Before the first round, Ranka asked a few of the contestants what they had done to prepare for the 32nd World Amateur Go Championship. Here’s what they said:
Hironori Hirata (Japan): Nothing special. I just looked after my health.
Bai Baojiang (China): Mostly I studied in the usual way. I also searched for records of games of some of my rivals in this tournament on the Internet, but I couldn’t find any.
Woosoo Choi (Korea). Besides attending university, I’m attending a go dojo, hoping to become a pro, so I did what I normally do: played lots of games, and played through lots of game records.
Chi-hin Chen (Hong Kong): Mainly I played a lot on the Internet.
Tsung-ho Wu (Chinese Taipei): I played games, played through game records, and worked on problems.
Xiang Zhang (Singapore): I played on the Internet, as usual, and also reviewed some of my own games.
Eric Lui (U.S.A.) I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked. I practiced by playing some games on the Internet and tried to stay in good physical condition. Basically that was it.
Jun Fan (Canada): Because I live in Canada I was very busy. I wasn’t able to do anything to prepare.
Thomas Debarre (France): I played on the Internet as usual, and took my usual professional lessons from Jiankun Wang.
Franz Josef Dickhut (Germany): I just came here. I was too busy to do anything else.
Oleg Mezhov (Russia): I practiced by playing on Tygem and WBaduk on the Internet, and I practiced with my Japanese and Korean professionial friends.
– James Davies