The second round also started on time, with Noriyoshi Yamada, the referee, giving the starting signal at 2:00. This round was paired by the classic Swiss slicing system, the top half of the first-round winners’ block being matched in order against the bottom half of the same block, including the top player in the loser’s block to make an even number. As a result, the closest pairing was between first-round winner Mijodrag Stankovic of Serbia and first-round loser Thomas Debarre of France, and in the second round it was Debarre who won and Stankovic who lost.
The game between Antti Tormanen of Finland and Fouad Tehhani of Morocco also provided some excitement. Outranked by four dan grades, the Moroccan shodan proved to be an unexpectedly tough fighter and had his opponent in trouble for a while, but in the end the Finnish 5-dan emerged victorious.
The second round ended in a tribute to the accuracy of the initial rankings. The players with initial rankings 1-16 all had two wins. The players with initial rankings 17-47 all had one win.
– James Davies