World Championship

The World Snooker Championship is the world's best tournament for this sport in both fame and also in monetary terms. It began back in 1927, but saw a decline in the 1950s and wasn’t played again until 1969. It is held in the Crucible Theatre of Sheffield from 1977 and will continue to do so until 2027. The tournament is played over seventeen days and always ends on the first Monday in May every year.

How it Works

Remaining relatively unaltered over the years. The format of the Championship is simple. Thirty-two players participate in the tournament and proceed to go through knockout challenges that occur over the seventeen days. To enter into the Championship, sixteen of the players automatically qualify while the remaining enter through smaller qualifying matches. The previous year’s champion receives automatic qualifying and also the first position in the seeds.

The initial round comprises of nineteen frames and is played in two sessions. The second and quarterfinal rounds are solely the best of twenty-five frames and are played over three separate sessions.

The semi-final and the final are both played in four sessions with the frame count of thirty-three and thirty-five sequentially. Initially, two games are played at the same time, but by the end of the tournament and its last five days, only one match at a time.