Round 3

Fifteen minutes before the start of round 3 on May 13, Qiao Zhijian, the main Chinese contestant, was already seated at his board. After defeating opponents from Italy and Singapore in the first two rounds, he would next face the player from Macau. The other players took their seats a little before the 9:00 starting time. Once again Hua Yigang and Yang Shuang gave the starting instructions in Chinese and English, and play began.

Dimitris Regginos

The playing area is roughly square, with five rows of six boards each. On the board in the top left corner of this area, Azerbaijan’s Bahadur Tahirbayov played his first black stone flat-side up, belly-side down. Dimitris Regginos, his Cypriot opponent, smilingly turned the stone over so that it was belly-side up, which is the Chinese custom. In the top right corner of the playing area, Japan’s Nakazono Seizo and Korea’s Lee Hyunjoon commenced play under the watchful eyes of a dozen of Mr Nakazono’s fans, who had come over from Japan to lend moral support. In the bottom right corner of the playing area the two youngest players, Chen Cheng-Hsun from Chinese Taipei and Chan Chihin from Hong Kong, went to work against Finland’s Juri Kuronen and Canada’s Xianyu Li.

The Azerbaijan-Cyprus game continued at a deliberate pace, but on the diagonally adjacent board South Africa’s John Leuner and China’s second player Fang Xiaoyan, a go instructor who teaches the most popular children’s class at the Guangzhou Qiyuan, were playing briskly. John built up a 20-point lead and Xiaoyan resigned. ‘I expected to be crushed by having her kill one of my groups, but they all lived,’ John said. ‘She is not as strong as I feared. mexico pharmacy Now that I’ve won a game, after underperforming in the first round, where I lost to Colin MacSweeny from Ireland, who is ranked 1 kyu, and then being outclassed by Remi Campagnie in the second round, I feel better.’

The Finland-Chinese Taipei game also ended fairly quickly, in victory for Chinese Taipei. ‘I did my best,’ was the Finn’s wry comment. On the adjacent board Hong Kong was equally successful against Canada. Far Eastern low-teen power remained unbeaten.

Lee (left) and Nakazono

The players from DPR Korea and China stayed even with them by beating opponents from Macau and Austria, and on the top-left board, Dimitris scored his first win by beating Bahadur, the Cypriot shodan overcoming the Azerbaijan 6-dan.
In the Japan-Korea match, for the second straight round Nakazono Seizo found himself in difficulties, and this time he was not able to extricate himself. Then after losing his confrontation with Lee Hyunjoon, he had to confront his assembled supporters. ‘Don’t worry,’ he told them with exemplary sang-froid, ‘It’s not over yet.’

Lisy (left) and Burzo

One of the most interesting matches of round 3 was the game between Cornel Burzo and Pavol Lisy. Cornel, the Romanian go instructor, proved superior to Pavol, the Slovakian student, by 3.5 points, but Pavol did not give up without trying one last invasion of Cornel’s largest territory, which failed; then he filled the last neutral point.

After this game ended, only the contestants from Bosnia, Germany, Serbia, Sweden, Thailand, and the U.S.A. were still playing. Serbia’s Mijodrag Stankovic was the first to concede defeat, resigning to Thailand’s Saechen Panjawat. Sweden’s Martin Li played his game out to the end but lost by 8.5 points to Germany’s Benjamin Teuber. Shortly afterward, Bosnia’s Dragan Paunic lost by 17.5 to the U.S.A.’s Yuan Zhou, and the round was finished in time for the players to board the 11:30 bus for lunch at the Baiyun Hotel.

Only seven players still remained undefeated, and six of them will meet each other in round-4 matches this afternoon: China vs Hong Kong, DPR Korea vs Romania, and Chinese Taipei vs Czechia. The seventh undefeated player, Korea’s Lee Hyunjoon, was drawn down by the computer to play Slovenia’s Leon Matoh. Two other key round-4 matches will be France vs Hungary and Japan vs the U.S.A.

- James Davies; photos by John Pinkerton

第三轮

在第三轮开始前十五分钟,中国选手乔智健已提早安坐在赛场上。在昨天的第一轮和第二轮比赛中,他战胜了意大利和新加坡的对手,这一轮中他将会与中国澳门的选手对局。其他参赛选手也在9:00前进入赛场。裁判长华以刚先生和杨爽女士再次以中英双语宣读了比赛注意事项,比赛正式开始。

方形的赛场上,棋桌整齐地列成五行,每行有六桌。左上角的一桌由阿塞拜疆的选手巴哈德•塔希尔巴约夫执黑先行,下第一子却把棋子放反了——凸面朝下,平面朝上;他的对手塞浦路斯的德梅特里斯•雷焦恩斯微笑着把棋子翻转过来,使其按照中国惯例凸面朝上。靠右边的一桌是日本的中园清三对韩国的李炫准,他们的对局引来众多棋迷围观——这些都是中园清三的支持者,从日本远道而来,默默地为他打气。最右上角的两桌是本次赛事中最年轻的两位选手:中华台北的陈正勋和中国香港的陈志轩,他们的对手分别是芬兰的尤里•库劳尼安和加拿大的李献羽。

阿塞拜疆对塞浦路斯的一局双方都下得不紧不慢。中国的另一名参赛者方晓燕(来自广州棋院的儿童围棋导师)和南非的约翰•洛伊纳坐在他们对角的一桌,他们的节奏相对轻快。约翰成功地领先对方20目,方晓燕认输。“我本来以为她会吃掉我一组棋子,要是那样的话我就会输,可是她没有做到。”约翰说:“她并没有我想象中那么强。第一轮我没有表现好,败给了科林•麦克斯文(爱尔兰,1级);第二轮又不敌雷米•坎帕尼尔;现在我终于胜了一局,感觉非常高兴。”

芬兰对中华台北的对局同样非常迅速地决出了胜负,由中华台北胜出。芬兰选手沮丧地说:“我已经尽力了。”对角的另一桌上,中国香港轻易取胜加拿大。几名东方的年轻选手依然立于不败之地。朝鲜和中国的两位棋手积分持平,他们都分别击败了澳门和奥地利的对手。在左上角这边,德梅特里斯首次获胜,打败了阿塞拜疆的巴哈德(6段)。

在与韩国选手的对局中,中园清三再度面临困境,这次他无法扭转败局。他在不敌李炫准后依然非常冷静,转向对他的支持者说:“不用担心,比赛还没结束。”

第三轮中最有趣的比赛要数科尔内尔•布尔佐对利西•帕沃尔。科尔奈尔是罗马尼亚的一名围棋教练,而帕沃尔是来自斯洛伐克的一名学生,结果不难预料,科尔奈尔胜3.5目。虽然对手强大,但帕沃尔并没有放弃,他最后尝试进攻科尔内尔,可是没有成功。

最后结束的是波黑、德国、塞尔维亚、瑞典、泰国和美国。塞尔维亚的米约德拉戈•斯坦科维奇向泰国的赛岑•潘贾沃特认输。瑞典的李向东一直苦战到底,最终以8.5目告负德国的本杰明•托伊贝尔。波黑的德拉甘•保尼克负美国的周源17.5目。第三轮比赛于11:30全部结束,所有参赛者返回白云宾馆用餐。

有七位选手迄今为止保持全胜,他们中的六位将在下午第四轮比赛中碰头,对局安排如下:中国对中国香港,朝鲜对罗马尼亚,中华台北对捷克。而另一位全胜者——韩国的李炫准将会根据电脑抽签结果与斯洛文尼亚的莱昂•马托进行对局。法国对匈牙利、日本对美国也将会为第四轮带来精彩。

文James Davies / 译 陈婷婷