Steve Davis was at his imperious best in equalling Ray Reardon's modern-day record of six world titles.
Davis completed his domination of the 1980s in style
In the final, he inflicted on John Parrott the heaviest defeat The Crucible has ever seen as he claimed the title 18-3 with a session to spare.
Davis had blown away the rest of the field, dropping just 20 frames en route to the final, nine against Stephen Hendry in the semi-finals.
Parrott, a Liverpudlian, had been severely affected by the Hillsborough stadium disaster on the opening day of the championship, in which 96 Liverpool football fans were crushed to death.
He wore a black armband during his 10-9 win over Steve James and was particularly impressive in defeating Jimmy White 13-7 in the quarter-finals.
There was controversy in the quarter-final between Tony Meo and Dean Reynolds, a dour, turgid affair, in which the referee, John Williams, warned Reynolds, but not Meo, for slow play.
Reynolds, beaten 13-9, broke down in tears at his post-match press conference.
In the first round, Eddie Charlton, not adverse to grinding it out, beat Cliff Thorburn, another hardened campaigner, 10-9. The match ended at 2.40a.m the second latest finish at The Crucible.