Round 1

Hua Yigang (left) and Yang Shuang

Round 1 began at 9:00 a.m. at the Guangzhou Chess Institute, a half-hour bus ride from the Baiyun Hotel. Chief referee Hua Yigang gave the opening instructions in Chinese, with capable interpretation into English by referee Yang Shuang, and with three exceptions, the games were soon under way.

Two of the exceptions were minor: the players from Canada and Chile had missed the bus and arrived a few minutes late. The referees decided to excuse this lateness. The third exception was the player from Morocco, who had still not arrived in Guangzhou and could not be contacted. His opponent from Macau sat patiently at the board for fifteen minutes, at which point the referees declared a victory by forfeit.

The games were played with basic time of one hour per player, followed by thirty-second-per move overtime, each player having three thirty-second periods to use, but the pace of play was comparatively rapid, and protracted overtime contests were few. Among the four seeded players, Qiao Zhijian (China), Lee Hyunjoon (Korea), and Yuan Zhou (U.S.A.) won handily, but Remi Campagnie (France) was upended by Pavol Lisy (Slovakia). This was a come-from-behind victory. ‘I was losing,’ Pavol said, ‘but my opponent made a big mistake, and after that I was winning.’ It was not an upset, however: both players are ranked 5-dan.

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In the other battles of the 5-dans, Leon Matoh (Slovenia) defeated Igor Popov (Russia), Lukas Podpera (Czechia) won a close 2.5-point victory over Longyang Li (New Zealand), and Eduardo Lopez (Argentina) prevailed over Martin Li (Sweden) by 8.5 points. The two youngest contestants both won their games, Chen Cheng-Hsun (Chinese Taipei) beating Carlos Acuna (Colombia) and Chan Chihin (Hong Kong) beating Felicien Mazille (Switzerland). Nakazono Seizo (Japan) won by a comfortable margin against Saechen Panjawat (Thailand), and in a very short game, Ri Kwang Hyok (DPR Korea) defeated Fang Xiaoyan (the second Chinese player).

Last to end was the game between Pal Balogh (Hungary, 6d) and Andreas Gotzfried (Luxembourg, 4d). ‘I thought it was about even through the middle game, but I lost a lot of points in the endgame,’ Andreas said. He had turned in a creditable performance, against one of the strongest players in Europe. Pal’s victory earned him a pairing against Ri in round 2, while Andreas gets to test himself against Fang Xiaoyan, the player Ri beat in round 1.

Also coming up in round two are games between the players from Argentina and Slovenia, Slovakia and Germany, and Chinese Taipei the U.S.A.

- James Davies

第一轮

经过了半小时的车程,参赛者从下榻的白云宾馆到达赛场。第一轮比赛准时于早上九点在广州棋院揭开序幕。裁判长华以刚先生在开赛前以中文宣读了比赛注意事项,裁判员杨爽辅以英语翻译。赛前发生了三桩小意外,此后比赛正常进行。

其中,两件突发事件影响较轻微。来自加拿大和智利的选手没有赶上接驳班车,因此迟到了几分钟。对此裁判团决定宽容处理,不对他们进行处罚。而摩洛哥的棋手伊斯梅尔直至开赛时仍未到达广州,且无法与其进行联络。来自澳门的陈国宏安静地坐在赛场上,15分钟后,裁判宣布他因对手缺席而自动获胜。

比赛用时规定为每方各一小时,每步进行30秒读秒,每方各有330秒读秒。赛场上的比赛节奏相对紧凑,几乎看不到有慢节奏的对决。在四位种子选手中,中国的乔智健、韩国的李友军、美国的周源都轻而易举地战胜了对手,法国的雷米•坎帕尼尔却出乎意料地败给了斯洛伐克的利西•帕沃尔。这场比赛中帕沃尔后来居上,他说:“我本来处于下风,但我的对手犯了一个很大的错误,然后我就赢了。”这并不出奇,毕竟两位棋手旗鼓相当,都是五段。

在其他五段选手的对局中,斯洛文尼亚的马托•莱昂打败了俄罗斯的对手贾格拉•波波夫;捷克的洛卡斯•波德皮耶拉以2.5目险胜新西兰的李龙洋;阿根廷的埃德瓦多•洛佩兹以8.5目大比分胜于瑞典的李向东。本次比赛中年纪最小的两位选手都在第一轮胜出:中华台北的陈正勋战胜了哥伦比亚的卡洛斯•阿库纳;中国香港的陈志轩战胜了瑞士的弗利西安•马齐耶。日本棋手中园清三轻松战胜泰国的塞岑•潘贾沃特。朝鲜棋手李光赫轻而易举地赢得了与中国候补棋手方晓燕的对局。

最后完成对局的是帕尔•鲍洛格(匈牙利,六段)与安德列斯•格茨弗利尔德(卢森堡,4段)。安德列斯说:“比到一半我们还是实力相当,但到了后段我输了很多子。”他在这场与欧洲最强的棋手对决中表现出色。帕尔胜出后,将在第二轮中与李光赫对局;而安德列斯将会与李光赫第一轮中的对手方晓燕对局,这将是他测试自己的实力的机会。

在接下来第二轮的比赛中,对局安排如下:埃德瓦多•洛佩兹(阿根廷)对马托•莱昂(斯洛文尼亚),利西•帕沃尔(斯洛伐克)对本杰明•托伊贝尔(德国),陈正勋(中华台北)对周源(美国)。

James Davies / 译陈婷婷

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