed on for 2-0, because the reds are set beautifully and there’s very little to do with the cue ball. Early days of course, but this is a mightily impressive start.

O’Sullivan 0-1 Gilbert (0-18)

Both players miss long reds at the start of frame two, before Ronnie misses a cut on a red to right middle and leaves David a gimme to the green pocket. So far, David is cueing very nicely indeed and he’s got a great chance here to make a heavy visit.

O’Sullivan 0-1 Gilbert

There’s a few wobbles on the way to the line, notably when David wobbles a black into the bottom right, but a 43 will be enough. Ronnie plays on for some table time before David empties the table for a further 56.

O’Sullivan 0-0 Gilbert (1-50)

Ronnie gets a solitary red down but then misses a couple of later efforts, leaving one red to the right middle off the latter. David’s back in and has a good chance to sort the frame.

O’Sullivan 0-0 Gilbert (0-30)

We’re off, and straight after Ronnie’s break-off David glides a long red into the bottom right. There’s no hanging about here; it’s three reds and three blacks so far, with lots of other reds in the open. On 30 though he misses a mid-range red to bottom right by an ugly distance, but doesn’t leave anything.

Here we go

Our MC Rob Walker brings out the players, with David bouncing in to timeless nineties banger Insomnia by Faithless.

On the other table Barry Hawkins takes on Jackson Page, and we’ll keep you up to speed with what’s happening.

The Angry Farmer

David Gilbert captured hearts here in 2019 with a thrilling, absorbing and emotional run to the last four, taking John Higgins all the way in their semi-final. He’s a dangerous draw at this stage because he’s a big-time player, with a ranking event under his belt and two appearances in the semi-finals of the Masters since then.

Rocket Man

You might think there are no worlds left to conquer for Ronnie O’Sullivan. He’s widely acknowledged as the greatest player in history, has made more centuries and maximums than anyone ever, has won more Masters titles, UK Championships and Triple Crown gongs in total than anyone ever, and indeed won more ranking events overall than anyone in the history of the game. If he can conquer this tournament however, he’ll win his seventh world title – putting him level with Stephen Hendry, the high achiever of the modern, Crucible-era World Championship.

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The next cab off the rank is a first round belter – it’s Ronnie O’Sullivan versus David Gilbert!

Mark Selby leads Jamie Jones 6-3

A fascinating session, which could have been a lot tighter has Mark Selby not pulled the sixth frame out of the fire to establish a 6-2 lead. It was a rusty start from Selby, understandably, but there were signs of his touch returning the longer it went on. Jamie Jones has it all to do tonight, but nicking that final frame will have boosted his confidence for the tough task ahead.

We’ll be back with you at 2.15 for Ronnie O’Sullivan and David Gilbert.

Selby 6-3 Jones

Jamie drains the final red and up to the green, and that’s us for the afternoon.

Selby 6-2 Jones (27-71)

On 43 Jamie can’t get on one of the final two reds, and has to play safe. It’s a beauty, snookering Mark on both balls, and yields eight in fouls. When Mark does escape he leaves a red on to the left middle, and that should be it. Jamie pots red and blue, and Mark needs three snookers.

Selby 6-2 Jones (27-31)

Jamie responds with 14 before losing position on the black and having to play back to baulk. He later misses a thin contact on the reds, giving away four and a look at a red to the bottom left, but Mark surprisingly misses it and Jamie is back in. It almost breaks down again but a brilliant recovery pot on the yellow keeps him going, and what a chance for him now.

Selby 6-2 Jones (23-0)

The divider comes up so the whole of the Crucible can see this final frame, which you’d think Jamie simply has to win. It’s a poor start though as he leaves a red to left middle from the break, which Mark deposits to land on the blue. It’s all going for Mark as he furiously wobbles a black into the bottom right, but he then misses a tougher one to the same pocket and it’s a chance for Jamie to turn the tide here.

