Highest snooker break

In snooker, a break is the total score achieved by a player in a single visit to the table. A player's proficiency at building big breaks, particularly century breaks (scores over 100), is widely used as a measure of the player's overall skill.

The Highest snooker break possible where fouls are not a factor is 147 (15 reds, 15 blacks and then the six colours). This is known as a maximum. However, if a player commits a foul stroke with all 15 reds still on the table, and snookers the opponent, the opponent may choose to hit any coloured ball as a free ball which is scored as a red. A break in excess of 147 will be achieved by potting that free ball and a colour, then all of the reds followed by blacks, then all colours. In this case, the highest possible break is 155 (16 "reds", 16 blacks).

At least three breaks in excess of 147 have been recorded. A 149 by Tony Drago in Norwood UK in 1998 is recorded by the Guinness Book of Records as the highest. In that match Drago was foul snookered and chose the brown as the free ball, to score one point. He then potted the brown again, for four more points, before potting 13 reds and 13 blacks, a red and a pink, a red and a blue, then all the colours. In October 2004, during qualifying for the UK Championship, Jamie Burnett achieved a 148 against Leo Fernandez, becoming the first player to achieve a break of more than 147 in a professional match.

Wally West was reported to have made a 151 break in the final of a club competition in Hounslow in 1976.

Below is a list of official maximum 147 breaks made in competition.

Date Player Opponent Event
January 11 1982 Steve Davis John Spencer Lada Classic
April 23 1983 Cliff Thorburn Terry Griffiths Embassy World Championship
January 28 1984 Kirk Stevens Jimmy White Benson & Hedges Masters
November 17 1987 Willie Thorne Tommy Murphy UK Championship
February 20 1988 Tony Meo Stephen Hendry Rothmans Matchroom League
September 24 1988 Alain Robidoux Jim Meadowcroft European Open
February 18 1989 John Rea Ian Black Scottish Professional Championship
March 8 1989 Cliff Thorburn Jimmy White Matchroom League
January 16 1991 James Wattana Paul Dawkins Mita World Masters
June 1991 Peter Ebdon Wayne Martin Strachan Open
February 1992 James Wattana Tony Drago British Open
April 22 1992 Jimmy White Tony Drago Embassy World Championship
May 9 1992 John Parrott Tony Meo Matchroom League
May 24 1992 Stephen Hendry Willie Thorne Matchroom League
November 1992 Peter Ebdon Ken Doherty UK Championship
September 1994 David McDonnell Nic Barrow British Open
April 27 1995 Stephen Hendry Jimmy White Embassy World Championship
November 25 1995 Stephen Hendry Gary Wilkinson UK Championship
January 5 1997 Stephen Hendry Ronnie O'Sullivan Liverpool Victoria Charity Challenge
April 21 1997 Ronnie O'Sullivan Mick Price Embassy World Championship
September 1997 James Wattana Pang Wei Guo Catch China International
May 16 1998 Stephen Hendry Ken Doherty Doc. Marten's Premier League
August 10 1998 Adrian Gunnell Mario Wehrmann Thailand Masters
August 13 1998 Mehmet Husnu Eddie Barker China International
January 13 1999 Jason Prince Ian Brumby British Open
January 29 1999 Ronnie O'Sullivan James Wattana Regal Welsh Open
February 4 1999 Stuart Bingham Barry Hawkins UK Tour Event
March 22 1999 Nick Dyson Adrian Gunnell UK Tour Event
April 6 1999 Graeme Dott David Roe British Open
September 19 1999 Stephen Hendry Peter Ebdon British Open
September 21 1999 Barry Pinches Joe Johnson Regal Welsh Open
October 13 1999 Ronnie O'Sullivan Graeme Dott Grand Prix
November 4 1999 Karl Burrows Adrian Rosa Benson & Hedges Championship
November 22 1999 Stephen Hendry Paul Wykes UK Championship
January 21 2000 John Higgins Dennis Taylor Nations Cup
March 24 2000 John Higgins Jimmy White Benson & Hedges Championship
March 24 2000 Stephen Maguire Phaitoon Phonbun Regal Scottish Open
April 5 2000 Ronnie O'Sullivan Quinten Hann Regal Scottish Open
October 25 2000 Marco Fu Ken Doherty Regal Scottish Masters
November 7 2000 David McLellan Steve Meakin Benson & Hedges Championship
November 19 2000 Nick Dyson Rob Milkins UK Championship
February 25 2001 Stephen Hendry Mark Williams Malta Grand Prix
October 17 2001 Ronnie O'Sullivan Drew Henry LG Cup
November 12 2001 Shaun Murphy Adrian Rosa Benson & Hedges Championship
October 28 2002 Tony Drago Stuart Bingham Benson & Hedges Championship
April 22 2003 Ronnie O'Sullivan Marco Fu Embassy World Championship
October 12 2003 John Higgins Mark Williams LG Cup
November 12 2003 John Higgins Michael Judge British Open
October 4 2004 John Higgins Ricky Walden Grand Prix
November 17 2004 David Gray Mark Selby UK Championship
April 20 2005 Mark Williams Robert Milkins Embassy World Championship

See also

nl:Maximumbreak zh:斯诺克单杆最高得分


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