Chen Zhe (Chinese: 陈喆; born 28 February 1993) is a former professional snooker player from Shanxi, China who won five matches at Q School in 2012 to earn a two-year card to play on the World Snooker Tour starting in the 2012/13 season. He is based in Romford, England during the season and practises with Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
|Born||28 February 1993|
Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
|Highest ranking||66 (July 2012)|
2013 China Open (qualifying)
|Best ranking finish||Last 32 (2017 World Open)|
Chen won his first professional match on the Main Tour beating Pankaj Advani 5–4 in the 2012 Wuxi Classic first qualifying round. He was whitewashed 0–5 by Simon Bedford in the next round. He won three matches to reach the final qualifying round of both the World Open and China Open, losing to Michael Holt (3–5) and Jamie Cope (4–5) respectively. Chen won through to the semi-finals of the minor ranking Asian Players Tour Championship Event 1 by defeating the likes of Tom Ford and Ben Woollaston, but lost 2–4 to Stephen Lee. His season ended when he was beaten 7–10 by Sam Baird in the first round of World Championship Qualifying, which saw him finish his first season on tour ranked world number 78.
In his opening match of the 2013/2014 season, Chen defeated Matthew Selt 5–3 to qualify for the 2013 Wuxi Classic in China where he lost 5–2 to Ben Woollaston in the first round. Chen also qualified for the Indian Open with a 4–2 win over Robert Milkins, but was beaten 4–3 by Hammad Miah. Chen did not win another match in ranking events until in qualifying for the final event of the year, the World Championship, where he beat Anthony Parsons 10–8, before losing by a reverse of this scoreline in the second round against Mark Joyce. At the end of his second season Chen was ranked world number 89 and was relegated from the main tour as he was not in the top 64. He entered Q School to try and earn his place back with Chen being two wins from succeeding in the first event, but he lost 4–1 to Chris Melling.
Chen's 2014/2015 season was restricted to appearances at the three Asian Tour events. He was beaten 4–1 by Ju Reti in the first round of the Yixing Open and saw off Liang Wenbo 4–3 at the Haining City Open, before losing 4–3 to Ross Muir in the second round. At the Xuzhou Open he beat Feng Zeyuan, but surrendered a 3–0 lead in the second round against Mark Williams to be defeated 4–3. Chen entered Q School for the second year in a row and came close to progressing through the first event as he won four matches to reach the final round, where he lost 4–1 to Sydney Wilson. In the second event he was knocked out in the first round 4–0 by Andy Hicks.
Chen won a match at the venue stage of a ranking event for the first time by defeating Ross Muir 4–1 in the first round of the Northern Ireland Open. He narrowly lost 4–3 to Michael White in the following round after having been 2–0 up. His only other match win after this came at the Shoot-Out.
Performance and rankings timelineEdit
|Ranking[nb 1]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 3]||78||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 3]||93|
|Riga Masters[nb 4]||Tournament Not Held||Minor-Rank.||WD||LQ|
|China Championship||Tournament Not Held||NR||LQ|
|Paul Hunter Classic||Minor-Ranking Event||1R||WD|
|Indian Open||Not Held||1R||A||NH||LQ||LQ|
|World Open||A||A||LQ||LQ||Not Held||LQ||2R|
|European Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||1R|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||1R||1R|
|International Championship||Not Held||LQ||LQ||A||A||LQ||LQ|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||2R||1R|
|Scottish Open||Not Held||MR||Tournament Not Held||1R||1R|
|Shoot-Out||Variant Format Event||2R||1R|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||NH||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Gibraltar Open||Tournament Not Held||MR||A||1R|
|Players Championship[nb 5]||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Wuxi Classic||Non-Ranking||LQ||1R||A||NH||Not Held|
|Australian Goldfields Open||A||A||LQ||LQ||A||LQ||Not Held|
|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.|
- It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- He was an amateur.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
- "Rankings after 2012 Wuxi Classic" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- "Chen Zhe". grovesnooker.co.uk. Grove Leisure. Archived from the original on 11 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
- "Tour Players 2012/2013" (DOC). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- "Chen Zhe". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "Brecel blasts two tons". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- "Chen Zhe 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
- "Guotai Liquor Asian Players Tour Championship Event One". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
- "Betfair World Championship Qualifiers". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
- "Official World Snooker Ranking List For The 2013/2014 Season" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Chen Zhe 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "World Snooker Rankings After the 2014 World Championship" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- "Chen Zhe 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "Q School Event One Qualifiers". World Snooker. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Michael White 4–3 Chen Zhe". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 15 March 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
- "Chen Zhe 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.