1946 World Snooker Championship
The 1946 World Snooker Championship snooker tournament was held at the Horticultural Hall, London, England.
The final was the longest snooker match ever, with 145 frame">frames played over a fortnight. After the first days play Joe Davis led Horace Lindrum 7–5. Lindrum, however, won the first three frames of the third session to lead 8–7, before Davis responded by winning the last three frames and regaining the lead at 10–8, and finishing the day at a 14–10 lead. Lindrum could reduce the deficit to two frames at the end of the third day, and trailed only 17–19. Davis however regained the four frame lead a day later at 26–22, and maintained it at the end of the fifth day by 32–28. Davis than won seven of the next twelve frames to gain a six frame lead at 39–33, and maintained it over the next three days leading 45-39, 51–45 and 57–51, before gaining a 10 frame advantage at 65–55. He could maintain this lead at the end of the penultimate day, and at 71–61 only needed two frames to retain the title. Davis then won 78–67, although the winning margin was already reached at 73–62, and retained the Championship after a six-year hiatus in the event. This was the 15th and last world title of Davis, and upon his retirement he received a replica of the World Championship trophy. Davis made an unprecedented six centuries in the final, including championship records of 133 and 136. He only needed 7 minutes 15 seconds for the record 133 break, which was also Davis' 200th century break. Davis won one frame 145–0, the highest number of score ever recorded in one frame. Over the tournament Davis made ten centuries. Davis and Lindrum received £1,800 and £550 prize money respectively. Lindrum also received the championship table and all the equipment.
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