2018 International Championship


The 2018 International Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament, taking place from 28 October to 4 November 2018 in Daqing, China.[1] It was the seventh ranking event of the 2018/2019 season.

International Championship
Tournament information
Dates28 October – 4 November 2018
VenueBaihu Media Broadcasting Centre
CityDaqing
CountryChina
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£775,000
Winner's share£175,000
Highest break Mark Allen (146)
Final
Champion Mark Allen
Runner-up Neil Robertson
Score10–5
2017
2019

Qualifying for the tournament took place between 9–12 October 2018 in Barnsley Metrodome, Barnsley.

Defending champion Mark Selby[2] lost to Neil Robertson 4–6 in the quarter-final, bringing an end to his 2-year reign and an 18 match unbeaten record in the tournament.[3]

Mark Allen won the tournament with record 14 century breaks, beating Robertson 10–5 in the final. It was Allen's fourth ranking title.[4]

Prize fund


The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[5]

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break: £5,000

Main draw


 
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 17 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
 
                      
 
 
 
 
Mark Selby6
 
 
 
Ken Doherty0
 
Mark Selby 6
 
 
 
Robert Milkins4
 
Robert Milkins6
 
 
 
Noppon Saengkham2
 
Mark Selby6
 
 
 
Stuart Carrington3
 
Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
Ian Burns6
 
Ian Burns5
 
 
 
Stuart Carrington6
 
Anthony McGill4
 
 
 
Stuart Carrington6
 
Mark Selby4
 
 
 
Neil Robertson6
 
Mark Davis3
 
 
 
Joe Perry6
 
Joe Perry5
 
 
 
Neil Robertson 6
 
Matthew Selt1
 
 
 
Neil Robertson6
 
Neil Robertson6
 
 
 
Yuan Sijun4
 
Fan Zhengyi2
 
 
 
Xiao Guodong6
 
Xiao Guodong1
 
 
 
Yuan Sijun6
 
Yuan Sijun6
 
 
 
Kyren Wilson2
 
Neil Robertson9
 
 
 
Jack Lisowski7
 
Barry Hawkins6
 
 
 
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh2
 
Barry Hawkins3
 
 
 
Martin Gould6
 
Martin Gould6
 
 
 
Li Hang1
 
Martin Gould5
 
 
 
Jack Lisowski6
 
Marco Fu6
 
 
 
Andrew Higginson5
 
Marco Fu3
 
 
 
Jack Lisowski6
 
Jack Lisowski6
 
 
 
Chris Wakelin1
 
Jack Lisowski6
 
 
 
Judd Trump2
 
Jimmy White0
 
 
 
Yan Bingtao6
 
Yan Bingtao6
 
 
 
Ryan Day5
 
Tian Pengfei3
 
 
 
Ryan Day6
 
Yan Bingtao1
 
 
 
Judd Trump6
 
Michael Holt6
 
 
 
Luo Honghao4
 
Michael Holt1
 
 
 
Judd Trump6
 
Alan McManus0
 
 
 
Judd Trump6
 
Neil Robertson5
 
 
 
Mark Allen10
 
Peter Lines4
 
 
 
Martin O'Donnell6
 
Martin O'Donnell6
 
 
 
Tom Ford0
 
Tom Ford6
 
 
 
Jimmy Robertson3
 
Martin O'Donnell6
 
 
 
David Gilbert1
 
Stuart Bingham3
 
 
 
Eden Sharav6
 
Eden Sharav5
 
 
 
David Gilbert6
 
David Gilbert6
 
 
 
John Astley2
 
Martin O'Donnell5
 
 
 
Matthew Stevens6
 
Craig Steadman3
 
 
 
Mark King6
 
Mark King5
 
 
 
Matthew Stevens6
 
Matthew Stevens6
 
 
 
Jordan Brown4
 
Matthew Stevens6
 
 
 
Ding Junhui5
 
Zhao Xintong6
 
 
 
James Wattana5
 
Zhao Xintong4
 
 
 
Ding Junhui6
 
Zhang Anda4
 
 
 
Ding Junhui6
 
Matthew Stevens6
 
 
 
Mark Allen9
 
Sam Baird2
 
 
 
Alfie Burden6
 
Alfie Burden6
 
 
 
David Lilley0
 
David Lilley6
 
 
 
Ben Woollaston5
 
Alfie Burden1
 
 
 
Mark Allen6
 
Mark Allen6
 
 
 
Liam Highfield5
 
Mark Allen6
 
 
 
Hossein Vafaei3
 
Graeme Dott3
 
 
 
Hossein Vafaei6
 
Mark Allen6
 
 
 
Ali Carter0
 
Kurt Maflin0
 
 
 
Ali Carter6
 
Ali Carter6
 
 
 
Stephen Maguire4
 
Michael Georgiou1
 
 
 
Stephen Maguire6
 
Ali Carter6
 
 
 
