Anticipation for the next round: Catalin vs Korondo (Clash of Titans!)
last two undefeated players still standing in the EGC are Kim Young-sam ('Korondo' 9d on KGS), the former Korean insei, and Catalin Taranu ('TaranuC' 5p), one of
the best Go teachers from Europe.
Kim Youngsam put a stop to Ondrej Silt's impressive winning streak (as we know he
beat two top players from Russia, Ilya Shikshin and Alexander Dinerchtein, in
the previous rounds). The game (which you can see here) was apparently easier
for White (Kim), but Black was not intimidated and fought back - which gave
rise to a big ko in the middle-game -
and he made the game closer. However, Ondrej didn't use the aji of his stones at the top correctly
(it seems that he could get a ko there...), so I guess that in the end Kim must have felt relieved.
board 1, Catalin faced Thomas Debarre in a game that was much more peaceful than
what was perhaps expected. To me, it looked as if Black (Catalin) always got
his way. He achieved a very convincing victory against Thomas!
the same round, Alexander Dinerchtein beat Timur Sankin 5d (from Russia), and
Ilya Shikshin defeated (I was going to say completely
outplayed) Kazuo Yoshihara 5d, from Japan.
the next (5th) round, we will probably get to see a 'clash of titans': Catalin
Taranu vs. Kim Youngsam. They both like thickness and they are very good
fighters, so I am sure that it will be a very exciting game! Who do you think is going to win? Any predictions? (Hard question!)