Selby 6-2 Jones

We looked nailed on for 3-3, but another brilliant break from Mark, this time a 129, extends his lead to four frames. He is such a good watch when he hits this groove.

Selby 5-2 Jones (50-0)

It’s yet another half-century for Mark, who is now looking the player who bagged four of the last eight world titles. He’s cueing it beautifully now and we could have another ton in the way.

On our other table Xhao Xintong leads Jamie Clarke 7 at the conclusion of their session.

Selby 5-2 Jones (30-0)

Mark’s off again in frame eight and starting to look ominous, opening the bunch off the black to reach 24 and they’ve split like a practice table. Jamie is in real mither here and the evening session to conclude this match could become a formality.

Selby 5-2 Jones

We don’t get the ton, but a 73 from Selby is enough for the frame.

Selby 4-2 Jones (52-6)

It’s not easy with the black snarled up in reds, but MArk calmly picks off a half-ton and he’s zoning in on another one. Although he missed a shocker of a yellow to prolong the previous frame, he’s starting to go through the gears here and is only a few balls away from extending his lead.

Selby 4-2 Jones (19-6)

Jones gets first look in the seventh frame but can’t capitalise, and a missed red to the bottom right soon leaves Mark a simple starter. He’s away again, and this could be bother for Jamie who will have to bury the disappointment at losing the previous frame from so far in front.

Selby 4-2 Jones

The yellow and green go before Mark lays a snooker on the brown. Jamie escapes, but Mark drops in the brown and an epic of a frame is over!

Selby 3-2 Jones (84-63)

Mark lands a brilliant snooker, white tight in behind the black, which yields 16 points in fouls as Jamie repeatedly fails to escape off two cushions. It’s understandable, as a glancing blow will leave it on; Jamie eventually connects full ball, but the yellow is on to it’s own pocket and Mark needs that and the green.

Selby 3-2 Jones (68-63)

Oh my word! On the colours and needing up to the blue, Mark misses the yellow off its spot and this is still a live one. We’re in for a tense battle on the colours now, as Mark goes in-off again but doesn’t leave anything.

Selby 3-2 Jones (49-59)

Jamie goes in-off, and from the D Mark drains a long red to land on the black. He could get right back in this here, and does; a rapid 48 closes the gap in the frame, before he converts a delicate red into the bottom right with the full set of cue extensions. Jamie is in real danger of losing this now, and will be rueing those misjudged canons.

Selby 3-2 Jones (0-59)

He’s buzzing around the table now! Jamie is clearly buoyed by winning the previous frame, but if anything he’s playing a bit too quickly. He misjudges a canon on a red and, even though it looked impossible, fails to land on any others and his break clangs to a halt on 45. It might not be too costly though, as Mark goes in-off from a safety, but again Jamie can’t seal the frame as he breaks down on six and has to play safe.

On the other table Zhao Xintong has raced out to a 6-1 lead over Jamie Clarke.

Selby 3-2 Jones (0-25)

Jamie picks up four from a foul by Mark, and then drains a red into the yellow pocket to get going in frame six. He’s soon into the pack and quickly gets the black back on its spot, and this has quickly developed into a very good chance indeed.

Selby 3-2 Jones

That’ll cheer Jamie up no end, as he empties the table for a 60 that sorts the frame.

Selby 3-1 Jones (46-46)

Jamie calmly picks off 27 before going up for the final red near the upper right rail. He takes it on with the rest to the green pocket and drains it, before going the angles off the blue to just about land on the yellow. Jamie jabs that in with the rest too; can he clear to the pink to take the frame? They’re all on their spots….

Selby 3-1 Jones (46-11)

Mark recovers position after landing straight on a red to bottom right and using deep screw and reverse side to come out off one cushion and land on the black. His break reaches 45 as he pots the black and tickles open three reds, but that only leaves a tough red down the left rail, which he can’t convert. Can Jamie counter here?

