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Embassy World Championship

Tour: Main Tour; Date: 7-20 Apr 1981; Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England; Type: Ranking; Defending champion: Cliff Thorburn (a); Notes: See also results (23)
Final
England Steve Davis (a) 18-12 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) Head to head

Session 1:
74-40, 71-38, 80-7, 81-1, 92-14, 93-0, 44-77, 9-110, 2-70

Session 2:
81-28, 61-62, 47-57, 73-24, 0-129, 89-9 (81), 39-63, 69-43, 49-98

Session 3:
112-15, 81-34, 29-79, 30-86, 102-9, 15-75, 79-60, 49-57

Session 4:
100-32, 119-8, 62-30, 73-36

Referee: John Williams

Semifinals
England Steve Davis (a) 16-10 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) Head to head
Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) 16-10 Wales Ray Reardon (a) Head to head
Mountjoy set a World Championship record by compiling a 145 break, surpassing the 142 breaks by Rex Williams in 1965 and Bill Werbeniuk in 1979.
Quarterfinals
Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) 13-6 England David Taylor (a) Head to head
England Steve Davis (a) 13-9 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) Head to head
Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) 13-8 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) Head to head
Wales Ray Reardon (a) 13-10 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (a) Head to head
Round 2
(Last 16)
1 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) 13-2 England Graham Miles (a) Head to head
2 England David Taylor (a) 13-3 England Fred Davis (a) Head to head
3 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) 13-6 England Tony Meo (a)  
The first session ended all-square at 4´┐Ż4.
4 England Steve Davis (a) 13-8 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) Head to head
5 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) 13-7 Australia Eddie Charlton (a) Head to head
6 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) 13-11 Canada Kirk Stevens (a) Head to head
Stevens had been unable to use the practice table at the venue before the match because it was being used to record a programme for a television broadcast.
7 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (a) 13-5 South Africa Perrie Mans (a)  
8 Wales Ray Reardon (a) 13-11 England John Spencer (a) Head to head
Round 1
(Last 24)
1 England Graham Miles (a) 10-8 England Tony Knowles (a) Head to head
Knowles' 1st time at the Crucible.
In the seventeenth frame, Knowles played a forceful shot on the black, to get a position on the final yellow. He failed to pot the black, which also was the frameball. Miles won that frame and took the next to win 10´┐Ż8.
2 England David Taylor (a) 10-6 Wales Cliff Wilson (a)  
3 England Tony Meo (a) 10-6 England John Virgo (a) Head to head
4 England Steve Davis (a) 10-8 England Jimmy White (a) Head to head
White's 1st time at the Crucible
5 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) 10-6 England Willie Thorne (a)  
6 Canada Kirk Stevens (a) 10-4 England John Dunning (a)  
7 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (a) 10-4 England Dave Martin (a) Head to head
Martin's 1st time at the Crucible
8 England John Spencer (a) 10-9 England Ray Edmonds (a) Head to head