International Championship 2023: Return, Schedule, and Prize Money

The International Championship makes a long-awaited return to the calendar after its last appearance in 2019. The tournament has just unveiled the draw for the initial round and the schedule for the qualifying phase.

The qualifying round is scheduled to take place in Sheffield from September 18 to September 23, followed by the final stages set in the vibrant city of Tianjin, China, spanning from November 5 to November 12.

The inception of the International Championship occurred in 2012 when Judd Trump clinched the championship, and he repeated his triumph in 2019. In the intervening years, illustrious players such as Ding Junhui, Ricky Walden, John Higgins, Mark Selby, and Mark Allen have all tasted victory in this prestigious tournament.

The defending champion, Judd Trump, will commence his title defense against the victor of a match featuring two local wild cards, which will unfold at the final venue. Similarly, matches involving the other two local wild card entrants will be deferred to the Tianjin stage. Additionally, the following matches are also scheduled for Tianjin:

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan vs. Ken Doherty
  • Zhou Yuelong vs. Martin O’Donnell
  • Ding Junhui vs. Ian Burns
  • Luca Brecel vs. Ahmed Aly Elsayed

All other opening matchups will take place during the qualifying round, featuring exciting clashes such as:

  • John Higgins vs. Manasawin Phetmalaikul
  • Kyren Wilson vs. Adam Duffy
  • Mark Selby vs. Muhammad Asif
  • Tian Pengfei vs. Stephen Hendry
  • Barry Hawkins vs. Andrew Pagett
  • Matthew Selt vs. Jimmy White
  • Mark Allen vs. Ma Hailong
  • Si Jiahui vs. Julien LeClercq
  • Jack Lisowski vs. He Gouqiang
  • Neil Robertson vs. Ryan Thomerson
  • Shaun Murphy vs. Andres Petrov
  • Mark Williams vs. Rebecca Kenna
  • Hossein Vafaei vs. Reanne Evans

For those competing, the International Championship offers substantial prize money:

  • Winner: £175,000
  • Runner-up: £75,000
  • Semi-finals: £33,000
  • Quarter-finals: £22,000
  • Last 16: £14,000
  • Last 32: £9,000
  • Last 64: £5,000
  • High break: £5,000
  • Total Prize Pool: £825,000

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