On another balmy Beijing morning, the teams from China and the Republic of Korea moved to the head of their respective blocks in the women’s team event.
Both teams met opponents who spoke their own language and left them speechless: the Korean women shut out the DPR Korean team 3-0; the Chinese women shut out the team from Chinese Taipei 3-0.
The team from Hong Kong China also scored a win, defeating the Hungarians 2-1. It was the teams from France and Slovakia, however, who set the standard for protracted effort, battling to a 2-1 French victory that did not end until after noon on all three boards.
Perhaps the most remarkable result of the morning was the win by Nina Duric, ranked 15 kyu, of Bosnia and Herzegovina over Jie Li, ranked 5 kyu, of Canada. “I concentrated very hard,” said Nina. “I just kept thinking and thinking, and when the game was over, I was ahead by a wide margin.” Her teammates, however, were not so fortunate. The Canadian team won the match 2-1 to score its first victory.
Continuing to push strong teams against each other, for the afternoon round the pairing computer has Japan playing DPR Korea and Australia playing Russia, while the German team tackles the Republic of Korea and the Argentine team challenges the Chinese. Upstairs, the mood was festive as twenty-four mixed pairs clad in national costume swapped partners, then sat down for a friendship match that also included some officials of the International Go Federation and the local Chinese organization. This precedes the serious pair go competition that will start tomorrow.
– James Davies