The World Snooker Championship is the flag ship tournament in World Snooker and is held annually in Sheffield. It is regarded as the hardest tournament to win in snooker due to the lengths of the matches, and as a result you rarely get a shock winner from outside the top handful of players in the world.
The tournament is made up of 32 players who compete in a knock-out format all the way throughout the competition. The matches are marathon events, with the first round the best of 19 frames (first to 10), the second round and quarter-finals are both the best of 25 frames (first to 13), the semi-final is the best of 33 frames (first to 17 frames), and the final is the best of 35 frames (first to 18).
All these matches take a mammoth 17 days to complete. The tournament always starts on a Saturday and finishes ‘2 weeks on Monday,’ which is usually the first Monday in May (which is a UK Bank Holiday).
Ronnie O’Sullivan is the current holder (beating Barry Hawkins 18-12 in the 2013 final). O’Sullivan is a 5 times world champion and is 1 of just 7 different winners of the tournament since the turn of the century, showing just how hard it is to win this tournament.