The Ahan Tongshan Cup is a lightning tournament in China and is sometimes known as the Agon Cup, because it shares a sponsor with the Agon-Kiriyama Cup in Japan.
Piao previously reached the final of the Ahan Tongshan Cup in 2009, but lost to Sun Tengyu 7p.
In the Ahan Tongshan Cup, players are allowed 30 seconds per move, with a 10 by 60 seconds byo yomi that can be used on any move where they exceed 30 seconds. Note the Japanese version is not a lightning tournament.
Since 1999, the winners of the two tournaments have also met each year in a Japan-China Agon Cup. The record currently stands at 8-4 in China’s favour.
Interestingly, Japan won the playoff from 1999 to 2002 and since 2003, China has emerged as the winner.
Earlier this year Piao won his first major international title, the 15th LG Cup, and earned himself a promotion to 9 dan.