This year's tournament is only my thirteenth, so my opinion doesn't stretch back very far, but the best I've watched was either 2002 or 2003. The 2002 event featured some stunning games, in particular the semi-finals and finals, while 2003 was lit up by Doherty's amazing bouncebackability and the brilliance of Mark Williams.
1999 saw Stephen Hendry come through a nightmare draw and claim a record breaking seventh World title, producing 'snooker from the gods' in a semi-final line up that featured all of the 'big four'. 2004 witnessed Ronnie O'Sullivan play some of the best snooker ever played.
The worst events? No such thing in my opinion, but the least stand out ones for me were 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2010...
If I had to pick the least brilliant, I'd go with 2006. Not because Dott won and lead to many proclaiming him as the 'Worst Ever World Champion', because I actually enjoyed the final and felt Dott was a deserving winner. I just felt the quality and drama wasn't there as frequently as in other stagings of the tournament. The highest break was a meagre 140...
2010 was spoiled by what happened prior to the final, an awful shame for Graeme Dott and in particular Neil Robertson. His lifelong dream fulfilled, only for the game's greatest scandal to overshadow it...
Which ones were the best and worst for you?
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