“Today’s games were uneventful,” reports Thomas Hsiang from Day Two of the SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing, China. “Japan, Korea, China cruised to 5-win victories versus the EU, US, and Chinese Taipei teams. Andy Liu played against Park Jeonghwan today (12/10) and said he was thoroughly impressed. ‘I did not even know how I lost. Park’s play was perfect’”. Chinese Taipei’s popular Hei Jia-jia played a tough game against Li He, a game featured on the net broadcast. The game also attracted many pros in the study room. After an early exchange that favored Li, Jia-jia fought furiously back in an exciting fighting game. But in the end she still fell short.”
Tomorrow will see the EU pitted against US; the winner will avoid a last-place finish. Also, China and Korea will crash to produce the likely champion team. Japan will play Chinese Taipei for a probable third place.
“Andy Okun and I had a two-hour interview with Lee Youngho, brother of Lee Changho, and Xie Rui, the top Weiqi reporter in China who works for Titan Journal, a sports newspaper. Based on this interview, Titan will publish a feature story about go in America in its next issue.”
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photo: SAWMG Opening Ceremonies; collage courtesy Ranka Online