Happy Valley's Noel Chan Tsz Hin set a cracking pace with 266 in his opening game to lead Yang Wei by 27 pins with Ernest Kwok of Hong Kong, Ko Young-Min of Jeju, Korea and Chen Jiaqing of Wuhan following closely behind.
Chan added another superb 235 in the second game to continue to lead the pack. Yang downed 233 to stay in second, 29 pins behind. Yang took over the running mid-way through the block as Chan managed only 171 to slip behind the Chinese.
Kwok rolled the championship's first 300 in the fourth game to leapfrog into the lead. A second Yancheng national, Wang Zhiyong posted two strong games in the third and fourth to move ahead of his compatriot into second spot.
Kwok held the lead with just eight pins ahead of Ko taking over second spot. Wang was third, a further ten pins away in third while Yang was fourth, six pins behind his team-mate.