Sunny Akani4
 
He Guoqiang1
 
 
 
Zhou Yuelong 6
 
Zhou Yuelong4
 
 
 
Sunny Akani6
 
Sunny Akani6
 
 
Mark Williams3
 

Final


Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Jan Verhaas.
Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre, Daqing, China, 4 November 2018.
Neil Robertson
 Australia
5–10 Mark Allen
 Northern Ireland
Afternoon: 65–72 (65, 72), 101–32 (101), 41–61, 0–108 (108), 56–76, 4–103 (103), 0–119 (119), 35–69, 93–0 (93)
Evening: 84–1 (84), 121–1 (121), 9–74, 19–114 (101), 127–8 (113), 44–85
121 Highest break 119
3 Century breaks 4
6 50+ breaks 5

Qualifying


Matches were played between 9 and 12 October 2018 at the Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, England. Matches involving Mark Selby, Noppon Saengkham, Liang Wenbo, Ding Junhui, Ben Woollaston, Liam Highfield, Gary Wilson and Mark Williams, were played in China. All matches best of 11 frames.

Mark Selby6–5 Li Yuan
Ken Doherty6–4 Chris Totten
Robert Milkins6–1 Andy Lee
Noppon Saengkham6–4 Chang Bingyu
Liang Wenbo6–3 Ashley Hugill
Peter Ebdon5–6 Ian Burns
Anthony McGill6–5 Xu Si
Stuart Carrington6–3 Hammad Miah
Mark Davis6–4 Elliot Slessor
Joe Perry6–3 Harvey Chandler
Matthew Selt6–0 Sean O'Sullivan
Neil Robertson6–1 Ross Muir
Lyu Haotian5–6 Fan Zhengyi
Xiao Guodong6–1 Lukas Kleckers
Robbie Williams2–6 Yuan Sijun
Kyren Wilson6–4 Nigel Bond
Barry Hawkins6–1 Sanderson Lam
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh6–5 Mei Xiwen
Martin Gould6–1 Zhang Yong
Li Hang6–0 Chen Zifan
Marco Fu6–2 Simon Lichtenberg
Andrew Higginson6–1 Rhys Clark
Jack Lisowski6–5 Oliver Lines
Chris Wakelin6–3 Thor Chuan Leong
Fergal O'Brien5–6 Jimmy White
Yan Bingtao6–0 Alexander Ursenbacher
Mike Dunn3–6 Tian Pengfei
Ryan Day6–2 Lee Walker
Michael Holt6–3 Joe O'Connor
Michael White1–6 Luo Honghao
Alan McManus6–5 Jamie Clarke
Judd Trump6−4 Lu Ning
John Higgins3–6 Peter Lines
Martin O'Donnell6–2 Rod Lawler
Tom Ford6–5 Joe Swail
Jimmy Robertson6–3 Adam Stefanow
Stuart Bingham6–1 Chen Feilong
Dominic Dale5–6 Eden Sharav
David Gilbert6–5 Sam Craigie
Scott Donaldson2–6 John Astley
Mark Joyce4–6 Craig Steadman
Mark King6–5 Gerard Greene
Matthew Stevens6–3 Hamza Akbar
Luca Brecel5–6 Jordan Brown
Jamie Jones[lower-alpha 1]w/d–w/o Zhao Xintong
Anthony Hamilton5–6 James Wattana
Daniel Wells4–6 Zhang Anda
Ding Junhui6–4 Robin Hull
Shaun Murphy0–6 Sam Baird
Rory McLeod5–6 Alfie Burden
Ricky Walden4–6 David Lilley
Ben Woollaston6–3 Bai Langning
Mark Allen6–0 Paul Davison
Liam Highfield6–1 Luo Zetao
Graeme Dott6–5 Ashley Carty
Hossein Vafaei6–3 Niu Zhuang
Kurt Maflin6–0 Jak Jones
Ali Carter6–3 Kishan Hirani
Michael Georgiou6–3 Billy Joe Castle
Stephen Maguire6–0 Duane Jones
Gary Wilson1−6 He Guoqiang
Zhou Yuelong6–1 Allan Taylor
Sunny Akani6–5 Soheil Vahedi
Mark Williams6–1 Zhang Jiankang

Century breaks


Qualifying stage centuries

Total: 47

Televised stage centuries

Total: 107

Notes


  1. Jamie Jones was suspended by the WPBSA due to pending investigations into an alleged breach of betting rules[6]

References


  1. "2018/2019 Calendar_October". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  2. "International Championship: Mark Selby retains title by beating Mark Allen 10-7". BBC Sport. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. "Robertson Beats Selby In Classic". World Snooker. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  4. "Allen Wins Fourth Ranking Title". World Snooker. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  5. "Indicative Prize Money Rankings Schedule 2018/2019 Season" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  6. "WPBSA Statement: Jamie Jones". World Snooker. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.