Selby 3-1 Jones (1-11)

We’re back, and Mark glides a long red into the bottom right but can’t land on a baulk colour. Jamie then grabs his first chance in a long time, clipping in a red over the bottom left and landing on the blue. It goes wrong on 11 though as he lands low on the black and undercuts it to the bottom left, and Mark is in.

Selby 3-1 Jones

Here’s the world champion. As the break moves to 69 Mark secures the frame, but he’s bang in the groove now and turns it into a magnificent total clearance of 134. There’s japes abound too when our referee goes to re-spot the yellow and accidentally picks up and re-spots a red, much to Mark’s amusement. A two-frame lead at the interval then, we’ll be back in 15 minutes.

Selby 2-1 Jones (54-0)

It’s back-to-back half-centuries for Mark as another black is deposited. There are eight reds left, all in the open; the frame looks an inevitability at this visit and we might well have a ton incoming too.

Selby 2-1 Jones (30-0)

An attempt at a containing safety from Jamie leaves a red on to the bottom left. Mark gobbles it up and quickly opens up the pack; that’s an aggressive shot, and the sense that Mark is now finding his rhythm is confirmed when he launches a mid-range red into the yellow pocket to keep going.

On the other table, Zhao Xintong has raced into a 3-0 lead over Jamie Clarke.

Selby 2-1 Jones

It’s our first half-ton of the match, as Mark lets his arm go to empty the table for a break of 71.

Selby 1-1 Jones (60-18)

Mark looks understandably rusty so far, but he’s going to take the lead shortly. A swift 36 and counting leaves Jamie needing a snooker, and there’s more coming.

Selby 1-1 Jones (22-18)

A shocker from Jamie here, as he makes an utter hash of a positional shot on the black and takes on a blue to the green pocket instead, missing by a long way. It’s errors on errors here as Mark then goes in-off from a safety. His long game isn’t happening either, as he misses a red over the bottom right by a huge distance. There’s a chance now though, as Jamie misses a long red and serves up an easy starter.

Selby 1-1 Jones (22-0)

Mark gets a look at a plant to start frame three. Reds will be going all over if he goes for it – which he does, they duly scatter, and he lands perfect on the black! Another plant a few shots later recovers position when it looked like it had gone, and after wriggling in the pink to bottom left Mark is back in control of the break. But what’s this? He’s missed a routine blue to the right middle and served up a great chance for Jamie.

Selby 1-1 Jones

That’ll do it; a 43 from Selby is enough for the frame.

Selby 0-1 Jones (42-2)

A lot of up table safety turns this in to a very dangerous frame, and it’s Mark who gets in with a deadweight red to the right middle to land on the pink. He’s added 24 and counting and there’s so much on that he should win the frame at this visit.

Selby 0-1 Jones (18-2)

It’s early, but Jamie is in charge at the moment. He gets two reds down as shots to nothing, but can’t apply colours to them. Mark hasn’t settled yet however, and badly misses a red to the bottom right. He’s in now, red to right middle, and has a chance to get his arm going. An early split on the pack off the brown doesn’t work out though, and it’s end of break on 18.

Selby 0-1 Jones

Frame ball pink goes to take this little break to 35, and the red with the rest that soon follows ends the argument. A total of 41 banks the opening frame for Jamie.

Selby 0-0 Jones (4-43)

Jamie registers a 24 before losing the cue ball and playing safe. He soon gets another chance though as Mark makes a mess of a safety, catching the jaws of the bottom right and leaving a red to left middle. The reds are open now and there’s a load on for him, this is a great chance to take the frame.

Selby 0-0 Jones (4-17)

Here we go then, we’ll have nine frames this morning and a mid-session interval after four of them. It’s drama immediately, as Mark tries a thin contact safety on a red he can see full ball, and is warned that if he misses again he’ll toss the frame. That necessitates a deadweight escape instead, which leaves a red on that Jamie can’t plug into the bottom right. It’s mistakes galore early on as neither player has settled down yet. Jamie gets the first proper chance, fluking a shooter of a red off the bottom knuckle of the left middle and into the yellow pocket, and he’s in.

