On this Week: British success for the Whirlwind

Eurosport - Mon, 01 Mar 11:20:00 2010

Chris Turner looks back on this week in snooker history, a week which includes two British Open titles for Jimmy White.

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February 28, 1980 ALEX WINS GOLD CUP

The British Gold Cup, at Derby Assembly Rooms, was won by Alex Higgins who beat Ray Reardon 5-1 in the final. This event was held only once under that title but the following season it became the Yamaha Organs International Masters and later, the British Open.

February 28, 1982 SECOND WELSH TITLE FOR DOUG

At the Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre, Doug Mountjoy won the Woodpecker Welsh Professional Championship for the second time in three years with a 9-8 victory over Terry Griffiths.

February 28, 1999 HIGGINS RETAINS CHARITY CHALLENGE

For the second year running, John Higgins won the Liverpool Victoria Charity Challenge title. As in the previous year, he defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final at the Derby Assembly Rooms, this time 9-4. This was the last time this event was held.

February 29, 1992 SECOND BRITISH OPEN FOR JIMMY

At Derby Assembly Rooms, Jimmy White beat James Wattana 10-7 to regain the Pearl Assurance British Open title five years after his previous victory in this event.

March 1, 1987 JIMMY TRIUMPHS IN BRITISH OPEN

At Derby Assembly Rooms, Jimmy White beat Neal Foulds 13-9 to claim the Dulux British Open title for the first time

March 1, 1998 HIGGINS WINS CHARITY CHALLENGE

John Higgins won the Liverpool Victoria Charity Challenge title at the Derby Assembly Rooms beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 9-8 in the final. It was the second year running that Ronnie had lost in the final in the deciding frame.

March 2, 1986 DAVIS CLINCHES BRITISH OPEN

Having three times won its predecessor, the Yamaha International Masters, Steve Davis won the Dulux British Open title for the first time beating Willie Thorne 12-7 in the final at Derby Assembly Rooms.

March 2, 1991 HENDRY DENIES WILKINSON A FIRST MAJOR'

Gary Wilkinson put in a superb effort attempting to win his first ranking title at Derby but Stephen Hendry just managed to win in the deciding frame to claim the Pearl Assurance British Open for the second time with a 10-9 victory.

March 2, 1997 EUROPEAN OPEN FOR JOHN HIGGINS

At the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, Malta, John Higgins beat the defending and three times former champion, John Parrott, 9-5 to win the European Open title.

March 2, 2003 FISHER IS BEATEN AT LAST

A world record unbeaten run by Kelly Fisher of 69 matches in Ladies ranking events covering 15 tournaments, came to an end when she lost 1-3 to Maria Catalano in the East Anglian Championship in Cambridge.

March 2, 2006 14-YEAR OLD MICHAEL WINS WORLD GRAND PRIX

The IBSF World Grand Prix at Prestatyn, which replaced the cancelled World Amateur Championship, was won by 14-year-old Welsh schoolboy, Michael White who became the youngest ever winner of a major international event. In the final he beat Scotland's Mark Boyle 10-5.

March 3, 1985 FIRST MAJOR FOR SILVINO

South Africa's Silvino Francisco won his first major title when he beat Kirk Stevens 12-9 at Derby Assembly Rooms to win the inaugural Dulux British Open title.

March 3, 1996 THIRD EUROPEAN OPEN FOR PARROTT

At the Republic Hall in Valletta, Malta, John Parrott beat Peter Ebdon 9-7 in the final to claim the European Open title for a record third time.

March 3, 2002 HAMILTON THROWS AWAY TITLE CHANCE

In the final of the China Open at the International Gymnastics Centre in Shanghai, Anthony Hamilton looked all set to claim his first ranking title as he built up an 8-5 lead. However he then seemed to freeze and only scored 35 points in the next three frames as Mark Williams pulled back to level the match and he had good chances in the decider but Mark clinched a 9-8 victory with a run of 63.

March 3, 2004 TWO AUSTRALIANS MAKE LAST EIGHT

For the first time ever in a ranking event, two Australians reached the quarter finals. Both Quinten Hann and Neil Robertson made the last eight in the European Open at Portomaso in Malta.

March 4, 1984 THIRD YAMAHA TITLE FOR STEVE DAVIS

For the third time in four years, Steve Davis won the Yamaha Organs International Masters at Derby Assembly Rooms. On this occasion the final was played as a three-man round robin with Dave Martin and John Dunning coming second and third. At 56 years and 320 days, John became the oldest player ever to appear in a major professional snooker final.

March 4, 1990 CHAPERON IS SURPRISE BRITISH OPEN CHAMPION

Canada's Bob Chaperon, the world number 29, was the surprise winner of the Pearl Assurance British Open at Derby. In the final he defeated Alex Higgins 10-8 in what proved to be The Hurricane's last appearance in a final.

March 4, 1982 DAVIS WINS TOLLY COBBOLD CLASSIC

The fourth running of the Tolly Cobbold Classic at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich resulted in a first win for Steve Davis who beat Dennis Taylor 8-3 in the final.

March 5, 1989 RANKING TITLE FOR MEO AT LAST

In his tenth season as a professional, Tony Meo finally won a world ranking title. At Derby Assembly Rooms he beat Dean Reynolds 13-6 to win the Anglian Windows British Open.

March 5, 2006 LEE WINS FOURTH RANKING TITLE

After three seasons without a trophy, Stephen Lee captured his fourth ranking title. He won the Welsh Open at the Newport Centre beating Shaun Murphy 9-4 in the final.

March 6, 1983 REARDON'S LAST TITLE

Six-times world champion, Ray Reardon, won his last major title when he defeated Jimmy White, nearly 30 years his junior, 9-6 to win the Yamaha Organs International Masters at Derby Assembly Rooms.

March 6, 1988 FIRST BRITISH OPEN FOR HENDRY

Stephen Hendry won the first of his four British Open titles when he defeated Mike Hallett 13-2 in the final of the MIM Britannia sponsored event at Derby.

March 6, 1993 DAVIS REGAINS BRITISH OPEN

Seven years after he last won the title, Steve Davis regained the Wickes Home Improvements British Open title. In the final, at Derby Assembly Rooms, he had a 10-2 victory over James Wattana who was runner up for the second year running.

March 6, 1994 WILD CARD BEATS HENDRY

World Amateur champion, Tai Pichit, playing as a wild card, caused a major upset in the Thailand Open when he beat Stephen Hendry 5-2 to reach the last sixteen.

March 6, 2004 FIRST RANKING TITLE FOR MAGUIRE

Stephen Maguire won his first ranking title beating Jimmy White 9-3 in the final of the European Open at the Hilton Conference Centre in Portomaso, Malta.

Chris Turner / Eurosport

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