The first round started with a battle between the recent winner of the Kido Cup side tournament in Hamburg, Schayan Hamrah, and the-so-very-feared Korean ex insei Kim Seong-Jin, who has been taking over Europe after his arrival to Berlin. You would think that the ex insei 7 dan status and the recent good result of Kim in Europe would intimidate Schayan, but you are as wrong as one can be. Schayan faced his opponent very bravely and fearlessly. However, his braveness was not enough and Kim made a quick work of him.
In an impulsive moment Viktor decided what we think is against the better judgement to save 2 stones but in the process, gave away an overwhelmingly large (6th line) territory. Viktor fought valiantly and managed to invade it, but to no avail because he gave away more territory elsewhere in exchange and the game was decided.
Kim, the obvious favorite of this tournament didn't want anyone interfering with that. His next opponent, Benjamin Drean-Guenaizia, faced a tough fate. After entering byoyomi the fight began. Benjamin took a big corner, but in exchange a ko was started for one of his groups. He was the next victim to resign the game.
At the end of the day, Tanguy le Calve, strong and young French 6d, who is also a musician in this spare time, played the piano a bit the piano that was in the room for the enjoyment of the audience.
Jonas started his game against Csaba as a mirror go game. Not many players chose this strategy. It was interesting that the mirror broke at move 18, but then it somehow got back to a mirror game until move 48, since usually in mirror go games the mirror gets broken very early. When the mirror got broken the board structure was still very similar and basically white managed to win with a small, yet substantial advantage. Which is actually pretty much the main idea behind mirrorgo: the game turns into a peaceful one in which both sides look very similar, yet white has the advantage of komi.
The hope that someone would defeat Kim were very small in this instant. Stanislaw tried, but it was not enough.
The first three places were occupied by:
1. Kim Seong-Jin
2. Andrii Kravets
3. Lukas Podpera
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(article by QiYou Wu & Laura Avram)