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All about the Snooker World Championship

First competed in 1927, the snooker World Championship is the oldest and most prestigious event in the snooker calendar. Originally played in Birmingham, in 1977 the event was moved to the Crucible Theatre, the now established home of snooker in Sheffield. Given the high prize fund, the tournament attracts snooker players from all corners of the globe.

The World Championship is played over 5 rounds and lasts for 17-days. First round, matches are played on a best-of-19 frames basis, moving on to the best-of-25 frames in the second round and quarter-finals. Semi-finals are battled out over 33 frames before a 2-day, best-of-35 frame final. Five rounds of qualifying for unseeded players take place around one month before the main event at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield.

The current champion is John Higgins, who defeated Judd Trump in the 2011 final. The first 15 titles of the tournament were claimed by Joe Davis. From the modern-day era, consider to have begun in 1969, Stephen Hendry is the most successful player with 7 victories to his name. The most unfortunate player is Jimmy White, who was runner-up on 6 occasions.

Since its inauguration there have been 10 maximum breaks in the snooker World Championship. Ronnie O’Sullivan has 3 to his name, including the fastest ever in 1997 at 5 minutes and 20 seconds.

The 2012 Betfred.com World Championship is to take place at the Crucible Theatre from 21st April to 7th May 2012. Qualifiers run from 4-15th April.

For further information, visit www.worldsnooker.com.

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