2018 International Championship (snooker)

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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 breakNorthern Ireland Mark Allen (146)
Final
ChampionNorthern Ireland Mark Allen
Runner-upAustralia Neil Robertson
Score10–5
2017

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.

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, beating Robertson 10–5 in the final. It was Allen's fourth ranking title.[4]

Prize fund[edit]

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

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

Main draw[edit]

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

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Netherlands Jan Verhaas.
Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre, Daqing, China, 4 November 2018.
Neil Robertson
 Australia
5–10 Mark Allen
 Northern Ireland
Afternoon: 65–72 (Robertson 65, Allen 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[edit]

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.

England Mark Selby 6–5 China Li Yuan
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 6–4 Scotland Chris Totten
England Robert Milkins 6–1 Hong Kong Andy Lee
Thailand Noppon Saengkham 6–4 China Chang Bingyu
China Liang Wenbo 6–3 England Ashley Hugill
England Peter Ebdon 5–6 England Ian Burns
Scotland Anthony McGill 6–5 China Xu Si
England Stuart Carrington 6–3 England Hammad Miah
England Mark Davis 6–4 England Elliot Slessor
England Joe Perry 6–3 England Harvey Chandler
England Matthew Selt 6–0 England Sean O'Sullivan
Australia Neil Robertson 6–1 Scotland Ross Muir
China Lyu Haotian 5–6 China Fan Zhengyi
China Xiao Guodong 6–1 Germany Lukas Kleckers
England Robbie Williams 2–6 China Yuan Sijun
England Kyren Wilson 6–4 England Nigel Bond
England Barry Hawkins 6–1 England Sanderson Lam
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6–5 China Mei Xiwen
England Martin Gould 6–1 China Zhang Yong
China Li Hang 6–0 China Chen Zifan
Hong Kong Marco Fu 6–2 Germany Simon Lichtenberg
England Andrew Higginson 6–1 Scotland Rhys Clark
England Jack Lisowski 6–5 England Oliver Lines
England Chris Wakelin 6–3 Malaysia Thor Chuan Leong
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 5–6 England Jimmy White
China Yan Bingtao 6–0 Switzerland Alexander Ursenbacher
England Mike Dunn 3–6 China Tian Pengfei
Wales Ryan Day 6–2 Wales Lee Walker
England Michael Holt 6–3 England Joe O'Connor
Wales Michael White 1–6 China Luo Honghao
Scotland Alan McManus 6–5 Wales Jamie Clarke
England Judd Trump 6−4 China Lu Ning
Scotland John Higgins 3–6 England Peter Lines
England Martin O'Donnell 6–2 England Rod Lawler
England Tom Ford 6–5 Northern Ireland Joe Swail
England Jimmy Robertson 6–3 Poland Adam Stefanow
England Stuart Bingham 6–1 China Chen Feilong
Wales Dominic Dale 5–6 Scotland Eden Sharav
England David Gilbert 6–5 England Sam Craigie
Scotland Scott Donaldson 2–6 England John Astley
England Mark Joyce 4–6 England Craig Steadman
England Mark King 6–5 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene
Wales Matthew Stevens 6–3 Pakistan Hamza Akbar
Belgium Luca Brecel 5–6 Northern Ireland Jordan Brown
Wales Jamie Jones[a] w/d–w/o China Zhao Xintong
England Anthony Hamilton 5–6 Thailand James Wattana
Wales Daniel Wells 4–6 China Zhang Anda
China Ding Junhui 6–4 Finland Robin Hull
England Shaun Murphy 0–6 England Sam Baird
England Rory McLeod 5–6 England Alfie Burden
England Ricky Walden 4–6 England David Lilley
England Ben Woollaston 6–3 China Bai Langning
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 6–0 England Paul Davison
England Liam Highfield 6–1 China Luo Zetao
Scotland Graeme Dott 6–5 England Ashley Carty
Iran Hossein Vafaei 6–3 China Niu Zhuang
Norway Kurt Maflin 6–0 Wales Jak Jones
England Ali Carter 6–3 Wales Kishan Hirani
Cyprus Michael Georgiou 6–3 England Billy Joe Castle
Scotland Stephen Maguire 6–0 Wales Duane Jones
England Gary Wilson 1−6 China He Guoqiang
China Zhou Yuelong 6–1 England Allan Taylor
Thailand Sunny Akani 6–5 Iran Soheil Vahedi
Wales Mark Williams 6–1 China Zhang Jiankang

Century breaks[edit]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

Total: 47

Televised stage centuries[edit]

Total: 107

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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.