The World buy 1951 NewYork Yankees player’s custom championship ring has been held Each Year, since 1977, at The Crucible in Sheffield in England. Previous to this it had been held at different places across the UK since its inception in 1927.
The World Snooker Championships is a true test of a snooker players skill, as well as their mettle and endurance, not least since the last is played until one player wins 18 eyeglasses, so it is the best of 35 frames. The Crucible can also be a very intimidating place for a beginner, or really any player who struggles with nerves in front of large crowds and the studio and TV lights. Many players through the years have become a good lead in a match, only to bottle it as the games progress. The nerves need to somehow be kept under control that isn’t a simple task.
Taking a look at the modern era, the best players and top actors at The World Snooker Championships are Steven Hendry, that has won the name an incredible 7 times and been runner up two. He is commonly thought of as the best player of all time, and even though his afternoon of domination has passed he’s still a formidable opponent.
Steve Davis and Ray Reardon aren’t far behind Hendry, as they’ve both won it 6 times per day. Steve Davis is of course probably best known for the closing that he didn’t win! This was the final of 1985 against Northern Irishman Dennis Taylor, who beat Davis about the shameful in the previous frame of the game 18-17.
The other Northern Irishman worth noting was the outrageously talented and flamboyant Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins, who won the title twice in 1972 and 1982. Alex consistently played at breakneck speed and was fantastic to watch, all the more since you never actually knew what was likely to occur next. He was renowned for his exploits away from snooker as he was when playing.
The World Snooker Championships will be held in The Crucible for at least until 2015, and then we may see it going out of the UK for the first time to drum up interest in the sport in other nations.