Mark Allen continued the defence of his International Championship title with a 6-1 rout of Mark Davis to reach the Last 16 on Tuesday, while Ding Junhui, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson were among the other big names to progress.
Having thrashed Sam Craigie 6-1 in the opening round, Allen picked up from where he left off by producing another ruthless display to step up his charge in Daqing.
The Northern Irishman, averaging just 18 seconds per shot, opened up with a break of 101 before adding a further four unanswered frames with breaks of 64, 63, 54 and 56.
Davis got off the mark in the sixth with a break of 73 but could only delay the inevitable as Allen finished the job with a 64 in the next.
Allen will now face Ali Carter in Wednesday’s Third Round after ‘The Captain’ dispatched Norway’s Kurt Maflin 6-3 with five 50+ breaks along the way.
World Champion Trump continued his promising start to the campaign with a 6-4 victory over Scott Donaldson to set up a show-down with Joe Perry.
Trump fired in top breaks of 91, 75, 65 and 72 as he denied the spirited Scotsman – who compiled a superb break of 115 in the ninth frame.
Riga Masters champion Yan Bingtao suffered his first ranking defeat of the season as he went down 6-4 to Shaun Murphy.
Murphy, who had edged out Yuan Sijun in a black-ball decider on Monday, coasted into a 5-0 lead with consecutive breaks of 61, 60, 78, 78 and 103.
Yan, however, found his range and clinched four consecutive frames with high breaks of 74, 59 and 76, but Murphy averted the need for another decider with a timely break of 67 in frame ten.
Kyren Wilson was the most high-profile casualty of the Second Round as the world number eight went down 6-5 to Leicester’s Tom Ford.
Wilson established a 2-0 lead, only for Ford to reply with successive breaks of 60 and 52 to draw level at the interval.
Wilson then took three of the next four frames, making an 86 in the seventh, to lead 5-3, but only for Ford to hit back with a 69 break and go on to force a decider – which he sealed in style with a magnificent 131 clearance.
An all-Leicester clash saw Mark Selby and Ben Woollaston collide, but it was the two-time International Champion who came out on top 6-3 having trailed 2-0.
Woollaston made a bright start with a 74 break to double his lead, but Selby replied with a clinical 127 clearance and added breaks of 59, 50 and 65 to take control of the contest.
Woollaston edged a close-run seventh, but breaks of 103 and 63 safely saw Selby over the line and through to a meeting with World Championship semi-finalist David Gilbert.
Two-time International Championship finalist Neil Robertson produced three century breaks en route to a 6-5 win over Ricky Walden in a high quality battle.
The first four frames were shared as Robertson landed breaks of 100 and 103 and added a 102 to level up a four apiece, before Walden made an 81 to force a decider – which the Australian edged to move through.
After seeing off Zhao Xintong in Round One, Ding Junhui came through another all-Chinese affair to book his place in the latter stages, thrashing Xiao Guodong 6-1.
Ding, the 2013 International Champion, raced into a 5-0 lead with breaks of 56, 75, 104 and 51 before Xiao got off the mark with a 51 in frame five.
Ding, though, quickly clinched the win with a 65 break and will now face another familiar compatriot in Liang Wenbo after he defeated Daniel Wells 6-4 with breaks of 90, 120, 70 99 and 63 along the way.
Gary Wilson advanced to Round Three after an impressive 6-2 win over Luca Brecel in a repeat of their epic World Championship First Round clash.
Wilson triumphed 10-9 en route to the Semi-Finals back in April and came out on top once again with breaks of 96 and 70 in a comfortable victory.
Graeme Dott prevailed in the battle of two former World Champions as he defeated Stuart Bingham 6-3, while John Higgins ended the hopes of Tyneside cueist Elliot Slessor with a 6-3 triumph which included four breaks in excess of 70.
International Championship 2019 Results
Tuesday August 6
Mark Allen 6-1 Mark Davis
Ali Carter 6-3 Kurt Maflin
Stuart Bingham 3-6 Graeme Dott
Yan Bingtao 4-6 Shaun Murphy
Jak Jones 6-3 Robert Milkins
Anthony McGill 1-6 David Gilbert
Joe Perry 6-2 Stephen Maguire
Scott Donaldson 4-6 Judd Trump
Xiao Guodong 1-6 Ding Junhui
Liang Wenbo 6-4 Daniel Wells
John Higgins 6-3 Elliot Slessor
Ricky Walden 5-6 Neil Robertson
Luca Brecel 2-6 Gary Wilson
Ben Woollaston 3-6 Mark Selby
Kyren Wilson 5-6 Tom Ford
Andrew Higginson 6-4 Jimmy Robertson