International Championship

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International Championship
2013 International Championship logo.png
Tournament information
Venue Sichuan International Tennis Center
Location Daqing
Country China
Established 2012
Organisation(s) World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £625,000[1]
Current champion(s) England Mark Selby

The International Championship is a professional ranking snooker tournament. The reigning champion is Mark Selby.

History[edit]

The event was introduced in the 2012/2013 season and was the fifth ranking event held in China.[2] It was named as the "first overseas 'major'", because the tournament had the same level of ranking points as the UK Championship.[3] With the change in the rankings system from points to prize money, the International Championship has the third highest prize fund and winner's cheque of any ranking event on the snooker calendar, behind the World and UK Championships, and the highest outside of the United Kingdom.[4][5] The 2012 edition ran from 28 October to 4 November in Chengdu, China, and it was won by Judd Trump, who defeated Neil Robertson 10–8 in the final.[6]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score[7] City Season
2012[6] England Judd Trump Australia Neil Robertson 10–8 Chengdu 2012/13
2013[8] China Ding Junhui Hong Kong Marco Fu 10–9 2013/14
2014[9] England Ricky Walden Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10–7 2014/15
2015[10] Scotland John Higgins England David Gilbert 10–5 Daqing 2015/16
2016[11] England Mark Selby China Ding Junhui 10–1 2016/17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "International Championship - Alle Infos zum Turnier" (in German). Yahoo Eurosport. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Top prize of £125,000 on offer as China agrees to hold new snooker tournament". London: Mail Online. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "China to host first overseas 'major'". Eurosport UK. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/tournaments/international-championship-2015/
  5. ^ "New Ranking Event In China". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "International Championship (2012)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hall of Fame (International Championship)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "International Championship (2013)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "International Championship (2014)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "International Championship (2015)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "International Championship (2016)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 30 October 2016.