Round 5

Round 5, which started at 9:30 a.m. on December 15, was the round that would separate the award-winners from the medal-winners. The two Korean men, Kang Dongyoon and Park Jeonghwan, took their seats at the top board in the playing … Continue reading

Round 8

The final round started on time at 1:30 at the call of chief referee Masaki Takemiya. Throughout the tournament the players, almost without exception, had kept the pledge of punctuality called for by Alexander Selby of the U.K. at the … Continue reading

Choi vs Bai

White: Baoxiang Bai. (China) 7d Black: Woo Soo Choi. (Korea) 7d Commentary by Yamashiro Hiroshi 9p, transcribed by Richard Dolen. Both players played very well so Yamashiro 9 dan did not have many opportunities to comment. In the late middle … Continue reading

Ofstad vs Zhang

White: Morten Ofstad. (Norway) 4d Black: Xiang Zangh. (Singapore) 6d Commentary by Yamashiro Hiroshi 9p, transcribed by Richard Dolen. Black’s solid playing wins out In this game, black avoids unnecessary fighting. His solid play invites an unreasonable invasion by white … Continue reading

Round 7

The first player to take his seat for round 7 was Japan’s Hironori Hirata, fifteen minutes early, dressed conservatively as always in a gray knit shirt, gray jacket, and gray slacks, and ready with a small gift for his Thai … Continue reading

Chan vs Debarre

White: Chin Hin Chan. (C. Hong Kong) 6d Black: Thomas Debarre. (France) 6d Commentary by Yamashiro Hiroshi 9p, transcribed by Richard  Dolen. In this hard fought game, white launches a good attack against black’s group. A simple move to cut … Continue reading

Round 6

China’s Baoxiang Bai was also seated early for round 6, looking relaxed in a pink sweatshirt, hooded white trainer, bluejeans, and tennis shoes. Four minutes before the 1:30 starting time he was joined by Chinese Taipei’s Tsung-han Wu, today wearing … Continue reading

Round 5

A light rain was still falling on the morning of May 31 as the players made their way, some on foot but most by bus, to the Shimane Prefectural Assembly Hall. First to take his seat in the main playing … Continue reading

Savchovski vs Aksut

White: A. SAVCHOVSKI (Bulgaria) 1d Black: Z. H. AKSUT (Turkey) 2d Commentary by Michael Redmond 9p. A mistake in tactics made the first fight difficult for White, but White played well in the middle game. Black played solidly throughout the game, … Continue reading