Chen won the first game on May 2 and followed up with a second win on May 4 to make the score 2-0.
The tournament uses knockout format consisting of 48 players vying for the right to challenge the previous year’s winner. 16 players are seeded into the second round of the knockout tournament.
Zhou won the right to challenge Chen in February, defeating Tan Xiao.
The title match is decided over the best of three games. The current winner’s prize is 150,000 RMB (approximately $25,000 USD).
Interestingly, this year’s Tianyuan title match was an exact replay of last year’s, where Chen also defeated Zhou 2-0.
Perhaps Zhou can shoot for third time lucky in 2013?