On October 3rd there was also a noontime meeting of the referees, attended by Wang Runan, Zhang Wendong, Jin Tongshi, Zhu Baoshung, Lu Guoliang, Thomas Hsiang, Chris Kirschner, and Neville Smythe. Half an hour’s animated discussion, mostly in Chinese, resolved questions about passing when contestable points remain (not allowed), points that are not contestable and are awarded automatically during the fill-in process even if not occupied, and contestable points, involved in ko situations, that are not awarded even though surrounded if the players pass and leave them unconnected. If any of this sounds baffling, the players are advised to summon a referee as soon as anyone passes.
These and other matters, including yellow and red flags for infractions, were explained to all the team leaders and interested players at the 3:00 meeting, with a valiant translation from Chinese into English by Xia Meifang. The need for a unified set of rules for recognition as an Olympic sport was stressed.
The players seemed prepared to accept Wang Runan’s exhortation to cooperate; at least, no questions were raised.
And with that, everything seems to be set for the start of the men’s individual tournament tomorrow.
– James Davies