White’s 5-4 victory over Dechawat Poomjaeng of Thailand means he will meet fellow old hand Nigel Bond in the penultimate preliminary round on Thursday.
Scot McManus meanwhile made short work of Martin O’Donnell with a 5-1 victory which sets up a Thursday encounter with Welsh youngster Jamie Jones.
James Wattana was unable to add to the nostalgic theme, however, losing 5-2 to Ian Burns,while Belgian prodigy Luca Brecel - one of the stories of the recent UK Championship - was thwarted in a final-frame decider by Zhang Anda.
Steve Davis, king of the baize in the 1980s, enters the fray at the third round stage and will take on Chen Zhe after the Chinese player defeated Adam Duffy 5-1.
Also joining the qualification process on Thursday will be promising young Englishman Jack Lisowski as he goes up against Anthony McGill following McGill’s 5-3 win over Scott Donaldson.
Round two results
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5-1 Michael Leslie
Anthony McGill 5-3 Scott Donaldson
Barry Pinches 1-5 Liam Highfield
Andy Hicks 2-5 Robbie Williams
Liu Chuang 5-1 Tian Pengfei
Adam Duffy 1-5 Chen Zhe
Rod Lawler 5-3 Duane Jones
Alan McManus 5-1 Martin O'Donnell
Mark Joyce 5-3 Justin Astley
Jimmy White 5-4 Dechawat Poomjaeng
Alfie Burden 5-1 Sean O'Sullivan
Mike Dunn 5-3 Sam Baird
Cao Yupeng 5-3 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon
Luca Brecel 4-5 Zhang Anda
James Wattana 2-5 Ian Burns
Peter Lines 0-5 Simon Bedford
Round three matches scheduled for Thursday (all times GMT)
Anthony Hamilton v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Jack Lisowski v Anthony McGill
Liang Wenbo v Liam Highfield
Michael White v Robbie Williams
Xiao Guodong v Liu Chuang
Steve Davis v Chen Zhe
Matthew Selt v Rod Lawler
Jamie Jones v Alan McManus
Jimmy Robertson v Mark Joyce
Nigel Bond v Jimmy White
David Gilbert v Alfie Burden
Yu De Lu v Mike Dunn
Dave Harold v Cao Yupeng
Rory McLeod v Zhang Anda
Ben Woollaston v Ian Burns
Gerard Greene v Simon Bedford