Round 2

Following round 1 the players were bused back to the Baiyun Hotel for lunch, which was punctuated by several subtropical bursts of rain. Then they were bused back to the Guangzhou Chess Institute for round 2, which started promptly at 2:30. This time it was Aliaksandr Suponeu of Belarus who won by forfeit against the still-absent Moroccan contestant.

Yuan Zhou

Round 2 featured some tense games between high-ranked players. On paper, the game between Yuan Zhou (U.S.A.) and Chen Cheng-Hsun (Chinese Taipei) looked the most tense since it matched two players with 7-dan ranks, but as the round developed it became apparent that the games between Ri Kwang Hyok (DPR Korea) and Pal Balogh (Hungary), between Nakazono Seizo (Japan) and Alexander Eerbeek (The Netherlands), between Benjamin Teuber (Germany) and Lukas Podpera (Czechia), and between Eduardo Lopez (Argentina) and Leon Matoh (Slovenia), would also be high-tension affairs. The game between Nadeem Prem (Brazil) and Leslie Perez (Chile) was also developing into a contest worth watching, despite the wide disparity in listed rankings: 3 dan for Nadeem vs 4 kyu for Leslie.

The first of these games to end, at around 4:00, was the 7-dan showdown. Despite a good opening, Yuan Zhou became the second seeded player to suffer defeat. When Chen Cheng-Hsun competed in the WAGC in Hangzhou in 2010 he was thinking of going directly from primary school into a professional career. Instead, he took the more normal course of entering middle school, but his playing strength has continued to improve and he would already be serious competition for a lot of professionals.

The Brazil-Chile match lasted longer, both players playing carefully, taking their time even in the late stages of their endgame. Overcoming a six-stone ranking difference, Leslie won by 17.5 points to score the tournament’s first win by a woman. Her Chinese counterpart, Fang Xiaoyan, had already lost her second-round game to Andreas Gotzfried of Luxembourg.

Seizo Nakazono

In the Japan-Netherlands game, an early mistake by Mr Nakazono gave Alexander Eerbeek the lead, and he did not seem about to give it back. As the game progressed Mr Nakazono’s expression became increasingly grim, but in the end he managed to kill a large group and Alexander resigned. Japan had had a close call, but had earned the right to face Korea in the next round.

In the Czechia-Germany game, Czechia (Lukas) launched a fierce attack on a large German group, forcing it to struggle for a minimal life with just two eyes, and kept the pressure up relentlessly until Germany (Benjamin) resigned. Ten minutes later, Slovenia (Leon) prevailed over Argentina (Eduardo). The winners of these two games will meet in round 3.

The last game to end, at 4:55, was the one between the North Korean and Hungarian players, Ri Kwang-Hyok and Pal Balogh. ‘My opponent made a mistake in the opening and I got the lead,’ said Pal, ‘but I quickly matched him with a mistake of my own. After that I think I was still ahead, but I give him a chance to attack and he took it.’ Pal perservered to the end but lost by 9.5 points. Ri, a veteran of the 2010 Asian games, is another player who would be serious competition for many professionals. Pal looked shaken, but his final comment was, ‘I feel happy with the way I played.’

- James Davies; photos by John Pinkerton

第二轮

在第一轮比赛过后,参赛者回到白云宾馆用餐。午间间歇下了几场阵雨。午餐过后,参赛者乘坐穿梭巴士返回广州棋院,第二轮比赛将在下午2:30准时开赛。在这一轮中,来自白俄罗斯的亚历山大•苏博努因摩洛哥的对手缺席而自动获胜。

第二轮的比赛中出现了多场强手对局。周源(美国)与对手陈正勋(中华台北)均是七段棋手,他们的对局非常扣人心弦;而李光赫(朝鲜)对帕尔•鲍洛格(匈牙利)、中园清三(日本)对亚历山大•爱比克(荷兰)、本杰明•托伊贝尔(德国)对洛卡斯•波德皮耶(捷克)、埃德瓦多•洛佩兹(阿根廷)对马托•莱昂(斯洛文尼亚)的比赛同样非常精彩。纳迪恩•普雷姆(巴西)对莱斯利•弗雷(智利)的对局也值得一看,虽然他们的段位差别很大,纳迪恩是三段,而莱斯利仅是四级。

第二轮的比赛中,最早一局结束于4:00,同是七段的周源与陈正勋两强对决。周源成了第二位惨遭失利的种子选手。陈正勋在2010年杭州的世界业余围棋锦标赛过后曾考虑小学毕业后直接转为职业选手,不过,他还是按部就班地升入中学就读;他的实力不容小觑,水平一直在上升当中,棋艺与职业选手相比不相上下。

巴西对智利的对局持续了很长时间,双方从开始到结束都下得非常小心。最后,莱斯利以17.5目大比分胜出,击败了段位比她高出六级的纳迪恩,成为了此次赛事中首位获胜的女棋手。而另一位女棋手——中国的方晓燕,第二轮落败于卢森堡的安德列斯•格茨弗利尔德。

在日本对荷兰的对局中,中园清三在开局不久就出现了一个失误,给了对手亚历山大•爱比克可乘之机,亚历山大占了上风,形势大好。中园清三的形势不容乐观,后来他抓住机会杀掉对手一大片棋子,亚历山大只好投子认输。这场对局日本险胜,获得了下一轮对局韩国的资格。

捷克对德国的对局中,洛卡斯对本杰明发动了激烈的攻势,迫使本杰明的棋子只能依靠两眼苦苦挣扎。在他的步步紧逼之下,本杰明无奈认输。10分钟后,斯洛文尼亚的莱昂击败了阿根廷的埃德瓦多。洛卡斯将在第三轮对局莱昂。

最后一场对局于4:55结束,是由朝鲜的李光赫对匈牙利的帕尔•鲍洛格。“我的对手在开局时出现了失误,我占了上风;可是后来我也有失误,虽然当时我还是占优势;但我给了对手进攻的机会,他抓住了的时机”帕尔如是说。帕尔一直守到对局结束,最终以9.5目负于李光赫。李光赫曾出赛2010年亚运会,实力不输职业棋手。帕尔对结果有些诧异,不过,他最后说:“我对自己的表现感到满意”。

文James Davies 图 John Pinkerton/ 译 陈婷婷

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