LET’S GO

Our MC Rob Walker is whipping the crowd up, and the Crucible Theatre is absolutely bouncing. What a joyous sight and sound that is!

IT’S TIME TO TALK

In the aftermath of the emergence of the Class of 92, Mark Selby is the greatest snooker player we’ve seen. He’s won four world titles, and nine triple crowns; that’s on a par with the great John Higgins. More than that he even retained the big one, a feat only managed by him and Ronnie O’Sullivan since Stephen Hendry’s reign of terror in the nineties. Selby has won 20 ranking events in total, had prolonged spells as world number one and is our reigning world champion; those four Crucible gongs were achieved in just eight years.

Yet despite being able to assert that hold over such a draining and nerve-jangling sport, Mark has been struggling with his mental health. He hinted at this in his post-Crucible triumph speech against Shaun Murphy last May, and the full extent of his troubles have come out this season.

As hard as that must have been for him, Selby deserves immense credit for using his platform to speak out about this. Many people still assume that glory, money and fame are nature’s insulators from the debilitating effects of mental illness, but if our world champion can be so open about his struggles then that should give us all cause to listen. Check in on yourself, and check in on your loved ones. It really is time to talk, and kudos for Selby for his part in initiating the conversation. Hold tight, Jester; we’re all in your corner.

FIRST UP

We start with the defending champ Mark Selby against Jamie Jones, a quarter-finalist here back in 2012.

On the other table the UK Championship winner Zhao Xintong takes on Jamie Clark, and we’ll keep you abreast of what’s happening through the morning.

WORLDS IN ACTION

It’s Christmas! Welcome one and all to 17 of the greatest days in the sporting calendar. It’s the event that never lets you down, that fortnight and change that ladles out excellence, glory, controversy, agonising failure, joyous redemption and near unwatchable seat-edge drama on a whim. For the 46th time now at the intimate and inimitable 980 seat colosseum that is the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, it’s time for the World Snooker Championship.

Bin off the bank holiday booze-ups, your Easter Sunday lunch, those jaunty walks in the Spring sunshine. This is all you need concern yourself with until we tick into the final hours of the 2 May, when two of the 32 players will wrestle like Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls for the biggest prize in the game.

I’ve watched a lot of sport in my life – too much, as has oft been pointed out – and I can’t think of any other event that promises and then spectacularly over-delivers with the stunning, metronomic regularity of this one. I can remember duff World Cups, but I can’t recall one World Snooker Championship that has disappointed. They’ve taken up hours and hours of my life, even in years where I should have been revising for life-altering exams, and every single second has been worth it. The advancing years and increasing cynicism haven’t dulled my affection either; as they say around these parts, the Beat Goes On.

There’s your marketing, now let’s get to the product. Brew up, settle in and hold on to your headwear. We’re back at the Crucible, and the boys will be baized shortly.

The 46th running of the World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield begins with defending champion Mark Selby getting things underway at 10:00. He faces Jamie Jones on table 1 while Zhao Xintong takes on Jamie Clarke on table 2.

The afternoon session – starting at 14:30 – is headlined by Ronnie O’Sullivan, who faces Dave Gilbert. The build-up to the tournament has been dominated by Hossein Vafaei’s barb that O’Sullivan should retire, which the six-time champion has dismissed as “just words”. Barry Hawkins and Jackson Page are the other players in action in the afternoon session.

Shaun Murphy and Stephen Maguire begin their campaigns at 19:00 while Selby and Jones play to a conclusion in the other match. Bookies’ favourite Neil Robertson opens his campaign on Monday at 14:30 with a match against Ashley Hugill, and Judd Trump takes to the baize to face Vafaei at 14:30 on Wednesday.

