Yesterday’s balmy blue sky was replaced by a chilly morning rain but the women’s individual event began on time at 10 a.m. The computer’s randomized pairings avoided any pro-pro competition, and there were no upsets of pros by amateur opponents. A sampling of the results: Wang Ying-yi, daughter of Wang Lih-chen (O Rissei), playing for Chinese Taipei, defeated Cherry Shen (USA); Joanne Missingham, Australia’s talented teenager, defeated Magdalena Plamenova Mladenova of Bulgaria; Laura Avram (Romania) defeated Sun Shuwei (Singapore); Dominique Cornuejols (France) defeated Kristen Burrall (USA).
In the men’s competition, Kristen’s brother Matthew suffered his first loss at the hands of Wang Mingwan (O Meien), and three Japanese professionals also suffered their first defeats: Mimura Tomoyasu was beaten by Kang Dongyoon of the Republic of Koea; Yamashiro Hiroshi lost to Wang Xi of China; Hikosaka Naoto was defeated by Chang Li-yu, who is representing Chinese Taipei but plays as a professional at the Nihon Kiin, where he is known as Cho Riyu.
The north-south Korean game went to the south; Baek Hongsuk bested Kim Songwon; the South Koreans are still undefeated.
The centerpiece game was the contest between China’s Gu Li and Chinese Taipei’s Wang Lih-chen. Gu Li made a clean capture of three stones in the center early in the middle game and parlayed this super-pon-nuki into a win by resignation. In the afternoon session he will face Singapore’s pro Kang Zhanbin, and seven other pro-pro matches are also slated, six in the men’s division and one in the women’s.
– James Davies