The World Snooker Championship is the world most prestigious snooker tournament with huge prize money which first held in 1927 in Camkin’s Hall, Birmingham, England. Joe Davis won the first 15 titles before retiring undefeated after 1946 success. In the 1950s, the popularity of snooker decline so the championship was not organized after 1952, except an unofficial championship was organized in 1957. In 1964 the tournament was revived on a random basis and in 1969 the championship once again became a knock-out event. Since 1977 it has been hosted at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. The tournament is currently organized over 17 days and finishes on the first Monday in May. In the modern time after 1969, Stephen Hendry hold the record as winning championship titles seven times, followed by Steve Davis, Ray Reardon with six titles and Ronnie O’Sullivan with five titles. The latest champion is Judd Trump in 2019.
The 2020 World Snooker Championship, also known as the Betfred World Snooker Championship marks the 44th consecutive year that the event is held at the Crucible the Theatre in Sheffield, England. The tournament will be organized from 18 April to 4 May 2020 and it is the 17th and final ranking event of the 2019/2020 season. Qualifying for the tournament will be organized from 8 to 15 April 2020 at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield.
The champion of the 2020 event will win prize worth of cash £500,000, from a total sum of £2,395,000.
Regarding the format, the championship contain 32 professional players compete in one-by-one snooker matches in a single elimination round, each competes over several frames. The 32 players are chosen through a combination of the world snooker rankings and a pre-tournament qualification round.
In May 2019, World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn informed that the event’s qualifying format would be changed with seeding given to players with a higher ranking, and played over four rounds, instead of three.