Round 4

With all players present except the still missing Moroccan, the afternoon round started a few minutes early. Two games were over quickly, Luis Cajiao of Costa Rica winning in fifteen minutes, by forfeit, against Morocco, and Martin Li of Sweden taking only a few more minutes to force Bayarjargal Shartolgoi of Mongolia to resign.

The game between China’s Qiao Zhijian and Hong Kong’s Chan Chihan also proceeded at a fast pace. Qiao built straight black walls that cut off weak white groups. Chan fought back valiantly, even managing to isolate one of Qiao’s walls, but Qiao blithly abandoned it and cut off another of Chan’s groups. Chan’s attempt to save it was unsuccessful, and endangered one of his corner groups. Qiao’s victory by resignation was not entirely unexpected.

Lee (left) and Matoh

Taking black against Korea’s Lee Hyunjoon, Slovenia’s Leon Matoh played his first three stones in a diagonal triple star-point formation (4-4, 10-10, 16-16). Lee gained a lead in the opening, which became decisive when Leon made a buy discount cialis online mistake in the direction of play in the middle game. Lee then simplified the game by winning a ko fight, becoming strong in the center, and won by resignation.

Italy’s Carlo Metta also played on 10-10 in the opening, and with more success, defeating Portugal’s Daniele Tome.

Lukas Podpera

The game between Chinese Taipei’s Chen Cheng-Hsun and Czechia’s Lukas Podpera ended in another victory for the Far Eastern player, but it took some time to get the victory nailed down. ‘I was not crushed,’ Lukas said afterward. ‘I was behind by about five points, then I made a mistake by playing a move that he could ignore and I was behind by ten points, and that’s how far behind I was when I resigned.
‘We both knew about each other,’Lukas continued.’I knew he had been U16 world youth champion and was playing at the professional level. He must have known about me because he played much more slowly in this game than in his first three games. I did not feel badly about losing. So far the tournament is going nicely.’

The game between DPR Korea’s Ri Kwang-Hyok and Romania’s Cornel Burzo was one of the last to finish. Cornel made the most of this rare opportunity to challenge a North Korean opponent, but resigned at 4:35.

At this point the French-Hungarian game was still going, Remi Campagnie vs Pal Balogh, and it was going well for the Hungarian. Pal used the same variation of the avalanche joseki that he had tried against DPR Korea’sRi Kwang-Hyok in round 2. Later he set up an exchange that put him far in the lead, and eventually Remi resigned.

Nakazono (left), referees Liu and Sun (center) and Zhou (photo by John Pinkerton)

By now all games had ended except for the Japan-U.S.A. contest. Mr Nakazono’s Japanese supporters had again gathered to watch, and they had seen him pull ahead by at least 15 points on the board in the late middle game and endgame. With only a few moves left to be made, Yuan played a connection on the first line and hurriedly pushed his clock button two or three times in succession. Mr Nakazono responded by waving his hand at the clock. Both players then appeared to be in doubt as to what the clock was doing. After a while, the clock announced ‘Overtime,’ meaning that Mr Nakazono had lost on time. Mr Nakazono’s supporters protested that the clock had malfunctioned. A group of five referees gathered around the board to try to sort the situation out. Executive chief referee Liu Jing was summoned. In his presence, the clock’s internal records were verified and the clock was repeatedly tested. The final decision was that the clock had not malfunctioned and its announcement would stand. Mr Nakazono conceded the game.

The undefeated players are now all from the Far East: Qiao Zhijian (China), Lee Hyunjoon (Korea), Chen Cheng-Hsun (Chinese Taipei), and Ri Kwang-Hyok (DPR Korea). Tomorrow morning the two Koreans will play each other while Chen Cheng-Hsun challenges Qiao Zjhijian.

Also on the slate for tomorrow morning are matches in the three-win band between Slovakia and The Netherlands, Denmark and Hungary, Romania and Singapore, Finland and Hong Kong, the U.K. and the U.S.A., Germany and New Zealand, and Czechia and Japan.

- James Davies

(以下中文翻译为节选)

中国乔智健对中国香港陈志轩的对局节奏相当紧凑。乔智健执黑,砌墙切断白棋。陈志轩激烈还击,一度成功隔离黑方。乔智健从容不迫,放弃苦战,转而切断另一角的白棋。虽然陈志轩负隅顽抗,可是并不成功,反而把自己的棋送入险境。最终陈志轩认输,结果并不出人意料。

在另一桌,斯洛文尼亚的莱昂•马托执黑先行,他的头三子连续下在星位上(4-4, 10-10, 16-16),而对手李炫准从开局就一路保持决定性优势,即便中场出现失误,也没有太大影响。最后,李炫准成功占领中腹,对手认输。

中华台北陈正勋胜捷克洛卡斯•波德皮耶拉,胜果得来不易。洛卡斯说:“当时我大概落后5目,后来走错了一步,差距拉开到10目,我只好认输。”他继续说道:“我们都相互认识,我知道他曾参加过U16世青赛,已经达到职业选手的水平。他也认识我,这一场他明显比之前要下得慢一些。虽然我输了,但感觉还算良好。这次比赛相当顺利。”

最后,全场只有日本与美国的对局还在进行,来自日本的棋迷都围在边上观战。棋局进入官子阶段,中园清三领先对手15目。棋局将要结束之时,周源匆忙中连续按了两次计时键,而中园清三没有注意到自己并未把钟按过去,他们并没有发现问题所在。过了一会,计时器鸣示中园清三“超时”,这意味着他的告负。他的棋迷显然无法接受赛果,试图为他争取重赛的机会,几名裁判加入调解。最终,执行裁判长刘菁声明计时器经过反复测试,计数准确可靠,他宣布维持原赛果。中园清三无奈遭遇失利。

截至本轮比赛结束,四连胜的几位选手都来自亚洲,他们分别是:乔智健(中国)、李炫准(韩国)、陈正勋(中华台北)和李光赫(朝鲜)。明天早上将会由李炫准对李光赫,陈正勋对乔智健。

文James Davies / 译 陈婷婷

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