Youngsam is now, after beating Catalin Taranu today by 1,5
points, the only top player in the EGC that hasn't lost a single game yet.
game was quite stimulating because Black (Kim) got all four corners in the
opening, while White was going for a huge moyo.
Black was careful not to get under attack (he reduced the White moyo quite nicely), so the game reached
the end without any major signs of aggression by either player, which was not
something that could have been easily predicted (as they are both known to have
powerful playing styles).
eager to see a 'powerful' game were not let down by Ilya Shikshin, who
faced Alexander Dinerchtein on board 2. In short, Ilya got a big compensation
after losing a ko by using his ko threats to put in jeopardy his
opponent's group (that was inside his area of influence). In the end, Ilya
managed to kill that group (Alexander tried to make it live/escape, but without
success - it is not true that 'big dragons never die'!) so he won the game by
resignation before even reaching yose.
may be significant to add that, when Kim Youngsam's game finished, right after
counting, Catalin was shaking his head (he was obviously disappointed). Europe is falling behind. Will it be
possible to stop Kim? Or will he become the undisputed champion? Indeed, this
round may have been decisive for the final outcome of the tournament.