Carlsberg Challenge 1985

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Carlsberg Challenge 1985
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Tournament Type: Invitational Tournament
Participants: 4
Venue: RTÉ Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Opening: July 1985
Endgame: July 1985
Titleholder: EnglandEngland Jimmy White
Winner: EnglandEngland Jimmy White
Finalist: Northern IrelandNordirland Alex Higgins
Highest break: 122(EnglandEngland Jimmy White)


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The 1985 Carlsberg Challenge was a professional snooker invitational tournament held during the 1985-86 season. The tournament was held in July 1985 at the RTÉ Studios in Dublin, Ireland. The winner was Englishman Jimmy White, who defeated Northern Ireland’s Alex Higgins 8-3 in the final. White played as well with a 122 break the highest break of the tournament.[1]

Prize money

The sponsor of the televised tournament was the brewery Carlsberg,[2] which paid out a total of £28,500, of which just under two-fifths went to the winner.[3]

Prize money
Winner 11.000 £
Finalist 7.500 £
Semifinalist 5.000 £
Total 28.500 £

Tournament schedule

Four players were invited to the tournament and played in a knockout system for the tournament win. The semi-finals were played in best of 9 frames while the final went over a maximum of 15 frames.[1]

Best of 9 Frames
Best of 15 Frames
EnglandEngland Jimmy White 5
EnglandEngland John Parrott 3
EnglandEngland Jimmy White 8
Northern IrelandNordirland Alex Higgins 3
Northern IrelandNordirland Alex Higgins 5
CanadaKanada Cliff Thorburn 4


Englishman Jimmy White for the second time in a row reached the final and met Northern Ireland’s Alex Higgins. Both players had managed to reach the final in a relatively close fight; White had defeated with 5:3 his fellow country man John Parrott while Higgins had defeated Canadian Cliff Thorburn in a decider.

Although no exact frame results are available, it is known that White won the final game 8-3 with the help of three century breaks.[1]

Final: Best of 15 Frames
RTE Studios, Dublin, Ireland, July 1986
EnglandEngland Jimmy White 8:3 Northern IrelandNordirland Alex Higgins
122 Highest break – –
3 Century Breaks – –
– – 50+ breaks – –

Century Breaks

During the tournament, Jimmy White played three Century Breaks:[3]

  • EnglandEngland Jimmy White: 122, 110, 105

Individual references

  1. a b c
    Ron Florax:1985 Carlsberg, retrieved July 30, 2019 (English).

  2. Chris Turner:Carlsberg Challenge/ Carling Challenge/ Fosters Professional – Invitation Event.Chris Turner’s Snooker Archive, 2008, archived at.OriginalJanuary7,2012; retrieved 30 July 2019 (English).
  3. a b
    Ron Florax:1985 Carlsberg Challenge –, retrieved July 30, 2019 (English).