The third installment of the Snooker International Championships is right around the corner with the competition descending on Chengdu, China.
The competition is still in its infancy after its inaugural event took place in 2012, with Englishman Judd Trump taking the honour as the maiden champion.
Ding Junhui then took the title in 2013 in what was a highly successful year for the Chinese superstar and he will be back this year to defend his crown.
Both finals have been remarkably tight affairs, demonstrating the competitive nature of the event despite it not being steeped in history.
Judd Trump over came Neil Robertson 10-8 after trailing 4-2 while Marco Fu took Ding Junhui all the way last year with the match finishing 10-9 in a final that went back and forth until the end.
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Ding Junhui has already found some home comforts in the 2014/15 season by taking victory first Asian Tour event of the season. Ding’s ability to carry his form from last year into this season makes him a strong contender to regain his title in his home patch.
2012 champion Trump has also had success this season, taking the Australian Goldfields Open in July and he will be determined to regain the title after suffering a disappointing 1st round exit to Alan McManus last year.
The International Championship was named as the ‘first overseas major’, because the tournament had the same level of ranking points as the UK Championship The event also has the biggest prize money for an Asian snooker tournament, so there will be no shortage of heavy hitters on he circuit wanting to go all the way when the competition returns this October.
The line up could include Ali Carter who announced that he will be returning to the sport in October after having chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer.
Carter has entered the Players Tour Championship event in Bulgaria and has fond memories of playing snooker in this part of the world after winning the Shanghai Masters in 2010.