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Embassy World Championship

Tour: Main Tour; Date: 16-28 Apr 1979; Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England; Type: Ranking; Defending champion: Ray Reardon (a); Notes: See also results (16)
Final
Wales Terry Griffiths (a) 24-16 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) Head to head
Griffiths miscued three times in four shots during the first frame, but won it on the final pink.
The match were close until 17-16.

67-51, 63-54, 37-66, 75-49 (56), 120-9 (120), 106-24, 66-71 (71, 66), 1-91, 45-64, 84-38, 22-66 (57), 60-10, 3-97 (69), 57-66, 89-40, 42-66, 32-83 (70), 69-49, 22-86, 16-92 (92), 94-31, 85-35, 12-84, 76-41 (51), 4-90 (84), 36-66, 94-15, 59-22, 54-67, 73-27, 60-53, 127-2 (64), 51-62, 67-24, 115-5 (71), 104-1, 77-16, 84-43, 117-0 (50+), 92-16 (56)

Referee: John Williams

3rd/4th Playoff
Australia Eddie Charlton (a) 7-3 England John Virgo (a) Head to head
Semifinals
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) 19-12 England John Virgo (a) Head to head
Wales Terry Griffiths (a) 19-17 Australia Eddie Charlton (a)  
Quarterfinals
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) 13-8 Wales Ray Reardon (a) Head to head
England John Virgo (a) 13-9 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (a)  
Virgo led 8´┐Ż1 after the first session.
Australia Eddie Charlton (a) 13-4 England Fred Davis (a) Head to head
Wales Terry Griffiths (a) 13-12 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) Head to head
3rd WC in a row where Higgins was defeated in a deciding frame.
Round 1
(Last 16)
1 Wales Ray Reardon (a) 13-8 England Graham Miles (a) Head to head
Reardon won eight of the nine frames in the second session.
2 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) 13-11 England Steve Davis (a) Head to head
3 England John Virgo (a) 13-10 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) Head to head
4 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (a) 13-11 England John Spencer (a)  
5 Australia Eddie Charlton (a) 13-6 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) Head to head
6 England Fred Davis (a) 13-8 Canada Kirk Stevens (a) Head to head
Aged 65 years and 247 days, Fred Davis became the oldest ever player so far to win a match at the Crucible

He was also the oldest man to make a century at the Sheffield showpiece.
7 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) 13-5 England David Taylor (a)  
8 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) 13-8 South Africa Perrie Mans (a)