2019 International Championship

The 2019 International Championship was a professional snooker tournament that took place from 4 to 11 August 2019 at the Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre in Daqing, China. It was the second ranking event of the 2019/2020 season and the eighth iteration of the International Championship first held in 2012.

Northern Irish cueist Mark Allen was the defending champion, after defeating Australian Neil Robertson in the previous year's final. Allen, however, lost 9–6 to England's Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals. Reigning world champion Judd Trump won the event and his 12th ranking championship with a 10–3 win over Murphy in the final. In winning the event, Trump returned to the world number one position, that he had last held in 2013.

Trump and Allen tied for the highest break during the televised stages, both scoring 141, with Trump also making 12 centuries throughout the tournament. Qualifying for the event took place 14–17 June 2019 in Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England. Tom Ford made the highest break of qualifying, with a maximum break, the fourth of his career, in his 6–1 win in qualifying over Fraser Patrick.

Tournament format

The event was the eighth iteration of the International Championship, having been first held in 2012. The event took place from 4–11 August 2019 at the Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre in Daqing, China. The event was the second ranking tournament of the 2019/20 snooker season after the 2019 Riga Masters won by Yan Bingtao.

Qualifying for the event was held from 14 to 17 June 2019 at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England, featuring one first round match. Matches were played as best-of-11-frames until the semi-finals, which were played as best-of-17-frames, whilst the final was played as a best-of-19-frames.

Prize fund

The championship total fund was higher than that of the previous year's event, with a total of £802,000 (up from £775,000). The winner of the event received the same prize money as in previous years, at £175,000. The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:

  • Winner: £175,000
  • Runner-up: £75,000
  • Semi-final: £32,000
  • Quarter-final: £21,500
  • Last 16: £13,500
  • Last 32: £8,500
  • Last 64: £4,750
  • Highest break: £6,000
  • Total: £802,000

Tournament summary

The championship began on 4 August 2019, with the first round alongside heldover qualifier matches. Two matches in the heldover qualifier rounds were decided on a deciding frame. Ding Junhui defeated Simon Lichtenberg despite being 5–3 behind, whilst four-time world champion John Higgins defeated amateur under 21 world champion Wu Yize despite being 4–3 behind to the 15 year old. Judd Trump in his first tournament after winning the 2019 World Snooker Championship scored three century breaks in his qualifier to defeat Jordan Brown 6–1.

Early rounds (first round–quarter-finals)

Two top-16 ranked players were defeated in first round; Mark Williams lost to Jak Jones and Barry Hawkins to Daniel Wells both 6–2. Ding Junhui defeated three fellow Chinese players in the first three rounds, overcoming Zhao Xintong, Xiao Guodong and Liang Wenbo to reach the quarter-finals. Defending champion Mark Allen conceded just four frames to draw Ding, having defeated Sam Craigie, Mark Davis (both 6–1) and Ali Carter (6–2). Allen defeated Ding 6–3 to reach the semi-finals. As the sole remaining Chinese player in the competition, some Chinese viewers were reported to have stopped watching the event.

Graeme Dott qualified to play Shaun Murphy in the second quarter-final. Dott defeated Michael White before defeating two world champions in Stuart Bingham and John Higgins to reach the quarter-final. Murphy, who had reached only the Scottish Open final in the previous season defeated Yuan Sijun 6–5 and Riga Masters champion Yan Bingtao 6–4 before drawing a rematch of the second round match at the 2019 World Championships against Neil Robertson. Murphy defeated Robertson on a deciding frame 6–5. Murphy defeated Dott 6–4 to draw Allen in the semi-final.

Three-time world champion Mark Selby reached the second semi-final, after defeating Liam Highfield and Ben Woollaston (both 6–3), before playing World Championship semi-finalists David Gilbert and Gary Wilson, defeating both on a deciding frame 6–5. World champion Judd Trump reached the semi-finals defeating Zhang Anda, Scott Donaldson, Joe Perry and Tom Ford.

Semi-final–final

Reigning world champion Judd Trump won the event, defeating Shaun Murphy 10–3 in the final.

