THE Epson World All Stars tournament, to be held at the Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai next weekend, could be the tester for a new scoring format in international table tennis competitions. The US$50,000 event may use the best-of-seven games of nine points or best-of-nine games of 11 points instead of the conventional best-of-five games of 21 points system. Tony Yue Kwok-leung, chairman of the Hongkong Table Tennis Association, said the International Table Tennis Federation proposed the two new scoring formats in Gothenburg during the recent World Championships. Yue, however, added: ''The ITTF are considering one of the three options for our event and we are eagerly awaiting their final decision. ''The shorter games should make the match more exciting and also put more pressure on the players to perform to their full potential throughout a match. ''I think it would be ideal for us to test the 11-point games system but the final decision on which option to take depends entirely on the ITTF.'' The All Stars will bring to the territory eight of the world's leading men table tennis players, including France-based Hongkong number one Lo Chuen-tsung. The two-day event will adopt the knockout system and Lo faces a tough opening game against Belgium's World Championship runner-up Jean Michel Saive, who is ranked fourth in the world and seeded two. Lo, who plays for Levaillois in the French league and is 42 on the world ranking list, will have to bank on vociferous home crowd support to lift his game if he is to give the in-form Belgian a serious challenge. Top-seeded Chinese player Ma Wenge and his compatriot Wang Tao have both drawn South Korean opponents in the first round - Kim Taek-soo and Yoo Nam-kyu respectively. The clash between Ma and Kim should be the pick of the initial matches as the Chinese was the 1991 champion in Hongkong and is ranked number three in the world while the Korean is the title-holder and world number five. Left-hander Wang, a doubles specialist who won golds at the Barcelona Olympics and the recent World Championship, has been making steady progress in singles play over the past year and is now ranked seventh in the world. The 25-year-old defensive player proved his ability at the Japan Open in April when he won both the singles and doubles titles. He should start favourite against Yoo but the Korean, ranked four places behind Wang, certainly will not go down without a fight. The remaining first-round pairing is between Sweden's former world champion Jorgen Persson and Polish veteran Andrezj Grubba. The Hongkong tournament is the first stop of the All Stars' Asian circuit, with the second leg to be held in Guangzhou and the final event in Taipei.