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Schedule and dates

First round (best of 19 frames)

Saturday, 16 April

10:00

  • Mark Selby (1) v Jamie Jones
  • Zhao Xintong (7) v Jamie Clarke

14:30

  • Barry Hawkins (9) v Jackson Page
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) v David Gilbert

19:00

  • Shaun Murphy (10) v Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Selby (1) v Jamie Jones

Sunday, 17 April

10:00

  • Anthony McGill (13) v Liam Highfield
  • Zhao Xintong (7) v Jamie Clarke

14:30

  • Mark Williams (8) v Michael White
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) v David Gilbert

19:00

  • Barry Hawkins (9) v Jackson Page
  • Shaun Murphy (10) v Stephen Maguire

Monday, 18 April

10:00

  • Mark Allen (15) v Scott Donaldson
  • Anthony McGill (13) v Liam Highfield

14:30

  • Neil Robertson (3) v Ashley Hugill
  • Mark Williams (8) v Michael White

19:00

  • Stuart Bingham (12) v Lyu Haotian
  • Mark Allen (15) v Scott Donaldson

Tuesday, 19 April

10:00

  • Yan Bingtao (16) v Chris Wakelin
  • Neil Robertson (3) v Ashley Hugill

14:30

  • John Higgins (6) v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
  • Stuart Bingham (12) v Lyu Haotian

19:00

  • Jack Lisowski (14) v Matthew Stevens
  • Yan Bingtao (16) v Chris Wakelin

Wednesday, 20 April

10:00

  • Kyren Wilson (5) v Ding Junhui
  • John Higgins (6) v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

14:30

  • Judd Trump (4) v Hossein Vafaei
  • Jack Lisowski (14) v Matthew Stevens

19:00

  • Luca Brecel (11) v Noppon Saengkham
  • Kyren Wilson (5) v Ding Junhui

Thursday, 21 April

13:00

  • Luca Brecel (11) v Noppon Saengkham

19:00

  • Judd Trump (4) v Hossein Vafaei

Second round (best of 25 frames)

Thursday, 21 April

13:00

  • Barry Hawkins / Jackson Page v Mark Williams / Michael White

19:00

  • Zhao Xintong / Jamie Clarke v Shaun Murphy / Stephen Maguire

Friday, 22 April

10:00

  • Mark Allen / Scott Donaldson v Ronnie O’Sullivan / David Gilbert
  • Barry Hawkins / Jackson Page v Mark Williams / Michael White

14:30

  • Mark Selby / Jamie Jones v Yan Bingtao / Chris Wakelin
  • Zhao Xintong / Jamie Clarke v Shaun Murphy / Stephen Maguire

19:00

  • Barry Hawkins / Jackson Page v Mark Williams / Michael White
  • Mark Allen / Scott Donaldson v Ronnie O’Sullivan / David Gilbert

Saturday, 23 April

10:00

  • Zhao Xintong / Jamie Clarke v Shaun Murphy / Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Selby / Jamie Jones v Yan Bingtao / Chris Wakelin

14:30

  • Anthony McGill / Liam Highfield v Judd Trump / Hossein Vafaei
  • Mark Allen / Scott Donaldson v Ronnie O’Sullivan / David Gilbert

19:00

  • Neil Robertson / Ashley Hugill v Jack Lisowski / Matthew Stevens
  • Mark Selby / Jamie Jones v Yan Bingtao / Chris Wakelin

Sunday, 24 April

10:00

  • Kyren Wilson / Ding Junhui v Stuart Bingham / Lyu Haotian
  • Luca Brecel / Noppon Saengkham v John Higgins / Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

14:30

  • Neil Robertson / Ashley Hugill v Jack Lisowski / Matthew Stevens
  • Anthony McGill / Liam Highfield v Judd Trump / Hossein Vafaei