The first semi-final took place on 9 August 2019, between Selby and Trump. In reaching the semi-finals, Trump was guaranteed to return to world number one after the tournament for the first time since 2013. Selby won three of the first four frames to lead 3–1. However, Trump won the next four frames to lead 5–3 after the first session with breaks of 97, 108, 97 and 116. In the second session, Trump won the first three frames to lead 8–3 including two more 90+ breaks. Selby took frame 12 before Trump won the match in frame 13 with a break of 72. After the match, Trump commented "It was probably somewhere near how I was playing to win the World Championship," describing his form within the match.

The second semi-final was a rematch of the 2019 Scottish Masters final between Murphy and Allen. Murphy won the first five frames of the match, with Allen not scoring a single point until frame four. Allen fought back to trail 3–6 after the first session. Murphy won the first frame of the second session, before Allen won the next two. Murphy won frame 13 to need just one more frame for victory. Allen won the next two frames to push the match into the interval. Murphy however won frame 15 to win the match 9–6 with a break of 66.

The final was played as a best-of-19-frames match held over two sessions on 11 August 2019, refereed by Lyu Xilin. Trump won the first five frames of the match making a century break in frame three. Murphy, however won three of the remaining four frames of the session to trail 3–6. On the resume of the match, Trump dominated the remaining frames, winning the next four frames to win the match 10–3, completing eight half-centuries in the match. The victory was Trump's twelfth ranking event title, twelfth match unbeaten in a row, and had scored twelve centuries during the event.

The win was the first time a reigning world champion won the first championship in which they had competed in after the event, since Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2008. In losing the event, Murphy commented that he was "disappointed" and that had not played well: "Judd swamped me, that was how it felt."

Main draw

Players in bold denote match winners.

 
First round
Best of 11 frames
Second round
Best of 11 frames
Third round
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 17 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
 
                      
 
 
 
 
 Mark Allen (NIR)6
 
 
 
 Sam Craigie (ENG)1
 
Northern IrelandMark Allen6
 
 
 
EnglandMark Davis1
 
 Mark Davis (ENG)6
 
 
 
 Matthew Selt (ENG)3
 
Northern IrelandMark Allen6
 
 
 
EnglandAli Carter2
 
 Ali Carter (ENG)6
 
 
 
 Alan McManus (SCO)5
 
EnglandAli Carter6
 
 
 
NorwayKurt Maflin3
 
 Ryan Day (WAL)4
 
 
 
 Kurt Maflin (NOR)6
 
Northern IrelandMark Allen6
 
 
 
ChinaDing Junhui3
 
 Ashley Carty (ENG)5
 
 
 
 Xiao Guodong (CHN)6
 
ChinaXiao Guodong1
 
 
 
ChinaDing Junhui6
 
 Zhao Xintong (CHN)4
 
 
 
 Ding Junhui (CHN)6
 
ChinaDing Junhui6
 
 
 
ChinaLiang Wenbo5
 
 Liang Wenbo (CHN)6
 
 
 
 Duane Jones (WAL)5
 
ChinaLiang Wenbo6
 
 
 
WalesDaniel Wells4
 
 Daniel Wells (WAL)6
 
 
 
 Barry Hawkins (ENG)2
 
Northern IrelandMark Allen6
 
 
 
EnglandShaun Murphy9
 
 John Higgins (SCO)6
 
 
 
 David Grace (ENG)4
 
ScotlandJohn Higgins6
 
 
 
EnglandElliot Slessor3
 
 Elliot Slessor (ENG)6
 
 
 
 Louis Heathcote (ENG)4
 
ScotlandJohn Higgins2
 
 
 
ScotlandGraeme Dott6
 
 Stuart Bingham (ENG)6
 
 
 
 Mark Joyce (ENG)1
 
EnglandStuart Bingham3
 
 
 
ScotlandGraeme Dott6
 
 Graeme Dott (SCO)6
 
 
 
 Michael White (WAL)1
 
ScotlandGraeme Dott4
 
 
 
EnglandShaun Murphy6
 
 Chang Bingyu (CHN)3
 
 
 
 Yan Bingtao (CHN)6
 
ChinaYan Bingtao4
 
 
 
