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Article: The Iceman set to Defend International Darts Open

The Iceman set to Defend International Darts Open

Gerwyn Price will begin his quest for a third consecutive International Darts Open title against either Mario Vandenbogaerde or Ross Smith, with the draw and schedule of play confirmed for this weekend's European Tour event.

Price picked up his first European Tour success at the event in 2018 before repeating the feat in 2019, and the Welshman will await the winner of Vandenbogaerde versus Smith, one of 16 first round contest to take place on Friday.

The year's fourth and final European Tour event will be played in front of fans at the Sachsenarena in Riesa from October 23-25, with players battling to make it into the top 32 of the European Tour Order of Merit to qualify for the European Championship.

Former European Tour event winner and German number one Max Hopp will face Jelle Klaasen in the stand-out tie of round one, while Steve West takes on Toni Alcinas in a crucial game in the race to qualify for the European Championship.

The 16 seeded players will enter at the second round stage on Saturday, headlined by the world's top two Michael van Gerwen and Price as well as last weekend's European Darts Grand Prix winner Jose De Sousa.

From the original field of players Kyle Anderson, Peter Wright, Glen Durrant, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Ryan Murray and Niels Zonneveld have withdrawn.

De Sousa and Stephen Bunting - who is returning to action alongside Adrian Lewis this weekend - become seeded players, and six additional Host Nation Qualifiers come into the event.

The line-up for the International Darts Open was completed on Thursday night, with the eight Host Nation Qualifiers including Michael Unterbuchner, Robert Marijanovic and Michael Rosenauer.

The European Darts Grand Prix will be broadcast through PDCTV at as well as through a series of bookmakers' websites worldwide.

2020 International Darts Open

Tournament Draw Bracket - Second Round Onwards

(1) Michael van Gerwen v Madars Razma/Kai Fan Leung

(16) Stephen Bunting v Simeon Heinz/Andy Hamilton

(8) James Wade v Benito van de Pas/Andreas Harrysson

(9) Nathan Aspinall v Scott Marsh/Jason Lowe

(4) Krzysztof Ratajski v Martijn Kleermaker/Arsen Ballaj

(13) Rob Cross v Franz Roetsch/Brendan Dolan

(5) Mensur Suljovic v Gabriel Clemens/Philipp Hagemann

(12) Jamie Hughes v Steve West/Toni Alcinas

(2) Gerwyn Price v Mario Vandenbogaerde/Ross Smith

(15) Jose De Sousa v Max Hopp/Jelle Klaasen

(7) Dave Chisnall v Michael Rosenauer/Ron Meulenkamp

(10) Joe Cullen v Jamie Lewis/Robert Marijanovic

(3) Ian White v Maik Kuivenhoven/Jesus Noguera

(14) Michael Smith v Tytus Kanik/Martin Schindler

(6) Daryl Gurney v Scott Baker/Michael Unterbuchner

(11) Adrian Lewis v Danny Noppert/Sebastian Pohl

Host Nation Qualifiers

HNQ1 Robert Marijanovic

HNQ2 Simeon Heinz

HNQ3 Michael Unterbuchner

HNQ4 Philipp Hagemann

HNQ5 Franz Roetsch

HNQ6 Sebastian Pohl

HNQ7 Michael Rosenauer

HNQ8 Arsen Ballaj

Schedule of Play

Friday October 23

First Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Scott Marsh v Jason Lowe

Benito van de Pas v Andreas Harrysson

Simeon Heinz v Andy Hamilton

Mario Vandenbogaerde v Ross Smith

Franz Roetsch v Brendan Dolan

Michael Rosenauer v Ron Meulenkamp

Steve West v Toni Alcinas

Danny Noppert v Sebastian Pohl

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

Jamie Lewis v Robert Marijanovic

Tytus Kanik v Martin Schindler

Scott Baker v Michael Unterbuchner

Martijn Kleermaker v Arsen Ballaj

Madars Razma v Kai Fan Leung

Max Hopp v Jelle Klaasen

Gabriel Clemens v Philipp Hagemann

Maik Kuivenhoven v Jesus Noguera

Saturday October 24

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Jamie Hughes v West/Alcinas

Adrian Lewis v Noppert/Pohl

Michael Smith v Kanik/Schindler

Joe Cullen v J Lewis/Marijanovic

Daryl Gurney v Baker/Unterbuchner

Dave Chisnall v Rosenauer/Meulenkamp

James Wade v Van de Pas/Harrysson

Rob Cross v Roetsch/Dolan

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

Krzysztof Ratajski v Kleermaker/Ballaj

Stephen Bunting v Heinz/Hamilton

Nathan Aspinall v Marsh/Lowe

Mensur Suljovic v Clemens/Hagemann

Michael van Gerwen v Razma/Leung

Gerwyn Price v Vandenbogaerde/R Smith

Jose De Sousa v Hopp/Klaasen

Ian White v Kuivenhoven/Noguera

Sunday October 25

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Third Round

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)





All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs.

Sunday's games played in Draw Bracket order

Prize Fund

Winner - £25,000

Runner-up - £10,000

Semi-Finalists - £6,500

Quarter-Finalists - £5,000

Last 16 - £3,000

Last 32 - £2,000

Last 48 - £1,000

Total - £140,000

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