How well do you remember the single table set-up?
There have been 57 players who have played in World Championship semi-finals encounters at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield since 1977.
That figure represents just about a quarter of the total number of 220 that has competed in snooker’s spiritual home in the last four and a half decades.
This year, the four semi-finalists are all well accustomed to this stage of the tournament, with three of them having already gone on to lift the coveted trophy aloft in the past.
It is a seventh appearance at the World Championship semi-finals hurdle for Mark Selby, a fifth for Shaun Murphy, a third for Kyren Wilson, and a second for Stuart Bingham.
As things stand heading into the final session of both matches in 2021, Wilson and Murphy are all-square at 12-12 while Bingham boasts a 13-11 advantage over Selby, with the quartet battling to reach the winning target of 17.
Fans of the sport will know that a lot can still change between now and the end of those fixtures, with some of the most memorable moments in the history of the tournament happening in the last four.
From Alex Higgins’ wonder clearance against Jimmy White to Stephen Hendry’s maximum 147 break, Ken Doherty’s incredible comeback to deny Paul Hunter and last year’s gripping pair of showdowns that each lasted the distance, there have been countless sprinklings of magic at the penultimate round of the prestigious blue-riband event.
Today’s quiz does not test you on whether or not you are able to remember the names of all the World Championship semi-finalists from the last 44 years, but rather in which year they all managed to reach the fabled single table set-up for the first time in their careers.
The question then is, how many years can you guess correctly?
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