EnglandShaun Murphy6
 
 Yuan Sijun (CHN)5
 
 
 
 Shaun Murphy (ENG)6
 
EnglandShaun Murphy6
 
 
 
AustraliaNeil Robertson5
 
 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (THA)2
 
 
 
 Ricky Walden (ENG)6
 
EnglandRicky Walden5
 
 
 
AustraliaNeil Robertson6
 
 Nigel Bond (ENG)2
 
 
 
 Neil Robertson (AUS)6
 
EnglandShaun Murphy3
 
 
 
EnglandJudd Trump10
 
 Mark Williams (WAL)2
 
 
 
 Jak Jones (WAL)6
 
WalesJak Jones6
 
 
 
EnglandRobert Milkins3
 
 Zhou Yuelong (CHN)3
 
 
 
 Robert Milkins (ENG)6
 
WalesJak Jones3
 
 
 
EnglandGary Wilson6
 
 Luca Brecel (BEL)6
 
 
 
 Sunny Akani (THA)3
 
BelgiumLuca Brecel2
 
 
 
EnglandGary Wilson6
 
 Gary Wilson (ENG)6
 
 
 
 Peter Ebdon (ENG)1
 
EnglandGary Wilson5
 
 
 
EnglandMark Selby6
 
 Michael Holt (ENG)3
 
 
 
 Anthony McGill (SCO)6
 
ScotlandAnthony McGill1
 
 
 
EnglandDavid Gilbert6
 
 Ken Doherty (IRL)2
 
 
 
 David Gilbert (ENG)6
 
EnglandDavid Gilbert5
 
 
 
EnglandMark Selby6
 
 Ben Woollaston (ENG)6
 
 
 
 Mark King (ENG)3
 
EnglandBen Woollaston3
 
 
 
EnglandMark Selby6
 
 Liam Highfield (ENG)3
 
 
 
 Mark Selby (ENG)6
 
EnglandMark Selby4
 
 
 
EnglandJudd Trump9
 
 Kyren Wilson (ENG)6
 
 
 
 Robbie Williams (ENG)2
 
EnglandKyren Wilson5
 
 
 
EnglandTom Ford6
 
 Tom Ford (ENG)w/o
 
 
 
 Hossein Vafaei (IRN)w/d
 
EnglandTom Ford6
 
 
 
EnglandAndrew Higginson4
 
 Jack Lisowski (ENG)5
 
 
 
 Andrew Higginson (ENG)6
 
EnglandAndrew Higginson6
 
 
 
EnglandJimmy Robertson4
 
 Jimmy Robertson (ENG)6
 
 
 
 Matthew Stevens (WAL)4
 
EnglandTom Ford3
 
 
 
EnglandJudd Trump6
 
 Chris Wakelin (ENG)2
 
 
 
 Joe Perry (ENG)6
 
EnglandJoe Perry6
 
 
 
ScotlandStephen Maguire2
 
 Stuart Carrington (ENG)0
 
 
 
 Stephen Maguire (SCO)6
 
EnglandJoe Perry2
 
 
 
EnglandJudd Trump6
 
 Scott Donaldson (SCO)6
 
 
 
 Martin Gould (ENG)4
 
ScotlandScott Donaldson4
 
 
 
EnglandJudd Trump6
 
 Zhang Anda (CHN)2
 
 
 Judd Trump (ENG)6
 

Final

Qualifying

Matches were played between 14 and 17 June 2019 at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England. Matches involving Mark Allen, Sam Craigie, Ding Junhui, John Higgins, Yan Bingtao, Sunny Akani, Anthony McGill and Judd Trump, were played in Daqing. All matches were the best-of-11-frames.

Century breaks

Televised stage centuries

A total of 63 century breaks were made during the televised stages of the tournament. Judd Trump and Mark Allen shared the highest break of the tournament, with both players making a break of 141. In addition, Trump made a total of 12 centuries, eight more than any other player.

Qualifying stage centuries

A total of 42 century breaks were made during the qualifying tournament preceding the event, including a maximum break from Tom Ford.

Uses material from the Wikipedia article 2019 International Championship, released under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.