Bad news for the non-Asian Go world: the only players with 4 wins out of 4 games are: China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.
There were several interesting pairings this round:
- Fernando Aguilar against the Taiwanese representative.
- Cristian Pop of Romania, ex-insei, against Korea.
- Ondrej Silt of Czech Republic, ex-insei, against Japan.
- Canada against China.
Also, Andy Liu of US, as the top placed player after 3 rounds (considering SOS and SOSOS) was matched against the bottom player with 2 wins – which happened to be Victor “Roseduke” Chow of South Africa – only to lose by half a point after 379 (!) moves. Andy Liu’s games so far can be found in the news section of the AGA website
The games of Romania vs. Korea and Czech Republic vs. Japan (where the European representatives are both ex-insei in Japan) can be found on the tournament article page
In the next round we’ll see the first big matches: Japan vs. Korea, and China vs. Taiwan.