19:00

  • Kyren Wilson / Ding Junhui v Stuart Bingham / Lyu Haotian
  • Luca Brecel / Noppon Saengkham v John Higgins / Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

Monday, 25 April

13:00

  • Luca Brecel / Noppon Saengkham v John Higgins / Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
  • Kyren Wilson / Ding Junhui v Stuart Bingham / Lyu Haotian

19:00

  • Neil Robertson / Ashley Hugill v Jack Lisowski / Matthew Stevens
  • Anthony McGill / Liam Highfield v Judd Trump / Hossein Vafaei

Quarter-finals (best of 25 frames)

Tuesday, 26 April

10:00

14:30

19:00

Wednesday, 27 April

10:00

14:30

19:00

Semi-finals (best of 33 frames)

Thursday, 28 April

13:00

19:00

Friday, 29 April

10:00

14:30

19:00

Saturday, 30 April

10:00

14:30

19:00

Final (best of 35 frames)

Sunday, 1 May

13:00

19:00

Monday, 2 May

13:00

19:00

Previous Winners

The World Championship has been running since 1927 and, prior to its move to the Crucible in 1977, it was dominated by Joe Davis, Walter Donaldson, Fred Davis, John Pulman, John Spencer and Ray Reardon, with Alex Higgins and Horace Lundrum winning it once apiece. Since the move to Sheffield, the winners are:

  • 1977: John Spencer
  • 1978: Ray Reardon
  • 1979: Terry Griffiths
  • 1980: Cliff Thorburn
  • 1981: Steve Davis
  • 1982: Alex Higgins
  • 1983: Steve Davis
  • 1984: Steve Davis
  • 1985: Dennis Taylor
  • 1986: Joe Johnson
  • 1987: Steve Davis
  • 1988: Steve Davis
  • 1989: Steve Davis
  • 1990: Stephen Hendry
  • 1991: John Parrott
  • 1992: Stephen Hendry
  • 1993: Stephen Hendry
  • 1994: Stephen Hendry
  • 1995: Stephen Hendry
  • 1996: Stephen Hendry
  • 1997: Ken Doherty
  • 1998: John Higgins
  • 1999: Stephen Hendry
  • 2000: Mark Williams
  • 2001: Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 2002: Peter Ebdon
  • 2003: Mark Williams
  • 2004: Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 2005: Shaun Murphy
  • 2006: Graeme Dott
  • 2007: John Higgins
  • 2008: Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 2009: John Higgins
  • 2010: Neil Robertson
  • 2011: John Higgins
  • 2012: Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 2013: Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 2014: Mark Selby
  • 2015: Stuart Bingham
  • 2016: Mark Selby
  • 2017: Mark Selby
  • 2018: Mark Williams
  • 2019: Judd Trump
  • 2020: Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 2021: Mark Selby

What is the format?

The epic 128-person qualifiers produced 16 players, who have emerged from that group to join the 16 top-ranked players in the world in the first-round draw.

The first round is best of 19 frames, the second and quarter-final rounds best of 25. The semi-finals are best of 33 and the final best of 35.

What is the draw for the World Championship first round?

  • Mark Selby (1) v Jamie Jones
  • Yan Bingtao (16) v Chris Wakelin
  • Barry Hawkins (9) v Jackson Page
  • Mark Williams (8) v Michael White
  • Kyren Wilson (5) v Ding Junhui
  • Stuart Bingham (12) v Lyu Haotian
  • Anthony McGill (13) v Liam Highfield
  • Judd Trump (4) v Hossein Vafaei
  • Neil Robertson (3) v Ashley Hugill
  • Jack Lisowski (14) v Matthew Stevens
  • Luca Brecel (11) v Noppon Saengkham
  • John Higgins (6) v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
  • Zhao Xintong (7) v Jamie Clarke
  • Shaun Murphy (10) v Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Allen (15) v Scott Donaldson
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) v David Gilbert

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