Yan Bingtao

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Yan Bingtao
Yan Bingtao PHC 2016-1.jpg
Born (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 (age 20)
Zibo, Shandong, China
Sport country China
Nickname"The Chinese Tiger"
"Yan the Man"
Highest ranking12 (September 2020)
Current ranking 12 (as of 19 October 2020)
Career winnings£379,925
Highest break138:
2018 China Open (qualifying)
Century breaks85
Tournament wins
Yan Bingtao
Traditional Chinese顏丙濤
Simplified Chinese颜丙涛

Yan Bingtao (Chinese: 颜丙涛, born 16 February 2000) is a Chinese professional snooker player. He is the youngest player to win the Amateur World Snooker Championship; his 8–7 victory over Muhammad Sajjad in the final of the 2014 event earned him a place on the sport's main tour.

Having qualified to compete on the main tour for the 2015–16 season, Yan was unable to obtain a UK Visa,[1] and decided to dedicate the year to completing his education in China; when he resumed his career in 2016, he became the first active professional to have been born in the 2000s. He became the youngest ever Ranking event finalist at the 2017 Northern Ireland Open. He was leading Mark Williams 8–7 in the final and was one frame from winning the title, but Williams won the match 9–8.

In the beginning of the 2019–20 season, Yan won his first ranking title in the Riga Masters at the age of 19. He became the youngest player to win a ranking tournament since Ding Junhui in 2006. He was also the third Chinese player to win a ranking title.[2]


Early years[edit]

Yan Bingtao was born on 16 February 2000 in the city of Zibo, in Shandong province, China.[3] In December 2011, aged only 11, Yan reached the final of the Zibo City championship. The following year, he became Shandong Provincial champion, in Qingdao.[citation needed]


Yan began to feature in professional competitions at the start of the 2013–14 season, aged 13,[4] in Asian Players Tour Championship events,[4] and as a wildcard player in Chinese ranking tournaments.[4] His first win against a professional came in his first match, against Vinnie Calabrese in the 2013 Yixing Open.[4] He also secured wins over Stuart Bingham, Yu Delu, Barry Pinches and Liang Wenbo during the 2013/2014 and 2014–15 seasons.[4] He reached the last 32 of the 2014 Wuxi Classic and 2014 Shanghai Masters.

Qualification for professional status[edit]

In November 2014, Yan won the Amateur World Snooker Championship, beating Muhammad Sajjad of Pakistan 8–7 in the final.[5][4] Aged 14, Yan also became the youngest winner of the event beating Zhou Yuelong, who won it aged 15 in 2013.[5] This win earned him a two-year professional card for the 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons.[5][4]

Yan was unable to take up his entry in the first ranking tournament of the 2015/2016 season, the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open, after failing to obtain a UK Visa.[1] He was selected for the Chinese B team in the 2015 Snooker World Cup, with Zhou Yuelong as his teammate.[6] China B started as 50/1 outsiders but they topped their group, knocking out England in the process, and then in the knock-out stages beat Australia, Wales and Scotland in the final and pocketed a cheque for US$200,000 between them. Defeated finalist Stephen Maguire stated that he believed he had watched two future world champions.[7] Shortly afterwards it was announced that Yan's tour card would be deferred until the 2016/2017 season in order for him to complete his education in China and become eligible for a working visa.[8] He did though play in the Champion of Champions for which he gained entry through his World Cup win and, on his debut in the UK, he beat Shaun Murphy 4–2, before losing 6–3 to Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals.[9]

Yan finished the year by winning the San Yuan Cup, an amateur Chinese competition, in Chengdu, beating Jin Long 5–4 in the final.[10]

