Jimmy White is the 2023 World Seniors Snooker Champion

Jimmy White won the World Seniors Snooker Championship for the fourth time tonight.

He beat Alfie Burden by 5-3.

Congratulations Jimmy!

Here is the report shared by WST:

White Beats Burden In Crucible Final

Jimmy White won the LLP Solicitors World Seniors Championship for the fourth time, beating Alfie Burden 5-3 in the final at the Crucible.

Victory caps off a fantastic season for White in which he reached the last 16 of two ranking events as well as the last 32 of the UK Championship, earning enough ranking points to book two more years on the professional tour. To finish the campaign with a trophy on snooker’s most famous stage in Sheffield is a tremendous reward for the 61-year-old whose enthusiasm for snooker seems to get stronger as time goes on.

After knocking out Philip Williams and Adrian Ridley to reach the semi-finals, White saw off Tony Drago 4-1 before getting the better of close friend Burden. Over his four matches, the Londoner made breaks of 70, 76, 103, 80, 84, 64, 74, 56, 68, 62, 63, 55 and 84.

He looked set for a comfortable night in the final when he led 4-1, before Burden fought back by taking frame six. In the seventh, Burden trapped his opponent in a tough snooker behind the black after potting the last red, and gained enough penalty points to close to 4-3. In frame eight, White made 31 before playing safe, then capitalised on a loose safety from Burden to get back among the balls, and finished superbly with a break of 84 to secure the title which he had previously won in 2010, 2019 and 2020.

I love the game, it’s fascinating,” said White, who may earn a place in the Champion of Champions in November. “Sometimes I can play good stuff and beat anyone, sometime I fall over the line. We both struggled to control the cue ball tonight, I got a bit ‘jabby.’ But I still have the motivation and sometimes you have to do what Mark Selby does and win when playing badly. I’m delighted.

My thanks go to the sponsors LLP Solicitors, to Jason Ferguson and Jason Francis and everyone behind the event which gets bigger every year, and thanks to the fans for their support.”

Burden said: “If I was going to lose to anyone I would want it to be Jimmy. I enjoyed every moment of playing at the Crucible.

How the final unfolded in pictures …

The players got a wonderful introduction in the arena! Three former World Champions, Cliff Thorburn, Dennis Taylor and John Parrot were acclaimed by the fans and interviewed by Rob Walker, before the finalists themselves were welcomed into the arena

Some images taken during the match from high in the arena … and the final balls.

And the trophy ceremony

Thank you Jason Francis…

I was a fantastic event, the overall quality of the snooker was very high. The crowds were really good all week especially considering the event clashed with King Charles Coronation. Rob Walker and Alisha Singh did a great job, always with a smile, kindness and enthusiasm. Legends of the game were everywhere: on the floor, in the commentary box, in the audience.

It was covered by the BBC but also streamed live in China despite the fact that no Chinese player was involved.

For me personally, it was a wonderful return to live snooker and photography. Thank you Jason for having me. I reconnected with friends from all over the world, people I hadn’t seen in years. It was marvellous … thank you, 谢谢 xièxiè … you know who you are.

One thought on “Jimmy White is the 2023 World Seniors Snooker Champion

  1. I had never been to the seniors tournament before. I went for the first time this year and really enjoyed it. Mr Hearn is slowly putting the seat prices up year by year and so pricing out the old school fans, myself included. The seniors may be a future option for me. The unfortunate Fbomb that Alfie Burden dropped at the final , was disappointing. I would suggest you keep him away next year, as I for one ,would prefer he kept his sarf London vocabulary where it belongs. I won’t be going to any of the sessions he is involved in, if I choose to go next year to the seniors.Regards a snooker fan.


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