A trio of deciding frame wins saw Yan reach the fourth round of the Paul Hunter Classic, where he lost 4–1 to Dominic Dale. He also got to the same stage of the English Open with a 4–3 victory over Mark Allen, but again was beaten 4–1 this time by Ricky Walden. His third last 16 exit of the season came at the Northern Ireland Open as he was edged out 4–3 by Anthony Hamilton. After knocking out Liang Wenbo 6–4 in the second round of the UK Championship, Yan met World Cup partner Zhou and was defeated 6–5.[11] Yan qualified for the German Masters by overcoming Sam Baird 5–1 and Shaun Murphy 5–4 and at the venue beat Dale 5–2 and Michael Holt 5–1 to reach the first ranking event quarter-final of his career, which he lost 5–2 to Stuart Bingham.[12] Yan defeated world number one Mark Selby 4–1 in the third round of the Welsh Open, before being knocked out by a reversal of this scoreline to Kurt Maflin.[13] Yan became the second youngest player to compete at the World Championship which he qualified for by beating Sam Craigie 10–8, Mark Davis 10–7 and Alexander Ursenbacher 10–4.[14] He won his first frame at the Crucible with a century break, but was 6–3 down to Shaun Murphy after the opening session. Yan was also 9–5 behind, but won three frames in a row without Murphy potting a ball. He had a good advantage in the 18th frame, but Murphy fluked a red and then cleared the table to eliminate Yan 10–8.[15] At the end of his debut campaign as a professional he was 56th in the world rankings, the second highest of all the players that started the year with no ranking points.[16]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2013/
Ranking[17][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 56 23 21 15
Ranking tournaments
European Masters Not Held 1R 1R 1R WD QF
English Open Not Held 4R 4R 2R 1R 2R
Championship League Non-Ranking Event RR
Northern Ireland Open Not Held 4R F 1R 4R
UK Championship A A A 3R 3R 3R SF
Scottish Open Not Held 1R 3R 3R 2R
World Grand Prix NH NR DNQ 1R 2R 1R 1R
German Masters A A A QF LQ 2R LQ
Welsh Open A A A 4R QF 1R SF
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event 1R 1R 1R SF
Players Championship[nb 4] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 1R DNQ F
Gibraltar Open Not Held MR 2R WD 4R 1R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ QF
World Championship A A A 1R LQ LQ 2R
Non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions A A QF A A A 1R
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship A A 2R A A WD 1R
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic A 2R Tournament Not Held
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking 4R A A NR NH
Shanghai Masters A 1R A LQ 1R Non-Rank. NH
Indian Open A A NH LQ WD 2R Not Held
China Open WR WR A LQ 2R 1R Not Held
Riga Masters[nb 5] NH MR 3R LQ WD W NH
International Championship A WR A 2R SF 3R 2R NH
China Championship Not Held NR 2R 3R 2R NH
World Open A Not Held LQ A 2R 1R NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Shanghai Masters Ranking Event 1R 1R NH
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
VF / Variant Format Event means an event is/was a variant format event.
  1. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c He was an amateur.
  3. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ The event was called the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014−2015/2016)
  5. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)

Career finals[edit]

Ranking finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2017 Northern Ireland Open Wales Mark Williams 8–9
Winner 1. 2019 Riga Masters England Mark Joyce 5–2
Runner-up 2. 2020 Players Championship England Judd Trump 4–10

Pro-am finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (6-red) Iran Soheil Vahedi 5–1
Runner-up 1. 2018 Zibo International Open China Zhou Yuelong 2–5[18]

Team finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Team Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2015 World Cup  China B  Scotland 4–1
Runner-up 1. 2017 CVB Snooker Challenge  China  Great Britain 9–26

Amateur finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2014 IBSF World Snooker Championship Pakistan Muhammad Sajjad 8–7
Runner-up 1. 2016 IBSF World 6-Reds Snooker Championship India Pankaj Advani 2–6


  1. ^ a b "Australian Goldfields Open Qualifiers". Snooker.org. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  2. ^ 汀苑 (29 July 2019). "颜丙涛打破尘封13年纪录 20岁前丁俊晖三夺排名赛". sports.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  3. ^ http://www.snooker.org/res/index.asp?player=1260
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Yan Bingtao". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Pathak, Vivek (29 November 2014). "Yan Bingtao becomes youngest ever World Champion". International Billiards and Snooker Federation. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  6. ^ "SNOOKER WORLD CUP LINE-UP ANNOUNCED". World Snooker. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  7. ^ "China Win Snooker's World Cup". World Snooker. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Yan Bingtao Tour Card Deferred". World Snooker. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Shaun Murphy beaten by 15-year-old Yan Bingtao". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  10. ^ "15-year-old Yan Bingtao wins San Yuan Cup". sports.163.com. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Yan Bingtao 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Martin still going for Gould at German Master". RTÉ. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Welsh Open 2017: World number one Mark Selby beaten by 17-year-old Yan Bingtao". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Yan Secures Crucible Debut". World Snooker. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Shaun Murphy sets up second round clash with Ronnie O'Sullivan at World Championships". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Rankings 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  17. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  18. ^ "Zibo Joy for Zhou". WST. Retrieved 30 January 2020.

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